Stu West

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“The Internet rewards scorched-earth arguments.”

Tom Spurgeon

Deciphering America

I had some business at an Ottawa customs office a few days ago, and the four staff working the front desk lived up to everyone’s worst stereotype about Canadians. They were helpful, polite and competent and I was in and out of the office in fifteen minutes. But while I was waiting one of them mentioned that day’s news, which was that the FBI was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. “They’re both unfit,” he said. “Both unfit to serve.” And the others agreed.

That’s when I should have known.

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The Launch Pad

The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator by Randall Stross is an account of what happened to the startup companies accepted into Y Combinator’s Summer 2011 programme. You get the impression sometimes that people in Silicon Valley say the name Y Combinator about as regularly as they say Google or Facebook, but a vanishingly small proportion of people outside the tech industry have ever heard of it…

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