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  • Looking into The Distance

    Signal vs. Noise
    Wailin Wong
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Let’s take a break from the business news cycle. I love the news and I’ve covered it for a decade: what new startup is launching, why a stock price just moved, who’s being hired or fired. But there’s a whole universe of fascinating stories waiting to be covered about what’s old in business. That’s why we’re launching The Distance, a new online magazine featuring original journalism about bootstrapped businesses that are at least 25 years old. If you’ve ever been curious about your favorite family-owned restaurant or that little shop on the…
  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
  • There’s a high price to hiding from the need to transition

    Penelope Trunk Careers
    Penelope Trunk
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    This is our spring family portrait. The calf wandered into the photo. Winter is peaceful on the farm because there’s nothing to do but keep the animals alive. It’s hard work, but it’s only a few hours a day. Summer is busy because all the fields are ready at different times—farmers cut hay many times in a season, farmers rotate the animals to graze different fields, and there are baby animals that have to grow and become independent by winter. But the rhythms of summer are predictable because everything is part of a system. I say this as if I do any of it. I…
  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

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

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

    Penelope Trunk
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    This is our spring family portrait. The calf wandered into the photo. Winter is peaceful on the farm because there’s nothing to do but keep the animals alive. It’s hard work, but it’s only a few hours a day. Summer is busy because all the fields are ready at different times—farmers cut hay many times in a season, farmers rotate the animals to graze different fields, and there are baby animals that have to grow and become independent by winter. But the rhythms of summer are predictable because everything is part of a system. I say this as if I do any of it. I…
  • Four-day webinar with Penelope: Networking for people who hate networking

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

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

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

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

  • Looking into The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Let’s take a break from the business news cycle. I love the news and I’ve covered it for a decade: what new startup is launching, why a stock price just moved, who’s being hired or fired. But there’s a whole universe of fascinating stories waiting to be covered about what’s old in business. That’s why we’re launching The Distance, a new online magazine featuring original journalism about bootstrapped businesses that are at least 25 years old. If you’ve ever been curious about your favorite family-owned restaurant or that little shop on the…
  • Basecamp at C2E2 This Weekend!

    Shaun
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The annual Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo is this weekend and we’re really excited to announce that Basecamp will be sponsoring designer toy maker, Shawnimals at the show! Shawnimals uses Basecamp to make awesome stuff, from plush ninjas to recycled sketchbooks. The show runs from April 25th–27th, so come by booth 655 to say hi and pick up a limited edition Happy Sherpa plush!
  • Dragons on the far side of the histogram

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

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

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

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

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

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

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:46 am
    I had the pleasure of going to an SMU Basketball game this past week. It wasn’t a huge game from a standings perspective. It wasn’t a big rivalry game.  It wasn’t a game between 2 powerhouse teams. It was an important game as every game is for an up and coming team like SMU.  But there was no one outside the two teams that were really paying attention to the outcome. Bottom line, it was a game on the schedule. It was a game on the schedule for every one but SMU basketball fans.  For SMU basketball fans it was their chance to show off to any and all newcomers who walked…
  • So I Got Sued By A Patent Troll Who Thinks They Own Downloading Movies (only before they are released in theaters) over Cellular

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • David Einhorn is Short a ‘Basket of Bubble Stocks’ That 73 Percent of Americans Do Not Own!

    Howard Lindzon
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Fear and Greed…Fear and Greed… The drone of spectacular headlines continue unabated in good and bad markets. Yesterday, CNN was out saying that Americans do not trust the Stock Market. I read it and I don’t really know what it means for the market and I for sure do not trust the data. David Einhorn (famed hedge fund manager with fake hair) was also out yesterday saying he shorted a ‘basket of technology bubble stocks‘. Last year David also shorted the ‘overvalued’ Chipotle’s CMG at $300 (now $520) and in his recent quarterly letter said he…
  • 10 Questions for Marc Andreessen and of Course His Answers!

