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  • Giving Thanks

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    Fred Wilson
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    I went back and read all of the thanksgiving posts I have written here at AVC this morning. That’s a good way to remind myself of everything I have to be thankful for and I have a lot. I found this picture of the Gotham Gal cutting a turkey up ten years ago. I remember that thanksgiving well. I’m glad that our country takes a day off to give thanks. It’s my favorite holiday of the year because it is not tinged with religion or national pride. Thanksgiving has no baggage. It’s a day for friends, family, warmth, food, wine, and relaxation. I plan to spend the day mindful…
  • You have to fail to move forward

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    Penelope Trunk
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Kate and I are getting acclimated to each other. I am used to how when I was coaching Kate she thought everything I said was genius. But now that she lives with me she would like me to not be so bossy. Kate discovers that the best time to talk with me is late at night when the boys are asleep and I’m too tired to work—that’s when I’m the least stressed out. And she is getting used to me having an assistant for everything. Jeanenne and Kate spend the morning on the sofa trying to figure out how to get Kate health insurance. But after all their effort, it becomes…
  • Basecamp Stickers

    Signal vs. Noise
    Shaun
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    I really dug Apple’s Stickers commercial and the other day I thought, “Heck! We have stickers and laptops and dubstep!” So, why not make one of our own? I found the song and created a short waveform animation which I used as a template for the stop motion. I took 900 separate images of the sticker positions and cut it down to the 30 seconds you see here. Check out the full 60-second video here.
  • My Conversation with Business Insider about Net Neutrality

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

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I kind of want spell check for emails I receive, not just ones I send. Also someone needs to make a Ubiquiti server hosting service.
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  • You have to fail to move forward

    Penelope Trunk
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Kate and I are getting acclimated to each other. I am used to how when I was coaching Kate she thought everything I said was genius. But now that she lives with me she would like me to not be so bossy. Kate discovers that the best time to talk with me is late at night when the boys are asleep and I’m too tired to work—that’s when I’m the least stressed out. And she is getting used to me having an assistant for everything. Jeanenne and Kate spend the morning on the sofa trying to figure out how to get Kate health insurance. But after all their effort, it becomes…
  • 4-Day webinar with Penelope: Make money selling your ideas

    Penelope Trunk
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The course will be Mon. Dec. 15 through Thurs. Dec. 18 at 8pm EST. It’s $195. But if you sign up before Nov. 21, you get a $50 discount. The course includes four days of live video sessions, live chat and email-based course materials. If  you miss the live sessions you can view them on demand.  Sign up now. You can judge if you are one of my good friends by whether or not I’ve fired you. Melissa, for example, is my really really good friend because I’ve fired her three times. I fired Cassie twice. In fact, I was going to throw out that picture up top because it was…
  • 7 Ways to have a good marriage

    Penelope Trunk
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    Staying married is important for your career. If you’re the breadwinner, and you have kids but get divorced, you will need to earn enough money for two households instead of one. Bye-bye career change. If you are not the breadwinner, you’ll start being the breadwinner, and all the career flexibility your marriage provided will be gone. Now you’ll have a much more limited set of possibilities for your career choices. Add to that: you won’t be able to relocate for a job because your kids are not going to relocate with you—that’s almost always by court…
  • How to get a career that provides stability

    Penelope Trunk
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    I spent a lot of the last decade writing about what each generation wants from a job. I wrote for Time magazine that Generation Y wants engagement. I wrote that Generation X wants flexibility. I wrote that Baby Boomers want power. But the common truth is that we all want stability. Each generation just has their own idea of the right path to a stable career. A unifying thing about a multigenerational workforce is that career stability is the same for all of us—it’s about keeping us with the changing demands of work. Here’s what you need to do to create stability for…
  • What type of woman should freeze her eggs?

