Why VC Isn’t Proper for Most Startups, The Place The place Taylor Swift, Gwar & Cypress Hill are Equals, and Parrothead Recollections (RIP Jimmy)


Some phrases and sounds that I’ve loved just lately.

How Pop Stars Turned NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ Into Authenticity Theater [Adlan Jackson/New York Times] – As Stefon would possibly say, music’s hottest membership known as Tiny Desk. And it has every thing. Gwar, Taylor Swift, Juvenile. NPR’s Tiny Desk has all the time been fantastic throughout its 15 years, however is having a particular post-pandemic resurgence pushed by some amazingly eclectic performers and, in my opinVC ion, the glee of seeing a lot of individuals packed right into a small house.

Chile’s Shantytowns Are a Final Resort — and Rising Quick [Eduardo Thomson/Bloomberg] – Traditionally sitting right here within the US we’d count on to learn tales like this about locations distant from our personal nation. And whereas Thomson’s article discusses Chile, I do marvel if we’re more likely to see extra of this globally, together with domestically. It’s an extension of the semi-permanent tent cities and automotive/RV/trailer parking hubs. A cocktail of local weather change, inequality, rising housing prices and over-regulation stopping new builds finally ends up with clusters of individuals in search of some type of shelter and group.

These tomas are rising at a dizzying fee throughout Chile. A dearth of reasonably priced housing, unemployment, migratory waves, and even discrimination, are leaving many with out higher choices. The variety of households residing in shantytowns jumped 39% between 2020 and 2021, to nearly 114,000, in line with the newest from housing nonprofit Techo Chile.

VC (In all probability) Isn’t Proper For You [Chris Neumann/Panache Ventures] – Discover me somebody who can completely discern at an organization’s starting whether or not it’s ‘proper’ for enterprise capital, and I’ll present you the world’s most profitable investor. So whereas Chris’ premise is 100% correct, it’s additionally usually true solely in hindsight for a lot of corporations. His actual call-to-action right here although is to assist entrepreneurs know there are different sources of capital/fashions for constructing on the market which aren’t VC-dependent. That I can get behind. I additionally consider our trade might enhance the methods we assist an organization get off the enterprise curve if it seems that they’re not going to succeed, however that’s a extra difficult subject.

Jimmy Buffett, 1946 – 2023 [NYTimes Obituary] – My first tattoo got here in 1991. A parrot on the within of my left ankle. A parrot in reference to Jimmy Buffett’s fandom, and the inside as a result of it was for me, not for others. My onramp to Margaritaville got here within the Nineteen Eighties as a pre-teen, my greatest good friend’s lawless uncle taking part in us Songs You Know By Coronary heart in his convertible. Jimmy had a smaller fan group these days – so small that when his albums first began being reissued on compact disc they wanted to place TWO on a single disc with a view to incentivize buy – however we two joined it shortly. What adopted had been a number of a long time of concert events, Buffett-inspired adventures, and even just a few encounters with the person himself. Thank You Jimmy 🫡🦜



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