    Howard Lindzon
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    Last night I was inspired by Lynda to pester Marc Andreessen with 10 questions. I asked Zach, founder of NewHive (we are investors) to pull them together because reading threads and pulling them together on and from Twitter is only for the patient and brave. Some of the banter after his answers is the best part. The cool thing about NewHive is that you can ‘REMIX’ the post now that it is live…go sign up and try it out. Here is the POST. The post 10 Questions for Marc Andreessen and of Course His Answers! appeared first on Trends... Find them, ride them and get off..
  • Life after Tech in 2014…Follow the Money

    Howard Lindzon
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    It has been a tough 60 days for many tech stocks and many of the trend stocks I have owned. While everyone focuses on when it will end and why it started, the smart thing to do is follow the money. Kara Swisher says that ‘Nobody knows‘. She is right…NOBODY in her line of reading or work knows. Angels will continue to invest through this correction, Y Combinator classes will continue to overflow, private late stage financings of hot companies like AirBnB will continue and Salesforce mega campus will get built. In the meantime, huge amounts of money are flowing everyday in the…
  • Sports and Markets…DraftKings and Stocktwits

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

    Howard Lindzon
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    I was excited to see Stocktwits mentioned in ‘Wired’ recently in an article entitled ‘Forget the Quantified Self. We Need to Build the Quantified Us‘. The gist: The Quantified Us should be based on a select group of people who share similar goals, health conditions, or even similarity of emerging data patterns. They could be your friends, but they’re more likely strangers who happen to have a lot in common with you. We are already starting to see the beginnings of a Quantified Us movement starting to emerge, though we feel its full potential is untapped: StockTwits…
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  • LAUNCH Beacon – Retail, location, & payment summit (June 16, NYC)

    krute
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    Every couple of years, folks like me say retail is dead, and the stats on malls seem to be proving that out — with 15% estimated to close in the next 10 years. The stunning pictures of malls in transition, including this strip mall parking lot converted to an urban farm, are the stuff of science fiction. Dystopian rebirth –– the street finding its own use for the past. Yet we’re all still shopping like crazy. People still like to go out of their houses, despite the hype around the Oculus Rift that Zuck just bought for 1.3% of their stock. As much as I love to set up “subscribe…
  • Disney to acquire Maker Studios? IPO watch & LAUNCH of the Week | This Week in Startups

    krute
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Disney is in talks to acquire Maker Studios for $500m, according to Recode’s Peter Kafka. The entertainment giant’s recent acquisitions focused on IP: Marvel, Lucasfilm. Maker represents YouTube stars like PewDiePie and iJustine, which could dovetail nicely with Disney’s youth-focused TV programming. For Maker and its investors, the time is ripe for sale, with so much traffic reliant on YouTube and little distribution of its own outside of Google. It’s going to be a big year for tech IPOs. Add to the list of companies expected to start public trading: Eventbrite, King…
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    Jason Calacanis
    11 Jan 2014 | 12:41 pm
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  • Techbrats Goldberg, Shih and Gopman Do Not Represent Technology

    JasonDemant
    5 Jan 2014 | 12:43 pm
    In 20 or 30 years, what will we look back on and say “That was the issue of our time?” I ask hyper-intelligent people this question from time to time, and the answers are frequently similar: environment, equality, employment and wage disparity are common. I believe employment and wage disparity are the critical issues of our time. Nowhere can this be seen more clearly and glaringly than in San Francisco. Rents in the city have skyrocketed and social unrest between the haves and have-nots has reached a boiling point. (Most recently, we saw protesters throwing a rock through the…
  • A gift to the industry (be my guest at LAUNCH Festival)

    Emily
    17 Dec 2013 | 10:28 am
    I’ve been hosting my Launch Festival for six years now, with the goal of making the most supportive and joyful startup event in the world for fellow founders. We’ve had amazing startups launch, including Yammer, Powerset, Mint, Space Monkey, Dropbox, Docstoc, Brilliant.org, Boxbee, FitBit, RedBeacon, AdStage, Clicker and Swipe. In this, our seventh year, I’d like to offer a free pass to the event: Sign up: http://launch.ticketleap.com/launch-festival-builder/dates Details: http://festival.launch.co Why? ————————— When I started in…
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  • The Tim Ferriss Podcast is Live! Here Are Episodes 1 and 2

    ianfp
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Fuckin’ A–it’s finally here! After fantasizing about starting a podcast for nearly two years, after being asked hundreds of times, The Tim Ferriss Show is now live. Sometimes you have to stop over-thinking things, bite the bullet, and figure it out as you go. To launch, I’ve posted two episodes that are vastly different.  They are available on iTunes and, for Android folks, Stitcher. I have an important favor to ask, which I don’t do often: 1) Please listen to one or both episodes. 2) Then, PLEASE leave a review on iTunes. I will read EVERY review and, based on…
  • Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?

