Investing & Incubating at @ThriveCapital. Formerly Director of Product for the @ObamaWhiteHouse. Sold Branch to @Facebook.
So far I’m excited about DTLA, Korea Town, Echo Park, West Hollywood and Silverlake. Santa Monica isn’t my jam. Not diverse enough for me food wise, people wise, etc. Am I moving? Not exactly, but I will spend more time there.
Ok. What’s the best place to live in LA based on this criteria 1) walkable to food 2) safe-ish 3) fun 4) Not extravagant.
cc @JoeFernandez
Santa Monica. Of course !!
I lived all over LA but found the few blocks between Melrose and Beverly from La Cienega to Crescent Heights was my favorite for the reasons you listed.
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I never thought I'd love investing, having only built products previously. But I'm having a blast & missed that Thrive is actually building products, too – only ours serve founders. We need ppl around the table that broaden our team's lens, skills, and life experiences. Hmu!
Come work at Thrive! We're hiring for the Investment team. No VC experience required – only curiosity, humility, and independent thinking – in fact, non-traditional backgrounds are a plus. If you're interested, DM me a few early-stage products you're excited about (and why).
I wanted to share an investor "product" that @hursh, @gem_ray and I were lucky enough to encounter while raising money for Branch. I hope someone productizes this concept for more founders:
You can subscribe to the text journal by sending a message (anything!) to this number: (540) 986-4232
I received an anonymous reply to my text journal post, which I found myself violently nodding to – especially the "Iron Cage" bit. Screenshot attached. Also, here's the Rothko link so you can see the progression of his work over the course of his career:
I've been logging tweets that Twitter shows me from people I do NOT follow. Of the 50+ tweets, 100% have been from Democrats w/ partisan messages. I share most of the views, but this is not good for our democracy. The algorithm is just increasing the echo chambers. Why, @jack?
Delete your Alexa recordings, instantly, with @jumboprivacy – don't let Amazon employees listen in to you:
You can read more about Jumbo, from @pierrevalade and team, in this article by @JoshConstine:
We forget that Google has *every search* we’ve ever done sitting on their servers. All of our vulnerable questions, etc. Take your data back from them (and Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, etc) — in one tap — with this new app:
“I think we may sometimes *over*value the endless archive. Some things most certainly deserve robust and meaningful archives, but does everything?” — @craigmod on SMS Publishing:
RT @coolcatjackie: woohoo! i am now a proud patron of text journal on @patreon, and you should be too:
RT @alexhern: I'm trying a new thing for a while: I'm going to stop tweeting about Brexit, and start putting that stuff in a text journal i…
RT @eugenewei: Thanks to @joshm I'm going to try text journaling. To subscribe, txt anything to (720) 330-4966 (I won't see your msg so i…
This experiment is one week old! We're loving the way people are using it thus far (looking at you @freialobo, @jackiehluo and @craigmod). So, on Sunday, we're going to give out 10-20 more Text Journal numbers. If you'd like one, please fill out this form:
RT @jackiehluo: hello, friends, i'm experimenting with a text journal! i've been looking for a more personal, less measurable way to share…
RT @freialobo: I have a text journal! You can text (203) 403-6591 to sign up and receive my unfiltered thoughts directly in your text inbox.
RT @lee94josh: This week, instead of tweeting, I’ll be sending out my thoughts here: (702) 945- 0767 Text that number to follow! The cont…
Shoutout to my collaborators @hursh and @lee94josh — this is hopefully the first of many publishing experiments. This is not a company, there’s no grand vision, just the three of us tinkering on the weekend for fun.
🚨 new publishing experiment 🚨 I’m moving my Twitter account to: (540) 986-4232 👆text that phone number if you want to receive my (hopefully more honest) thoughts on everything going on in tech right now Why I’m doing this:
Hahaha my gut says I’ve been around @goldman too long. So. Many. Goldman-isms.
Josh, elaborate on what you are doing. Seems interesting and how do we get access to your words.
