Ben Horowitz and the Struggle

Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

As your dreams turn into nightmares, you find yourself in the Struggle.
The Struggle is when you wonder why you started the company in the first place.
The Struggle is when your employees think you are lying and you think they may be right.
The Struggle is when food loses its taste.
The Struggle is when you don’t believe you should be CEO of your company. The Struggle is when you know that you are in over your head and you know that you cannot be replaced. The Struggle is when everybody thinks you are an idiot, but nobody will fire you. The Struggle is where self-doubt becomes self-hatred….
The Struggle is not failure, but it causes failure. Especially if you are weak. Always if you are weak.
Most people are not strong enough.
Every great entrepreneur from Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg went through the Struggle and struggle they did, so you are not alone. But that does not mean that you will make it. You may not make it. That is why it is the Struggle.
The Struggle is where greatness comes from.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
By Ben Horowitz

"Technology is nothing" Steve Jobs

power concedes nothing

Power comes from faith

The Make America Again! Concert

Make America Again Concert
Langston Hughes

We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!
“Let American Be American Again”
By Langston Hughes
From a TechCrunch article, “Brigade Media Raises $9.3M From Sean Parker To Shake Up American Democracy:”

The company thinks that American democracy is adrift.

The main bent at play is a view that this country’s democracy is not “scaling” the way that it might — essentially that as our society has changed, our governing structures have failed to keep pace. This has led to a disconnect between average citizens and their elected leaders.

The description in this article also describes what we are working on at StartUpTown. Upcoming projects include Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts in New Rochelle, NY and Los Angeles, CA.
In future elections we will be addressing such things as America’s stagnant communications infrastructure.
We need to elect leaders on the basis of their commitment to changing America’s stagnant communications infrastructure.
There is much to be done at every level of government, but cities are the most promising battleground right now. Mayors, Republican and Democrat alike, are in the business of providing their citizens with services, and fiber infrastructure is just like a city street grid: Economic development, quality of life, new jobs and a thriving competitive market all depend on its presence.
~ “The Wire Next Time” by Susan Crawford

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How to Get a Job and Housing Today

According to an article by Reuters based on an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York:

Recent college graduates in the United States face a more challenging job market, causing them to remain unemployed or take lower paying jobs than their counterparts in the past two decades…

A CBS article states:

The annual report, called “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,” noted that African-Americans are twice as likely as whites to be unemployed. The unemployment rate for blacks was 12 percent in February, compared to 5.8 percent for whites.

The underemployment rate for African-American workers was 20.5 percent, the report said, compared to 18.4 percent for Hispanic workers and 11.8 percent for white workers. Underemployment is defined as those who are jobless or working part-time jobs but desiring full-time work.

Apple

The Power of Entrepreneurship to Create Value

Now consider that if you had invested $10,000 in Apple at the beginning of 2013 that investment would now be worth over $667,000. That is the power of entrepreneurship and there is no reason why you cannot tap into such power. Therefore, the best way to get a job today is to create your own job.

Last year, there was a program at the Larchmont Village Center featuring Nassim Taleb promoting his new book Antifragile. In a Forbes article called “You Can’t Predict Who Will Change The World“, he wrote:

It is high time to recognize that we humans are far better at doing than understanding, and better at tinkering than inventing. But we don’t know it. We truly live under the illusion of order believing that planning and forecasting are possible. We are scared of the random, yet we live from its fruits.

There is no reason why you cannot be the next person that will change the world, but maybe you are not quite ready to strike out on your own. With this in mind, StartUpTown and the New Rochelle NAACP are developing a jobs and housing program based on volunteering, click here to register. 

Change the World

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WTF Happened to Black Music?

While watching Steve Stoute’s The Tanning of AmericaI recalled a story done by WNYC’s Soundcheck “There Were No Black Artists With Number One Singles in 2013.” Then I thought…

Is Steve Stoute celebrating the fact that Black culture is great except for the Black people?

Tanning of America

In THE TANNING OF AMERICA: How the Culture of Hip-Hop Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy (Gotham Books; On-Sale 9-8-11), Stoute draws from his diverse background in the music industry and brand marketing to chronicle how an upstart art form – street poetry set to beats – came to define urban culture as the embodiment of cool. Steve Stoute’s understanding of how hip-hop morphed into mainstream culture enabled him to relate to a new generation of thinking, which catapulted him to the forefront of pop culture – where he still remains today.

WTF Happened to Black Music?

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