Links tagged with “siliconvalley”
General Magic: Oral History of the Influential Tech Company
“Oral history” seems to mean “interviews broken into tiny snippets to give the impression of a conversation” but this excerpt of a book is still good. I remember that interface from an early Wired article.
Don’t Be Evil
Interview with Fred Turner. 1960s New Left vs New Communalism, techno-utopianism, the politics of infrastructure, “Burning Man is to the tech world what the 19th century Protestant church was to the factory”, the electronic frontier. (via @michalmigurski)
The Mind of Marc Andreessen - The New Yorker
Long May 2015 profile of Andreessen. Very interesting, although it only sort of points in the direction of any criticism rather than being critical about anything. (via @kevin2kelly)
Your Job is Political: Tech Money in Politics
Whether you agree or not with the activities of the VCs mentioned here, it’s good to be reminded that working for VC-funded startups doesn’t only make the VC richer (if all goes well), but funds whatever they want to spend their money on. Do you know what that is?
The coolest culture hack of all is not hacking your culture » Boyes Club
Good. “If you tell me you want to ‘hack’ your culture, what I hear is, ‘I don’t know how to make the people working for me simultaneously more engaged and more productive, so I’m going to attempt to manipulate them in ways based entirely on my own misunderstanding of human behaviour and hope that gives me the results I’m looking for’.” (via @tomstuart)
Thomas Friedman Visited Silicon Valley and Is Wrong About Everything
Just because it’s fun to read people being angry about Thomas Friedman and Silicon Valley. It baffles me that intelligent people read him uncritically. (via @agpublic)
San Francisco Scapegoated for Silicon Valley’s Civic Blind Spot
Very good point from Peter Merholz: The poor planning (ie, car-centric, sprawling) of Silicon Valley is one reason for the current problems in (more appealingly planned, dense) San Francisco. A good example of the need for regional rather than town planning, I’d guess.
Geeks for Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries | TechCrunch
The sort of logical endpoint for the worst of Silicon Valley geekdom. (via @GreatDismal)
The Viral Me: Devin Friedman Investigates the New World of Social Networking: Big Issues: GQ
Quite a good description of the Silicon Valley start-up scene, and why people want to use all these social sites/apps, by someone who starts off not really understanding it all. (via Blech)