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Josh Miller

Josh Miller

Process Improvement Analyst at
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  • Huawei behaves like a pure capitalist business in many regards. That should give leaders in the US pause that they might take a high risk decision and pivot to an even less US-based strategy. The future of companies in both US and China’s economies is in exports to the countries now becoming developed around the world.

  • I think the conversation around election system security is overrated. The 2016 election and the Mueller report proved that our election systems biggest vulnerability is in how people consume information before going to the polls. Why would a foreign or domestic enemy bother tampering with election equipment

    I think the conversation around election system security is overrated. The 2016 election and the Mueller report proved that our election systems biggest vulnerability is in how people consume information before going to the polls. Why would a foreign or domestic enemy bother tampering with election equipment, which has a direct path to criminal charges, when they can effectively influence elections with misinformation campaigns which are much harder to prevent and pinpoint.

  • Random thought, but I’m predicting VaynerX (GaryVee) will be looking to buy up any brands that Kraft jettisons in order to clean up their mess. His marketing firm worked with Budweiser, presumably while Patricio was still in as the head of marketing at Anheuser-Busch, so has some history with the new leadership at Kraft.

  • The painful reality that this report does not seem to address is that the clearing of natural carbon sinks (like the rainforests) AND the increased meat consumption is in developing countries where diets are still lacking nutrition that they are now starting to get from meat as they become wealthier

    The painful reality that this report does not seem to address is that the clearing of natural carbon sinks (like the rainforests) AND the increased meat consumption is in developing countries where diets are still lacking nutrition that they are now starting to get from meat as they become wealthier. People in developed countries are already eating the same or less amounts of meats as in the past 50 years. What’s going on is that more people across the world are seeking access to meat as a part of their diet. So the question becomes how are scientists in developed countries - who go home to full grocery store shelves and air conditioned homes - are going to feasibly tell people in countries like Columbia and Brazil and China that they should think about the rest of us when they buy beef for the first time in their lives.

  • This is a fascinating piece on business model behind cyber crime. As we get a handle on the business mechanics of cyber crime, we should start looking at who the people are that make these ecosystems work. My hunch is that the actors and their incentives will look like white collar crime and corporate

    This is a fascinating piece on business model behind cyber crime. As we get a handle on the business mechanics of cyber crime, we should start looking at who the people are that make these ecosystems work. My hunch is that the actors and their incentives will look like white collar crime and corporate deviance than mob bosses and stick-up kids. The way you disincentive someone from working in cyber crime is totally different if it’s a “side hustle” they do in the evenings after work vs someone who fits the bill of a traditional “hacker” sitting alone in a basement nefariously planning to bring down the internet.

  • One of the leaders of Facebook once said that “once in a million” possibilities happen multiple times a day there because of the shear volume of transactions occurring. The same is surely true for AirBnB. This story is chilling, but unquestionably the exception and not the rule. This one bad example

    One of the leaders of Facebook once said that “once in a million” possibilities happen multiple times a day there because of the shear volume of transactions occurring. The same is surely true for AirBnB. This story is chilling, but unquestionably the exception and not the rule. This one bad example shouldn’t drive us to torches and pitchforks. If anything, this is a sneak peek for middle class people on the same sort of illicit behavior that slumlords in New York and other big cities practice on the regular.

  • The premise here makes sense - sell water in packaging that blends in where it’s socially unacceptable to drink water (house parties, punk concerts, etc.). The fact that this was funded so much and so quickly is a cookie cutter Silicon Valley plan - take a simple product that could be easily copied and

    The premise here makes sense - sell water in packaging that blends in where it’s socially unacceptable to drink water (house parties, punk concerts, etc.). The fact that this was funded so much and so quickly is a cookie cutter Silicon Valley plan - take a simple product that could be easily copied and rush to be first to market and establish brand reputation.

    I think the more interesting news here is how common it is for crazy ideas to get $1.6MM in fund raising just because the market is hot.

  • This startup model still seems dangerously fragile to me, more so because of how large the businesses have become. It’s like your business model is to race a car to beat a high speed train across the tracks. You (and your employees and customers) have to take all this risk by operating at a loss and

    This startup model still seems dangerously fragile to me, more so because of how large the businesses have become. It’s like your business model is to race a car to beat a high speed train across the tracks. You (and your employees and customers) have to take all this risk by operating at a loss and giving ownership to VCs then race to become so big that you can “invert” before the VC money runs dry.

    What would happen if Uber suddenly stopped getting loans from private capital? Would the business - a mainstay of everyday life for many - disappear? Or would someone on the sidelines with cash-on-hand strip it fr the founders and try to flip it like a foreclosed house?

  • I think this tells us that the problem was never with the cable providers but with the content owners like Discovery and Disney. Their model of holding the broadcaster/streamer hostage for a specific price reflects the fact that there’s still too many middlemen between the content creator and end consumer

    I think this tells us that the problem was never with the cable providers but with the content owners like Discovery and Disney. Their model of holding the broadcaster/streamer hostage for a specific price reflects the fact that there’s still too many middlemen between the content creator and end consumer to break the mold. YouTube, Hulu and others are better off focusing on their own original content to attract creators away from the likes of Discovery and Disney.

  • Social media platforms have the same DNA by definition: functionality to connect people. The “front end experience” of being picture focused (like Instagram), text focused (like LinkedIn), or video focused (like Snapchat) is ultimately just a differentiator used to capture different market segments

    Social media platforms have the same DNA by definition: functionality to connect people. The “front end experience” of being picture focused (like Instagram), text focused (like LinkedIn), or video focused (like Snapchat) is ultimately just a differentiator used to capture different market segments. Expect to see this same phenomenon in other platforms if you haven’t already.