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  • I would have hired Doug Engelbart

    Scripting News
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    I've heard it said, and thought myself, that of course I wouldn't have hired a 50-something developer when I was running my 20-something startup. But then I just realized that if Doug Engelbart had wanted to work for Living Videotext or UserLand I would have hired him in an instant. Can you imagine. To have the guy who pioneered the technology we were commercializing around to mentor me and my developers? I would have jumped at the opportunity. So the answer is, it depends. If it was a random employee type who hadn't done much with his or her career, I probably wouldn't have been very…
  • Pictures from my trip to Berlin

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    After my visit to Stuttgart, I went to Berlin to speak for Russell Reynolds. Berlin is a very interesting city with many places to visit. The post Pictures from my trip to Berlin appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • To overcome an irrational fear...

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    replace it with a habit. If you're afraid to write, write a little, every day. Start with an anonymous blog, start with a sentence. Every day, drip, drip, drip, a habit. If you're afraid to speak up, speak up a little, every day. Not to the board of directors, but to someone. A little bit, every day. Habits are more powerful than fears.         
  • Dooce is retiring

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    Jason Kottke
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    After many years of blogging professionally at Dooce, Heather Armstrong is stepping down to focus on speaking and brand consultation. She's planning to write for fun again. But what makes this livelihood glaringly different are not only the constant creative strains of churning out new and entertaining content -- content we cannot delegate to anyone else because our audiences read our stories for our particular voice and perspective -- but also the security systems we've had to set up as an increasingly more diverse group of people throw rocks at our houses with the intention of causing…
  • 28 Apple Watch Tips and Tricks

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    John Gruber
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Good collection from Serenity Caldwell. Clearing all notifications with a force tap is a great feature — and something that’s sorely missing on iOS and OS X.  ★ 
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    Scripting News

  • I would have hired Doug Engelbart

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    I've heard it said, and thought myself, that of course I wouldn't have hired a 50-something developer when I was running my 20-something startup. But then I just realized that if Doug Engelbart had wanted to work for Living Videotext or UserLand I would have hired him in an instant. Can you imagine. To have the guy who pioneered the technology we were commercializing around to mentor me and my developers? I would have jumped at the opportunity. So the answer is, it depends. If it was a random employee type who hadn't done much with his or her career, I probably wouldn't have been very…
  • Imagine all the people

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:39 pm
  • My Apple Watch podcast

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    I've made a dozen or more visits to the Apple Store website hoping to buy an Apple Watch and each time coming up empty and as confused as ever. This 12-minute podcast tells the story. BTW, here's a screen shot of the Apple website, referred to in the podcast.
  • Should Boston bid on the Olympics?

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    When I was chatting with Chris earlier today, the subject of the Olympics and Boston came up. Should Boston bid? My two cents Boston should not try to host the Olympics, in fact no one should. With climate change, a new venue for the Olympics every four years is an extravagance we can't afford. Sure it's a drop in the bucket but it's an important and symbolic drop in the bucket. Build one great Olympic facility, designed to be usable for 100 years. Hold all future Olympics there. It's like the United Nations. We don't build a new skyscraper every four years. We built one really good one, and…
  • 5-minute podcast

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    I was talking with Chris Lydon about the idea of a 5-minute podcast. Then Doc Searls asked a question that I thought could easily be answered in 5. I was right, but I rambled too much and it turned into a 6.5-minute podcast. Next time we'll do better!
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Pictures from my trip to Berlin

    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    After my visit to Stuttgart, I went to Berlin to speak for Russell Reynolds. Berlin is a very interesting city with many places to visit. The post Pictures from my trip to Berlin appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Porsche

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    These are pictures from the Porsche factory in Stuttgart. I even got a ride in a 918! The post Pictures from my trip to @Porsche appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    These are my pictures from the Mercedes-AMG facility. This is where the AMG GT is made. The post Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of Branding

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the real world, you don’t have infinite resources; you don’t have a perfect product; and you don’t sell to a growing market without competition. You’re also not omnipotent, so you cannot enforce what people think your brand represents. Under these assumptions, most companies need all the help they can get with branding. This is my advice to help you. Seize the high ground. Establish your brand on positive conditions like “making meaning,” “doing good,” “changing the world,” and “making people happy” —not doing in your competition. Think about it: when is the last…
  • Pictures from the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

    Guy Kawasaki
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    These are pictures from my trip to the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace in Germany. It is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Germany. The post Pictures from the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • To overcome an irrational fear...

    Seth Godin
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    replace it with a habit. If you're afraid to write, write a little, every day. Start with an anonymous blog, start with a sentence. Every day, drip, drip, drip, a habit. If you're afraid to speak up, speak up a little, every day. Not to the board of directors, but to someone. A little bit, every day. Habits are more powerful than fears.         
  • Terroir

    Seth Godin
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    You can taste it. Heinz ketchup has no terroir. It always tastes like everywhere and nowhere and the same. A Dijon mustard from a small producer in France, though, you can taste where it came from. Foodies seek out this distinction in handcrafted chocolate or wine or just about anything where the land and environment are thought to matter. But we can extend the idea to you, to your work, to the thing you're building. Visit the City Bakery in New York. Every square inch contains the DNA of the whole place. The planking of the floor. The sound as you sit on the balcony. The parade of…
  • Reckless abandon (is neither)

    Seth Godin
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    It's not reckless, because when we leap, when we dive in, when we begin, only begin, we bring our true nature to the project, we make it personal and urgent. And it's not abandon, not in the sense that we've abandoned our senses or our responsibility. In fact, abandoning the fear of fear that is holding us back is the single best way not to abandon the work, the pure execution of the work. Later, there's time to backpedal and water down. But right now, reckless please.        
  • Thanks

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    In just two days, my new course for freelancers is the fastest-growing one of its kind in Udemy's history. I'm thrilled to see that so many of my readers are eager to dig in and make a difference. The course has already transformed the work of thousands of people. The half-price discount expires soon, and this will be my last post about it. I hope it resonates with you, and thanks again for leaping.        
  • People are real, but the crowd disappoints

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Every crowd, sooner or later, will let you down. The crowd contains a shoplifter, or a heckler, or an anonymous boor who leaves a snarky comment. The crowd loses interest, the crowd denigrates the work, the crowd isn't serious. Worst of all, sometimes the crowd turns into a mob, out of control and bloodthirsty. But people, people are real. People will look you in the eye. People will keep their promises. People can grow, can change, can be generous. When in doubt, ignore the crowd (and forgive them). When possible, look for people instead. Scale is overrated, again and again.
 
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  • Dooce is retiring

    Jason Kottke
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    After many years of blogging professionally at Dooce, Heather Armstrong is stepping down to focus on speaking and brand consultation. She's planning to write for fun again. But what makes this livelihood glaringly different are not only the constant creative strains of churning out new and entertaining content -- content we cannot delegate to anyone else because our audiences read our stories for our particular voice and perspective -- but also the security systems we've had to set up as an increasingly more diverse group of people throw rocks at our houses with the intention of causing…
  • The glass is already broken

    Jason Kottke
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    "You see this goblet?" asks Achaan Chaa, the Thai meditation master. "For me this glass is already broken. I enjoy it; I drink out of it. It holds my water admirably, sometimes even reflecting the sun in beautiful patterns. If I should tap it, it has a lovely ring to it. But when I put this glass on the shelf and the wind knocks it over or my elbow brushes it off the table and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, 'Of course.' When I understand that the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious." From Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective…
  • This baby's butt is a cash machine

    Jason Kottke
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    I don't know what this is, who made it, or why, but it is the perfect Friday thing. (via @triciawang) Update: Alright, the readers have spoken and they hate the baby ATM. So I unembedded the video clip. If you want to have a laugh or be appalled, you can click through. Tags: video
  • An animated history of 20th century hairstyles

    Jason Kottke
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:56 pm
    From The Atlantic, a history of hairstyles from 1900 to the present. Hairstyles featured include the Gibson Girl, bob, conk, pompadour, beehive, Jheri curl, and hi-top fade. Tags: video
  • 1491, the TV series

    Jason Kottke
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Charles Mann's 1491 is one of my all-time favorite books. I mean, if this description doesn't stir you: Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man's first feat of genetic…
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    Daring Fireball

  • 28 Apple Watch Tips and Tricks

    John Gruber
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Good collection from Serenity Caldwell. Clearing all notifications with a force tap is a great feature — and something that’s sorely missing on iOS and OS X.  ★ 
  • Suzy Menkes Interviews Jony Ive and Marc Newson at Condé Nast Luxury Conference in Florence

    John Gruber
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Suzy Menkes: “There’s no doubt that you are now producing things that may be more desirable than traditional luxury to consumers, particularly the younger consumers, don’t you think?” Jony Ive: “I don’t know — we’ll see!” Smiles while audience laughs. “We’ll see.” (Via Abdel Ibrahim.)  ★ 
  • Once Comcast’s Deal Shifted to a Focus on Broadband, Its Ambitions Were Sunk

    John Gruber
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Jonathan Mahler, reporting for the NYT on how Comcast’s close ties to the Obama administration didn’t help it get approval for acquiring Time Warner Cable: But now the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is dead. Comcast is folding, in anticipation of regulators rejecting the deal. The news, which broke on Thursday afternoon, was certainly dramatic. But the air of inevitability that once hung over the deal had been dissipating for months, as the debate over net neutrality — in short, the question of whether Internet providers should be allowed to charge content…
  • Three New Apple Watch Commercials

    John Gruber
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    All three are good, hit the right tone. They’re humane — emotional, not technical. My favorite is “Us”. That’s the one I’d put in heaviest rotation on TV. My wife’s watch arrived a few hours ago. After setting it up and playing with the communication features, she said something to the effect of, “I saw people asking you whether Apple gave you two of these, so you could test these features. They should have — this is way more fun.” Note too: in the context of these ads, the Edition models are simply peers to the Sport and steel ones.
  • Apple Watch Waterproof Test

    John Gruber
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    Impressive results from FoneFox in Australia: they had it submerged in a pool for 15 minutes and it came out no worse for the wear.  ★ 
 
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    Logic+Emotion

  • Hillary's Logo Stinks. Here's What To Do About It.

