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  • Four-day webinar with Penelope: Networking for people who hate networking

    Penelope Trunk Careers
    Penelope Trunk
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:45 am
    This webinar includes four days of of video sessions and email-based course materials. You can purchase this webinar for anytime, on-demand access. The cost is $195.   Buy now! I need to tell you at the top of this that I also have a special guest for this webinar: Guy Kawasaki. I probably should have a huge picture of Guy because really, he is the king of networking. The last time I hung out with him was at SXSW and he rented a limo to party-hop, because he was invited to all 50 parties that were going on that night. So we are bouncing from party to party and finally I announced,…
  • Dragons on the far side of the histogram

    Signal vs. Noise
    David
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Performance tuning is a fun sport, but how you’re keeping score matters more than you think, if winning is to have real impact. When it comes to web applications, the first mistake is start with what’s the easiest to measure: server-side generation times. In Rails, that’s the almighty X-Runtime header — reported to the 6th decimal of a second, for that extra punch of authority. A clear target, easily measured, and in that safe realm of your own code to make it appear fully controllable and scientific. But what good is saving off milliseconds for a 50ms internal target,…
  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

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    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…
  • Hiring By Audition Expanded

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt Mullenweg
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    The guest blog on Automattic’s hiring process for the Harvard Business Review ended up being pretty popular and thanks to Michelle Weber and Dan McGinn it’s been expanded into a longer version that’s now on shelves in the actual magazine! Very excited about this. If you are in an airport and see it on the stands (as above) definitely pick it up, it’s a great issue.
  • Contribute to Altimeter’s Report on Employee Engagement and Advocacy

    Altimeter Group
    Charlene Li
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Altimeter recently published a new report on Digital Transformation that highlights the central role that customer experience plays. A key factor to creating and delivering a great customer experience is the ability of a company’s workforce to modernize, use new technology platforms to connect with each other and customers, and most importantly, adopt a new mindset of […]
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    Penelope Trunk Careers

  • Four-day webinar with Penelope: Networking for people who hate networking

    Penelope Trunk
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:45 am
    This webinar includes four days of of video sessions and email-based course materials. You can purchase this webinar for anytime, on-demand access. The cost is $195.   Buy now! I need to tell you at the top of this that I also have a special guest for this webinar: Guy Kawasaki. I probably should have a huge picture of Guy because really, he is the king of networking. The last time I hung out with him was at SXSW and he rented a limo to party-hop, because he was invited to all 50 parties that were going on that night. So we are bouncing from party to party and finally I announced,…
  • Don’t let your career become outdated

    Penelope Trunk
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:32 am
    I’m still stuck on that study in the Harvard Business Review that I wrote about a few weeks ago. The data shows that what women want from their career is respect, and what men want is a series of engaging problems to solve. This struck me as totally true. But personality type complicates the picture. My personality type is ENTJ—which is only 0.5% of the female population. So you can bet that I care less about respect than most women. And the guys who work in non-profits saving lives and being kind or whatever, it’s a safe assumption that they are feeling types and that they…
  • Simplifying life has nothing to do with all your stuff

    Penelope Trunk
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I have never filed my taxes on time. Ever. It’s very annoying when people blame every little thing on their parents, so I’m not going to tell you that year after year my mom would let my dad do their taxes, my dad would wait until the last minute, and then he’d ask my mom to sign at 11:45 pm so he could drive to the post office and get it postmarked and she would say she has to read it and he would throw a fit. Then the police would come and stop the fight. You might ask why did my mom not trust my dad, or why did they did not hire an accountant when they were earning…
  • When is worry good?