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

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

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

    Tim Ferriss
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:31 pm
    This post is about the third book in the Tim Ferriss Book Club, which is limited to books that have dramatically impacted my life. Enjoy! “I strongly recommend [The Art of Learning] for anyone who lives in a world of competition, whether it’s sports or business or anywhere else.” - Mark Messier, 6-Time Stanley Cup Champion “[This book] is a testimonial to the timeless principle of ‘do less and accomplish more.’ Highly recommended.” - Deepak Chopra “Josh provides tools that allow all of us to improve ourselves every day.” - Cal Ripken, Jr.,…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
  • Does corporate trust have to be an oxymoron?

    Seth Godin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Brands are based on trust. Corporations extract enormous value from the relationships they have with suppliers, employees, partners and customers. Yes, it's possible to trust a corporation, we do it all the time. But it's not free. The two key choices a brand makes to be trusted in the long run: 1. You will postpone profit-taking. There are always shortcuts available to you, always ways to make money sooner rather than later, plenty of chances to do a little less or charge a little more. 2. You will do things that are difficult. We know it’s not easy or convenient for you to keep every…
  • Trapped by linkbait

    Seth Godin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    After reading a magazine article by a freelancer, I clicked over to his blog. It was part of a bigger media site, and it contained more than a hundred articles. Every single one of them was formulaic. The standard linkbait headline: ([Integer between 5 and 10] WAYS to [action verb like avoid or stumble or demolish] [juicy adjective like stupid or embarrassing or proven] [noun]. Every article was edited to exactly the length thought to maximize page views and every single article was boring. Sometimes he got to end his headlines with a question mark, but that was the extent of the humanity…
  • "How do I get rid of the fear?"

    Seth Godin
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    Alas, this is the wrong question. The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters. No, the right question is, "How do I dance with the fear?" Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.        
  • Saying 'thank you' in public, three times

    Seth Godin
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Earlier this year, I launched two ongoing classes on Skillshare: One is on the thinking necessary to invent and launch a new business and the other is for marketers of all kinds. I'm grateful to everyone who has posted a kind review, launched a useful new project or shared the course so far... But mostly, I want to thank the people at Skillshare: the software does exactly what they promised, and they're kind and a delight to work with. Yesterday, Typepad was assaulted by a DDOS attack that brought the service to its knees. The team there really rose to the occasion, communicated clearly and…
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  • Counting The Hits

    Fred Wilson
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    Venture Capital is a hits business. All of the returns come from the top cohort of investments. So figuring out how many “hits” there are over a given time period turns out to be a useful exercise. Aileen Lee posted her attempt to do that on TechCrunch a while back. I countered with a post of my own on the topic. Those two posts started William Mougayar on a long process to figure out what the right number is. This week he published his findings. William has found 235 global “tech” companies that were started since 2000 that have gone on to be valued at north of…
  • CrowdRise

    Fred Wilson
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    Yesterday the news broke about our most recent investment, CrowdRise. I wrote a bit about it yesterday on usv.com. I thought I’d add some thoughts here as well. Many of our best investments came to us over time. We did not invest the first time we met them, or the second, or the third. CloudFlare was like that, SoundCloud was like that, Behance was like that. Zynga was like that. FeedBurner was like that. And CrowdRise was like that. I told the story of how I met them in 2010 and we did not invest until 2014 in the usv.com post yesterday. Many things, like wine, get better over time.
  • Valuations?

    Fred Wilson
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    I just listened to this podcast with Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon, and Benedict Evans. And since the post I was going to write today is now delayed until tomorrow, I will simply run the podcast as my post of the day. Lot’s of great stuff in here. I particularly liked the bit (about 17.5 mins in) where Marc says “there’s no public market bet on bitcoin, there’s no public market bet on crowdfunding, etc, etc”.  We’ve got those bets and I hope we can share them with the public markets someday
  • Employee Equity: Too Little?

