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  • Feature Friday: Back Up iPhoto To Dropbox

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    Fred Wilson
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    The Gotham Gal moved from an old macbook air to a new one about a year ago. When she moved all of her files, configurations, and settings from the old macbook to the new one, somehow her iPhoto folders didn’t come over correctly. She was missing a bunch of photos on her new laptop and could not seem to find them on the old one. I tried to help out but quickly got frustrated. Somehow she had messed things up in her moves from mac to mac to mac over the years and she had not backed up her iPhoto properly. She told me that there were years, maybe a decade or more, of photos of our family…
  • 4-Day course with Penelope: How to start an online business

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    Penelope Trunk
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    The course will be 8pm EST  Mon. Feb. 23 through Thurs. Feb. 26. It’s $195 but if you sign up in the next seven days, the cost is $147. 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. This course is a peek into the inner workings of my life; how I figure out how to make money no matter what situation I’m in. My personal life shifts quickly, in big ways, and I have had to be able to shift my financial life to keep up with that. Most of my tactics…
  • Effort in the Application: sites that got our attention and got Basecampers their jobs

    Signal vs. Noise
    Mig Reyes
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    We’re really proud of the small-but-mighty team we’ve built here at Basecamp. Hiring is hard. Likewise, landing a great job is hard. In a sea of resumes, effort rises to the top. Here are a few of the websites and commissioned challenges that helped these Basecampers score their job here. Note: our company was called 37signals before we became Basecamp in 2014. Ryan Singer (Designer, Product Manager) was one of a few designer candidates that Jason picked in 2003 for a chance to join 37signals to work on client projects. The design challenge? Redesign the Verizon Wireless homepage. Ryan…
  • The Worlds First Streaming Radio Station and First Live Sporting Events on the Net

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    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    AudioNet http://www.Audionet.Com 1-800-34AUDIO AudioNet & KLIF 570 Announce The First FullTime SimulNetCast Radio Station on the Net For Immediate Release Friday, September 1st 1995 Contact:     Mark Cuban AudioNet Direct:214-696-3320 [Dallas]…AudioNet, the world’s first audio network on the Internet, and KLIF 570AM, Dallas, are pleased to announce that on September 1st, 1995, KLIF became the first radio station in the world to begin broadcasting their original programming simultaneously over the air, and over the Internet. Beginning with the broadcast of the Southern…
  • If Apple Made Milk

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    If Apple Made Milk, and Other Super-Cool Imaginary Product Packaging, cool work by the artist Peddy Mergui. (Who uses WordPress.)
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  • 4-Day course with Penelope: How to start an online business

    Penelope Trunk
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    The course will be 8pm EST  Mon. Feb. 23 through Thurs. Feb. 26. It’s $195 but if you sign up in the next seven days, the cost is $147. 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. This course is a peek into the inner workings of my life; how I figure out how to make money no matter what situation I’m in. My personal life shifts quickly, in big ways, and I have had to be able to shift my financial life to keep up with that. Most of my tactics…
  • A fresh view of feminism for 2015

    Penelope Trunk
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    I am a child of the feminist revolution. My mom tells me this story. She hated being home with kids. She always dreamed she’d be a journalist. She she got a full scholarship to go to college. But when she was graduating, she realized that if she didn’t get married she’d have to go home to her impoverished family. So she looked around for men to marry, and while my mom dated a lot of really hot men (I am paraphrasing now) my dad was the one who she thought she could for sure get to marry her. The letters they wrote each other between junior and senior years are great primary…
  • Self-sufficiency is overrated

    Penelope Trunk
    3 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I spend a lot of time complaining to my husband that he never leaves the farm. When I was dating him I thought it was charming that he talked about how “city traffic is exhausting” when he was driving in Madison, WI. When I moved to the farm I grew increasingly annoyed that that I had to do all the driving because he always had a good reason that he had to stay home. “Farmers don’t leave their farms,” is what everyone told me. I chalked that up to ignorance. But then he left me home one night and told me he took care of all the chores except the chickens.
  • Penelope’s best posts of 2014

    Penelope Trunk
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Here they are: The five posts from 2014 that had the most readers. What does it really mean to work full time? Leaving your options sets you back Men with families feel more trapped than ever. Here’s how to fix that. 3 Cheers for women who say they don’t want to work. At least they’re honest. 5 Traits of high earners that will make you not want to be one All five of the posts in this list are about people grappling with the expectations we put on smart people. And all five posts grew out of coaching, because the people I coach are amazing. They are generally very smart and…
  • 2014 was the end of the workplace revolution