    Penelope Trunk
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Apple and Facebook announced that the companies will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. It’s a great company policy. For one thing, it’s acknowledgment that the gap between women and men in the workplace is that women’s careers are controlled by their biological clock and men’s are not. Another thing this new policy does is it gives women more reproductive choices. Similar to the pill, really. So it should be no surprise that like the pill, egg freezing faces widespread wariness. As if perfectly timed for the news, Jonathan Eig just published a book titled, The Birth of…
 
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  • Basecamp Stickers

    Shaun
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    I really dug Apple’s Stickers commercial and the other day I thought, “Heck! We have stickers and laptops and dubstep!” So, why not make one of our own? I found the song and created a short waveform animation which I used as a template for the stop motion. I took 900 separate images of the sticker positions and cut it down to the 30 seconds you see here. Check out the full 60-second video here.
  • Sharing a first draft

    Jason Fried
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Been working on some copy for the Basecamp site. I don’t know where it’s going to go yet – maybe on a new page, maybe it’ll replace something else, maybe we’ll even test it as the new home page. But I wasn’t thinking of where it was going to go when I wrote it. I was just thinking about what I wanted to communicate, what I wanted to say. It’s sort of an ode to project managers. So I wrote it. It’s not done, but I thought I’d share it so far. Here it is: You’re responsible for getting a project done. You need to pull together a variety of…
  • Writing-first Design

    Jonas Downey
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    A quick way to measure a designer’s maturity is to watch what they do at the beginning of a project. Inexperienced designers are often smitten by the allure of new tools and quick results, so they’ll jump in to Photoshop or Sketch and start messing with layouts and style explorations. Seasoned designers know this can be distracting, so they might start by doing research or drawing in a paper sketchbook instead. Sketching is great, but before I start sketching, I start writing. Writing first has lots of advantages, regardless of the project you’re working on. Here are a few examples.
  • A Glimpse of Artificial Intelligence

    Jamie
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    At 8:15 AM I called Safelite Auto Glass for a quote to fix a chip in my car’s windshield. I wasn’t expecting to get the work done today, but the customer service rep gave me a great deal. We scheduled the appointment for 9:30 AM. Then he asked if he could send me an email confirmation. Normally I don’t give out my email address because I don’t want to get on another mailing list. However, in my past experience there’s been miscommunication between the corporate call center and the place of service. In truth, the $50 Safelite quote was way below the $140 dealer…
  • Art and Craft

    Wailin Wong
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Priceless cultural artifacts and works of art belong in a museum, as Indiana Jones taught us. But if the museum doesn’t have the space for that painting or Cross of Coronado, these pieces go to companies like The Icon Group. Photo by Michael Berger Founded in 1980, The Icon Group is a specialized moving and storage business that performs the vital but unsung task of boxing up fine art objects and storing them safely. There’s an incredible amount of knowledge and skill that goes into handling an oddly shaped or fragile piece, and companies like The Icon Group only gain that…
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  • My Conversation with Business Insider about Net Neutrality

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

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

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

    Matt
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I kind of want spell check for emails I receive, not just ones I send. Also someone needs to make a Ubiquiti server hosting service.
  • Life Hack

    Matt
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Life Hack: Put leftovers on top of your Mac Pro to keep them warm.
  • Science of Hits

    Matt
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    “Because the most-popular songs now stay on the charts for months, the relative value of a hit has exploded. The top 1 percent of bands and solo artists now earn 77 percent of all revenue from recorded music, media researchers report. And even though the amount of digital music sold has surged, the 10 best-selling tracks command 82 percent more of the market than they did a decade ago. The advent of do-it-yourself artists in the digital age may have grown music’s long tail, but its fat head keeps getting fatter.” — The Shazam Effect.
  • Peak Beard

    Matt
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    “If, like me, you are a staunch pogonophile and do not believe there is a single man who cannot be improved with a beard, these are happy times indeed.” The Guardian asks Have we reached peak beard?. Also check out their take on the lumbersexual, which a closet full of plaid shirts might indicate I’m trending toward.
  • Munchery is Eating the Restaurant

    Matt
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Munchery is Eating the Restaurant, a cool write-up of Munchery which I’ve been a long-time fan of and is an Audrey company. Whenever I’m in SF I order from Munchery.
 
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  • Nasdaq 10,000 by 2016

    Howard Lindzon
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:14 am
    I have had a fantastic week of work in London. All of it off the telco grid. I have survived on wifi, paper maps and friends. Last night I got to hang with my good friend Yoni Assia (world travelere based in Israel), founder of Etoro (an amazing and almost global brokerage which I am investor in) who was wildly bullish on Bitcoin in 2009 at 20 cents. He begged me to own some while I was visiting Israel. I did not. Last night he used my Robinhood account to buy 1 share of Apple on my Robinhood iPhone app with the flick of a finger. He shared it into my stream to embarrass me. This classic…
  • Peak America? Peak Internet Freedom? Peak Lindzon?

