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  • Shortcuts to reinventing yourself

    Penelope Trunk Careers
    Penelope Trunk
    7 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Reinvention is part of being human. The nature of our lives is that we learn more and collect new ideas and that makes us want to do new and different things with our lives. But we often never actually make that transition. The problem is that we are hard-wired to think about the present. Even people who are great at planning get tangled up in daily details because, after all, this is how humans stayed alive as they evolved: never taking their eye completely away from their immediate needs. So what’s really useful is a list of small cheats to get around your proclivity to obsess about…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • The stories we tell ourselves

    Signal vs. Noise
    David
    12 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    The progress of technology needs a full spectrum of adoption to work well. From early adopters who jump in before kinks and warts have been banished, to a late majority who bring scale to the now-safe choice. If we didn’t have any early adopters ironing out the kinks, there’d never be a now-safe choice for the late majority. And if everyone always jumped on the latest thing on day one, society would waste needless cycles churning through the broken glass of beta software. But usually people see things a little narrower. They’ve picked a group to belong to, and along with it…
  • Bosworth says Be Kind

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt
    24 May 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Andrew Bosworth, one of the early engineers and leaders at Facebook tells the story about how he almost got fired in the early days despite being a top engineer. “If I was a good engineer, why would it be hard to work with me? Of course that question was the very foundation of my problem.”
  • How can Altimeter help you with the Internet of Things?

    Altimeter Group
    Altimeter Group
    22 May 2015 | 10:14 am
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    Penelope Trunk Careers

  • Shortcuts to reinventing yourself

    Penelope Trunk
    7 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Reinvention is part of being human. The nature of our lives is that we learn more and collect new ideas and that makes us want to do new and different things with our lives. But we often never actually make that transition. The problem is that we are hard-wired to think about the present. Even people who are great at planning get tangled up in daily details because, after all, this is how humans stayed alive as they evolved: never taking their eye completely away from their immediate needs. So what’s really useful is a list of small cheats to get around your proclivity to obsess about…
  • Do we still have to lean in if Dave Goldberg is dead?

    Penelope Trunk
    4 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    After three days of silence on the cause of death for Dave Goldberg, the New York Times has changed their story in the span of seven hours, some mysterious source said collapsed while exercising. Then a leak to the Associated Press said head trauma. If we were in an Agatha Christie mystery, I’d say heart attack. But we are in the real world, and I don’t believe any of it. My uncle committed suicide. His son hid in the closet while my uncle shot himself in the head. His son saw everything. I didn’t know this until 20 years later. Everyone in my family thought the uncle had…
  • Dave Goldberg cause of death? I think it’s suicide

    Penelope Trunk
    3 May 2015 | 9:29 pm
    First of all, let me say that I feel really bad for everyone who is losing Dave Goldberg in their life. I feel bad that he will not get to see his two kids grow up. His death is very sad. I have not had a spouse die or a parent die and I’m sure the experience is more awful than I could even imagine. Still. I can’t help but wonder how he died. It is completely standard in journalism to report the cause of death when the announcement is made. After the initial, cursory announcement of death, major publications frequently run an obituary when a famous person dies, yet the Wall…
  • Online course: Best practices for leveraging INTJ strengths (and how to be a likable INTJ )

    Penelope Trunk
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    This course includes four days of video sessions and email-based course materials. You can purchase this course for anytime, on-demand access. The cost is $195.   Sign up now.  INTJs are only 2% of the world’s population, and female INTJs are the most rare of all types. However, the most common type on this blog among women is INTJ, which is statistically amazing.  Maybe every female INTJ in the whole world reads this blog. And almost all the super high-level men I coach are INTJs (Mr. Famous is an INTJ.) Sometimes I feel like I know more about INTJs than about my own type,…
  • The best perk of being Diamond level at Hilton

