“It’s a major metropolitan area run by armed teenagers with no access to jobs or healthy food, and not long ago, while the rest of America was ranting about debt ceilings and Obamacares, Camden quietly got pushed off the map. That was three years ago, when new governor and presumptive future presidential candidate Chris Christie abruptly cut back on the state subsidies that kept Camden on life support. The move left the city almost completely ungoverned – a graphic preview of what might lie ahead for communities that don’t generate enough of their own tax revenue to keep their lights on. Over three years, fires raged, violent crime spiked and the murder rate soared so high that on a per-capita basis, it “put us somewhere between Honduras and Somalia,” says Police Chief J. Scott Thomson.”—
I am currently reading this in my Instapaper (it’s a long piece and I read a page or two every night before falling asleep). A fascinating, disturbing, surreal story about what looks like an American city that is about to implode. Sad.
“For the last ten months, I’ve been recording one minute of ambient audio from my surroundings, every single day, in every single place that I have traveled. The result is nearly six hours of sustained white noise, neatly compartmentalized into sets by city and country (15 so far), collected onto my SoundCloud page. No city sounds the same, but every place could be any place.”—
“In just a few months, she’s gone from being a New Zealand teen with an EP and an impressive following on SoundCloud to a four-time Grammy nominee (including nominations for top categories record and song of the year) with commercial success and plenty of critical raves.”—Lorde’s uniqueness makes her a pop standout
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”—a quote without a source from a comment on A VC: The Limits of Capitalism (via fred-wilson)
Mesmerizing. Such a big fan of James’ voice. The direction of his new songs definitely has changed compared to his previous work which sounded more singer/songwriter-y/folksy and I like where this is going.
The guitar sound and songwriting in this song reminds me of Jim Bryson, an artist introduced to me in Zurich by his friend Cam, sound engineer for The Weakerthans while I tour managed the band in 2003.
“Ironically, given the nature of our high-tech, super-connected age, the future will look more and more like the city-states that ruled the world for millennia, from the days of Athens, Sparta, Carthage, and Rome, and that were last dominant 500 years ago, in such places as Venice and Florence, before the formation of most modern nation-states. Today, the shining example is Singapore, the city-state of 5.2 million people that, all by itself, has become an Asian tiger. The city-state of the future will not be sovereign, of course, but instead will act largely independently. “What we are experiencing is a metro-centered driving force of change. This is the center of the economic universe,” says James Brooks, program director of the National League of Cities. “The United States is not one national economy but a series of smaller metropolitan economies.”—
Impossible to pick just one quote from this excellent article.
“We are a technology start-up and view ourselves as being at the forefront of the new world of work. A place where Gen Y and the Millennials thrive because of the inherent flexibility in how, where and when we work. A world where the concept of a hard separation between ‘work’ and ‘life’ doesn’t necessarily exist nor do most people want it to. An environment where a strong sense of purpose - enriching people’s lives through the shared love of sound - is what connects us and the key reason why people want to work for us.”—
Our own VP People wrote a great post providing insights about some of the people programs we run here at SoundCloud, have a read.
If you’ve donated to my charity: water birthday campaign (thanks again for raising $3,700, you can plan for next year), and want to hear the story about why and how Scott Harrison started it, listen to this great story he told students of the Stanford Entrepreneurship Center.
Stanford ECorner’s SoundCloud account, by the way, is a gold mine for entrepreneurial inspiration. I’ve found myself lost in their archives for hours and hours before and still haven’t explored all of it.
“We can do maybe 15 or 20 investments out of the 3,000 a year. So I like to say our day job is crushing entrepreneurs’ hopes and dreams. Our main skill is saying no, and getting people to not hate us.
It’s absolutely dizzying. But at the same time you have the privilege of seeing an amazing cross-section of innovation. As a consequence, it’s very hard not to be very optimistic because you just see so many sharp, bright people, with so many great ideas and with so much enthusiasm and determination to make the world a better place. And to build big, important businesses.”—
Always loved Bell X1, they have a special place in my heart ever since writing and recording the song ‘Trampoline’. Unfortunately I never really got into their latest albums. This one, however, reconnects with their early strengths.
In December 2012, I submitted this piece as my final paper for a course at Harvard Business School on Authentic Leadership Development. I changed a handful of words before posting it here today. But it was important to me to leave the meaning of every sentence intact, and I did.
One of the most awesome cover songs in a long time. The perfect combination of a good/great original given a very unique interpretation by another fantastic artist. Matthew Houck really makes this his own.
I could go on against tipping, but let’s leave it at this: it is irrational, outdated, ineffective, confusing, prone to abuse and sometimes discriminatory. The people who take care of us in restaurants deserve a better system, and so do we.
That’s one reason we pay attention when a restaurant tries another way, as Sushi Yasuda in Manhattan started to do two months ago. Raising most of its prices, it appended this note to credit card slips: “Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted.”
A million times “yes!” From Japan to Uber, the future is clear: death to tips.
These younger guys weren’t waiting around to get signed. They were teaching themselves how to record, and making full-length records in their basements on equipment I would have dismissed as amateur gear. They were just DOING what I had spent ten years WAITING to see happen, not sweating their amateur status but reveling in it. Thanks to the encouragement of this new music scene I finally went into the studio and made a full-length album of songs I’d been carrying around for years… . .
Then a funny thing happened. The album started selling.