There are many interesting ideas and developments emerging about how to fund companies in more sustainable ways. Four recent posts from thinkers I follow (which highlight that there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution):

Reid Hoffman:

But an IPO isn’t the end of a company’s story. In many cases, it’s just the second inning. Yet once a company goes public, it’s typical for its VC board members to roll off, leaving the CEO without someone to play an analogous role as an experienced partner. …

Last week, I posted a call for questions. I got many! Thank you for writing. There’s no way I will keep up with answering them all, but here’s a start.

Many of them were about recent Medium updates, which is not surprising. I’ll batch some of those answers here. Next time, I’ll do some non-Medium questions.

‘A concerned Medium fanatic’ writes:

Why did anyone at Medium think removing basic navigation and the existing layout options for publications was a good idea in the Beta rollout?

Our new version of publications — which are now available to everyone (if you have a publication, look for “beta” in your pub settings)— have a bunch of new functionality. Most visibly, the ability to change the look of your publication — colors, fonts, etc. They also don’t have all the old functionality (specifically, more layout options and navigation). As the word “beta” implies, this new product is not done (not that software ever is done — unless it’s dead). …


Ev Williams

CEO of Medium, partner at Obvious Ventures, co-founder of Twitter, curious consumer of ideas

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