    Penelope Trunk
    27 Dec 2014 | 7:26 pm
    When I started writing about careers we were at the beginning of a huge revolution. It makes sense, then, that I spent so much time trying to not write about careers. If you start at the beginning of a revolution you look like a crazy person. The revolution hasn’t started yet, which means that everyone is trying to hold on to what they know. You can see this best in the American Revolution. The colonists were making plenty of money, so the Americans went to great lengths to accommodate the annoying demands of the British government so as to not disrupt the American economic and…
 
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Effort in the Application: sites that got our attention and got Basecampers their jobs

    Mig Reyes
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    We’re really proud of the small-but-mighty team we’ve built here at Basecamp. Hiring is hard. Likewise, landing a great job is hard. In a sea of resumes, effort rises to the top. Here are a few of the websites and commissioned challenges that helped these Basecampers score their job here. Note: our company was called 37signals before we became Basecamp in 2014. Ryan Singer (Designer, Product Manager) was one of a few designer candidates that Jason picked in 2003 for a chance to join 37signals to work on client projects. The design challenge? Redesign the Verizon Wireless homepage. Ryan…
  • Sometimes there really is an easy button

    Noah
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    For a long time, I was frankly somewhat dogmatic about the tools I used to analyze data: Give me a SQL connection, R, and my trusty calculator and that’s all I need. If I need to make a report, I’ll just use Rails and HTML. Open source or bust. For most of my four years here at Basecamp, that was mostly how I worked, and it was fine. I think I was reasonably productive (or at least productive enough to stay gainfully employed). I built a lot of tooling and reporting for the rest of the company, and I did some analyses that I’m proud of. These tools were all I needed, but it…
  • One of Basecamp's Water Coolers is a chatroom dedicated to pets

    Kristin
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    As you can see from Dan’s post, lots of us are animal lovers. Back when I lived in Chicago, a few of us would take turns hosting a workday that we would call “Bring Your Work to [Pet’s Name] Day.” When Ann, Sam, and Trevor came to my apartment for “Bring Your Work to Clementine Horsetooth Day,” we worked from my couch and enjoyed the occasional interruption by Clementine, my elderly Siamese cat. She strutted around flirting with the newcomers: stretching and yawning and shaking her tail. At “Bring Your Work to Hector Day,” a bunch of us holed up in Sam’s loft with his…
  • Strategies for getting feedback (and not hating it)

    Jonas Downey
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Recently my team has been working on core improvements for Basecamp. We planned to move quickly on a range of projects, and we wanted to make sure everyone at the company stayed in the loop. Plus, our company is full of smart folks who know the product inside and out, and we were hoping to use that hive mind to our advantage. That’s easy when you have 5 or 10 people, but it’s challenging with 45. We had to share a lot of info and avoid pestering everyone in the process, so we began experimenting with a few new ways of working. Some of ‘em worked, others…kind of worked.
  • Do you have to love what you do?

    Jason Fried
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Attend enough startup conferences or listen to enough motivational speakers and you’ll hear one piece of advice repeated over and over again: You’ve got to love what you do! If you don’t love what you do, you might as well stay home. No less a giant than Steve Jobs famously told Stanford’s 2005 graduating class, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” I don’t buy it. There’s nothing wrong with loving what you do, of course – I just don’t think…
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  • The Worlds First Streaming Radio Station and First Live Sporting Events on the Net

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    AudioNet http://www.Audionet.Com 1-800-34AUDIO AudioNet & KLIF 570 Announce The First FullTime SimulNetCast Radio Station on the Net For Immediate Release Friday, September 1st 1995 Contact:     Mark Cuban AudioNet Direct:214-696-3320 [Dallas]…AudioNet, the world’s first audio network on the Internet, and KLIF 570AM, Dallas, are pleased to announce that on September 1st, 1995, KLIF became the first radio station in the world to begin broadcasting their original programming simultaneously over the air, and over the Internet. Beginning with the broadcast of the Southern…
  • Is this a proposal from 1995 or 2015 ?