    Fred Wilson
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    Sam Altman, who is now running YC, has a good post on employee equity that has been making the rounds this weekend. He makes four observations about employee equity: - employees don’t get enough - the requirement to exercise quickly upon leaving is painful - the tax treatment of options is closer to salary than stock - companies don’t tell employees enough about their stock and related information I generally agree with the latter three points. But I am not sold on the first point. We have seen some of our portfolio companies make very large grants to early employees and that ends…
  • Video Of The Week: The Gotham Gal on TWIST

    Fred Wilson
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Last summer, The Gotham Gal went on Jason Calacanis’ show, This Week In Startups. I had never watched it until this morning. It’s fun to see two people who know each other well (they worked together in the late 90s) do a conversation. It’s an hour long but there is some good stuff in here.
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  • Robots in the lab

    Mike Loukides
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    An automated centrifuge at Modular Science — click here for instructions to hack one yourself. In the new issue of BioCoder, Peter Sand writes about Hacking Lab Equipment. It’s well worth a read: it gives a number of hints about how standard equipment can be modified so that it can be controlled by a program. This is an important trend I’ve been watching on a number of levels, from fully robotic labs to much more modest proposals, like Sand’s, that extend programmability even to hacker spaces and home labs. In talking to biologists, I’m surprised at how little…
  • iBeacons, privacy, and security

    Matthew Gast
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    iBeacons and various BLE technologies have the potential to shake up many established ways of doing business by streamlining interactions. Although there are potentially many uses for iBeacons, much of the initial discussion has focused on retail. (I’ll follow up with some examples of iBeacon applications outside retail in a future post.) As I described in my initial post in this series, all an iBeacon does is send out advertisement packets. iBeacon transmissions let a receiver perform two tasks: uniquely identify what things they are near and estimate the distance to them. With…
  • Four short links: 23 April 2014

    Nat Torkington
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Samsung UX (Scribd) — little shop of self-catalogued UX horrors, courtesy discovery in a lawsuit. Dated (Android G1 as competition) but rewarding to see there are signs of self-awareness in the companies that inflict unusability on the world. Tools for Ideation and Problem Solving (Dan Lockton) — comprehensive and analytical take on different systems for ideas and solutions. Don’t Settle for Eventual Consistency (ACM) — proposes “causal consistency”, prototyped in COPS and Eiger from Princeton. Intellectual Ventures Loses Patent Case (Ars Technica) —…
  • The crowdfunding conundrum

    Glen Martin
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is widespread consensus that crowdfunding is a boon, an egalitarian means for bringing products and services to market without relying on banks, venture capitalists, or established financial angels. Myriad platforms now allow entrepreneurs and folks with a little (or a lot) of cash to get together without the red tape and angst that so often accompanies the soliciting and procuring of startup funds. But that doesn’t mean crowdfunding is a panacea. In fact, observes Scott Miller, CEO and co-founder of Dragon Innovation, Inc., crowdfunding platforms have an Achilles heel: an…
  • Four short links: 22 April 2014

    Nat Torkington
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    PourOver — NYT open source Javascript for very fast in-browser filtering and sorting of large collections. LibreSSL — OpenBSD take on OpenSSL. Unclear how sustainable this effort is, or how well adopted it will be. Competing with OpenSSL is obviously an alternative to tackling the OpenSSL sustainability question by funding and supporting the existing OpenSSL team. Game Mechanic Explorer — helps learners by turning what they see in games into the simple code and math that makes it happen. HMRC to Sell Taxpayers’ Data (The Guardian) — between this and the UK…
 
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  • Google, AT&T, Verizon And Comcast Each Spent More Than $3M In Q1 Lobbying Congress

    Alex Wilhelm
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
     The dollars flowing into the Capitol from tech companies are showing little signs of abatement: Google spent $3.8 million on lobbying in the first quarter, AT&T $3.7 million, Verizon $3.5 million, Comcast $3.1 million, Facebook $2.8 million, Microsoft $2.1 million, Time Warner Cable $1.9 million, Oracle $1.5 million, Apple $1.1 million, and Amazon $830,000. Read More
  • Apple Sold 20 Million Apple TVs, Which Are Now Far From A Hobby

    Matt Burns
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
     The Apple TV continues to gain traction despite little effort from Apple. On today's financial earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has sold 20 million Apple TV boxes. By the end of 2013, the company had sold approximately 10 million Apple TV units. The product is clearly on-pace for a killer year even with new offerings from Amazon and Roku. Read More
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Lauds Office On iPad, Chides Microsoft For Not Delivering It Earlier

    Darrell Etherington
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
     Apple CEO Tim Cook took time to answer a question about Microsoft Office for iPad arriving this past month, and his answer was surprisingly long. “I do see that Office is a very key franchise,” he said, and also added that he “wholeheartedly welcome[s] Microsoft to the App Store.” Cook admitted that Apple’s “customers are clearly responding in a good way that… Read More
  • Facebook’s Standalone App Plan: Launch Betas, If They Work Grow To 100M Users, Then Monetize

