It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another. — RIP Nelson Mandela – words to remember. (via explore-blog)
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Greylock invests in Trifacta -
After many many months of being in stealth, I’m excited to finally officially announce that we have invested in Trifacta and I will be joining the board.
People Transforming Data
The team has put together a great summary of their mission:
"Trifacta was founded on a bold…
Apple doesn’t give a shit what everyone else is doing. To some, that’s what makes Apple great. To others, it’s what’s wrong with Apple. One side thinks, Why in the world should we have to wait until 2016 to have a smaller, reversible plug? The other side thinks, Why in the world would you want a proprietary, non-standard, expensive plug? — Future USB Plug to Be Smaller and Reversible (via bryan)
Obviously, you do not want to fuck with Ron and Harry when they’re on holiday at the ski chalet.
Joker planning a Christmas heist while the Jedi Council has no idea.
Something isn’t quite right in this Xmas Village
Pretty nice day for a ball game. #goStanford (at Stanford Stadium)
: MessageMe for the Web: Your Thumbs Will Thank You! -
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Blackberry Shares Crash on Word of Buyout Bid Failure -
As of 9:20 am ET, BlackBerry shares were trading at $6.48, down by $1.29. At that price, BlackBerry’s market capitalization will be about $3.4 billion when the markets open for formal trading later this morning. That would be only $1 billion-and-change more than the combined cash and short-term investments it said it had on hand when it reported its latest quarterly results in September. If it were to fall much further, it would be trading at levels near or possibly below the value of its cash holdings, which would imply that the marketplace considers the company essentially worthless.
For whatever it’s worth (and I don’t think very much), I remember working at Apple in 1997 and the financial situation being very similar — we were trading pretty close to the value of our cash on hand.
Then: Steve came back, took a company that had been through rough times but with great DNA, and rebuilt it.
So it’s possible. But tough. And it would help a lot to have Steve Jobs at the helm.
Maybe Card decided at some point that the price of empathy was better borne by his characters than by himself. It’s hard to hate your enemies when you understand them; it’s much easier to go through life holding on to your prejudices by keeping those with whom you disagree at arm’s length. —
'Ender's Game,' its controversial author, and a very personal history - Grantland
Awesome piece in Grantland about Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game, and empathy. I have similarly confused reactions to Card’s writings over time, and how divergent they are from his early work.
When you’ve got it, you’ve got it. Never too early for the bananaphone gag.
I’ve written it many times, but during weeks like this week, it just comes in such focus: long term thinking — about our lives and our careers — investing in the people around us more than aiming at the quick win — it’s really everything.
This week I’ve gotten to spend time with 3 different entrepreneurs who I’ve known for a long time. One since my very first class at Stanford 24 years ago. Another who’s been one of my closest friends ever since grad school. And another who worked with me in my own startup nearly 15 years ago. The amazing thing about all of them is that we can pick up our conversations like no time has passed — we’ve been around each other in so many different contexts & in so many different roles — that we just take it for granted sometimes the way we weave in & out of each others’ lives periodically.
But I’ll tell you this: I don’t take it for granted at all. It’s been a lot of work over these many years to stay in touch, to work together — but it never feels like work, and it’s all worth it.
And even more significantly: Kathy & I celebrated our 13th anniversary together — but we’ve actually known each other & been friends for way longer — since we met in 9th grade in San Antonio, back in 1985. Hard to remember life before I knew her, honestly, and why would I want to, really?
The arc of our careers, and our lives, is long. No big insight there, except that some weeks it comes into such sharp relief — it’s so obvious — that it feels good to share it.