tech, startups, internet

Half of all VCs beat the stock market

Fred Wilson highlights new data that overturns the conventional wisdom that one must invest in a top-quartile VC fund to generate good returns. He also shares his return multiples on personal fund investments since 2009. They range from 2-10x multiple […]

oh, chicago

Not the best list to be on

“A list Of Chicago aldermen indicted, raided or implicated by the feds, criminally charged or convicted since 2019.” | learn more

fun facts

Throwing a rave in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone

“The village of Hubyn was never officially evacuated—but over the last 30 years so many people have left that the effect is the same. Of a few dozen houses, most stand empty. A single multipurpose shop caters to an aging […]

fun facts

Applying for a job with a ransomware gang

“Back in June 2020, while gathering intelligence on a popular hacker forum, we stumbled upon a peculiar recruitment ad seemingly posted by a ransomware group. To glean valuable insights into the ransomware operators’ perspective, we decided to pose as a […]

on the blockchain

The Ponzi career

From Bowie Bonds to blockchain tokens, this is a scenario that may indeed play out. “In such a scenario, every career becomes a pyramid scheme.” | learn more

on the blockchain

A brazen hack of that $69 M Beeple

“In the opening days of April, an artist operating under the pseudonym Monsieur Personne (“Mr. Nobody”) tried to short-circuit the NFT hype machine by unleashing “sleepminting,” a process that complicates, if not corrodes, one of the value propositions underlying non-fungible […]

big ideas

Is plastic recycling a lie?

Short answer: yes. “Rogue, like most recycling companies, had been sending plastic trash to China, but when China shut its doors two years ago, Leebrick scoured the U.S. for buyers. She could find only someone who wanted white milk jugs. […]

thoughts of food

What’s on the menu?

“We’re transcribing our historical restaurant menus, dish by dish, so that they can be searched by what people were eating back in the day.” | learn more