Anil Dash

Contributor to The Message & an advisor to Medium. See who I am at or reach me at or 646 833-8659.

You Can’t Start the Revolution from the Country Club.

The current fashion amongst alpha geeks is to reinvent many of the building blocks of the social web. Given that I’ve been obsessed with that particular intersection of technology and culture for a dozen years, I should be unequivocal in my excitement. But this time it’s complicated. Because we’re shutting some people out.

Nobody Famous

What it’s like to have the social network of a celebrity, without actually being famous

Prince Presents Judith Hill: Back in Time, Just in Time

Debut album from Paisley Park evokes classic soul production

Oh, another day, another new Prince track. This is much more like it: The X’s Face.

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What if Prince Was One Of Us?

The new Prince song is a great lens on what a talent of his level can do with even shoddy material.

The track is called “What If” (you can listen to it here) and when word of the song was first leaked two days ago, the first hope was that it was a new original track. Instead, it’s a cover of a middling track by contemporary Christian singer…

The tech diversity story that’s not being told.

We’ve had countless conversations about the horrible track record of the tech industry when it comes to the inclusion…

Throwing cold water on the phenomenon

The ice bucket challenge to fight ALS has been a tremendous success in fundraising. So is there any legitimate reason that so…

Mike Brown was a man.

It’s plain as day that the cops have no strategy, no end goal in Ferguson. There’s no leadership. They don’t even understand the situation that they’ve found themselves in.

Basic crowd management for a group that will not, or can not, disperse is to de-escalate. The rent-a-cops at a hippie music festival know exactly what to do when the sound cuts out…

What Is Public?

It’s so simple, right?

Someone could make off with all your garbage that’s put out on the street, and carefully record how many used condoms or pregnancy…

I Know Times Are Changing

Unlocking Purple Rain at 30, from Seger to sound trucks to Stevie Nicks.

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