Saturday, August 8, 2015

More Thought's on Francesca Fiorentini's "5 Ways America Is Already Socialist"... Beyond Stupid

Some more quick thoughts on "5 Ways America Is Already Socialist." This video is really beyond stupid and will misinform those who are intellectually lazy.

You can't claim basic pillars of probably most governments throughout history, such as forming a military and building out infrastructure paid by taxes, as "socialism." These basis functions have been around for over 3,000 years. Whether a monarchy, democracy, communism, or whatever type of government, these basis functions of government have been around and predate the formation of socialism (late 1700s) by a few thousand years.

This is like Republicans claiming environmentalism is their cause and since it was Nixon's initiative that created the EPA and passed the Clean Air Act. Or countless of other policy examples.

So I assume Francesca and her producers were either purposely seeking to misinform people OR they thought they were pretty brilliant in thinking about this. Can you imagine the comedy of them sitting there thinking this was such a great angle?

"Hey! Those stupid people at Fox News don't realize that socialists created the method on how armies throughout the world are supported! Basically any government program supported by taxes is socialism and they don't even know that! They are so stupid!..."

Straight out of "The Onion" I tell you.

"5 Ways America Is Already Socialist" Must Be One of the Stupidest Videos I've Seen

This is a pretty idiotic viewpoint on political ideologies.  I probably could have written a better piece from the same perspective during my middle school years.

The "weekend" makes America socialist?  Really?  It's called a modern civil society.

Having infrastructure and a military are basic pillars of any nation for thousands of years.  It's not called "socialism", Francesca.  These "programs" don't just go back to FDR.  I really believe you should read beyond the history labor unions and some Dr. Seuss classics.

Beyond this video, it cracks me up that the Left talks a big game on egalitarianism, but when it comes to putting their money where there mouth is it comes up VERY SHORT.

Whether you look at Liberal vs. Conservative, Blue State vs. Red State, or other studies, people on the Right give far more on average than people on the Left to charities.  Even studies comparing church denominations, show as a denomination is more liberal the less they give on average. If you want to help your fellow human being out, give your money and time.  Help them out, please.  Don't just talk about it and complain and try to create laws to force people to give money.  I don't have to go far to see within San Francisco, the most liberal city in the U.S., that the Left has a giving problem.  It's been written about by writers from the Left in the area enough times.

Most right leaning moderates or conservatives that I know want universal healthcare and a more equal society, but it's the how.  It is giving more money and power to government?  You just have to look at the California public school system or the infamous D.C. school district that use to be the highest expenditure per student in the nation but one of the worst education systems in the nation to see how inefficient and ineffective such programs can be.  People on the right would rather give to a nonprofit that helps people directly rather than government programs.

Anyway, this is my 3 minute rant on this topic.  Hopefully I will have time to write more complete thoughts on this later.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"Demystifying the Investment World for Startup Entrepreneurs" at Techsylvania

Frank Meehan's panel at Techsylvania!
"Demystifying the Investment World for Startup Entrepreneurs"
Jon Soberg (Expansive Ventures)
Marius Ghenea (Serial Entrepreneur and Business Angel)
Frank Meehan (Sparklabs Global Ventures)
Jon Bradford (Techstars)
Bogdan Herea (Pitech+Plus) – Moderator

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

SparkLabs DemoDay5: SparkLabs Intro

Our "welcome" video from DemoDay5. Thank you for everyone who attended and supported our awesome companies!

The final numbers for SparkLabs Demo Day:
Pre-registered: 1852 people
Attended: 1416 people (Largest in Asia. Probably globally too)

14 incredible entrepreneurs and teams presented. Congratulations!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cisco's IoE Innovation Center in Songdo, South Korea

Our Co-founder, Jimmy Kim, helping to promote Cisco's Innovation Center in Songdo, South Korea. N3N, Jimmy's company, was Cisco's first Internet of Everything/Internet of Things in the world and Cisco's first investment into a Korean startup.