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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Here are two of the first photographic portraits ever taken, far more than a hundred years ago: They could have been taken with Instagram, no? I'm all in favor of self-driving cars and advanced robotics that will change everything. But few of us get to do that for a living. Mostly, we find new ways to do old things, better. No need to fool yourself into holding back just because your innovation or product doesn't contain a flavor that's never been tasted before or an experience previously unimagined. Find something that will touch us, move us, improve us or change us. Then ship.
  • LeBron James has a photographic memory
    Jason Kottke
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The evidence has mounted to such an extent that Brian Windhorst of ESPN has written an article about LeBron James' fantastic memory. So what does it mean? What it seems to suggest -- at least the part of it that James will discuss -- is that if you give up the baseline to James on a drive in November 2011 and he's playing against you in March 2013, the Heat small forward will remember it. It means that if you tried to change your pick-and-roll coverage in the middle of the fourth quarter of the 2008 playoffs, he'll be ready for you to try it again in 2014, even if you're coaching a different…
  • The Amount of Content Produced Every 48 Hours Will Blow Your Mind

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    Gary Vaynerchuk
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you’re dealing with this much media, the most effective way to break through is to care! And the best part is that because of the infrastructure that social media (the plumbing of the internet) provides us, we can care at scale.
  • How to Tell If You’re Just Dabbling with Digital

    Charlene Li
    Charlene Li
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Digital transformation is hot — in a new Altimeter Report, “The State of Digital Transformation”, we found that 88% of organizations we surveyed said that they were undergoing a formal digital transformation effort, which Altimeter defines as “the re-alignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage digital consumers at […] The post How to Tell If You’re Just Dabbling with Digital appeared first on Charlene Li.
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  • 45 short years ago today

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Like everyone who was alive in the summer of 1969 I remember where I was when Neil and Buzz got out of the LEM and walked on the surface of the moon. I was 14 years old, on a trip with my summer camp to the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI. It was an amazing experience, in so many ways. I saw Muddy Waters, BB King, and Johnny Cash, and so many more (my memory is pretty weak) and then on the evening of the 20th someone put a small black and white TV on top of a VW microbus, and everyone left the show and gathered around, to watch, and even though we couldn't see much, we felt a part of…
  • Three posts I just wrote on Facebook

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    1. Rex should read this post Mike wrote about cycling in Kansas. 2. Scoble is missing his calling. 3. The Facebook editor is dangerous to ideas! Including them here gets them into my RSS feed, much on-topic.
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Same as it ever was

    Seth Godin
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Here are two of the first photographic portraits ever taken, far more than a hundred years ago: They could have been taken with Instagram, no? I'm all in favor of self-driving cars and advanced robotics that will change everything. But few of us get to do that for a living. Mostly, we find new ways to do old things, better. No need to fool yourself into holding back just because your innovation or product doesn't contain a flavor that's never been tasted before or an experience previously unimagined. Find something that will touch us, move us, improve us or change us. Then ship.
  • Where's your bumper?

    Seth Godin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    If you spend just a few minutes listening to a great radio station, you'll know it's them. They've worked hard to make sure that the promos they run sound unique and welcome and friendly. You're home. People in radio call these little promo moments, "bumpers." Now that we're all in the media business, we can have them too. During their glory days, MTV understood this. Anyone could run music videos, of course, but the promos, the little in-between shorts, those could only belong to one network. Many listeners to Sirius/XM recoil when they hear the incessant bumpers that run on channels devoted…
  • Finding your peer group

    Seth Godin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They're not in your business, but they're in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.        
  • Go first

    Seth Godin
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Before you're asked. Before she asks for the memo, before the customer asks for a refund, before your co-worker asks for help. Volunteer. Offer. Imagine what the other person needs, an exercise in empathy that might become a habit.        
  • Two new videos

    Seth Godin
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    No content online is 'rare', but here are two presentations you might not have seen before: ...from the Maker Faire, and here's a speech I did last year at Nearly Impossible in Brooklyn: Seth Godin | Nearly Impossible 2013 from Nearly Impossible on Vimeo.        
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  • LeBron James has a photographic memory

    Jason Kottke
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The evidence has mounted to such an extent that Brian Windhorst of ESPN has written an article about LeBron James' fantastic memory. So what does it mean? What it seems to suggest -- at least the part of it that James will discuss -- is that if you give up the baseline to James on a drive in November 2011 and he's playing against you in March 2013, the Heat small forward will remember it. It means that if you tried to change your pick-and-roll coverage in the middle of the fourth quarter of the 2008 playoffs, he'll be ready for you to try it again in 2014, even if you're coaching a different…
  • The National Wildlife Property Repository

    Jason Kottke
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The crew at The Atlantic Video takes a trip to The National Wildlife Property Repository, which stores confiscated illegal wildlife items. The National Wildlife Property Repository, a government facility outside of Denver, stores more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to elephant ivory. These items are confiscated at points of entry around the United States, and sent to the Repository to be destroyed or used for educational purposes. The bit about the National Eagle Repository is especially interesting. Under federal law, every dead eagle (and eagle…
  • Goodnight Moon

    Jason Kottke
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    From Aimee Bender, an appreciation of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon, a favorite of mine to read to my kids when they were younger. "Goodnight Moon" does two things right away: It sets up a world and then it subverts its own rules even as it follows them. It works like a sonata of sorts, but, like a good version of the form, it does not follow a wholly predictable structure. Many children's books do, particularly for this age, as kids love repetition and the books supply it. They often end as we expect, with a circling back to the start, and a fun twist. This is satisfying but it can be…
  • The molecular structure of cities

    Jason Kottke
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    MIT's Franz-Josef Ulm has taken to analyzing the structure of cities as if they were molecular materials like glass or crystal. With colleagues, Ulm began analyzing cities the way you'd analyze a material, looking at factors such as the arrangement of buildings, each building's center of mass, and how they're ordered around each other. They concluded that cities could be grouped into categories: Boston's structure, for example, looks a lot like an "amorphous liquid." Seattle is another liquid, and so is Los Angeles. Chicago, which was designed on a grid, looks like glass, he says; New York…
  • How to survive air travel

    Jason Kottke
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Great piece from Craig Mod about how to survive air travel. Authorities recommend arriving two hours before international flights. I say four. Get there four hours before your flight. You are a hundred and fifty years old. Your friends laugh at you. Have patience. Arrive early and move through the airport like the Dalai Lama. You are in no rush. All obstacles are taken in stride, patiently, with a smile. Approach the nearly empty check-in counter. Walk up and say, I'm a bit early but I'm here to check in to ... Marvel at their surprise and then their generosity. Suddenly you are always able…
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • The Amount of Content Produced Every 48 Hours Will Blow Your Mind

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you’re dealing with this much media, the most effective way to break through is to care! And the best part is that because of the infrastructure that social media (the plumbing of the internet) provides us, we can care at scale.
  • This is My Best Youtube Video Yet: Market Like It’s 2014!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    #Boom. My best YouTube video to date. This is how to use social media. This is how to use the internet to sell stuff. Don’t look forward, don’t look back. Look at what works NOW and double down.
  • I Don’t Give a Fuck! I Just Care About Right Now!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
  • Dark Posts, #Selfies, and Lawyers: A Q&A in Philly

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you haven’t seen the keynote that comes before this, do yourself a favor and check it out! 00:00 – Don’t you believe that marketers have ruined Facebook dark posts, yet? 2:25 – How did you land your Instagram-resistant CEO as a client? 7:05 – Can I come up to the stage and take a #selfie with you? 8:20 – How can we recruit freight agents using social media? 9:19 – How do we authentically tell our stories when we’re marketing to lawyers? 13:14 – Where do you draw the line to use your personal brand instead of your company’s?
  • Social Media State of the Union: EO Nerve 2014 Full Keynote

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guys this one got real. I honestly think this keynote in Philly set the benchmark for my new generation of talks. Check it out and let me know what you think!
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    Charlene Li

  • How to Tell If You’re Just Dabbling with Digital

    Charlene Li
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Digital transformation is hot — in a new Altimeter Report, “The State of Digital Transformation”, we found that 88% of organizations we surveyed said that they were undergoing a formal digital transformation effort, which Altimeter defines as “the re-alignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage digital consumers at […] The post How to Tell If You’re Just Dabbling with Digital appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Help with My New Report: Employee Engagement & Advocacy

    Charlene Li
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I’m passionate about Open Leadership, and the imperative to be open, authentic and transparent in the way we lead. This is all the more important when looking at how to engage employees, and tapping them for the bright shiny object de jour “employee advocacy”. To that end, my colleague Jon Cifuentes and I are working […] The post Help with My New Report: Employee Engagement & Advocacy appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • State of Research & Consulting: The Smartest Network, Not People, Will Win

    Charlene Li
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    This post was originally  cross-posted on LinkedIn. You can read the original post here. My background as an industry analyst at Forrester Research and management consultant at the now-defunct Monitor Group gives me a unique point of view into the intersection of two industries, Industry Research firms (dominated by companies like Forrester, Gartner, and IDC) […] The post State of Research & Consulting: The Smartest Network, Not People, Will Win appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2014

    Charlene Li
    9 Jan 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post is part of Altimeter’s Trends to Watch in 2014.  To kick off the new year, here are seven trends I’m following closely in my research at Altimeter, inspired by my conversations with clients, keynote audiences, social media communities, and very generous thought leaders. The list is not exhaustive of what is important, but […] The post Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2014 appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Infographic: State of Social Business 2013 and Outlook for 2014

    Charlene Li
    30 Dec 2013 | 10:59 am
    This past year has been a busy one for me and Brian Solis on the research front. We’ve published the following: Report on the six stages of social business evolution Report on the true state of social business in 2013, An ebook on seven success factors of social business strategy An image-rich slide deck complete with all the graphs and charts you […] The post Infographic: State of Social Business 2013 and Outlook for 2014 appeared first on Charlene Li.
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  • ‘But Even the Home Screen Is Confusing’

