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Could Paul Graham Fix Government?

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Jul 14, 2014 8:26:52 PM

What can government learn from the recent history of tech startups?

In 2001-2, company incubators/accelerators nearly became extinct after the market collapsed and the internet industry experienced a malaise. Ten years later, thousands of proto-company organizations have opened around the world. Mostly, they owe their existence to YCombinator, the company behind the founder-friendly blueprint that mentors entrepreneurs at scale and has given birth to over 1000 companies.

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Topics: Legal, CoInspect Updates, Government

The USV Thesis Lesson

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Jul 8, 2014 8:24:09 PM


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For nearly a decade, Brad Burnham and Fred Wilson have periodically published and updated the Union Square Investment Thesis on Aquick search reveals 13 posts that reference “investment thesis” by 8 current or former USVers and a handful of others such as Hunter Walk.

For years, I struggled to appreciate the value of a sharpened thesis. When I look back on my career I was guided by this:

“The internet will change everything, so let’s create companies.”

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Topics: CoInspect Updates, Government

The MeWe Manifesto

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Jul 8, 2014 8:20:41 PM




Nearly 40 years ago, Muhammad Ali addressed Harvard’s class of 1975 on senior day. Famed Paris Review editor and sportswriter George Plimpton attended and remembers the fighter prodding students to use their elite educations to “change the world.” When Ali concluded, a student called for the Greatest of All Time to give them a rhyme. A hush fell over the crowd as Ali recited what would become the shortest poem in the history of the English language:

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Topics: CoInspect Updates

Drawing Inspiration From the GovLab

Posted by Manik Suri on Jul 8, 2014 8:09:06 PM


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In late 2012, I had lunch in downtown Manhattan with Beth Noveck. I still remember the sun streaming in through the large windows at NoHo Star. It was a far-reaching, transformational conversation that spanned topics from law and philosophy to technology and democracy.

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Topics: CoInspect Updates, Government

Launching MeWe

Posted by Manik Suri on Jul 7, 2014 6:59:49 PM

The Civic/Gov Tech Thesis

A few months ago, I began collaborating with Aaron Cohen, a serial entrepreneur and one of my co-founders at GovLab. We’ve been focused on a central question: how do we build scalable technology solutions that help local communities and government?

The problem is clear enough: citizens the world over are

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Topics: CoInspect Updates