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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik