Peter Kafka

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QOTD: Likes Are Great. Money Is Better: Why Kickstarter Works.

Apparently a whole lot of people like something so much they’re not even willing to give it a dollar.

Australian designer Lewis Winter, bemoaning the limited effort many social media users expend to express their support, in a New York Times magazine piece on Kickstarter. The piece, written by the excellent Rob Walker (disclosure: I think Rob Walker is excellent), explains why Kickstarter’s crowdfunding model works where others fall flat. Well worth your time.


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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