Pierre Lavaux

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2 days ago

The Invention of Money

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Pierre Lavaux

71 days ago

As investors, we’ve found that if the founder can’t teach us their business in an hour or less, it’s not clear they will ever be able to convince future customers or employees either.

Venture and Value Investing

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Pierre Lavaux

81 days ago

On VC Startup Myths

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Pierre Lavaux

96 days ago

Bird and its fellow electric scooter providers have experienced a meteoric rise because of a simple premise: a scooter you rent spontaneously for a short period of time that you don’t have to take care of or worry about when you’re not riding it. A monthly program like this, where I’m encouraged to use it every day and liable for its well-being, injects all sorts of complications. It betrays the breezy, carefree pillar of the “micromobility” trend that is, effectively, Bird’s core business.

One month with a Bird rental scooter: far worse than a bike

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Pierre Lavaux

96 days ago

A new study suggests that reforesting an area the size of the United States could remove from the atmosphere between one and two thirds of all the CO2 we have put there since the start of the industrial age.

Earth first

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Pierre Lavaux

240 days ago

The basic economics of moving human beings and stuff around the physical world at the touch of a button is not an obviously profitable enterprise.

The Servant Economy

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Pierre Lavaux

240 days ago

Our work has real impact that spans beyond the pixels we put on the screen. When we help our clients to achieve their goals, we must take responsibility for the part that we’ve played, whether for better or worse.

What can digital agencies learn about business ethics from the Fyre Festival?

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Pierre Lavaux

240 days ago

Consumers are so used to inexpensive things being bad that mediocrity doesn’t stop them from rating them as perfect.

“Fast fashion” furniture has given us a world of crappy couches

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Pierre Lavaux

291 days ago

quand vous dépensez sur Kickstarter, ce n’est pas un achat ou une précommande, c’est un investissement.

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Pierre Lavaux

310 days ago

Writing in the 18th century, Edmund Burke described patronage as “the tribute that opulence owes to genius”. Today it is the spare change millennials pay podcasters.

Patreon, Kickstarter and the new patrons of the arts

economist.com

Pierre Lavaux

310 days ago

There’s something uniquely American about believing that with a little bit of hard work, anybody can make money fast.

How to Lose Tens of Thousands of Dollars on Amazon

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Pierre Lavaux

310 days ago

Nature’s answer to those who sought to control nature through programmable machines is to allow us to build machines whose nature is beyond programmable control.

Childhood's End

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Pierre Lavaux

322 days ago

In Silicon Valley, people are allowed to be strange. In fact, they are often celebrated for it.

Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla's Production Hell

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Pierre Lavaux

330 days ago

despite all the evidence to the contrary, the notion that stress is ‘good’ for performance is still being peddled by management textbooks

Please stop telling me to leave my comfort zone

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Pierre Lavaux

347 days ago

consommer un euro de numérique en 2018 induit une consommation d’énergie directe supérieure de 37% à ce qu’elle était en 2010.

Rapport du Shift Project : l'impossible sobriété numérique ?

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Pierre Lavaux

352 days ago

As a fund manager it’s never a good day to lose LP’s money, but if you do you better not solely rely on your quarterly “newsletter” to let them know that

Why 90% of Crypto Funds will fail

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Pierre Lavaux

366 days ago

La « Smart food », entre poudre alimentaire et poudre aux yeux

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Pierre Lavaux

366 days ago

La « Smart food », entre poudre alimentaire et poudre aux yeux

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Pierre Lavaux

366 days ago

La « Smart food », entre poudre alimentaire et poudre aux yeux

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Pierre Lavaux

407 days ago

No boss is going to admit that on Friday nights they consume pizza and watch box sets of “Game of Thrones”. Instead they claim to meditate or read improving books. Many business profiles resemble medieval “lives of the saints”, with the subjects of the hagiographies receiving share options instead of canonisation.

The annoying habits of highly effective people

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Pierre Lavaux

409 days ago

According to the UN, e-waste is now the world’s most rapidly growing waste source. China generated 11.1 million tons last year and the US 10 million tons.

E-Waste: A Big Problem Needing Bigger Solutions

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Pierre Lavaux

428 days ago

From Fish to Humans, A Microplastic Invasion May Be Taking a Toll

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Pierre Lavaux

434 days ago

Silicon Valley is a place where all of us got opportunities for things we were not qualified for, so the idea that women need special training is crazy.

Insights from Code Conference 2018

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Pierre Lavaux

437 days ago

I think the truth criterion “convincing arguments for intuitions” has been a bad influence on AI. It conflicts with science’s better criterion “neutral tests of hypotheses.” It has repeatedly led AI into making exaggerated claims based on inadequate evidence. I’ll suggest that analytic philosophy’s dysfunctional relationship with neuroscience has misled AI as well.

How should we evaluate progress in AI?

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Pierre Lavaux

437 days ago

Economically, AI research has been well worth the money spent on it.

But, the meaning of a word is in its use. “AI” is used to mean “complicated or hypothetical software that might be amazing, but we don’t understand why it works.” That simply isn’t engineering.

How should we evaluate progress in AI?

meaningness.com

Pierre Lavaux

456 days ago

En matière fiscale, il faut éviter les débats sur le sexe des anges, être pragmatique et proposer quelque chose d’adapté à chaque usage de cette étonnante ressource numérique qu’est le bitcoin. Après tout, le fisc ne traite pas l’or de manière unique selon qu’il est dans une mine, dans une prothèse dentaire, dans une pièce de monnaie antique ou contemporaine, dans un bijou, dans une antiquité, dans un composant électronique ou dans un produit financier !