    John Gruber
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:31 pm
    David Pierce, reviewing the Amazon Fire Phone for The Verge: You can’t even see the time without tilting your phone just so. An errant buzz is your only indication that you have a notification, prompting you to cock your wrist or swipe down from the top bezel to open the notification windowshade. None of this is explained, none of it is intuitive. Dynamic Perspective makes everything look cleaner, but makes actually using your phone a lot harder. I don’t need my phone to be clever, or spartan. I need it to be obvious. The Fire Phone is anything but. Rough. Related: Josh Topolsky:…
  • Farhad Manjoo on Amazon’s Fire Phone

    John Gruber
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Farhad Manjoo: Other instances of Dynamic Perspective are downright annoying. Take Auto Scroll, which moves the text on your screen as you tilt the phone back and forth. Because Auto Scroll calibrates its scrolling speed according to how you’re holding the device when you first load up an article, your brain will struggle to find a set rule about how much to tilt to get the right speed. Often I’d scroll too fast or too slow. Worse, if you put your phone down on a table while you’re in the middle of an article, the scrolling goes haywire and you lose your place. The best thing about Auto…
  • More Amazing Xiaomi/Apple Design Coincidences

    John Gruber
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Posit: Xioami (a.k.a. “Mi”) poses a serious threat to Samsung because: Xiaomi is more shamelessly willingly to blatantly copy Apple, down to as many details as they’re able. They’re better at it. Xiaomi copies with some degree of taste; Samsung has no taste. Xiaomi operates only in countries with weak IP laws and culture, further enabling and protecting them re: points 1 and 2. (This third point was first brought to my attention by Ben Thompson, when he was my guest on The Talk Show a few weeks ago.)  ★ 
  • [Sponsor] TopBrewer

    Daring Fireball Department of Commerce
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Tap into perfection with Denmark’s newest product sensation, TopBrewer. The revolutionary TopBrewer coffee system dispenses espresso, coffee, cappuccino, latte, sparkling water, cold and hot filtered water, and other drinks on demand with just a tap on your iPhone or iPad. And with a fully integrated under-counter design, all you’ll see is the graceful sweep of the beautiful, above-counter swan neck, stainless steel tap. And the TopBrewer’s commercial-grade components are perfect for home installations as well as small offices and commercial settings. It’s the perfect marriage of…
  • Apple Q3 2014 Results

    John Gruber
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    The most interesting numbers to me: iPad sales were down about 9 percent year-over-year, but Mac sales were up about 18 percent.  ★ 
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  • Responsive Marketing in a Real Time World

    David Armano
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    We needn't look much further than our everyday lives to realize that the way we consume, share and produce our own media has changed drastically. The major forces in this evolution are largely a combination of hardware and software (mobile) combined with connectivity (social) all accelerated in the context of time which gives the impression of immediacy (real-time). When it comes to marketing and communications in this real time business environment it is forcing us to re-think the notion of both content and distribution. It was these thoughts that have been driving much of my own thinking…
  • Is Sharing Link Bait a Huge Mistake?

    David Armano
    28 May 2014 | 4:45 am
    You've probably done it too. Shared an article you didn't fully read or absorb because the headline grabbed your attention. If you're guilty as charged—don't feel too bad as there is a legitimate reason we sometimes do this. As I've said many times before, content is currency and it's human nature to want to share things that resonate with us and we know will resonate with others. I did this recently with a Business Insider article titled:"We Got A Look Inside The 45 Day Planning Process That Goes Into Creating A Single Corporate Tweet" So here's what I did; I read the headline and…
  • The New York Times Innovation Report is Both a Manifesto and Warning For Entrenched Organizations

    David Armano
    18 May 2014 | 6:40 pm
    "To improve is to change; to perfect is to change often"~Winston ChurchillThere are few documents, articles or any media for that matter that capture and illustrate the complex yet efficient nature of disruption than the New York Times 2014 Innovation Report. Recently leaked, presumably in some connection with the dismissal of executive editor Jill Abramson the 91 page report has been somewhat eclipsed by the debate around Abramson. But while that story has been garnering the most attention in the media—it is the innovation report which needs to be read cover to cover by anyone whose work…
  • Native Advertising Isn't The Enemy—We Are

    David Armano
    9 May 2014 | 7:52 am
    "We have met the enemy and he is us"~Pogo You should stop what you are doing and read this piece on Native Advertising by Andrew Sullivan, in which he asserts "journalism has surrendered" on the topic of native advertising. Specifically the form that seamlessly blends marketing with editorial in a publication. Aside from it being a wonderful and brutally honest assessment of native advertising and its influence on media, Andrew is both right and wrong in the piece when he says this:"At one point, the reputation of that journalism is going to tarnished by the fact that you’re not sure if…
  • Why It's Time To Re-Think Real-Time

    David Armano
    4 May 2014 | 7:18 pm
    We can do better.  Recently, I attended an industry roundtable alongside a variety of marketers from different industries, all on the brand side. These are smart and accomplished individuals who gathered together to discuss real time marketing and what it means for their organizations. When asked what their favorite example of real time marketing was—most deferred to the obvious answer: Oreo's "dunk in the dark!" With much respect to the brand that got the real time conversation started—it's time to move on. From Real Time Marketing to Building Responsive BrandsReal-time marketing is…
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    Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

  • Collaborative Economy Markets: Platforms, Providers, and Partakers

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Marketplaces. They’re all the rage. In fact, the media can’t stop talking about them, people can’t stop searching for them, and investors have deployed $2.4 billion in just the last seven months. So what’s a marketplace all about? First of all, it’s not a new concept. It predates Airbnb and even the birth of the Internet. The ancient Greeks called them Agoras. Marketplaces go back to the earliest civilizations when farmers and villagers gathered at a common location, usually in a town square. We get the words “agriculture” and “agoraphobia” from the original koine…
  • Why Investors are in Love with the Collaborative Economy

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Continued analysis of market funding in the Collaborative Economy. Yesterday’s stunning news of European ridesharing company, BlaBlaCar prompted me to tally up the funding in 2014. Along with help from industry experts Lisa Gansky of Mesh Labs, Neal Gorenflo of Shareable, Mike Walsh of Structure VC and Michelle Regner of Near-Me. I tallied funding if the startup was over $1 million and there was a public record of the funding. I’ve published my analysis of funding in this movement before, from the banner funding month in April, the frequency of top VCs and my larger body of work…
  • 12 Collaborative Services for Success at Work

    16 Jun 2014 | 8:39 am
    This post was originally posted on Shareable, the leading website on the growing movement. Top photo credit: Yusuke Kawasaki. The collaborative economy empowers ordinary people to share their unused resources, such as time and goods, often in a peer-to-peer commerce model. We tend to think of this model impacting us as individuals, as illustrated in the popular Honeycomb graphic. However, shared services (many of which I use) aren’t limited to personal use. The collaborative economy model is expanding to include these strategies and technologies at the B2B level. See my quick guide…
  • Tesla Lets Go, to Gain the Market

    14 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    Can a corporation let go, in order to win it all? Tesla has deployed a business strategy we call “Provide a Platform” which enables your ecosystem to design, build, enhance, fulfill, support your own products for you. Tesla, who’s already a market leader in their category, made a surprising move, by releasing their patents as open source.  This move patterns co-innovation moves we see from companies in the Collaborative Economy that are partnering with their own customers to create products like GE+Quirky, Barclay’s Card Ring, and others companies that I share from my…
  • Don’t Protest the Collaborative Economy –Lead It

    12 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Yesterday, thousands of infuriated taxi drivers across dozens of European cities brought transportation services to a standstill. The taxis launched the “Escargot Protest” intended to stopped traffic in objection to Collaborative Economy startups Uber, Lyft and other similar startups. While they raised global attention, they lost a day’s wages, angered their own customers who were seeking to commute and, ironically, caused an 850% increase in Uber business, making Uber a trending term in UK, resulting in government officials mocking the taxi drivers. The taxi protest against the…
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  • Building the Open Source Country

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I think I figured out how to build a new country.Let's say the country is a human-made island in some hospitable ocean, formed by lots of floating platforms so it can grow and rearrange itself as needed. That solves most of your climate-change risks because the entire nation can navigate slowly to the best ocean climates.We'd start the project by creating some sort of open source wiki platform in which people can contribute designs and ideas. The subjects would be organized by function: 1.    Governance structure 2.    Privacy 3.    Sewage…
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    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
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  • Checking My Predictions

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I am allegedly a human being, and as such I am susceptible to cognitive bias. One of my safeguards against gaining too much confidence in my own mental abilities involves periodically comparing my predictions to actual events.I will pause here to say I assume that I forget the bad predictions and remember the winners. That's how bias works. That's also why I do this publicly, so you can keep me honest. I'll tell you when I get one right from time to time, and I expect you to remind me of the ones I got terribly wrong.I've been predicting for some time that healthcare spending…
  • The User Interface to Reality

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I was raised as a Methodist and I was a believer until the age of eleven. Then I lost faith and became an annoying atheist for decades. In recent years I've come to see religion as a valid user interface to reality. The so-called "truth" of the universe is irrelevant because our tiny brains aren't equipped to understand it anyway. Our human understanding of reality is like describing an elephant to a space alien by saying an elephant is grey. That is not nearly enough detail. And you have no way to know if the alien perceives color the same way you do. After enduring your…
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    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
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  • The cliff personal clouds need to climb

    Doc Searls
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    This speed test was done in London, but it’s typical of everywhere: It shows a Net biased for downstream, and minimized for upstream. If we’re going to do any serious personal work in clouds, we need better upstream than this. I wrote about the problem, and the reason for it, in France, four years ago. Not much has changed. One would think that Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, all of which offer cloud services for people (check those links), would make a stink about awful upstream speeds. But I haven’t heard a peep. Why not?    
  • Happy Birthday, Pop.

