Charlie Munger nails it again: The U.S. Economy is F***ed

I’m a huge fan of Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s lifetime business partner. I’ve written previously about his distillation of behavioral psychology principles for business, but in today’s Slate piece he covers a much bigger topic: where the U.S. economy went wrong and how unlikely it is (given the dominant influence of monied interests on politics) continue…

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Announcing our latest Founder’s Co-op Investment: Urban Airship

I’m excited to announce that Founder’s Co-op just completed an investment in Urban Airship, a new mobile infrastructure company that’s making it radically easier for smartphone developers to implement core features like push messaging and in-app transactions. The deal is is a first for us in several ways: it’s our first significant investment outside Seattle continue…

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Social gaming, incentives and the ‘FatWallet locusts’

As regular readers know I’m fascinated with behavioral psychology – especially as manifested in software development and user experience design (related posts here, here and here). The most successful web + mobile applications (from biggies like Facebook + Twitter to up-and-comers like Foursquare) are masters at exploiting behavioral triggers and game mechanics to drive customer continue…