    Penelope Trunk
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:57 am
    Last night I was in bed with Matthew, and I was reading The Week, which I totally love because it’s like a summary of every idea that has been posed by mainstream media for the last seven days. My only gripe is they should be quoting my blog. Especially for topics about women and work. And in fact, I am putting a link here to Editor-in-Chief William Falk, so  this post comes up in his google alerts and he mends his misguided ways. I worry that I should not be worrying about this. Why can’t I just enjoy a magazine I like? 1. Worry you are not worrying about the right thing.
  • The revolution in Ukraine… and on my site

    Penelope Trunk
    27 Feb 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Did you notice there is a person in hiding on the Quistic team page?  He won’t let me show you his picture or give you his real name because he’s scared people will find out he works for an American company and they will come to his house to take his money. “What? Who would do that?” I ask. “The mob. Or the police. In Ukraine it’s the same thing.” So I used this site that picks Russian names to find one for our team page. I suggested some and we settled on Dmitry Petrov. This happened six months ago. Before the revolution. It was when I was…
 
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Dragons on the far side of the histogram

    David
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Performance tuning is a fun sport, but how you’re keeping score matters more than you think, if winning is to have real impact. When it comes to web applications, the first mistake is start with what’s the easiest to measure: server-side generation times. In Rails, that’s the almighty X-Runtime header — reported to the 6th decimal of a second, for that extra punch of authority. A clear target, easily measured, and in that safe realm of your own code to make it appear fully controllable and scientific. But what good is saving off milliseconds for a 50ms internal target,…
  • Marketing around situations

    Mig Reyes
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Before he made The Simpsons, Matt Groening’s famous comics and illustrations graced the covers of Apple brochures. The writing inside—from 1989, mind you—still does a great job selling the Mac. Instead of blanket marketing a one-size-fits-all message, Apple took the time to speak to every situation a person is in. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, the Mac is there to put order back in your life. If you’re unemployed, the Mac is there to help you chase a career. If you’re a habitual procrastinator, the Mac is there for your spark of productivity. They’re listening to us, and our…
  • Another Chapter

    Basecamp
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    So, a few years ago Dana Brunetti at Trigger Street Productions (Social Network and Captain Philips) got in touch with us after reading our book, REWORK. He loved the themes and the overall story of how our company came to be. Some time passed and we hadn’t heard anything… Until a week ago. We’re super-excited to let you know that Netflix Originals has decided to take on the project and turn our little book into a feature film! Martyn Burke was brought on to write the screenplay and Gwyneth Horder-Payton will direct. Filming is supposed to start sometime this spring and we…
  • Basecamp goes back to basics

    Jonas Downey
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that computers and user interfaces peaked in the 1980s. Everything was clear and simple, without all of our modern annoyances like portability, color, touchscreens, and the Internet. With that in mind, we took a long, hard look at Basecamp. We asked questions like: Is Basecamp as simple as it can be? Should we make Basecamp less colorful? What if Basecamp was stored on 800kb floppy disks? When is Knight Rider starting? So today, after months of work, we’re excited to announce that Basecamp is going back to basics. We’ve…
  • Basecamp network attack postmortem

    David
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:01 am
    As we detailed in Basecamp was under network attack, criminals assaulted our network with a DDoS attack on March 24. This is the technical postmortem that we promised. The main attack lasted a total of an hour and 40 minutes starting at 8:32 central time and ending around 10:12. During that window, Basecamp and the other services were completely unavailable for 45 minutes, and intermittently up and down or slow for the rest. In addition to the attack itself, Basecamp got put in network quarantine by other providers, so it wasn’t until 11:08 that access was restored for everyone,…
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  • 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…
  • So I Got Sued By A Patent Troll Who Thinks They Own Downloading Movies (only before they are released in theaters) over Cellular

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    28 Jan 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of Patent Trolls.  Actually, there are only a few areas in which Im a fan of patents at all.  The lawsuits filed against Magnolia (and Apple, Amazon and Weinstein Companies) are perfect examples of why. In this case a company was able to get a patent on the downloading of movies over cellular networks , but only for movies that have not been released in theaters yet. Could there be a more ridiculous patent ever issued  ? Follow the logic here.  If Magnolia, which distributes movies and pioneered the release of movies before they are in…
 
