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listening to callow startup kids make deplorably ageist hiring decisions on conference call.
I don't think it's right to say $TWTR went public at $26. It went Insider Banker at $26. What it actually went public at was $45.
A problem should be solved via philanthropy only when market-driven solutions can't get it done.
As a demonstration of my benevolence, we are allowing Michigan State grads on the platform. :-)
Of course installing a word processor requires shutting down Chrome and Safari. Why wouldn't it? .
The general sentiment around the Skymall office today: well, fuck. what now?
#1: Foreigners probably can't tell if someone is retarded or just has a Boston accent.
not sure how to answer this question submitted through our website: "Do you have a website?"
#1: The Nigerian scammers already have better-working Obamacare websites.
Everybody cares about the why. Everybody.
Miguel Palacios: current loan system discriminates against low-income students
If this all comes to naught I call dibs on the headline "ZED's dead, baby. ZED's dead."
Students need more info on salary trajectories & demand for diff career occupations. Will reduce borrowing & improve school choice.
can we just call it the founders program? to offer joint CS MS and MBA degree
sometimes online chats/emails to the site are so bizarre i think they are tests from someone to see how we handle awkward conversations.
We take sincere & non stop service of our spouse for granted.Helping out with small things &saying "thank you" go a long way
In case you aren't finding this as hilarious as I am. He LEFT THE COMPANY two weeks ago. Today he deleted the organization on Github.
I simply don't understand why its so difficult (revolutionary!) for regulators to acknowledge we can "do more w less" via sharing.
A brief history of public reaction to Ev Williams:
• 2001 "Blogger? So useless."
• 2007 "Twitter? So useless."
• 2013 "Medium? So useless."
Kicking their ass twice as hard is the sincerest response to a competitor's flattery.
People's reaction to ideas:
Bad ideas: "That'll never work"
Good ideas: "That could work"
Great ideas: "That'll never work"
How does that saying go? Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life? Found it. Great road trip today.
Someone should write one of those "guess who wrote which" articles with quotes from the new Ron Paul and Diane Ravitch education books
only way to reduce college debt is to put a limit on guarantees to 10k per year. Tuition would drop 50pct. Colleges would adapt
Isn't it amazing how American politicians rally to launch a missile, but can't balance our budget, educate our children, or feed our hungry?
OH at "impact investing is about taking risk to address market failures. If normal VCs would invest it doesn't count"
People don't experience ideas, they experience details. Which is why every detail matters.
Just went outside for 30 minutes and didn't check my phone. So, basically I experienced Burning Man.
Uber is a $3.5 billion lesson in building for how the world *should* work instead of optimizing for how the world *does* work.
The only thing that goes through Tesla's roof is its stock.
"Is college too expensive" is an existential question. "Could college be less expensive" is not. That's the one to debate.
Tim Cook: "We have so much cash we don't know what to do with it all." Jony Ive: "We could always make iPhones out of gold?"
People who are depressed live in the past. People who are anxious live in the future. Find peace in the present.
pundits: just b/c 2+2=5 in gov't accounting doesn't mean it's right. profit story shows public fear of .
Every conversation where I've been embarrassed by someone I respect has saved me 10-100x in future embarrassment.
Happy Student Loan Bonanza Friday!
Fabulous! "Share Sydney" guide to identify and enjoy opportunities in city now available:
"Unpopular opinion" is a humblebrag.
"You are not solving a problem that I have" - my response to 95% of the sales calls or emails I get.
Policy action pls. Nearly half of all goers are at CCs. Cheaper than 4-yr b/still thousands of dollars.
20 yrs & 5k+ colleges. Not 1 ever repeatedly cited by policymkrs, wonks or acads as THE model 4 keeping prices in check. Hmm.
If you judged the VCs on Sand Hill by the art in their lobbies you have to conclude they all suck at evaluating alternative investments.
Watching higher ed people try their hand at discussing tax theory without realizing it is an interesting sight.
Fed consider it "public service" MT NCAA Prez Emmert's "non-profit" salary is $1.7 Million:
in fairness, parts of regulation "don't exist" only because they didn't pass muster w/ the courts
believe there is still 30 days for rule to get on the general ledger, then form d enhancements may delay further
Oh, well I just meant the federal IBR, which is basically just a welfare program for law graduates.
