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Tim O'Reilly
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If there is only one article about the NBA finals that you read, make it this one. And if you have no interest in the NBA, read it anyway. It is a testament to the intelligence, work ethic, strategic focus, and teamwork that make a champion. There are lessons here for everyone. 

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This made me laugh out loud. One thing Trump has been good for is the rise of colorful commentary! "An investigation into Trumpworld for collusion...could morph into the equivalent of looking for bacteria on a pile of dung. Large parts of the overpriced real estate sector involve money laundering, with Russian, Chinese, Arab and even Iranian money." The article has many good insights, not as colorful, but equally sharp. 

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America’s class privilege runs much deeper than the “1%". We need to get rid of cherished middle class programs for a fairer deal. An interesting perspective from a Brit on how America is in denial about the way that it makes sure the well off stay that way. Well worth reading.


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This is what you get when you believe that “government should just get out of the way” and let industry do its thing. When will get over the failed idea that good government is an obstacle to progress? We do best when government, business, and all of society work together towards shared goals. 

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I wish I’d written this! It's the best explanation I've seen of how to think through the possible impact of inventions. (Although I disagree with Ben about the impact of voice interfaces. They don't have to be able to do everything to be transformative.) http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2017/5/24/not-even-wrong-ways-to-dismiss-technology

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Bryce Roberts is doing an amazing job cutting through the hype and making clear the distinction between lifestyle businesses, venture-backed businesses done right, and customer-driven businesses in the "real economy" of goods and services. This is a must-read for anyone considering launching a business.

"If your pitch deck has an 'exit strategy' slide you are pitching a lifestyle business.... Real businesses make products and sell them for a profit. They focus on customers, revenue and profitability not investors, valuations and the next fundable milestone. Real businesses prioritize their customer’s needs over their customer’s eyeballs. They have a functioning business model, not a believable financial model. Real businesses want to stay in business, not run for the exit. They create their own source of funding and don’t have to ask anyone for permission to exist. We believe real businesses make really great investments." 

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I had wondered what was the underlying truth being distorted in Trump's claims. This NYT article does a good job of explaining fairly the truth about NATO's funding. 

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I'm really glad to see blame being put where it belongs: "When an unlucky passenger was violently dragged off a full United Airlines flight in Chicago in April, setting off a public-relations nightmare for the company, the blame naturally fell on the cabin crew, the police and eventually airline executives. But ultimately, the episode was set in motion elsewhere — on Wall Street."


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Earlier this week, while I was in the UK, I was interviewed by @TPPodcast_ about tech, politics, and the economy. I talk about why corporate efficiency - doing the same thing with fewer people to improve corporate profits - is a dead end. Great companies use the increased productivity brought by technology to DO MORE. Amazon is a great example of efficiency done right. I also talk about the equivalent of "fake news" in financial markets and the startup world. 

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I'm totally stoked to hear that computational biologist and open science advocate (UC Berkeley professor and co-founder of Public Library of Science) Michael Eisen is running for the US Senate, now tweeting as @SenatorPhD, with the tag line: “Liberty, Equality, Reality”. We could use some of that.
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