Singapore - The Social Laboratory

Excellent longread by Shane Harris on protection of national security & engineering a more harmonious society via mass surveillance and big data.

Singapore was the perfect home for a centrally controlled, complex technological system designed to maintain national order. […] “In Singapore, people generally feel that if you’re not a criminal or an opponent of the government, you don’t have anything to worry about.”

[Foreign Policy: The Social Laboratory]


The interesting thing about SaaS is that investors care more about growth than anything else. Running a correlation of forward revenue multiples vs. forward growth rates on public cloud companies, we see that valuation is very highly correlated to revenue growth. Fast growing companies are rewarded with rich valuation multiples.

In short: Making money is not important