    Penelope Trunk
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This story begins at 3am in the Orrington Hotel when I am answering emails. I woke up in the middle of the night to my son vomiting on the bed, which we are sharing, and now smells faintly of chewed up room service fruit plate. Maybe I should have said no to room service. It’s extravagant. But he loves the fruit plate and it’s hard to pin down the meaning of extravagant when we routinely stay at hotels for cello lessons for a nine year old. Of course I cannot sleep after this. So I am answering emails and I have an inbox full of writing from people who are paying me to edit…
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • The stories we tell ourselves

    David
    12 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    The progress of technology needs a full spectrum of adoption to work well. From early adopters who jump in before kinks and warts have been banished, to a late majority who bring scale to the now-safe choice. If we didn’t have any early adopters ironing out the kinks, there’d never be a now-safe choice for the late majority. And if everyone always jumped on the latest thing on day one, society would waste needless cycles churning through the broken glass of beta software. But usually people see things a little narrower. They’ve picked a group to belong to, and along with it…
  • A Year of The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    12 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    A year ago, The Distance published its first story: a profile of 110-year-old Horween Leather Co., Chicago’s last remaining tannery. Since then, we’ve visited an 18,000-square-foot costume and wig store and a vintage tiki bar with its own gift shop. We’ve met a custom bra fitter who started her business as a single mom and the second-generation owner of an auto salvage yard that ran the same commercial on local television for 30 years. We launched The Distance because we believe the people behind long-running businesses have amassed a lot of wisdom from their decades of experience.
  • The homescreens of Basecamp (2015)

    Jamie
    8 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    Back in 2011 and 2013, we shared our phone homescreens with you. We get a kick out of how others personalize their mobile phones. A lot’s changed since then: we have a few more folks on Android, there are 3 varieties of iPhones (6 is the most popular), some of us like having monster phones, and there’s even a Watch among us. Attention: there are a lot of homescreens in this post. The screens all start to blur together (apart from the Android ones), but they’re all interesting when you take the time to examine them. This is a great article for your lunchtime/afternoon break…
  • Poison

    Nathan Kontny
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    How do we get better at making things people want? We strive to better discern the needs of our customers, so we reach for a number of tools. Surveys. User testing. 'Jobs to be done' interviews (an interview process I highly recommend). But in our effort to understand our customers, we often miss sight of something much more basic and integral to those things working well. The University of Edinburgh Medical School, one of the best medical schools in the United Kingdom, was created in 1726, also making it one of the oldest medical schools in the English speaking world. Given its age,…
  • Programming with toys and magic should be relished, not scorned

    David
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    In the early days of Rails, a common dismissal of the framework and its Ruby roots were that these were just toys. Something for kids or amateurs to play with; to build a quick throw-away prototype or system of no consequence. It was most certainly not a tool for professionals building real systems for enterprise, king, or country. Explicit in this charge against Rails and Ruby laid a grander, sweeping dismissal of toys of all kinds. And more specifically, a rejection of fun and enjoyment as valid reasons for adoption of technology that remains prevalent to this day. The implication that real…
 
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Bosworth says Be Kind

    Matt
    24 May 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Andrew Bosworth, one of the early engineers and leaders at Facebook tells the story about how he almost got fired in the early days despite being a top engineer. “If I was a good engineer, why would it be hard to work with me? Of course that question was the very foundation of my problem.”
  • Soaring SV Housing

    Matt
    23 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Talent is leaving Silicon Valley because of high real estate costs. Today, the median price for a home just exceeded $1 million. Why one in four Silicon Valley homebuyers wants to leave. Yep.
  • TC on Apple Watch

    Matt
    22 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    The John Biggs article on Why I’m Still Wearing My Apple Watch almost perfectly describes how I’m feeling about the watch right now. It is a very personal device, I’ve gotten attached to the little fellow, and I should probably start selling all my mechanical watches.
  • Undercover UberX

    Matt
    21 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Emily Guendelsberger went undercover as an UberX driver in Philadelphia and wrote about the experience, particularly the economics of it. It’s a pretty fascinating and gripping longread, both in its content and it’s just well-written.
  • William Zinsser Obit

    Matt
    20 May 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Mr. Zinsser was a prolific author, editor and teacher, but it was his role as an arbiter of good writing that resonated widely and deeply. The New York Times obituary of William Zinsser is touching and fascinating. Clear writing and clear thinking go hand in hand, and Zinnsser’s work On Writing Well did more than any other to help me hone my mind.
 