    Howard Lindzon
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    As confident as I am in the social revolution and boom….I worry about all of the above in the title as I travel for a month talking to Stocktwits customers. Fun facts about global markets at this point in time: 1. The US markets are at all-time highs (software and biotech continue to lead) 2. Oil has dropped below $80/barrel for the first time in years. Restaurant, retail and consumer good stocks are rocketing. 3. Apple has a larger market capitalization than all of Russia’s stock market. 4. Alibaba and Baidu (I am long BIDU in the SL50) are the first two Chinese companies I call…
  • CNBC – Fire Mark Hoffman

    Howard Lindzon
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    Yesterday, Jim Cramer ended up in my Twitter stream somehow ranting about how Twitter needs to fire Dick Costolo. The stock has struggled of late for sure and management changes are happening in droves. When CNBC does decide to talk about stocks and companies, it’s as an armchair quarterback, because the talking heads have not for the most part run their own businesses. Jim has some experience draining market value from The Street since 1999, so he would know about failed exec teams and boards. The Street has seen the stock peak at $47 in 1999 and settle in comfortably at $2 today.
  • My Predictions for 2015….Quantitative Socialism

    Howard Lindzon
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Before I dive into the madness, sit back, take a deep breath and listen to Howard Stern interview Jim Carey for an hour. Instant classic. I grew up sneaking into Toronto comedy clubs watching Jim do impressions when he was 14. ok… As Japan picks up the baton on ‘Quantitative Easing’, the US scorecard that the fed and Obama will point to stands like this: So final score on QE: Stocks at all-time highs. Unemployment below 6%. Gold at 4-year lows. Inflation non-existent. — Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) October 31, 2014 But, everyone is mad. Mad at Capitalism,…
  • The Biotech Boom …Too Late to Buy?…and Why Everyone Should Allocate to Trend Followers…

    Howard Lindzon
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    If being right and not making money is a sin…I am going to hell. A very hot part of it. Every year I underperform in the markets. Not the averages, just my abilities based on the opportunities. I buy too late, I sell to soon. I am at mostly at peace with it because of the opportunities. They just keep coming. Staying in the business has been the way I have operated since 1998 when I started my hedge fund and thought it would be my life work. Sixteen years later I still have most of my original limited partners. They know I have distractions and flaws and I could probably be better at…
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  • How to Launch your startup in 100 days — at LAUNCH Festival!

    Emily
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    In 109 days we will host the 8th annual LAUNCH Festival… … and you’re launching your startup at it! [ Click to tweet this email (you can edit first): http://ctt.ec/lH0g9 ] Over the eight years, I personally selected and coached startups including: Dropbox ($10B+ valuation), Mint (sold to Intuit for $170M), Yammer (sold to Microsoft for $1.2B), Red Beacon (sold to Home Depot for $70M+), Clicker (sold to CBS for $100m), FitBit ($300M+ valuation), Swype & TrueCar (IPOed this year, $1B valuation) for their six monumental minutes on stage. Those startups combined, and the 390 others…
  • Welcome to The Incubator

    Emily
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Here’s a little surprise: starting Dec 1st and ending at the LAUNCH Festival on March 2nd I will be hosting a six-startup incubator called: “The Incubator.” [ You can refer to it as “The LAUNCH Incubator” if you like. ] Two of the companies have been selected. One is founded by my former partner on Weblogs Inc, Brian Alvey; the other is by former LAUNCH CEO Jason Demant — I like to keep it all in the family! That leaves four more slots, one of which I hope to be a team willing to take on thetruthaboutcars.com (based on this request for prototype: http://goo.gl/sxYoJz ). I’d…
  • Why founders fail to scale (come to SCALE SCHOOL)

    Emily
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Why founders fail to scale (come to SCALE SCHOOL) Jason’s List: 42,220 members http://launch.co/ Words: 2,512 Listening to: David Bowie, Changes TL;DR version: founders ‘fail to scale’ because it’s harder than new features & speaking gigs Next event: SCALE (school): launchscale.net Oct 23 & 24 55 days ago I wrote “Startups are about scale,” [ http://bit.ly/1xvaJVB ] with the basic premise that “Building a great product is table stakes in 2014, leaving scaling a startup as the elite skill.” This isn’t to say that “building a great product” is easy, it’s really…
  • Apple knocks it out of the park — will be first trillion dollar company

