10
Dec
2018
Canada’s “Disrupted”, eh
The inaugural post of this blog was a review of Dan Lyon’s “Disrupted”, which put a point to the unicorn economy, where money losing companies crowd out real businesses by sucking up all the oxygen in the space. That bubble hasn’t popped …yet, although it may this year. In the meantime, here is another personal account of life within some VC-darling branding darling, this time up here in Canada. Read it here… Read More
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5
Dec
2018
Money and Work Unchained by Charles Hugh Smith

  The current conventional-wisdom view of our soon-to-be future is rose-tinted: Automation will free millions of people from the drudgery of work, then by taxing the robots doing all the work, we can pay everyone universal basic income (UBI), enabling a life of leisure and artistic pursuit for all. The result: a future of universal happiness. But is this accurate? Is this what UBI is actually capable of doing? More importantly, is this what we want? And even more importantly: Will this “future” be our best future? Will it account for and manage the practicalities of work, money, and automation, given the limits of endless growth on a finite planet? Money and Work Unchained drags the now-popular concept of universal basic income (UBI) from the shadows of pundit blather into a harsh, illuminating light, and in doing so presents an entirely new view of the future that upends our conventional understanding of work and money. This audiobook lays out a practical pathway that realigns work, money, and human fulfillment into a sustainable system that sheds the inequalities and injustices of the status quo in favor of a human-scale way of living. Get Audiobook

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10
Sep
2018
What went wrong at Social Capital?
“Social Capital arrived in Silicon Valley seven years ago with a charismatic co-founder, former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya who also owns a piece of the Golden State Warriors. It raised more than $1 billion and made early bets on companies like Slack.” …and then it all went to shit. This Axios article tracks the implosion. (Sometimes I think by building a real company that actually has a real service and a customer base for 20... Read More
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16
May
2018
Conversation with Gary Lachman

It’s not every day you get to sit down with an inductee into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, which I had the opportunity to do here with Gary Lachman (formerly known as “Gary Valentine”, co-founder of Blondie). We discussed matters far more esoteric than rock-n-roll however, and it was quite interesting. Don’t forget to grab the audiobook as well.

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16
May
2018
The Lost Knowledge of Imagination by Gary Lachman

  It was a thrill and an honour to be able to produce Gary Lachman’s Lost Knowledge of the Imagination. This insightful and inspiring book argues that, for the sake of the future of our world, we must redress the balance [between reason and imagination]. Through the work of Owen Barfield, Goethe, Henry Corbin, Kathleen Raine, and others, and ranging from the teachings of ancient mystics to the latest developments in neuroscience, The Lost Knowledge of the Imagination introduces the listener to a philosophy and tradition that restores imagination to its rightful place, and argues that it is not only essential to our knowing reality to the full, but to our very humanity itself. Get the audiobook here, and see below for my conversation with Gary Lachman…  

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27
Oct
2017
Conversation with The Hon. Paul T. Hellyer about The Money Mafia

I had the opportunity to discuss Paul Hellyer’s most recent book and his current endeavors.

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