    David Armano
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Hillary Clinton recently announced her intention to run for president of the United States of America with a logo that looks partially inspired by Fed Ex, partially an "I'm with Stupid" T-Shirt and something from the 80s (not in a good way). In short, it stinks. Full disclosure, I'm not voting for Hillary, but this is not a political opinion piece. It's about good strategy, design, execution and branding--all important things in the worlds of business or politics. In fact, some of the information in this piece may even be useful to her and her team as she crafts her image and message in the…
  • Video Killed The Television Star: Why Total Fragmentation Is The New Norm

    David Armano
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Moment in time—the world seems obsessed with the renaissance of app led live video streaming and the rivalry between MeerKat and Twitter backed Periscope. Debating who will win is a moot point. The real winner is digital video in all its forms—especially if it involves a popular app like Snapchat or a mobile optimized popular platform such as Netflix. The demise of traditional television happened somewhere around the time that YouTube began gaining popularity alongside with DVRs that empowered us to skip ads. Since then, things have only gotten worse for traditional, tied to the box…
  • It's Not The Size of SXSW, It's How You Use It

    David Armano
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Before SXSW Interactive had even gotten a chance to take its first breath, media outlets like Mashable were already asking if it had jumped the Shark? The sentiment is understandable. After all these years, SXSW is still kind of enigma. Some call it a conference and others say its more of a festival. Some say this year's SXSW felt "somber" while others asserted that fresh break through technology such as MeerKat, reasserted its relevance as a place where new startups can get their footing and enchant early adopters in the process. Other's still question its value for marketers and agencies…
  • MeerKat Is The Next Big Thing. But For How Long?

    David Armano
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Live video streaming is nothing new. Many have tried it—and it's always sort of taken off, but never really went "mainstream". MeerKat might just change all of that. But how will we know? For starters, it's got a really good shot at stealing the show at SXSW next week—a venue that's been known to uncover the next big shiny object in social. It was after all, SXSW that put Twitter on the map, then subsequently Foursquare and more recently though with less impact, Vine.  But what exactly is MeerKat? Part Snapchat, part Twitter, and part video streaming app—MeerKat lets you effortlessly…
  • Ruling The "Aggregators" With Creative and Editorial Talent

    David Armano
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Once upon a time I was a Creative Director. Creative Directors typically come from one of two backgrounds—"art" or "copy". Having more of a visual design foundation, I started there—but also learned the techniques of "concepting" and getting to what's known in the marketing industry as "a big idea". Things were simpler back then... Big Ideas vs. Ruling The "Aggregators"Today, if you want your message and or communications to break through—you must understand how the "aggregators" work. What's an "aggregator"? Google, Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Text Apps, Snapchat, Flipboard... it's…
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  • How the Collaborative Economy is impacting the Energy Sector

    jeremiah_owyang
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    If you’re reading this, you already know how important energy is to us. It powers our transportation, logistics, industry, agriculture, homes, and the very digital device you’re using now. What’s the Collaborative Economy? An economic model where technologies enable people to get what they need from each other –rather than from centralized institutions. This has impacted cars, hotels, banks, retailers, manufactures, and more. How is the Energy Sector being impacted by the Collaborative Economy? You might be amazed to learn that P2P lending, Makers, and sharing are causing some…
  • The Six Strategies Companies Can Take to Lead the Collaborative Economy

    jeremiah_owyang
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    Above image: The Collaborative Economy marketplaces in the maker movement, sharing economy, p2p lending are quickly on the rise First, let’s define what we’re talking about. Like Craigslist or eBay, we’re seeing new marketplaces emerge with a more concentrated focus on every business.  They offer features that enable sellers to offer their ware, and buyers to offer bids, exchange of information, goods, and currency in both directions. Every stock exchange is set up in this manner, allowing for efficient trade, despite location and time differences.   [Definition of a two sided…
  • Meet the Empowered People

    jeremiah_owyang
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    They have new powers. They are backed by powerful companies. And they are starting to organize. No, I’m not talking about the latest episode of Heroes. I’m talking about the people formerly known as your customers. You may be asking, “What powers do they have? Who gave those powers to them? What are they going to do together?” I’ll be glad answer that. They are powerful. They have new powers, and you can see a collection of stats, that enable them the ability to get all the information they need about you in real time using social networks, mobile devices, and the internet.
  • 8 Brands Using the Collaborative Economy to Market with the Crowd

    jeremiah_owyang
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    It pays to share, as the crowd shares your brand for you. Marketers first adopted the internet and then social media. The next digital phase is the Collaborative Economy. What’s that? If you’ve heard of Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and the Maker Movement, this is the Collaborative Economy. Just as social media enabled people to create media and then share media, in this next phase, the Collaborative Economy enables people to create their own physical goods as well as share their existing physical goods. In both of these examples, they are using digital technologies to make…
  • How Investors are Sharing their Money into the Collaborative Economy

    jeremiah_owyang
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    The raw data for this article is available in a publicly-shared database in this Google Sheet, which you can access to see additional details. VCs, investors, and banks have increased their bets on the Sharing/ Collaborative Economy in greater amounts than ever before. The Collaborative Economy is an economic model that uses commonly available technologies to enable people to get what they need from each other. You’ve likely heard of the sharing economy, crowdfunding, P2P lending, the Maker Movement and cryptocurrencies. Each of these is a part of this emerging economy. I’ve met with many…
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  • Libertarian Dilemna

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Would a Libertarian favor laws designed to reduce the number of new tax laws?Guest blogger Diana Wales explores some options for the small-government crowd.There Ought to be a Law – Part Deux-OverBy Diana WalesMy last blog attempt (here) was an unmitigated, epic failure. I tried to keep it humorous and succinct, which did not work for the topic. I was ready to take the hostile comments as a hint to give up blogging. But as Scott’s book points out, failure should be viewed as a stepping stone to success, so I’m giving it another go.One thing I was particularly disappointed in for the…
  • Robots Read News - Self-Driving Cars Unionize

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    If your firewall is blocking the image, see it on Twitter here.Humor Dimensions: Recognition (headlines about self-driving cars), clever (humans are meat cargo to unionizing cars, and they only dump every 100th passenger), cruel (third panel), and bizarre (cars unionize, robots talk).Predicted Sharing: Low, because self-driving cars are not yet important in people’s lives. This comic is testing a more robot-centric reporting approach because readers have consistently requested that. I predict more “favoriting” than sharing.Robots Read News - Bonus UpdateAn organized band of Moisties in…
  • Brainwashing

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    Suppose you could push a button and brainwash another person into changing his thinking to match your preferences. Would it be ethical to push that button? You probably had a bad reaction to the thought of brainwashing another human. It seems counter to every notion of freedom we have. And you certainly would not want anyone to brainwash you. But if you remove the word “brainwash” and replace it with “education” or “advertising” or “leadership” you have a perfectly acceptable situation. And in each case someone is trying to change your thinking to manipulate your…
  • Robots Read News - About California’s Drought

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    If your company firewall is blocking the image, see it on Twitter here.Humor Dimensions Used: (4) Recognition (current news), cleverness (oddity of water being expensive and oil being cheap, solution of moving robots to California), cruel (robots stealing a state from idiot humans), bizarre (talking robot, surfing robot)Predicted Sharing: Medium. Formulation is solid but California’s drought is somewhat local news.———– Meanwhile, over on Top Tech Blog —————–Here comes the fingernail mouse pointer. This is the technology, along with…
  • Success Without Testosterone

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Confession: I am a serial interrupter.If I don’t like what you are saying, I might start start talking over you while hoping my rudeness makes you stop. If I am in a hurry, and you are taking too long to form a thought, I will cut you off just to get on with my life. If you are saying something vague to a third-party, I might cut you off to add my clarification. And if you are saying something illogical, off topic, or in any way unpleasant, I might start talking over you just because I prefer the sound of my own voice.If you call me on my cell phone, I might let it roll over to voice mail…
 
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  • Internet.org is a failed exercise in misdirection

    Doc Searls
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    Like the universe, the Internet is one thing. It is a World of Ends, comprised of everything it connects. By nature it is as neutral as gravity. It favors nothing and is not partial to anything. Yes, there are exceptions to that rule, in the way Net access is provisioned, for example; but the basic nature of the Net — as a free, open and neutral shared space — is by now obvious to pretty much everybody who doesn’t have an interest in making it less. Internet.org calls itself “a Facebook-led initiative bringing together technology leaders, non-profits and local…
  • This is why you want a window seat

    Doc Searls
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    I’ve seen auroras on red-eyes between the U.S. and Europe before. This one over Lake Superior, for example, on a July night in 2007. And this one over Greenland in September 2012. But both of those were fairly dim. Sunday night’s red-eye was different. This one was a real show. And I almost missed it. First, my window seat had no window. It was 33A on a United 777: an exit row, with lots of legroom, but a wall where other seats have a window. But I got a corner of the window behind me if I leaned back. The girl sitting there shut the window to block out the sun earlier in the…
  • Newsstands are à la carte. How about online as well?