    Doc Searls
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    My father, Allen H. Searls, would have turned 106 today. It’s not inconceivable that he might have lived this long. His mother lived almost to 108, and his little sister died at 101 just last December. But Pop made it to 70, which still isn’t bad. He was, to me at least, the living embodiment of a good man: strong, warm, loving, loyal, fair and funny. He was a good husband and father, a hard worker, and a soldier who served his country twice. First was in the Coastal Artillery at Sandy Hook. Second was when he re-enlisted to fight in WWII. He was also very smart. he could do…
  • Urban originals

    Doc Searls
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    It would have been great to visit the Egyptian Spice Market in Istanbul with my old friend Stephen Lewis, whose knowledge that city runs deep and long. But I was just passing through the Old City by chance, waylaid en route from Sydney to Tel Aviv, and Stephen was still in Sofia, which he also knows deeply and well. But I still enjoyed his company vicariously, though his remarkable photography, such as the shot on the right, explained in his blog post, Exuberance or Desperation? Street Vendor, Rear Wall of Egyptian Spice Market, Eminönü, Istanbul, Anno 2000. Stephen’s tags…
  • Thinking outside the pipes

    Doc Searls
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    For several years now I’ve been participating with Pew Internet in research on the Internet and its future — mostly by providing my thinking on various matters. The latest round is the Future of the Internet Survey VI, for which I answered many questions. The latest of those to make print is in The Gurus Speak, by Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie. Here is what I said: “John Perry Barlow once said, ‘I didn’t start hearing about “content” until the container business felt threatened.’ I’m with him on that. ‘Content” is the wrong focus here. It’s just business jive for…
  • Aereo made the wrong case

    Doc Searls
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Aereo‘s main appeal in the first place was helping viewers get over-the-air TV. If they had restricted their business and legal cases to that, instead of this… Record & Stream Live TV Online with Aereo Cloud DVR Coming soon to 19 more cities! … they might still be in business. But nothing in that pitch — the last one they made, in the final version of their website while they were operating — said they were much different than a cable company. So, not surprisingly, the Supreme Court smacked them down for being a cable wolf in cloud wool. Here’s how the…
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  • The Pro-Rata Opportunity

    Fred Wilson
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Mark Suster has a good (and long as is his wont) post up on the topic of the changing structure of the VC business. Mark focuses on something important that is probably not getting talked enough about when people talk about the VC business these days. I like this slide from his post: “Capturing pro-rata” is sooooo important in early stage venture. You make 20 investments in a fund. One is going to return the entire fund. Two more are going to return it again. A few more are going to have strong outcomes and return it again. The rest are noise when it comes to fund returns (but you…
  • Independent Directors

    Fred Wilson
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    Boards are important. They might not do the day to day work of company building but they set the tone at the top. The group that the CEO reports to has a big impact on the CEO’s mindset which trickles down. If you raise capital for your business you are likely to get investors on your board. If you choose well you might get some good board members that way. But you might also get indifferent or worse. The biggest piece of advice I give to entrepreneurs on the topic of boards is to get some independent directors on their board. Ideally these would be peer CEOs who have a lot of…
  • Flurry

    Fred Wilson
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Yesterday our portfolio company Flurry announced it was being acquired by Yahoo! I thought I’d provide a bit of history since this was an interesting investment for us. Back when Apple was launching its app platform in the winter of 2008, we met with Greg Yardley who had teamed up with Jesse Rohland to build an analytics service for app developers. We had known Greg from his work with Seth Goldstein at Root and we were fans. And it seemed to be a smart idea to give developers the ability to see what people were doing in their mobile apps. So we provided seed financing to Greg and…
  • Free International Roaming With A Premium Upsell

    Fred Wilson
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    I just landed in Berlin after an overnight flight from the US. In the past, turning on your phone after landing overseas could be an expensive experience as the phone downloads all the email you received since taking off at international mobile data rates. I’ve used a host of techniques over the years to avoid the experience of landing, turning on my phone, and immediately getting a text message that I’ve blown past my international data roaming cap. I’ve turned off mobile data and waited until I got to hotel WiFi to download my email but that meant no mobile data for…
  • Messaging, Notifications, and Mobile

    Fred Wilson
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    I’ve written about this stuff before, but I continue to be interested in it. I actively use the following messaging apps on my phone: Kik – my primary channel for The Gotham Gal, my daughter Jessica, and USV people Snapchat – my primary channel for my son Josh SMS – my primary channel for my daughter Emily and a lot of my friends Hangouts – secondary channel for my daughter Jessica and USV people Twitter DM – primary channel for people who don’t have my cell number Though I don’t use them, I realize the following apps are quite popular in the US…
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  • Content Marketing And the New Mainstream

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    The post Content Marketing And the New Mainstream appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (image) On the eve of our third annual P&G Signal (a private event I’ve produced for P&G these past few years) comes this piece in HBR: The Content Marketing Revolution. Just this morning I was reflecting on the speed with which the idea that “all brands are publishers” has moved from evangelical blog post to standard business practice – less than four years since we officially canonized it at FM, and about seven since I first began writing about…
  • Else 7.7.14: You’re Not A Target Till You Are

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    The post Else 7.7.14: You’re Not A Target Till You Are appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. The past week brought fresh revelations about how the NSA targets US citizens, and new insights on the founders of Google, the history of technology, and ongoing stories from Facebook and the EU. To the links…. In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are – The Washington Post - This is a long-ish read, but please, if you read only one story, read this one. The details are important, and most likely will be the basis of alot of debate…
  • On Media, Ro Khanna, the NSA, and the Future of the Internet: Bloomberg Video

    2 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The post On Media, Ro Khanna, the NSA, and the Future of the Internet: Bloomberg Video appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. I had a chance to go on Bloomberg today and co-host with Cory and Emily, which was fun. They asked me about my post on Monday, and I answered thusly: I also got to help interview David Medine, who chairs the privacy task force for the Obama Administration: And Ro Khanna, who is running for Congress in the heart of Silicon Valley: And lastly, I got to opine on the future architecture of the Internet: The post On Media, Ro Khanna, the NSA, and the Future of…
  • A Return To Form In Media

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The post A Return To Form In Media appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Once upon a time, print was a vibrant medium, a platform where entrepreneurial voices created new forms of value, over and over again. I’ll admit it was my native platform, at least for a while – Wired and The Industry Standard were print-driven companies, though they both innovated online, and the same could be said for Make, which I helped early in its life. By the time I started Federated, a decidedly online company, the time of print as a potent cultural force was over. New voices –…
  • Else 6.30.14: Input, Output, Kaput

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    The post Else 6.30.14: Input, Output, Kaput appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. This past week in tech brought Google’s I/O developer conference, and with it lots of debate on the culture of the Valley, the future of links in the mobile world, the end of the Internet (again), and the death of the IPO. To the (dead? resurgent?) links: In­side the Mir­rortoc­ra­cy – Carlos Buenos  From time to time a commentator hits the mark when it comes to the Valley’s culture. This piece resonated for many last week – and sparked a renewed debate about whether…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Why we don't speak up at work

    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • The Distance goes tiki

    Wailin Wong
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing about journalism is that it’s a professional excuse to be nosy. I contacted the bar owner, Jim Oppedisano, et voilà! Our newest story for The Distance takes you inside the Hala Kahiki, a tiki bar established nearly 50 years ago by a family that’s never traveled west of California. One of the many fascinating things about the Hala Kahiki is that its…
  • Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of 3-day passes to the festival to celebrate! How do you enter? Tweet a lyric, song title, album name, or artist related to “Basecamp”. Add the hashtag #basecampmusic. Here’s an example: Ace of Basecamp, The Sign-off. #basecampmusic— asianmack (@asianmack) July 7, 2014 When is the contest over? We’ll be watching the…
  • Talking with a UbiDuo

    Jason Fried
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area. Most people came up, said hi, chatted a bit, bought a book, shook hands, and then moved on. But one guy came up, put a laptop-like device on the table, unhinged it, spun one side around to me, flipped up a little screen, and then did the same on his side with his half of the device. It took about 10 seconds to set up. Then he started typing. The screen was split in two horizontally. At the top was what he was typing. On the bottom was what…
  • Crossing Streams

    3 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    When I switched to Android a few years ago, I promised myself this: I’d switch back the minute Apple added smart notifications, app data sharing, widgets, and a better keyboard to iOS. Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday was exciting. Craig Federighi is super awesome (I wanna hang out with him). iOS is finally getting the Android features I love. Yesterday I was ready to switch back, but now I’m not so sure. Some iOS fans have pointed to Google’s Android as being a poor copy—thermonuclear theft. On the surface there are similarities, but conceptually Android started from…
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  • Experimental Life

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    On the Owner’s Mind podcast, I ask a question or two about experimenting, and how I might better help you. MOST of the time, I interview nice people, but this is something different. I’m sharing this here, so if you’re a blog subscriber but not a podcast subscriber, you can rectify that magically. :)
  • Sponsored Posts Would Work Better If You Improved Context

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    People are talking about how sponsored posts are showing up in their stream on places like Instagram these days. I saw one the other day for some TV show. It was a bit jarring, because I was pretty sure I wasn’t following Liev Schreiber. And that’s the thing. A sponsored post would work so much better if the people running the sponsored posts improved context. Sponsored Posts Are Useful I’m a fan of sponsored posts, but only if they match the intentions of the person creating them. For instance, later today, I’ll be launching a project with Jacq on BossFit about the…
  • Evolution

    Chris Brogan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    I started journaling in 1998. It wasn’t called blogging until much later. I had no business intent. I just wanted to share stories I’d written that the mainstream had no interest in publishing. Along the way, I learned a lot (mostly by failing and adjusting), and became a New York Times bestselling author who speaks to princesses and heads of huge companies like Disney (also in the princess business). How did I get here? Evolution is a Matter of Perception, Growth, and Persistence When I started, I wanted to share stories. Along the way, I got interested in other topics…
  • Understanding Value

    Chris Brogan
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    My friend, Anthony is one of the best salesmen I’ve ever met. Whenever I ask him the key to selling, he says the same thing every time without hesitation: “Sales is about creating value.” Understanding Value My universe has shifted into amazing alignment lately. Ever since ferreting out what I REALLY know how to help people do better, and how that will add value to their lives, I’ve been on fire. And even then, I started like I usually do: with a bad first attempt. But now, my Owner’s Path course is going to really be my best ability to add value back to your…
  • What You Think You Sell

    Chris Brogan
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    There’s what you say you sell, what you think you sell, and what others think you sell. I’m in a bit of a quandary. I think these three facets don’t line up really well right now. I know what I sell and what I intend to sell. But I need feedback from you. What do you SEEK from me? Not what I’m selling. What do you SEEK? What are you hoping to glean? When you come here, you say, “If I read X, I’ll be able to do something in my world HERE (where?). I’d love to know the answer to this from your perspective. If you’re shy, email it to me: chris @…
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    iJustine / Justine Ezarik

  • iJustine’s 2014 Vidcon Schedule

    26 Jun 2014 | 2:21 am
    Hey guys! I’m so excited to see you all at Vidcon this year – my full known schedule is below.. lots of random things come up and change last minute so be sure to follow me on twitter for all the real time updates! My meetup is Saturday in Hall B starting at 3:00PM – I will have some already autographed things for you guys so we can save time and make sure we get a picture! Last year they were pretty strict and tried to keep the lines moving so I wanted to make sure we all had as much time as possible! THURSDAY 26TH, JUNE 11:00AM Panel:Brands at Vidcon Q&A 3:00PM Panel:…
  • Extreme Offroad ATV in Iceland

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am
    We did some extreme off roading in Iceland and before you ask… no, that was not me and Jenna falling off the ATV!
  • Hot Blue Lagoon Swimming in Iceland!

