The glory of Nick Hanauer’s technological prowess

So, in the NYT today, an OpEd:

Nick Hanauer is an entrepreneur, a venture capitalist and the founder of Civic Ventures, a public policy incubator.

I go to:

http://civic-ventures.com/

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The first non-family investor into Amazon, the man who sold an ad company to Microsoft for billions. Does not buy bandwidth or server space.

Ho hum.

13 thoughts on “The glory of Nick Hanauer’s technological prowess”

  1. Off topic, but who had Prince in the pool? It’s not been a good year for popular musicians of the 70s and 80s.

  2. Christ Almighty! What next?

    Is there a bizarre hit squad at work?

    Victoria Wood and Prince is a weird line up –but no weirder than Sheena Easton and Prince I suppose.

    They say some river in Yellowstone Park has stated to boil.

  3. Hmm. Hospitalised with Flu, and then dead a few days later? Aids? He was a Jehovah’s Witness- aren’t there other constraints on medical treatment, aside from the ones about blood transfusions?

    Was never a fan myself, but he was a very good guitarist.

  4. It worked the first time for me. I wish it hadn’t as I was only able to read a couple sentences before I started having issues focusing on the page.

  5. Good guitarist? He was a stunningly talented musician. Admittedly, he never really quite connected with me but that’s different. Stevie Wonder is the other one I have in mind. Play any instrument and play it horribly well. Chris Rea has a bit of that: a bit more even. He did his own horn parts. Bowie maybe as well.

    That’s not about their songs, their style, their music even, but they all had/have the ability to just pick up an instrument and make music from it. Give any of them a recorder and 10 minutes later they would have sussed it.

    Perhaps I note this just because that’s one of the skills/talents that I am so horribly jealous of. Took me 6 years to be able to make music on just the one instrument only to find that it wasn’t transferable, took years on the next too.

  6. Hasn’t every Pope for the last 100 years been fluent in 26 languages?

    Doesn’t anyone ever smell a rat?

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    Tim Worstall – “That’s not about their songs, their style, their music even, but they all had/have the ability to just pick up an instrument and make music from it.”

    I am going to guess you were not a fan. I think putting him in the same category as Chris Rhea is a bit harsh.

    From more of a fan perspective, Prince was a talented musician but he was so much more. He was like George Clinton in that he had a unique and very influential sound. The number of people influenced by Prince is enormous. He really did change the sound of the industry. But unlike George Clinton, White people actually liked Prince’s music. He had much wider appeal. He was also like Quincy Jones in that he was a good producer and writer. But Jones, alas, has never had much of his own sound. He produces other people. Prince did it all and he did it in his own way. You cannot listen to a song by Prince and not know it is by Prince. Unless Sinead O’Connor sings it I suppose.

    OK his politics were weird. He is also interesting for getting the internet half right. He wanted artists to escape from the Studio system and he pioneered ways to do that. But at the same time he went after people who uploaded his music on line and that was dumb. Metallica’s mistake. You shouldn’t persecute your fans for enjoying your music. In the end I guess he was so good he did not need a studio so he did not see any need for them. Someone like Brittany Spears needs a lot more help and she probably does. But it is a reasonable question why Prince should cross subsidise the less talented likes of Ms Spears.

  8. I saw Prince live twice, and the man was just ridiculous. I’ve seen no-one else that just seemed to do everything so well and make it look so effortless. I remember he did a medley of 4 songs, a bit of each, switching instruments like it was nothing and just leaving us all stunned at it all. When he finished up on Nothing Compares 2 U (this was just after Sinead O’Connor had had a number 1), the crowd just went wild. And when he wasn’t writing, producing, playing, and singing, he could dance, he could mime getting dirty with a microphone on Head.

    And I hold a special place in my heart for Parade as a genius album that was the soundtrack to my late teenage years. So, I’m just off to listen to the full version of Purple Rain to see if I can let it all out…

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