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  • Outragists are the New Awful

    Scott Adams Blog
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    Over on Twitter (@ScottAdamsSays) I coined the word outragism and defined it as the act of generating public outrage by quoting famous people out of context.Creating the word is only the first part of my strategy. My plan is to arm victims of false accusations with a word that has equal weight to the accusation. For example, if you are falsely accused of being a Nazi sympathizer because you watch the History Channel, the accuser is using full verbal firepower and all you have is a weak denial about your interest in history. It isn’t a fair fight. I coined the word outragism so victims…
  • Dynamic metadata in web pages

    Scripting News
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    Here's the scenario.. I have a web app that's used to display content dynamically. The page containing the app is static, stored in an S3 bucket. The app doesn't have any data in it, just code and a few DOM objects. It's a liveblog reader. Think of it as a container that can be used to display lots of different stuff. When it starts up, it loads the data from a file, displays it. The URL parameter contains the ID of an item within the file it's displaying. It moves the cursor there. Here's an example, a post about cheese. The user then posts the link on Facebook, the one from #4 above. The…
  • The end of geography

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    Some of the most important inventions of the last hundred years: Air conditioning--which made it possible to do productive work in any climate Credit cards--which enabled transactions to take place at a distance Television--which homogenized 150 world cultures into just a few Federal Express and container ships--which made the transport of physical goods both dependable and insanely cheap The internet--which moved information from one end of the world to the other as easily as across the room Cell phones--which cut the wires If you're still betting on geography, on winning merely because…
  • Human/computer partnerships are potent
    Jason Kottke
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Tim Wu writes for the New Yorker about how Netflix uses a ~70/30 combination of data and human judgment to determine their recommendations and what shows/movies to make. Over the years, however, I've started to wonder whether Netflix's big decisions are truly as data driven as they are purported to be. The company does have more audience data than nearly anyone else (with the possible exception of YouTube), so it has a reason to emphasize its comparative advantage. But, when I was reporting a story, a couple of years ago, about Netflix's embrace of fandom over mass culture, I began to sense…
  • Reminder: Apple Has Never Led the Smartphone Industry in Market Share

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    John Gruber
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Dawn Chmielewski, writing for Recode: Apple, which years ago ceded the top spot in the global smartphone market to rival Samsung, appears to have pulled into a dead heat. It’s true that Samsung passed Apple in smartphone market share years ago, but “the crown” was never Apple’s to cede. In the years prior to Samsung’s rise in 2010, Nokia led the industry, by far, in smartphone market share. RIM, too, was ahead of Apple until 2010. From the DF archive: “Ceding the Crown”, back in March 2013.  ★ 
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  • Dynamic metadata in web pages

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    Here's the scenario.. I have a web app that's used to display content dynamically. The page containing the app is static, stored in an S3 bucket. The app doesn't have any data in it, just code and a few DOM objects. It's a liveblog reader. Think of it as a container that can be used to display lots of different stuff. When it starts up, it loads the data from a file, displays it. The URL parameter contains the ID of an item within the file it's displaying. It moves the cursor there. Here's an example, a post about cheese. The user then posts the link on Facebook, the one from #4 above. The…
  • Why grudges don't work

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    I was just chatting with a friend, and was reminded of a value that's really important. Everyone should start every conversation with a clean slate with the other person. If you're holding a grudge of any kind, ideally, that's been aired, and heard, and dealt with. I know this is an ideal, but the closer you are to it, the more value there is in the friendship. If you can get through years of hanging out with someone, and yet still at the beginning of every interaction you can say the slate is clean, then you really have something. It also works for people you've never met. If you let other…
  • How snow is supposed to work

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    Back in the old days we'd have our snow storm, and everyone would go about their business until school was cancelled, then we'd get a holiday for sledding and shoveling, and life would be exciting and interesting for a while, then the snow would get cleared, we'd go back to school, and everyone got grouchy again, and that was that until the next time. Nowadays the fun lasts a few minutes then the grouchy people get on TV and everyone gets all serious and grouchy, and it's like well why even bother.
  • JavaScript type coercion fail

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    If you're not into JavaScript, please ignore. I just spent an hour learning that this doesn't work in JavaScript: var x = 12; alert (x.toLowerCase ()); Instead you have to say: var x = 12; alert (x.toString ().toLowerCase ()); Why? This seems counter to the philosophy of JavaScript, which strives to make sense of everything, no matter how convoluted. In this case it's fairly obvious what I wanted to do. Only in very special circumstances in the code I'm working on is x a number. And when it is, converting it to lowercase, which should be a no-op, fails. It doesn't help that Chrome's debugger…
  • Of course I use Facebook

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    Imagine if you were a popular musician in the 1960s, someone who started in the 40s or 50s. Looking forward to a decade or more of performing, then retiring. Then, British Invasion. So tell me, what do you do? Curl up in a ball and pretend it didn't happen? Or.. It's music! This is what you do. So what if I remember a time when there were no Beatles or Rolling Stones. It's music. And that's what I do. And I steal from the best. And here's some good music. So of course I want to understand it. And learn from it. And adapt. You think you can't learn from people who are younger than you? You're…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The end of geography

    Seth Godin
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    Some of the most important inventions of the last hundred years: Air conditioning--which made it possible to do productive work in any climate Credit cards--which enabled transactions to take place at a distance Television--which homogenized 150 world cultures into just a few Federal Express and container ships--which made the transport of physical goods both dependable and insanely cheap The internet--which moved information from one end of the world to the other as easily as across the room Cell phones--which cut the wires If you're still betting on geography, on winning merely because…
  • What do you want?

    Seth Godin
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The industrialist and the one in power would like you to choose from a list, multiple choice. To interview with the companies that come to the placement office, to select from what's on offer, to ask, 'what do you have?' This is the world of "If we don't sell it, you don't want it." But in revolutionary times, when the number of options is exploding, the opportunities go to someone who can describe something that's not in stock, that perhaps has never even been described before. Custom-made does you no good if you don't know what you want.        
  • Various updates

    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Late in 2014, I invited IOS app developers to submit information for a lightweight list for people seeking professional help. Thanks to Jessica and the generous folks at New York Tech Meetup, it's free and ready for you to use or share. There's a worldwide list and one focused on New York as well. Go make something. The Your Turn Challenge just finished, and it was a phenomenon. More than 4,500 posts came in from nearly a thousand people getting in the habit of shipping daily. Plus tweets. Well done, Winnie. What To Do When It's Your Turn continues to spread, inspiring stories like this…
  • The truth about admissions

    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    One in five applicants to Harvard and Stanford are completely qualified to attend—perhaps 20% of those that send in their applications have the smarts, guts and work ethic to thrive at these schools and to become respected alumni. These schools further filter this 20% by admitting only 5% of their applicants, or about one in four of those qualified. And they spend a huge amount of time sorting and ranking and evaluating to get to the final list. They do this even though there is zero correlation between the students they like the most and any measurable outcomes. The person they let in off…
  • The best laid plans

    Seth Godin
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    As your plans get more detailed, it's also more and more likely that they won't work exactly as you described them. Certainly, it's worth visualizing the thing you're working to build. When it works, what's it going to be like? Even more important, though, is being able to describe what you're going to do when the plan doesn't work. Because it won't. Not the way you expect, certainly. Things will break, be late, miss the spec. People will let you down, surprise you or change their minds. Sales won't get made, promises will be broken, formulas will change. All part of the plan that includes…
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  • Human/computer partnerships are potent

    Jason Kottke
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Tim Wu writes for the New Yorker about how Netflix uses a ~70/30 combination of data and human judgment to determine their recommendations and what shows/movies to make. Over the years, however, I've started to wonder whether Netflix's big decisions are truly as data driven as they are purported to be. The company does have more audience data than nearly anyone else (with the possible exception of YouTube), so it has a reason to emphasize its comparative advantage. But, when I was reporting a story, a couple of years ago, about Netflix's embrace of fandom over mass culture, I began to sense…
  • Wonderful owl portraits

    Jason Kottke
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    From the newly launched site for the National Audubon Society, some gorgeous photos of owls from Brad Wilson. It's not easy to get owls to mug for the camera. Even in captivity the birds remain aloof, unruffled by the flash and unmoved by attempts to bribe them. Photographer Brad Wilson learned that lesson firsthand after trying to win over owls from the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis and The Wildlife Center near Espanola, New Mexico. He spent hours with each bird, trying to capture its direct gaze. "It's hard to get animals to look at you like humans do," he says. "That shot became my…
  • NYC in 1981, a most violent year

    Jason Kottke
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    The producers of A Most Violent Year, one of the year's most acclaimed movies, are doing something interesting to promote their film. They're running a blog that posts all sorts of media and information about NYC in 1981, the year the film is set. Today, they released a short documentary that features interviews with some people who were scraping together lives in NYC circa 1981. It's worth watching: Featuring Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, performance artist and former Warhol Factory fixture Penny Arcade, actress Johnnie Mae, Harlem street-style legend Dapper Dan, auto body shop owner…
  • Supply, demand, and equilibrium

    Jason Kottke
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    From Marginal Revolution University, three short videos on the economic concepts of supply, demand, and equilibrium using oil as an example good. Tags: economics   video
  • Infrared Planet Earth

    Jason Kottke
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    This is an ultra-HD time lapse of planet Earth in infrared. Infrared light is absorbed by clouds and water vapor, so the result is a sphere of roiling storms and trade winds. Here's a video with both hemispheres at once and another offering a closer view. If you've got a 4K display, this will look pretty incredible on it. James Tyrwhitt-Drake has done a bunch of other HD videos of the Earth and Sun, including Planet Earth in 4K and the Sun in 4K. Tags: astronomy   Earth   James Tyrwhitt-Drake   time lapse   video
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    Daring Fireball

  • Reminder: Apple Has Never Led the Smartphone Industry in Market Share

    John Gruber
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Dawn Chmielewski, writing for Recode: Apple, which years ago ceded the top spot in the global smartphone market to rival Samsung, appears to have pulled into a dead heat. It’s true that Samsung passed Apple in smartphone market share years ago, but “the crown” was never Apple’s to cede. In the years prior to Samsung’s rise in 2010, Nokia led the industry, by far, in smartphone market share. RIM, too, was ahead of Apple until 2010. From the DF archive: “Ceding the Crown”, back in March 2013.  ★ 
  • Slack

    John Gruber
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
    My thanks to Slack for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. Slack puts all of your team’s communication in one place, instantly searchable, wherever you go. They’ve got mobile apps for iOS and Android, a Mac app, and a great web app. People are nutty for Slack — they love it. We used it for backstage communication during Layer Tennis this season, and I really don’t know how we did it before Slack.  ★ 
  • AOL Still Makes Most of Its Money Off Millions of Dial-Up Subscribers