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:36 am
    Had so much fun in Iceland at visiting the Blue Lagoon! This was such a magical place that I can’t even believe that it exists!
  • Iceland Dogsledding

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    This was so fun!
  • The longest day ever

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    Over 20+ hours of traveling.. we finally made it to Iceland.
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  • Fixin’ to

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I admire people who can wear wacky outfits and go crazy with color, but I am not those people. I wish I were more like those people.
  • Weathervane

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    If you're looking for a better weather app I think I found one for you.
  • Annie

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Your computer or mobile device may not be equipped to handle this amount of cute.
  • New Tunes

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Finally a chance to sit and listen to some new music, this time featuring Sam Smith, Bleachers, Conner Youngblood, The Echo Friendly, and Sharon Van Etten.
  • Small changes

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    As you wait for that IKEA couch to die a slow, agonizing death.
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    Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

  • On Leave

    Matt Cutts
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I wanted to let folks know that I’m about to take a few months of leave. When I joined Google, my wife and I agreed that I would work for 4-5 years, and then she’d get to see more of me. I talked about this as recently as last month and as early as 2006. And now, almost fifteen years later I’d like to be there for my wife more. I know she’d like me to be around more too, and not just physically present while my mind is still on work. So we’re going to take some time off for a few months. My leave starts next week. Currently I’m scheduled to be gone through…
  • Fun summer book reading suggestions?

    Matt Cutts
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Hey everybody, I’m looking for some fun books (mostly fiction) to read this summer. What would you recommend? One book I recently enjoyed was The Martian, a novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars who needs to figure out how to survive and get home with minimal supplies. It was a little heavy on the science, but I liked learning a couple things while reading it. I also enjoyed Flash Boys by Michael Lewis, even though it wasn’t fiction. I’m not much of a fantasy reader (normally I prefer sci-fi), but I did enjoy The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and his follow-up…
  • 30 day challenge for June: treadmill desk!

    Matt Cutts
    1 Jun 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Let me tell you about the 30 day challenges I’ve been doing and what I learned: - March 2014: I went back to doing no external email, and I learned this one weird, simple trick that helped. In previous “no email” challenges, I relied on sheer force of will not to reply to email. That didn’t work so well. In March, I tried something different: I used Gmail filters to take outside email, add the label “march2014″, and then made the outside emails skip my inbox. It turns out that getting those emails out…
  • 30 day challenge for March: no external email

    Matt Cutts
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:41 am
    In January 2014, my 30 day challenge was to limit my social media. That was a productive month. In February 2014, my 30 day challenge was to eat more slowly. I did that by counting to ten between chewing bites of my food. I tend to wolf down my food, which doesn’t give my stomach time to say “Hey, I’m full enough to stop.” I was also raised to finish everything on my plate, but sometimes it’s better to stop eating and leave leftovers on the plate. It’s actually been a really great challenge, and one I hope to keep doing in some form. For March 2014, my 30…
  • The decay and fall of guest blogging for SEO

    Matt Cutts
    20 Jan 2014 | 11:51 am
    Okay, I’m calling it: if you’re using guest blogging as a way to gain links in 2014, you should probably stop. Why? Because over time it’s become a more and more spammy practice, and if you’re doing a lot of guest blogging then you’re hanging out with really bad company. Back in the day, guest blogging used to be a respectable thing, much like getting a coveted, respected author to write the introduction of your book. It’s not that way any more. Here’s an example unsolicited, spam email that I recently received: My name is XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX and I work…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Weekend Favs July Nineteen

    John Jantsch
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Weekend Favs July Nineteen written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. Part of my presentation at World Domination Summit Good stuff I found this week: Briefmetrics – Weekly email report for your Google Analytics…
  • SEO Blended Copy: Dos and Don’ts for Boosting Your Website’s Organic Discoverability

    Guest Post
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    SEO Blended Copy: Dos and Don’ts for Boosting Your Website’s Organic Discoverability written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Maria Orozova – Enjoy! These days, it’s all about organic: organic produce, organic pressed-juice, holistic baby diapers made from all-organic materials – the list goes on. So, it should come as no shock the role that organic SEO plays in your website’s discoverability, even over paid alternatives like pay-per-click.
  • Using Forums to Market New Products and Services to Existing Customers

    Guest Post
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Using Forums to Market New Products and Services to Existing Customers written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Patrick Clinger – Enjoy! Businesses of all stripes are always looking for new customers to buy their products or services. However, sometimes businesses ignore the best place to look for new sales:  through customers who have already purchased products and services in the past.  Tapping into your existing customers to boost your sales is smart…
  • How to Incorporate Brand Advocates into Your Marketing Strategy

    Guest Post
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    How to Incorporate Brand Advocates into Your Marketing Strategy written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Holly Cordner– Enjoy! photo credit: Intersection Consulting via photopin cc When asked about how and why they make purchases, most people say that reviews and recommendations play a major role. That holds true even in the B2B marketplace—according to one study, 60 percent of B2B tech buyers look at peer reviews before making buying decisions. This…
  • The Secret to Getting Much More Done

    John Jantsch
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    The Secret to Getting Much More Done written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Mostly I write about marketing and running a business, but I’ve sometimes strayed into writing about the fact that running a business takes figuring out how to get lots done every single day. Time seems to be the most precious resource of all when it comes to get things done, but I contend it’s managing energy is more important that trying to manage time. See, the thing about time is that you can’t control it any way really – you can’t…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • A robot with two extra fingers helps you grip stuff

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    MIT researchers have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device, worn around your wrist, works like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. A novel control algorithm enables it to move in sync with the wearer’s fingers to grasp objects of various shapes and sizes. Wearing the robot, a user could use one hand to hold the base of a bottle while twisting off its cap with the same hand. “This is a completely intuitive and natural way to move your robotic fingers,” says Harry Asada, the Ford Professor of Engineering in MIT’s Department of…
  • Chinese city sealed off after man dies from bubonic plague

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Yersinia pestis bacteria (credit: Wikimedia Commons) The Chinese city of Yumen in Gansu province in China was sealed off Tuesday for nine days (ending today) after a man died of bubonic plague,  South China Post reports, based on a report by China Central Television. “Other reports said the 38-year-old victim had come across a dead marmot on July 13. He is said to have chopped it up to feed to his dog, but developed a fever the same day. “He was then taken to People’s Hospital in Yumen after his condition worsened two days later. Gansu’s provincial centre for disease…
  • More-efficient solar-powered steam

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    On the left, a representative structure for localization of heat; the cross section of structure and temperature distribution. On the right, a photo of enhanced steam generation by the structure under solar illumination. (Credit: Hadi Ghasemi et al.) A new carbon-based material structure developed at MIT generates steam from solar energy. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up…
  • Noninvasive retinal imaging device detects Alzheimer’s 20 years in advance

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Retina test for future Alzheimer’s disease (AD), showing plaques. Upper left: normal retina.Upper right: mild AD. Lower left: Moderate AD. Lower right: Non-AD dementia. (Credit: Keith Black, MD) Cedars-Sinai Medical Center researchers have developed a noninvasive retinal imaging device that can provide early detection of changes indicating Alzheimer’s disease 15 to 20 years before clinical diagnosis. “In preliminary results in 40 patients, the test could differentiate between Alzheimer’s disease and non-Alzheimer’s disease with 100 percent sensitivity and 80.6…
  • 3D-printed-anatomy developers aim to revolutionize medical education

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Part of the 3D Printed Anatomy Series (credit: Monash University) A kit of 3D-printed anatomical body parts could revolutionize medical education and training, according to its developers at Monash University. Professor Paul McMenamin, Director of the University’s Centre for Human Anatomy Education, said the simple and cost-effective anatomical kit would dramatically improve trainee doctors’ and other health professionals’ knowledge and could even contribute to the development of new surgical treatments. “Many medical schools report either a shortage of cadavers, or find their…
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    Marc Andreessen

  • Beware the ‘Edifice Complex’ — and 9 Other Ways to Damage a High-Growth Startup

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

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

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

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

    Marc Andreessen
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    On Monday, Carl Icahn claimed to have uncovered evidence of a “workaround of the technology that was the subject of the licensing dispute between eBay and Skype’s founders and that was reportedly the cause of Microsoft ‘walking away’ [from buying Skype as an alternative to eBay selling Skype to the Silver Lake syndicate].” (1) There was no workaround. There was speculation about and discussion of a potential workaround. I never believed it would work. Had there been a workaround, the Skype syndicate wouldn’t have had to settle the litigation with the founders…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Attention Minutes

    Matt Mullenweg
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am, the environmental journalism non-profit I’m on the board of, has received a Knight Foundation grant to “allow newsrooms to better measure audience engagement, beyond clicks and page views, by creating an open-source WordPress plugin that will measure ‘attention minutes’ to determine how long users are interacting with content.” I’m excited to see what they come up with, and that it will be open source, perhaps it’s something we can incorporate into Jetpack down the line. If hacking on that sort of thing and saving the planet is interesting…
  • Canvas Fingerprinting & AddThis

