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    Observations From The Heart Of Silicon Valley

    The calm before the storm?
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, May 20, 2016, 12:11 AM

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    Yesterday I made the 2-hour drive back to Silicon Valley, where I lived for 15 years before moving out to the country.

    I rarely go back, as I miss very little about the hyper-elite scene there. When I do, though, I feel I have a useful 'insider-now-outsider' perspective that allows me to see things there more accurately than those who live in that fishbowl 24/7.

    What hit me most strongly upon arriving back in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area, is how little of the craziness has changed since I left 4 years ago. I don't mean 'unchanged' though; rather that the same craziness is there, just more extreme than ever.

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    The Death Of Hopium

    Tech Bubble 3.0 is in the process of bursting
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 8:48 PM

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    I got my MBA at Stanford in 1999 when the dot-com bubble was at its zenith, worked for a VC-funded start-up as well as one of the biggest Internet juggernauts (Yahoo!). I lived in Palo Alto, the central core of the tech scene.

    As a result, I have a pretty good read on how Silicon Valley works. Many of the folks I worked and went to school with are now in leadership positions at the big operating companies, VC firms and hedge funds in that ecosystem now — so I have personal knowledge of who's making the decisions.

    And it's no secret that I think it's degenerated into a steaming pile of hucksterism.

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    For Heaven’s Sake: Hedge!

    If you're not positioned defensively by now, you're nuts
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, May 1, 2015, 2:58 AM

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    Last fall, I wrote an article titled Defying Gravity that warned of the absurd price levels that stocks and bonds had risen to. Less than a month later, the stock market abruptly dropped by 7%. Those who didn't seek safety in advance were left licking their wounds, panicked not knowing if the painful down-draft was over.

    So here we are roughly six months later, and the same warning bells are ringing — just louder this time.

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    Returning to the ‘Real’

    The virtual is not an adequate substitute for the authentic
    by JHK

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 3:34 PM

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    A paradox of life in these times is the inverse relationship between technological wizardry and the satisfactions of being a live organism in a real place (i.e., on the planet Earth).  It probably boils down to a proposition that the American public is not ready to entertain: that the virtual is not an adequate substitute for the authentic. Eventually it will be a hard lesson to learn.

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