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Leon’s HUUUUUGE poster on the backside of the funnies for Museums Six - get it - www.museumspress.co.uk
My fave #nyabf purchase - “Flip!” By Marieke Verbiesen published by Knust.
I’ve been seeing a lot of friends swarm to “Ello" very recently (a new, seemingly clean, transparent and "ad-free" social network). But to be honest, I’m pretty damn suspicious of it.
Aside from the fact that I think my brain would explode if I brought another social network into my life right now (tumblr, instagram, and facebook are ENUFF, thanks), I’ve also stumbled upon a few articles that confirm my belief in doing a little bit of research before putting faith in or supporting a new project, especially one of this nature.
For a platform that brands itself as transparent, however, it seems difficult to string together three more insidious-sounding words than “stealth mode startup.” If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s probably because you aren’t involved in the “startup biz,’ and so don’t subscribe to the entrepreneurial canon of Businessweek or Inc. Magazine. Both of these publications do, in fact, define the term, specifically describing it as a form of savvy strategy with considerable advantages for launching new products: in not disclosing certain projected features or agendas, stealth mode companies acquire good will and seed money — presumably, with the hopes of ultimately rolling out a sellable concept.
There are many, many more questions about Ello that will undoubtedly surface as it moves through its beta phase, but the most pressing of these right now is who is running Ello, where it gets its backing, and for what reasons. Ello might very well be innocuous (there is always a slim chance of this), or at least innocuously framed; more likely, though, it’s the work of an entrepreneurial think tank; and even more likely, Ello is evil — a lesser one, perhaps, but evil nonetheless.
They seemed genuine in their desire to build an ad-free/privacy-respecting network and I felt like their hearts were in the right place. I knew Ello would not be the long-term solution we needed as it was closed and centralised but I thought it could be a good stopgap.
What I didn’t know at the time was that they’d taken $435,000 in seed funding from FreshTracks Capital, a Vermont-based Venture Capital firm. This had apparently been announced by FreshTracks Capital in March.
When you take venture capital, it is not a matter of if you’re going to sell your users, you already have. It’s called an exit plan. And no investor will give you venture capital without one. In the myopic and upside-down world of venture capital, exits precede the building of the actual thing itself. It would be a comedy if the repercussions of this toxic system were not so tragic.
Let me put it bluntly: if a company has taken venture capital, you have already been sold. It’s not a matter of if, it’s simply a matter of when. (Unless the company goes under before it can exit, that is.)
A venture-capital funded startup is a temporary company that has to convince enough people into using their platform so that they can make good on the exit they promised their investors at the very beginning. It is the opposite of a long-term, sustainable business.
And so it is doubly disappointing and worrying that Ello doesn’t mention that they are venture capital funded anywhere on their About page. Instead, as Andy Baio points out in his post on Ello, “[t]he About section makes it seem like Ello was built independently”.
There are a number of other articles you can find online that address similar issues with the startup or critique various other aspects of it, such as the flimsy privacy settings and poor design. I am interested to see how Ello responds to some of these criticisms. Perhaps their heart and mind is in the right place, perhaps Ello IS the alternative to Facebook that we’ve all been waiting for. But until then, I’m certainly in no rush to join, and I’m not so sure that others should be either.
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I’m honored i got to make this flyer for one of my favorite bands in hardcore :,-) goodnight sweet prince
Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.
— Cicero, 106 BC - 43 BC
ICYMI: Issue 42 is our all-ages issue, entirely assigned, edited, written, illustrated, and photographed by a very inspiring group of teenagers.
i need to spend some time to read, like, every back issue of the media sometime soon. <3
actual diary entry from when i was in 5th grade oh my god
整備士 (The Mechanic), 1972.
30000718 on Flickr.