“We aren’t troubled by his hypocrisy”: CrossFit wants Ron Conway’s help to take on Big Soda

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Last week, I wrote about the hypocrisy of high profile San Francisco tech figures and their willingness to engage in the same political games – and dirty tricks – that they once pledged to “disrupt.”

In particular, I wrote about Ron Conway’s behavior during the recent San Francisco municipal elections: Instructing his portfolio CEOs and their employees how to vote, promising quid pro quos to donors if they support his pet causes and threatening dire consequences if they did not. [Disclosure: Conway is an investor in Pando]

The piece was one of our highest read of the week, but you wouldn’t know that from the Twitter feeds of San Francisco tech execs. Privately, they were willing to agree with conclusions – so many emails, so many texts! – but none dared so much as retweet the piece, lest some of those dire consequences head their way. “I don’t want to get in a public fight with Ron, but just wanted to say…” 

Meanwhile, the pro-Conway camp was less reticent, with folks like John C Dvorak accusing me of writing a “hit piece” against Uncle Ron.

I’m SHOCKED, SHOCKED that politics is going on in San Francisco. This looks like a hit piece if you ask me. https://t.co/kyXWdSExfe.

— John C. Dvorak (@THErealDVORAK) November 10, 2015

Dvorak’s rebuttal was a familiar one: Everyone knows San Francisco politics is corrupt, so why shouldn’t tech leaders play along?

By far my favourite email, however, came from Brian Mulvaney, Chief Strategist at CrossFit…

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Pussy Riot: Putin’s speaking at the UN is ‘hypocrisy at its worst’

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Maria Alyokhina is a founding member of Pussy Riot who spent two years in a Russian prison on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.”

MOSCOW — On Monday, President Vladimir Putin will speak at the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Putin will argue for the creation of an international coalition to fight extremism in the Middle East and will “call to abandon double standards in the fight against terrorism,” according to Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov

It’s a conspicuous change in foreign policy rhetoric — from Cold War-style railing against “Western enemies” to a seeming attempt to find compromise with the West — that perhaps lies in the fact that after plunging into a sea of misery, Putin has realized it’s impossible to swim out alone Read more…

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