    John Gruber
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Hayley Tsukayama, reporting for The Washington Post back in August: AOL considers itself an advertising and media company. But it still relies on 2.3 million dial-up subscription customers for the bulk of its profits. The company’s latest earnings report on Wednesday showed that while the firm pulls in most of its revenue from advertising, it still makes the most money off the division that includes those old-fashioned dial-up subscribers. They should have kept TUAW and shut down AOL. Jiminy. (Via Jim Lipsey.)  ★ 
  • Andrew Sullivan Hangs It Up

    John Gruber
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Andrew Sullivan, two days ago: But when you write every day for readers for years and years, as I’ve done, there’s not much left to hide. And that’s why, before our annual auto-renewals, I want to let you know I’ve decided to stop blogging in the near future. Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career, I’ve now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda straight). That’s long enough to do any single job. In some ways, it’s as simple as that. There comes a time when you…
  • Vintage Logos From the 1970s

    John Gruber
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Say what you want about the ’70s, but a surprising number of these marks stand the test of time. (Via Sebastiaan de With.)  ★ 
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    Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

  • A New Industry: These Groups Love Freelancers

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    A new industry is birthing to serve ride sharing drivers, Airbnb hosts, Freelancers, Taskrabbits, and Makers.  A booming market emerges: The Freelancer Economy is predicted to be 40% of the American workforce in just five years, and the startups that power them have been funded over $10B – and a whole new class of organizations have emerged to support, empower, and connect freelancers. Over the last decade, the Social Media industry birthed many groups to serve content providers. The birth of the social media industry resulted in many realizing that the audience gave way to…
  • Collaborative Economy Spreadsheets: Funding, Industry Stats, Brand Deployments

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    As part of our ongoing research on the Collaborative Economy industry, we collect, analyze, and forecast where this market is heading. In the spirit of transparency and sharing, we openly share this data with the open market. Each of the three sheets are in continual production and improvement. They don’t stay static for long. Although you cannot edit the online sheets, you can download the files, then edit, splice, or use in your own presentations at will. The first sheet, Startup Funding in the Collaborative Economy, is the most developed, with over a dozen tabs, which include analysis,…
  • Crowd Companies: The Year in Review and Planning for 2015

    26 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    It’s the end of the year. This post is a reflection of the Collaborative Economy market and Crowd Companies in 2014, as well as a look towards what lies ahead. The Collaborative Economy was a leading business topic of 2014. Over the past year, the Collaborative Economy movement has gained more attention from mainstream media, seen incredible pushback from the incumbents like taxi companies and obtained tremendous amounts of funding, while some startups created situations that left them exposed to intense scrutiny. Meanwhile, adoption by the public was forecasted to double (my findings on…
  • 2015 Is the Year of the Crowd (Slides & Video)

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:28 am
    LeWeb Deck: 2015 The Year of the Crowd from Jeremiah Owyang   In the embedded presentation above, I assert that 2015 Is the Year of the Crowd, and make the point in a few ways: The growth in nearly every sector of society with the expanded Collaborative Economy (healthcare, logistics, municipal, corporate and more), see Honeycomb 2, Massive funding in this space, which has overtook funding to popular social networks, see spreadsheet, How the disruptive incumbents are pushing back –legitimizing the movement, see disruption deck, How brands are moving into this space, their adoption…
  • Collaborative Economy Honeycomb 2 –Watch it Grow

    7 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Above Image: Honeycomb 2.0, click and access multiple sizes stored on Flickr, Please share widely, with attribution, non-commercially. The first version had six industries –now it’s twelve I’ll be releasing this graphic on stage tomorrow at LeWeb conference in Paris, on a session called 2015: The Year of the Crowd. Seven months ago, in May 2014, we published the first version of the Collaborative Economy Honeycomb, which is also embedded at the bottom of this post. It contained six families of industries that are being impacted by P2P commerce, including: 1) Goods, 2)…
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    Scott Adams Blog

  • Outragists are the New Awful

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    Over on Twitter (@ScottAdamsSays) I coined the word outragism and defined it as the act of generating public outrage by quoting famous people out of context.Creating the word is only the first part of my strategy. My plan is to arm victims of false accusations with a word that has equal weight to the accusation. For example, if you are falsely accused of being a Nazi sympathizer because you watch the History Channel, the accuser is using full verbal firepower and all you have is a weak denial about your interest in history. It isn’t a fair fight. I coined the word outragism so victims…
  • Your Phone Interface is a Legacy Train Wreck

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    If you were to design a smartphone interface from scratch, without any legacy issues, would it look like a bunch of app icons sitting on a home screen? No. Because that would be stupid. Would you want your users to be hunting around for the right app every time they want to do simple things? That ruins flow. And it unnecessarily taxes your brain by making you shift your mental model each time you switch apps. You’re always thinking Is this the one with the swiping left or the one that scrolls down?  There is a lot of background processing in your brain just to move from app to app. I…
  • Speed is the New Intelligence

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    If I told you the government was planning some sort of new program to benefit its citizens, your initial reaction might be, “uh-oh.” Governments aren’t smart. And the last thing you want from a dumb entity is “more.” Governments have smart people working for them. But when you sum up the parts of government, you get less than the whole, thanks to bureaucratic inefficiency, political in-fighting and whatnot.  But what if that were about to change? A smart friend told me recently that speed is the new intelligence, at least for some types of technology jobs. If…
  • Reaction to Bad News

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    When something unexpected and bad happens to you, what is your initial reaction? I hate to admit this, but my first reaction is usually excitement. Nothing good or interesting happens when everything is working as expected. In chaos we find opportunity, as the saying goes. When one door closes, another opens, or so they say. And of course we have all absorbed the wisdom that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. But are those old saying enough to make you actually feel good when things around you are going to hell? I sometimes wonder if my excitement in the face of problems is a…
  • Do Open Networks Boost Your Odds of Success?

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    Every time I hear of a study suggesting that doing (whatever) is important for success, I ask myself if the authors interpreted the correlations correctly. And I rarely think they did. Take for example this recent article describing how people with “open networks” are far more successful than those with “closed networks.” In this context, it means that the more new ideas you are exposed to, the more likely you are a success. That interpretation makes perfect sense to me. Seeing lots of new ideas is probably a good thing in most situations. But another interpretation…
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  • Blogging the #BlizzardOf2015 in #NYC that wasn’t

    Doc Searls
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The blizzard hit coastal New England, not New York City. In fact, it’s still hitting. Wish I was there, because I love snow. Here in New York City we got pffft: about eight inches in Central Park: an average winter snowstorm. No big deal. I was set up with my GoPro to time-lapse accumulations on the balcony outside our front window. I had two other cameras ready to go, and multiple devices tuned in to streams of news stories, tweets and posts. Instead the story I got was an old and familiar one of misplaced sensationalism. Nothing happening, non-stop. At least here. The real news was…
  • Maybe wallets can’t be apps

    Doc Searls
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Danese Cooper ‏(@DivaDanese) asks via tweet, Wallet App (and 1-button pay) as “compelling demo” apparently works equally well 4 BitCoin as 4 PayPal. @dsearls opinion? BitcoinSummit Sounds cool, but I don’t know which wallet app she’s talking about. There are many. In my opinion, however, they all come up short because they aren’t really wallets. Meaning they’re not yours. They belong to the company that makes the app, and that company has its hand in your pocket. As I explained here, Nothing you carry is more personal than your wallet, or more essential…
  • Giant Snow Fail Link Sale

    Doc Searls
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Somebody at The New Yorker calls office junk (the kind you save until you toss because you’re moving) “accretions of intention.” Same goes for open tabs. So here are my closed ones, accreted now on a blog rather than in my tabs or my brain: Triangulation 186 | TWiT.TV Recorded yesterday. Good one. Le véritable Internet des objets n’est pas celui que vous croyez Big data backlash fuels the rise of customized customer service – FierceBigData Customers Giving Personal Info Now Require Much More Smartphone obsolescence: How the personal cloud and IoT will disrupt…
  • Blogging #BlizzardOf2015 in #NYC 02

    Doc Searls
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:25 pm
    11:31pm — Nobody is saying it, but so far the #BlizzardOf2015 in #NYC is a dud. I mean, yeah there’s snow. But it’s not a real blizzard yet. At least not here, and not in Boston, where it’s supposed to be far worse. “A little bit more than a dusting” says the CNN reporter on the street in Boston, sweeping a thin layer of snow off some pavement. The anchor on the street in New York stands in front of a bare wet sidewalks while the street behind is covered with a couple inches of slush. Apparently the only vehicle on the streets is CNN’s Blizzardmobile:…
  • Blogging #BlizzardOf2015 in #NYC 01

    Doc Searls
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
    7:56pm — Since I’m a #weather and #journalism freak hunkered down in #NYC, I’m digging the opportunity to blog the juncture of all three #s as the #BlizzardOf2015 bears down on the Northeast Coast. So here’s the first interesting thing. While the coverage is all breathless with portent… … the generally reliable Intellicast app tells me this: In other words, 1) No snow now, where I am in Manhattan (under the green dot); 2) Less than half an inch more by 12:30am tomorrow; and 3) One to three inches after that. This is on top of a whopping 1 inch or so already…
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  • Video Of The Week: Gabriel Weinberg on Search and Privacy

    Fred Wilson
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    I came across this short (~12min) interview of Gabe this past week. I enjoyed it and I think you all will too: And if you want to see something cool and new from Gabe’s search engine (and USV portfolio company) DuckDuckGo, check out this search query.
  • Fun Friday: Comedy Hour

    Fred Wilson
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    I just realized we haven’t done a fun friday since mid December. It’s gotten way too serious around here. I’m sorry about that. So we are going to rectify that by posting our favorite comedy routines (youtube embeds or anything else that will work in the comment thread). Here’s my contribution. I recently saw Jason Mantzoukas in Sleeping With Other People and he just cracks me up. So I spent some time on YouTube just now looking for something good from Jason. This bit about making french press coffee is spot on and is why I never make coffee that way. So now I’ve…
  • Another Tweetstorm Rant

    Fred Wilson
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    I got fed up yesterday with seeing this on my phone all the time That red notification next to the Facebook app is basically permanent because it is about messages that I need to download FB messenger to receive and clear the notification. I love notifications, they are the primary way I navigate my phone, and I am just a little bit OCD about clearing them. But I don’t use FB messenger. I use iMessage with my family, Kik with USV folks and a few others, and SMS via iMessage for the rest. So I’ve avoided downloading FB Messenger because I don’t need yet another messenger on…
  • Time Shift

    Fred Wilson
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    The Gotham Gal and I are on the west coast for a while, escaping the NYC winter now that our kids are all out of the house. That means this blog, which normally gets updated around 5-7am eastern will get updated around 5-7am pacific this winter. We will resume our regularly scheduled programming when NYC thaws out.
  • Community Ownership Of Internet Applications and Services

    Fred Wilson
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    I kicked off the second topic of the week discussion on today with a post about community ownership of Internet applications and services. If you want to read the post and/or join the discussion, go here and do that. Here’s a teaser to get you interested in doing that: With more and more web and mobile applications deriving their value mostly or completely from their user base (Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Etsy, Reddit, Kickstarter, Uber, etc, etc), there is a growing sense that the community could or should have some real ownership in these businesses. I go on to explain a bit…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Asking why

    Jonas Downey
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Last week I asked a question on Twitter: If you have a personal website, why do you have it? Some people used their site as a hub that collects their online identities. Others liked to fiddle with web tech or writing. Several treated it as a showcase for their professional work, to possibly get a job. Everyone else, it seems, didn’t have a reason aside from a general feeling of obligation. I think that last group indicates a sea change. In the early days of the web, your site was a big part of your identity. It was one of the best places to share information, prove your geek mettle, and…
  • Lead Android at Basecamp!