    Emily
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Apple crushed it today. Bottom Line: Apple will be the first company to hit a trillion dollar market cap. Six Point Recap [ Click to tweet: http://ctt.ec/m06k_ ] 1. Apple Pay will add $100B in market cap -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Tap your phone or watch to a base station and pay with one click. You sign with your fingerprint reader. There are no credit card numbers stored into the phone so the person at the counter can’t steal them. People were doing this five years ago in Tokyo and Seoul when I was rolling with Masa Son and the Naver crew. Why the frack did this take so long to make here?
  • RFP (Request for Prototype): Brutal Real Estate Reviews

    Emily
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I’ve invested in 70 companies. To do this I have a secret process that involves nine full-time staffers that I’m not going to reveal right now. Perhaps when I hit 250 investments and I’m “done” (as in, 50 years old) I’ll write a book about it. Here’s a little peek into the process: I generally meet with 10 startups a week during lunch and for coffee. This is absurdly efficient, as I need to eat lunch, I like to drink coffee and I don’t like being alone. Given that, I wind up investing in 30 of the 500+ companies I meet with per year — however, those 500 meetings are…
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  • The Random Show: Hating Tech, Hidden Japanese Gems, Sexual Awkwardness, and More

    Ian Robinson
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This episode of The Random Show is a mind snack… fueled by wine. There are dozens of topics covered in this bromantic session of scatterbrained nonsense. Like what? To start off: hidden gems in Japan, hating tech, Kevin’s new obsessions (and projects), gifts, books we’re reading, excessive sexual awkwardness, and much more. O-tanoshimi dane! For all previous episodes of The Random Show, including the infamous China Scam episode, click here. Can’t see the video above? Click here. Want audio to listen on the go?  Here you go… Listen to it on iTunes. Stream by…
  • Nick Ganju on The Majesty of Ping Pong, Poker, and How to Write Hit Songs

    Ian Robinson
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    (Photo: Foxxyz) “It turns out that writing Tetris on your calculator doesn’t actually win you the cheerleaders.” -Nick Ganju  Housekeeping Note: The e-mail subscribers who won the SONOS PLAY:1 (The Best $200 on Sound) are Drew Glaser and Kristopher Chavez. Guys, keep an eye on your inboxes! Are you still not an e-mail subscriber? It’s free, no spam, and I send out awesome VIP exclusives. Click here to sign up, and you can always easily opt out. In this episode, I talk to my old friend Nick Ganju about ping pong, poker, hit songs, and tackling my most feared subject…
  • Margaret Cho on Comedy, Bisexuality, and The Slow-Carb Diet

    Ian Robinson
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    “My dog thought I was a singer… because dogs don’t understand standup comedy.” -Margaret Cho [20:40] [Housekeeping update: The demand for my $5K Holiday Megabox exceeded expectations, so I’m opening up a few more slots. First come, first served, and deadline is 11:59pm PT today, November 11, 2014. Click here for more details.] Margaret Cho is a polymath. She is an internationally acclaimed comic, actress, author, fashion designer and singer-songwriter. Perhaps you’ve seen her on the big screen, or in TV series such as Sex and the City and 30 Rock. But…
  • Rolf Potts on Travel Tactics, Creating Time Wealth, and Lateral Thinking

    Ian Robinson
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” - Rolf Potts “If in doubt, just walk until your day becomes interesting.” - Rolf Potts Rolf Potts is the author of Vagabonding (hear the audio book sample here), one of my favorite books of all-time.  It was one of just two books (the other was Walden) that I carried with me around the world from 2004-2005.  Those adventures led directly to The 4-Hour Workweek. World travel doesn’t have to be a wealthy person’s sport. In this often hilarious conversation, Rolf and I dig deep into travel…
  • The Unusual Books That Shaped Billionaires, Mega-Bestselling Authors, and Other Prodigies

    petewilliamspreneurgroup
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Who are the mentors to billionaires, chess prodigies, rockstars, and mega-bestselling authors?  Who teaches them to do what they do? To achieve the success they achieve? Oftentimes…it’s books. On The Tim Ferriss Show (iTunes, SoundCloud), I dissect world-class performers to find the tools and tricks you can use.  Here’s a full list of guests.  One of the questions I always ask is: “What book have you gifted most often to others, and why?”   Below is a list of answers from people like billionaire investor Peter Thiel, Tony Robbins, Pixar co-founder Ed…
 