    Doc Searls
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    I travel a lot, and buy newspapers wherever I happen to be. That would be true online as well, if I could do it. But I can’t, because that’s not an option. For example, my butt is in California right now, but my nose is in Boston, where I’m reading the Globe. I don’t want a subscription to the Globe, but I would like to pay for today’s paper, or for at least the right to read a few stories from it. Not easy. Or even possible, after the first one or two. Because, soon enough this paywall thingie comes up: It’ a subscription come-on, modeled after the…
  • The best 3-point shooter you never saw

    Doc Searls
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    I remember the first time I saw Dwight Durante shoot. It was in the old Guilford College gym. Catawba College was the visiting team. Guilford in those days was a small college basketball powerhouse, ranked among the top NAIA schools. Our coach was future hall-of-famer Jerry Steele. We had three players who would be drafted by the pros (Ed Fellers, Pat Moriarty and Bob Kauffman, who went on to become an NBA all-star, coach and general manager). Catawba was good but not quite great, and sure to lose. Not far past the half court line on Catawba’s first possession, Dwight Durante fired…
  • On @Cluetrain, @advertising @social and #NewClues

    Doc Searls
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    In There Is No More Social Media — Just Advertising, Mike Proulx (@McProulx) begins, Fifteen years ago, the provocative musings of Levine, Locke, Searls and Weinberger set the stage for a grand era of social media marketing with the publication of “The Cluetrain Manifesto” and their vigorous declaration of “the end of business as usual.” For a while, it really felt like brands were beginning to embrace online communities as a way to directly connect with people as human beings. But over the years, that idealistic vision of genuine two-way exchange eroded. Brands got…
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  • Video Of The Week: Albert’s TEDx Talk

    Fred Wilson
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    My partner Albert gave this TEDx talk earlier this year. Somehow I missed it until this morning when I was looking around YouTube for something to post. I’ve heard Albert articulate all of these ideas for years. He’s influenced my thinking on them greatly and I’ve gone from dismissive, to skeptical, to supportive of experimenting with them. I suspect you will move in that direction too after watching this short (17mins) talk:
  • Fun Friday: Teach A Kid To Code

    Fred Wilson
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:12 am
    You know what is fun? It’s fun to show somebody how to do something powerful. It’s fun to give somebody the superpowers you have. So if you know how to code, it’s really fun to teach kids how to do it. And if you want to have that kind of fun, you should check out a program called TEALS. I’ve written about TEALS before here at AVC, but in short, you stop by a school on the way to work and teach a first period computer science class in combination with a teacher who works in the school. There’s a bit more to it than that and if you want to learn more there are two…
  • Project Fi

    Fred Wilson
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the areas we are investing in and trying to build a portfolio around is next gen internet access. We have one investment and are close to another. We’d like to build a portfolio of a number of innovative and disruptive approaches to broadband internet access in the next few years. So any new service that attempts to make internet access easier and better is of interest to me. AVC regular John Revay sent me an email today asking if I’m going to get a Project Fi account. I told him I was thinking about it. Right now it is invite only. I’ve put in a request for an invite…
  • Dumbing Things Down

    Fred Wilson
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:14 am
    I had lunch with Milton Pappas yesterday. Milton and his partners at Euclid Partners taught me the venture capital business in the mid/late 80s. We got to talking about mentors and I asked him who taught him the venture capital business. He told me General Georges Doriot of American Research and Development taught him a lot in the late 60s and early 70s. Milton and his partner Bliss McCrum started Euclid in 1971. As we were talking about biotech, an area Milton loves and invested heavily in, he told me that he ran into so many people in that sector who were brilliant but could not communicate…
  • eShares

    Fred Wilson
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    This post is self serving to some degree as USV is an investor in eShares. But in the world of VC and startups there isn’t much that is more broken than cap table management. eShares fixes that by putting the entire cap table online and allowing your company to issue new shares and options directly from the platform. It’s kind of like writing checks directly from your accounting system. Everything gets recorded and there are no missing stock certs or broken promises. I explained this to one of our portfolio companies last fall around the time we made our investment in eShares.
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  • QUOTE: Would you hire the last Delta representative…

    David
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Would you hire the last Delta representative you spoke with if you owned a customer service company? —First question in the Delta Airlines customer service follow-up survey. Love it.
  • LINK: Shhh... Made by Few 2015

    Jason Z.
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    Shhh... Made by Few 2015 I’d been pretty bored with web conferences but the tiny team at Few changed my mind. Last summer’s Made by Few was well-run, fun, focused, intimate, and worthwhile. The couple of hundred lucky attendees were treated to fantastic barbecue, pour-over coffee, tons of swag, live music and some of the best talks around from speakers that could play rooms ten times this size—it was like seeing your six favorite bands play a secret show at your local bar. Seriously, I have no idea how they pulled together this line-up. And it all happened in the warm summer sun…
  • Constrained

    Nathan Kontny
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    For years I’ve chatted with smart, ambitious people and friends who want to start new projects or businesses. Often their visions are big. So they dream up equally big things their startups need: money, connections, resources. And that’s where they get stuck. They don’t have any of those things. In 1978, an artist named Patricia came home to her husband and announced she quit her job at a newspaper. She just couldn’t stand it anymore. Occasionally, she’d have some of her art posted on the front page, which was great. But most of the time, the job was corporate…
  • Imagining Basecamp on Apple Watch

    Jason Z.
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Over the last day or so I spent some time learning about the different Apple Watch components (notifications, glances, WatchKit app) and imagined how Basecamp might work on the upcoming device. Here’s what I came up with. Notifications are a given for Apple Watch. The ability to see what’s new in your projects simply by raising your wrist sounds fantastic. Canned, quick-reply options could be great. I also like the idea of setting your status as an option when notifications start piling up. It’s interesting how the actions can change depending on what kind of communication…
  • Look and Feel and Feel

    Jason Fried
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    Designers often talk about the look and feel of a product, an app, an object, etc. These are good concepts to be talking about, but how the thing feels isn’t really the important feel. The important feel is how it makes you feel. That feeling isn’t usually covered by look and feel discussions. This has recently come into focus for me. The trigger? Instagram. I’ve been on Twitter (@jasonfried) for years. Since I don’t have a Facebook account, Twitter has been my only social networking outlet. I mostly use it for sharing novel or interesting things I’ve seen or read, the occasional…
 
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  • My Ideal Buyer Partner

    Chris Brogan
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:52 am
    The people who work best with me are trying to grow their business. They may or may not be employees of some other company, but they want to grow their business, their part of the story. They are looking for next-level advantages. Continue ReadingThe post My Ideal Buyer Partner appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • An Ebook on Authority

    Chris Brogan
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:22 pm
    I was asked by Lee Odden to contribute to an ebook that relates to the upcoming Authority Rainmaker conference. I would’ve said yes anyway, but they added to the story that Henry Rollins was going to be in this same ebook. Having read most of Henry’s books, to actually be on some other page in the same book as him was reason enough. The fact that the information’s really useful? Well, that’s another thing. Continue ReadingThe post An Ebook on Authority appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Make Media that Serves

    Chris Brogan
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    I was the keynote speaker at Perry Drake’s UMSL digital marketing event last week. The room was a mix of agency people, business owners, and students. With that in mind, I asked them if they wanted to see what I speak about with businesses who are asking about how to use media and community to earn more customers. They said that would be okay (I mean, I was the keynote. If that wasn’t okay, would they have asked, “What else have you got?”) I thought I’d share WHY I picked what I did as my keynote speech. Make Media That Serves The premise of the speech was…
  • 37 Blog Posts to Stop Writing – And What She Did Next Changed Everything

    Chris Brogan
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm
    First off, I should be honest right up front: I lied. I’m definitely NOT going to give you 37 blog posts to stop writing. Instead, stop writing list posts just because you read somewhere that they’re good. We are TRASHING the opportunity to create great content marketing Attention gimmicks are just that. They earn us attention. Briefly. And then what? If you’ve got no “next,” then you’ve just wasted it. Your “71 productivity tips” post is like Stewie (and all children): Continue ReadingThe post 37 Blog Posts to Stop Writing – And What She…
  • Has Blogging Changed Much Over the Last 17 Years?