    Matt Mullenweg
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Propublica has a piece on canvas fingerprinting done by the ad service that uses the trojan horse of sharing buttons, AddThis: Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block. Regardless of the usefulness of this particular technique, which seems to not be effective enough to stick around, services like AddThis and ShareThis will always spy on and tag your audience when you use their widgets, and you should avoid them if you care about that sort of thing. That’s why we put sharing buttons into Jetpack that are much more privacy (and performance) friendly.
  • New Yorker on WP

    Matt Mullenweg
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    The New York Times writes about how The New Yorker is overhauling its design and online presence, including experimenting with paywalls and this wonderful nugget: The new site, designed to be cleaner, with new typefaces, will be based on the WordPress publishing system. It is expected to be easier to navigate for mobile users — among the fastest-growing segments of the readership. The New Yorker is one of my top 3 favorite publications in the world, and I’m very excited they’ll be using WP for their next chapter.
  • Ibrahim Maalouf Wowed Me

    Matt Mullenweg
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    One of the most surprising performances I saw at the North Sea Jazz festival was a French-Lebanese trumpet player named Ibrahim Maalouf. He plays a trumpet with a special additional fourth valve — three is standard — that allows him to more easily play Arabic maqams or scales with quarter tone and three quarter tone intervals along with equal temperament western ones, like Don Ellis. He also has a way of playing that sounds most like singing in his inflections and vibrato. This is the best video I could find of one song he did called “Beirut,” and I’m amazed…
  • Founding Fathers

    Matt Mullenweg
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Kottke: The surprising ages of the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776. While we’re talking about the Founding Fathers, Marc Andreessen thinks that the Founding Fathers Arguably Designed US System Specifically To Be Dominated By Moneyed Interests
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    blog maverick

  • AEREO – Everything Old is New Again

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AEREO deserves a lot of credit for their effort.  It was a long and expensive shot to do what they went for.  But they went for it.  And they attempted to pivot after their SCOTUS loss. I was watching with interest, because it is something we had examined 15 years ago at The technology has obviously gotten better on all sides of the equation, but sometimes a good idea is a good idea. Even if it is hard to make work.  This is from January of 2000. What is fascinating is the alliances and attempts that were being made or considered.   We also did the same kind of work to…
  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    First, let me say what you read here is going to be wrong in several ways.  HFT covers such a wide path of trading that different parties participate or are impacted in different ways. I wanted to put this out there as a starting point . Hopefully the comments will help further educate us all 1.  Electronic trading is part of HFT, but not all electronic trading is high frequency trading. Trading equities and other financial instruments has been around for a long time.  it is Electronic Trading that has lead to far smaller spreads and lower actual trading costs from your broker.  Very…
  • High Frequency Trading, and Proof that the SEC Approach to Insider Trading is Completely Wrong

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Got to love Mary Jo White, the Chairwoman of the SEC.  While Michael Lewis’s book Flash Boys was getting all the headlines and was the topic of some of the best television  on CNBC, ever, Ms White used the firestorm to ask for more money for the SEC. Shocking ? The only shock would be if she didn’t use any occasion the SEC was in the public eye to ask for more money. It is unfortunate because there is no greater waste of money than what the SEC spends trying to enforce  insider trading laws. Let me give you some examples of just how poorly the SEC manages our tax dollars when…
  • The Back to the Future Arbitrage of Silicon Valley and what it will take to beat it

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    I’m not a huge fan of Silicon Valley. It reminds me so much of Hollywood and the movie and TV industry. In Hollywood every one will talk and listen to you about your project.  But while they are standing there, right in front of you, they are not looking at you. They are looking past you to the next project where they can raise/sell more.  Where they can be a bigger star. There is always a bigger fish. Who ever is standing in front of them is hopefully just the bait. Silicon Valley has become the exact same thing these days. No one wants to literally start from scratch in a garage and…
  • My 2 cents on Sports Marketing and what I learned from SMU Basketball this week

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:46 am
    I had the pleasure of going to an SMU Basketball game this past week. It wasn’t a huge game from a standings perspective. It wasn’t a big rivalry game.  It wasn’t a game between 2 powerhouse teams. It was an important game as every game is for an up and coming team like SMU.  But there was no one outside the two teams that were really paying attention to the outcome. Bottom line, it was a game on the schedule. It was a game on the schedule for every one but SMU basketball fans.  For SMU basketball fans it was their chance to show off to any and all newcomers who walked…
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    Tom Peters

  • Some StuffTweets18 July 2014

    Tom Peters
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Brief snippets FYI … Topic ONE: Generational management. I’m sick-to-death of the “How do we manage ‘Gen Whatever’” bullshit. My response thereto: As leader, commit yourself fully to helping everyone grow every day. Gen A. Gen B. … Gen X. Gen Y. Gen Z. Nothing new. Damn it. People you work with can smell your […] The post Some StuffTweets18 July 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Detroit

    Shelley Dolley
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Did you see the recent article, “The Post-Post-Apocolyptic Detroit”? Before I met Tom Peters, I lived in Detroit. My husband had an idyllic, cookie-cutter suburban ’60s upbringing there with a family full of auto workers. All his grandparents were immigrants, happy to see their children thrive in post-WWII Detroit. He spent the ’80s in downtown […] The post Detroit appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • “Mastery”Total Real Estate TrainingAnnual Education ConferenceSydney, 15-16 July 2014

    Cathy Mosca
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Tom is addressing a group of the most successful realtors in Australia and New Zealand. He and Rupert Murdoch are the principal keynoters. (Mr. Murdoch is in town to, among other things, celebrate the 50th anniversary—15 July—of the launch of his national newspaper, the Australian.) “The pattern is one I’m familiar with,” Tom says of […] The post “Mastery”Total Real Estate TrainingAnnual Education ConferenceSydney, 15-16 July 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Excellence. NO EXCUSES! Update

    Cathy Mosca
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Tom has continued to tinker with his now super-sized document, Excellence. NO EXCUSES! He asked the opinion of his Twitter followers, and they approved the addition of “Moral Bedrock of Management,” available here. It is now item number 6 in this latest version of Excellence. NO EXCUSES! We encourage you to download it, or one […] The post Excellence. NO EXCUSES! Update appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • New Master Slideset

    Cathy Mosca
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    After a year of self-education, Tom has lots of new observations to include in his Master slides. Get the newest PPT here, or on The post New Master Slideset appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Intuitive Systems

  • Buy Now buttons in the Twitter stream

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

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

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

    Dave Taylor
    9 Feb 2014 | 7:05 am
    I received an email pitch from Sergio Troiani about his Kickstarter campaign for a new iPhone case. A new case? After I’d seen thousands of different cases at CES less than a month ago? I was intrigued, and our subsequent discussion about what he was doing turned into this Q&A. Keep in mind when you’re reading that he’s a 19yo sophomore in college… Q: What’s KLOQE and why is it interesting? KLOQE is the only all-alumimnum iPhone case on the market that mimics the look and design of the iPhone without interfering with cell phone reception. Q: An interesting…
  • Worried about hackers, China implements national smartphone OS

    Dave Taylor
    23 Jan 2014 | 9:11 am
    A fascinating story showed up a few days ago about the Chinese Academy of Sciences building its own smartphone operating system that looks a lot like it’s based on Android but has some of its own features and, likely, tightened security options. In fact, China Operating System (or “COS”) is designed to run on a variety of devices including both smartphones and personal computers, according to the developers. Given that China is well known monitoring and filtering Internet traffic it’s not much of a leap to conclude that there are certain additional features baked into…
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • Digital Trails, Technology Roles, and Feedback Loops

    Valeria Maltoni
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Making Sense: Digital Trails This Is How Your Financial Data Is Being Used to Serve You Ads Whether you like it or not. AdWeek: Everyone in advertising is buying exhaustive records of your purchases—all your purchases—and comparing them to your viewing habits so that they know which ads you saw and whether or not they changed your behavior. Where Online Services Go When They Die. The Atlantic: When any sizable online service disappears, a piece of our civilization's cultural fabric goes with it. In this case, the missing cultural repository is Prodigy, a consumer-oriented online service…
  • Happy Birthday to Me

    Valeria Maltoni
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Valeria is an experienced listener. She designs service and product experiences to help businesses rediscover the value of promises and its effect on relationships and culture. She is also frequent speaker at conferences and companies on a variety of topics. Book her to speak here.
  • When Science, Customer Service, and Human Subjects Research Collide

    Valeria Maltoni
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Two points of note on research about human subjects to provide better service experiences: Social media platforms and the technology companies that produce our shared social playgrounds blur the boundaries between practice and research. They (we?) have to, in many cases, to improve the products that companies provide users. That’s no easy thing if you’re in the business of providing a social experience through your technology! But that does not exempt companies, any more than it exempts researchers, from extending respect, beneficence, and justice to individuals sharing their daily…
  • Warby Parker's CEO on Disruption and Consumer Experience

    Valeria Maltoni
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. Neil Blumenthal co-founded Warby Parker# out of his apartment in Philadelphia in 2009-2010 to create an alternative to three problems: rising prices of glasses a mediocre customer experience low innovation in the sector In the process, he learned a thing or two about what makes a good business work (B Corporation) by designing a product and experience that together make the marketing built-in. They sold their first inventory in 3 weeks and had 20,000…
  • Identity and the Internet

    Valeria Maltoni
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Google just announced# that it has dropped the real name restrictions it placed upon users of its Google+ social network. It is confusing to people when policies or rule change without a clear understanding of the impact on what is possible that was not before. Because we are constantly negotiating sense-making (as in "what does this mean to me"?) with next steps (as in "what I should do"), this change in policy prompts a reflection on the nature of identity on the Internet. So I went back to my notes from a post written more than three years ago by one of Twitter co-founders: “I've found…
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • Design Problem

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    FOUND on a school restroom door. If you don’t turn the little latch to the right when you exit, the door automatically locks behind you, and nobody else can use the restroom. Instead of fixing the door, they made a sign.
  • Online Training to Make Sites and Apps Accessible

