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Why Governments Should Invest in Their Diaspora Founders

We are brainstorming a new solution to a widespread challenge in many countries: how to develop a self-sustaining, independent local tech ecosystem. Our proposal: governments systematically support funding for their diaspora founders, not just the local founders. I co-wrote this essay with Prabhat Gusain, formerly an intern with Versatile VC; and a 2021 MBA from...

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The Media Will Spark Mass Violence in November…or Maybe Not

I’m very concerned about the risk of civil strife when election results come in. I suggest the most important lever to promote a smooth transfer of power is for the major media companies (especially Fox) and major social media companies to plan their moves carefully. I have some friends who are executives at influential media...

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Partisan Activism 101 for Investors and Executives

You care passionately about certain political causes. How can you use your professional influence to help create change? When your grandchildren ask you, “What did you do during the craziness of 2020?”, how will you answer them?    Reid Hoffman, cofounder of Linkedin, writes: Traditionally, CEOs … have tried to avoid mixing business and politics, perhaps...

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How Non-Partisan Business Leaders Can Help Fix America

10 non-partisan action steps for investors and executives to help fix our broken political process Almost everyone agrees that the American political system is dysfunctional. You love our country, and you want to do something about it.  But, becoming politically active can be a challenge, particularly if you’re in a business leadership role. No matter...

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Join the Biden/Harris Campaign as an Industry Ambassador at Large 

Are you a well-connected industry leader eager to make America functional again? We have an opportunity for you to help the country, and also build your relationships with other senior people in your sector.  This is NOT a fundraising role.   As an Ambassador at Large for the Biden/Harris Campaign, your responsibilities are: By far most...

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7 Easy Steps to Make America Functional Again

Paul Graham, cofounder of Y Combinator, wrote in a thoughtful essay: “The defining quality of an ideologue, whether on the left or the right, is to acquire one’s opinions in bulk. You don’t get to pick and choose. Your opinions about taxation can be predicted from your opinions about same-sex marriage.…Accidental moderates, on the other...

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A message to young people from older folks: DON’T VOTE

Voter registrations close soon in many key states. Register here. And a reminder for young people: DO NOT VOTE!  ...

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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 256-bit AES safe for storing top-secret data. What is a little more surprising, however,...

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