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Hiring By Audition Expanded

    Matt Mullenweg
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    The guest blog on Automattic’s hiring process for the Harvard Business Review ended up being pretty popular and thanks to Michelle Weber and Dan McGinn it’s been expanded into a longer version that’s now on shelves in the actual magazine! Very excited about this. If you are in an airport and see it on the stands (as above) definitely pick it up, it’s a great issue.
  • Automattic Longreads

    Matt Mullenweg
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Brad Stone at BusinessWeek reports Automattic has acquired the great service Longreads, which you can also read about on our blog. See also: Techmeme.
  • Why the Web Still Matters for Writing

    Matt Mullenweg
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    I wanted to share unique perspective for why the web matters in an app world with a guest post from Stratechery writer Ben Thompson: This week Twitter was abuzz with the most recent report from Flurry that showed people spending most of their time on mobile using apps, not the browser: Many were quick to once again declare “The Web is Dead,” but I’m not sure that conclusion makes sense, at least for writing. First off, Flurry’s numbers don’t account for webviews within mobile apps. On my site, Stratechery, 37% of my iOS traffic comes from webviews (Android doesn’t break out the…
  • Bitcoin: The Fifth Protocol

    Matt Mullenweg
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Naval Ravikant writes on Bitcoin (and more) as The Fifth Protocol. Fantastic read, and reminds me to read Snow Crash.
  • Automattic Around the World

    Matt Mullenweg
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    In April and May, there are Automattic team meetups and events happening in Budapest, Napa Valley, Pender Island, New Orleans, Barbados, Cardiff, Konstanz, Playa Del Carmen, Portland, Toronto, Saratoga Springs, Palermo, Edinburgh, and Lisbon. Did I mention that we’re hiring?
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    Altimeter Group

  • Contribute to Altimeter’s Report on Employee Engagement and Advocacy

    Charlene Li
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Altimeter recently published a new report on Digital Transformation that highlights the central role that customer experience plays. A key factor to creating and delivering a great customer experience is the ability of a company’s workforce to modernize, use new technology platforms to connect with each other and customers, and most importantly, adopt a new mindset of […]
  • Redefining Marketing: What it Means to be a Modern Marketer

    Andrew Jones
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Marketing has changed substantially in the past few decades. With the proliferation of CRM, ecommerce, cookies, loyalty programs, etc. marketers have more customer data than ever. And just in the past few years, the widespread adoption of social and mobile technologies has brought more complexity, yet also the potential for even greater insight into the […]
  • Battle of the Marketing Clouds

    Andrew Jones
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    IBM officially joined the Marketing Cloud battle today, with the news that it is acquiring marketing automation vendor SilverPop. This expands IBM’s  capabilities to scale personalized customer engagement beyond Unica—certainly in email, but across all digital channels. (IBM is no stranger to marketing software, but they’ve really not been a contender in this category) IBM […]
  • New Research: Understanding the Digital Customer Experience Drives Investment in Digital Transformation

    Jaimy Szymanski
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    “Digital transformation” isn’t a trendy moniker to signify an increase in technology investment. It’s a renewed focus on the customer and the human side of business. In Altimeter Group’s latest research, we uncovered that digital transformation is a re-alignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models with a pointed purpose: to more effectively […]
  • New Report, New Service Offerings for Social Data

    Susan Etlinger
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:30 am
    Late last year, I started wondering about social media command centers. Salesforce had launched one, as had Brandwatch, but I wondered: were they really still relevant? Were companies investing in command center deployments, or had interest subsided since their heyday in 2010? I started talking to clients and vendors to take a pulse on how […]
 
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  • Sports and Markets…DraftKings and Stocktwits

    Howard Lindzon
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    Stocktwits is partnering through the summer with DraftKings – a New Fantasy Game that traders and investors love. DraftKings.com host rapid-fire fantasy sports contests, where you can both have fun and win cash. Their contests for PGA are simple — pick the best possible team of golfers under the designated salary cap, watch them perform over the weekend and collect your money when the tournament is over. Contests in other sports, like NBA and MLB, last just 1-day. DraftKings has a special contest—hidden from the rest of their customers—just for people at who click on this link.
  • The ‘Quantified Us’…The Future of Niche and Vertical Social Networks Like Stocktwits