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    ACCESSIBILITY IS LIKE the weather: everyone talks about it, but not enough of us do anything about it. Austin-based Knowbility is one of the few groups in the world with the commitment and expertise to change this. If enough of us fund their new IndieGogo project, they’ll gain the resources they need to create online modules that teach the world how to make our sites work for people with disabilities. This is a cause any web designer or developer should be able to get behind. I love the web because it is democratic, agnostic, and empowering. Progressive enhancement, responsive design, and…
  • Original Hip Hop Art

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    WHY THE INTERNET was invented: this single-page, no-frills website presents a trove of original, old-school hip hop party posters mainly designed by Buddy Esquire and Phase 2, and featuring legendary rappers before they got famous. Word to your mother. Hat tip: Fred Gates Design.
  • Netdiver returns

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    PIONEERING design ‘zine Netdiver is back, baby! Founded by my friend and colleague Carole Guevin in 1998, Netdiver was one of the first web ‘zines to seriously explore and promote design and design culture on the web. In its pages, you would discover pretty much everything exciting that was happening in web and digital design, photography, industrial design, and digital filmmaking. Sites as fine (and as different) as Swissmiss and The Great Discontent can trace more than a strand of their DNA back to Netdiver and its creator. Like many of the great zines and blogs from the first…
  • The Color Purple

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    WHEN my daughter was little, she used to ask me my favorite color. I was a grownup, and could only supply a grownup’s answer: “I love the way light looks in late afternoon,” I might say. Or, “Red and black can make powerful statements in graphic design.” Grownups don’t have favorite colors. But children do. Rebecca Meyer had a favorite color. It was purple. A color that might be expressed in the hexadecimal language of web design as #663399. As many of you know, Eric and Kat Meyer lost their daughter Rebecca to cancer on Saturday. Rebecca Alison Meyer was a ray of light. She was…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • How to make water, pushpins, and Boring remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. It’s easy to feel like the underdog out there sometimes. Maybe you can’t afford that store space in the cool part of town, maybe it’s hard for your product to stand out, or maybe you have a name like Boring. Whatever your obstacle, you can make your stuff more remarkable with a little ingenuity. Here are three word of mouth strategies that turned underdog situations into word of mouth opportunities: 1. Make a scene 2. Make a partnership 3. Make it…
  • Newsletter #997: The “Make It Ugly” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    17 Jul 2014 | 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.] The race to make the flashiest, most impressive, and most beautiful is a crowded one. Sometimes it’s worth it to make something great — but sometimes, doing the opposite can help you stand out. Here are a few examples to inspire you: 1. Compete with personality 2. Try lots of different things 3. Make it one-of-a-kind 4. Check it out: Fly Art 1. Compete with personality For crowd-funded…
  • Why useful is remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. We love viral stunts and funny ads as much as the next person. But there’s a more sustainable way to get your customers to talk about you that earns word of mouth for the long term. Here are three ways to do something so useful your customers can’t help but talk about it: 1. Make recommendations 2. Do more than say “thanks” 3. Make the small details count 1. Make recommendations When you check out at Barnes & Noble, they give you a list of…
  • Newsletter #996: The “Your Customers are Innovators” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    10 Jul 2014 | 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.] Paying attention to your customers’ feedback, criticisms, and compliments isn’t enough. You could be missing something even more remarkable: the innovative ways they can promote your stuff. Here are three examples of when companies were inspired by their customers: 1. Show them off 2. Make them feel special 3. Focus on specific groups 4. Check it out: London’s historic paintings…
  • Turn business trips into word of mouth trips

    Andy Sernovitz
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. You don’t have to have a physical store to get out there, meet your fans, and earn word of mouth face-to-face. But you also don’t have to hold a big, expensive event to do it. When a team from Pinterest went to South by Southwest in Austin, they didn’t fly from San Francisco. Instead they drove a rented Winnebago on a massive road trip, stopping along the way to meet their fans. That way, they turned something they were already doing —…
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  • Three Ways to Outperform Your Online Competition

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Emma Henry of True Target Marketing. There’s no denying that plenty of us are trying to make a living on the internet. The good news is that it’s still early days when it comes to building a successful online business. In reality, very few businesses know how to effectively execute strategic online marketing campaigns. Now is the perfect time for you to take advantage of this gap in the market and outperform your online competition. With some sound advice, a strategic approach, and a solid implementation plan, your online business performance can go from…
  • How Social Media Can Affect Your Search Engine Rankings

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    This is a guest contribution from digital media project manager Sandeep Sharma. Now more than ever, marketing experts are improving their marketing strategy with fewer resources, and they are shifting marketing budgets from traditional to digital tactics like search engine optimization and social media. Companies, too often, omit their social media marketing strategy from their SEO strategy, which is a grave mistake. A study  conducted by Ascend2 indicates that companies with the strongest SEO via social media strategies now produce the best results, and vice-versa. Companies that consider…
  • How I Earned $15000 from The Problogger Job Board

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Andy Nathan, of Smart at the Start. I have a secret formula for using the Problogger job board that will enthrall many, and bring others to tears with their boredom. That is OK! I do not want everyone to use what I am about to explain below, because that just means more business for me.  In fact, I struggled with whether I should even share this information to anyone, because…well… human greed being what it is. Over the past year, I have automated the process on the Problogger job board to the point where I spend roughly 5-10 minutes prospecting for…
  • Content Isn’t King… Here’s What Is!

    Darren Rowse
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Over the years I’ve heard many debates in the blogosphere about what is ‘king’. ‘Blogging is King’ was something many argued almost 10 years ago as it began to rise in popularity. ‘Content is King’ was the catch cry for many years… then it became ‘Community is King’ for a while as community management became the big thing. ‘Twitter is King’ was something I heard a number of bloggers crying (as they gave up their blogs to get onto Twitter), ‘Facebook is King’ was the cry a few years later when setting up pages…
  • 10 Ways to Exponentially Grow Your Traffic in 30 Days

    Guest Blogger
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Marcus Taylor of Venture Harbour. In Western cultures, there is a prevailing belief that you ‘work your way to the top’, ‘climb the ladder’, and make slow and steady efforts to achieve success. This way of thinking is undoubtedly a smart approach, particularly for bloggers. However, there is an equally smart, yet opposing, belief that’s more common in certain Eastern cultures: leapfrogging straight to the top. At the beginning of 2014, I decided to get smart about my blogging. By concentrating on the things that made the biggest difference, I…
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    Brian Solis

  • The 2014 State of Digital Transformation

    Brian Solis
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Today, I’m proud to announce the release of Altimeter Group’s second report on Digital Transformation. This new report is aimed at executives and digital strategists to help them (you) further understand the state of digital transformation as you plan your next steps and investments. In our initial report, “Digital Transformation: Why and How Companies are Investing in New Business Models to Lead Digital Customer Experiences (DCX),” we learned that digital transformation was as much about technology as it was about people. It was a much more human story, one that shared…
  • Live Your Brand the Way Your Customers Do

    Brian Solis
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I recently spent some time with PRNews editor Steve Goldstein. As part of a fireside chat we’re doing at the upcoming 20/20 Summit in San Francisco, Steve asked a few questions that lead to a pretty deep conversation. I wanted to share it with you here. Digital Darwinism is Real: Compete for the Future (Compete for You) Now PR News: In your book “What’s the Future of Business?” you suggest that while it’s a good thing that companies are investing more resources in managing their online reputations, the cost can be immense and the efforts are rarely aligned with customer…
  • The Disconnect in Connecting the Workplace

    Brian Solis
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    There’s a lot of talk about the future of work… Technology is indeed connecting us in ways that improve communication, discovery and connectivity. The world is becoming a much smaller place as a result. Chances are that you are connected in one network or another to people in at least 12 other countries. Although social networking and smartphones are relatively new as a staple in the everyday life of adults and kids, how we as consumers use these networks and devices is outpacing how we as employees use technology in the workplace. Over time, how we make decisions as consumers,…
  • The Top 25 Socially Engaged Companies on LinkedIn Invest in Employee and Customer Relationships

    Brian Solis
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    LinkedIn and Altimeter Group published a joint report on the value of corporate social media and its role in customer and employee engagement. To do, we formed a baseline of companies that were actively engaged on a platform we could effectively study. After eight months of research, we assembled a list of the Top 25 Socially Engaged Companies based on how they use LinkedIn to engage employees and customers in the following areas: 1. Content marketing 2. Employee engagement 3. Talent and recruitment 4. Sales LinkedIn and Altimeter Group then conducted targeted and controlled surveys to gather…
  • Social Media is Lost Without a Social Compass

    Brian Solis
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Marcia W. DiStaso and Denise Sevick Bortree recently published a university-level textbook to address an important topic by the same name, The Ethical Practice of Social Media in Public Relations. As they were wrapping up the editing of the book, I was asked to contribute the foreword. Upon reading some of the manuscript, the answer was, YES! Of course, I asked if I could share it here with you and I’m happy to announce that it’s included below… About The Ethical Practice of Social Media in Public Relations Given the high rate of social media use by the public, organizations…
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    Joho the Blog

  • If I were Shakespeare…

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Well, here’s what I would do if I were Shakespeare & Co., a theatre company in Lenox, Massachusetts of which I am inordinately fond, as consistent readers of this blog know (hi, Mom!). Yesterday my wife and I went to an open rehearsal of a scene from Henry IV, Part 2, Scene 2. For about an hour we watched Malcolm Ingram (Falstaff), Kevin Coleman (Shallow), Ariel Bock (Silence) and Michael F. Toomey (Bardolph) being directed by Jonathan Epstein, who has abridged and combined the two Henry IV’s. The rehearsal started out fascinating and got even better from there. The actors in…
  • Julius Caesar in Lenox

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    We saw Shakespeare & Co.‘s Julius Caesar last night. What a rich production! And certainly not because of its production values: the performance was in the tiny Bernstein Theatre with a cast of just seven and an almost bare stage. The acting was up to the company’s high standard. New to me was James Udom as Marc Antony. He gave the famous address — which stands out for its devious plainness amidst the torrent of language in which it is embedded — brilliantly. Eric Tucker made the noblest Roman, Brutus, human. I could listen to Jason Asprey all day long. (I embarrassed…
  • Dylan’s triple pun