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    Trends... Find them, ride them and get off.

  • My Week in Beijing…

    Howard Lindzon
    23 May 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Sunny skies, good food, great hotels, great internet entrepreneurs, Starbucks, Dairy Queen…pretty much the same as Silicon Valley. I lived the good life in Beijing while attending the RenRen (RENN) fintech CEO summit. I stayed at the Hotel Eclat which is one of the most modern and luxurious hotels I have ever stayed. Most people spoke great english. I had the great fortune of sunny and mostly clear skies. I visited the Great Wall of China (fantastic) and the Forbidden City (meh). I was treated to a deep dive in the culture of Chinese internet startups. It was fascinating to hear and…
  • Off to China…and Will The Nasdaq Beat Bitcoin to 6,000?

    Howard Lindzon
    18 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    I am headed off the grid in Beijing for my first time. I was invited by Renn Renn (RENN) to a Fintech CEO Palooza. Renn Renn has been investing heavily in the global Fintech space and I am excited to meet all the CEO’s, learn a few things about life and business in China and network. I imagine when I come home a ‘Millennial’ will be president. Amazingly I can write and post this live from an airplane…more impressive it’s United Airlines. Not much in the markets makes sense to me these days. I am long and have no idea why prices just keep going up. I honestly…
  • Sell in May and Go Away?

    Howard Lindzon
    8 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Looks that way to me. Take a look at this $10,000 portfolio since 1957: Sell in May and go away??? …It's worked since 1957: source: @LanceRoberts — Shane Obata-Marusic (@sobata416) May. 7 at 03:14 PM Of course, let’s not forget taxes, but I imagine even with those backed in the differential is very meaningful and for tax free retirement accounts it may just make sense to have a simple timing plan like this. The post Sell in May and Go Away? appeared first on Trends... Find them, ride them and get off..
  • Robinhood – I Love When a Plan Comes Together

    Howard Lindzon
    7 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    Robinhood announced their Series B today of $50 million. We (SocialLeverage) are very excited to be able to participate in the round as we did as Angels and the Series A. I have written at length about why we love Robinhood. Here and here for starters. TechCrunch has some more details on this particular round, the product and use of proceeds. I have had such a great time watching the Robinhood team grow and execute. I have regular conversations with Baiju and Vlad the founders, I have been able to help them with strategy, recruit, introduce to capital and as a bonus, they spend time with the…
  • Crash Course in How I Approach Markets…

    Howard Lindzon
    1 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    I am being asked by many new followers for a refresher crash course in how I look at markets…here goes: I believe you should invest in stocks, but if you are to take the time, aim to crush the averages. The best way for ME (not necessarily you) to do this has been trend investing and angel investing. Drawdowns are inevitable and no big gains over time come without pain. Just yesterday, Michael explained this perfectly using the biotech trend of the last 5 years. Bookmark it. Tape reading is essential. You can spend 10 minutes a day and learn to read the tape and you will build a habit…
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  • News Roundtable with Jessica Lessin (The Information) & Ari Levy (CNBC) on This Week in Startups

    Jacqui
    23 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    News Roundtable: Secret’s bank heist, Google as Game of Thrones, Apple TV’s fate, Facebook’s about-face in revenue sharing, the combustible combo of venture+journalism, weed on demand It’s News Roundtable Friday! Joining Jason today is Jessica Lessin, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Information and Ari Levy, Senior Technology Reporter at CNBC. The three tackle the latest, greatest, juiciest stories of late in this epic episode. Nothing is left off the table. Secret’s bank heist, how Google is like Game of Thrones, is Android poised for world domination?, the…
  • Des Traynor, Cofounder of Intercom, on This Week in Startups

