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Beautiful Intelligence

on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 14:10

Beautiful IntelligenceBeautiful Intelligence by Stephen Palmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

True to form, Stephen Palmer has written a fantastic book. I recommend it heartily to almost any reader.

This book is one of the more interesting explorations of AI, at a time when AI is in our collective consciousness. It explores the concepts of types of AI - centralized vs. distributed, shaped by singular influences or collective influences, and the interactions of AI entities with other AI entities (in addition to the normal, homo-centric view of how they might deal with us).

And - unlike the disappointing book I read just

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Startup-palooza

on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:45

So, yeah, I like to work helping companies get going.

But I also like to DJ electronic music, and am privileged to get asked to play at various local Boston tech events.

Recently, MassChallenge had an event called Entrepalooza at Royale Boston (one of Boston's oldest & biggest night clubs). I played there.

Here's my set, in case you want to listen. Enjoy!

 

Startapalooza by Dj Shuze on Mixcloud

 
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Viewpoint follows role: 2013 in review

on Thu, 12/26/2013 - 08:45

I left Acquia in the capable hands of its current management team last December after I had the fortunate experience to be tightly connected to TechStars during the Fall 2012 class. That involvement made me wonder whether there might be a business opportunity in building an accelerator for companies using Drupal as a technology platform, and I left Acquia to follow that idea. Fortunately for me, the TS Boston Managing Directors, Katie Rae & Reed Sturtevant, let me sit closely "inside the tent" (their excellent term) that fall to dig deep.

In the end, I decided not build a Drupal accelerator.

Krash won't crash

on Sat, 12/21/2013 - 20:57

I love what the team at Krash is doing. They're building a nice new version of cohousing.  Previously seen mostly in immediate-post-college, counterculture, and artist communities, Krash is targeting a new customer: founders / employees at (primarily infotech) startups.

The Krash facility is typically a place that can house a couple of dozen short-to-medium turm renters or more, with 2-3 single beds / room (including linen & cleaning service), multiple common kitchens, common living areas, and all the tech goodies that tech startup people need, from fast network to IdeaPaint walls and ping

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Why zero-revenue companies can be worth billions

on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 19:08

In a recent blog post, Fred Destin of Atlas Ventures (again) added sanity into the discussions about why zero-revenue companies can receive valuations of many billions of dollars.

I agree with everything he said. There's one more point I'd add: Large scale audiences have a valuation-per-engaged-user.

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all started out as zero-revenue companies. But after they achieved the scale and level of ongoing user-engagement that they have today, the smart management teams started inserting various ways to monetize the engaged users.

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