Hi, I'm Nick Grossman. Welcome to my internet brain.

I work at Union Square Ventures and live outside of Boston with my lovely wife and two kids. More about me, me me.

fascinating

fascinating

Comments
This is not a city without people, it’s just they convene out of view.
Comments 15 notes

Joi’s 9 Principles of Open Innovation

I spent the day Tuesday at the Civic Media conference, put on annually by the MIT Center for Civic Media and the Knight Foundation.  In addition to being a gathering of a fabulous community of civic hackers and builders, it’s also where Knight announces the winners of the NewsChallenge grant contest each year (here are this year’s winners, in the category of “strengthening the internet”)

Closing out the conference was Joi Ito, head of the Media Lab (and also on the Knight board).  I always love listening to Joi speak, and reading his writing.  He is like the Yoda of open innovation.  The force is strong in him.

In his remarks, he lays out his 9 principles for guiding the Media Lab into the future, which really double as 9 principles for open innovation. They are:

  • Resilience over strength (I would actually change this to “resilience over rigidity”)
  • Pull over push
  • Risk over safety
  • Systems over objects
  • Compasses over maps
  • Practice over theory
  • Disobedience over compliance
  • Emergence over authority
  • Learning over education

This video is the best example of how I try to think about the world, and how I try to work, as I can think of.  It’s speaks to the USV investment thesis, to the ideas behind Regulation 2.0 (in particular resilience over strength and emergence over authority), and to the impacts that the web is having on every sector of the economy.

Here’s his talk — it’s 27 minutes worth watching, for a pure dose of Joi’s philosophy of innovation and the internet:

Comments 19 notes
ugh

ugh

Comments 2 notes
Consumer access to free-to-air broadcast television is an essential part of our country’s fabric. Using an antenna to access free-to-air broadcast television is still meaningful for more than 60 million Americans across the United States. And when new technology enables consumers to use a smarter, easier to use antenna, consumers and the marketplace win. Free-to-air broadcast television should not be available only to those who can afford to pay for the cable or satellite bundle.
Comments 4 notes
When it comes to payments, Net Neutrality represents a powerful equalizer for small businesses that do not have the volume or frequency to negotiate reduced interchange fees with payment processors. Without neutral access to the Internet, such businesses would face higher costs or competitive disadvantages in reaching users, and therefore might not even be in a position to take advantage of low-cost payment processing.

Dwolla on Net Neutrality: a letter to the FCC and CFPB

Dwolla CEO Ben Milne on why Net Neutrality matters for the payments industry

Comments 2 notes
I just finished reading Jonathan Lethem's latest book, Dissident Gardens.
It took me a while, because I tend to juggle a few books at once, and also tend to read at night before bed and fall asleep quickly, but that’s beside the point…
I won’t attempt to give a proper book review (you can read this one) but I just want to say that I haven’t read anything so delicious in a long time.  It’s not so much the book itself, but Lethem’s style of writing, which is just so rich and decadent.  Practically every sentence is a work of art.
I have been avoiding reading his stuff — namely Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude — because they hit a little too close to home (growing up in Brooklyn, isolated and afraid).  
Dissident Gardens, set in far-off Queens, perhaps gave me enough distance to dig in.  And now that I’ve done that, I’m going straight back to the others, as I am hooked on Lethem and ready to face the flame.

I just finished reading Jonathan Lethem's latest book, Dissident Gardens.

It took me a while, because I tend to juggle a few books at once, and also tend to read at night before bed and fall asleep quickly, but that’s beside the point…

I won’t attempt to give a proper book review (you can read this one) but I just want to say that I haven’t read anything so delicious in a long time.  It’s not so much the book itself, but Lethem’s style of writing, which is just so rich and decadent.  Practically every sentence is a work of art.

I have been avoiding reading his stuff — namely Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude — because they hit a little too close to home (growing up in Brooklyn, isolated and afraid).  

Dissident Gardens, set in far-off Queens, perhaps gave me enough distance to dig in.  And now that I’ve done that, I’m going straight back to the others, as I am hooked on Lethem and ready to face the flame.

Comments 1 note
Joi dropping his principles.
Inspiring.

Joi dropping his principles.

Inspiring.

Comments 4 notes
I’m an economist. I’m pro-business. I’m pro-big business making profits. But what I’m absolutely against is big business in bed with big government. And that’s the problem.
Comments 6 notes
Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.
Comments 2 notes

Up to 10,000 taxi drivers brought gridlock to central London on Wednesday as they protested against Uber, the mobile application that has become popular in cities across Europe.

The protests are estimated to have caused an estimated £125 million in lost revenue.

But Uber reported a massive spike in downloads of their mobile application on Wednesday.

Jo Bertram, the app’s UK and Ireland general manager, said it had seen its biggest day of sign ups since it launched in London two years ago – an 850 per cent increase in downloads compared to last Wednesday.

Comments 3 notes
If Verizon builds a network that’s optimized for downloading, it can’t complain that its customers use it to download stuff.
Comments 2 notes
Verizon has made a business decision to use its own customers’ poor experience as leverage to get more cash out of Netflix. If Verizon were more focused on making sure its customers had a good experience, they’d be having a better experience.
Comments 42 notes

Wow

GoPro: Taxco Urban Downhill with Kelly McGarry (by GoPro)

Comments 2 notes