In fairness, in is non-universal form it is an adversely selected mess.
Things I haven't been allowed to say on air: This is only about young Pell eligible students. What 40 year old is agreeing to pay back 24 yr
Yes we get a safe harbor for accredited status. And can rely on third parties
#1: I don't read fiction. Unless you count an Indonesian bond offering memorandum.
Agreed. Still, tracking is not biggest problem w/proposal, uniform risk pricing is.
Better to be right about the trend and wrong about the implementation, than the other way around.
I love that so many people are here: and virtually every other higher ed fin aid person on earth
409a valuations are such bullshit. Total bureaucratic exercise that nobody values other than firms charging $4-5k
Only 15% of college students live on campus. I might tweet this daily.
Looks like we solved that silicon valley issue: Instagram is now the Instagram of video.
Thanks for all the kind (and clever) tweets about the launch of 's new Center on Higher Education Reform. Excited to get started!
“I don’t want to be your lender, I want to be your partner. I’ll invest in you”
"It's about more than offering a better-rate, it's about offering a better experience." - on at
We're all on the unending quest to find the space between "The world isn't ready for it yet" and "You're too late."
"Govt may think parents can only afford to pay $3k/yr towards their child’s education, yet will lend parents $30k/yr."
The designer that just finished their skeuomorphism app:
Ouch. Touché. “: maybe 'cause vc's get the management fee even if their investments go to 0”
Silicon Valley collects data on Americans Internet use, Congress freaks out. The government collects better data, Silicon Valley freaks out.
"Unlike my minions at the IRS or EPA who leak damaging info about my political opponents"
Are the Chinese really hacking us? Or are they just creating a backup copy of all our stuff as a courtesy to the NSA?
Goodnight comb. Goodnight brush. Goodnight . Goodnight mush.
Not sure what's a bigger relief this week: being able to finally talk about our jobs, or finally not having to keep secret the Red Wedding
PRISM: like Google, except run by the government
PRISM: why waste time hitting "send"?
Increase your PRISM ranking with these 7 simple tricks
Always better to listen first to customers who are using your product rather than those who *would* use it if . . . .
Dear NSA, You're doing it wrong. Everyone knows the right way to do this is just to launch a social network.
FISA Reminder: Rand Paul and Ron Wyden Warned You
Sending my daughter to hacking camp this summer. She's 3.5 yrs old, but I want her strong in stem before society tells her it's unladylike.
Dear Google, quit making self-driving cars and make a calendar/email interface that frees me from spending all day coordinating my calendar.
and here I thought the government would only snoop on my call patterns if I was a member of the press
Never work for somebody - instead, let them pay you to learn something.
The best information isn't in a blog post. It's in someone's head. Find that someone.
My VC firm will be called 3 Other Assholes just to fuck w readers.
"…with funding from SV Angel, Felicis, & 3 Other Assholes."
Every story about July 1 student loan interest rate increase should start with this caveat:
It applies *only* to subsidized Stafford loans.
Co-founder Kushal traveled to Jordan to meet w/ ASAI & learn more about the edu & labor markets. This is what he saw:
I don't understand how anyone can tell students not to think about employment. It seems either oblivious or privileged.
Detroit cashier learns Excel. Outscores Harvard grads. Now top applicant for job she looked unqualified for on paper.
Says Colin Hunt via ...
1. Never say more than is necessary.
2. Leave the audience wanting more.
Everyone is born short housing and long human capital. When you buy a mortgaged house, you are closing out your short and levering your long
FYI, I just looked and douchebag.vc is available.
Congrats to on becoming a registered b/d!
#1: Real estate brokers should use Groupon to see who's about to go out of business.
Congo Confident $12 Billion Power Plant Will Proceed by 2015 via an honor for to be involved.
somehow knew I'd score a "dear" on that one.
Design arbitrage: building a better UI on top of sites that suck, and charging a premium. c.f. Seamless, Ticketfly, HipMunk.
If that VC who won't fund you is so dumb & you're so fucking smart, how is he so much better at getting money from rich people than you are?
If u can't handle brutal criticism don't start a company, because your success will be largely based on your ability to internalize it.
yeah IBM will buy Rackspace to compete with AMZN - provided it wants the retailer's margins.