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    We’re looking for a programmer to lead us on Android and push us further into the platform. This is a unique opportunity: we don’t hire often! We’ve got a serious foothold in the ecosystem, and we want you to take us to the next level. Here’s a little preview of Basecamp for Android right now: We’re happy to welcome applicants based anywhere around the world. Our office is based in Chicago, but our team is spread out over multiple countries and time zones. You can work from anywhere! We’re so serious about working remotely that we even wrote a book about it. Basecamp offers…
  • Effort in the Application: sites that got our attention and got Basecampers their jobs

    Mig Reyes
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    We’re really proud of the small-but-mighty team we’ve built here at Basecamp. Hiring is hard. Likewise, landing a great job is hard. In a sea of resumes, effort rises to the top. Here are a few of the websites and commissioned challenges that helped these Basecampers score their job here. Note: our company was called 37signals before we became Basecamp in 2014. Ryan Singer (Designer, Product Manager) was one of a few designer candidates that Jason picked in 2003 for a chance to join 37signals to work on client projects. The design challenge? Redesign the Verizon Wireless homepage. Ryan…
  • Sometimes there really is an easy button

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    For a long time, I was frankly somewhat dogmatic about the tools I used to analyze data: Give me a SQL connection, R, and my trusty calculator and that’s all I need. If I need to make a report, I’ll just use Rails and HTML. Open source or bust. For most of my four years here at Basecamp, that was mostly how I worked, and it was fine. I think I was reasonably productive (or at least productive enough to stay gainfully employed). I built a lot of tooling and reporting for the rest of the company, and I did some analyses that I’m proud of. These tools were all I needed, but it…
  • One of Basecamp's Water Coolers is a chatroom dedicated to pets

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    As you can see from Dan’s post, lots of us are animal lovers. Back when I lived in Chicago, a few of us would take turns hosting a workday that we would call “Bring Your Work to [Pet’s Name] Day.” When Ann, Sam, and Trevor came to my apartment for “Bring Your Work to Clementine Horsetooth Day,” we worked from my couch and enjoyed the occasional interruption by Clementine, my elderly Siamese cat. She strutted around flirting with the newcomers: stretching and yawning and shaking her tail. At “Bring Your Work to Hector Day,” a bunch of us holed up in Sam’s loft with his…
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  • I Like Facebook More Than Twitter These Days and Why That Doesn’t Matter

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Lately, I’m finding lots of interaction and fun on Facebook. I once wrote a post about how I was leaving Facebook for Google+ because whoa, that’s the future. Until Google decided it wasn’t. And I’m reasonably well known for loving Twitter and being an early adopter of it. Which social network is right for you? The real answer? The one you like. I like Instagram plenty. I like Facebook more than I ever did before (no real idea why). I even spent a half hour today in LinkedIn (which I usually complain about). Continue ReadingThe post I Like Facebook More Than Twitter…
  • What is Content Marketing?

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Content marketing is the art of using content of any kind (blogs, podcasts, newsletters, and much more) to reach prospects and customers and influencers, and warm them up for the potential of a purchase. You can have an offline business and use content marketing. You can promote yourself, a book, a store, a church, or whatever it is you need to do. The art of content marketing is to create information that entertains, informs, and then CONNECTS a potential buyer with what you do/offer.Continue ReadingThe post What is Content Marketing? appeared first on
  • What a Long Time Friendship and Partnership Looks Like

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    I started stalking Brian Clark of Copyblogger back in 2006. Hard to imagine that I’d already been blogging for eight years when he showed up, but I knew from the start that Brian was smarter at a lot of things than I was, and that he’d go far. He, on the other hand, thought I was a weirdo and wouldn’t amount to anything. (Long time joke, but true story.) Brian and I Have Collaborated In Many Ways Brian was faster to the idea of helping people learn what they needed to know about the business side of the web in a more formalized way. And he created years of content that…
  • Which Conference Should You Attend? Your Own

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’m working through a few ideas, but I’m a little bit stuck. And as I haven’t been invited to speak at a conference this week or next (where I get a lot of thoughts and ideas), I decided to put on a conference in my living room. The content doesn’t quite matter, because it’s my conference. People ask me all the time which conferences are the ones to attend? My answer: your own.Continue ReadingThe post Which Conference Should You Attend? Your Own appeared first on
  • Measure Your Wealth in Options

    Chris Brogan
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    I was lamenting the fact that business has been slow over the last handful of weeks (end of the year and first of the year aren’t exactly the roaring seasons for keynote speakers and professional development experts), but a little change of perspective really turned me around. Because there’s a lesson in it that would be useful to an owner like you, I wanted to share it with you. Measure Your Wealth in Options The last few weeks have been slow, yes. But that means that I can accept the following truths to go along with it:Continue ReadingThe post Measure Your Wealth in Options…
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    Joel on Software

  • Stack Exchange Raises $40m

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Today Stack Exchange is pleased to announce that we have raised $40 million, mostly from Andreessen Horowitz. Everybody wants to know what we’re going to do with all that money. First of all, of course we’re going to gold-plate the Aeron chairs in the office. Then we’re going to upgrade the game room, and we’re already sending lox platters to our highest-rep users. But I’ll get into that in a minute. First, let me catch everyone up on what’s happening at Stack Exchange. In 2008, Jeff Atwood and I set out to fix a problem for programmers. At the time, getting answers to programming…
  • Trello, Inc.

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Hello? is this thing on? I’m not sure if I even know how to operate this “blog” device any more. It’s been a year since my last post. I’m retired from blogging, remember? Want to hear something funny? The only way I can post blog posts is by remote-desktopping into a carefully preserved Windows 7 machine which we keep in a server closet running a bizarrely messed-up old copy of CityDesk which I somehow hacked together and which only runs on that particular machine. The shame! I do need to fill you in on some exciting Trello News, though. As you no doubt know, Trello is the…
  • Victory Lap for Ask Patents

    22 Jul 2013 | 12:55 pm
    There are a lot of people complaining about lousy software patents these days. I say, stop complaining, and start killing them. It took me about fifteen minutes to stop a crappy Microsoft patent from being approved. Got fifteen minutes? You can do it too. In a minute, I’ll tell you that story. But first, a little background. Software developers don’t actually invent very much. The number of actually novel, non-obvious inventions in the software industry that maybe, in some universe, deserve a government-granted monopoly is, perhaps, two. The other 40,000-odd software patents issued every…
  • Free as in Fortune Cookies

    30 Apr 2013 | 1:42 pm
    Trello has been out for less than two years and it’s been growing like wildfire. We recently hit 1.5 million members, of whom about 1/3 perform some action every month, and our MongoDB database now contains more than 70 million cards on 3.7 million boards. So the obvious question I get all the time is, “How exactly are you supposed to make money with that?” You may have noticed that Trello is free. Not “free trial,” not “freemium,” but just plain old free. Some people have justifiably wondered if it really makes sense to pay a dozen people, nestled in fancy offices with free…
  • The Patent Protection Racket

    2 Apr 2013 | 11:31 am
    The fastest growing industry in the US right now, even during this time of slow economic growth, is probably the patent troll protection racket industry. Lawsuits surrounding software patents have more than tripled since 1999. It’s a great business model. Step one: buy a software patent. There are millions of them, and they’re all quite vague and impossible to understand. Step two: FedEx a carefully crafted letter to a few thousand small software companies, iPhone app developers, and Internet startups. This is where it gets a tiny bit tricky, because the recipients of the letter need to…
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  • Stuff I found while looking around

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    This week's link roundup.
  • Gloaming

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    A parting gift from the place I used to call home.
  • Wat Arun

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    If you get nervous standing next to the balcony on the second story of a mall, you might want to stick to the sidewalk with this one.
  • Lunching in style

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    I could just tell her, you know what? Eat the school lunch. BUT THEN SHE WOULD NEVER EAT LUNCH.
  • Funnel neck

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    For all the time that I spend on the couch reading US Weekly and eating bonbons.
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    Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

  • Lessons learned from the early days of Google

    Matt Cutts
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Earlier this month I did a talk at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill about lessons learned from the early days of Google. The video is now online and watchable, or you can watch it on YouTube: We did the talk in a pretty large room, and the camera at the back of the room couldn’t easily record me and the slides at the same time. So here are the slides to go along with the talk: Or you can view the slides at this link. I believe all the pictures should be covered either by license or fair use (the talk was free), but let me know if you see anything that you believe is…
  • My two favorite books of 2014

    Matt Cutts
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:08 pm
    I’d like to mention two books that stood out for me in 2014: Nonfiction: The First 20 Minutes. Gretchen Reynolds is a New York Times columnist who distills health and exercise research down to practical, readable advice. I’ve never dog-eared as many pages in a book as The First 20 Minutes. Reynolds writes about why you might want to brush your teeth standing on one foot, work out before eating breakfast, and how pickle juice might help with cramps. Should you get a cortisone shot? Does it help to believe in luck? Does long-distance running make your knees less healthy? Is…
  • Fun mosaic effect with Go

    Matt Cutts
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    A few months ago I saw a cool mosaic effect in a Wired ad for CA Technologies. Here’s what part of the ad looked like: I liked the ad, so I wondered how they did it. Can you see out how to create a similar effect? Take a minute to figure it out as an exercise. Here’s what I came up with: divide the image into tiles. For each tile, compute an average overall color for that tile. Then go back and blend every pixel in that tile with the average color. So if a tile is partly dark and partly blue, the average color is a dark blue, so the blue in that tile becomes even darker. I like…
  • An investment reading list

    Matt Cutts
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    If you’ve read Scott Adams’ financial advice and my financial tips in case you win a startup lottery, then you might be interested in a few more pointers to good resources. Some web pages and books: – Don’t Play the Losers’ Game, by Henry Blodget. This is a short, accessible piece that explains why picking individual stocks on Wall Street is a bad idea for almost anyone. – Website: the Bogleheads forum. An incredibly smart group of people who like to discuss investing, finance, and money. Their investment philosophy page is pure financial wisdom distilled.
  • New 30 day challenge: “hermit mode”

    Matt Cutts
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I’ve been spending more time surfing the web on my laptop than I’d like to. I’ve also noticed more emails that lure me into short tasks, but eventually eat up a large chunk of my day. I’d prefer to be spending more time working on projects, reading, and unplugging. So my new 30 day challenge will be to enter a sort of “hermit mode” where I don’t spend more than an hour a day on my laptop. I’m also going to try to say “no” more often. My hope is that if I turn down a few meetings for a while, I’ll end up working more on projects…
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  • The Valuation Game: The triple play strategy to land Triple N angels

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Valuations are a tricky game for founders, and I’ve found they wildly over optimize for them in the early days and frequently waste time and miss great investors. An early stage startup by a new or unquantified founder here in the Bay Area, where things are frothy, should do what I call the “triple play” … Continue reading The Valuation Game: The triple play strategy to land Triple N angels
  • I think I just figured out the killer App for the Apple smartwatch

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:33 pm
    I’ve been thinking about the smartwatch space a bunch, and I’ve tested all the major products out there. Everyone is trying to figure out if the smartwatch will be a hit, but that’s not the right question to ask. There are two important questions to ask about smartwatches: When will the smartwatch be a hit? What … Continue reading I think I just figured out the killer App for the Apple smartwatch
  • Did Yahoo just put up the white flag?