    Jacqui
    21 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    LAUNCH Incubator 2: Des Traynor, Cofounder Intercom, on product vision, roadmap, virality, & everything you need to know for “Starting Up” LAUNCH Incubator series is back! Today’s episode features returning speaker, Des Traynor, Cofounder of Intercom (www.intercom.io), who dazzles with a whole new tactical talk on “Starting Up.” Des’s presentation to the class covers everything from the importance of needing a vision (and what one looks like) to defining your roadmap, from the ins and outs of knowing your true competitors & marketplace (including…
  • TrueCar’s Scott Painter & Zenefits’ Parker Conrad on This Week in Startups

    Jacqui
    16 May 2015 | 12:57 pm
    True Car’s Scott Painter & Zenefits’ Parker Conrad bring new power to consumers & successfully reinvent entrenched industries: car-buying and human resources Today’s awesome two-part episode from Launch Festival 2015 features Founder/CEO of TrueCar Scott Painter and Cofounder/CEO of Zenefits Parker Conrad. Jason first sat down for a fascinating discussion with Scott about the mission of TrueCar (simple: a better way to buy a car), and how his business disrupts the industry. We learn how they have grown from $10m-$200m in revenue since launching at the Launch Festival a…
  • #TWiSTLive: May 20 with Amir Rubin, CEO Sixense, “Ask Jason” on stage + VR workshop

    Jacqui
    11 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    I’d like you to join me on Wednesday, May 20th for our next #TWiSTLive at Samsung Global Innovation Center in Mountain View. It’ll be an awesome event, starting early with public office hours with me (“Ask Jason” or pitch your company idea on stage) and a hands-on VR workshop hosted by Andrew Dickerson, Director of Software Development, GearVP. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/5c9Q7 ] There will be plenty of networking opps with cocktails and appetizers before and after the show’s main event: my fireside chat with Amir Rubin. Amir is CEO of Sixense and…
  • The Last Mile (TLM) founder Chris Redlitz & graduate Kenyatta Leal on This Week in Startups

    Jacqui
    9 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    In-prison accelerator The Last Mile teaches inmates technology & entrepreneurship, giving them essential skills & the promise of a better life; Founder Chris Redlitz & graduate Kenyatta Leal explain exactly how It’s one of Jason’s favorite episodes. In the studio is Chris Redlitz, Partner at Transmedia Capital and Founder of The Last Mile (TLM), a program that teaches prisoners technology and entrepreneurship to gain essential job skills and prevent recidivism. Joining as well is Last Mile grad Kenyatta Leal, former San Quentin inmate of 19 years and current Manager of…
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  • Is It Time to Kill Sacred Cows In Your Relationship?

    Ian Robinson
    20 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    [Preface: Would you like to sponsor The Tim Ferriss Show, the #1 business podcast on iTunes and one of the iTunes “Best of 2014″? Click here for details.] Dr. Astro Teller is a computer scientist and entrepreneur who currently oversees Google[x], Google’s moonshot factory. Dr. Danielle Teller is a physician specializing in intensive care and lung medicine; she has trained doctors and run research programs at Harvard University and the University of Pittsburgh. Together, they are the authors of Sacred Cows. In this conversation — my first podcast with a couple — we cover…
  • How to Make Lock Picks Out of Common Household Items

    Tim Ferriss
    18 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    This short video might blow your mind. Using household items like paper clips or toothbrushes, you can easily defeat 70-80% of the padlocks out in the world. The teacher is Kevin Reeve of OnPoint Tactical. Kevin has trained and consulted for the FBI, Secret Service, SWAT, and elite military units like Marine Force Recon, SEAL Team 6, etc. He was also my teacher for the “Urban Escape and Evasion” episode of The Tim Ferriss Experiment, which is currently the #1 non-fiction TV show across all of iTunes. In that episode, Kevin teaches me (and therefore you): How to escape common…
  • Rick Rubin on Cultivating World-Class Artists (Jay Z, Johnny Cash, etc.), Losing 100+ Pounds, and Breaking Down The Complex

