Peter Kafka

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David Karp Does Not Want to Compete With You

The last thing we want to do is compete with someone. That’s for bankers.

Tumblr founder David Karp, profiled in the New York Times magazine this week. Topic: Tumblr’s semi-reluctant embrace of banker-friendly ideas like ads.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work