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  • The fear of freedom

    Seth Godin
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
    What will you do next? What can you learn tomorrow? Where will you live, who will you connect with, who will you trust? Are questions better than answers? Maybe it's easier to get a dummies book, a tweet or a checklist than it is to think hard about what's next... It's certainly easier to go shopping. And easier still to buy what everyone else is buying. We live in an extraordinary moment, with countless degrees of freedom. The instant and effortless connection to a billion people changes everything, but instead, we're paralyzed with fear, a fear so widespread that you might not even notice…
  • The problem with problems

    Seth Godin
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    We have limits. There are challenges, limited resources, people or organizations working against you. Your knee hurts, the boss is a jerk, the systems are down. We have opportunities. There are opportunities, new sources of leverage and ideas just waiting to be embraced. You can share something, give something, make something better. There are always limits, and there are always opportunities. The ones we rehearse and focus on are the ones that shape our attitude and our actions. How many times a day do you think about or announce the limits you face, the people who cannot be trusted, the…
  • The last minute glitch

    Seth Godin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    I got a note from Joni Mitchell yesterday.  Well, not just me. Everyone who got her new boxed set got the note. The note takes responsibility for some of the tracks on the CD not matching the order of the liner notes. Apparently, the brilliant artist needed more time, and cared enough about her work to re-arrange it until the last minute, and was brave enough to speak up and take responsibility. So, it's not just you. The last minute looms large. The glitch is in how we define the last minute. We can't make the feeling go away, but we can be clear about when the last minute…
  • A three-step marketing ladder

    Seth Godin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Probably worth reviewing at your next marketing meeting (or every marketing meeting)... There's a three-step ladder: Awareness Education Action Awareness is when someone knows you exist. The knock-knock part of the knock-knock joke, the person who has another interest and trust to want to know more.  Awareness is sexy You don't need to be known by everyone (or even most people) merely the right ones Awareness probably isn't as much of your problem as you think it is Awareness-seeking is addictive (and easy to measure) Education is the story we tell, the transfer of information and…
  • Sign your work

    Seth Godin
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    We expect authors, painters and singers to identify themselves, to sign the work they do. And surgeons and lawyers as well. What about managers, committee members, engineers and everyone else who makes something? Who made this policy? Who designed this menu? Who approved this project? If you're not proud of it, don't ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We'll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it's worth asking why.        
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  • Fun Friday: Favorite Online Store

    Fred Wilson
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    It’s fun friday. It’s also black friday. So I thought we would share with each other the best places to shop online. For me, that’s an easy choice. I love shopping on Etsy. I like the fact that I’m buying directly from another person. I also love that the items you buy on Etsy are largely “one of a kind”. I’m on the Board of Etsy and have been for eight years. USV owns a lot of the company. So I’m biased for sure, but if you haven’t tried shopping on Etsy, I’d encourage you to give it a try. Where do you like to shop online?
  • Giving Thanks

    Fred Wilson
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    I went back and read all of the thanksgiving posts I have written here at AVC this morning. That’s a good way to remind myself of everything I have to be thankful for and I have a lot. I found this picture of the Gotham Gal cutting a turkey up ten years ago. I remember that thanksgiving well. I’m glad that our country takes a day off to give thanks. It’s my favorite holiday of the year because it is not tinged with religion or national pride. Thanksgiving has no baggage. It’s a day for friends, family, warmth, food, wine, and relaxation. I plan to spend the day mindful…
  • Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code

    Fred Wilson
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
    The Hour Of Code is a great hack that introduces coding to students in K-12 schools all around the country. Most schools don’t have CS teachers and CS classes. But any teacher in any classroom in any school can find one hour to get their students in front of a computer writing code. And so that’s what the hour of code does. Last year 15mm students did an hour of code. Think about that for a second. 15mm students wrote code for an hour last year. That’s a gateway to something more for the students, teachers, and schools. Which is exactly the point. The Hour Of Code happens…
  • The Emerging Architecture Of Internet Applications

    Fred Wilson
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    The bitcoin blockchain is not just going to change the way money works on the Internet (and off). It’s going to change the way Internet applications are built. We have been working hard to understand how things are going to look in five to ten years and Joel Monegro has been providing much of that thought leadership inside our firm. Since we are not into keeping our insights to ourselves, we have encouraged Joel to publish all of our work in this area (and every area). And today Joel has posted something that is really important and needs to be understood by every Internet/mobile…
  • Orbital Boot Camp