Buying teh cat blogs: $1.1B.
Giving all Flickr users 1TB: $20M.
Buying Time Square: $50M.
Making everyone forget about Google IO: priceless.
Funny how people think that the founder of a venture backed company sold for $1.1b is somehow a billionaire
"Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats." - Howard Aiken
Questioning Tumblr's longevity is useless. It's like saying Sony shouldn't have made the Walkman because the iPod eventually came.
48 more hours until your parents find out about -then subsequently join- Tumblr. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Obama Student Loan Policy Reaping $51 Billion Profit -
Quick. Someone get a piece of paper and write this number down: 8-6-7-5-3-0... Ugh, I forgot the rest.
Facebook likes are not fucking traction.
Many people tweeting abt record CO2 levels take dozens flights/yr for conferences, vacations, etc. change personal behavior too pls.
If there's a job you want, just start doing it (w/o pay). Key: Do it better than anyone else. Soon, you'll get hired for that job.
Interested in clean energy and securities law? (Who isn't?) Here's a panel I was on w/ Gtown classmates . VIDEO
#1: If you want to understand Quantitative Easing, imagine Van Gogh painting 10 paintings a day, every day, for 50 years.
#1: If I worked at SAC, I'd bro hug everybody, just to see who might be wearing a wire.
Krugman orders a pizza. Guy asks if he wants it cut into 6 or 8 slices. Krugman says, '8 please. I'm very hungry today.'
The first rule of disruption is don't talk about how fucking disruptive you are.
Checking out the comparison tool with Top 4 VA publics. How did UVa grad rate go down from 6-8 years?
The new report from about online education in public universities is really interesting
Prestige vs. Value in selecting a college, and the hard choices faced by today's parents...
The value of Beanie Babies dropped dramatically today. Wait, I mean Bitcoins.
I know I'm supposed to meet with all the people who tried this before, but they keep telling me why it won't work.
Interesting fact from 2014 budget: default rates on subsidized stafford program higher than all other programs: 21%.
Engineer: We don't need marketing. They add no value.
Me: If you believe that then you've never worked w good marketers.
Poaching is what losers call it when winners hire "their" people. If you can't keep your people happy that shit is on you.
Often it's not the conclusion that sets the disruptor and disrupted apart, but the speed at which they act on it.
A former Goldman banker explains what it really means to be wealthy
New start-up lets students trade part of future salary for cash now |
10 months ago Apple announced plans to reduce its $100 Billion cash pile. Now it’s almost $140 Billion. They can’t do anything right.
MOOC credit 2 lure students into enrolling in degree? Feels like low/no intro APR on credit card scam.
Here's a question for people in the United States. If you could get a student loan from Vittana, would you want one?
Skip the student loan, find an investor instead:
"Good thing we spent 6mo on scalability pre-launch. The thing went hyper-viral day one, just as planned." - nobody ever.
Another reason to skip the payments idea you have: Fred Wilson on Transaction Processing Revenue Models
"Wizardry": That's form-filling w/ Fill It : by
Drives me nuts! “: "Change the world. Or spam trying." -- Motto for half of the VC-backed tech companies out there.”
There are no fake dead girlfriends when CrowdCheck is involved.
you should really tweet something...
Impetus: Grad PLUS denial MT Law school grad auctions name to pay student debt
Steve Ballmer is buying a basketball team to bring to Seattle. Google to respond by obsoleting basketball.
My Fast Money interview - fun stuff!
"Manned" is the "vinyl" of aircraft MT CNN is doing a segment called "Drones Go Commercial." Drone hipsters everywhere lament.
Why is no one asking for the Franklin Mint director's opinion on all of this?
The story of CommonBond by of :
CES: people travel from all over to play with gadgets and not buy anything. Not to be confused with Best Buy.
. Peter Lynch famously said "invest in what you know." What do you know better than the person who wants to follow your footsteps?
A UK student loan accounting debate. Similar to the US fair-value/FCRA fight.
(UK) & (US)
Great article on the nuances of "failing fast" as an entrepreneur. Implicit argument for the approach...
Looking for some useful tools and forms to help jump start your ? Check out 's startup tool kit
Don't focus on the finish line so much that you miss the adventure. PS, there is no finish line.
