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Can Technology Make Someone More Empathetic?


From Wikipedia: Empathy is the capacity to understand what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, ie, the capacity to place oneself in another’s shoes From my perspective, increasing empathy is one of the most important aspects of improving the world. Without empathy, people are not likely to spend much time or money helping others. Without empathy, people will go on living their lives with no regard to others, shaming people left and right without regard to the damage that does. More cyberbullying. Humiliation. Shaming. See Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk on this topic: How do we increase empathy? Nicholas Kristof wrote about this topic earlier this year, saying: Let’s encourage student service … Continue reading

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Do You Gossip?

If so, you’re wasting your time on shit that doesn’t matter. There are far better things to do with your life than worry about other people’s drama. [via The One Effect]

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What’s Your Dream Company?

I was just going through the sign up process of Poachable to see how they approach the user experience, given there are some high level similarities between hidden inventory of employees that are only poachable by the right trusted companies/roles and the hidden inventory of places to stay, only available within highly trusted networks (what we are focused on at Horizon). Here’s the first screen: What’s my dream company? That’s a tricky one. I of course know my email, and that my dream role would either be VP of Business Development or Product (or CEO) — but when it comes to my dream company, I really have no idea. Granted, the reason behind that is I’m working on my own startup, Horizon, and … Continue reading

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Mass Automation and the Lack of Human Interaction

I wrote about Fatdoor’s recent announcement they are relaunching social networks for neighborhoods, with shared robots as a part of the offering. Since then, I’ve engaged in a 45 minute talk with a high school friend, some Skype debate with Will Moyer, and a 20 minute conversation over coffee yesterday with a fellow entrepreneur in the real estate vertical. The topic: what are the long term implications of mass automation? There are two big ones, in my opinion. De-humanization of day to day life, and economic. We all know that Uber is going to put self driving cars on their transportation grid. I’m not sure Lyft will take that plunge (their tag line is “Your friend … Continue reading

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Live at Slane Castle

For the first time in over a year, I’m watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers DVD, Live at Slane Castle (affiliate link). It’s my favorite DVD of all time. And, hands down, it’s the best investment I’ve ever made. $15 in 2003 or 2004, and I’ve watched it at least 100 times over the years. Probably more. It was the default choice for entertainment after parties at my fraternity. And on off nights, well we watched it then too. Post college, we’d turn it on after the bars. If you like the Chili Peppers, buy it. Now. And even if you aren’t a diehard RHCP fan, buy it anyway. It’ll be the best $9 you’ve ever spent. … Continue reading

What World Do You Want to Live in?

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want to live in. – Anna Lappe [via Amber Rae]

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PandoMonthly’s Two Closing Questions


I’m a huge fan of PandoMonthly interviews Sarah Lacey facilitates with tech founders and investors. People such as Phil Libin, Fred Wilson, and Bill Gurley. If you haven’t watched any of them, you really should. You can watch them all here. The interviews always end with two questions… What do you believe that no one else does? If you could have one mediocre superpower, what would it be? Both are questions you wouldn’t normally think about. I’ve probably watched about 8 episodes in their entirety over the past couple months, and never have a clear idea of how I would answer the questions if ever asked. Here’s my best attempt to put random thoughts into … Continue reading

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