    Ian Robinson
    15 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    Our conversation took place in a barrel sauna like this. “It’s [about] getting closer to the source and not being distracted by any nonsense…” – Rick Rubin Rick Rubin has been called “the most important [music] producer of the last 20 years” by MTV. Rick is also revered as something of a Zen master, and he is as deep as he is soft-spoken. He rarely grants interviews, and one condition of doing this one was the setting: his hyper-heated barrel sauna at home. In this episode, we delve into how Rick helps artists (e.g. Jay Z, Shakira, Johnny Cash,…
  • How Beginners Can (Sometimes) Beat Pros at Poker

    Tim Ferriss
    10 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    In this post, I’ll show you how Phil Gordon trained me in 5 days to have a fighting chance against pro poker players. Here’s the video teaser. Before we filmed the experience for The Tim Ferriss Experiment (currently the #1 TV Season on iTunes), I had never played a hand of poker. Phil’s crash course purposefully did not cover all the bases. It couldn’t. We didn’t have the time. Instead, his program (and this post) will show how a gambling idiot (me) can magnify strengths and cover weaknesses to an absurd degree…at least for a few hours in order to win…
  • How Facebook’s #30 Employee Quickly Built 4 Businesses and Gained 40 Pounds with Weight Training

    Christine Baird
    6 May 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Noah Kagan was #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint.com, and is the Chief Sumo (founder) at SumoMe, which offers free tools to help grow website traffic. To keep things extra spicy, he’s become a taco connoisseur and created 4 separate products that have generated more than 7 figures. This podcast conversation is about all of the tools and tricks he uses to do it all. Noah was my co-teacher in the “Starting a Business” episode of The Tim Ferriss Experiment, which is now the #1 TV season across all of iTunes. In the episode, we help a novice entrepreneur named Cindy to develop…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • When you do work that matters, the crowd will call you a fool

    Seth Godin
    24 May 2015 | 2:32 am
    If you do something remarkable, something new and something important, not everyone will understand it (at first). Your work is for someone, not everyone. Unless you're surrounded only by someones, you will almost certainly encounter everyone. And when you do, they will jeer. That's how you'll know you might be onto something.        
  • But do you want to get better?

    Seth Godin
    23 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    It seems like a stupid question. Of course we want our organization, our work and our health to improve. But often, we don't. Better means change and change means risk and risk means fear. So the organization is filled with people who have been punished when they try to make things better, because the boss is afraid. And so the patient gets the prescription but doesn't actually take all the meds. And the bureaucrat feigns helplessness because it's easier to shrug than it is to care. There are countless ways to listen, to engage with users, to learn and to improve, but before you or your…
  • How to win an argument with a scientist

    Seth Godin
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Make better science. The act of being a scientist is the commitment to the scientific method, a series of hypotheses, tests and re-evaluations. When you make better science, the scientist's previous opinion doesn't matter, not if she's being a scientist. On the other hand, if you want to win an argument with someone who refuses to act like a scientist, making better science isn't going to help you very much. The person you're arguing with now (who might be a scientist during the day, even, but is merely being a person right now) is not going to be swayed from a firmly held opinion by your…
  • You don't know Lefsetz?

    Seth Godin
    21 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    I was talking to someone dedicating his career to working in newspapers. I asked him what he thought of the work of Jeff Jarvis. He had no idea what I was talking about. I met a musician the other day, and asked her how her work without a label was going, and referenced something by Bob Lefsetz. She didn't know who I meant. The last time I was at an event for librarians, I mentioned Maria Popova. Blank stares. A podcaster asked me a question, and I wondered if he admired the path Krista Tippett had taken. He had no clue. A colleague was explaining his work in memetics to me. I asked about…
  • Is it meeting your needs…

    Seth Godin
    20 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    Or merely creating new wants? Is it honoring your time or squandering your time? Is it connecting you with those you care about, or separating you from them? Is it exposing you or giving you a place to hide? Is it important, or only urgent? Is it right, or simply convenient? Is it making things better, or merely more pressing? Is it leveraging your work or wasting it? What is it for?        
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  • Rinse And Repeat