You can access all the words by texting this phone #: (540) 986-4232 — when I text that number it’ll rebroadcast to you and all subscribers. Adding conversations & group journaling features next. Goal is to get rid of metrics that people optimize for here & bring back intimacy
@jack when Twitter inserts tweets into my Timeline from people I do not follow, 100% of the time it is (a) political in nature and (b) from a Democrat. Do you believe that is good for our civic discourse, and diversity of content I engage with on Twitter in general?
Due to headwinds in the U.S., we often forget how dominant Facebook, Inc. is globally — for better or worse. We’ve gotta keep the rest of the world in mind as we debate the company’s future. These are the Top 5 free Android apps in Colombia:
For me, Twitter has been priceless in two ways: 1. Meeting new people (intro'd to @goldman & @ev via ppl I met here). 2. Having interesting conversations (learned more here than at Princeton). Yet its purpose-built features for these use cases are terrible. So much potential.
I met my wife! That’s why our baby’s middle name is Retweet.
Still pissed it's not Branch
“Google is so efficiently monetized that you cannot find the best search results until the eighth page of links. Non-sponsored, internet-at-its-best goodness from is long gone from Google Search. This is the company’s vulnerability.”
“We’re all just winging it and figuring it out as we go along — be skeptical of anyone with the answers,” is still the best advice I’ve ever received (which I should force myself to refer back to more frequently).
Come build with us!
started a project to get all the faces of our org at @coinbase on the wall.
Dat @aflock smile tho 😍
I usually agree with @benthompson but this misses the point of Oculus acq. Theory was AR is the big prize, but hardware tech is years away. However, software challenges are same in VR/AR. Solve software challenge now via VR (Oculus) and you’ll have lead when AR hardware is ready
Most of the interesting AR problems are about image recognition and context. Should I see your Salesforce profile hovering over your head? Or Tinder? Not really any parallels to those kinds of questions in VR
Those are interesting but the biggest technical challenges, at least at the time, were around things like latency and rendering as you turn your head (e.g. how can we ensure people don’t throw up). I’m not saying it looks good in retrospect, just made sense at the time.
RT @taykcrane: @joshm Tonight, for the first time, I got a push notification from Instagram that 3 of my friends added photos to their stor…
Facebook Notifications & Messages circa 2018. This actually makes me stoked for the future. So fun to daydream about what will come next. Optimistic that whatever replaces social media will enable deeper connections with people (e.g. FaceTime) and eschew ads (e.g. Patreon).
Two years ago today, President Obama had us out on the South Lawn to mark the last 100 days of the Administration. Too many feels :-/
This is an incredible (and short) read from @ValeriaLuiselli, about the children who are fleeing violence in Central America & arriving in NYC. New Yorkers, please read: (If cost is an issue please DM me your address and I will send you a copy)
This is one of the only "bots" that I truly love. Feels like it could inspire a great Black Mirror episode.
remote, watching the @coinbase consumer team move into a new floor. feel so lucky to have watched this team grow from 10 -> 50 over the last 18 months — excited for the years ahead! ✨🌱
A few people emailed asking how I've been deleting my tweets all these years. A few links/options included in this article, including a Github repo from @robinsloan: We're going to look back and think it's really weird we published so much publicly.
Deactivated my Facebook account. Realized inertia was keeping me on there more than intrinsic value. I want to download my data and memorialize it in some way though. End of an era! Any good open source/art projects for this?
Found in @willmnathan’s “shoppable hotel” in Bisbee, AZ
Are there any technology companies that exist to serve the unique needs of immigrant/expat communities? If so, I'd love to meet them. Also, if there are interesting London founders I should meet please let me know! DMs are open for both.
Back in London for the first time since living here. Already met an Afghani immigrant, and I'm staying in a Bengali neighborhood. Was also recently in Toronto and struck by its diversity. Constantly reminded that the most dynamic places are multicultural and full of immigrants <3
People who are inspiring me: @dadjaye (architecture) @idamantium (social experiments) @whatdotcd & @saradecou (media) @tiffani (civic tech) @frnsys (digital art) What’s your list? Who is proposing a new way to look at the world?
RT @james_smits: .@joshm dropping some knowledge on @Marketplace
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