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:47 pm
    I had reason to do some research and find some old goodies from the beginning of the world of streaming. This was first written in 1995 with testimonial emails added over time. Since 2015 marks the 20th Anniversary year of streaming, i thought it would be fun for you to see that our proposals from back then aren’t a whole lot different from what we see in proposals today. The technology has improved. The market has changed. The proposition. Not so much.  Ok maybe I had to explain what the Internet is and that’s not necessary today. But why nitpick Notice towards the end the offer…
  • 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…
 
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • If Apple Made Milk

    Matt
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    If Apple Made Milk, and Other Super-Cool Imaginary Product Packaging, cool work by the artist Peddy Mergui. (Who uses WordPress.)
  • Find Fulfilling Work

    Matt
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Alain de Botton seems to be behind this fun series of videos that tries to apply philosophy to everyday life. This one I think is particularly important for founders, as I’ve seen many unhappy employees at startups because the founder was fundamentally unhappy because they were doing it for the wrong reasons.
  • Scaling PAPER for Kim

    Matt
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    I always like reading Paul Ford’s writing, and this one about How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW) is funny and accessible. I learned that people still use Movable Type. Also if PAPER used VIP, the story would be short and boring: Wake up, press the publish button. Watch the stats go crazy. Sip some bourbon. Go to sleep.
  • New Simplenote

    Matt
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:27 pm
    New Simplenote App Updates for iOS, Android, and Mac, some nice iterations. Update: Simplenote for Android was just highlighted by The Verge as one of the best Material design apps.
  • Where dreams go

    Matt
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Within your heart keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go, and sheltered so, may thrive and grow where doubt and fear are not. Oh, keep a place within your heart, for little dreams to go. — Louise Driscoll
 
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  • The State of The Markets…2015

    Howard Lindzon
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    Things have for sure gotten tougher in the markets despite the free money, low interest rate environment. The 10 year yield in the USA is below 1.80 percent. You can buy that, not me. I would rather have cash and a few bitcoins below $200. Despite the boom in biotech and private investing, the overall ‘tape’ has changed. I could share a pile of data points, but here are just a few We didn't have a single four-day losing streak during all of 2014. Now we're headed to our second five-day losing streak since Christmas. — Eddy Elfenbein (@EddyElfenbein) January 15, 2015…
  • The Passive Investing Bubble

    Howard Lindzon
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    We are in a passive investing bubble. I am not sure how it ends, who and what the pricks are and how bad it really is, but you should NOT just set and forget. Tony Robbins says you can, if you buy his book. He the guy who said GET OUT of the markets in 2010. I am all for ETF’s. I am all for investing made easier and diversification. I am all for the cost cutting associated with robo investing and advising. But – I am also for paying top dollar for financial advisors. I am all for speculating, trading, investing, even done actively. This is the era of the mobile web and social…
  • The All-Time Low List – Look Away

    Howard Lindzon
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Yesterday I wrote about the power of the all time high list. For some reason more traders and investors are drawn to the all-time or yearly low lists. Most investors would do well to avoid a moments time thinking about them. The media loves a good mess. At the moment, because of the massive 5 year boom, the list is small. Mostly oil and metal drillers and a few broken IPO’s like the Habit and Zullily. The momentum has already left The Habit because the best shiny new hamburger object is Shake Shack and it is not even public yet. It might not be fair, but that is how the markets work.
  • The ‘All-Time High’ and Why It is my Favorite Market Indicator

    Howard Lindzon
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    The all-time high list is my go to indicator. Since we have had a few crashes in my career (2000 and 2008) I have made some adjustments to allow for 5 year highs on occasion. I watch these lists daily with my partner @ivanhoff and over 3-6 months ANYONE can get a feel for what is working. I have found (and written about on this blog) that what is working in the private (early stage) markets can show itself in the public markets, but I am unsure if that works in reverse. I really DO NOT care what is not working. The rest of the world talks about failure and pain endlessly. Oil, Russia, Greece,…
  • Happy New Year – and More 2015 Predictions

    Howard Lindzon
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Happy new year everyone. I am so grateful for the turning of the page into 2015 even though for me personally and the Lindzon family 2014 was a keeper. I prefer to live in the moment and as far in the future as I can. It works for me. I have covered my key thoughts and trends for 2015 – here, here, and here, but will highlight some of my key ones and am adding some of the great roundups I have seen from around the web and my network. I am long sleep and security in 2015 and beyond. For sleep I added Resmed RMD and for security I have been long a few startups the last 5 years that have…
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  • What should I include in my monthly investment update?

