- Kudos to fellow Woodberry Forest Tigers Johannes, Tao Tao and the rest of the Get Your Guide team on the $50m they raised from KKR. More vim to them as they continue helping folks have enjoyable trips around the world. I would be remiss to give a shoutout to Cherae and the Tastemakers Africa team and their push to get folks to see Africa as a destination for dope experiences, not just safaris.
- The Atlantic and Ta-Nehisi Coates hosted an important session yesterday on the state of race and justice in America. Consider taking some time this weekend to watch some of the conversations – in particular, take a look at the conversations on incarceration, sentencing drug offenders, and hope.
Bitcoin, and increasingly the blockchain, has been on my mind. I got an email earlier this week listing two venture capital firms as having made more than 40 investments in startups working on bitcoin and/or blockchain technologies since 2012. Bitcoin is a completely new digital currency. The blockchain could completely change the way we give and receive information, data, money, making all these transactions instantaneously and centralizing the recording of these transactions. I am concerned about the extent to which the conversation around these technologies is not penetrating communities that underrepresented in Silicon Valley. Some next steps for me are to keep learning about the technology and to acquire some, and connecting with minorities working on developing bitcoin or blockchain technology. I’m happy to connect with people in your networks who are working on this.