Andreessen: The Tech-Eyed Optimist

While he doesn’t know the obesity-hunger paradox are “flip sides to the same malnutrition coin”, Andreessen does pick up on another paradox:

And it’s so weird, but it actually goes to the heart of American culture. You’ve read de Tocqueville,* right? There’s a paradox at the heart of American culture: In theory, we like change, and then when change actually materializes and presents itself, it gets vast amounts of blowback. We like change in the general case, but we don’t like it in the specific case. With every single thing that anybody here has ever done, there’s always been people saying, “That sucks. That’ll never work. That’s stupid.”

* “I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.”


Speaking explicitly

I won’t feel bad if you cross the street when you see me without my first cup of coffee. Promise. Joshua DuBois thanks Marc Cuban coz sunlight is the best aphrodisiac.

:checking coffee cup:

I’m glad you made your implicit biases explicit. If we ever have a chance to talk, I’ll tell you what I know about those young men in hoodies—they’re probably a lot more like you than you think. And yes, I’m going to talk a bit about history, like Ta-Nehisi Coates did this week, because you need to know that, too. Then you can tell me about those white guys in hidden boardrooms that sometimes scare the crap out of me.