    Fred Wilson
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    One of the things I am most proud of is the alumni group at USV. It is an outstanding group of men and women who have gone on to do some awesome things. We don’t have a career trajectory at USV. We bring talented people in for a while, we learn from them and they learn from us, and then they head out into the world and do great things. One of these alums is Gary Chou. Everyone who has met Gary knows he is an incredible person. He is generous to a fault. Which is an asset in my book. He is also very talented. He operates at the epicenter of making, coding, designing, building, and…
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  • Bitcoin’s road to democratization lies in decentralization

    Jenn Webb
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Conrad Barski, a medical doctor, a cartoonist, programmer, and author of Land of Lisp, has been experimenting with bitcoin since 2011. In a recent interview, Barski talked about the bitcoin and blockchain landscape and noted the potential of decentralization: “We’re heading into a world where things are becoming more decentralized. Most people already appreciate that because we all know about things like Airbnb and Uber. Of course, there’s kind of a paradox there because we think of Airbnb and Uber as being decentralized, but of course they’re these very centralized…
  • Four short links: 28 November 2014

    Nat Torkington
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Material Up — material design inspiration. MD is a physics engine for UI. Flafka (Cloudera) — Flume plus Kafka, offers sub-second-latency event processing without the need for dedicated infrastructure. (via Abishek Tiwari) terraform.io — open source package providing a common configuration to launch infrastructure, from physical and virtual servers to email and DNS providers. Remote Work: An Engineering Leader’s Perspective — Even proponents of remote work seem to think that you should either have a distributed team from the get go, or stick to a traditional…
  • Four short links: 27 November 2014

    Nat Torkington
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Stumbleupon’s Big Data Architecture Using Open Source Software (PDF) — not just the list of tools but the functions they implement. Useful! Innovega — making a contact lens with a tiny bump that acts as a microscope for content shown in glasses. That description, and this link via MIT Technology Review) How to Pick a Front-End Framework — not unreasonable opinions, largely useful. [Silicon Valley] Bedevilled by Moral Issues (NYT, registerwall) — given that Silicon Valley tends to copy and paste the mantra, “we’re making the world a better place,” it seem…
  • Privacy is a concept, not a regime

    Jenn Webb
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. In this podcast episode, I catch up with Dr. Gilad Rosner, a visiting researcher at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute in England. Rosner focuses on privacy, digital identity, and public policy, and is launching an Internet of Things Privacy Forum. We talk about personal data privacy in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), privacy as a social characteristic, an emerging design ethos for technologists, and whether or not we…
  • Bitcoin and blockchain use cases won’t be sexy, but will be essential

    Jenn Webb
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Researcher and author Tim Swanson originally built bitcoin mining equipment in China a couple of years ago, but as he explained in a recent interview, he’s moved beyond the trading aspects of bitcoin and now focuses on research and use cases. Swanson, who also works in business development at Melotic, a digital asset exchange, expressed some skepticism about the future of bitcoin as a currency and noted that the greatest potential in the technology lies in the blockchain: “I’m fairly skeptical that what [bitcoin] can and will do is probably either overstated or overhyped. I…
 
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  • Mophie Powerstation Plus Review: Integrated Cable Is Both Blessing And Curse

    Darrell Etherington
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
     Mophie has a new Powerstation Plus backup battery, and it aims for compact, all-in-one design that should reduce bulk and complication when you’re searching for supplementary power. The new design builds a cable right into the power pack, which holds a battery powerful enough to charge your iPhone up to eight extra times, depending on the capacity you choose. Our review unit has enough… Read More
  • About That Enterprise File Sharing Study

    Alex Wilhelm
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
     Earlier this week, TechCrunch published commentary on a report concerning the current popularity of various enterprise cloud file sync and share products, a group of services usually shortened to the acronym ‘EFSS.’ Dropbox was far and away the leader, finding a home within nearly 45 percent of responding enterprise IT pros’ businesses. Microsoft’s OneDrive had over… Read More
  • PayPal’s Bitcoin Integration And The Future Of Digital Currency Adoption

    Ken Miller
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
     Recently, PayPal announced several partnerships aimed towards enabling certain PayPal merchants to be able to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment from their customers. This was a significant announcement on multiple fronts as many had wondered if and what PayPal’s foray into the crypto-currency space would be. Read More
  • The E-Label Act Will Remove Those Silly FCC Symbols From The Back Of Future Gadgets