    Fred Wilson
    24 May 2015 | 4:58 am
    I’d like to call out a really great blog post (and talk) my colleague Nick Grossman delivered last week. He called it Venture Capital vs Community Capital, but to me its about the endless cycle of domination and disruption that plays out in the tech sector. This bit from the post rings so true to me: So there’s the pattern: tech companies build dominant market positions, then open technologies emerge which erode the the tech companies’ lock on power (this is sometimes an organized rebellion against this corporate power, and is sometime more of a happy accident).  These open…
  • Video Of The Week: The New York Public Library Bitcoin Discussion

    Fred Wilson
    23 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    Last week we had a discussion at the New York Public Library about Bitcoin. Andrew Ross Sorkin moderated a discussion between Nathaniel Popper, author of Digital Gold, Bitcoin Chief Scientist Gavin Andresen, and me. Here it is:
  • Followup Friday: The Results of the Apple Watch Followup Survey

    Fred Wilson
    22 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    Here are the results of the survey we did on AVC yesterday (click on the image to see it in a larger format). These are very good numbers for the Apple Watch.
  • The Apple Watch – How Is It Doing?

    Fred Wilson
    21 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    Continuing my obsession with the Apple Watch, a device I don’t own and don’t intend to own, I’m curious how its doing. I read a report yesterday that suggested the early sales are disappointing and that a respected research firm has cut first year sales projections to 15mm watches although Morgan Stanley still has their estimate at 36mm watches. But more than how it is selling, I am curious how it is doing with those of you out there that bought it. If you own an Apple Watch, please complete this short survey. I appreciate it. I will post screenshots of the results as they…
  • CSNYC At Two

    Fred Wilson
    20 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    Next Wednesday night, at Civic Hall in New York City at 6:30pm, CSNYC will celebrate its second anniversary. For those that don’t know, CSNYC is a non-profit dedicated to the idea that every child who goes through the NYC public school system should encounter computer science along the way, in elementary school, in middle school, and in high school, and those that want to do a deep exploration of computer science should be able to do that before they graduate high school. The idea is not to turn every student into a software engineer, although it would be good if a bunch of students…
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    O'Reilly Radar - Insight, analysis, and research about emerging technologies

  • How Shazam predicts pop hits

    Jenn Webb
    22 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    Subscribe to the O'Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week's Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O'Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. She talks about the current state of predictive analytics and how Shazam is able to predict the success of a song, often in the first few hours after its release. We also talk about the Internet of Things and how products like the Apple Watch affect Shazam's product life cycles as well as the behaviors of their users. Predicting the next pop hit Shazam has more than…
  • Four short links: 22 May 2015

    Nat Torkington
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    GM: That Car You Bought, We're Really the Ones Who Own It -- GM’s claim is all about copyright and software code, and it’s the same claim John Deere is making about their tractors. The TL;DR version of the argument goes something like this: cars work because software tells all the parts how to operate; the software that tells all the parts to operate is customized code; that code is subject to copyright; GM owns the copyright on that code and that software; a modern car cannot run without that software; it is integral to all systems; therefore, the purchase or use of that car is a…
  • A “have-coffee” culture

    J. Paul Reed
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    [caption id="attachment_77037" align="alignright" width="237"] Download Building an Optimized Business.[/caption] Download a free copy of Building an Optimized Business, a curated collection of chapters from the O'Reilly Web Operations and Performance library. This post is an excerpt by J. Paul Reed from DevOps in Practice, one of the selections included in the curated collection. Any discussion surrounding DevOps and its methodologies quickly comes to the often delicate issue of organizational dynamics and culture, at least if it's an accurate treatment of the topic. There is often a…
  • Cultivating change