    12 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    I finally got Bob Dylan’s triple pun. Sure, everybody must get stoned because that’s the price of being a non-conformist. Or maybe we all fail to conform to someone’s idea of normal. And, obviously we all should get stoned, high, baked, whatever. (Stay in school, kids. Don’t do drugs. — the Management) But, as the last stanza says: Well, they’ll stone you when you are all alone They’ll stone you when you are walking home They’ll stone you and then say they are brave They’ll stone you when you’re sent down in your grave But I would…
  • This morning

    12 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Thank you, Gravity, for keeping the water — most of it — in the lake, and for making sure it reaches all the way to the bottom.
  • Request for app: Annotation inhaler

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    During this seemingly-endless interregnum when we have e-books that suck at letting us take notes, I buy paper books when I’m doing research. I have a complex little application I’ve endlessly developed over the years that lets me type notes into a plain text editor or OPML-based outliner using a minimal markup. The app turns the notes into a database that I can then slice ‘n’ dice. Someday I’ll get it stable and done enough to publish. And that day is never. A couple of years ago I wrote a Chrome extension (“Kindle Highlights Exporter”) that scrapes…
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  • Why I speak ONLY for myself

    Craig Newmark
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Hey, recently I've made a point of reminding people that I haven't been a spokesman for craigslist, or had any role in management since 2000. My deal is that, as a manager, I kinda suck, but I found my calling in customer service, and every day I saw how we helped people put food on the table and put a roof over that table. 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.) For a few years now (time flies!) I've been working on public service and…
  • Respect for the Federal worker

    Craig Newmark
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    The NextGen Public Service Awards will be awarded soon, and I was asked to do a little video thanking people for their service. Here's the video, couple minutes, maybe indulge me by taking a look: The gist is the Fed workers don't get no respect, and that's way unfair. In the video I extend my respect, and suggest that Feds can get the respect they've already earned by posting good news regarding their work in social media. Then, they can ask friends, including me, to further Share and retweet those posts.  (I'm already doing so for multiple agencies.) Please bring…
  • The Road to Hell's Paved With Good Intentions

    Craig Newmark
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Hey, recently I wrote a blog post outlining some of my philosophies, and mentioned that there was more to come. I figure I should follow through. On Time Management and Effectiveness -  When I think about effective orgs, I ask, do they have the ability to actually get things done? Because that's not true of a lot of nonprofits or other well intentioned people or groups. A lot have good intentions, but there's a saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. It's important to mean well, but also have the ability to get stuff done. Cole Valley update, by the…
  • 5 Things You Should Know About the Military Consumer Campaign

    Craig Newmark
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Folks, "today's service members and their families must be extra vigilant in guarding against scams and predatory lending practices. With separation from family and friends, frequent relocations, the stresses of deployment and a steady paycheck, scam artists are often quick to target [these communities]." Cmdr. Peter Hoegel says this over on the Department of Defense's website in his article, 5 things you should know about the Military Consumer Campaign. Photo illustration courtesy of the Office of Military Community and Family Policy This has to do with bad actors…
  • Your Ideas to End Online Harassment

    Craig Newmark
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hey, I've been reaching out to my networks to crowdsource ways to end online harassment after the release of the Online Harassment Infographic that revealed that 25% of American adults have been bullied, threatened, or harassed online, or know someone who has. The first step toward dealing with unacceptable behavior is to understand the problem, then we can get rid of it. To that end, I've been asking people on the ground what we can do to get rid of this problem. We got lots of good responses, and I'm including some of them here: "Trolls generally shut down their online…
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    The Dish

  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I needed that. I read two essays today from Israel that deepened my understanding of the current darkness. One by Gershom Gorenberg is unsparing in its criticism of Netanyahu – a tough, and honorable, position to take in wartime. The other by David Horovitz conveys the acute sense of beleaguerment and bitterness with which Israel is confronting the latest evidence that it has yet to overcome the profound resistance of those whose country and land were taken from them decades ago now. Together, the two pieces are bookends of despair. There is much more carnage ahead – paid for, in…
  • An Executive Solution To Immigration?

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    In the face of a hopelessly deadlocked Congress, Ronald Brownstein expects Obama to act alone on the border crisis and on immigration reform more broadly. His chosen course of action, Brownstein adds, could have major consequences for the Republicans: The president can’t provide [illegal immigrants] citizenship without action by Congress. But using the same theory of “deferred action” that he employed in 2012 for children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents, he could apply prosecutorial discretion to allow some groups of the undocumented (such as adults here illegally with…
  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Former House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on July 23, 2014. Frank testified during the committee’s hearing on “Assessing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act Four Years Later.’ By Win McNamee/Getty Images. Dish coverage of the anniversary here. Watch Barney address critics of the law in our Ask Anything series.
  • The Aftershocks Of Russian Decline

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Josh Well tries to make sense of Putin’s appeal within Russia. During his travels there, Well detected “an undercurrent of aggrievement; a sense of having to restart after seven decades of the Soviet State, having to retrace steps back to the path the rest of the world had been on—and then struggle to catch up; a feeling that the chance for Russia to remake itself had been hampered by the hegemony of the West; a knowledge that the county was less than it could be, should be”: That’s a feeling a great number of Americans can relate to: not only the frustration with…
  • Paying For Israel’s Permanent War

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Reminding us that the US subsidizes Israel to the tune of over $3 billion a year, Jesse Walker scrutinizes the case for this assistance and finds it lacking: You hear two sets of arguments for the aid packages. The first is the one you’d expect: With some exceptions, which we’ll note in a moment, people who back Israeli policy tend to want America to fund it. The second comes from the folks who feel the aid gives Washington leverage that it can use to work for peace. America’s checks do give D.C. a greater ability to insert itself into the conflict, a fact that has led a number of…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Mr. G, Ketubahs, Sarongs and Flight Time

    Jessica Gottlieb
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    If you aren’t a Jew you might be unfamiliar with a Ketubah. The Ketubah is the marriage contract. It outlines the husband’s duties to his wife and then asks that the wife be a good wife because apparently it is much simpler to be a good wife than a good husband. In this way it is an archaic piece of paper. But what you don’t see (because you don’t read Hebrew) is that in every Ketubah the husband is required to read all of his wife’s emails. I’ve circled the part that reads, “A good and righteous husband shall read all emails his wife sends him…
  • Listen To This Mother: Transgender Issues

    Jessica Gottlieb
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    There are a couple of transgender kids in the neighborhood. There are complications when it comes to changing for PE, swimming at camp and as puberty approaches the parents will need to make decisions about possible medical interventions. I don’t have to make these decisions so I cannot possibly imagine what it would be like to have a child transition genders. I don’t worry about heaven and hell, afterlife or a bible but I know that many of you do and if you are one of those people this video should give you more comfort and inspiration than most. We all know some androgynous…
  • ecoATM – Cash for Mobile Devices (Which I May or May Not Hoard)

    Jessica Gottlieb
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    There might be a Palm Pilot in my nightstand drawer right now. There was definitely an iPhone 4 (not even a 4s) on my dresser up until last week. It didn’t do much of anything and hadn’t been moved except for dusting for years. So because I do everything for you guys (and because ecoATM asked me to and sponsored this post) I found an ecoATM and brought in for cash. I’d been waiting for an electronic equipment recycling day but this seemed like a better idea. I went over to the mall in Burbank and used the machine much like you’d use any ATM but instead of putting in…
  • How to Read an Email from Similac

    Jessica Gottlieb
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Today I sent an email to a man named Lance and started with the following: I hope you never have children And then I went on to scold him for his predatory behavior. I didn’t mention the fact he called me a few minutes before 7am or that a woman from his office called me shortly after I posted this. Post by Jessica Wilzig Gottlieb. So I’ll go ahead and disseminate his email for you. It should be entertaining. Before I do this however I’d like new moms to know something. Abbott Laboratories will never fund and then publish a study that demonstrates you do not need their…
  • Does Your Kid Know What a Flash Button is?

    Jessica Gottlieb
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    My kids love to stay home alone. This is in part because they don’t want to go places with me like grocery and drug stores but also in part because they enjoy the independence and the quiet. I understand and respect this so I allow them their freedom with just a few rules in place. No swimming Do not answer the door for anyone Answer the home phone, it’s how I’ll reach them I had a zillion errands to do before the kids went to camp so I left Jane and Alexander home alone. I gave him a call from the grocery store to find out what he wanted and the phone rang and rang some…
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    Bijan Sabet

  • Love this boy

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Love this boy
  • Vampires in Blue Dresses — Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Vampires in Blue Dresses — Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
  • Intention and the choices we make every day

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    A few weeks back we had a bunch of friends over for an outdoor dinner. The weather forecast said: perfect.  I’m the DJ in our house (although I feel my title is under attack these days). Option 1: fire up songza on the sonos, choose the “right” activity, hit play and be done.  Option 2: create a playlist that the folks attending our party would particularly enjoy like a song from our college days sprinkled in with tunes our kids love and some songs that we all love to sing out loud.  The first choice is crazy simple and would work fine but I picked option 2. I heard a few…
  • Sophia — Back Bay, Boston. 