    Chris Brogan
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    17 years. That’s how long I’ve been blogging (as of the moment I’m writing this post). I started in 1998, before there was blogging software, back when it was called “journaling.” A lot has changed in my life since then (two major relationships, 4 companies, the birth of my children), and obviously even more has changed with the world. Has Blogging Changed Much Over the Last 17 Years? The short answer is yes. The tools have changed immensely. My first “blogging” was really using a WYSIWYG software called Trellix (I’m stunned that they still have…
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  • Looking upward and ahead

    dooce
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:37 pm
    On the desire I have to get back to why I started "living online" in the first place: writing for the love of it, writing when the story inside is begging to be told.
  • Stuff On Chuck

    dooce
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    "When I tried to write happy / Yo I knew I lied, I lived a life of crime / Why play ya blind?"
  • Style for your butt

    dooce
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    The hare sat in the chair over there by the pear.
  • Six more weeks it is

    dooce
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means y'all gotta take that motherfucker seriously.
  • These furry children of ours

    dooce
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    Let me tell you a story about a dog named Chuck.
 
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    Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

  • Berkshire Hathaway

    Matt Cutts
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:47 pm
    My taste in financial advice runs toward the simple and the lessons I’ve learned the hard way. But I still like reading about investing/finance, and I recently read through the 2014 annual report for Berkshire Hathaway. Given that it was the 50th anniversary of Warren Buffett taking charge of Berkshire, I have to admit that I expected more nuggets of wisdom. I did have two favorite quotes though. On page 19, Buffett writes “Huge institutional investors, viewed as a group, have long underperformed the unsophisticated index-fund investor who simply sits tight for decades.” So…
  • My next project: AutoSEO

    Matt Cutts
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    This was an April Fool’s joke. I’ve been working really hard with some friends on a project to handle SEO automatically. Now we’re ready to take the wraps off it over at seo.ninja. One of the ideas that helped the World Wide Web succeed was that it separated presentation and content. You could write your text and decouple it from the problem of how the text looked. AutoSEO takes that to the next stage with search engines, so you don’t have to think about things like redirects. How much would you pay to never have to worry about keyword density, H1 headers, or meta…
  • Next 30 day challenge: social media/news cleanse

    Matt Cutts
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:40 pm
    For January 2015, I tried to declutter around the house for 15 minutes a day. We now have a couple rooms that are much cleaner, and I gave away a bunch of magazines. For February 2015, my 30 day challenge was to go on daily 15 minute walks with my wife. That was nice. Lately I’ve been spending more time than I’d like on social media and reading news sites. So for March 2015, I’m going to do a social media and news cleanse. I’ve done a social media cleanse several times before and it’s usually quite helpful for getting re-centered. Here’s the steps that…
  • Fixing “full path disclosure” issues

    Matt Cutts
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Whether you’re running a web service or a blog, you should always keep your software fully patched to prevent attacks and minimize your attack surface. Another smart step is to prevent full path disclosures. For example, if your blog or service throws an error like “Warning: require(ABSPATHwp-includes/load.php) [function.require]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/horace/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 21″ then by noting the full pathname from that error, an attacker could reasonably infer that your username is “horace” and use that…
  • 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…
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    Calacanis.com

  • WARNING: avoid the “Apply to Present” & “Angel Pitch Contest” event scams

    Jacqui
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    A few days ago I talked about “doing the work” and skipping the party. Conferences tend to be one of the big things that people distract themselves with instead of doing the hard work of making a product that people actually use and get value from. Some conferences will waste your precious time, but today I want to warn founders about an evil subculture of event producers who are designing events to scam founders — who are sometimes desperate for attention — out of their money! [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/o7djy ] The scams work like this: Apply…
  • Gary Vaynerchuck, CEO & Cofounder of VaynerMedia, on This Week in Startups

    Jacqui
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Gary Vaynerchuk on Crushing It in business, building a media empire, inspired investing, and making magic in the gray Gary Vaynerchuk is an investor, author, CEO/Cofounder of VaynerMedia, Host of #AskGaryVee, and one of the most influential and dynamic voices in marketing, branding, and social media today. Gary joined Jason during the Launch Festival 2015 to share insights on his entrepreneurial journey, media mastery, and investing prowess. Some of the many gems from this conversation include: how Gary grew his family wine business from $3M to $60M within ten years, launching his public…
  • Do the work, skip the party

    Jacqui
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:31 pm
    As the money pool increases, the attention pool decreases We talk a lot about bubbles in tech because, like real estate executives, we had our world turned upside down by one. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/1ketF ] Bubbles have popped five times in my life. The 1987 crash and subsequent pullback in consumer spending largely caused my dad to lose his bar when I was 17. In 1990 the recession, driven by the Iraq war, terrorized everyone in college for years. There were literally no jobs for people with five to ten years of experience. With 0 years under your belt…
  • Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk & investor Chris Sacca on This Week in Startups

    Jacqui
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Two legends, skateboarder Tony Hawk & investor Chris Sacca, on their long-time friendship, taking huge risks, hustling to success, giving back, and defining legacy Today’s episode features two superstars in their respective fields. Tony Hawk is the masterful professional skateboarder who catapulted his sport into the national spotlight, and Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital is a legendary angel investor (Twitter, Uber, Instagram, Kickstarter). Tony and Chris have been long-time friends and both talk in-depth with Jason at the LAUNCH Festival 2015. It’s an awesome, dynamic…
  • The Startup Martian: Can You Get There on What You Got?

    Jacqui
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    I’ve been listening to a fabulous audiobook called “The Martian,” in which an astronaut is left behind on Mars with a limited amount of food. It’s riveting. * The stranded botanist/engineer has to “make it work with what he’s got.” This of course got me thinking, what if your startup was left behind? What if the eight months of runway you have was all you were going to have — would you survive? [ * You can get “The Martian” free at audible.com/twist. Audible used to sponsor my podcast and they seem to have left this free audiobook promotion up. ] In…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Weekend Favs April Twenty Five

    John Jantsch
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Weekend Favs April Twenty Five 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 stock or one that I took out there on the road. Good stuff I found this week: Facebook Advertising System – Very complete and very free Facebook course from LeadPages Course Buffet –…
  • How Not to Get Lost in the Content Creation Wasteland

    Guest Post
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    How Not to Get Lost in the Content Creation Wasteland written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Planning an entire year in advance – who DOES that?? You should – if you want to stay focused and on track to meet your marketing goals. To be more specific – if your marketing strategy includes blogging, sending e-newsletters, or any other form of content that you share digitally, a content calendar is a powerful tool to make your online marketing more effective. And without one, you could be just another boring fish in the online marketing…
  • Converting Subpar Writers In to Content Champions

    Guest Post
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Converting Subpar Writers In to Content Champions written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Consumers love content. It entices them visit company websites. It inspires them to share business insights. It gives them trust in the brand. And, ultimately, it encourages them to make a purchase. Sixty percent of B2C marketers anticipate increasing their content marketing budget within 2015, according to Content Marketing Institute. While this statistic isn’t necessarily shocking, marketers are increasingly concerned about the lack of trained…
  • How To Succeed At Content Marketing On A Small Budget

    Guest Post
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    How To Succeed At Content Marketing On A Small Budget written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Here’s great news for your small business: You can succeed at content marketing without spending a fortune. In fact, you may be able to out-content market much larger competitors with much larger budgets. In this article, we’ll review a simple, focused approach to creating a content marketing campaign that is affordable and effective. Why You Will Succeed: Quality Trumps Quantity Large companies sometimes turn content marketing into link building…
  • Finding Non Obvious Trends

    John Jantsch
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    Finding Non Obvious Trends written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Rohit Bhargava Trends are funny things. People spend their entire careers trying to spot them, but more often than not, the prognosticators are either wrong or simply stating something that’s become obvious to others. It’s kind of funny too because those same folks are often the first to erroneously pronounce when a trend is no longer a trend. I remember many years ago when the mainstream media jumped on the trend of blogging and then…
 
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Why declining investment in basic research threatens a US innovation deficit

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Declining U.S. federal government research investment — from just under 10 percent in 1968 to less than 4 percent in 2015 — in critical fields such as cybersecurity, infectious disease, plant biology, and Alzheimer’s are threatening an “innovation deficit,” according to a new MIT report to be released Monday, April 27. U.S. competitors are increasing their investment in basic research. The European Space Agency successfully landed the first spacecraft on a comet. China developed the world’s fastest supercomputer and has done research in plant biology uncovering new…
  • Scientists create the sensation of invisibility

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Ph.D. student Zakaryah Abdulkarim, M.D., shows how to create the illusion of invisibility in the lab (photomontage) (credit: Staffan Larsson) How would it feel to be invisible? Neuroscientists at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet have found out. It can actually changes your physical stress response in challenging social situations, for example. The history of literature features many well-known narrations of invisibility and its effect on the human mind, such as the myth of Gyges’ ring in Plato’s dialogue The Republic and the science fiction novel The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. Now…
  • How to create a computer in a test tube