    Jacqui
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Yesterday’s post on why founders should send monthly updates (in the angel stage), or every other month after their A round, got a lot of awesome feedback. Investors predictably went crazy favoriting and retweeting the post. How could they not, given the fact that they’ve experienced the silent death of startups they might have been … Continue reading What should I include in my monthly investment update?
  • Why investor updates are really, really important

    Jason Calacanis
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:11 pm
    I’ve spent 20 years as a founder, and during 10 of those years I had investors. My second (major) company was Weblogs, Inc. (Engadget, Joystiq, Autoblog, Gadling, etc.) and we had one investor: Mark Cuban. Ten years ago folks didn’t really write a monthly update to investors, since you normally only had one or two of … Continue reading Why investor updates are really, really important
  • My Job: Never Underestimate Anyone

    Jacqui
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Anyone can go from a nobody to a somebody overnight — so my job as an angel investor is to never underestimate anyone. Truth is, people starting their careers often look awkward, are broke, and they seem desperate. You know why I know this? Because that’s how I looked when I started Silicon Alley Reporter … Continue reading My Job: Never Underestimate Anyone
  • How much should I raise in my angel round? How should I spend it?

    Jacqui
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:55 pm
    In 2015, I suggest consumer internet and enterprise startups raise $750k in their Seed round. If you’re a hardware startup I would double that. This will give you 18 months of runway if you burn $35,000 a month, and have $120k in legal, accounting, and capex spending (your laptops). Hardware companies will need the extra … Continue reading How much should I raise in my angel round? How should I spend it?
  • If you want to optimize your Twitter experience do what you do in real life: mute insane people

    Jacqui
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I was at dinner with an author friend the other day and he was lamenting how his next book was going to make his life miserable. Without going into too much detail, he wanted to take an honest look at the divide between logic and reason in our most polarizing debates (race, gender, science, religion, … Continue reading If you want to optimize your Twitter experience do what you do in real life: mute insane people
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  • How to Think Like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos

    Tim Ferriss
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Dr. Peter Diamandis (center) floating with Elon Musk (r), James Cameron (l), and others. Dr. Peter Diamandis has been named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine. You asked for an entire episode with him, so here it is!  The subject is simple: How to think big, and how to use the key strategies of Peter’s friends and investors, including Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Larry Page. How do they create maximum leverage? How do they think differently? We explore all of this. In the field of innovation, Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X…
  • Pavel Tsatsouline on the Science of Strength and the Art of Physical Performance

    Ian Robinson
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    This episode was a real treat. It was one of the most enlightening and lucid conversations about physical training I’ve ever had.  If you want strength, power, endurance, and flexibility, it’s all covered in this one interview. Pavel Tsatsouline is Chairman of StrongFirst, Inc. and was born in Minsk, USSR, which is now part of Belarus. In the 1980s, he was a physical-training instructor for Spetnaz, the elite Soviet special-forces units. Pavel is now a subject matter expert to the US Marine Corps, the US Secret Service, and the US Navy SEALs. He is widely credited with…
  • What My Morning Journal Looks Like

    Tim Ferriss
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:39 am
    History is littered with examples of successful (and unsuccessful) people who kept daily journals. It ranges from Marcus Aurelius to Ben Franklin, and from Mark Twain to George Lucas. But what on earth did they write about? Or perhaps you’ve seen examples of their writing and thought to yourself, “Goddamn, that reads like the Gettysburg Address!” and become demoralized. In this post, I’ll show you what my raw morning journal looks like. Why? Because it’s easy to imagine our heroes as unflappable juggernauts, who conquer insecurity with a majestic mental karate…
  • Are We Really 10% Human and 90% Bacteria? Exploring The Microbiome…

    Ian Robinson
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:59 pm
    By popular demand, an entire episode dedicated to exploring the human microbiome! Are you really 90% bacteria and 10% human? How can you manage or optimize your own microbiome? Should we do fecal-matter transplants from “untouched” indigenous tribes to reverse chronic illness? We tackle all this and much more… Jessica Richman is co-founder and CEO of uBiome, a startup backed by Y Combinator and Andreessen Horowitz, which uses citizen science to understand the human microbiome. Jonathan Eisen is a Full Professor at the University of California, Davis with appointments in the…
  • Ed Cooke, Grandmaster of Memory, on Mental Performance, Imagination, and Productive Mischief

