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The Question

Got a call from an old friend, we used to be real close, and it wasn’t a Billy Joel song.

After talking about his startup he asked about the family and whether we were vaccinated.

I don’t know his politics. I know his belief structure is “odd” in general.

I was worried. I don’t think that I have ever felt this worried before from being asked a question. It felt like Trump v Clint or Trump v Biden but much more fraught.

I felt like I might be at risk of losing a friend of 35 years, if I were to say, “Yes, gravity points downward.”

Until that call, I didn’t understand just how bad things had gotten. I literally shake when I think about it.

Written by Russell Brand

Entrepreneur in residence at Founder Institute, he has mentored, performed due diligence on and invested in numerous early stage companies. Hundreds of these early stage companies have described Russell’s insights and advice as the most useful thing in the history of their companies. He has always had an inborn ability to find more valuable uses of new ideas and faster ways to achieve results.

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