If Congress was a startup, it would be Color.
um, dealers are getting kids hooked on crack and heroin and killing them by the millions. The point was criminals don't follow laws.
Enterprise disruption occurs because it's easier for a simple product to become advanced than a complex product to become simple.
I think Congress should negotiate for shares of the budget, rather than dollars, so they never go over budget.
happy to. I think our government should keep an honest budget just the way the private sector does.
Startups: This holiday season, be thankful for your incumbents. If their products were better, you couldn't exist.
Newsweek's last print issue has just a hashtag on the cover. Like using your final breath to ID the killer.
Harvard Graduates Targeted by Alumni-Backed Loan Funds via
Really intrigued by this startup that funds people rather than businesses (via )
: The word, "disrupt" and all of its variants viz. can/should be buried next to Jimmy Hoffa.
Spoiler Alert: Instagram already sold all your photos. For a billion dollars.
releases exam procedures for student loans Press release: Full document:
SLJ just hit 5k followers. I've been a bubble skeptic, but this shit is real. Time to start my Amish-hipster life brewing bacon beer.
Good story on SoFi. Let's hope DC works things out, or our waitlist will double to $200MM pretty quickly.
Step 1: Quit job.
2: Update LinkedIn title to entrepreneur.
3: Network until cash runs out.
4: Declare yourself a veteran. Seek mgmt role.
So excited about what is doing: brilliantly pairing likeminded people committed to making a difference. I want a piece of the action!
Startups win by solving problems large enough that they matter, but small enough that incumbents don't yet care.
. glad you like what we're doing! Would you or your identical twin get more backers on ? Challenge!
Now if Apple ever builds their first Android app - THAT will be something.
- Work That Matters [Video]
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche
"Yes. I know. We're fixing it." - me everyday
you had me at "real human"
Equity Investing in People is here:
Pave takes on student debt with crowdfunding site for education and careers
There is a specific place in hell for designers who put images of text in documents you might want to copy and/or/fucking edit.
Asking a motherfucker to send a Word document is the new asking a motherfucker to wear a suit to a meeting.
Upstart 8 months old this week!
Startup calendaring: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Friday, Friday.
Apple stock is falling because . . Apple stock is falling.
If you had to choose, would you rather lead a principled life or a compassionate one?
How tall can a Lego tower get?
Expected replies to kids with santa photo: FB: "how cute!" Twtr: crickets; G+: "pls stop perpetuating that myth"
"Things you didn't have growing up … define you." —
. Seriously, you think someone has to be for a side ? that is exactly the problem. This isnt a game.
Whoever made passwords case sensitive was a masochist
I hate hipsters. Their smug faces, vegan diet, tiny feet & sawdust bedding. No wait. Hamsters. I hate hamsters.
Conor isn't voting "against O" - and cheering Obama's Power X is to give Power X to next GOP President
Nice of Obama to talk over Romney for almost all of his last two minute answer. Completely unprofessional.
That awkward moment when both presidential candidates realize they don't disagree on foreign policy enough to debate it.
Wouldn't it be great if Warren Buffett backed you on Upstart? Seriously!
& I talking at Tuck/Thayer a few weeks ago. Wayne's World next?
This forum feels like reality (or unreality) TV w/o karsashians. BTW - Det 2 - NY 0 in 6th during crucial game 3
I'm gonna take you out of context. No, I'm gonna take YOU out of context. No no, I'm gonna take YOU YOU out of context. No, no. Mr...
Love that Romney jumped on the STEM graduates Visa issue; I don't get why we can't get that done. What's the downside? #
"Well, let's not start sucking each other's dicks quite yet." - me to all the motherfuckers congratulating each other for raising rounds.
How does it fit together with ArmyTimes poll showing active duty favoring Romney 2:1 over Obama?
TRASH DAY means sprinting a hundred yards with a toddler and pulling a trash can that weighs more than me. "Amazing job!" says nobody
So, now we know what happens when the phone rings at 3 AM in the White House. Obama call forwards to Hillary.
often they write in ALL CAPS :) RT : how does she flag the email as PR before opening?
Agreed. RT Highly recommend that every would-be investor start a company first. It's hard to understand pain in the abstract.