    Ian Robinson
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    One tiny favor! If you’re enjoying the podcast, could you please take 30 seconds now to leave a brief review on iTunes? Just click “View in iTunes” under my pic here. Once I pass 2,000 reviews, I’ll reciprocate by writing a massive, behind-the-scenes post on everything I’ve learned about podcasting. I promise tricks of the trade galore, just as in-depth as the “Hacking Kickstarter” post. Speaking of which… Ed Cooke is a dear friend and a Grandmaster of Memory.  In 2010, he was interviewed by a journalist named Joshua Foer. Under Ed’s…
 
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  • End of an era

    rashmi
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:58 pm
    A few months ago, Jon and I left SlideShare / LinkedIn, while Amit left more recently. The time had come to move on – SlideShare was thriving within LinkedIn and I knew that it could continue to thrive without me. As a founder, the thing I wanted the most was to build something that lasted. Six month after my leaving, SlideShare continues to do well within LinkedIn. And I am confident that will continue to be the case. I am proud of the team we built – and how it continues to go from strength to strength from a product / growth perspective, while adapting within LinkedIn. I…
  • Don’t bet your company on one platform

    rashmi
    1 Aug 2012 | 10:38 pm
    There has been a lot of recent conversation about services built on top of a platform, and the problems that follow when that platform changes its strategy. Or in the case of Craigslist, when they remain stuck with their strategy of not becoming a platform. Companies change their strategy all the time. The problem is when you exclusively rely on one platform to build the foundation of your service, and that platform no longer sees services like yours as useful. Or worse, it starts seeing such services as harmful. I have always been suspicious of platforms. Especially platforms that are giving…
  • Notes on Zipcast design: exchanging control for engagement

    rashmi
    28 Feb 2011 | 11:16 am
    This is the first of several notes about design of Zipcast. When thinking about Zipcast design, we thought a lot about why people feel trapped in the online meeting experience. After talking to users and observing how users behave in online meetings, I’ve come to believe that one of the core reasons people feel trapped is that meeting participants don’t have any control over the experience. Their screen is taken over, they cannot do anything else on the computer, they are merely observers not participants. So a core design question for Zipcast was – how could you let users…
  • The problem with Groupon

    rashmi
    17 Apr 2010 | 3:29 pm
    We have been early adopters of Groupon – the group buying site that recently got a valuation of 1.2 billion. Jon especially loves Groupon and is constantly looking for good deals through it. But after our experience last night, I decided never to use it for a evening out again. We called the restaurant for reservations (mentioning that we were using Groupon – as the coupon instructed). We were given an appointment pretty late in the evening (though we called early). Once we got there, we were told there was a further delay. I don’t know for sure, but I think restaurant staff…
  • Social networks need time to grow up – thoughts on Buzz

    rashmi
    13 Feb 2010 | 2:51 pm
    Email is the ultimate social network. There is no doubt about that. And yet not many companies have attempted to unwrap that opportunity. Google made a big, bold move in that domain last week. Which is remarkable considering Google does not play (or play well) in the social domain. Buzz has unleashed all sorts of reactions and social gaffes (including pretty serious ones). While I am looking forward to Buzz for my company (we use Google Apps), there are some fundamental problems with the Buzz approach for personal email, and even more so, with the way it was launched. Most social networks do…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Advice or criticism?

    Seth Godin
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:50 am
    It's quite natural to be defensive in the face of criticism. After all, the critic is often someone with an agenda that's different from yours. But advice, solicited advice from a well-meaning and insightful expert? If you confuse that with criticism, you'll leave a lot of wisdom on the table. Here's a simple way to process advice: Try it on. Instead of explaining to yourself and to your advisor why an idea is wrong, impossible or merely difficult, consider acting out what it would mean. Act as if, talk it through, follow the trail. Turn the advice into a new business plan, or a presentation…
  • Two kinds of hustle

    Seth Godin
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    There's the hustle of always asking, of putting yourself out there, of looking for discounts, shortcuts and a faster way. This is the hustle of it it doesn't hurt to ask, of what you don't know won't hurt you, of the ends justifying the means. This hustler propositions, pitches and works at all times to close a sale, right now. This kind of hustler always wants more for less. This kind of hustler will cut corners if it helps in getting picked. Then there's the hustle that's actually quite difficult and effective. This is the hustle of being more generous than you need to be, of speaking…
  • How loud and how angry?

