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2020: When the EV Breaks Out

EVs make up a relatively tiny part of US auto sales, but the Tesla 3 outsold all other luxury cars and almost outsold the Toyota Corolla. It's still too pricey, but it's coming down this summer and there's a new, lower-cost model on the way. More Affordable GM's Bolt EV gets about 240 miles of range, and costs about $36,000 before incentives, which total $9,000 (including rebates in some states) until April, when the federal incentive is cut in half. It's a great car, but for me the seat isn't comfortable.  The range is enough to allay your range anxiety; you can drive from Lancaster to NYC and back without recharging, depending on how you drive. You can charge while you're there in one of the hundreds of charging stations, many of which are in parking garages. New and Interesting Hyundai is coming out with the Kona, which has a range of about 240 miles; it's like the Honda HRV, a small crossover with a good amount of space relative to the Bolt (gu

Return to Tech or Stay in Social Impact?

One of the decisions I've put off is whether to stay in the social impact world or return to tech. Some might argue there's an intersection between the two, but I haven't seen much of it around the issue I care most about, which is poverty and the unfairness of extractive industries. I'm talking about excessive, escalating fines for anything from parking tickets to court costs, or bank fees, or cash checking, or Rent-a-Center, etc, etc. I'm thinking a lot about that, but haven't found the angle just yet. Payday lending is top of mind; even the framing of that practice is unjust: employees work, then wait one to two weeks for a paycheck. They're basically lending money to the employer, who pays them without interest down the road. In the meantime there are bills to pay. So it's really a line of credit they're giving to the employer--the employee is the lender, and the employer is the borrower. There's something to that. An employer will argu

Startup Guy, Restarting

Welcome back! Over the past few years I haven't felt much like blogging, partly because I was constantly tired and stressed out from managing The Lancaster Food Company through one challenge/cliffhanger to the next, and partly because I felt I had nothing new to say. This blog had been my outlet for sharing insights about building startups; I hope it was helpful to those of you building companies or helping startups in some way. Writing is a way for me to process, and to share what I've learned so maybe others can learn what to do--and not to do. More to come on that ;) Starting today, I plan to post almost daily, mostly about lessons learned over the years with startups, and if I come up short I'll post links to helpful articles or other blogs. And while I'll talk about certain problems in the companies I've started, I largely won't talk about the people involved, and in most cases won't identify the company; this is to make it easier to talk about so