Hey, I'm Dan! I invest in startups at Madrona and write the DL, a weekly newsletter about tech in the Pacific Northwest

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Dan's Top 10 Jeff Bezos Quotes

You’ve all read enough articles about Jeff Bezos stepping down as the CEO of Amazon last week, so I won’t belabor the topic. Instead, here is this week’s grand opus. My top 10 Jeff Bezos quotes… in meme format.

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Elastic: NOT OK. AWS: Fishy.

Open source software (OSS) started as a reaction to companies like Microsoft and Oracle making “unfair” profits

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New PNW Reality Show

If you’ve finished Bridgerton and need a new show, check out Rival Peak. It’s a Survivor + Big Brother-style reality show set in the Pacific Northwest

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Readers' responses on Parler

Last week, I wrote a summary of the events leading to Parler's shutdown, and received a lot of thoughtful responses about what happened, so here are some thoughts from DL readers on the Parler shutdown.

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Amazon Shuts Down Parler

This is probably the most important tech news of last week, but it’s been pretty difficult to follow, so here’s my summary of the key events leading up to Parler’s shutdown:

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Haven Shuts Down

Three years ago, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase teamed up to launch Haven, a joint venture to lower healthcare costs through technology solutions. Here’s what happened:

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How to Compete and Win

Here is a fantastic thread on how DoorDash came from behind to beat Seamless and UberEats in food delivery:

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The DL's 20 Slides on 2020

If you want to get caught up on what happened in the PNW startup and tech markets last year, here’s my 20 slide summary of what happened in 2020. Some of the highlights:

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Dalí + WALL·E = DALL·E

OpenAI released another incredible demo last week with DALL·E, a version of GPT-3 that is trained to generate images from text descriptions.

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December 2020 PNW Venture Deals

Here are the PNW startups that announced new fundraising rounds in the month of December. These 22 companies raised more than $400M last month!

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