    Howard Lindzon
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    I was excited to see Stocktwits mentioned in ‘Wired’ recently in an article entitled ‘Forget the Quantified Self. We Need to Build the Quantified Us‘. The gist: The Quantified Us should be based on a select group of people who share similar goals, health conditions, or even similarity of emerging data patterns. They could be your friends, but they’re more likely strangers who happen to have a lot in common with you. We are already starting to see the beginnings of a Quantified Us movement starting to emerge, though we feel its full potential is untapped: StockTwits…
  • Social Data Boom – More Important Than You Think for Markets, Trading and Investing

    Howard Lindzon
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    One of our partners, GNIP, has an awesome whitepaper on ‘Social Media and Markets: The Coming of Age‘. It is well worth a download and read. I have been relying on social data very heavily since 2005. It is the year I started blogging, and here is the proof. It is amazing how many of those bloggers, investors and sites I followed back in 2005 (check that blogroll on the right side) continue to be my faves today. The biggest difference about blogging in 2005 versus today is the messiness of the platforms and the pages which I miss today and will likely return (that is a subject for…
  • The Stock Market in April 2014 – Burgers, Bandaids and Broken IPO’s

    Howard Lindzon
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The title sums up today’s stock market. We are in the midst of a technology boom, but it is burgers and bandaids that rule. Take a look at the charts of Mcdonalds (MCD) and Johnson and Johnson (JNJ): Now let’s take a look at the current IPO market. Healtcare and Software – a no brainer right?…nope: Here is a broken 3D printing IPO The idea of an ETF for IPO’s is really smart and useful, but maybe just the timing was a signal to be careful. The ETF is down 14 percent in just the last 3 weeks: The stock market is a wierd and whacky place. There is so much day to…
  • Twitter is the ‘Real’ Flappy Bird….and other Fear Mongering Headlines

    Howard Lindzon
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    Twitter is locked in a sickening grind lower for the last two months. They are not alone. A lot of momentum stocks are down 30-50 percent from January highs. Take a look at 3D printing leader of 2013 DDD which Deutsche Bank upgraded their price target to $160 in January: (The DOODLE faeture in the upcoming ChartIQ release is wicked fun) I have been a little conservative since January and on March 10th starting adding a few index shorts on Stocktwits when some indicators starting flashing caution to me. Not enough as usual. Look at the Bankers bonuses that were ratcheting up and the biotech…
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  • Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?

    Tim Ferriss
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Preface by Editor This post will explain how heat can be used to increase growth hormone, muscular hypertrophy, endurance, and otherwise aid performance. It’s authored by Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick, Ph.D, and it’s comprehensive. But before we get started, you need to read some background and warnings… Heat is no joke. Ever since I was a premie, overheating and thermo-regulation have been my arch-enemies. On a few occasions, I’ve been hospitalized for heat stroke symptoms, and the symptoms hit suddenly and without warning. I’m extremely lucky I didn’t smash…
  • The Tim Ferriss Experiment Cometh! All 13 Episodes At Once, House of Cards-Style

    Tim Ferriss
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Let’s get this party started! For months now, I’ve wanted show you all of my TV episodes. Over the last year, the team at ZPZ (the production company behind Anthony Bourdain) and Turner Broadcasting have helped me capture incredible footage and characters all over the country. I’m thrilled with every episode. Alas, for reasons I won’t bore you with, the TV broadcasting puzzle piece is taking ages to sort out. I’ve been fighting hard behind the scenes, and it’s been a sumnabitch process for an impatient Long Island boy (me). The waiting has driven me…
  • 12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time — The Only Post You’ll Ever Need

