Top Articles of the week | May 7

May 8, 2022

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

Higher Purpose Annual Report    Georgian Partners  (reading time: 20 minutes)

Georgian Partners is the leading venture capital firm in the country. They released their 3rd annual higher purpose annual report. It’s fascinating to see how a well established firm like Georgian is tackling big societal challenges. 

Another annual letter that I always read is Social Capital. Their 2021 annual report is chock full of interesting macro insights about technology investing, markets and geopolitics.

The Case for American Seriousness    Bari Weiss   (reading time: 8 minutes)

This article by Bari Weiss isn’t focused on business or strategy yet deeply resonated with me. She makes the case for the return for enhancing American dynamism both at home and abroad. It’s an insightful read because it provides a glimpse into the macro landscape of our US neighbors and perhaps some lessons we can learn from here at home.  This article pairs well with this recent post by Jonathan Haidt about the past 10 years of American life. 

Tokengated Commerce    Not Boring   (reading time: 34 minutes)

Customer accounts are fundamentally part of the store, not part of the buyer. In contrast, “connect your wallet, get recognized” is a feeling that I promise you, people don’t get from logging into their loyalty account. It’s not the same.

This post by two of my favorite online authors, Packy McCormick and Alex Danco. Alex works at Shopify leading their Web3 efforts. This post is a bit long but well worth the read. Alex and Packy dive into what web3 can mean for ecommerce and specifically Shopify’s plans. It’s a useful article to understand the tantalizing potential of blockchain technology.

How Chris Dixon’s Dive Down The Crypto Rabbit Hole Made Him The World’s Top Venture Capitalist     Forbes   (reading time: 10 minutes)

Chris Dixon ranked as this year’s top investor on the Forbes Midas list. This article dives into Chris’ early web3 investments like Coinbase. There is always an element of luck when it comes to investing yet repeated success is not just about luck. Chris is able to see around corners and help founders navigate an uncertain future, especially in nascent industries like crypto.

103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known    Kevin Kelly  (reading time: 13 minutes)

Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired magazine and renaissance man turned 70. Every year on his birthday, he posts bits of advice that are full of wisdom. He shared 103 tips that I’ve earmarked to read again.