    Seth Godin
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:07 am
    Professionals are able to get their work done without using emotion to signify urgency. When a surgeon asks the nurse for a scalpel, she doesn't have to raise her voice, stamp her foot or even make a face. She merely asks. When a pilot hits a tough spot, he's not supposed to start yelling at air traffic control. He describes the situation and gets the help he needs. And despite what you may have seen in the movies, successful stock traders don't have to start screaming when there's more money on the line. Compare this to the amateur world of media, of customer service and of marketing.
  • A weekend seminar for those making a ruckus

    Seth Godin
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Interrupt your rhythm and spend a few days with me and 80 people in a hurry to make a difference. Over the years I've discovered that these seminars work. You can details and a link to apply right here. It's March 6, 7 and 8 just outside of New York City. Having people apply for a seminar is an interesting choice. It certainly takes a lot more time (for you and for us) and also makes it more difficult to promote. In this case, I think it's worth it. The people in the room with you are as important (sometimes more important) than the person on stage. The connections and support and…
  • Optimistic time (vs. honest time)

    Seth Godin
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    Optimistic time seems like a good idea. "We'll ship in January." "The conference will start at noon." "I'll be there in ten minutes." The hope is that the expectation of completion will raise our expectations and increase the chances that something will actually happen. In fact, though, there are huge costs to optimistic time. When you announce things based on optimism, the rest of the world you're engaging with builds plans around you and your announcement. And the cost of the person who doesn't have your software or is sitting around a meeting room for hours waiting is high indeed. The…
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  • Video Of The Week: Opening Keynote Of The Women’s Entrepreneur Festival

    Fred Wilson
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    The Gotham Gal and her friend Nancy Hechinger have put on the Women’s Entrepreneur Festival for five years now. It’s become an annual celebration of women and entrepreneurship. It was held in NYC this past wednesday and thursday. Here’s the opening keynote the Gotham Gal delivered (it is the first 12-13mins of this video. the talk afterward is also very good):
  • Feature Friday: Back Up iPhoto To Dropbox

    Fred Wilson
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    The Gotham Gal moved from an old macbook air to a new one about a year ago. When she moved all of her files, configurations, and settings from the old macbook to the new one, somehow her iPhoto folders didn’t come over correctly. She was missing a bunch of photos on her new laptop and could not seem to find them on the old one. I tried to help out but quickly got frustrated. Somehow she had messed things up in her moves from mac to mac to mac over the years and she had not backed up her iPhoto properly. She told me that there were years, maybe a decade or more, of photos of our family…
  • Deep Web Marketplaces

    Fred Wilson
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    Last week Joel sent everyone at USV an email outlining his journey through and exploration of the Dark Web which ultimately resulted in a purchase of a pair of boots for his girlfriend. Jonathan replied to all with “this is the best thing I’ve read on the Internet this year” to which I replied “except it isn’t on the Internet. it should be”. Joel got around to posting it to the Internet earlier this week. It is here. If you haven’t used Tor, if you haven’t bought stuff from these anonymous marketplaces, if you haven’t laundered your…
  • A Lens Into The Future Of Enterprise Software

    Fred Wilson
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    I’ve been working with our portfolio company Work Market for four years now. It’s been a real learning experience for me as enterprise and SAAS has never been my long suit. We were attracted to Work Market because, as their name implies, they use a marketplace model to help enterprises get work done. Specifically, they created and are the leader in the Freelance Management System market. We like software that has a network effect built in because it is harder to commoditize. A marketplace of freelance workers inside an enterprise software application seemed to us to be exactly…
  • Five Changes Being Driven By Zero Marginal Cost

    Fred Wilson
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    My partner Albert gave this ten minute talk yesterday at DLD
 
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    O'Reilly Radar - Insight, analysis, and research about emerging technologies

  • Four short links: 23 January 2015

    Nat Torkington
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    16 Andreessen-Horowitz Investment Areas — I’m struck by how they’re connected: there’s a cluster around cloud development, there are two maybe three on sensors … Pattern — a web mining module for the Python programming language. It has tools for data mining (Google, Twitter and Wikipedia API, a web crawler, a HTML DOM parser), natural language processing (part-of-speech taggers, n-gram search, sentiment analysis, WordNet), machine learning (vector space model, clustering, SVM), network analysis and <canvas> visualization. Code Review —…
  • Designing on a system level

    Mary Treseler
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    I recently sat down with Andy Goodman, designer and group director of Fjord’s US studios. Goodman has been designing and managing design teams around the globe for the past 20 years. Goodman is a contributor to Designing for Emerging Technologies — our conversation covers embeddables, wearables, and predictive analytics. To kick off the conversation, I asked Goodman to define “service design”: “It’s well-known that if you ask a service designer to define “service design,” you get 10 different answers. For me, it’s really about thinking on a system level about design…
  • Bitcoin is just the first app to use blockchain technology