    Mike Loukides
    21 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    Attend Cultivate July 20 and 21, in Portland, Oregon. Cultivate is our conference looking at the challenges facing modern management and aiming to train a new generation of business leaders who understand the relationship between corporate culture and corporate prosperity. Leadership has changed — and in a big way — since the Web started upending the status quo two decades ago. That’s why we’re launching our new Cultivate event; we realized that businesses need new types of leaders, and that O’Reilly is uniquely positioned to help engineers step up to the job. At the start…
  • What today’s fitness technology means for tomorrow’s office

    Max Meyers
    21 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    Contributing Author: Claire Niech Attend O'Reilly's Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid is our conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world. At 5:37 a.m., Nina’s alarm softly begins to buzz and glow. It has calculated her recovery time based on her previous day’s workout and monitored her sleep tracker to identify the best point in her REM cycle to wake her up. After rising, she grabs a healthy breakfast and her PrepPad or Drop connected kitchen scale records the fat, protein,…
 
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  • Lessons In Growing Revenue From Twitter’s Latest Acquisition, TellApart 

    Josh McFarland,Stacey Ngo
    24 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
     On the heels of its acquisition by Twitter, TellApart chief executive Josh McFarland tells Greylock Partners how he grew the company from $7M to $100M in revenue. Read More
  • What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

    Josh Constine
    24 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
     I know this sounds crazy, but what if authors and artists didn’t just pump their work into Facebook for free? Yeah, it built the pipes, but that doesn’t mean the water’s not worth money. The content keeps people coming back to Facebook’s News Feed, which is filled with expertly targeted ads. Right now, all creators get in return is referral traffic. For some content… Read More
  • Lockstep Salaries Are Making A Comeback

    Danny Crichton
    24 May 2015 | 10:05 am
     With the closing of the Mad Men era, what is old is popular once again. Silicon Valley may be known for its colorful workplaces and free catered lunches, but its true innovation in compensation was exchanging the rigid tenure-based salary systems of East Coast professional firms for the meritocracy of the pure labor market. Everyone must discover their own competitive wage and equity level in… Read More
  • An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

    Josh Constine
    24 May 2015 | 8:50 am
     Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures. Instagram isn’t as young as it used to be, and it doesn’t want long-time users to slip away from its app. Luckily, it can still email them. Email isn’t dead, no matter how much we wish it was. High open-rates mean it still matters. Twitter bought a whole startup to power re-engagement emails touting the best tweets you… Read More
  • GoCardless Founder Tom Blomfield’s New Startup Is A “Full Stack” Mobile-First Bank

    Steve O'Hear
    24 May 2015 | 8:29 am
     We already knew that GoCardless co-founder Tom Blomfield was working on a new U.K. banking startup, but now, thanks in part to a noisy series of Tweets from investors, developers and the company’s own Twitter account, more details have emerged. Read More
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  • What would you do if you woke up one morning and there was no Internet?

    20 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    I asked this question on Facebook and Twitter, and got a variety of answers. I think there are two "correct" answers. Start a new Internet. Cry. Most people say they would go do normal things that don't involve the Internet, but I think the world would take a long time to adjust. Many of us remember a world without the Internet, but we don't remember a world without the Internet that used to have the Internet. A question that reveals the problem is to wonder what would happen if you woke up one morning and found there was no electricity. Not much would happen in the world as it's currently…
  • Apple Watch liveblog notes

    17 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    I got my Apple Watch last week, and I pretty much love it. I started taking notes on my exploration on my liveblog, which was designed for cumulative projects like this one. I wanted to be sure readers of Scripting News know about this. http://liveblog.co/users/davewiner/2015/05/13/appleWatchNotes.html Your comments and suggestions are welcome.
  • Something doesn't smell right about the rush to "deprecate" HTTP

    17 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Google and Mozilla and others want force all non-HTTPS sites to become HTTPS. And while the name HTTPS sounds a lot like HTTP, it's actually a lot more complex and fraught with problems. If what they want to do ever happens, much of the independent web will disappear. First, the problem as I understand it, is that some ISPs are gathering data about the content flowing through their routers, inserting ads and cookies and otherwise modifying content. I agree of course that this is a bad thing. Going to HTTPS does not get rid of all possible ways of snooping and modifying content. A toolbar, for…
  • How to have a future

