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Jul 13

“So, as an investor, when you see a dominant market power emerge, you should start asking yourself “what will undo that market power?” And you should start investing in that.” — Platform Monopolies – AVC

Jul 02

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Jun 04

“We’ve held that hiring bar constant through the years, even at times when it’s been very hard to find people, and there’s been a lot of pressure to relax that bar in order to increase hiring volume. We’ve never changed our standards in this respect. That has, I think, been incredibly important for the group. Because what you end up with is, a team of people who fundamentally will not accept doing things over and over by hand, but also a team that has a lot of the same academic and intellectual background as the rest of the development organization. This ensures that mutual respect and mutual vocabulary pertains between SRE and SWE.
One of the things you normally see in operations roles as opposed to engineering roles is that there’s a chasm not only with respect to duty, but also of background and of vocabulary, and eventually, of respect. This, to me, is a pathology.” — Site Reliability Engineering

May 27

“Ah, but that’s the rub. The publishers need Amazon because they need the Kindle’s DRM, because they know without that artificial friction their contribution to a book’s fixed costs would become untenable.” — Publishers’ Deal with the Devil | stratechery by Ben Thompson