Recessions, News, and One Interview
The news these days is not only depressing, but annoying. I refer to the constant barrage of news regarding the economy. No doubt the economy is bad but the news and media, and I guess I am referring largely to the cable news outlets, are just non stop and annoying.
I work from home and pass by the TV now and again and unfortunately I will flip through the dial including CNN, Fox and the rest of them. Twenty four hours of crap really. From call ins from viewers to reports on increased Spam production-do we need this? Do we need 24 hours of news? We don’t. Believe it or not but things really do not happen that fast.
The best solution to my frustration would be to turn the crap off. Foolishly, I still have the TV on, but now and again I have found something to watch. One of those that continues to impress me is Charlie Rose, who has been having conversations with people of interest for years. He has political people, business people, academics, musicians, actors, directors, researchers, entrepreneurs, writers-you find all kinds of folks sitting at his table.
Simple conversation with interesting people-such a simple idea and works so good! This Thursday was a case in point. Charlie had Marc Andreessen on. Marc is the guy largely responsible for the web browser-both Internet Explorer and what is now the old Netscape Navigator. Since then he has been involved with both new technology projects and also with the venture capital for such projects.
So an interesting guy with some good stories. He offered a couple insights regarding today’s world. For once I heard that there is still a lot of innovation going on and from a man who is in the trenches. He pointed out that today’s new ventures can latch on to things like Apple’s iPhone or Google’s cloud technology. At one point he commented that for start ups, they will just keep working on their product, their vision, building what they were aiming to do, recession or no recession.