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What I unlearned about startups this year


Taylor Swift has impeccable timing. First, she released “Red,” an album about heartbreak and hurt, while I was in the thick of high school. My now-retired Tumblr is still thankful. More recently, Swift took on a project to rerecord her earlier albums, reclaiming her music from her old record label — this time with her own ownership as a key difference. Her first rerecording, of “Fearless” — annotated with “(Taylor’s Version)” — came out this year.
Of course, I think there’s a pretty obvious tech angle here. Swift made a statement on artist empowerment and the importance of singer-owned music — record labels be damned — the same year that we saw tech defined by the G …

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