Alex Priest

Making good stories to tell when I’m old.

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Just going to put this one right here…

As discussed up front, the key objective of this exercise is to present a reasonable and plausible argument that Uber’s market opportunity might be 25X higher. Interestingly, this case is made without any consideration for whether Uber can impact the logistics market or expands into any incremental services whatsoever. We have simply taken a structured look at how traditional human car transportation can change as a result of today’s technology.

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“Let’s do our part to keep the focus on building things up, rather than tearing them down.”

Worth a read.

“Unfortunately, the media’s role is changing from one of optimism to one of cynicism. That cynicism is driven in part by increasing competition, where a negative story about an arrogant techie drives more views that a constructive story about a company that might succeed in the next few months. The outrage press, which has long been absent from the Valley, has definitely arrived in full force. Yet, no amount of outrage will ever create the next Intel, Apple, Google or Facebook, and so we need to keep our focus on the most promising new developments.

“Let’s do our part to keep the focus on building things up, rather than tearing them down.”

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A daily tune-up

I’m committing to a daily tune-up.

I think you know what I mean. Every once in a while, you need a little reboot. A reset, like in the old days when you’d grab a paperclip, untwist it, and poke that tiny little button in the tiny little hole in the bottom, side, or otherwise-inconvenient spot in your electronics device that—for whatever reason—may have stopped functioning as it was originally intended. In human terms, maybe it’s a detox. In mechanical terms, a tune-up, or a jump start. Just a little something to get the gears moving.

As I’ve adjusted to life on the west coast, I’ve come to realize that I have no choice but to become an early riser. Whether it’s 6am phone calls from people who don’t realize I’ve moved to Pacific time, the dog hopping in bed with me as my roommate heads out for work, or urgent pings from co-workers in...

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