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Weekend Reads 10

top stories of the week

This Week’s Stories: media, tech, small biz, and culture

By Jeff Howland

How Greylock Partners Finds the Next Facebook

by Katrina Brooker, Newsweek

‘For a striving founder of a startup, pitching your business plan here is a bit like being a rookie pitcher stepping onto the mound at Yankee Stadium—with Babe Ruth walking up to the plate. These are the guys who backed Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pandora, Dropbox, and Airbnb.’

How Google Could Become Your Next Power Company

by Ehren Goosens, Mark Chediak and Jim Polson, Bloomberg

“When we think of who our competitors or partners will be, it will be the Googles, Comcasts, AT&Ts who are already inside the meter. We aren’t worried about the utilities because they have no clue how to get beyond the meter, to be inside the house.” – David Crane, CEO, NRG Energy Inc.

Where Do Eureka Moments Come From

by Maria Konnikova, The New Yorker

‘Creativity is the whole process of how we come up with new ideas; insight is just a step along the way, albeit an important one. In general, creativity seems to come when insight is combined with the hard work of analytical processing. A person can’t discover the theory of general relativity in a dream if he isn’t a physicist who’s done some heavy thinking about the subject beforehand.’

Nicolson Baker Wrote an Article

by Jordan Lints, The Bygone Bureau

‘Many journalists insert themselves into their stories, but how much is too much?’

A Theory of Jerks

by Eric Schwitzgebel, Aeon Magazine

‘Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude.’


“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

– Abigail Adams urges her husband to “remember the ladies”

Have a good weekend.

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