Neurogovernment and Behavioral Politics

Steven Johnson believes his Congressman wants what is best for him. “Government primarily attracts good people,” he told me, “people who want to help others.” It’s a common belief, but is it true? We decided to find out by turning a cutting edge technology, brain scanning, on to some politicians and government [...]

Frozen Accidents And The Path Dependence of Startups: Part 1

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the things I have struggled with for years is the role of luck in business. I have seen plenty of smart entrepreneurs fail because of seemingly random events. But like most others, I want to believe [...]

Misunderstandings About Startup Risk

People say that startups are risky. True. But so are many things in life. (In times like these, almost all corporate jobs are just as risky.) What most people seem to mean, when they talk about startup risk, is that it’s all outside of your control, as if you are just [...]

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