Book: The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries

Feld Thoughts

The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries was one of two books I read this weekend (the other was Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness ). Books book censorship china internet russia

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[Infographic] Education By Country (United States, China, Russia, France, Germany and Japan)


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What the West needs to know about Russia’s tech scene

The Next Web

For many investors and entrepreneurs in the West, doing business in Russia can seem like a step into the unknown. Russia in numbers. To fully grasp the size of the opportunity Russia offers, let’s start by looking at the numbers.

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Book: Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice

Feld Thoughts

It starts out as the autobiography of Bill Browder and his creation of a massively successful hedge fund ( Hermitage Capital Management ) that was one of the first non-Russian investors in Russia in the mid to late 1990s. Books book browder hermitage capital russia sergei magnitsky

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Can the Bitcoin code be forbidden by democratic governments?

The Startup Magazine

Finance Legal insight Technology banks Bitcoin blockchain blogger capital China commercials Community Contract cryptocurrency developer financing Government Innovation Investment legal Magazine Money policy production profit robots Russia software strategy taxes

Urban Technology: The Business of Smart Cities

The Startup Magazine

Skolkovo Innovation City in Russia has been recognized as an attempt to emulate Silicon Valley. Smart cities are a new approach to urban development.

Gartner stops short of calling them evil empires

deal architect

Extract from my new book: As we know, the 1990s were a chaotic time for Russia as the Soviet Union’s centralized, defense - heavy infrastructure was gradually torn down and replaced by decentralized, commercial enterprises. Seth Ravin describes his work

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Every Lie We Tell Incurs a Debt to the Truth

Feld Thoughts

The potential for nuclear war with Russia was a central theme for me growing up, especially during the Reagan years (1981 – 1989) as I went from teenager to young adult. I watched HBO’s Chernobyl the past few nights.

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These are the 4 biggest challenges for Latin American startups

The Next Web

Understandably, having a population higher than Russia and America combined, Latin America also comes with a vast amount of differences between our North American cousins. We in Latin America are the happiest people in the world. We have dominant international soccer teams.

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Like Selling Ice to Eskimos?

The Entrepreneurial Mind

The Louisiana Caviar Company , founded by John Burke, sells its product to customers in an unlikely foreign market: Russia. The Russian market opened up due to efforts to ban caviar from the Caspian Sea in Russia. ENTREPRENEURIAL PROFILE : John Burke: Louisiana Caviar Company.

My Last Post About This Election – Don’t Waste Your Vote

Feld Thoughts

My grandparents came here from Russia and Germany in the early 1900’s. I am a son of immigrant grandparents from Germany and Russia. I probably would not exist if my grandparents hadn’t managed to get to America – there is a significant chance they would have been exterminated in World War I (Russia) or World War II (Germany). Please vote. Just so you know my bias before reading further, I’m voting for Hillary Clinton.

5 Terrible Social Media Fails in 2016 That You Must Avoid


Coca Cola traps itself between Russia and Ukraine Politics. The cola giant posted a Christmas card showing a beautified map of Russia, as a part of a greeting to Russians. This resulted in the Ukraine embassy showing its concern for the illegally occupied Crimea region by Russia.

Canada Is Going To Be The Next, Great, Entrepreneurial Tech Country

Feld Thoughts

I wouldn’t be here other than the immigration of my great-grandparents (and my maternal grandfather) in the early 1900’s from Europe and Russia. This article, Engineers Are Leaving Trump’s America for the Canadian Dream , stimulated a simple thought for me. Canada has a huge, near-term competitive opportunity over to the US. .

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Startups from Around the World at SXSW


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News There were startups from Guatemala and Germany, Malaga, Spain, France, Australia, Russia, Denmark, Sweden and more at the invitation-only SXSW Global Startup Forum at City Hall. In addition to local dignitaries like Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest, was a panel of venture […] The post Startups from Around the World at SXSW appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

The Fatal Flaw of the Three Horizons Model and How To Fix It

Steve Blank

Ironically rapid Horizon 3 disruption is most often used not by the market leaders but by the challengers/new entrants (startups, ISIS , China, Russia, etc.). I’m a big fan of McKinsey’s Three Horizons Model of innovation. (if

How two expats found themselves at the center of Moscow’s entrepreneurial scene

The Next Web

The Soviet Union had collapsed, yielding a vacuum in which every consumer product could be updated or reimagined; with communist politics phased out, private enterprise had come to Russia for the first time in the country’s contemporary history. It started with snacks.

?????????? – Tenacity: How I Spent A Year One Night in Kiev

Steve Blank

As I approached the check-in desk, a very gruff Ukrainian customs official looked at my visa to Russia and said, “You cannot travel. Your visa to Russia has already been used. The Professor can go home to America, but can not go from here to Russia.” is the anti-Product Hunt: A graveyard of startup failures

The Next Web

to the geopolitical (“Consequence of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.”) Thankfully, isn’t “Uber for hearses”. Rather, it’s a newly-launched site that collects stories of startup failure, with the aim of sharing the lessons learned with the whole community.

Let Me Point out to you How Ridiculous the Trump Tech Meeting Was

Both Sides of the Table

No, I don’t hold out much hope now that we have seen his cabinet picks, his Russia posturing, etc, but asking our best leaders to put their heads in the sand is also not a strategy.

