Saturday, March 09, 2019

An open letter to Andrew Yang

Dear Andrew,
  I watched the first 45 minutes of your interview with Joe Rogan, and I had to stop.  In summary, here's why

  • You're not responding to the things Joe says, it's supposed to be a conversation, not a speech.
  • When he fact checks you, try to move on quickly, it's supposed to be a conversation.
  • You're talking way too fast.  when you throw a bunch of new ideas at someone, you have to give them time to breath.
  • To borrow a phrase from electronics, it was an impedance mismatch.
You can win this nomination, going on Joe's show was a good idea, but it seems you didn't prepare for it properly.  You needed to schedule the day for it... not a 2 hour time slot.  As it is, you had probably 2,000,000 hours of people actually watching you... a lot of wasted opportunity if they came away with the same impression I had.  It was literally worth a year of face to face campaigning if you had 90 minutes in front of a crowd of 3,500 people every day.

You have great ideas. You've done the math. You're the first candidate who explained WHY they are so focused on money. I want you to make it to the debates, even though I don't think they are anywhere near as important as they used to be.

The internet culture has different expectations than the TV/News culture. It's a growing culture. It's very important to get it right here.

I hope you found this helpful and constructive.  Good luck going forward.