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    When I did my quick hit on CNBC today I talked about how well Twitter and Facebook have been doing, especially in the video space. The topic of Yahoo came up, and the hosts had read my piece defending Marissa and endorsing her spending $10-20b over five years buying startups in the hopes that one … Continue reading Did Yahoo just put up the white flag?
  • Facebook’s insane mobile takeover is just beginning

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    In August of 2012 Facebook stock was trading at $19 per share — half of its IPO price of $38 — and the prognosis was that FB might have seen better days. The financial press was pounding the company hard, wondering if social networking — or the life of any one social network — was … Continue reading Facebook’s insane mobile takeover is just beginning
  • How to win any hackathon — and why they’re important

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Hackathons serve five main purposes in the world: To get the host(s) some combination of recognition and/or money (i.e., from sponsors).* To get participants some combination of jobs, investors, friends and/or co-founders. To provide enjoyable challenges in a community setting that help people learn new skills — while having fun! To help sponsors (and hosts … Continue reading How to win any hackathon — and why they’re important
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • How to Incorporate Quizzes To Amp Up Your Content Marketing Reach

    Guest Post
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    How to Incorporate Quizzes To Amp Up Your Content Marketing Reach written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing When you put together your annual content marketing strategy, you may not have incorporated quizzes — and that’s okay. However, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to update your content calendar with a quiz or two, because they are easy to put together using quiz software, and they generally require no help from your development team. Where Does a Quiz Fit Into My Strategy?  Before you decide which channels to promote your quiz,…
  • 5 Content Metrics Every Marketer Needs to Analyze

    Alex Boyer
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    5 Content Metrics Every Marketer Needs to Analyze written by Alex Boyer read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Today’s guest post comes from Campbell Macdonald – Enjoy! Nearly every marketing initiative involves a healthy dose of trial and error; it’s the only way to know what works and which areas need improvement. But without the right information guiding your content decisions — or none at all — you could seriously derail your content marketing strategy.  Still, many B2B marketers rely on assumptions to inform their content decisions. In…
  • What Customers Want

    Guest Post
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    What Customers Want written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing, and today’s guest post is from Mark Kirkpatrick– Enjoy! photo credit: shutterstock The only consistent in the wants and needs of internet users is change. This has less to do with finicky temperaments and more to do with the change of the infrastructure of the internet itself. The gap in demands of internet users now compared to ten years ago is just as vast as that between the technologies of each of these two eras. For online…
  • Weekend Favs January Twenty Four

    John Jantsch
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Weekend Favs January Twenty Four written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. photo credit: earthpages via photopin cc Good stuff I found this week: ToutApp – Sales tool with email tracking, templates, and analytics…
  • 6 Key Tactics Agencies Use to Help Local Businesses Rank Higher in Google

    Guest Post
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    6 Key Tactics Agencies Use to Help Local Businesses Rank Higher in Google written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing, and today’s guest post is from Dan Olson – Enjoy! photos credit: Business strategy with seo concept © Ximagination | Small businesses today, more than ever, rely on agencies to help with organic search and local results to drive business in their local markets. The challenge for most is ranking in the top spots to be noticed and attract the right customers. As…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Deep-brain imaging reveals which nearly identical neurons are associated with specific behaviors

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Each image is of the same exact neurons of a genetically defined group of cells. But some (left) fire while mice search for food; others (right) fire while the mice eat food. Scale bars, 100 micrometers. (Credit: Garret Stuber, PhD) Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have used new deep-brain imaging techniques to link the activity of individual, genetically similar neurons to particular behaviors of freely moving mice. For the first time ever, scientists watched as one neuron was activated when a mouse searched for food while a nearly identical neuron next to it remained inactive;…
  • New fibers can deliver optogenetic signals and drugs directly into the brain while allowing simultaneous electrical readout

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    SEM image of a probe incorporating nine tin (Sn) electrodes with within (poly(etherimide) (PEI) cladding, surrounding a hollow channel (shown filled to enable photography). The inset shows exposed electrodes after plasma etching of the poly(phenylsulfone) (PPSU) cladding. (Credit: Andres Canales et al./Nature Biotechnology) MIT scientists have developed a new method of coping with the complexity of studying the brain. They created probes containing biocompatible multipurpose fibers about 85 micrometers in width (about the width of a human hair). The new fibers can deliver optogenetic signals…
  • Engineering tough, resistant self-assembling amyloid fibers

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    UC Davis researchers have engineered proteins so they spontaneously self-assemble into amyloid fibers. Here, the cap structure (red) was removed from spruce budworm antifreeze protein and other structures adjusted so that molecules could link up as fibrils (bottom). (Credit: UC Davis) Researchers at UC Davis and Rice University have developed methods to manipulate natural proteins so that they self-assemble into amyloid fibrils.* “These are big proteins with lots of flat surfaces suitable for functionalization, for example to grow photovoltaics or to attach to other surfaces,” said Dan…
  • Magnetic graphene created, making possible new spintronics data-storage devices

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Graphene is a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice. UC Riverside physicists have found a way to induce magnetism in graphene while also preserving graphene’s electronic properties (credit: Shi Lab, UC Riverside) A team of physicists at the University of California, Riverside has found an ingenious way to induce magnetism in graphene while also preserving graphene’s electronic properties (conducting electricity). They accomplished this by bringing a graphene sheet very close to  yttrium iron garnet, a “magnetic insulator” (an electrical…
  • Probiotic treats diabetes in rats, could lead to human remedy

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    This image shows a rat intestinal epithelial cell reprogrammed to express insulin (green). The cell nucleus is stained blue. (Credit: Franklin F. Duan et al./Diabetes) Imagine a pill that helps people control diabetes with the body’s own insulin to lower blood glucose levels. Cornell researchers have achieved this feat in rats by engineering human lactobacilli, a common gut bacteria, to secrete a protein that modifies intestinal cells to produce insulin.. A 2003 study led by Atsushi Suzuki of the University of Tsukuba, Japan, first demonstrated that when exposed to a protein called…
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    Marc Andreessen

  • The Pmarca Blog Archive Is Back… as an Ebook

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    IMAGE: Jessica HagyFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Beware the ‘Edifice Complex’ — and 9 Other Ways to Damage a High-Growth Startup

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Here are 10 ways to grievously damage your high-growth tech startup – and hurt the perception of Silicon Valley in the process. None of these are specific to any one company ; they’re general patterns we’ve observed across multiple cycles of tech startups. MOREFiled under: Uncategorized
  • What It Will Take to Create the Next Great Silicon Valleys (Plural)

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:01 am
    Photo: Patrick Nouhailler/ Flickr   The popular recipe for creating the “next” Silicon Valley goes something like this: *Build a big, beautiful, fully equipped technology park; *Mix in R&D labs and university centers; *Provide incentives to attract scientists, firms, and users; *Interconnect the industry through consortia and specialized suppliers; *Protect intellectual property and tech transfer; and *Establish a favorable business environment and regulations. Except … this approach to innovation clusters hasn’t really worked. Some have even dismissed these government-driven…
  • This is Probably a Good Time to Say That I Don’t Believe Robots Will Eat All the Jobs …

    13 Jun 2014 | 8:49 am
    Image: Tobias Higbie THE ROBOT TWEETSTORMS by @PMARCA One of the most interesting topics in modern times is the “robots eat all the jobs” thesis. It boils down to this: Computers can increasingly substitute for human labor, thus displacing jobs and creating unemployment. Your job, and every job, goes to a machine. This sort of thinking is textbook Luddism, relying on a “lump-of-labor” fallacy – the idea that there is a fixed amount of work to be done. The counterargument to a finite supply of work comes from economist Milton Friedman — Human wants and needs are infinite, which…
  • When Carl Icahn Ran a Company: The Story of TWA.

    18 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    From “TWA – Death Of A Legend” by Elaine X. Grant in St. Louis Magazine, October 2005. ––– Ask any ex-staffer what went wrong with the [bankrupt] airline, and you’ll get one answer: Carl Icahn, the corporate raider who took over TWA in 1985 and systematically stripped it of its assets… In 1985, Icahn launched a sneak attack, buying up more than 20 percent of the airline’s stock… Icahn, though he already had a fairly dark reputation for buying and breaking up companies, told TWA what it wanted to hear: He wanted to make it profitable… But soon…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Federated Wikipedia

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    A federated Wikipedia by Jon Udell talks about the ossification happening in the Wikipedia community, caused in part by its attachment to rules that were created with the best of intentions. All open source communities, including WordPress, have to be vigilant against this. Sometimes we have to throw out what worked before to create what will work tomorrow.
  • John Scalzi on Semicolons

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    I write novels. And with just about every novel I write, I try to do something new or different that I haven’t done before, in order to challenge myself as a writer, and to keep developing my skills. In The Android’s Dream, of example, I wrote in the third person for the first time; in Zoe’s Tale, I had a main character—a sixteen year old girl—whose life experience was substantially different from my own; with The Human Division, I wrote a novel comprised of thirteen stand-alone “episodes.” And now? With Lock In? What new thing have I done to stretch myself as a writer and…
  • Designer’s Creed

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
    You might remember a few years back I talked about why Automattic has a creed, and shared ours. Here it is again: I will never stop learning. I won’t just work on things that are assigned to me. I know there’s no such thing as a status quo. I will build our business sustainably through passionate and loyal customers. I will never pass up an opportunity to help out a colleague, and I’ll remember the days before I knew everything. I am more motivated by impact than money, and I know that Open Source is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. I will communicate as…
  • Slack Buys Screenhero

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Slack Buys Screenhero To Add Screen Sharing And Voice Chat To Its Work Messaging Platform, which I’m very excited about as a daily user of Slack (on 5 teams now) and through Audrey an investor in Screenhero and a big fan of their vision. As the article mentions, Automattic has been a Screenhero customer as well.
  • Kitchensink WP podcast

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    I hopped on a podcast with Kitchensink WP to chat about the latest in the WordPress world.
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    blog maverick

  • The Worlds First Streaming Radio Station and First Live Sporting Events on the Net

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    AudioNet http://www.Audionet.Com 1-800-34AUDIO AudioNet & KLIF 570 Announce The First FullTime SimulNetCast Radio Station on the Net For Immediate Release Friday, September 1st 1995 Contact:     Mark Cuban AudioNet Direct:214-696-3320 [Dallas]…AudioNet, the world’s first audio network on the Internet, and KLIF 570AM, Dallas, are pleased to announce that on September 1st, 1995, KLIF became the first radio station in the world to begin broadcasting their original programming simultaneously over the air, and over the Internet. Beginning with the broadcast of the Southern…
  • Is this a proposal from 1995 or 2015 ?