    13 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    The journalism world is having a fit of depression today as they learn that their something they've actually known for years: their distribution system is owned by the tech industry. There is a solution. Start rebuilding your distribution system around the Internet. Instead of broadcasting to an audience, feed a community back to itself. Be distributors. Understand that you are not making the news. Your job always has been distribution. It's all about your rolodex Gather all the rolodexes in your organization and merge them into a database. Be sure you have a field in your database called…
  • Facebook's Instant Articles

    13 May 2015 | 3:53 am
    A few items related to Facebook's Instant Articles announcement that came in the middle of the night. I was briefed on this project last summer. It got me interested in the Facebook API. People who use Facebook want this. How do I know? When I post full text of stories on FB they read it and comment. When I post a link to my blog post, they still comment, but very often without having read the piece. As a writer I can only take so much of this! The place to put this functionality is in the CMS or blogging tools. If I were FB, I would have gone to the toolmakers first. Made sure there was…
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  • How You Can Give Back to America's Heroes

    Craig Newmark
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    I like to honor and support veterans and military families all year long, but with Memorial Day, I like to do some extra support to help out. This is the third year that I've supported the Veterans Charity Challenge, and we're raising money for orgs that support vets, milfams, police, and firefighters. Between last year and the previous year, more than $790K was raised to support orgs helping America's heroes. The Veterans Charity Challenge 3 begins May 21st at 12pm ET and runs through July 2nd at 1:59:59pm ET. We're hoping to raise even more this year. I've donated…
  • How I'm Funding Women-Led Startups

    Craig Newmark
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Folks, the Women Startup Challenge has really taken off, with over 180 startups participating and over $118K raised so far. Here are the the startups who are in the top 10 in the Women Startup Challenge as of today. 1. Peer Spring 2. Echo Media Mobile 3. Hookist 4. Actionplanr 5. Kicker 6. Fam-ess 7. Stage Stream 8. Mina's List 9. LGBTQutie  10. LatherUp Women are founding innovative startups more than ever before, yet only 7% of investor money goes to women-led startups. We want to help women pitch their startups, and get their startups funded. Investors say that they want to fund more…
  • 5 Reasons I’m Not Doing craigslist Management

    Craig Newmark
    18 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    I haven't been a spokesman for craigslist, or had any role in management since 2000. It took a lot to recognize my limitations as a manager, and then relinquish my CEO role. A LOT of people still think I'm still in a management role, and it gets reinforced by inaccurate articles that persist on the 'net. Here are 5 reasons I'm not in craigslist management anymore: 1. My deal is that, as a manager, I kinda suck. 2. I hired someone smarter than me to run the company, while I stick with customer service. 3. I really found my calling in customer service, and every day I see…
  • Why Birding Can Change the World

    Craig Newmark
    14 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Birding is a popular thing that happens around the world. I like to view 'em from my home office, and in my Bay Area backyard. Western Tanagers are rare to see, but a real treat. You may remember that I donated some money to the Cornell Ornithology Lab to sponsor the Western Tanager. I spotted two on Saturday… (taken at limits of my telephoto lens) The Global Big Day just happened, and the worldwide response has been pretty impressive. Cornell's goal was to tally 4,000 species around the world in one day—but now they're at 5,800 and heading toward 6,000—almost 60% of…
  • 6 Startups Rocking the Women Startup Challenge

    Craig Newmark
    13 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    Hey, we’re two weeks into the Women Startup Challenge, and lots of startups really have their boots on the ground in Round One. The first Round of the Startup Challenge is a crowdfunding campaign. The purpose of this is to give all startups an opportunity to raise money for their startup. Over $80K has been raised online so far, and there’s still a coupla weeks left. Another startup has told us that they raised an additional $50K offline through a funder who learned about their efforts through the Women Startup Challenge. The first Bonus Challenge ended last week, and 3 startups won…
 
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