    Tim Ferriss
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Preface by Tim Ferriss I’ve written about how I learned to speak, read, and write Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. I’ve also covered my experiments with German, Indonesian, Arabic, Norwegian, Turkish, and perhaps a dozen others. There are only few language learners who dazzle me, and Benny Lewis is one of them. This definitive guest post by Benny will teach you: How to speak your target language today. How to reach fluency and exceed it within a few months. How to pass yourself off as a native speaker. And finally, how to tackle multiple languages to become a…
  • The Art of Learning: The Tool of Choice for Top Athletes, Traders, and Creatives

    Tim Ferriss
    5 Mar 2014 | 1:31 pm
    This post is about the third book in the Tim Ferriss Book Club, which is limited to books that have dramatically impacted my life. Enjoy! “I strongly recommend [The Art of Learning] for anyone who lives in a world of competition, whether it’s sports or business or anywhere else.” - Mark Messier, 6-Time Stanley Cup Champion “[This book] is a testimonial to the timeless principle of ‘do less and accomplish more.’ Highly recommended.” - Deepak Chopra “Josh provides tools that allow all of us to improve ourselves every day.” - Cal Ripken, Jr.,…
  • My Latest Obsessions: Voodoo Floss, Pu-Erh Tea, Electronic Gypsy Music, and More

    Tim Ferriss
    26 Feb 2014 | 1:13 am
    One video letter from my quarterly mailings. Every three months, I ship out a box of wonderful physical products, along with a video “letter” explaining how I found them and how I use them. One such video letter is above. The theme of these quarterly mailings is obsession–the ideas and objects I can’t get out of my head. Obsessions enter my life from odd places.  Currently, my gadgets and gear recommendations are coming from Cirque du Soleil performers, chess prodigies, Fortune 500 CEOs, and military snipers.  It’s the randomness that makes it fun. More than…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The thing that happened before this

    Seth Godin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most underrated scene in the Wizard of Oz is the hallway leading up to the audience with the great and powerful one. One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it's just so much trouble to get to see him--and that hallway is the perfect metaphor. I still remember visiting a talent agency in Hollywood a decade ago. The lobby was far bigger than most people's homes, and it was totally empty, a long, long walk from the automatically opened door to the Centurion at the desk. Contrast this with a doctor's office I recently visited. He was sharing space…
  • Connecting dots (or collecting dots)

    Seth Godin
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Without a doubt, the ability to connect the dots is rare, prized and valuable. Connecting dots, solving the problem that hasn't been solved before, seeing the pattern before it is made obvious, is more essential than ever before. Why then, do we spend so much time collecting dots instead? More facts, more tests, more need for data, even when we have no clue (and no practice) in doing anything with it. Their big bag of dots isn't worth nearly as much as your handful of insight, is it?        
  • Trust and attention, the endless dance

    Seth Godin
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    The two scarce elements of our economy are trust and attention. Trust is scarce because it's not a simple instinct and it's incredibly fragile, disappearing often in the face of greed, shortcuts or ignorance. And attention is scarce because it doesn't scale. We can't do more than one thing at a time, and the number of organizations and ideas that are competing for our attention grows daily. The dance happens because often, it seems as though we need to trade trust in exchange for attention. We have to rely on gimmicks, or overpromise and hype in order to get people to, "look at me!" And of…
  • The right moment

    Seth Godin
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    You might be waiting for things to settle down. For the kids to be old enough, for work to calm down, for the economy to recover, for the weather to cooperate, for your bad back to let up just a little... The thing is, people who make a difference never wait for just the right time. They know that it will never arrive. Instead, they make their ruckus when they are short of sleep, out of money, hungry, in the middle of a domestic mess and during a blizzard. Whenever. As long as whenever is now.        
  • Steal, don't invent

    Seth Godin
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    Steal your business model. We don't have a shortage of business models, it's okay if you pick one that's already working for someone else. Steal your web design. There will always be enough people brave enough to invent whole new ways of interacting online. But unless you're an interaction designer or your business model depends on something new, do us all a favor and use something that already works. Steal your tools. You probably don't need to build a new email delivery engine, a new overnight shipping method or a new way to run payroll. Once someone has a reliable, cost-effective building…
 