    Lorne Lantz
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Editor’s note: Lorne Lantz is a program co-chair for our O’Reilly Radar Summit: Bitcoin & the Blockchain on January 27, 2015, in San Francisco. For more on the program and for registration information, visit the Bitcoin & the Blockchain event website. I remember the first time I heard about bitcoin. It was June 2012, and I was invited to a bitcoin meetup. The whole time I was sitting there, I thought these were a bunch of computer geeks playing around with nerd money. At the same time, I felt excited about the possibilities. If what the bitcoin believers were saying was…
  • Blockchain scalability

    Kieren James-Lubin
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    Author note: Vitalik Buterin contributed to this article. Editor’s note: Kieren James-Lubin is a program co-chair for our O’Reilly Radar Summit: Bitcoin & the Blockchain on January 27, 2015, in San Francisco. For more on the program and for registration information, visit the Bitcoin & the Blockchain event website. In a talk at CoinJar last fall, well-known bitcoin expert Andreas Antonopoulos made the following comment: “I have no worries that bitcoin can scale, and the simple reason for that is that I know that IPv4 can’t, and yet I use it every day.” The…
  • Bringing an end to synthetic biology’s semantic debate

    Jenn Webb
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Editor’s note: this podcast is part of our investigation into synthetic biology and bioengineering. For more on these topics, download a free copy of the new edition of BioCoder, our quarterly publication covering the biological revolution. Free downloads for all past editions are also available. Tim Gardner, founder of Riffyn, has recently been working with the Synthetic Biology Working Group of the European Commission Scientific Committees to define synthetic biology, assess the risk assessment methodologies, and then describe research areas. I caught up with Gardner for this Radar…
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  • As Cloud Arrives On Main Street, We Need A New Set Of Metrics For Cloud SLAs

    Sharon Wagner
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
     A lot can happen in a year, and in the world of cloud computing, 2014 was a breakout one. Cloud adoption finally experienced a tornado of demand that swept up large enterprises en masse. Yet as businesses move services to the cloud and increasingly depend on 3rd party vendors, important questions should be answered around who is responsible for managing these services and how service… Read More
  • Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Josh Constine
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:27 pm
     Music, music everywhere, but what song should I pick? Dance music fans have it particularly tough when it comes to discovery. Spotify’s 100% legal catalogue lacks tons of cool, unofficial remixes and mixsets, while SoundCloud’s limited curation make sorting through the jumble of sporadically released tracks a chore. If only someone would build a Digg/Reddit/Hacker News/Product Hunt… Read More
  • This Entrepreneur Quit His Day Job To Make A Little Rubber Thing For Your Headphones

    Jay Donovan
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:06 pm
     A cursory search under “headphone management” will bring up virtually hundreds of products. Spoolee’s novel contribution to the category is a twig adrift in an ocean of competition. This seems like a small and unusual product for us to cover but there are three things that make this product stand out and that are worth mentioning: Read More
  • Mozilla Wants To Bring Virtual Reality To The Browser

    Frederic Lardinois
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
     Last summer, Mozilla launched a very experimental version of Firefox with support for web-based virtual reality apps that could be experienced through the Oculus Rift. Earlier this week, support for WebVR also landed in Firefox’s Nightly and Developer Edition release channels. So why is Mozilla working on virtual reality when its mission is to “promote openness, innovation and… Read More
  • Prioritizing Diversity In 2015

    Joelle Emerson
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
     At a recent forum on diversity in tech, Google’s Director of Global Diversity Talent & Inclusion, Yolanda Mangolini, explained that it is incredibly hard to move the needle on diversity by even 1% at Google’s size. In a blog post on how to recruit more women into tech companies, Jennifer Dulski, President and COO of Change.org, echoed the same sentiment, advising startup… Read More
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  • Knicks basketball is back!

