The Third Wave by Steve Case

This past summer I read J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, and the concept that generally people in the Midwest don’t have an optimistic outlook on the future really resonated with me. In the Bay Area, excitement for new technologies and how much value they will add to our lives is everywhere. This makes sense when we find out that 78% of all venture capital funding went to three states: California, Massachusetts, and New York – leaving the rest of America in the dark. A week back I went to a panel that Vance spoke on, alongside Steve Case, the founder of AOL and head of a VC firm called Revolution. Revolution’s investment thesis is that entrepreneurs in the Midwest have a unique outlook and set of ideas that can help solve social problems, as well as yield a solid return for investors. I was intrigued by this and picked up Case’s book The Third Wave to learn more about his vision for the future.

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

We don’t ever pause and think about the nature of mortality. We know we are going to die eventually, but for most of our life, death is the least of our concerns. It is pushed to the back of our minds and we go through life thinking that our fate is merely the linear sum of our actions. If we study hard, we get into a good field. If we get into a good field, we’re able to provide to our families and live comfortably, and so on…

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