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  • The Difference Between Large Funds and Small Funds

    Fred Wilson
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    I have always been a “small fund” oriented investor. Both models work if executed well, but they are different. With small funds, you only need to find a few good ideas a year to get behind. That is true in hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, and probably many other asset classes. With large funds, you need to get behind every good idea every year. There are some investors out there than can execute the large fund model. I imagine you can list them and so can I. But there aren’t many who can. There are many investors out there that can execute the small fund model.
  • Cryptography

    Fred Wilson
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    So much of what interests me and consumes the tech industry these days relates to Cryptography, and in particularly public key cryptography. The list would include Heartbleed, NSA spying on citizens, and of course, Bitcoin and Blockhains. And yet, when I hear people talk about Cryptography or when I read about Cryptography, my eyes tend to glaze over because I never studied Cryptography and am a self taught coder. So I need to fix this. I want to bone up on Cryptography. Where should I start and what should I read?
  • The Business Insider Interview

    Fred Wilson
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:41 am
    A few weeks ago Alyson Shontell came into USV to talk to me. She wanted to talk on background about the NYC tech sector. She recorded our talk which lasted about an hour. After transcribing the talk, she reached out to me and suggested printing the entire thing as a Q&A. I was nervous about that because I was pretty candid about things in our talk as it was on background. But after reading the transcript, I understood why Alyson wanted to run it in its entirety. I ran it by the Gotham Gal and my partners and they said it was OK. So I asked her to change one thing where I felt I was not…
  • A WordPress Plugin For A Books List?

    Fred Wilson
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    The Gotham Gal moved to WordPress this week. I mentioned it in a post mid week. She maintains a book list on her blog. She’s a huge reader, at least a couple books a week, many times more than that. And she lists her favorite reads for all to see. It used to be a TypePad widget on the sidebar but in the new UI, it’s an entire page linked to off the main header. On TypePad, she could enter a book name, an ASIN, or an ISBN and the book and link to Amazon would automatically be added to the list (with her Amazon Affiliate ID attached). I spent about an hour yesterday trying to…
  • Video Of The Week: Jeff Lawson on Software People

    Fred Wilson
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Jeff Lawson is the founder and CEO of our portfolio company Twilio. We had the pleasure of watching him present at a USV event yesterday. Jeff has this notion of “software people” that is a big part of what his vision is for Twilio and it was a big part of his talk yesterday. So I thought I’d share a video from last summer where Jeff talks a lot about this notion of “software people”. It’s good.
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  • #IoTH: The Internet of Things and Humans

    Tim O'Reilly
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Rod Smith of IBM and I had a call the other day to prepare for our onstage conversation at O’Reilly’s upcoming Solid Conference, and I was surprised to find how much we were in agreement about one idea: so many of the most interesting applications of the Internet of Things involve new ways of thinking about how humans and things cooperate differently when the things get smarter. It really ought to be called the Internet of Things and Humans — #IoTH, not just #IoT! Let’s start by understanding the Internet of Things as the combination of sensors, a network, and…
  • Announcing BioCoder issue 3

    Mike Loukides
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’re excited about the third issue of BioCoder, O’Reilly’s newsletter about the revolution in biology and biotechnology. In the first article of our new issue, Ryan Bethencourt asks the question “What does Biotechnology Want?” Playing with Kevin Kelly’s ideas about how technological development drives human development, Bethencourt asks about the directions in which biotechnology is driving us. We’re looking for a new future with significant advances in agriculture, food, health, environmental protection, and more. That future will be ours — if…
  • Four short links: 15 April 2014

    Nat Torkington
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Funders Punish Open Access Dodgers (Nature) — US’s NIH and UK’s Wellcome Trust are withholding funding from academics who haven’t released their data despite it being a condition of past funding. It’s open access’s grab twist and pull move. Digitize Books with Mindstorms and Raspberry Pi — Lego to turn the page, Pi to take photo. Humans Steal Jobs from Robots at Toyota (Bloomberg) — Toyota’s next step forward is counter-intuitive in an age of automation: Humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new…
  • Four short links: 14 April 2014