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:42 pm
    A light beam switches a single molecule, using gold electrodes attached to the diarylethene molecule (credit: HZDR/Pfefferkorn) How many individual molecules does it take to automatically create a circuit? The answer: one, if you use light to switch it on and off, say scientists at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Konstanz. The trick: a strong bond between individual atoms that weakens in one location and forms again precisely when energy is pumped into the structure. The first molecular switch These molecular electronics devices work in a fluid in a test…
  • Researchers in China have created genetically modified human embryos

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Should human embryos be Genetically modified? (credit: Yorgos Nikas/SPL) A research team in China has created genetically modified human embryos using the gene-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9, according to a report in the online journal Protein & Cell. The experiments were conducted by a research team led by Junjiu Huang of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. Human germline modification is widely considered unethical for both safety and social reasons. Using germline modification techniques to create a human being is prohibited by more than 40 countries and several international…
  • Google’s Project Fi aims to speed up mobile communications by tapping into free WiFi hotspots

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Google has introduced Project Fi, a new hybrid wireless service intended to help speed up mobile voice, text, and data by tapping into one million free, open Wi-Fi hotspots that Google has verified as fast and reliable. “Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and all of you to push the boundaries of what’s possible,” according to the Official Google Blog. By designing across hardware, software and connectivity, we can more fully explore new ways for people to connect and communicate.
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • 100 Books

    Matt
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    You can’t go wrong with Amazon’s 100 Books To Read In A Lifetime. I’ve only read a bit over a dozen of them, and some of those in school when I probably didn’t appreciate them. I’ve never had a time in my life when I thought, “You know, I’m reading too much.” It’s a weekend — read!
  • Atlantic Earth Day Pictures

    Matt
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:41 pm
    The Atlantic has a set of 45 pictures that are both beautiful and shocking to commemorate Earth Day.
  • Big Announcement Day

    Matt
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Two big releases today: WordPress 4.2 with lots of interface improvements and emoji support, and the 3.5 release of Jetpack with a new menu editor.
  • What we can learn from Japan

    Matt
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:25 pm
    I travel back and forth between Japan and the United States, mostly Tokyo and New York and a few other American cities, several times a year. The contrast is jarring. Arriving in the US can feel like rolling back a decade or more, returning to a time when information was scarce, infrastructure was creaky and basic services such as ground transportation were chaotic and unreliable. Roland Kelts on What the west can learn from Japan’s “lost decades.” This echoes a lot of my experience there recently, and I had the good fortune of meeting Roland as well.
  • Apple Loyalty Program

    Matt
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    So I finally got my hands on a the new Macbook, finally resorting to Craigslist to find someone who had pre-ordered and pay them a small premium. I was going to write a review, and still will, but ended up writing a bunch on the process of buying things from Apple as a loyal customer. I have done the second-market Craigslist dance with probably 90% of new Apple tablets and phones before, but never for a laptop. I’m sure every ounce of effort has been expended to capitalize on the hype of the announcements and ship as many of these as possible, but this Macbook/Watch roll-out still…
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  • The Best Interview I have done in a long, long time

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    one of the challenges of doing a lot of interviews is that inevitably I am asked different versions of the same questions over and over again.  For the first time in a long time I can say I actually got asked unique questions that put a smile on my face. They were short. Simple. To the point.  They were perfect for the reporters audience. Shockingly I had never been asked any of them before. Here it is ​Dear Mr. Cuban, My name is Mauricio Vazquez. Today you visited Medrano Middle School to talk to over 100 business students (thank you by the way). I’m a reporter for the school…
  • Why This Tech Bubble is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000 – Part 2

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Since a few people seem to be freaking out that I limited my example of those being subject to the bubble in private investments to Angels and Crowdfunding, I decided to do a part 2. They were right. I should have been clearer on just how extensive the abuse and impact of this bubble is. Lets change it to a question. How many people have been pitched an app that is going to be the next …….. How many people have been pitched to invest in that app ? Has anyone not been pitched investing in an app ? There are more than 1.3mm app in each of the 2 main stores. That excludes the dead…
  • Why This Tech Bubble is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Ah the good old days.  Stocks up $25, $50, $100 more in a single day.  Day trading was all the rage.  Anyone and everyone you talked to had a story about how they had made a ton of money on such and such a stock. In an hour.  Stock trading millionaires were being minted by the week, if not sooner. You couldn’t go anywhere without people talking about the stock market.  Everyone was in or new someone who was in. There were hundreds of companies that were coming public and could easily be bought and sold.  You just pick a stock and buy it. Then you pray it goes up. Which most days…
  • 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…
 
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    Tom Peters

  • Tom in Chicago May 5th

    Cathy Mosca
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    The HOW Design Conference will be presented May 4 through 8 in Chicago. Tom's on the schedule as the Tuesday evening keynote speaker, May 5th. Single-day tickets are available for the four-day event. The post Tom in Chicago May 5th appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Trinidad and Tobago

    Cathy Mosca
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Today's event takes Tom to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business 2015 Distinguished Leadership and Innovation Conference in Port of Spain. The other principal speaker at this premier annual regional event is Tom’s long time colleague Peter Senge—Peter, the world’s leading evangelist for “systems thinking,” is […] The post Trinidad and Tobago appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Tom (Back) in São Paulo

    Cathy Mosca
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Tom is speaking to the HSM Management & Leadership Forum in São Paulo today. He reckons it's about his 15th or so visit to SP in the last, say, 25 years. As usual, he's working with his colleague and HSM founder Jose Salibi Neto. From the start Tom has called HSM events "peerless." Over the […] The post Tom (Back) in São Paulo appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Firebirds Meeting

    Cathy Mosca
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Today, Tom's in Florida escaping the New England so-called spring—two feet of snow still on the ground in places. He's speaking to the Firebirds Annual Managers Awards Meeting in Fort Lauderdale. Presentations: Firebirds Managers Awards Meeting, Final Firebirds Managers Meeting, Long Version The post Firebirds Meeting appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Management: The Arrangement and Animation of Human Affairs in Pursuit of Desired Outcomes

    Tom Peters
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    I have been tweaking and twisting the attached document. Here's the latest. The post Management: The Arrangement and Animation of Human Affairs in Pursuit of Desired Outcomes appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • Negotiating Culture and Connection

    Valeria Maltoni
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    “You have no idea how much work goes into being as good as Maryl is or for making it look as effortless as she makes it look, says Nora Ephron who highly recommends having Meryl Streep play you at the AFI awards. The audience seems to agree. Meryl Streep is highly relatable whether she's playing Julia Child, Karen Silkwood, Miranda Priestly, Donna Sheridan, or herself. She's so good people don't really notice. I call her at the end of the day to find out how I did and inevitably it's one of the best days I've ever had says Ephron. There is a little bit of us in each of Streep's complex…
  • Build Better Habits, Starting with Willpower

    Valeria Maltoni
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:41 am
    Social psychologists Shelley Taylor and Jonathan Brown found that for the sake of our own well-being, we tend to be mostly optimistic about our abilities. This is a powerful habit because it typically forms the baseline of how we evaluate opportunities and make promises. If you've ever had a kitchen remodel you know what I'm talking about. We can develop better habits -- for example, by dong a reality check of the average time and cost of kitchen remodels like ours. And willpower is the most important habit to build. Many studies confirm it. In The Power of Habit: Why we Do What we Do in Life…
  • "You Are Going the Wrong Way"

    Valeria Maltoni
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:40 am
    If I could have a penny for every time someone told me that, I would have an empire today. It happened again today. This time I was running, uphill. More like sprinting, I am wired that way -- resistance can be used to good ends. So there I was, running uphill, and a gentleman sitting on a comfy chair said from his porch, you are going the wrong way, he smiled when I passed him. My response was “you are right, I am.” I smiled back. Going with the flow is much easier. But being in flow is so much better. And I was in Flow, it was my alternate day circuit where I push toward the end of the…
  • Elizabeth Gilbert on the Creative Genius You Have

    Valeria Maltoni
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:45 am
    If it's true that as Dan Pink said in To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others: “Today, about 1 in 9 American workers earns a living selling products or services. But new evidence suggests that the other 8 in 9 are spending a huge portion of their time selling in a broader sense – persuading, influencing, and moving others.” And I believe it is because it captures the types of activities we engage in as modern workers and the new reality of work itself as the backdrop -- more freelancers, collaborations among peers, and loosely bound group -- then it is also true that…
  • Smart People Should Build Things

    Valeria Maltoni
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the perks of being involved with Venture for America (VFA) and mentoring young professionals making a fresh start is meeting smart people who want to build things -- and help others do the same. It was the case last week when we had our get together at First Round offices to learn more about the VFA Accelerator progress and the Fellows who are building businesses in Philadelphia. Andrew Yang, VFA founder and CEO, was in attendance and had brought copies of his book titled Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and…
 
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Medium?

