Zersetzung, c. 2017

What Russia does today is very much the digital version of what we Germans, before 1989, termed “Zersetzung.”

… political equivalent of what happens when you pour acid on organic material: dissolution and disintegration.

Angela Merkel, Russia’s Next Target, January 11, 2017 at 03:32PM

‘Head in the sand’ negotiation strategy

Concern is growing among some high-ranking officials that ministers don’t understand or won’t admit the scale of the task they’re facing.

UK’s new ambassador to EU named – BBC News, January 5, 2017 at 12:16AM

Bureaucrats aren’t the only ones concerned. So are the remain voters, the media, the financial markets, and I.

Gun violence – the ultimate disease :(

Gunshot violence follows an epidemic-like process of social contagion that is transmitted through networks of people by social interactions…

Those who were exposed to gun violence through another person were, on average, shot about 125 days after the “infector,” according to the study.

You might be able to catch gun violence like a disease, study says, January 6, 2017 at 05:56PM

A rule for Bitcoin investing

The rule of thumb when it comes to fat protocol investing is this:

The market cap of the protocol always grows faster than the combined value of the applications built on top

Joel Monegro, in Bitcoin doesn’t care what Silicon Valley thinks, January 7, 2017 at 07:49PM

VC – the visible bit vs the hard bit

Most people think that VC is all about the initial portfolio construction, selecting the companies to invest in.

…the other half. That includes actively managing the portfolio (board work, adding value, etc), it includes allocating capital to the portfolio in follow-on rounds, and it includes working to get exits. And it is that second part that is the harder part to learn how to do.

Reserves – AVC, January 8, 2017 at 01:49PM