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sophia — Back Bay, Boston. 
  • Stay Free — The Clash

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Stay Free — The Clash
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  • Better Words

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    James Somers (via Gabe Weatherhead, via Michael Tsai) writes about using a better dictionary — and how to get it installed on your Mac, in Had double-rainbow guy been raised on this older Webster’s, he might have read this: Besides the ordinary bow, called also primary rainbow, which is formed by two refractions and one reflection, there is also another often seen exterior to it, called the secondary rainbow, concentric with the first, and separated from it by a small interval. It is formed by two refractions and two reflections, is much fainter than the primary bow, and…
  • Swift and Internal Access as Default

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    So if internal access is the default, and I don’t want to use it (or want to use it exceedingly sparingly), what do I do? I can think of a few options. Just pay attention. By convention treat internal as private, and pretend that other objects can only see what’s public. The compiler won’t enforce this, but it’s the kind of convention that’s easily enforced manually if it’s habit. Actually mark every damn thing as either public or private. Just don’t ever use the default. That’s a pain, but also the kind of thing that’s not that hard if it’s habit. Modularize. The last one…
  • Swift Access Control

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    It’s out, and we have public, internal, and private levels of control. Public means the world can see it; internal is visible inside a target; private is inside-the-file only. (I think I have this right.) My first thought: I’m not sure I’ll ever use internal. My second thought: protected would have been nice. I actually used this in Objective-C, back in the days when we’d declare our instance variables. My third thought: maybe I don’t really care about protected. I’ll clarify. With my Objective-C header files I’m accustomed to thinking about only two levels of access: public and…
  • Glassboard Changes

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    I’ve been watching with interest as Justin Williams works to turn Glassboard into a sustainable service. It’s not profitable or even break-even at this point — but he’s making changes to turn this around. Those changes do mean that people using Glassboard for free will be more limited than they were. For example, boards created by non-paying users will be limited to five members — but people can buy a basic membership for $1/month and get up to 25 members. That’s reasonable. If something isn’t worth $1/month to me, then it’s not worth my time at all. A few people are…
  • [Sponsor] UI for iOS: Filling Gaps in the UIKit Framework

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Telerik UI for iOS is a native development toolset featuring an advanced Charting library with 10+ fully customizable chart types, Calendar, AppFeedback and Data Sync controls. Integrating the components in your Xcode project is very straightforward thanks to the easy-to-use API. The product comes with dedicated support and detailed documentation of the API. Give it a try for free and get advantage of the dedicated support that comes even with the trial version of the product.
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    Rex Hammock's

  • How John Seigenthaler Changed Wikipedia

    Rex Hammock
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    John Seigenthaler, the legendary editor of Nashville’s daily newspaper, The Tennessean, died yesterday (Friday, July 11, 2014) in his Nashville home. In addition to recounting his remarkable career in journalism and public service, an event nine years ago that’s now referred to by early contributors to Wikipedia as “the Wikipedia Seigenthaler incident” earned a paragraph in Mr. Seigenthaler’s New York Time’s obituary. As a Nashvillian and admirer of Mr. Seigenthaler for decades, I was angered in 2005 by that thoughtless and vulgar prank that became one of…
  • A Simple, Clever, Why Didn’t I Think of That Idea

    Rex Hammock
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    For years, I’ve been fascinated with the ways in which one can tell stories with maps using simple tools Google Maps provides. (Since my first attempt at doing it, the tools have become incredibly more sophisticated). On the website for the public radio show, This American Life, I just ran across a map-as-feature that I can’t recall seeing on another news site. It could be on lots of them, I just don’t recall ever having seen it. And it could have been on This American Life’s website for years, but I just saw it for the first time today. This American Life calls the…
  • The Pundit’s Worst Fear: When Facts Don’t Support the Narrative

    Rex Hammock
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:56 am
    All week, anyone who follows the news has been carpet-bombed with punditry informing them that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s defeat was because he supported immigration reform. Yet now, polls on both the right and left are revealing that immigration reform was far down on the list of issues that influenced the election’s outcome. Reporting on a poll conducted by Americans for a Conservative Direction, Politico says, “Only 22 percent of Virginia residents who voted for Cantor’s opponent, Dave Brat, cited immigration as the primary reason for their vote. About 77…
  • This Interactive Chart is Great, Except for How it’s Not

    Rex Hammock
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:44 am
    I really want to love this epic interactive chart on as much as I’ve loved previous ones. It certainly succeeds in what it set out to do: present data in a visual form that comes as close as possible to demonstrating the unequal distribution of economic impact during the period in time popularly called, “the Great Recession.” I want to love it because it is so rooted in principles I appreciate as a reader: the use of devices such as “sparklines” that enable a vast array of datapoints to be displayed together, in one cohesive, easily comprehensible…
  • Even if You are a Baseball Hater, Enjoy This Photo

    Rex Hammock
    23 May 2014 | 6:47 pm
    It makes me happy when I see a photo like the one above from the White House Tumblr account. I mean, what’s not to love about the President of the United States giving some Little Leaguers a memory of a lifetime? However, I know lots of people — including several of my friends — can’t stand baseball. Even a wonderful photo like this isn’t going to make them feel any different about their negative opinions on baseball. Heck, I’ll even admit that baseball isn’t always a sport I enjoy. But I don’t understand baseball haters.  Really, you can be…
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    Berkeley Blog

  • It Takes a Family to Feed One Athlete

    Berkeley Blog
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    t’s July and once again I’m sucked into the vortex of the Tour de France. In the first week of the race, a young rider from Toulouse who was in an early breakaway, won in on a steep but short summit finish in a drenching downpour. One of the race moderators, mentioned how the winner, Biel Kadri, used to raid his mother’s small grocery store after a ride and scarf all her remaining baguettes and cheese. This reminded me of feeding my former bicycle-racer son before and after a ride, and I thought of all the mothers, and fathers, who similarly fueled their children’s racing careers over…
  • Another Publishing Magnate Bites the Dust

    Berkeley Blog
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:58 pm
    A publisher whose print magazines, including Maxim and The Week, are still in full swing despite the detritus of print media, died this week. Felix Dennis, a gaminlike Brit and underdog of the ruling class, made his hundreds of millions by playing to the baser instincts of human nature....much as Shakespeare once did. He loved porn -- whether it was sex porn as in Maxim or computer porn as in Computer Shopper or pop music porn as in Blender -- and hired the best writers, like Charlie Cooper, to write great prose about porn for the people. A poet himself, he not only wrote thousands of rhymes,…
  • Fix-It Weekend

    Berkeley Blog
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Things tend to break sequentially in my life, much like the Fukushima meltdown. This weekend, I had my first flat tire in years, high up in the Berkeley hills. Although it was a Sunday and lots of cyclists pedaled past asking if I had everything, I would have never asked for help. Cyclist’s Code of Honor: Fix Your Own Flats. I remembered all the techniques my former bicycle racing coach, Mike Cox, had showed me for changing a flat, so I put the bike upside down, resting it on the seat, removed the front wheel, and got out my tools. While a single mosquito water-boarded me with its buzz, I…
  • From a Service to a Step 'n Fetch It Economy

    Berkeley Blog
    4 Jun 2014 | 9:13 pm
    The other day I was walking down San Pablo Avenue in Albany, where just 160 years ago gold miners used to carouse away their earnings at French bordellos and bars, when I saw a Google maps car with the camera mounted on top parked in the lot of our Goodwill store. So a Google maps driver can only afford to shop at a thrift store? And now, on my bicycle rides around town, I’ve had to avoid collisions with Spoonrocket food delivery cars speeding along my bicycle streets and sprouting red flags like the horns on stampeding bulls. Another disruptive service: I signed up for a private driver to…
  • Return of the Spanish Inquisition: Happy Hour Fitness

    Berkeley Blog
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Xabier Zapata is arguably the zaniest spinning instructor in the world. Equal parts drill sergeant and pantomimist, Xabi, as he’s affectionately called by his enthusiastic devotees, uses exaggerated body gestures to instruct sweaty spinners at his Happy Hour Fitness on Ensenada off Solano Avenue in north Berkeley. The gym is strategically located a block away from La Farine, whose morning buns replenish about half the 500 calories Xabi claims one burns up in his 40 minute workout, which is followed by 15 minutes on the mat. The language barrier presents itself because Xabi – who came to…
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    Derek Sivers

  • The philosophy of great customer service

    Derek Sivers
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was honestly surprised that my company, CD Baby, was such a runaway success. But I was even more surprised to find out why. CD Baby had lots of powerful well-funded competitors, but after a few years they were all but gone, and we dominated our niche of selling independent music. 150,000 musicians, 2 million music-buying customers, $139 million in revenue, $83 million paid directly to musicians. What was the secret to CD Baby’s success? I never did any marketing. Everyone came by word-of-mouth. But why? I honestly didn’t know. So whenever I was out talking with my musician clients,…
  • Loving what I used to hate

    Derek Sivers
    17 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From now on, when I say I hate something, remind me to add “… today” to the sentence. Here's why: Tom Waits The first time I heard Tom Waits was this performance on David Letterman. I hated it. I hated it passionately. I complained to my friend that it was the worst thing I'd ever heard, and it must be some kind of joke. The second time I heard Tom Waits was a year later, when my roommate played me “Singapore”, and I hated it just as much. I still thought it must be some kind of in-joke. Maybe it's a dare, like hákarl? Someone wouldn't actually listen to this for pleasure, would…
  • The Meaning of Life

    Derek Sivers
    4 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Let's just figure out the meaning of life, once and for all, in under 20 minutes, OK? This is a 19-minute talk I've given at four conferences in Ireland, Taiwan, India, and New Zealand. I've improved it after each, and finally consider it done, so this is now the best and final recording of it. The video doesn't add much, so if you would rather just listen, download the MP3. The video should be visible below, but if not, download the MP4 video. Huge thanks to some friends who suggested great improvements: Michelle Welsch, Tynan, Aly Tadros, Jeff Marx, and Saj. Also thanks to a hundred drunk…
  • Change careers like Tarzan

    Derek Sivers
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I get emails from many people who want to make a big change in their career. Each one wants to quit their current career, and boldly leap into their new venture or preferred lifestyle. When they ask my advice, they think I'm going to say, “Yes! Quit! Go for it!” But instead, they're surprised at my suggestion: Remember how Tarzan swings through the jungle? He doesn't let go of the previous vine until the next vine is supporting his weight. So my advice is: Change careers like Tarzan. Don't let go of the old one until the new one is supporting you. And make sure you don't lose momentum.
  • What if you didn't need money or attention?

    Derek Sivers
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You know that feeling you have after a big meal? Where you're so full that you really actively don't want anything more? Ever wonder what that would feel like in other parts of your life? We do so many things for the attention, to feel important or praised. But what if you had so much attention and so much praise that you couldn't possibly want any more? What would you do then? What would you stop doing? We do so many things for the money. It's so deeply built into our culture that it takes a real effort to realize it's the reason behind so many of our actions. But what if you had so much…
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