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:47 pm
    I had reason to do some research and find some old goodies from the beginning of the world of streaming. This was first written in 1995 with testimonial emails added over time. Since 2015 marks the 20th Anniversary year of streaming, i thought it would be fun for you to see that our proposals from back then aren’t a whole lot different from what we see in proposals today. The technology has improved. The market has changed. The proposition. Not so much.  Ok maybe I had to explain what the Internet is and that’s not necessary today. But why nitpick Notice towards the end the offer…
  • My Conversation with Business Insider about Net Neutrality

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Hey Mark, A few things that stood out from your recent string of Tweets: Yes, broadband speed and quality have gotten better. But it’s still behind the most of the developed world. We pay a lot more on average for slower speeds on average. The overarching problem is that there is no competition among ISPs. They each have monopolies where they operate. That in turn gives them little incentive to provide better service, invest in infrastructure, and so on. In fact investment in those things have declined over the last four years. Allowing ISPs to compete would be wonderful, but…
  • Another interview about streaming media from 1999

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    As I clean up or find old emails for whatever reason, its always interesting to run across old interviews I did about the future of streaming media.  This interview was with Kevin Werbach who along with Esther Dyson wrote one of the leading newsletters of the time. Here is the entire email, the good and the bad At 02:48 PM 8/9/99 -0400, Kevin Werbach wrote: Thanks for your message.  I’ll definitely be in touch when I put the piece together (probably either September or October), as your perspective would be very helpful. The primary question I’m asking is how streaming video…
  • The 6 Things You Need to Know to be Great in Business

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    There are no shortcuts in business.  In order to be successful there are some things that you must know.  These are not all of them by a long shot, but IMHO they are 6 of the most important   1. Know how to sell. Selling means being able to convey why your product or service, which may be you if you are looking for a job,  will make things better. Selling is never about convincing. It is always about helping. 2. Put yourself in the shoes of your customer If you know how to put the person you are dealing with in a position to succeed, you can be successful. In order to do this, you…
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    Tom Peters

  • Necessary Revolution: People & Profits Circa 2025

    Cathy Mosca
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    Kissy Russell, a neighbor of Tom's in his new South Dartmouth digs, originated a winter program called The Art of Dialogue. Tom is the first speaker this year—just 36 hours prior to his winter escape to Golden Bay, New Zealand. The title of his presentation is "Necessary Revolution: People & Profits Circa 2025." You'll find […] The post Necessary Revolution: People & Profits Circa 2025 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • An Effective “Brand You”

    Tom Peters
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    This, from a brief tweetstream ... An effective "Brand You" is not a "marketing promise," it is a track record of demonstrated/sustained excellence. An effective "Brand You" is marked by understatement, not overstatement. An effective brand you is not about solos, it's about the power of your peer network. An effective brand you is 10% […] The post An Effective “Brand You” appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Tweetstreams

    Tom Peters
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    Here are a couple of recent tweetstreams perhaps worth your time and attention ... BRAND YOU MISUNDERSTOOD Many get the "Brand You" idea ass-backwards; they see it as selfish/solo/ego-driven. But effective brand you is skill and network driven; that is, it is by and large selfless. An effective Brand You learns constantly and delivers stellar […] The post Tweetstreams appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Surprise, Transformation & Excellence through “Spontaneous Discovery”:A Personal Saga

    Tom Peters
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    FYI, this is a revision of an antique—but arguably more relevant than ever (PDF version also available): "Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You simply must ... Do things."—Ray Bradbury "By indirection direction find."—Hamlet, II. I "To be playful is to allow for unlimited possibility."—James Carse "No one […] The post Surprise, Transformation & Excellence through “Spontaneous Discovery”:A Personal Saga appeared first on Tom Peters.

    Tom Peters
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Herein the outline of my presentation to PAI Market Partners Conference on 05 December in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 1. "Software is eating the world."—Marc Andreessen. "It" has been coming for a long time. But "wait 'til next year" is done. Radical—very radical—technology-driven changes, featuring robotics-executed surgery, algorithms that dominate the world's financial markets, the […] The post A TEN-POINT “NO OPTION” MANIFESTO: RE-IMAGINE. EXCELLENCE. INNOVATE. NOW. OR PERISH. appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Intuitive Systems

  • Should entrepreneurs have partners?

    15 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    I was recently on the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast, interviewed by John Lee Dumas about my entrepreneurial background, the startups I’ve founded, and what I’m doing now. We had a good conversation, well worth listening to if you haven’t heard it yet. As a result of that program, I’ve received some interesting email from other entrepreneurs, including this one that asked a classic startup question: should I hire someone, and if I do, should they become a co-founder and get stock? Here’s what the young man asked me: I’m creating a new online business with…
  • “Sponsored data” is a step towards free cellphones

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Was just checking my bill on the AT&T Wireless site and was rather surprised to find that I now have a feature called “sponsored data” enabled, without any notification or promotion from AT&T. In fact, I bet you do too. It’s described by the company thusly: This is actually really cool because it means that a company like Ford or Apple could “sponsor” visits to their Web sites such that you exploring what they have to offer, toy with the idea of buying a new car or shiny new laptop, whatever, wouldn’t come out of your data pool. For these companies,…
  • Buy Now buttons in the Twitter stream

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Jason Del Ray over at Re/Code is reporting that “Buy Now” buttons showed up for a short period of time in the mobile Twitter app, likely as a test. Apparently it’s related to a partnership that has been building with a shopping site called Fancy. Here’s how it looked when it was being displayed by Twitter user Federica Merigo: Very interesting! And I won’t comment on the proposed price of those sneakers, other than to say, holy cow, that’s an expensive pair of shoes! More seriously, go look at a similar tweet from Federica on Twitter now,…
  • Don’t Request Endorsements from Strangers

    13 Mar 2014 | 1:28 pm
    There’s a temptation in social media to push every button, flip every switch, and share everything with everybody. Privacy? Bah. That’s for old schoolers. Nowadays all the cool kids are oversharing, right? To some extent, that’s true, but there are still certain things that people need to be more thoughtful about, and an email I got this afternoon from a fellow Linked-In user highlighted this rather forcibly. Here’s what I received. The name’s been blanked out to protect their privacy: Here’s what’s important to know: I have no idea who Karin J is,…
  • What’s a Blog Brand Ambassador?

    21 Feb 2014 | 11:39 am
    I’ve been talking with a couple of different tech firms about the possibility of serving as a brand ambassador. “What’s that?” I can hear you ask. It’s where you serve as a band spokesperson in return for product and, quite often, financial compensation. To find out what kind of deals are the norm, I asked a few colleagues about how they work with companies in the role of spokesperson or brand ambassador. Here are the answers I received (scrubbed for anonymity): I have been on both sides of the equation with Brand Ambassadors and Paid Celebrity Spokespersons for…
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • Super Bowl Edition

    Valeria Maltoni
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you're looking for the best Super Bowl ads of all time, or this year's line up, links are at the end of this post. But first, a few ideas on how to enjoy the game in the company of family and friends - with a bit of brainy twist. Under the learning to learn theme: Have you ever watched a game with the sound off? You will be able to read lips and body language. Plus it will help you exercise your power of observation. Here's a series of challenges and ways to boost your observation skills and learn to pay attention - I like watching people, there is so much to take in. Express yourself with…
  • On Connecting Well

    Valeria Maltoni
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    I've been re-reading William Zinsser On Writing Well and becoming ever so conscious of what I put out here. Hence the shorter posts lately. Learning to tighten form and edit out unnecessary words is one reason to read the book. Understanding that good writing leads to connecting well is an added incentive, if you need one. Words matter. How you string sentences and paragraphs into a cohesive story is a valuable skill. A badly written message can do a lot of damage, says Zinsser Having rewritten many of my top posts from past years I can attest to the usefulness of reworking drafts. Writing…
  • Can Creativity be Taught?

    Valeria Maltoni
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    Having Trouble Defining a Topic? Maybe you did not spend enough time thinking about it. In this short video, Sir Ken Robinson (@sirkenrobinson) explains why we have such a hard time defining creativity -- when we do not take the time to think about and explore a topic, we have trouble defining it. Robinson's definition: Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It's a process, and not an event. it's normally a process of trial and error. And we don't know quite a lot about that process and how it works, some of the phases that we go through, and how to unblock it.
  • What Makes People Different than Machines

    Valeria Maltoni
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    I remember the first time we had a big now storm; I was six years old. We dug tunnels for our short selves and soon we had a labyrinth. Was it cold? We could not feel it all bundled up, busy digging and smoothing the white surface, the three of us for once working as a unit, each doing her share. A memory that came back to me as the photo above was being shared on Twitter yesterday. Cities faced difficult logistics of where to put the snow when clearing streets even then. What a bonanza for us! It kept us busy for hours and out of mother's way. Respite and joy at seeing us so happy. This is…
  • The Long Run

    Valeria Maltoni
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    I lost count of the number of people who have told me they intend their business to be or become the Apple of their industry. What never follows is the discipline to make -- operational, structural, etc. -- choices and stay motivated to see them through, or throw them out. “Steve had a remarkable knack for letting go of things that didn't work. If you were in an argument with him, and you convinced him that you were right, he could instantly change his mind. He didn't hold on to an idea because he had once believed it to be brilliant. His ego didn't attach to the suggestions he made, even…
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • The Long Web – An Event Apart Video

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    IN THIS 60-minute video caught live at An Event Apart Austin, Jeremy Keith bets on HTML for the long haul: The pace of change in our industry is relentless. New frameworks, processes, and technologies are popping up daily. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you are not alone. Let’s take a step back and look at the over-arching trajectory of web design. Instead of focusing all our attention on the real-time web, let’s see which design principles and development approaches have stood the test of the time. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but those who can learn…
  • Big Web Show № 125: “You’re My Favorite Client” with Mike Monteiro

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Monteiro and I talk design: Designers Mike Monteiro (author, “You’re My Favorite Client”) and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss why humility is expensive, how to reassure the client at every moment that you know what you’re doing, and how to design websites that look as good on Day 400 as they do on Day 1. Plus old age, unsung heroines of the early web, and a book for designers to give to their clients. 5by5 | The Big Web Show № 125: “You’re My Favorite Client,” with Mike Monteiro.
  • Why DNS in OS X 10.10 is broken

