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How startups work, explained in 14 lines of JavaScript - 
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This is a great post. H/T to +Sally W for sharing it with me.

+Matt Reynolds, this feels like many, many conversations we've had...

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Lest we lose sight of important things amid all the horrors and failures and times we come up short of our ideals, I think it's good to repeat a quote from "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara, about the celebrated Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who led the 20th Maine at the battle of Gettysburg, and his views on what the nation truly stood for:

"The faith itself was simple: he believed in the dignity of man. His ancestors were Huguenots, refugees of a chained and bloody Europe. He had learned their stories in the cradle. He had grown up believing in America and the individual and it was a stronger faith than his faith in God. This was the land where no man had to bow. In this place at last a man could stand up free of the past, free of tradition and blood ties and the curse of royalty and become what he wished to become. This was the first place on earth where the man mattered more than the state. True freedom had begun here and it would spread eventually over all the earth. But it had begun here. The fact of slavery upon this incredibly beautiful new clean earth was appalling, but more even than that was the horror of old Europe, the curse of nobility, which the South was transplanting to new soil. They were forming a new aristocracy, a new breed of glittering men, and Chamberlain had come to crush it. But he was fighting for the dignity of man and in that way he was fighting for himself. If men were equal in America, all these former Poles and English and Czechs and blacks, then they were equal everywhere, and there was really no such thing as a foreigner; there were only free men and slaves. And so it was not even patriotism but a new faith. The Frenchman may fight for France, but the American fights for mankind, for freedom; for the people, not the land."

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This NSFW time-travel short film is five minutes of your time you won't regret spending. 

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A look at my second email newsletter (fifth one goes out tonight). Email subscribers get these before the Internet does. Details on LinkedIn:

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