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There isn’t a lot of advice out there about how to be a startup investor, so here is some

Sam Altman speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019.
Sam Altman speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019.
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Best Business Blogs is a Marker column that scours the web for the most interesting posts on business, entrepreneurship, and product development. This post originally appeared on the author’s blog.

There is a lot of advice about how to be a good startup founder. But there isn’t very much about how to be a good startup investor.

Before going any further, I should point out that this is a particularly hard time to invest in startups — it’s easier right now to be a capital-taker than a capital-giver. …


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A popular topic in Silicon Valley is talking about what year humans and machines will merge (or, if not, what year humans will get surpassed by rapidly improving AI or a genetically enhanced species). Most guesses seem to be between 2025 and 2075.

People used to call this the singularity; now it feels uncomfortable and real enough that many seem to avoid naming it at all.

Perhaps another reason people stopped using the word “singularity” is that it implies a single moment in time, and it now looks like the merge is going to be a gradual process. …


The 2016 US Presidential election feels like the most important one so far in my lifetime. No one able to vote in the US should be sitting this one out — we have a major choice to make.

With some friends, I helped start VotePlz to make it easier for young people to participate — technology has moved forward but registration has not (for example, young people generally don’t have printers or stamps, and many states still don’t have online registration).

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A lot of people are working hard to get their friends registered to vote, and we wanted to do something for them. …

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