Cities, cycles and San Francisco’s ‘return’Reading Time: 3 minutes
‘San Francisco is back!’
‘It never left.’
‘It’s been long dead.’
They’re all takes, none particularly good, yet all insinuating a degree of self-importance that you, of all people, know when a city’s heart is pulsing in a way that should count.
To me, San Francisco, despite all the transience and frustration it’s been known to be associated with, feels like it never left. It’s too simplistic to believe that cities can leave our lives, disappear from culture or bid away relevance. I’m not saying that San Francisco didn’t legit have a mass exodus with empty storefronts and office buildings — that is very much a thing that happened. But people are slowly trickling back: According to Vox, citing LinkedIn data, ‘over the last 12 months, San Francisco has seen the second-biggest worker population gain of any area in the United States.’
It makes me think: Cities never leave our lives, they simply teach us lessons about cyclic moments, transient friendships and how community can be fickle.
If you enjoy this newsletter, you should check out my personal blog too! In the rest of this newsletter, we’ll talk about pitch deck teardowns and artificial intelligence. As always, you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram, where I unfortunately don’t post about the demise of this city.
A Pitch Deck Teardown to start
It never hurts to be reminded that it’s important to eat your vegetables — and that is my lazy introduction into Haje Jan Kamps‘ latest Pitch Deck Teardown on Spinach.io. Heh. As a reminder, this series includes a walk-through of startup pitch decks that includes areas of strengths, where there could be improvements and witty analysis all throughout.
Read the entire analysis here and remember: If you want your own pitch deck teardown featured on TC+, here’s more information. Also, check out all our Pitch Deck Teardowns and other pitching advice, all collected in one handy place for you!
- Why more startups are getting compliant
- Wait a secondary
- The individual mistake that tech startups are collectively making
- Venture funding has started flooding back in at least one area: Secondaries
As with every hype cycle, accountability and transparency is needed. TC’s Dominic-Madori Davis has written a pair of stories looking at how the artificial intelligence boom is sitting with historically underfunded minorities. There’s good news, and there’s bad. Let’s start with the good: First, women-founded AI startups are seeing a boost in VC funding. Heck yes. At the same time, the work is not done — bias continues to appear all through AI, from investments VCs make to the products that founders are building.
Here’s why this is important, in Davis’ words: ‘Discussions about diversity are more important than ever as AI enters a new golden era. Every new technology that appears seems to be accompanied by some harrowing consequence. So far, AI has contributed to racist job recruiting tactics and slower home approval rates for Black people. Self-driving cars have trouble detecting dark skin, making Black people more likely to be hit by them; in one instance, robots identified Black men as being criminals 9% more than they did white men, which would be put under a new light if judicial systems ever [began] adopting AI.’
- Hype machines
- Generative AI is building the foundation of proptech’s next wave
- AI is eating itself: Bing’s AI quotes COVID disinfo sourced from ChatGPT
- Google is losing control
- Also, follow Dom on Twitter! She’s amazing.
Chat next week,
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