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A very good piece by +Sean Parker about "Hacker Philanthropy."  How the tech generation can and should approach the challenge of using their wealth to make a better world. Congrats to Sean on the rollout of the Parker Foundation.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/sean-parker-philanthropy-for-hackers-1435345787
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I'm proud to be a judge for the new +Code for America tech awards. If you are doing something remarkable with government technology, either as a vendor or as a government customer, let us know. We want to celebrate you, and help others to follow in your footsteps.  Applications for the awards are due by July 13, at the URL below.
The Code for America Technology Awards recognize outstanding products and implementations of government technology.
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Congratulations to @dalepd, @gbrockway and the whole @make Team on the new financing. And welcome aboard, @rafe!
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Silicon Valley entrepreneurs talk all the time about "disruption," and are looking for new markets to tackle.  Well, government (Federal, State, and Local) is almost a third of the US economy.  And as all of us know, there's a lot that could be improved.  But many people either don't know, or don't care to know, just how big an impact their skills can have when applied to some of the hardest, most interesting problems our society has to offer.

The Code for America Fellowship is an annual program, which sends small startup teams to work with cities for a year on interesting and important problems identified by their host cities. After the Fellowship year, Fellows sometimes go on to continue their work inside government, sometimes they create startups to continue their work, or find other ways to keep after the problem they've got their teeth into.  And sometimes, they go back to work in the commercial world re-energized and more deeply aware of the impact that tech can have on the wider world, and better citizens thereby.

Fellows include programmers, designers, researchers, and project managers - a wide range of skills. Learn more at http://www.codeforamerica.org/about/fellowship/ 

Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds in technology. Some come from large, well-known tech companies or startup environments, while others have experience working in government or social impact organizations. All of our fellows have a creative, entrepreneurial spirit and are passionate about the work that they do. All fellows receive a $50K stipend to support their time as a fellow, as well as full benefits and educational loan deferment. 

Here are some of the projects the Fellows have worked on during the past five years:

* "Debugging" SNAP (the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, commonly referred to as Food Stamps) to understand why the application process is so complicated, why so many people fail to complete it, or otherwise fall off the rolls after they apply.

* Building a "Jail Dashboard" to help judges be more aware of overcrowding, and alternatives to incarceration, when sentencing.  We are going deep on how we can improve the criminal justice system.

* Monitoring and measuring blight in cities to help government and citizens figure out what to do to improve their neighborhood.

* Creating new tools for citizen engagement in urban planning.

* Making it easier for cities to respond to public records requests.

The video below gives a quick look at some of the people who've gone through the program before you.

Apply here: codeforamerica.org/apply
 
Ready to become a fellow? Applications are open and rolling!
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+Tim O'Reilly I worked for local Government in San Jose before working in IT for corporations off and on for 20 years, and security is the priority, if the technology that is being implemented does not make things secure, and lower cost, why put it in place?
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Matt Cutts, for so long the most human face of Google, and a wonderful human being. In the halls at Google I/O.
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Brilliant and important! 

"What we have, uniquely in America, is a political class, and an entire political party, devoted to the idea that any money spent on public goods is money misplaced, not because the state goods might not be good but because they would distract us from the larger principle that no ultimate good can be found in the state. Ride a fast train to Washington today and you’ll start thinking about national health insurance tomorrow."
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+John Blossom and you completely missed my point regarding maintenance
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Does Pope Francis look gloomy to you?

This is a brilliant, funny takedown of the conservative Catholic pundits' and politicians' critique of Pope Francis' climate change encyclical.
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Brilliant post by @JonBruner on why the new hardware movement is way bigger than the #IoT. A must-read, IMO!
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I really like the way +Bryce Roberts explains why he chose the indie.vc companies:

"It’s an experiment. 

"And one rooted in finding, organizing and working with founders who want nothing less than to build large, scalable businesses on their own terms. The diversity of this first group represents fertile soil where we can test and measure for whom this approach works best and for whom what we have to offer doesn’t move the needle."

Very smart.  And having met with the initial group of companies, not just a thoughtful experiment but a really great group of entrepreneurs with interesting businesses!  

It is so important to expand the venture ecosystem beyond the usual suspects and the usual business models. Most of the entrepreneurs in the world, even in tech, don't necessarily fit the overheated Silicon Valley mold.
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.@LaBlogga @OReillyMedia book is the definitive primer on the blockchain & its applications http://goo.gl/e5Nm6O
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Good summary of my CxO Talk interview last week, highlighting key points. And of course the entire hour long video is there too, if you have the time.
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This piece by Bill Janeway should be required reading for anyone trying to understand the implications (and the future) of the current Silicon Valley financing bubble. Complex and insightful!
Bubbles are banal; bubbles are necessary. Bubbles are banal: wherever markets in assets exist, there will be found the persistent recurrence of momentum investing, herding behavior, and prices decoupled from any concern with past, present or prospective cash flows. Bubbles are necessary: they mobilize capital to fund the deployment of [...]
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Lemming syndrome is what we called it 30 years ago.
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