Tag: profit

  • the first gold rush of digital capitalism 

    From Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance, pg 10-11. I think this understates the degree to which ‘playing hard’ was driven by a potent mix of fear and aspiration. But it’s a nice overview of circumstances which intruige me: And, in 2000, San Francisco had been over- taken by the boom of all booms and consumed […]

  • Cruel optimism in #highered

    This powerful essay by Maria Warner in the LRB echoes what I was trying to say yesterday about the perils of passion: A university is a place where ideas are meant to be freely explored, where independence of thought and the Western ideals of democratic liberty are enshrined. Yet at the same time as we congratulate […]

  • The Faux Underdogs of the Digital Economy

    As helpfully pointed out by Mark Ware (see comments) Springer actually has nothing to do with Axel Springer AG. So there’s two points here (the faux underdogs and the profits in scholarly publishing) which aren’t really connected in the way that I thought they were:  I’ve just been reading a provocative article by Mathias Döpfner, CEO […]