Little Things That Hold Women Back

There is a glaring shortage of women in the field of technology entrepreneurship. The industry, in fact, is often described as a “Boy’s Club” filled with chummy male investors and entrepreneurs. I am hardly the first person to notice this problem....

Why I Love Hip Hop, America

I grew up in Orange County. I was corn fed on punk rock. When I was 17, I saw Rage Against the Machine at Irvine Meadows. The mosh pit was gigantic. Actually, it started off as two pits. They ultimately merged. There was a fire in the center. I ran against the grain....

Guns, Government & the Fallacy of Cyber-Utopianism

TLDR version: The idea that technology by itself can change the world is a delusion. For technology to have an impact in the world, humans must wield it, sometimes in conjunction with lethal force (or the threat thereof).* Ten days ago, as we were checking out office...

The VC Carried-Interest Tax Debate

Today was an exciting day on Twitter. Huge debate/fight regarding the proposed "Carried Interest" tax treatment for private equity and venture capital fund managers. I mostly sat on the sidelines and retweeted the excitement (Chris Dixon told Jim Robinson IV...