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Is The Government Telling The Truth When It Says Your Data Is Secure?

(I previously published this at Techcrunch.) Modern encryption systems are, in theory, exceptionally secure. The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), for example, is so sophisticated that all known attacks are considered computationally infeasible. It is no surprise then, that the NSA considers [...continue reading]

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

We are in the midst of two great disruptions to American business: the internet’s ongoing disruption of most traditional industries: finance, healthcare, retail, finance, fashion, etc. the shift of America to a majority minority country by 2050. Any company that aspires to maintain a [...continue reading]

Exclusive: Announcing a Startup that Brings More Efficient Government to the US and Other Countries

I’m exceptionally excited to announce that I’m now Chairman and lead investor with some other angels in a new company, Spright Governance Inc. Spright is a spinoff of the Singaporean government, which will leverage their proven expertise and technology to run other cities, states, and nations [...continue reading]

Private Sector Bandaids, and Making the US Competitive Again

On Monday night I attended a Harvard Business School "Paths Forward" event tied to the March issue of Harvard Business Review, which consists of a wide range of research on How to Increase U.S. Competitiveness. I also contributed a blog post to the HBS Competitiveness website on some initiatives I’m [...continue reading]

How Venture Capitalists and Government Can Promote Entrepreneurship

I’ve recently met with several universities, nonprofits, and government employees who’ve all asked the same question: how can we promote entrepreneurship?  Just like me, they’re distressed about the poor economy and jobs situation. By contrast, as a venture capitalist, I can report that almost [...continue reading]

Save the US from becoming Greece

Sometime prior to the 4th Century BCE, the Greeks invented democracy. They were a model for the world. Unfortunately, I think the Greeks are well on their way to being a model for the world again. In their inability to plan for the future, their incompetence in delivering basic government [...continue reading]

America’s educational system is broken

I was fortunate to attend Wednesday the CED’s Postsecondary Education Summit on Business Leadership for 21st Century Education Policies, as well as their annual fundraising dinner.  The CED is a leader in leveraging the business community to promote rational economic policies; I was very impressed [...continue reading]

Underleveraged talent pool: the unemployed and underemployed

Lately, I have been thinking about the unemployed and underemployed as a pool of talent. I'd argue they are one of the most undertapped economic segments.  Of the global working population, 6.3% is unemployed.  In the US, the long-term unemployed are better educated, older, and more [...continue reading]

Peter Thiel, Paypal co-founder, on How New Technologies Thwart Government and Promote Freedom

I enjoyed tonight's talk by Peter Thiel at NYC Junto, on "How New Technologies Thwart Government and Promote Freedom". Junto is a libertarian-focused discussion group organized by Victor Niederhoffer. I've been following Peter's writing for a while, since we overlap directly in our [...continue reading]

Online communities and free speech

Earlier this year, Scott Allen blogged about some of the ongoing debates he's seen regarding online communities and free speech. Some users seem to think that the right of free speech applies everywhere, when in reality, it doesn't. In fact, the very same right of free speech that allows people [...continue reading]

Kids, the Internet, and the End of Privacy

If you're having trouble understanding why and how it's become normative for the broadband generation (12-24) to document their entire lives online, I recommend Emily Nussbaum's Say Everything in New York magazine. My favorite section is from Clay Shirky of NYU, who has an amazing gift for [...continue reading]

The U.S. government wants to subsidize your phone calls

Thanks to some regulatory arbitrage, AllFreeCallswill let you make phone calls to many foreign countries for free.  Dial 712-858-8094, and at the prompt dial 011, the country code you are calling, and the number you wish to call.  Easy. Some of the bloggers writing about this call this [...continue reading]

Ian Bremmer- Hedging Political Instability for Insight and Profit

My colleague Scott Lichtman took notes on Ian Bremmer's talk Monday night at this past week's World Hedge Funds Summit . Dr. Bremmer's prediction that Rumsfeld would resign proved accurate within 48 hours. Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group, and author of The J-Curve: A New Way to Understand [...continue reading]

Unwitting Exposure: Does Posting Personal Information Online Mean Giving up Privacy?

"People who access the Internet for what have become routine functions -- sending emails, writing blogs, and posting photos and information about themselves on social networking sites -- do not realize how much of their personal privacy they put at risk, according to Wharton faculty and legal [...continue reading]