Régulation et fiscalisation des crypto-actifs : trois propositions concrètes avant d’imaginer la France en championne des ICO.

medium.com

Pierre Lavaux

456 days ago

The paradox of wealth is that people tend to want it to signal to others that they should be liked and admired. But in reality those other people bypass admiring you, not because they don’t think wealth is admirable, but because they use your wealth solely as a benchmark for their own desire to be liked and admired.

The Psychology of Money

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Pierre Lavaux

456 days ago

the less friction present in a system, the more you see people default to an if/else decision profile. You get winner-take-all effects, or at least winner-take-most, in the ‘else’ category.

Understanding Abundance, part 1: It’s Caused by Consumers

medium.com

Pierre Lavaux

456 days ago

the opportunities to increase profit per employee are unprecedented in a digital economy, where intangible assets are a rich source of value. Opportunities to improve ROIC to an equal extent are hardly as plentiful.

The new metrics of corporate performance: Profit per employee

mckinsey.com

Pierre Lavaux

457 days ago

“your return is driven by your winners, and your reputation is driven by how you handle everything else.”

6 Lessons For VCs, Entrepreneurs From Upfront Ventures' Kara Nortman

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Pierre Lavaux

457 days ago

Bitcoin would be majority attacked if it became sufficiently economically important — e.g., if it became a “store of value” akin to gold — which suggests that there are intrinsic economic limits to how economically important it can become in the first place.

The Economic Limits of Bitcoin and the Blockchain

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Pierre Lavaux

463 days ago

Narcissistic CEOs Can Mean Big Legal Bills

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Pierre Lavaux

471 days ago

79 - Rapport Landau, la tentation du Mur

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Pierre Lavaux

496 days ago

Civic Tech in a Time of Technopessimism

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Pierre Lavaux

496 days ago

Tails, You Win

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Pierre Lavaux

506 days ago

Rebooting AI - postulates

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Pierre Lavaux

521 days ago

After the Techcrunch bump: Life in the “Trough of Sorrow”

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Pierre Lavaux

521 days ago

This became a kind of cultural commons that people could draw on to understand communicating through a technology. When you called someone, if the person was there, they would pick up, they would say hello. If someone called you, if you were there, you would pick up, you would say hello. That was just how phones worked. The expectation of pickup was what made phones a synchronous medium.

Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

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Pierre Lavaux

527 days ago

Compared to those who spent one to six nights a month away from home for business travel, those who spent 14 or more nights away from home per month had significantly higher body mass index scores and were significantly more likely to report the following: poor self-rated health; clinical symptoms of anxiety, depression and alcohol dependence; no physical activity or exercise; smoking; and trouble sleeping. The odds of being obese were 92% higher for those who traveled 21 or more nights per month compared to those who traveled only one to six nights per month, and this ultra-traveling group also had higher diastolic blood pressure and lower high density lipoprotein (the good cholesterol).

Just How Bad Is Business Travel for Your Health? Here’s the Data.

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Pierre Lavaux

533 days ago

Unfortunately, coyotes are too smart for their own good. They are, to use the wonderful Brit phrase, too clever by half. They are, to use a post-modern, TV reality show lingo, not good in the meta-game. And the meta-game has turned against the coyotes with a vengeance.

Too Clever By Half

epsilontheory.com

Pierre Lavaux

533 days ago

Felker and Wolfe also understood that the people who like to read magazine stories about status are the people who are insecure about their status. Flush economic times produce people like this, people who worry that their money is not buying them standing

Tom Wolfe, Sage of Status Anxiety

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Pierre Lavaux

533 days ago

Agile development approaches are not inherently harmful. Organisations attempt to incorporate values into the method. But when non-diverse teams use agile methods they often have ethical blind spots (wilful and not) that can embed harm in their invention (diversity is a competency!).

Working Ethically At Speed

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Pierre Lavaux

534 days ago

a16z Podcast: Network Effects, Origin Stories, and the Evolution of Tech

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Pierre Lavaux

540 days ago

Perhaps more than anything else, what has sucked all of the joy out of the social internet in its current form is its exhortation to be useful. We have arrived at a version where everything seems to be just another version of LinkedIn. Every online space is supposed to get you a job or a partner or a stronger personal brand so you can accomplish the big, public-record goals of life.

The decline of Snapchat and the secret joy of internet ghost towns

theverge.com

Pierre Lavaux

540 days ago

The Entire Economy Is MoviePass Now. Enjoy It While You Can.

nytimes.com

Pierre Lavaux

545 days ago

Crypto’s Big Lie

medium.com

Pierre Lavaux

548 days ago

The truth is that we totally have screwed over younger generations. And that’s a bigger story than just the social-media and tech thing, but the social-media and tech thing is a big part of it. We’ve created a scammy society where we concentrate wealth in ways that are petty and not helpful, and we’ve given them a world of far fewer options than we had.

‘We Won, and We Turned Into Assholes’

nymag.com

Pierre Lavaux

548 days ago

There are only three startup stages

medium.com

Pierre Lavaux

556 days ago

How China Leapfrogged Ahead of the United States in the Fintech Race

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Pierre Lavaux

560 days ago

"General Magic" Doc Is Full Of Life & Lessons For Inventors

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