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    MAC USERS, if you’ve experienced occasional (but not infrequent) network dropout problems since upgrading to Yosemite, this article in Ars Technica explains why, and tells how to fix it … if you dare. I most definitely do not dare—following the suggestion could introduce system failure and security bugs when future updates come along—but the piece makes interesting reading, both from an “I’m a nerd and want to know how things work” point of view, and also in light of recent criticism by Marco Arment and others concerning Apple’s quality control. Why DNS in OS X 10.10 is…
  • 29 Again

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    I’M CELEBRATING my birthday with a painful stomach virus that began Thursday night and shows no signs of leaving. It feels like a jackass kicking me from the inside. I can’t eat—I tried last night, with hideous results—and have little energy: walking my daughter to school this morning wiped me out. Aside from joining a couple of remote business meetings later, I plan to spend today horizontal and quietly moaning. The nice thing about the sickness, which began as a chest cold two weeks ago, is that it spares me from the whole social birthday thing. I’ve been too sick to…
  • Vegan Caviar Wishes

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    MY FRIENDS have invited me to a New Year’s Eve party, but I’m too sick to leave the apartment. Hell, it took me all day to muster the je ne sais quoi to go downstairs to pick up my laundry. Achieving that much—it required me to press an elevator button and exchange a few pleasantries with my doorman—wiped me out. Having achieved it, and closed the door behind me, I am more than content to spend the rest of the night (at least as much of it as I can stay awake for) sitting in my apartment in the gathering dark, listening to Kind of Blue, and creating new photographs by recropping old…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Be an advocate for your customers

    Andy Sernovitz
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. Fantastic customer service is a huge opportunity for word of mouth marketing. Show them you care, and they’ll appreciate you and talk about you. But what if you took that kind of service one step further by becoming an advocate for your customers? Phone system provider Grasshopper does just that with their “Tell Us Your Story” form. They ask their clients for information like how many employees they have, what makes their business unique, and which…
  • Newsletter: #1022: The “Great Stuff in the Mail” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Mail puts something physical in people’s hands — something most marketing can’t do. It’s also one of the oldest forms of marketing, and while part of that means people are trained to ignore it, it also means there are huge opportunities to do it in a way that’s never been done before. Here are three remarkable things companies are sending in the mail: 1. Scissors…
  • Leslie Drate on how NVIDIA builds passionate social communities with great content

    Andy Sernovitz
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This is a post from my company,’s blog. Check it out for more profiles and stories about the people running social at really big brands. We’re proud to call Leslie Drate a member of since 2011 as a Team Lead of Global Digital and Social Media at Cisco Systems, and now as a Social Media Strategist at NVIDIA. For this story, she sat down with us to talk about NVIDIA’s content strategy and amazing social media fans. Here are a few numbers from Facebook you don’t hear often: 979 likes on a comment for a post with over 6,800 likes and 535…
  • 3 one-sentence word of mouth wonders

    Andy Sernovitz
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. Short is sweet when it comes to word of mouth topics. Why? Because word of mouth is lazy. To get people to talk about your stuff, don’t ask them to remember long messages and don’t make them explain something complicated. Instead, give them something portable — something they can say in one sentence. Here are some simple word of mouth topics to inspire you: 1. “They put everything on a donut.” 2. “They hand it to you upside…
  • Newsletter: #1021: The “Lessons from a Podcast” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Some experts think podcasts are experiencing a kind of renaissance. And it seems even more true now that so many people are downloading and binge-listening to Serial, a story about a mysterious murder case told in weekly episodes over the course of a season. Besides being a spinoff of the even more popular podcast, This American Life, Serial has a lot of things going for it that has made it a…
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  • 9 Copywriting Rules To Create Hypnotic Posts Your Readers Will Love

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Image via Flickr user Daniel Lee This is a guest contribution from Hassan Ud-deen. Your blog posts have a purpose, right? You want your readers to take a specific action after reading your post. It could be to: like, share, subscribe, comment or just think about something. Either way, you’re aiming to elicit a response. And It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a sale letter, a blog post, or an email. If you aim to evoke any kind of response or action… you’re writing copy. Funnily enough, most of the content marketing style writing you read now, is heavily influenced by…
  • Design Trends of 2015: How Your Blog Can Adapt

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    This is a guest contribution from Owen Andrew. Since mobile internet began to overtake desktop internet usage in January 2014, there have been major innovations in website design in light of this trend. In general, websites have been opting for a simpler, mobile-friendly design. Maintaining a blog in such a fast-paced environment can be a huge challenge, but staying on top of trends is required for success. In order to keep your blog interesting and relevant in the upcoming year, there are five design trends to keep in mind when continuing your work in 2015. Image via…
  • Going from a Blog to a Vlog: What the Big Companies Can Teach Us

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    This is a guest contribution from social media analyst Matthew Yeoman. The move online from only having a blog for your online marketing is, of course, one which has long since been abandoned. Brands now have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on and on to promote their website and the blogs themselves. A trend towards video, with YouTube leading the way, has lead to the rise of the vlog as the next big thing in content marketing. Many of the biggest brands in the world are on YouTube. They are killing it with views, subscribers (there’s a familiar term for bloggers), and brand exposure.
  • Blogging and Privacy: How to Blog Authentically Without Losing Your Voice

    Stacey Roberts
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Laura Tremaine’s blog is called Hollywood Housewife because she is just that – married to a movie producer and living in LA. A longtime blogger, she’s learned how to balance honest storytelling with keeping her husband, her family, and their life together somewhat incognito. Always only a Google search away from film fans, Laura has erred on the side of caution when it comes to sharing her tales, but manages never to lose the heart of them. She is a gifted writer with an interesting story to tell, and I have no doubt you’ll take away lots to think about if you’ve…
  • The 6 Step Online Marketing Strategy Every Small Business Should Follow in 2015

    Guest Blogger
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. 2013 was the year when people started taking content marketing seriously. The momentum grew in 2014 and thousands of corporations, small businesses and startups invested heavily in content creation. 2015 will see this trend grow even further. Thousands of new blogs and millions of new blog posts will be created over the next 12 months. Perhaps the biggest revelation is the way local bricks and mortar businesses have taken up content marketing. From search results to social media, the internet is getting more and more local. Many local businesses…
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  • Digital Business Models Should Have to Follow the Law, Too

    6 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A timeless maxim suggests that it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission. Nowhere is that more prominent than in the current crop of digital businesses, which tend to skirt laws they find inconvenient. Though these services and their innovative business models win acclaim from consumers and investors, their approach to the law is troubling — both for its implications for civil society and in its contagious influence on other firms in turn pressured to skirt legal requirements. In this article, I examine controversial practices at YouTube, Uber, and more. These firms haven't exactly…
  • My Emails with Sichuan Garden

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many people have seen my emails with Ran Duan of Sichuan Garden restaurant in Brookline. Having reflected on my interaction with Ran, including what I said and how I said it, it's clear that I was very much out of line. I aspire to act with great respect and humility in dealing with others, no matter what the situation. Clearly I failed to do so. I am sorry, and I intend to do better in the future. I have reached out to Ran and will apologize to him personally as well.
  • Google's Advertising Labels in 2014

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    While FTC guidelines call for "clear" and "prominent" visual cues to separate advertisements from algorithmic results, Google has moved in the opposite direction -- eliminating distinctive colors that previously helped distinguish advertisements from other search results.
  • Aspira Networks Charging Merchants for Traffic That's Otherwise Free

    27 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Aspira Networks reconfigures ISPs' networks so that if a user makes a purchase from a targeted merchant's site, the merchant has to pay Aspira an affiliate commission -- even though Aspira did nothing to cause or encourage the user's purchase. I provide video and packet log proof, then apply affiliate network rules to confirm that Aspira's activities are not permitted.
  • Mastering the Intermediaries: Strategies for Dealing with the Likes of Google, Amazon, and Kayak (HBR)

    22 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many companies depend on powerful platforms which distinctively influence buyers' purchasing. (Consider, Google, Amazon, and myriad others in their respective spheres.) I consider implications of these platforms' market power, then suggest strategies to help companies recapture value or at least protect themselves from abuse.
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    Brian Solis

  • Make Change Work for You: The Power of Observation

    Brian Solis
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    I’m a pretty private person usually. From time to time though, I share stories about my past to help others take their next step. This is one such case. Scott Steinberg is a good friend and the other of several books including his most recent title, Make Change Work for You. We chatted recently about lessons learned over the years. I wanted to share our conversation with you here… Scott Steinberg: You’ve been tremendously successful in your career. Would you call yourself an overnight success? Me: In 1991, I joined an advertising technology firm in Southern California as a…
  • Report: Some Brands Go All In on Mobile; Others Suffer from Mobile Mediocrity

    Brian Solis
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Consumers aren’t just going digital, they’re also becoming increasingly mobile. To them, mobile isn’t the second screen, it’s the first screen. Brands however, struggle to keep up with them and as a result, mobile strategies are off target or underwhelming. This finding among many others is the result of new research conducted by my colleague Jaimy Szymanski and me. I’m proud to announce that the report, The Inevitability of a Mobile-Only Customer Experience, is available today for immediate download. Mobile CX: Digital First and Mobile First After spending several months…
  • 25 Disruptive Technology Trends for 2015 – 2016

    Brian Solis
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    With every new year comes a landslide of predictions and trends to guide us into the new year. While the year advances, rarely do such transformative trends or changes take place in alignment with a calendar. Not even Y2K could do so Now with that said, I was asked to present my thoughts on what lies ahead in Vegas during CES at Brand Innovators “Mega Trends” event. By the first week of January, there were already some tremendous thoughts already shared by some of the best. So, I thought about and thought about some more. What I assembled was a list of the most notable trends that…
  • Brilliance is Distributed Around The World; Opportunity However is Not

    Brian Solis
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    The rate at which we progress is defined by the time and energy we invest in ourselves. We can’t do everything alone however. As John Lennon and Paul McCartney famously wrote, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” But not everyone has access to the same resources you and I do. Sometimes those friends aren’t so readily visible or available and thus progress inches along, stalls or sometimes regresses. One of the biggest trends I’ve seen in Silicon Valley is the drive to teach coding as part of mainstream education. One of the most interesting and…
  • Crossing the Experience Divide: Creating positive, lasting experiences is a crucial mandate for any brand

    Brian Solis
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    The Technology of Us I’ve been in the technology business for a long time and what I can tell you is this: Technology enables us to invent new products and services at rates that humans never before experienced. Whatever the next big thing is in tech doesn’t matter as much as the fact that anyone today has the power to disrupt entire industries with a single, smart idea. In fact, resilient companies, whether they’re startups or they merely acting like one, will intentionally break their business models in anticipation of what customers want and need. Look at the “sharing…
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    Joho the Blog

  • Sympathy over empathy

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    We used to have an obligation to at least try to be sympathetic. Now that’s ratcheted up to having to be empathetic. We should lower the bar. Sympathy means feeling bad for someone while empathy means actually feeling the same feelings. If that’s what those words still mean, empathy is more than we usually need and is less than we can often accomplish. You’re hungry? I can be sympathetic about your hunger, but I can’t feel your hunger. There are child soldiers? I can perhaps understand some of the situation that lets such a thing happen, and I can be shocked and sad…
  • Reality answers.