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    IN 2003, long before he was a creative director at Twitter, Douglas Bowman wrote articles about design, posted case studies about his design projects, and shared his photography on his personal/business site, stopdesign.com. A year previously, Doug had attained instant fame in standardista circles by recoding Wired.com using CSS for layout. That sounds nonsensical nowadays, but in 2002, folks like me were still struggling to persuade our fellow web designers to use CSS, and not HTML tables, for layout. Leading web designers had begun seeing the light, and there had been a sudden profusion of…
  • Eight Days in April

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    I’VE BEEN BUSY this week: Updated! Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Medium? by Jeffrey Zeldman, Medium, April 20, 2015 Know Yourself by Jeffrey Zeldman, Fournova, April 16, 2015 What Can Web Designers Learn From the Past, Creative Bloq, April 16, 2015 Designer Blindness by Jeffrey Zeldman, Medium, April 13, 2015 LISP by Jeffrey Zeldman, Medium, April 12, 2015 ‘Seventeen coats of bullshit’ with Dan Mall and Jeffrey Zeldman, Unfinished Business podcast, April 7, 2015 And stay tuned for today’s Big Web Show episode, taping live at 2:00 pm Eastern.
  • LISP – Fresh on Medium

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    LISP
  • Responsive Web Design’s Debut (with video)

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    IT WAS FIVE years ago today, Ethan Marcotte taught the web to play…nicely with all kinds of devices in all kinds of contexts. And he did it live on stage at An Event Apart Seattle 2010. Watch the video that changed the web forever.
  • Progressive Enhancement FTW with Aaron Gustafson

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    IN EPISODE № 130 of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”), I interview long-time web standards evangelist Aaron Gustafson, author of Adaptive Web Design, on web design then and now; why Flipboard’s 60fps web launch is anti-web and anti-user; design versus art; and the 2nd Edition of Aaron’s book, coming from New Riders this year. Enjoy Episode № 130 of The Big Web Show. Show Links A Bit About Aaron Gustafson Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement Responsive Issues Community Group Easy Designs – Web Design,…
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  • Newsletter #1034: The “Two Birds, One Stone” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    23 Apr 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.] When you look at your problems as opportunities, you might find that your issue can be someone else’s solution, your trash, someone else’s treasure, or that by working together you can create a win-win solution. Here are a few examples of how businesses and organizations are killing two birds with one stone: 1. Nursing homes and student housing 2. Server storage and home heat 3.
  • Newsletter #1033: The “Ridiculous Ideas” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    16 Apr 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.] It’s important to test new things, try stuff out, and push the boundaries of what you can do with your marketing. You won’t always come out with a winner, but sometimes you just might think of something so ridiculous that it works. Here are three examples of ridiculous stuff that turned out to be great ideas: 1. 200-dozen donuts 2. Carrying strangers 3. A book tank 4. Check it…
  • Newsletter #1032: The “Lessons from Tattoos” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    9 Apr 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.] No, we’re not going to talk about those companies who give away free tattoos of their logo or the ones who pay people to get one. This is about businesses who have found unexpected ways tattoos can reach people — to help them recover, to detect cancer, and to inspire creativity. Here are three companies doing remarkable things with tattoos: 1. For rehabilitation 2. For cancer…
  • Newsletter #1031: The “Something for Someone” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    2 Apr 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.] Making something for someone is the opposite of appealing to the masses. It’s about making something much more personal, meaningful, and relatable for a much smaller audience — and earning the attention of a much larger customer base in return. Here are three examples of how companies create something for someone: 1. For their biggest fan 2. For scorned employees 3. For an…
  • Newsletter #1030: The “Lessons from Blue Bottle Coffee” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    26 Mar 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.] Blue Bottle Coffee isn’t your average coffee shop. They take pride in being coffee snobs who take extreme measures to make the perfect brew. And it paid off for them last year when they raised over $25 million in VC investment. Here are three lessons from how Blue Bottle earns loyal customers and fans: 1. Teach people something 2. Create a unique experience 3. Invite people into your…
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  • The Full Blog Monetization Menu – 60+ Ways to Make Money With Your Blog

    Guest Blogger
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    This is a guest contribution from Paul Back. You think about it all the time – how great it would be to make money from your blog. Yet, with monetization, things can get a little confusing. There are just so many different options. Making money from your blog is not something that happens by accident. It takes forethought, planning, and a winning strategy. Once you understand all of the possible ways to monetize your blog, it’s much easier to devise the right plan. Succeeding at Monetizing Your Blog The First Step is Understanding Your Options There are almost limitless possibilities…
  • ProBlogger FAQ: How Often Should I Post?

    Darren Rowse
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Post frequency is a topic that comes up often among bloggers. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just started or you’ve been posting for years – people change, algorithms change, and even your motivations for blogging change. No-one is immune from wondering if their schedule is working, or if tweaks can be made for more successful audience interaction. As I said in my previous FAQ post on how long posts should be – it depends on several factors. The length of posts, the frequency of posting, and definitely post content all require trial and error, and for the blogger to…
  • Make Money Blogging for Real: 3 Must-Know Factors

    Guest Blogger
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jerry Low. Most people have heard of the success of Perez Hilton’s blog and that he makes somewhere between $200,000 to $400,000 each month blogging about the latest celebrity gossip. Success stories like Hilton’s might make the prospect of earning a fortune blogging seem real, but the truth is that it is hard work and not very many crack that six figure per month mark. Still, you can make a decent living from blogging, if you know how to go about it. Every now and then, I’m pulled aside at a family gathering or am emailed by someone who wants to know…
  • The Only Business Training Resource I Promote Just Opened for Enrolments for One Week

    Darren Rowse
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    Update: this course will be open for enrolments for just over 1 more day. I only promote one blogger training resource each year and this is the only week this until 2016 that they have enrolments open. I’m very fussy about what blogger training resources I promote (because there is so much hype and dubious practice in this space) but today have a recommendation for an authentic and valuable program that I know will help many ProBlogger readers. Here’s what you need to know. The Short Story The Elite Blog Academy is one of the most comprehensive blogging courses I’ve ever come…
  • 3 Reasons to Stop Relying on How-To Lists for Information (and What to Do Instead)!

    Guest Blogger
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
     This is a guest contribution from Daryl Rothman. The truth is out there. At least, we hope so. How-to lists are all the rage in the burgeoning blogging world. And many are good, but there is an absolute deluge. The list of lists is growing. Who has it right? How do you choose? What lists you should rely on? Simple. None. Before you loose the slings and arrows of recrimination upon me, hear me out. I didn’t say you shouldn’t read any how-to lists. There are some great ones. Read away! I am saying you need to stop relying upon them. Here’s why. We are so inundated with lists it is easy…
 
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  • Beyond the FTC Memorandum: Comparing Google's Internal Discussions with Its Public Claims

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Through a FOIA request, the Wall Street Journal recently obtained--and generously provided to the public--never-before-seen documents from the FTC's 2011-2012 investigation of Google for antitrust violations. The Journal's initial report (Inside the U.S. Antitrust Probe of Google) examined the divergence between the staff's recommendation and the FTC commissioners' ultimate decision, while search engine guru Danny Sullivan later highlighted 64 notable quotes from the documents. In today's piece, I compare the available materials (particularly the staff memorandum's primary source quotations…
  • Strategies for Launching Platform-Based Businesses

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    For online platform businesses, customer mobilization challenges loom large. The most successful platforms connect two or more types of users—buyers and sellers on a shopping portal, travelers and hotel operators on a booking service—and a strong launch usually requires convincing early users to join even before the platform reaches scale. Customers find Skype worth installing only if there are people on the platform to talk to. Who would join PayPal if there were no one to pay? Every platform starts out empty, making these worries particularly acute. For multisided platforms, which need…
  • A Closer Look at IronSource Installation Tactics

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    In today's post, I examine a company called IronSource, maker and bundler of deceptive adware. Among other problems, IronSource insatllations widely promise to provide software IronSource and its partners have no legal right to redistribute (indeed, specifically contrary to applicable license agreements); they bundle adware that users have no reason to expect with genuine software; they bombard users with popup ads, injected banner ads, extra toolbars, and other intrusions. It's the very opposite of mainstream legitimate advertising. Despite these problems, IronSource counts support from…
  • 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.
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    Brian Solis

  • Becoming a Thought Leader in the Digital Era

    Guest Author
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    Guest post by Dorie Clark (@dorieclark) is a marketing strategist who teaches at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is the author the new book, Stand Out, which is now available. It’s getting harder to communicate these days. Of course, the tools and channels are more ubiquitous than ever. We can blog or podcast or share sepia-toned Instagrams or racy Snapchats or funny Vines. But is anyone actually listening? With more noise and clutter than ever before, how can you actually break out of the pack and get noticed for the quality of your ideas? That was the challenge I tackled…
  • When Hospitality Becomes an Art, It Loses Its Very Soul

    Brian Solis
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    The title is credited to Max Beerbohm, English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist best known today for his 1911 novel Zuleika Dobson. Taken from his 1918 work, Hosts and Guests, I interpret his work for a new era of hospitality. We live in a connected society now and as such, guests and the experiences they have and share, form the foundation of marketing and service. If we try to scale experiences for the sake of doing so, we miss the essence of true engagement. Instead, we connect with guests, customers, at an emotional level. Although way overdue, I’m finally sharing highlights…
  • How Marketers Can Thrive in an Era of Digital Darwinism

