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Oona Rokyta

Oona Rokyta

CEO & Co-founder at Lance
  • “Economists who’ve studied the trade relationship argue it would be hard to eliminate the gap, which they say is sustained in large part by U.S. demand for Chinese products.”

    Really good piece on the vast challenges to lessening this gap, even if China held true to its end of the bargain. America could

    “Economists who’ve studied the trade relationship argue it would be hard to eliminate the gap, which they say is sustained in large part by U.S. demand for Chinese products.”

    Really good piece on the vast challenges to lessening this gap, even if China held true to its end of the bargain. America could degrade other countries’ opportunities at maintaining their exports (esp those already reliant upon US loans) as well as the changes to American agricultural subsidies and infrastructure that would be required.

    While renegotiating trade agreements is likely necessary at regular intervals, this demands a closer look at the costs of the ripple effects and our own dependencies and domestic disorder.

  • Building off of Bob’s comment here, there needs to be a shift in general conversation from maintaining privacy (an obsolete value proposition at this point) to how can people gain a sense of the value exchange in their everyday platform interactions.

    If I knew I provided $360 worth of value via my

    Building off of Bob’s comment here, there needs to be a shift in general conversation from maintaining privacy (an obsolete value proposition at this point) to how can people gain a sense of the value exchange in their everyday platform interactions.

    If I knew I provided $360 worth of value via my data or product on Facebook per day, I could then reflect on whether I’m gaining that value through use of the platform or they needed to incentivize my further use in other ways.

  • Absolutely see this effect starting to take place as housing markets soften, wealth-on-paper has taken dips, and recession discussions are causing fatigue.

    Smaller, everyday luxuries will continue to see spending - but not more sizable, profitable commodities.

  • I would argue that besides a livable wage or project payment, all you need is #1 and people who believe in what you’re doing and where you’re headed.

    Everything else is lovely and will grow with time, but can’t substitute these two core elements. People - especially our younger generations - care about

    I would argue that besides a livable wage or project payment, all you need is #1 and people who believe in what you’re doing and where you’re headed.

    Everything else is lovely and will grow with time, but can’t substitute these two core elements. People - especially our younger generations - care about what and why you are building something. Make it good and impactful - and the best people will come (whether it’s full-time or freelancers).

  • Disclaimer: I am an organized person by nature. And I binged this season in one weekend while putting around the house.

    First a little story, one spring when I lived in DC, my little sister came to visit for two weeks. I showed her around my apartment and told her how I liked the towels folded just

    Disclaimer: I am an organized person by nature. And I binged this season in one weekend while putting around the house.

    First a little story, one spring when I lived in DC, my little sister came to visit for two weeks. I showed her around my apartment and told her how I liked the towels folded just so and the dishes stacked. Did they end up like that with her living there? No, BUT the towels did end up on the towel racks (instead of thrown on the bed) and the dishes in the cupboards (instead of dirty in the sink).

    Marie Kondo like all aspirational figures before and after her are meant to draw out our better selves. Let them motivate us with impossible paradigms. Just don’t go so far as to turn them - or ourselves - in villains.

  • Certainly it’s flowing - but has shifted over in terms of where investments are focused. Lots of money in the growth stages chasing the SoftBank pull. Pre-seed and seed investments, while much stronger, are also acting more like Series A investments of a decade ago.

    Appreciate Jon’s reporting here

    Certainly it’s flowing - but has shifted over in terms of where investments are focused. Lots of money in the growth stages chasing the SoftBank pull. Pre-seed and seed investments, while much stronger, are also acting more like Series A investments of a decade ago.

    Appreciate Jon’s reporting here but more meaningful articles show at which stages investment dollars are really collecting today - and the effects of peer pressure in VC-land.

  • Looking forward to seeing how this IPO goes for Airbnb.

    The company definitely has challenges ahead in terms of working with municipalities and addressing its impact on affordable housing. However, I believe Airbnb has a long and growing path ahead as people become more mobile in the future across their life chapters.