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I've known Jim Anderson of Silicon Valley Bank (Jim's bio) for many years and have always enjoyed his unique thoughts on the state of Silicon Valley, and the world in general. Whether you agree or disagree with Jim's analysis, he always makes us think about issues from varying perspectives. And if there's one thing I've learned from Silicon Valley over the decades, it's that we can never look at a situation, an industry or an economy in the same way, day after day or year after year. Jim agreed to write some articles for Ravix Group and I'm hopeful you'll find these articles relevant (and entertaining) in ever-changing times

- Daniel R. Saccani
Ravix Group, Inc
CEO, Managing Partner
The Incorporeal Economy
In October 2006, Netflix launched a contest. They offered a $1 million prize to any team that could improve their
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Social Capital and Social Distancing
Most of us have worked in high performance teams at some time. Those were the teams that took pride in
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The Central Planners and the Virus
“Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend
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Crossing the Political-Economic Divide
How do entrepreneurs assess political risk? Other than Mark Zuckerberg, do they even think about it? Are technology companies and
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The Labor Constraint
A few years ago I managed an NGO that served 20,000 subsistence farmers in Mali. I was surprised when I
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Surveillance Economics or Why Does My Barber Have an App?
Does my barber need an app? Contemplating that question opened up an intriguing can of worms… One of the more
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Are You an Accountable Capitalist?
You may get this question in some future due diligence session from an investor, an investment banker working on your
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Next Steps for this Fed?
Watching Fed Chairman Jerome Powell testify to our esteemed but largely innumerate members of Congress, I was reminded that once
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The World according to Z
At the recent F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg jokes that; “We don’t exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy.” No one
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The Internet and the Long Tails of Political Discourse
Below is a graph of a standard normal frequency distribution. It was created with a random number generator but these
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