    Nat Torkington
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    dategrep — print lines matching ranges of dates. Genius! Business Case Guidance in Agile Projects (gov.uk) — how the UK govt signs off on Agile projects, which normally governments have no clue over how to handle properly. Hyper Growth Done Right — “While I was at Oracle, it took a month before a new engineer would get any code in,” Agarwal says. “It sent this implicit message that it’s okay to take a month to write some code.” First time I’d heard this wise point articulated: slow feedback loops send the message that progress can be slow. Docker + Github +…
  • Distributed science

    Mike Loukides
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    Participants at #ScienceHack 2014, Synbiota’s Open Distributed Genetic Engineering event. Photo by Madison Matthews, courtesy of Synbiota.In my post on biohacking and bioterrorism, I briefly mentioned the possibility of vaccines and other treatments developed outside of institutional research. That may be far-fetched, and I certainly hope we’re never in a situation where DIY treatments are the only ones available. But it is worth looking at how biologists outside of medical institutions are transforming research. Perhaps the most ambitious project right now is…
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  • Amazon Merges Kindle Personal Documents With Cloud Drive

    Sarah Perez
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
     Amazon announced this morning through an email to its customers that all personal documents archived in your Kindle e-reader library are also now being made available from Amazon Cloud Drive. The files will be placed in a new folder called “My Send-to-Kindle Docs” where you’ll then be able to manage the items as you would any other file, including being able to organize, share or… Read More
  • YouTube Network The Young Turks Raises $4 Million To Expand To New Platforms

    Ryan Lawler
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
     Over the years, many people have come to love The Young Turks for its particular brand of progressive politics and news commentary on cable TV and online. Now that it's completely digital, though, the company behind the show is looking to grow the business, with $4 million in new funding. Read More
  • SuperAwesome Acqui-Hires Sales And Ad Teams From Kids Virtual World Bin Weevils

    Steve O'Hear
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
     SuperAwesome, the European ad network and marketing platform for kids and teens, continues to roll up talent in the space. Read More
  • Google’s Environment Sensing Project Tango Gets A Teardown

    Darrell Etherington
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
     Google’s Project Tango prototype smartphone is armed with four cameras to allow it to take stock of its environment and record and use 3D depth-sensing info, and it’s basically just a bunch of cameras and sensor glommed onto a fairly impressive Android smartphone with a quad-core processor and 2GBs of RAM to crunch all that environment data. iFixit got to tear it down and have a look… Read More
  • Mike Judge And The Stars Of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Will Join Us At Disrupt NY

    Ryan Lawler
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
     We've invited Mike Judge to join us at Disrupt, along with Silicon Valley executive producer and writer Alec Berg. We'll also welcome Thomas Middleditch, who stars as Pied Piper founder and CEO Richard Hendricks, as well as T.J. Miller, who plays the surly "incubator" head Erlich Bachman, at the event. Read More
 
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  • The press isn't getting Heartbleed

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    This is like a slow motion 9/11 -- it really is that serious, or more serious. No one is alarmed. The companies that should be safing-up their servers are moving too slowly. This is very much like the buildup to the war in Iraq when the media didn't carry the real story. Only this time there is a lot that we should be doing that we aren't doing. What we should be doing Locating and updating the vulnerable servers. There is no number 2.
  • Mansplaining

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    It's a gender-specific putdown, like saying a woman is emotional, or a black person "uppity." Not only is it rude, unfair, and a lot of other negative things, it also says that the accuser has no real objection to what the person is saying. If they did, why resort to an ad hominem attack. If you're being lectured at, condescended to, how about walking away? The term is also wildly misused. How could a blog post be mansplaining? Yet I've heard it said many times that a blog post is. (You're not cornered, you can always hit the Back button, and it's not making any assumptions about gender of…
  • Old-time laptops