    Brian Solis
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    While in London promoting What’s the Future of Business (WTF): Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences, I spent some time with the folks who produceThe Digital Marketing Show. In this short video, I share the rise of Generation C and how an era of connected consumerism created the perfect storm for digital Darwinism to accelerate. We also discuss how the future of marketing takes more than technology, it takes a philosophical shift to create meaningful and shareable experiences. It’s short (3 minutes) and hopefully helpful… Topic 1: The definition of Generation C and…
  • Habits are the Invisible Architecture of Everyday Life

    Guest Author
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    Guest post by Gretchen Rubin (@gretchenrubin), one of the most thought-provoking writers on habits and happiness. Her new book, Better than Before, is about how we change our habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. Research shows that each day, we repeat about 40 percent of our behavior, so our habits shape our existence, and our future. If our habits work for us, we’re far more likely to be happy, healthy, and productive—and if our habits don’t work for us, we’ll find it tougher. So if we want to change our lives, changing our habits is a great place to start.
  • The Apple Watch Will Make Work More Delightful and Reshape Employee Engagement

    Guest Author
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    Guest post by Jason Shah is the founder and CEO of Do (do.com), a collaboration platform that helps people run productive meetings and do work they love. TL;DR Summary: Apple Watch will make work easier and more impactful. Through a constrained interface, powerful one-tap actions, and intimate data it will collect, people will be better at their jobs and form new bonds with coworkers previously not possible. There is a widespread myth that a new device will only add more clutter–more noise–to both our work lives and our personal lives. More notifications, more distractions, and…
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    Joho the Blog

  • Our new plummy acting

    davidw
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    I have to say that I’m enjoying our new hammy acting style. But hammy isn’t the right word for it, since it implies a lack of craft. So I’ll call it plummy. (The fact that I’m a kosher vegetarian has nothing to do with this.) Our new plummy actors are fully in control of what they’re doing. They’re on purpose pushing it a little further than realness, knowing that we know that they’re doing so. Leo Dicaprio in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? is not hammy or plummy. Leo in Wolf of Wall Street is plummy. Had he gone for a Brando-like realism, Wolf…
  • HillaryHusseinClinton.com

    davidw
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    I registered HillaryHusseinClinton.com to keep it out of the hands of those who do not support her. For $13, why not? I suppose I should have registered BarackRodhamObama.com just for the sake of symmetry. The post HillaryHusseinClinton.com appeared first on Joho the Blog.
  • When Mom beat Ma

    davidw
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    I have a friend who wonders when “mom” turned into a plain old noun instead of a name, as in “My mom drinks coffee” vs. “Hey, Mom, would you like some coffee?” I can’t remember a time in my life when “mom” wasn’t a noun, so I checked at the Google Ngram Viewer which lets you chart the use of words throughout Google Book’s entire corpus of tens of millions of books. Here’s the result: So, it looks like the two track each other pretty well, at least in books. The Ngram does show a serious uptick for both in the early 1940s.
  • Hillary in the uncanny valley

    davidw
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    As a strategist for nine successful presidential campaigns and a selectman’s race in an Indianapolis (not the Indianapolis), I’d like to offer Hillary Clinton some free advice: Get yourself out of the uncanny valley. When you try to be sincere and folksy you get just close enough that it’s a bit uncomfortable to watch. Say what you will about Clinton’s campaign announcement, you have to admit that the tiny vignettes were effective. Did you doubt that they were real people? Nope. Were they charming? Yup. Would you like to see more of them, including giving the fish kid…
  • [shorenstein] Managing digital disruption in the newsroom

    davidw
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    David Skok [twitter:dskok] is giving a Shorenstein Center lunchtime talk on managing digital disruption in the newsroom. He was the digital advisor to the editor of the Boston Globe. Today he was announced as the new managing editor of digital at the Globe. [Congrats!] NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. As a Nieman fellow David audited a class at the Harvard…
 
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    craigconnects

  • 5 Nonprofits That Are Igniting Change

    Craig Newmark
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Folks, lots of nonprofits really have their boots on the ground doing good work, but my team and I wanted to highlight a few that have been on our radar lately. These nonprofits have been disruptors and changemakers, and deserve some recognition. 1. Blue Star Families – Blue Star Families was formed by a group of military spouses to create a platform where military family members can join with civilian communities and leaders to address the challenges of military life. Blue Star Families includes active duty, National Guard, Reserve, wounded, transitioning service members, and their…
  • 4 Leadership Lessons I've Learned the Last 20 Years at craigslist

    Craig Newmark
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    Folks, 20 years is a lot of time to make mistakes, fail fast, and learn some lessons about leadership. They don't teach you this at school. Customer service is a big part of what inspires me; also consider that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." (Martin Luther King Jr.) Here's 4 leadership lessons I've learned over the last 20 years at craigslist, and over the last 30 years of my career: 1. The qualities that make the most effective leaders? This includes the capacity to listen and to act, to be restrained when useful, and to get…
  • Giving Back to Vets: When Their Service Ends, Ours Begins

    Craig Newmark
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Folks, you might remember that I started an Indiegogo Life fundraiser to support Swords to Plowshares, veteran and Bay Area hero Starlyn Lara, and women veterans. Our goal was to raise $2,000 to pay for job readiness training, job placement, and mentorship activities for women veterans in the Bay Area with the Women Veterans Professional Network (WVPN). Good news: In less than a month, we surpassed our goal. With everyone's support, we raised more than $2,000, and like I said, I matched every dollar up to $1,000. This means, with my contribution, we've raised over $3,000 so far.
  • 5 Ways To Hack Tech This Spring

    Craig Newmark
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    Hey, I've gotten lots of emails lately from folks who want to get more involved in tech. I figure the best way to advise 'em is to make connections between people doing good work. It seems counter-intuitive to double efforts, and the impact's greater when there's collaboration. Orgs that really have their boots on the ground will send me stuff, like social media, to share, and I really appreciate that. Code for America With winter melting, and spring coming into view, lots of folks are re-emerging and looking to get involved. My team and I generated a list of 5 ways to get…
  • Why You Should Take Up Birding for a Good Cause

    Craig Newmark
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Folks, I've been working with the folks from Cornell's bird lab for some time now. They do great work, and also help me identify all the birds that visit my home office. Next month they're launching the Global Big Day. For the past 30 years, the Cornell Lab’s biggest conservation fundraiser of the year has taken place in the spring in the form of “Big Day”. They've gotta team of Lab staff, called the Sapsuckers, and a student team called the Redheads, who try to see or hear as many bird species in a 24 hour period as possible. Here's the deal: donors pledge…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Endings

    Jessica Gottlieb
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    One of the things that I’ve noticed as a reader is that there are a number of books that are good, great even, until the ending and then they sort of just unravel and stop. It’s as though the author knew they needed to stop writing but didn’t quite know how. I fear that this site has that problem. Blogging has changed and I haven’t. I was texting with a friend just a bit ago who also quit blogging recently and she said, “It sucks having gone from innovators to dinosaurs.” Consider this my mic drop. Blogging was my full time job for a number of years. They…
  • Parenting In Public

    Jessica Gottlieb
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Yesterday we went to a museum. Actually I should say that yesterday we went to yet another museum. A museum Mr. G had no interest in going to, a museum that Jane had been to just 10 days prior and the 8th museum in the third country that my son had visited since March 12th. Yesterday my family accompanied me to a museum that only I was interested in and after two hours of looking at paintings they waited for me outside the gift shop while I picked up some postcards. As I approached them they looked like this. This is how Gottliebs do museums and how I ensure that no one ever asks me for…
  • Bring it On and American Sniper

    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    I’m living on bread and butter and whatever else is making it’s way into the sandwiches. Mostly ham, always with at least one cheese. I might be gaining weight but it’s happy weight so it’s good. I think. Alexander arrived in Paris just a few hours ago so we settled him in and went for a walk along the St. Martin Canal. We found baguettes and wine from Bordeaux along with Coca Cola for Alexander. My leg is healing nicely but I’m still walking a bit slower than usual which is oddly a good thing. Without a little ache in my calf I’d never have wanted to be…
  • You’re Kind of a Bitch of a Mom Blogger

    Jessica Gottlieb
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    This weekend someone texted a link to a post on Scary Mommy along with the words, “read to the end”. So I did. I sputtered and reread the words and then I thought I’d read it again, I was incredulous. I haven’t read Scary Mommy since it was a one woman website and I knew it was raw, who doesn’t like raw? I didn’t know that it was for bad mothers. Not the kind of bad mothers like Catherine Connors, the tongue in cheek Her Bad Mother, but the kind of mothers who really do need some parenting classes, some boundaries and maybe a chat with their own families.
  • Reflecting on 9 Years at The Wesley School

    Jessica Gottlieb
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:20 pm
    I’ve just signed the contract for Alexander’s High School. Now that we’ve completed the application process for a second child I’d like to talk to you about The Wesley School where both my children attended elementary and middle school. In the coming weeks parents of middle school kids and then a week later elementary students will get their acceptance letters and have decisions to make about which school to attend. This is written for you, the prospective parent. Hopefully it will help you make a decision. As a rule I do not blog about my children’s schools.
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    Betsy Devine: Funny ha-ha and/or funny peculiar

