Ep 9: Galen Wolfe-Pauly wants to build a more human-centric internet.

November 4, 2020
Thomas Frey
Many of us (including your hosts) spend huge amounts of time on the internet. It is responsible for launching whole new industries, new ways of connecting, and a steady progression of digital-first empires. It may surprise you to learn that there are people who nevertheless think the internet is fundamentally broken and needs to be replaced altogether. One of these people is Galen Wolfe-Pauly, CEO of Tlon, a company working on Urbit. He grew up in the woods near Santa Cruz, drawing, painting, building software and digital tools. He eventually left the cypherpunks and hippies of California to study architecture at the Cooper Union in New York, which informs the design sensibilities he brings to code. Galen is interested in building long-lasting software to help people control and shape their digital lives and communities. Finding all our existing software platforms to be deeply disappointing, he started building Urbit, a new OS and network, in 2014 with a small team.
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