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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

• • How to Sell Your Roadmap Without Selling Your Soul 
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The Fountainhead  | [O]n your journey to building a successful enterprise startup don’t imagine that every other successful enterprise startup is Howard Roark pure. I worked inside one of the largest and most successful enterprise startups in the world and I can tell you that nearly an entire release of our code was dedicated to one major financial services customers.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

• • BioShock Infinite Creator Ken Levine Says He Doesn't Believe In Utopias (Including Peter Thiel&# 
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BioShock  |Atlas Shrugged  |Video  | I asked Levine what he thinks of the [seasteading] idea, and he said: “What I was trying to do with BioShock was to say, ‘Okay, well, [in Atlas Shrugged] that’s a utopia where Ayn Rand, who made the philosophy, made all the rules, and all the characters were under her control. What if things weren’t under everybody’s control?’ And I think that’s the problem with utopias — we bring ourselves to it, you know? We think we’re leaving our broblems behind but – I don’t mean this in a cynical way – we are the problem. Like whatever social problems that occur come out of us. It’s not like they fall out of the sky. I think people think they’re going to go to a utopian society, and I think it’s not really possible.”

Friday, February 01, 2013

• • America Has Hit “Peak Jobs” 
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Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | [T]he notion that ‘jobs are how the rewards of our society are distributed, and every decent human being should have a job’ is becoming cultural technical debt. If it’s not solved, then in the coming decades you can expect a self-perpetuating privileged elite to accrue more and more of the wealth generated by software and robots, telling themselves that they’re carrying the entire world on their backs, Ayn Rand heroes come to life, while all the lazy jobless “takers” live off the fruits of their labor.

Monday, June 20, 2011

• • The Bitcoin Trials Continue: Mt. Gox Exchange Collapses Due To Compromised Account 
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[A commenter on Slashdot writes:] “Bitcoin is a decentralised computer currency designed by self-righteous Ayn Rand-reading nerds who despise looters and parasites like, er, you. It is used to purchase Internet services, illegal drugs and pictures of naked women holding video cards”.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

 The many bottom lines of businesses 
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Capitalism  | This post was written by guest contributor Leila Janah, the CEO of the nonprofit outsourced services firm Samasource. Leila continues to argue with me over whether or not pure capitalism can solve what ails us. I tend to take a Randian view of the world. Janah argues that capitalism can often lead to evil, and points to the massive Taiwanese firm Foxconn as an example of capitalism going wrong. That’s certainly a crowd pleaser, but I think most of the problems with capitalism stem from government regulation.