Peter Kafka

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Mary Meeker Is Not Bullish on USA Inc.

Mary Meeker isn’t just a famed Internet analyst turned venture capitalist–she’s now doing public policy. Or at least it appears that way, based on a new, 266-page report she’s published for Kleiner Perkins on “USA Inc.” The conceit is that she’s analyzing the federal government as if it were a business, and the conclusion is not uplifting: “By the standards of any public corporation, USA Inc.’s financials are discouraging.”


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald