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Alex Danco
Fresh thinking and provocative takes on the innovation economy, in your inbox every Sunday. Now in its third season.
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  • Twist Biosciences: The DNA API
    26 Sep 2021 • 16 min read
    Hello everyone! Two notes: First, I’m hiring for a couple of very special roles, to work closely with me on crypto products at Shopify. See the end of this newsletter to learn more. Second: Today’s ne...
  • Ten More Books
    29 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    Reminder: I’m hosting an Interintellect Salon this coming Wednesday! It’s all about Information: we’ll talk about some Claude Shannon, some Marshall McLuhan, and the ideas of Information as Capital an...
  • Dancoland, Part 5: The Two Meanings of Why
    22 Aug 2021 • 10 min read
    Welcome back to Part 5 of Dancoland. If you’ve missed any of parts 1-4, you can catch up here. Dancoland, Part 1: The Dream Dancoland, Part 2: Just-So Stories Dancoland, Part 3: Thinking in Layers Dan...
  • Dancoland, Part 4: Everything Loops
    15 Aug 2021 • 11 min read
    Welcome back to Part 4 of Dancoland. If you’ve missed any previous chapters, you’ll need to read those first. Dancoland, Part 1: The Dream Dancoland, Part 2: Just-So Stories Dancoland, Part 3: Thinkin...
  • Dancoland, Part 3: Thinking in Layers
    01 Aug 2021 • 9 min read
    Welcome back to Dancoland. If you aren’t caught up, head here to start at the beginning. Last week, we’d learned how different systems can find their own steady states, and how order emerges when syst...
  • Dancoland, Part 2: Just-So Stories
    25 Jul 2021 • 8 min read
    Welcome back to Dancoland. If you missed part one last week, read that first. Teacher: Ok, let’s examine some of those things you told me about your village. I’d love to see what assumptions are behin...
  • Dancoland, Part One
    18 Jul 2021 • 6 min read
    Are you ready? Ok, let’s begin. One night, a young man who we’ll call Student went to sleep and fell into a strange dream. Student: Huh, where am I? I don’t recognize this place. In front of him was a...
  • Michael, Dwight and Andy: the Three Aesthetics of the Creative Class
    11 Jul 2021 • 18 min read
    Six months ago I proposed The Michael Scott Theory of Social Class, which says: "The higher you ascend the ladder of the Educated Gentry class, the more you become Michael Scott." The Michael Scott Th...
  • World-Building and the Early Internet, with Jim O'Shaughnessy
    27 Jun 2021 • 18 min read
    Hello everyone! This week in Dancoland, Jim O'Shaughnessy and I have a fresh podcast recording for your enjoyment. Alex Danco: Everyone's job is World-Building | Infinite Loops You can listen to the w...
  • Without Memes
    13 Jun 2021 • 2 min read
    Two months from now calls got lots of upside Lots of upside, Lots of upside Two months from now calls got lots of upside Lots of upside, Lots of upside Guess whose SPAC, Not Ackman, Trades at NAV, tel...
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