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Austin Startup Games to Showcase Entrepreneurial Athletes


But if you can’t wait that long and you can’t travel to Russia, there’s a solution much closer in Austin. By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News It’s less than a month to go until the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi kicks off. It’s the Austin Startup 2014 Winter Games! The event begins […] The post Austin Startup Games to Showcase Entrepreneurial Athletes appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Austin Startup Games startups technology

Trading Precious Metals Online

The Startup Magazine

75% of the world’s platinum comes from South Africa, with the rest coming from Russia, Zimbabwe, Canada, and the US. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, it’s now easier than ever to trade in precious metals online.

A Boundless Decision

Feld Thoughts

Another Jewish grandparent fled Russia in the 1910s. Life often involves tough tradeoffs. I love running marathons but I’m less happy about the body soreness and longer recovery cycles as I age. I’m excited about every investment Foundry Group makes, but I know not all of them are going to pan out. Entrepreneurs talk about “changing the world”, but the companies that emerge often ring hollow against this backdrop.

What Are The Best Markets For Startups?


Russia. It is common knowledge that startups are currently soaring in Russia. In spite of the fact that Russia does not have too many foreign investments, it is doing pretty good.

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The Most Important Political Show on TV

Both Sides of the Table

And they had a brilliant session on Russia and Putin that featured Garry Kasparov who believes that if we don’t confront Putin now the stakes will get much higher. I now have a new metaphor for thinking about Russia.

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Innovation at Speed – when you have 2 million employees

Steve Blank

The new National Defense Strategy states that we need to prepare for competition between major powers, calling out China and Russia explicitly as adversaries, (with China appearing to be the first.)

Dreams and Garbage Collection

Feld Thoughts

In the board meeting I had explained to the board that the Twitter accounts were geo-coded with locations in Russia, so it was likely a Russian hacker and a focused attack that had nothing to do with the company. I love dreams. Mine are often very detailed, clear, extremely colorful, linger for a while (several hours) after I wake up, and full of strange and complex linkages between things that often cause me to make associations I wouldn’t have otherwise made.

Book: The Man in the High Castle

Feld Thoughts

As the US and Russia walk to the edge of nuclear war during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, we sat rapt for two and a half hours even though I’ve seen this movie before. I had a great digital sabbath yesterday with Amy and my friends Dave and Maureen. I had a cold so I took a three hour nap in the middle of the day. For the rest of the day, I sat around in my PJs. I read Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.

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Use Commonality To Attract Customers & Prospects

Mike Michalowicz

Just like it did for me in Russia. Commonality is a big, massive persuasion tool. You and I automatically know, like and trust people the more commonality we find.

Garry Kasparov Griefed by Flying Penis

Hacking Startups

Garry Kasparov Griefed by Flying Penis : In Soviet Russia, Second Life plays the world chess champion. RC helicopter with a giant penis attached buzzed around Kasparov’s opposition assembly, in real life

Garry Kasparov Griefed by Flying Penis

Hacking Startups

Garry Kasparov Griefed by Flying Penis : In Soviet Russia, Second Life plays the world chess champion. RC helicopter with a giant penis attached buzzed around Kasparov’s opposition assembly, in real life

Government and startups: It’s not them vs us

The Equity Kicker

In different times and in different countries there have been a multitude of experiments where services have been moved between the public and private sector, but these three categories have always been present, from black market economies in communist Russia to transport infrastructure in the USA.

Looking Back On Tech, Startups, And VC In 2018


A concept discussed during that time was “ glasnost ,” a part of the new Russia’s restructuring to provide more openness and transparency in information. Russia has evolved in a different direction, with tight information controls and state-run media. It’s that time of year, time to look back and reflect on the most significant storylines in the tech, startup, and VC world.

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Big Tech’s Competitor? Government

Andrew Payne

And while New York state has an economy comparable to Russia, South Korea, OR Canada, Amazon negotiates with them as roughly an equal. I’ve always felt my “best” Hacker News comments are the ones most down voted , like this nugget from about a year ago: (From: “ Zuckerberg struggles to name a single Facebook competitor “). Today, the concept of breaking up or limiting the big tech companies is far less abstract, with Sen.

What is a good site or Gmail extension for an angel investor to manage their startup deals?


Boy, do I wish there was a magical Gmail extension to let me manage my startup deals!

7 Startup High Risk Factors That Scare Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

We all know that the success “rules” in Russia are different from the USA, so cross-boundary investments are considered high risk, even if you have operating experience there. We all know that every startup is risky. No risk means no reward.

Millennials In Asia Are Ambitious And Entrepreneurial: VISA Study


Filipinos come a very close second at 79-percent, followed by Russia (60-percent). Much has been written about the characteristics – and quirks – of the Millennial Generation, those born between 1982 and 1995.

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The Challenge of Being a Russian Security Software Company

Venture Chronicles

There is obviously a lot of good tech that comes out of Russia but their is an intractable problem when going global and that is the ambiguity about the extent to which Russian government activities encroach on the activities of commercial companies.

[Singapore][Competition] Applications For 14th Start-Up@Singapore Now Open


Its recent edition attracted more than 3,000 teams and 9,000 participants, both locally as well as from countries such as Australia, Canada, Norway, India, Brunei, Pakistan, Russia, Greece, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Freelancing is the new normal: oDesk and the future of the workforce marketplace

The Next Web

In addition to speaking at IDCEE’13 in Kyiv, Cooper had another goal in visiting Ukraine (and Russia, a couple of days before that). The competition was intended for software developers from Russia and Ukraine.

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[Infographic] International Internet Scam Hotspots


Considering what we hear of online scams – the Nigerian scam or site hacking comes quickly to mind – one would think that most scam schemes originate from Africa or Russia (with China sneaking up from behind).