What’s Next — Chains, Silicon Valley

by Jordan Gonen | 7.16.2018

Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

Hi 👋Happy Monday, hope you have a great week and let me know if I can be helpful :)

Enjoy the newsletter!

Articles to Read.

(I had the wrong link for this article last week, enjoy!)

The Abolition of Work (long read, but one of my recent favorites):

No one should ever work.

Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any evil you’d care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working.

Liberals say we should end employment discrimination. I say we should end employment. Conservatives support right-to-work laws. Following Karl Marx’s wayward son-in-law Paul Lafargue I support the right to be lazy. Leftists favor full employment. Like the surrealists — except that I’m not kidding — I favor full *un*employment.


Break the Chain: Stop Being a Slave:

“No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

We need to make our own way, and there is a slippery slope between accepting the generosity of people who help you along and getting dependent on them. The entitlement born from expecting others to help you is a recipe for misery. So is excessive dependence on others.

The lesson is never to anticipate or rely on the kindness of strangers. This dependence means they own you. If you have a mortgage, you don’t own your house; the bank does.

Working for the government taught me a lot about ownership — specifically, about dependence on other people. People refused to say what they really thought, subconsciously abiding by the maxim “whose bread I eat, his song I sing.”


Too Many Kids Go To College (Peter Thiel Debate) — (curious which side you are on)


The Race to Save Hollywood:

What happens when the impossible hype of MoviePass meets the complete dominance of Disney?

Again, increasingly, Disney is Hollywood. And this is actually a good thing, at least in the short term. Because it’s the only thing keeping the box office afloat. In the long term though…Nothing lasts forever. And neither will this incredible run of hits. But Disney/Marvel was ingenious in the planning and creation of cinematic universes with a scope that, if successful, would ensure decades of hits.


Ding Dong, the Feed Is Dead:

It’s hard to believe there was a time, in those early, heady days of social media, that I wanted more of it. New services would pop up on what seemed like a weekly basis and I — the young naif — would sign up for every one of them. Each social service represented some part of my identity — my music tastes, coffee shop check-ins, and Twitter ruminations.


This Is Your Life in Silicon Valley, Two Years Later:

You can’t fall back asleep. You reflect. You turn on the Headspace app and give yourself 10 minutes of peace. You have no idea whether meditation works or not. It’s really boring, and all your mind can think about is Instagram. It feels good, though.

Your last start-up failed. You ran business development. It turns out your 27-year-old CEO, who never ran an enterprise software start-up, ran the company straight into the ground. You reflect for a bit on the reasons why this happened.


Success is a Question of If Not When:

A thing I believe that few believe: Almost all Silicon Valley startup ideas from qualified founders = great ideas. But some are too early.

Track startups over multiple decades, what you find is that most ideas do end up working. It’s much more a question of “when” not “if”.


The Lonely Life of a Professional Youtuber:

You might have a million subscribers online, but the trade-off is spending most of your time alone, in front of a computer — as WillNE knows all too well.

More to Check Out:
- My Blog (just passed 872 days in a row!)
- Coord
- Impossible Burgers 
- The Great CEO Within (ebook)
- What happens when a computer runs your life?Like reading books? Check out Bookclub.


Podcasts to Listen To:

- Box CEO Aaron Levie on Recode Decode (Recode)


My Update:

- Still trying that focusing thing out. Will let you know how that is going once I make more progress.

- If we have never talked before, send me an email! (just hit reply to this). Happy to help in any way I can.