Next Economy Conference

The twit snark is strong with this one:

From tennis lessons and stock reports to antiquing and booking a private jet, technology is transforming everything about the way we live

Currently topping the leaderboard for whitest rich dude statement: "My dogs get mani-pedis; I don't". But it's a competitive field

Next talk is a vision of connecting ubiquitous surveillance technologies to a form letter generator. #nexteconomy

GE CEO talking about how they're giving back to society by competing worldwide and spreading good-old American know-how

GE CEO: it's imporant that we not live in a society where meaningful employment is precarious and limited to the lucky few. (just kidding)

Sign of how broken US spirit is that we can have a panel talk on retail-level employment without anyone even imagining paid holiday leave

Stage engulfed in sulfurous fumes as TaskRabbit founder materializes in the flaming on-stage pentagram. This is getting good #nexteconomy

Our chimney sweeps are allowed to keep and sell the creosote they scrape from their skin, making them small business owners!

Now we have a cabbie, Uber driver, and Lyft driver. This is like discussing the Protestant reformation with Calvin, Luther and the Pope

Discussion of whether you can refuse passengers based on their likelihood to puke actually a terrific analysis of driver agency and power

Second-best part of conference is techies mansplaining on Twitter why working a 60 hour week as an underpaid driver is a great livelihood

Cabbie (Kelly Dessaint) "The worst drivers in SF are tourists, and most Uber and Lyft drivers are tourists. They live in Modesto, Hayward..."


VC is describing magical feeling of pressing button on his phone, getting food. Lab rats have been living this dream for years

The trick is to not deliver the food every time the VC presses the button. Intermittent reward ensures a hefty series B


VCs now vehemently agreeing that the path to victory is pretend to be a service without incurring any of the obligations of one

"If your idea isn't big enough to warrant regulatory scrutiny, it probably isn't important enough." This is the mentality of a toddler

We're moving from a world of widespread unemployment to one where people have three, four or even five jobs. #prosperity

The BART system is a dinosaur monopoly that should be deregulated so private trains can run on it, too

Only at a San Francisco tech conference do you have to mount a basic defense of the concept of government before proposing modest regulation

Really nice to be hearing a VC getting worked up over low wages and social cohesion instead of immortality and greening Mars

"Trickle-down economics is an intimidation tactic masquerading as economic theory." Best VC ever. Last against the wall.


Fire alarm. Huge victory for the working class

O'Reilly and Hoffman on stage trying to deduce from first principles whether fire alarm is real or can be safely ignored

Any journalist looking for the world's easiest metaphor should get in here ASAP

I never thought I would live to hear Tim O'Reilly say "I'm sorry for the disruption". But the heroic hotel fire alarm made it happen


Recurring theme this morning is Minimum Viable Education, how to train future tech professionals without the baggage of reading English lit

Counterintuitively, grinding up the top 10% of employees and feeding them to the bottom 10% actually works better than the old way

"If the Soviets had proposed current US economic policy, we would have sent the USS Iowa to the Baltic Sea"


Lyft guy spent three years on public transit board in LA. $2 bus fare covers 30% of the ride, rest comes from subsidies, which are dying

Paraphrasing him, "how do we make Los Angeles more like Botswana?". So many people traveling abroad have been struck by maxi-taxis market

Based on my experiences in collective taxis in Moldova, there's a huge synergy with reconstructive dentistry


"Why is it that I always get the whole person when I want the pair of hands?" - Henry Ford. Back when the US knew how to manufacture villains

Now Ev is talking about his investment in a diamond manufacturer, and next-generation fake meat

We're high above the atmosphere now talking about abstractions. I have no idea what anyone is saying.

"Who are the people you want your customers to become?" is such an American phrase it might as well have little flags flying out of it

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11 Responses:

  1. Paul N says:

    I don't know whether I want to marry him or banish him to Antarctica.

  2. Frandroid Atreides says:

    I thought this was the best thing I've read all month and posted it to HN. It did not get a single vote.

  3. Sheila Marie says:

    The whole page is a priceless read. I lost it at "Sham Wow guy on next."

  4. Tyler Newman says:

    dude this is pure gold, thanks for posting!

  5. Nate says:

    You owe it to yourselves to read his trip blog as well. "Even with one tire out, the Soviet-made BTR-50 remains a formidable boot-drying platform."

    http://idlewords.com/2014/07/sana_a.htm
    http://www.idlewords.com/

    Maciej runs Pinboard as well, crusading against the idea that a small company has to grow big in order to survive.

  6. Mark C. says:

    I feel like Maciej is JWZ's spirit brother.

  7. Anonytrace says:

    "Man, I see in Fight Club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables – slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off."

  8. Joe Crawford says:

    Maciej Cegłowski is so wonderful I've made it a goal to be able to pronounce his name smoothly by the end of 2016.

    People who enjoy his tweets also might like his talk Haunted By Data.