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    In the early-mid 80s the art of laptop computers was just getting started. That's a picture of the TRS 80 Model 100. It ran Microsoft software, if I remember correctly -- couldn't run what we now call "apps." But it had a little word processor and a BASIC interpreter, and could connect up to your desktop computer. I owned one, but never really used it. I was an Apple II guy at the time, about to transition to the IBM PC. My first real laptop was the DG One. I was one of its early developers. Really made an impression. It was a real computer. Quite heavy, almost in what was then called the…
  • Reading Ted Nelson on an iPhone

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Yesterday I wrote I was doing stuff with XML-RPC, but didn't say what I was doing. I hit a conceptual stopping point on a user interface project I've been working on, inspired by Jay Rosen's use of Fargo as a presentation tool in his talk last week in Austin. I needed to move from the UI to the machine room, to plumbing and wiring and some of it, in computer networking terms, quite ancient! Sometimes that helps clear the mind, switching what kind of puzzle you're working on. So if you hit a conceptual wall working on the user-facing stuff, switch gears and do some work on the plumbing. My…
  • Weekend linkblog posts

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    I haven't yet combined the linkblog feed with the main Scripting News feed. I want to give aggregator developers a bit more time to learn how to deal with title-less feed items. But if you're subscribed to this feed, I wrote a few mini-essays on the home page yesterday that you might want to read. Here's the link.
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  • 5 of my favorite things

    Craig Newmark
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    Folks, I'm often asked about my interests and priorities. I decided to share 5 of my favorite things in my personal life. Many of you may not be surprised to hear some of these… Birds – the Mrs. and I created a Birdography Spectacular dedicated to all of the birds and their friends who visit my home office. Babies – both bird babies and human babies. me with #20… Dogs – I carry dog treats whenever I'm out, just in case I run into a furry friend (or four) who needs a pick-me-up.  TV – the Game of Thrones guy, George R. R. Martin's a really…
  • Does Journalism Need New Ethics?

    Craig Newmark
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    Folks, here's an excerpt of a blog post I wrote for Poynter. Please click here to read the whole story. When I saw a story recently in the New Republic asserting that Silicon Valley has become one of “the most ageist places in America,” I was taken aback. As far as I can tell, there is discrimination against older people in the business world, but it’s no different from what I’ve seen through a 38-year career. It doesn’t surprise me, since I’ve faced what might be ageism (I’m 61), but maybe I have been discriminated because I’m balding, short, and pudgy. Still, I have…
  • The Third Metric and Nerd Values

    Craig Newmark
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:08 am
    The Third Metric is better explained in Arianna Huffington's Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. This is my take on it. Nerdiness involves a lack of normal social affect, where conventional ambitions, like money and power aren't such a big deal. The call to power doesn't make much sense to me. Here're a few words from a nerdy perspective, which I live by to the best of my ability. One needs the finances to live comfortably, and to help friends and family do that, but seriously, know when enough is enough. In…
  • The Future of EK Radio

    Craig Newmark
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
    Folks, I'm still working with the Organic Health Response on IT support, and we just got an update in from the radio team on Mfangano Island, Kenya. They interviewed community members and asked them about the future of the radio station. The Ekialo Kiona Radio, EK FM, is proud to be Suba. "Turi alala," its slogan, means "together" in the local Suba language. Here's what they had to say:  The Organic Health Response (OHR) had a vision to establish a youth-driven, wind-powered, Suba language radio station on Mfangano Island, Kenya. On World AIDS Day Dec. 1st,…
  • 6 Women Who Are Disrupting the Startup World With Social Change

    Craig Newmark
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Folks, my team and I have compiled a list of 6 women who are really disrupting the startup world with social change. These women are in no particular order, but are listed here because their work is admirable, and they really have their boots on the ground, working to make a real difference. Grace Garey: Co-founder, Watsi Follow @gracegarey Watsi is a Kickstarter-like website for medical treatments. Web visitors can go to the website, donate as little as $5, and 100% of that donation will directly fund medical care for a specific person somewhere in the world. Grace says she's…
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