Morality is a Luxury Good

Hobbesian State of Nature

War is an act of violence intended to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.  -Carl Von Clausewitz Morality is a luxury good. War is fundamentally amoral. There is nothing a threatened society won’t do, especially when cornered. The violence of war has no natural limit, no logical upward bound. And in case you thought […]

To Commerce! To Freedom! To the Open Internet!

Paul revere wants to save net neutrality

I sent this letter to the Federal Communication Commission just a few minutes ago. I encourage you to do something similar. Also, feel free to discuss this post on Hacker News. From: Matt Mireles Date: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM Subject: Save the Open Internet. For Freedom. To: [email protected] Hello, My name is Matt Mireles and […]

Farewell to All That

Ill-Be-Back

“Each time you crest the rise in front of you, it just makes it clear the size of the even larger hill that looms beyond it. It goes on for a long time.” -Marc Randolph, Founder/CEO Netflix **** After six years in the saddle as an entrepreneur, I’ve decided to hang up my hat and get […]

Knowing When to Flip.

push button to exit

Magazines take your photo. Venture Capitalists offer to invest over email.  Billionaires smoke weed in your living room. No one doubts you. Like this post? Discuss it on Hacker News.  Your company is hot. You are hot. And it feels awesome. To struggle for months, to dream for years––and then to have the world’s attention. It […]

Humility the Hard Way

Japanese generals humbled

So much of the best advice is impossible to hear when you are first starting out. Success feels within our grasp, just a sprint or two away. We’re in too much of a hurry to listen. Failure slows you down. The pain of failure forces you to stop. Failure creates the context where one can […]

Race, Ethnicity & Silicon Valley

Ray Mireles

Silicon Valley favors the brash and the brilliant. If you have a pedigree and a network (e.g. if you studied Computer Science at Stanford), the bar is lower. People will doubt you less. The corollary to this, of course, is that the more of a nobody you are, the harder it is and the higher […]

A Letter to My Son

Father and Son during a blackberry picking party.

Luca’s school asked me to write him a letter for mail day. I asked if I could send an email instead. They said ‘yes.’ Here’s what I wrote… Hello Son, Your old man here. First off, I love you. Remember that, especially those early, early mornings when you want to play and I pretend to […]

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