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
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  • [2b2k]’s updates: A new rhetorical form for journalism?

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am is working hard to take the Web down a notch — the notch where, say, an announcement by NASA that they’ve discovered a possibly habitable planet in another galaxy gets the headline “Scientists find another Earth…and you won’t believe what it’s going to do to the value of your home!” Jason Calacanis, the founder of the site, and someone I hadn’t talked with since the glory days of blogging, emphasized the site’s commitment to the “atomic unit” of journalism, a particular type of summary that he calls an “update.” It’s not often you get a new…
  • Fargo: an open outliner

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    Dave Winer loves outlines. I do, too, but Dave loves them More. We know this because Dave’s created the Fargo outliner, and, in the way of software that makes us freer, he’s made it available to us to use for free, without ads or spyware, and supporting the standards and protocols that make our ideas interoperable. Fargo is simple and straightfoward. You enter text. You indent lines to create structure. You can reorganize and rearrange as you would like. Type CMD-? or CTL-? for help. Fargo is a deep product. It is backed by a CMS so you can use it as your primary tool for…
  • Install your own listicle

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Dave Winer has made it easy to install your own “listicle”: a Web page that cycles through chunks of text one chunk at a time. For an example, see the listicle Dave created to display Doc and my New Clues clue by clue. The text comes from a JSON file that you can of course alter. Take a look at the JSON file in a text editor and you’ll figure it out. A couple of things to know: Be sure to end each quote with a comma, except the last one. If your chunks contain any double quotes, put a backslash before them. Otherwise, the JSON will think it’s come to the end of a chunk…
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  • 4 Useful Social Platforms Right Now

    Craig Newmark
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Hey, I'm pretty social online; something that might seem counter-intuitive considering I'm a hardcore nerd, but actually we nerds tend to be very comfortable online, that is often our primary social milieu. The informal email list/newsletter which evolved into craigslist was a great example of the kinda social I’m good at. (Yes, otherwise, I'm fairly unsocial, having a limited social appetite.) I like to keep in touch with what orgs are doing, and help 'em out when I can. For some time, I've been asked how nonprofits can share their stuff with me so that I can…
  • How to Restore Trust in News

    Craig Newmark
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    To Restore Trust in News, We Need Less Click Bait, More Accountability This is an evolving discussion in response to hopeful signs from people in the news industry who are committed to seriously trustworthy journalism. My personal bias is simply that I'm a news consumer, and just want news I can trust. I feel that trust might be the primary challenge in news today, à la "trust is the new black." Major challenges include finding successful business models for news, but I defer that to the news professionals. There are a lot of good people under considerable pressure to write…
  • 4 MLK Quotes That’re the Real Deal

    Craig Newmark
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” – Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the quote that motivates much of my philanthropy. And it's kinda how I try to "save the world" DIY-style… But when it came to saving the world, MLK, Jr. was the real deal. My team and I have compiled a few quotes of his that really stand out. It was tough to choose, but we wanted to create space for you to share the MLK Jr. quotes that inspire you to be a better person, and to create real change.   (Last year, I shared my favorite MLK Jr. photos.
  • How Star Trek Deepened My Support for Women in Tech

    Craig Newmark
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    I started as a hardcore nerd whose wish for fairness and equality was deepened by watching Star Trek. I started Sunday school, Jewish version, very young, and I think that's where I started hearing about the Golden Rule, treating people like you want to be treated. That was reinforced in later grades. By the time Star Trek started, I was ready for the (imperfect) lessons of equality that the show displayed. The message in a number of episodes is that racism is wrong, and stupid. The show was a product of its time, and half-heartedly treated women as equals, that's the imperfection.
  • Is the Boss an Empty Suit?

    Craig Newmark
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    For the most part, I consistently screwed up when I started new work. Being a nerd usually means no instinct for social norms or conventions, and it took me more than 25 years to catch on to what humans normally intuit. Here's my brief take on what I wished I'd done, and some of it will sound cynical. Once you're in the company, figure out whether the culture is about building a good product, or about telling a good story and looking good. Sun Microsystems built great Unix-style servers and dominated much of the growth of the Internet. However, they never told a good story…
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    The Dish

  • A Poem For Saturday

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    “On the Grasshopper and Cricket” by John Keats (1795-1821): The poetry of earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead; That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead In summer luxury,–he has never done With his delights; for when tired out with fun He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed. The poetry of earth is creasing never: On a lone winter evening, when the frost Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills The Cricket’s song, in warmth increasing…
  • Mental Health Break

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    We’re still trying to catch ours:
  • A Short Story For Saturday

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Given this week’s weather, Tobias Wolff’s “Hunters in the Snow” seemed like a timely selection – though of course the story isn’t really about snow. Here’s how it begins: Tub had been waiting for an hour in the falling snow. He paced the sidewalk to keep warm and stuck his head out over the curb whenever he saw lights approaching. One driver stopped for him but before Tub could wave the man on he saw the rifle on Tub’s back and hit the gas. The tires spun on the ice. The fall of snow thickened. Tub stood below the overhang of a building. Across the…
  • A History Divided

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    The Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie tours the National Museum of her native country, noting that “it’s the pre-Islamic parts that most interest me”: In the centre of the [Late Harappan (or Indus Valley Civilisation) Room], on a podium of his own, is that most iconic of the Indus Valley Civilisation’s artefacts: the priest-king. Unlike many of the other objects in the museum, there’s an approximate date attached to the soapstone figure: 2500-1500 BC. I look closely at the priest-king’s combed-back hair and cropped beard, his patterned cloak, the circlet at his brow.
  • Tuning In To Diversity

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    Chenjerai Kumanyika feels that “few of the hosts of popular narrative non-fiction podcasts and public radio programs like This American Life, Invisibilia, RadioLab, Startup, and Strangers are non-white.” He wonders how greater diversity in narrators and hosts would affect the “public voice” of radio: In August and then again in November 2014, my wife and I traveled to Ferguson, Missouri. When we first got there in August, I remember talking to some young African-American males who lived on the street where Michael Brown was killed. I asked one why he thought that there…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • We are now Past the Point of Pretending that Good Parents Don’t Vaccinate

    Jessica Gottlieb
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Three days ago it was announced that a local baseball coach has measles. There are at least 70 confirmed measles cases currently in California and it has spread to other states. Measles had been eradicated in the United States 15 years ago but the anti vaccine movement has brought it back. Maybe next they can bring back Polio. Everything old is new again, right? Orange County California. Ground-zero for the anti-vaccination crowd. #MeaslesOutbreak #VaccinateYourKids — Ed Hall (@halltoons) January 23, 2015 Facebook is full of people who, “Had measles and…
  • Missed Connections: The Soccer Mom

    Jessica Gottlieb
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    We were at the valet waiting for our cars. It was unseasonably warm so none of us minded much. My Ford was parked right in front and you were waiting for your Range Rover while talking to your girlfriend. I really liked your ponytail, particularly the back comb and the highlights, they looked good. Your friend was wearing yoga clothes and a hat that looks like this one. You can buy this on Etsy At first I was thinking how lucky we all were to be standing in the California sunshine enjoying a low stress afternoon. You’d obviously just finished at the stables and I was on my way to get a…
  • A Family Week in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

    Jessica Gottlieb
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    This winter we decided to warm up in Rarotonga. Rarotonga is one of the Cook Islands which are basically a tiny dot in the South Pacific. After last year’s trip to Costa Rica I thought we’d try a new experience at less than half the price. Don’t let that google-automated price tag freak you out. Cook Islands isn’t a frugal holiday but it’s nowhere near the cost of Hawaii or Costa Rica with similar accommodations unless you’re looking for a five star resort. There is no five star resort in all of the Cook Islands, there are plenty of four stars and it…
  • McDonald’s Tragimercial?

    Jessica Gottlieb
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    During the football game today I saw the oddest commercial. McDonald’s is featuring signs from local franchises: Thank you veterans #PrayForDrew God protect the USA Keep jobs in Toledo All of us weep for the Columbia Families We remember 9 11 [A pink sign with pink ribbons] PRAY for the rescue of the MINERS GOD GAVE US A MIRACLE Boston Strong We will be back soon [in a flood – this one is actually compelling] We believe in you Crystal Happy 30th Ed n Beth It’s a girl Rosalie Kay Hug those dads Welcome home 442nd fighter wing Happy 95 birthday Woody we love you A little lovin…
  • Mom Blogging When You Have Teenage Children

    Jessica Gottlieb
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    This is what a good mother says about her teenage children in a public forum You can’t even paint a pretty picture of your teenage kids. I mean you can, but it’s kind of an asshole move. What are you going to talk about? How gracefully they navigated puberty? Their grades? Their friends and that one mother who you think is going to make things difficult for all of them? Do you talk about boyfriends and girlfriends and cliques and sex? No. You don’t blog about teenagers because it’s hard enough to be 13 or 17 without your Mom dissecting everything in a public forum. You…
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  • The State of Ello

    Andrew Baron
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Yesterday I saw the three founders of Ello speak here in Boulder at the ATLAS Institute on the CU Campus: Paul Budnitz (CEO), Todd Berger and Lucian Föhr (Designers). They spent about an hour going over the history of Ello and explained where they are today. They revealed many key points about their thinking which I had been wondering about. I’ll touch on the points that really stuck out. From left to right, Paul Bunitz, Lucian Fohr and Todd Berger in Boulder, Co. Most striking, the company said they are applying for patents to protect what they believe are innovative ideas…
  • On Journalism and Local News Sites

    Andrew Baron
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    The world of media is a much different place than it was when I first got going with Rocketboom a full decade ago. In 2004, the format for Rocketboom was efficient, effective and exciting as a means of delivering news stories online. That was pre-video iPod (i.e pre-portable video), pre-YouTube, pre-iPhone, pre-Twitter, and pre-Facebook era. Today, I’m not so sure the staple Rocketboom delivery style is as effective for news. I’ve had a look around at others doing shows that would fit into the same genre of news and I don’t find their shows to be very effective either. While video…
  • Cities

    Andrew Baron
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    New York City Though its been pretty obvious to most people who know me by now, I moved to Boulder, Colorado. It happened accidentally. I haven’t actually announced it to anyone outside of Boulder but I eventually changed my twitter location (<-big moment) and began to settle in. Thirteen years ago, just days before 9/11, I decided I wanted to move to NYC on purpose. I wanted to be closer to technology and the arts. But a few days later, when the attacks did occur, proximity was the reason I was afraid to make the move. To give you a bit of perspective on just how afraid I was, even…
  • Track Reddit