    Josh Constine
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
     Facebook plans to launch more standalone apps, and today on its Q1 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg laid out a blueprint for picking which ones to throw the company's weight behind. First, its Creative Labs initiative will build apps with specific purposes. If they resonate with users, Facebook will push to grow them to 100 million users. If that works, only then will it try to earn money off them. Read More
  • Apple Acquired 24 Companies In The Last 18 Months

    Darrell Etherington
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
     Apple’s pace of acquisition has seemed to be picking up lately, and Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed just how many the company has been making of late. Cupertino has nabbed 24 companies over the course of the past year and a half, which is a pace that observers recently noticed actually outpaces the recent acquisition habits of Google. Typically, Apple doesn’t make any official… Read More
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  • NakedJen and word-wrap

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I was talking with NakedJen today and it occurred to me that she might not know about word wrapping. She was putting hard returns at the end of every line in Fargo. This meant that when she wanted to remove a few words, she had to manually rewrap the lines below. I showed how, if she just continued to type at the end of a line, the computer would do the wrapping for her. It was a revelation! She had been using computers 25 years without knowing they could do this. When you think about it, it makes sense -- if you learned how to write on a typewriter it might never occur to you. That's how I…
  • Google Glass smells bad

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Scoble was at Coachella, an outdoor concert, and took his Google Glass off. Scoble did that. The original whore of Glass. He tells an interesting story. People don't like the association. How I think of it: Google Glass has a bad smell. It's connected to the bus protests in SF. All the publicity about the 1 percent and the NSA news, Google gets black eyes all the time and never grows from it. Just like Microsoft in the 90s. People who think of themselves as super geniuses are awful at listening. The message is this: 1. We love technology. 2. But we want to be creative with it, not be owned by…
  • Bare-bones Heroku do

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Every time I want to start up a new Heroku app, I go through the same process, and I thought rather than figure it out every time, I'd just document it here once, and look it up. Note: This is more general than my Heroku How To, which shows you how to set up a Fargo Publisher app. This is for any app. Come up with a name. Write it down. I'm using bingBing33 for this howto. Create a folder to hold the app. Say it's /myworld/bingBing33/ Save your JavaScript file in there, say it's main.js. Create a package.json file in the folder. Follow the pattern in this file. In Terminal, enter these…
  • WordPress-to-OPML source

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    As promised, I have released the source for the server that converts a WordPress blog into a single Fargo-editable outline. It's written in JavaScript and runs in node.js. The format is OPML, which has many other uses. It's provided under the MIT license. https://github.com/scripting/wp2opml BTW, you'll find a link to this server and all my other source releases in the GitHub menu at the top of every post on this blog.
  • WordPress to OPML, working!

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Fargo 1.54 is out. It's the first version with the ability to download a WordPress site as a single Fargo outline. I will release the source code for this project. It's written in JavaScript, runs in node.js. The format is OPML, but the server app could put out any format you like, with modifications of course. I want to do a some testing before releasing it. As a demo, here's the OPML source for the Rebooting the News site. This release has no user interface largely because I'm not sure what kind of UI it should have. I want to see how it works for users first before nailing that down.
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  • 4 factchecking sites that’re the real deal

    Craig Newmark
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Folks, I just want news I can trust. As I've been saying, the press should be the immune system of democracy, and needs to fulfill that role again. With the Internet, everyone can be their own journalist now. It's become increasingly difficult to find news that comes from a trustworthy press. Factchecking efforts only have value, it's felt, if: Misinformation is corrected, in a way that doesn't reinforce the lie. Any involved news outlets are encouraged to avoid promoting misinformation. Regular people, the broad citizenry, have the means to easily help media correct…
  • 5 veterans who are taking the startup world by storm

    Craig Newmark
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Folks, my team and I have been highlighting a lot of important startups and vets recently, and we thought it'd be a good idea to merge the two. We reached out to the community on Facebook and Twitter, and compiled a list of 5 veteran-founded startups who really have their boots on the ground. Vets are effective entrepreneurs, and many of the skills veterans have overlap with those needed to found a startup. As this article says, "Tech startups to veterans: We love you, we want some more of ya." 5 Veterans Who Are Taking the Startup World by Storm (in no particular order):…
  • 5 of my favorite things

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

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

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