Weekend Reading (and a plug)
Writing worth reading - 1st / 2nd August 2020
Tech billionaire Peter Thiel is searching for new political allies. He’s found one in Kansas by Theodore Schleifer
“Despite his proud support for Trump in 2016, Thiel’s influence in Trump’s orbit has faded and he has reportedly soured on the president”
Statement by Jeff Bezos to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary by Jeff Bezos
“When I told my boss I was leaving, he took me on a long walk in Central Park. After a lot of listening, he finally said, “You know what, Jeff, I think this is a good idea, but it would be a better idea for somebody who didn’t already have a good job.””
The Declining Power of the American Passport by Prashant Rao
“When we landed, however, immigration officials told me my colleagues were mistaken, and those rules did not apply to Indians. I was put on a flight back to Amman while my girlfriend, with her British passport, collected our bags”
Reporters are leaving newsrooms for newsletters, their own ‘mini media empire’ by Jacob Bogage
“Put off by the social media algorithms that controlled news distribution, they wanted a platform that would allow each client to build a “mini media empire” around their mailing lists”
Elon Musk, Blasting Off in Domestic Bliss by Maureen Dowd
“Mr. Musk said that “c has gotten quite worried about A.I. in the last few weeks. I think GPT-3” — the latest A.I. tool that has Silicon Valley buzzing — “has caused her to become quite concerned. And I’m like, ‘Welcome to me circa 10 years ago.’””
And a plug:
Brilliantly Easy, Stupidly Difficult. A 9others podcast about the decisions we make and the lives we end up living.
The Education of an Angel Investor. A series of mini-interviews to get to the bottom of why angel investors invest — find out their true motivations, tips and tactics behind the decisions they make.