    Andrew Baron
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    There is a really neat site called which allows you to monitor keywords across the site. Over the last couple of days I have been tracking the word “memetics”. Only two references so far.  
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    Andrew Baron
    4 Nov 2013 | 1:01 pm
    For the last month I’ve been taking photos of a Banksy piece. Here you can see how it evolves over time.
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  • Landscape vs. skyscape: selective appreciation

    Betsy Devine
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Our windows face east, so the best view we get of sunset is the reflection of colorful sky in the high-rise student apartment building not far from us. I am not a big fan of modern architecture, but I am getting to love the many reflections of sky in the windows of University House. One the other hand, enjoying a beautiful view may require the ability to ignore less beautiful parts of the view. Or perhaps I could try to begin to admire the sight of vast acres of parking lot, low-rise cheap buildings, and macadam streets. That would also work.
  • Hotel fun, fun, fun till Daddy took the microwave popcorn away

    Betsy Devine
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:50 pm
    It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was a time when @frankwilczek was on sabbatical, so that the Marriott Residence Inn of Tempe AZ became our temporary home. We spent fun time with our children in the Marriott Residence Inn of Austin, TX, over Christmas break. Contrary to what your image may be of Texas, this was a smaller location with smaller rooms and a much less useful kitchen (no actual oven, and double beds rather than queen size.) Still the presence of children makes up for a lot, and the nearby-ness of Austin’s amazing Drafthouse Ritz Cinema makes up for…
  • Technology and progress: Past and present

    Betsy Devine
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    My mother could remember when an electric iron and central heating were huge tech novelties. I can remember my first pocket calculator (which cost a fortune!), and I remember how long I kept using my CRC handbook and sliderule anyway, not the new toy. I remember my first VHS, the freedom of time-shifting or just re-watching good movies. And my first home computer! But all those were commonplace items to my two daughters. My daughters remember a time before there was an Internet; a time before smartphones, Siri, ubiquitous constant connection via the “cloud.” To their children, all…
  • Non-apology apology Bingo, with a hat tip to #DonaldSterling

    Betsy Devine
    26 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Coming soon to a PR debacle near you… the carefully crafted non-apology apology that admits no guilt or liability for whatever it is that upset a whole lot of people but instead works to show the (alleged) wrongdoer is in fact the victim here, and anybody who judges said (alleged) wrongdoer is just as bad as the whistleblower(s) who made (alleged) misdeeds public. Or, in other words, worse than H****r. Note the Creative Commons license that I pasted right on the bingo card, Internet people. Because it is mine and I made it. So don’t you go be worse than H****r because I am…
  • Wonderful world

    Betsy Devine
    6 Mar 2014 | 9:42 pm
    What a Wonderful World, sung by Eva Cassidy When I listen to Eva Cassidy, already diagnosed with the metastatic cancer that would be killing her, singing at her final concert “What a Wonderful World,” my tears are not so much, or at least not only for young Eva Cassidy, but for all of us, so ready to love and create and be generous (if our early lives don’t take those hopes out of our hearts) but instead shunted off into harder and lesser and more painful lives than our childhoods imagined. And even then, our hearts keep hoping and dreaming of love and fulfillment. They keep…
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  • SCM Search

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    My co-worker and local hero Curt Clifton writes on Twitter: Archiving 24,724 commit message emails to EagleFiler. Maybe will actually perform reasonably after this. Fingers crossed. Here’s the thing: this sucks. At Omni, like many places, we get commit messages via email. (I have three filters and folders: one for mine, one for OmniFocus, and one for everything else.) It’s fine — email is a decent notification system. The problem comes when I want to find something in a past commit message. Which happens all the time. What I’d like is a commit-searching app that’s a desktop…
  • For the Glory

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    There are so many new buildings going up in Seattle — Boomtown — especially around South Lake Union where I work. And it seems that every in-progress building and every construction crane has a big blue 12 flag. It makes me think of the religious art of the middle ages and Renaissance, except that our new civic religion is the Seahawks. As if all these buildings are going up as humble praise to our football team. Which doesn’t make me sad. Go Hawks!
  • Gus on Microsoft and Apple

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    Gus Mueller, Microsoft, Apple, and Disappointment: Apple is your favorite aunt or uncle, who isn’t talking about crazy future ideas, but is instead showing you how to hold a pencil correctly, or a tie your shoe. Something you can do today. Apple isn’t flailing about trying to grab onto whatever it can so, yelling out for attention. Apple is solid, reliable, dependable. And I think that is why we’re seeing so many people reacting to Apple’s software quality lately. You expect Microsoft not to deliver. But we expect Apple to.
  • Wikipedia Draft Decision

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee [ArbCom] on Gamergate has produced a draft decision. Mark Bernstein writes: By my informal count, every feminist active in the area is to be sanctioned. This takes care of social justice warriors with a vengeance — not only do the GamerGaters get to rewrite their own page (and Zoe Quinn’s, Brianna Wu’s, Anita Sarkeesian’s, etc.); feminists are to be purged en bloc from the encyclopedia. Liberals are the new Scientologists as far as Arbcom is concerned.
  • Frustration

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    When Mac and iOS developers get together, we complain about Apple bugs — which will always be true, whether or not the number and severity of bugs is actually high. If we can’t grumble, we can’t be happy. So we grumble. If you and I were sitting at a table, here’s the story I’d tell you: WebView has a bug where scrolling is messed-up in some cases where you have a div that needs to stay anchored to one side of the window. (Think of a header that doesn’t move while the rest of the content moves.) But the new replacement for WebView — WKWebView — doesn’t have this bug. Which…
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  • Writing by Talking Instead of Typing

    Rex Hammock
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    (What you’re about to read was dictated by me into a machine.) Through the years, I’ve purchased numerous iterations of dictation software from the company now called Nuance. For some reason, dictating has never worked for me. Perhaps it’s because I was born after the Don Draper era. When I graduated from college, I could type 80 words a minute, which is probably faster than I can think. I can probably type faster than that now, but as anyone who has read this blog knows, the faster I type the more goofy things I say. And one of my rules of blogging is to not work over the…
  • A Hands-free Review of the Interview

    Rex Hammock
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    Note:  Due to hand surgery on Friday, my left hand is wrapped up in something that looks like a mitten and my arm is in a splint.  So I’m trying to write this item with dictation using the software Dragon Dictate. I’ve never been good with dictation but think that it will be better than one-handed typing so this is a Sunday afternoon practice run. Welcome to the first ever hands-free Rexblog post. Not believing that it could be a movie worth investing a couple of hours of my life, I decided to wait until The Interview made it to Netflix before watching it. (It appeared there…
  • New Clues for the Post-Cluetrain Era

    Rex Hammock
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    “Markets are conversations.” If you are an internet-marketing trivia master, you may recognize that quotation as Doc Searls’ prophetic observation that appeared 15 years ago as part of the Cluetrain Manifesto. Cluetrain began as a list of 95 theses posted on the website that captured the sentiments of Searls and three other tech-industry marketing veterans. The Cluetrain Manifesto quickly evolved into a best-selling book that provided many early online marketers with a foundation for understanding and predicting how buying and selling would change when buyers have…
  • Last Minute Gift Ideas from Tennessee, 2014

    Rex Hammock
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Previously (but I missed last year), I’ve listed some last minute Tennessee-related holiday gift ideas. This year, the emphasis is on food grown or produced (e.g. cooked, prepared, collected, etc.) in the state. (And for the few who may read this on Christmas Eve, I’ve even included a couple Tennessee-related products or distribution channels for the desperate.) These are all products (or collections of products) that can be purchased online, but you need to get your orders in early this week (by December 20) to beat shipping or delivery deadlines. Also, at the bottom of this…
  • A Clearer View of the Future of Google Glass

    Rex Hammock
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    (See Update) November 14, 2014, via Reuters: Of 16 Glass app makers contacted by Reuters, nine said that they had stopped work on their projects or abandoned them, mostly because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device. Three more have switched to developing for business, leaving behind consumer projects. Last year, I observed in a post–one that included an email exchange  with Don Norman of Nielson-Norman and author of The Design of Everyday Things–that I believed the product release of Google Glass was bungled by Google. As much as I’m a fan and customer of…
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  • Air-to-Earth Bnb: From Posh to Poverty in SF's SoMa

    Berkeley Blog
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Last night I walked from Civic Center BART station in San Francisco down Eighth Street south of Market to a Cal Innovates event on communications technology at Airbnb headquarters. Usually, there’s a huddle of homeless people at the corner of Market and Eighth, but the entire southeastern corner was now fenced off and gutted with a half dozen cranes poised to lift off at dawn. And so it continued down Eighth, which was pockmarked with great holes in the ground reminding me of the WWII destruction I’d seen as a child in Bremerhaven, Germany, where my dad had been stationed as a U.S. Army…
  • Why Seniors Should Spin: Let Me Cycle the Ways.

    Berkeley Blog
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Every time I endure 45 minutes of the heart-thumping, techno, battle-music beat of spinning class, my IQ goes up 10 points and my body drops at least 10 years. That’s because the blood rushes to my brain as the sweat pours from my flesh, while wrinkles seem to dissipate like those before-and-after photos you see on AOL’s home page (Because like who on earth except someone who signed onto email in the early 90’s would still be using AOL?). Seniors of America, spinning is your salvation. Two 45-minute sessions a week will deliver you from the plastic surgeon’s knife, the…
  • Virtual Unreality: Bicycle Dreams

    Berkeley Blog
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    When I haven’t been on my touring bicycle for more than a week, I often dream I’m cycling up a long slightly sloping hill between the ocean and the mountains that I’ve ridden before but only in my dreams. It’s a little bit scary, challenging, and yet compelling, and I know in my dream the ride will never end but if it does, all will end. I asked some friends the other day if they often ‘see’ a place they only ‘see’ in their dreams, and they all said yes. “What causes that?” I ask. “Your mind,” someone answers. The mind creates a virtual unreality, a metaphorical…
  • Why I Could Never Mate with a PC User and Other Ramblings

    Berkeley Blog
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    One of my former clients, the founder of, made out with millions. Another client, founder of a nonprofit astronomy site, Planetquest, probably lost a million of his own money in the venture. Even in this age of enlightenment, most people would rather be informed by the alignment of the stars and the planets with their birth dates than by the chance to discover formerly unknown stars and planets in our universe. Are myths more powerful than reality because they don't require the intellectual rigor to understand them? Friends tried to set me up with a recent widower,…
  • Grandmothers Inspire an App, a Platform, and a Cloud

    Berkeley Blog
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Call it cultural convergence: Three of my clients all feature grandmothers as inspirations for their technologies. In one case, it was a grandmother's joy in receiving unexpected phone calls when she was laid up that inspired a new phone app, which won't launch until early next year. Another client was inspired to build an entirely new layer for the Internet that allows for an intention-driven economy because his grandmother -- the first black woman to have her own radio show -- encouraged him to shake up the system and give more power to the people. Again, this platform won't…
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