    Jordan Crook
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    You know all that crap that’s listed on the back of your smartphone and tablet? It looks something like this: A jumble of letters and words, an FCC symbol, and instructions to not throw your electronic equipment into the trash. It’s ugly, and generally a waste of space. But luckily for us, it’s time to say goodbye to that mess. In what feels a bit like a holiday gift,… Read More
  • Find Your Zen With Desert Golfing

    Kyle Russell
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
     If you’re looking for something to do while sitting around with family as you all process the remainder of the Thanksgiving meal still working its way through your digestive tract, I’ve got something for you that will take very little effort but still provides hours of entertainment. Read More
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  • Chrome is dying, day 4

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    See the previous pieces in this thread. Today, I have to say that unfortunately, while turning off automatic plug-ins did significantly decrease the instances of clipboard failure in Chrome/Mac, they are still there. At this point, I don't think the problem is going to go away until Google decides it's time to make it go away. Why this problem persists I'm learning a lot about how the tech industry works today from this example. I was very naive, apparently. The reason this bug is not a high priority is that it is only a problem for people who use the web to write. People who just watch…
  • What I'm thankful for

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    I love to learn, and therefore the most important people to me are teachers. And as with most things today, the teachers aren't just the ones with the titles. There is information and lessons to be learned everywhere you look. So in 2014, I have to say -- it's teachers I am most thankful for.
  • A hidden Mac paint program

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    I didn't know that every Mac comes with a simple paint program built-in, until I asked for advice on getting a new one. It's part of the Preview application. Here's how to access it. How to Copy an image to the clipboard. Launch the Preview app. Choose New from Clipboard from the File menu. When the image window opens, click on the toolbox icon to enable the editing features. Screen shot. You should see a row of icons. What I was looking for I use a paint program basically to edit small sidebar images for my blog and for screen shots to document my software. These are the features I need.
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
  • Your beliefs are bupkis

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    From Banksy. Never more relevant.
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  • Special Thanks to Vets

    Craig Newmark
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
      During Fleet Week, I took a brief tour on the USS Kidd through the Golden Gate and back. They wanted to do something special for the President, so they made this hat for him. And, folks, I got a non-POTUS version of the hat so you can see what they look like up close: On board, I learned: it's a "ship" not a "boat" UPDATE: chatting with a senior Marine, he tells me they call it a boat to irritate sailors the ship floats in what they call "water" Again, thanks to all the vets out there, for all that you do… (and you can also follow the USS Kidd…
  • What "New Power" Means for #GivingTuesday

    Craig Newmark
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    History keeps getting itself made, and now and then, regular people get a chance at sharing power. Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms articulated this much more eloquently in Understanding “New Power”. I'm pretty passionately committed to this for at least the next twenty years, have already been practicing it daily for the last twenty years. Here's my nerdly take on the thing: Recently, we saw the British, American, and French revolutions each spread power around to different ends. In the UK and US, we got different forms of representative democracy, but in France, we got some…
  • New, Free App Aids Military Families

    Craig Newmark
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Military families shouldn’t have to struggle to find information they need. MyMilitaryLife, an app by the National Military Family Association, eliminates the stressful search by connecting families with credible and tailored information. With the new Military Spouses Advice feature, spouses can recommend resources and share their expertise. Users have unique access to advice from fellow military family members. Spouses can also rate resources and provide reviews on programs and services they’ve used. MyMilitaryLife is free for both iPhone and Android devices. Features include: Customized…
  • Everyone, thanks!

    Craig Newmark
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Okay, I've gotten a big surge of support in the last few days, like fan mail and social media stuff. That means a lot to me. It all relates to two different but related areas: 1. Standing up to find trustworthy news. Like I say, a trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy. The Trust Project is the pointy end of the spear on the news professional side. Unfortunately, I might fulfill that role on the news consumer side. (I don't like that.) 2. Standing up against untrustworthy reporting attacking my community. My stuff is mostly very quiet, long term, since I'm in…
  • Tis the Season to Give Back

    Craig Newmark
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    Folks, I believe that it's really important to give back to our communities. One way to do that is to participate in CrowdRise's #GivingTuesday Holiday Challenge for nonprofits. I'm giving $50K to go toward the winner of the Challenge, and together, with the other donors, there will be $250K in prize money. CrowdRise has been working hard to make this Challenge and #GivingTuesday bigger then past years. One way they're doing that is by creating a Giving Tower. It's going to be a hologram tower. Each time someone donates, a brick is added to the tower. You can…
 
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