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Sex & Startups

In February 2016 we wrote “Sex & Startups.” The premise was this: The current technology and venture capital ecosystem rewards quantity over quality, consumption over creation, quick exits over sustainable growth, shareholder profit over shared prosperity. It builds, funds, and measures the wrong things: clicks over comprehension, time on site over time well spent, shiny objects over impact on the public good, the extraction of value over the creation of it. It chases after “unicorns” bent on “disruption” rather than championing more businesses that aim to repair, cultivate, and connect.

Today, just one year later, the world looks alarmingly more askew as we appreciate the impact “up and to the right” companies have on society and the fabric of civil society.  There’s a stark difference between the world we actually need and the world that’s rapidly materializing. 

This is why we are here. To recognize the existing and emerging companies that don't fit the traditional patterns, but who are forming to take on the challenges of this a new moment and new world. 

 

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