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Boys State

In college, I took a marketing class where the students were divided into soda companies. We all began with one soda and the same amount of capital. Over the semester we built our companies. We began to market our first soda and then slowly launch others. Eventually one would have global domination.  Amazing class.    […]

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In college, I took a marketing class where the students were divided into soda companies. We all began with one soda and the same amount of capital. Over the semester we built our companies. We began to market our first soda and then slowly launch others. Eventually one would have global domination.  Amazing class.   

We watched Boys State the other night which is a documentary set in Texas following high school boys spend a week learning about self-governance, aka democracy.  There is a separate camp for girls but this documentary focuses only on the boys. The end game is to win like the marketing class. It is a bit like camp color war with the camp divided into two teams but instead of playing sports for points, the winner becomes the Governor. 

Bill Clinton, Cory Booker, Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh are some of the more famous people who attended this camp in their earlier lives.

These kids are learning that politics is just a game for power.  That is what the conservatives who make up the majority of this camp believe after all this is set in Texas.  Some of the kids really care about the issues, the others not so much but they do care about winning. There is something insanely scary and upsetting that this is what getting into Government has become. 

It is just like any industry where parents send their kids places in their earlier years to classes or camps where they seem to have a passion for like ballet school or sports camp. These kids are prepping to be the next generation of politicians. 

The male testosterone in this insanely well-done Documentary is enough to either shake you to your core or scare the shit out of you.  It definitely leaves a lasting impression.

Source: https://gothamgal.com/2020/08/boys-state/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=boys-state

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The Startup Trap Quibi Fell Into (and I Almost Did Too)

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This week, Tom and Jessica broke the news that Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg had told people the video startup might have to shut down and then—a day later—reported the shutdown officially.

I’m very proud of their excellent work, and I have to admit that I have a love-hate relationship with digital media startup stories. I am, after all, a digital media founder. And in every story I read about a failed or successful media startup, I can’t help think back to my own experience these past seven years at The Information.

Source: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/the-startup-trap-quibi-fell-into-and-i-almost-did-too

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Next Week’s Earnings Traffic Jam: The Information’s Tech Briefing

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It may be hard to believe, but next week is the last week before the election. Perhaps for that reason, the five big tech firms all decided to release their September quarter profit details next week. That’s fine, except that four of them—Amazon, Alphabet, Apple and Facebook—decided to do it on the same day, Thursday, at about the same time.

Twitter is also reporting that day. So expect a traffic jam of earnings reports on Thursday. But don’t worry, we’ve got your covered: Read down for details on what’s expected for each.

Next week will have other big tech news: On Wednesday, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai will appear before a Senate committee examining “whether Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has outlived its usefulness.” Expect some fireworks from that hearing!

Source: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/next-weeks-earnings-traffic-jam-the-informations-tech-briefing

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Boston startups expand region’s venture capital footprint

This year has shaken up venture capital, turning a hot early start to 2020 into a glacial period permeated with fear during the early days of COVID-19. That ice quickly melted as venture capitalists discovered that demand for software and other services that startups provide was accelerating, pushing many young tech companies back into growth […]

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This year has shaken up venture capital, turning a hot early start to 2020 into a glacial period permeated with fear during the early days of COVID-19. That ice quickly melted as venture capitalists discovered that demand for software and other services that startups provide was accelerating, pushing many young tech companies back into growth mode, and investors back into the check-writing arena.

Boston has been an exemplar of the trend, with early pandemic caution dissolving into rapid-fire dealmaking as summer rolled into fall.

We collated new data that underscores the trend, showing that Boston’s third quarter looks very solid compared to its peer groups, and leads greater New England’s share of American venture capital higher during the three-month period.

For our October look at Boston and its startup scene, let’s get into the data and then understand how a new cohort of founders is cropping up among the city’s educational network.

A strong Q3, a strong 2020

Boston’s third quarter was strong, effectively matching the capital raised in New York City during the three-month period. As we head into the fourth quarter, it appears that the silver medal in American startup ecosystems is up for grabs based on what happens in Q4.

Boston could start 2021 as the number-two place to raise venture capital in the country. Or New York City could pip it at the finish line. Let’s check the numbers.

According to PitchBook data shared with TechCrunch, the metro Boston area raised $4.34 billion in venture capital during the third quarter. New York City and its metro area managed $4.45 billion during the same time period, an effective tie. Los Angeles and its own metro area managed just $3.90 billion.

In 2020 the numbers tilt in Boston’s favor, with the city and surrounding area collecting $12.83 billion in venture capital. New York City came in second through Q3, with $12.30 billion in venture capital. Los Angeles was a distant third at $8.66 billion for the year through Q3.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/23/boston-startups-expand-regions-venture-capital-footprint/

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