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    I loved watching the Knicks game last night. I know they only beat the lowly Orlando Magic, but they won, and it was a nice game, played with heart, by both sides. That's fundamentally what I get out of basketball. Winning is great for sure, but it really isn't why I watch. I love the SPORT. I especially like the personal side of the sport. The Knicks weren't led out of the slump by a veteran star elite player. No! They were led by three players on ten-day contracts. The heart of it. I also like that the Knicks management knew these three guys would make a difference. I think that must be…
  • 2015 server software

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    I wrote a piece at the very end of 2014 saying that early this year I would ship a bunch of "little focused server apps that do one thing well." I called them "snacks," because the first ones were little cool utilities you could use quickly. Not a full meal, but a nice appetizer perhaps or a dessert. The last one, nodeStorage, I knew would be a little deep, perhaps esoteric, so I rolled them out roughly in order of immediate utility, or as Colbert might say, snackyness. Sorry. At this point, most of them are out there, so it made sense to list them so that people could see them all in one…
  • Is this The Singularity?

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Had a dream last night where I was debugging some CSS in Chrome. The computer was behaving strangely, but that's CSS. On awakening I realized my mind played all the parts, including the computer, Chrome, and CSS. Probably time for a vacation.
  • Gun debaters

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    One way to deal with a sarcastic troll. Overlook that they're being sarcastic and take them at face value. Ask them to support their statement. You think driving kills more people than guns? Okay. Then let's license drivers. Require them to take training courses. And pass tests to prove they can use a car safely. And make places where you can't bring a car, so it's safe for people to have picnics or take a walk or ride a bike without fear of being mowed down by a car. We shouldn't allow cars on sidewalks, for example. And on ball fields and playgrounds. You could try to prove that cars don't…
  • nodeStorage now!

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    All apps need storage. Developers have to do too much work to make something simple. If you want to make a text editor, how much work should you have to do to get something that works for users? I felt it was too much work. I asked a few vendors to add this feature to their identity servers. I don't think they understood the problem. Probably because they had never tried to create a product from scratch, using what was available to developers working on the net. I don't know why. But I couldn't get through. The demo app I called the demo app MacWrite because it plays the same role as MacWrite…
 
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  • How to Restore Trust in News

    Craig Newmark
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    To Restore Trust in News, We Need Less Click Bait, More Accountability This is an evolving discussion in response to hopeful signs from people in the news industry who are committed to seriously trustworthy journalism. My personal bias is simply that I'm a news consumer, and just want news I can trust. I feel that trust might be the primary challenge in news today, à la "trust is the new black." Major challenges include finding successful business models for news, but I defer that to the news professionals. There are a lot of good people under considerable pressure to write…
  • 4 MLK Quotes That’re the Real Deal

    Craig Newmark
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” – Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the quote that motivates much of my philanthropy. And it's kinda how I try to "save the world" DIY-style… But when it came to saving the world, MLK, Jr. was the real deal. My team and I have compiled a few quotes of his that really stand out. It was tough to choose, but we wanted to create space for you to share the MLK Jr. quotes that inspire you to be a better person, and to create real change.   (Last year, I shared my favorite MLK Jr. photos.
  • How Star Trek Deepened My Support for Women in Tech

    Craig Newmark
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    I started as a hardcore nerd whose wish for fairness and equality was deepened by watching Star Trek. I started Sunday school, Jewish version, very young, and I think that's where I started hearing about the Golden Rule, treating people like you want to be treated. That was reinforced in later grades. By the time Star Trek started, I was ready for the (imperfect) lessons of equality that the show displayed. The message in a number of episodes is that racism is wrong, and stupid. The show was a product of its time, and half-heartedly treated women as equals, that's the imperfection.
  • Is the Boss an Empty Suit?

    Craig Newmark
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    For the most part, I consistently screwed up when I started new work. Being a nerd usually means no instinct for social norms or conventions, and it took me more than 25 years to catch on to what humans normally intuit. Here's my brief take on what I wished I'd done, and some of it will sound cynical. Once you're in the company, figure out whether the culture is about building a good product, or about telling a good story and looking good. Sun Microsystems built great Unix-style servers and dominated much of the growth of the Internet. However, they never told a good story…
  • Over $4.1 Million Raised for Nonprofits

    Craig Newmark
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Folks, the CrowdRise #GivingTower Holiday Challenge was a really big deal and raised lots of money for nonprofits. A total of  $4,141,131 was raised for charity. That includes all prize money (I gave $50k) and the money raised by all the charities, online and offline. That's 15.5x leverage on the prize dollars. The Grand Prize winners are… -1st Place: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust  with $364,979 raised -2nd Place: Cure JM  with $287,328 raised -3rd Place: Wildlife SOS  with $143,342 raised -4th Place: Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee with $129,855 raised -5th…
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