  • When to the sessions…

    Betsy Devine
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    William Shakespeare knew a good idea when he saw it: When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past I sigh the cost of many a thing I sought But nonetheless recall… I had a blast! Oh whoops, I seem to have strayed from Shakespeare into my own thoughts. Just very recently home from a visit to China, which was amazing. Now very jet-lagged but with so many smiles at my memories.
  • Scientific diaspora

    Betsy Devine
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Exiles in 1732, from Wikimedia CommonsThe US in the 1930s and 40s inherited the educational wealth of exiled German scientists. In the 1970s and 80s, we inherited the scientific wealth of a disintegrating Soviet Union. Now the US is headed toward the losing side of this equation. Once we valued education and research. Now US funding for both gets worse with every passing year. Young scientists are hit hardest. Research and teaching jobs in the US are going away. Frank and I were recently in China, where by contrast the government eagerly invests in universities and academic research. It…
  • 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…
 
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    inessential.com

  • OmniOutliner 4.2

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    OmniOutliner 4.2 is available direct from Omni. (It’s been submitted to Mac App Store but isn’t up yet.) I don’t think I’ll make anyone too terribly sad if I say that it’s my favorite Omni app. I use it for a bunch of different things — outlining app architecture and features, presentations, articles, and so on. Things that later end up in Xcode or Keynote or BBEdit start out in OmniOutliner. It’s where I think and organize. Highlights: the new release (here are the release notes) updates the look for Yosemite and fixes a bunch of crashing bugs. I’m proudest of the crash bug…
  • Dave on Silo-Free Software

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Scripting News: I guess you could say I believe there are other reasons to make software, other than making money. Some people like to drive racecars when they get rich. What I want is to drive my own Internet, and for you to drive yours too.
  • Two Apps

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    My friends Chris Parrish and Guy English just released Napkin 1.5, a huge update to their already-awesome visual markup app. And cousin Michael and team just released Fantastical 2.0. You already know about it and you’ve bought it. I’m just reminding you that you have good taste. :)
  • OmniOutliner 4.2 Public Test

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    OmniOutliner, on Twitter: OmniOutliner for Mac 4.2 public test builds are now live! Contains Yosemite UI updates and other bug fixes. http://bit.ly/RGN6GC I’ve been helping work on OmniOutliner, mostly on updating it for Yosemite. There’s plenty more to do, but some of the obvious things — vibrant sidebar, new-style toolbar buttons — have been done. OmniOutliner is the first Omni app I started using (many years ago), and it’s still my favorite. If you’re not faint-hearted, and you’re an Outliner fan, then please grab the test version and help us make sure this release will be…
  • New Blogging App: MyWord Editor

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    MyWord Editor, from Dave Winer, is a “a simple silo-free blogging tool that creates beautiful essay pages.” It’s open source. The announcement page has an aside about RSS that I enjoyed: Of course every MyWord user has a great full-featured RSS 2.0 feed. We love RSS and it feeds us and we feed it, it's doing great, and anyone who disses it is a mean rotten silo-lover.
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    Rex Hammock's RexBlog.com

  • How Apple Advertises New Products: The Prestige

    Rex Hammock
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Last September 4, I wrote a Hammock Idea Email called, “Learn the Secret to Apple’s Product Launch Magic.” It referred to the movie, The Prestige, and broke down how Apple would be introducing what we now know is the Apple Watch into the three parts of a magic trick, as described by the film’s character played by Michael Caine: (1) The Pledge, (2) The Turn and (3) The Prestige. In it, I wrote that Apple always ends the launch of a new product with the same “prestige.” “While the audience is focused on how the new iProduct will measure their health vitals,…
  • A Lynda.com Lesson: The value of content to a business is more than its role in marketing

    Rex Hammock
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    (Via the Hammock.com Idea Email) Lynda.com, a company started by a woman actually named Lynda (unlike, say, Mavis Beacon) who is now in her 60s, became a $1.5 billion business unicorn by teaching people who are customers of other companies how to use the products and services made and sold by those other companies. Continue reading on Hammock.com (…) Related posts: Content That Works: The two kinds of online content that matter most to business customers The “content” business Focus on Content Marketing Mission, Not Methods
  • John Oliver Hates April Fools Day as Much as I Do

    Rex Hammock
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The 12 people who read this blog know how much I don’t like April 1 on the internet. It’s the day when people who aren’t funny on the internet try hard to pretend they are funny on the internet. What results is me using a term one rarely hears except to describe humor on April Fools Day: ham-handed. The saddest example of this was in the early days of TechCrunch when each year, the day would start with some news item about one company purchasing another company for some reason that made no sense. As a different version of that same “prank” appeared in…
  • Places Willie Nelson has Sung About While on the Road Again

    Rex Hammock
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Willie Nelson has recorded songs about six of the eight Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) I’ve lived in. Missing: Washington, DC and the small town I lived in until age five. The following two graphics are via the Atlantic’s CityLab.com, which also provides a Spotify playlist that will allow you to hear  most of the citified songs Willie Nelson recorded while rambling around the country. Click/tap either graphic to enlarge them: Related posts: In the words of Patsy Cline & Willie Nelson, “Crazy” The hee-haw hit parade Full-nelson hammerlock web-to-print…
  • On Gigaom

    Rex Hammock
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    On first glance. the front page of the influential tech news site, Gigaom, appears like yesterday was merely another day at the office: Coverage of the Apple Watch announcement, coverage of the upcoming SXSW Interactive. But then, in what appeared on Twitter to be a surprise to even its employees, Gigaom ceased operations with a post on its front page saying this: Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations have ceased. We…
 
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  • Philanthropists Try to Patch up the Very Inequality They Created

    Berkeley Blog
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Last night I went to an event at SF Impact Hub for Ai-Jen Poo’s superslim book, Dignity – more like a long article with appendixitis – about supporting workers in the senior care business as well as seniors and their families. Everyone I talked to was working for a foundation: Haas, Jr., Haas, Sr., Omidyar, and myriad family foundations too obscure to recall. What I know about philanthropists –tech billionaires like Eric Schmidt, Bill Gates, and Marc Benioff – is that they made their cash from the labor of others and by paying themselves hundreds of times more than their average…
  • Competitive Sports Fuel Silicon Valley Culture

    Berkeley Blog
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    In 1999, during the height of the tech boom when I had so many clients I couldn’t even recall their URLs, I hired a former world cycling champion as my coach and took up amateur bicycle racing for the Berkeley Bicycle Club (the BBC). Every day, rain or shine, I worked out two hours, doing intervals – short, painfully fast stretches up hills or on flats -- or endurance rides, which meant a ride of 60 to 70 miles with several thousand feet of climbing – all before lunch. On the weekends, starting in February and ending in June, I’d wake up at 4 a.m. and travel to some desolate Central…
  • What If More Women Wrote Code? We'd Have a Love App, for Sure.

    Berkeley Blog
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Last night I went to a benefit for Global Girl Media (www.globalgirlmedia.org), a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls from underserved communities to learn and apply media tools to tell stories through their own perspectives. About 100 girls, women, boys and men jammed Impact Hub, a former industrial space now a mezzanine-rimmed work space, in downtown Oakland, where actor and humanitarian (Aren’t we all?) Danny Glover proclaimed, “We need to change the narrative. “When we look at the world through the eyes of women,” he added, “that’s how we change the narrative.” Makes…
  • When Did Ellen Pao Do Anything to Help Women in Tech?

    Berkeley Blog
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    In 1997, I launched a nonprofit for women in tech called Gracenet, named after COBOL creator and U.S. Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. In the early aughts, we announced a DisGraceful Award in Advertising, a dubious award given to the most egregious example of sexist advertising in tech media. We got coverage for this monthly award on a global basis, with the result that five large tech companies, including IBM, withdrew their ads. One company even fired its entire marketing staff after receiving the award for a billboard ad on Highway 80 that displayed a headless dominatrix "whipping data into…
  • 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…
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  • My 2015 SXSW takeaway

    Gerard McLean
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    This is the absolute best session of 2015 SXSW. It is an hour long, but if you are into books, worth the listen.
  • On the mend

    Gerard McLean
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    After some strange neuropathy a few years ago put my banjo-playing on an indefinite hold, I tuned and attempted a roll today. It wasn’t that good, but it’s a start.
  • Interview: Adroyt

    Gerard McLean
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:52 pm
    I was interviewed by Saxon Henry for Adroyt. Saxon Henry helped me structure the book through her blog-to-book strategy, one of her services. It was an extremely rewarding process she wanted to have me share so that others who might be struggling to publish a collection of works might be inspired to take the leap. […]
  • Influence

    Gerard McLean
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    Today I discovered entirely by accident that I had deeply affected someone else’s life. It was not my intention to do so; I was merely living my own. Fortunately, the affect was a positive one. It is intimately humbling and terrifying to think another human being would make life choices based on something I said […]
  • Rejection letter reply

    Gerard McLean
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Hey guys, Thank you for actually sending me a rejection letter. In a world where the default is just to do nothing, you have already risen up to the 1% of desirable companies to work for. I get why you may have rejected my application in that you are able to attract a large number […]
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