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  • Online course: Best practices for leveraging INTJ strengths (and how to be a likable INTJ )

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    Penelope Trunk
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    This course includes four days of live video sessions and additional email-based course materials. The course meets May 11 – 14 8pm – 9pm EDT. You can watch the video on demand if you can’t make the live session. The price is $195.  Sign up now.  INTJs are only 2% of the world’s population, and female INTJs are the most rare of all types. However, the most common type on this blog among women is INTJ, which is statistically amazing.  Maybe every female INTJ in the whole world reads this blog. And almost all the super high-level men I coach are INTJs (Mr. Famous…
  • How to Pick Advisors

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Once upon a time there were two engineering PhDs who were clueless about how to start a company. All they knew how to do was code. They were so desperate for money and adult supervision that when an experienced businessperson showed interest and offered to help raise money, they, in their own words, “followed him like dogs.” However, this adult didn’t know much about tech startups and caused them to make many mistakes in legal and financial matters. They parted ways but only after much aggravation and the significant legal expense of undoing incorrect decisions. This is not an unusual…
  • QUOTE: Would you hire the last Delta representative…

    Signal vs. Noise
    David
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Would you hire the last Delta representative you spoke with if you owned a customer service company? —First question in the Delta Airlines customer service follow-up survey. Love it.
  • The Best Interview I have done in a long, long time

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    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    one of the challenges of doing a lot of interviews is that inevitably I am asked different versions of the same questions over and over again.  For the first time in a long time I can say I actually got asked unique questions that put a smile on my face. They were short. Simple. To the point.  They were perfect for the reporters audience. Shockingly I had never been asked any of them before. Here it is ​Dear Mr. Cuban, My name is Mauricio Vazquez. Today you visited Medrano Middle School to talk to over 100 business students (thank you by the way). I’m a reporter for the school…
  • Cell Phones & Cancer

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    The ability of radiation to cause cancer is dependent on whether or not the radiation is able to alter chemical bonds. This occurs when electrons involved in bonding in a molecule absorb radiation with enough energy to allow them to escape – this is called ionization. The thing is, whether or not radiation is ionizing is based solely on its energy, not on its number, and as we saw above, its energy is determined entirely from its frequency. Cool article on WordPress.com about Why Cell Phones Can’t Cause Cancer, But Bananas Can, which I read while eating (and finishing) a banana. It…
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    Penelope Trunk Careers

  • Online course: Best practices for leveraging INTJ strengths (and how to be a likable INTJ )

    Penelope Trunk
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    This course includes four days of live video sessions and additional email-based course materials. The course meets May 11 – 14 8pm – 9pm EDT. You can watch the video on demand if you can’t make the live session. The price is $195.  Sign up now.  INTJs are only 2% of the world’s population, and female INTJs are the most rare of all types. However, the most common type on this blog among women is INTJ, which is statistically amazing.  Maybe every female INTJ in the whole world reads this blog. And almost all the super high-level men I coach are INTJs (Mr. Famous…
  • The best perk of being Diamond level at Hilton

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

    Penelope Trunk
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Many of the coaching sessions I do center around a single question: is it time to switch careers? What I’ve found is that in most cases, the answer is no, it is not time to switch careers. Here’s why: We are absolutely terrible at predicting what we will like to do in our careers, and we overestimate how much we’ll like a new career. We learn best from trial and error. However we are naturally risk averse and we hate to fail, so we’re constantly trying to make intelligent decisions in an attempt to avoid the errors in trial and error. You have to be okay with…
  • What leadership will look like when Generation Z takes over (and I love Pope Francis)

    Penelope Trunk
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    If you want to understand Generation Z (born in the 200o’s), take a look at Pope Francis. He is not just a new pope. He is revolutionizing the Vatican in a way that generation Z is likely to revolutionize secular institutions. For those of you who are not following Pope Francis, you should. He is so cool he makes me want to give money to the Catholic church. He is a Gen Z mascot. Francis was not trained to be a powerful man. He is honest, for one thing, and no one trains for power through honesty. But also, he wants simply to do good for people and keep the Church healthy and…
  • Career news that will make you happy right now

    Penelope Trunk
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    Most of the time on this blog I focus on bursting bubbles. I deliver bad news about finding a spouse, choosing a career and earning money. But the thing that really keeps me going as a career adviser is the good news. My career has saved me so many times that I think of career advice as a sort of trousseau that you draw on to make life more livable. Or, for those of us who are way past trousseau time, career advice is a way to gain equilibrium in our lives after we’ve completely given up on the preposterous idea of work-life balance. Which is why I have collected a bunch of tidbits…
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • How to Pick Advisors

    Guy Kawasaki
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Once upon a time there were two engineering PhDs who were clueless about how to start a company. All they knew how to do was code. They were so desperate for money and adult supervision that when an experienced businessperson showed interest and offered to help raise money, they, in their own words, “followed him like dogs.” However, this adult didn’t know much about tech startups and caused them to make many mistakes in legal and financial matters. They parted ways but only after much aggravation and the significant legal expense of undoing incorrect decisions. This is not an unusual…
  • Pictures from my trip to Berlin

    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    After my visit to Stuttgart, I went to Berlin to speak for Russell Reynolds. Berlin is a very interesting city with many places to visit. The post Pictures from my trip to Berlin appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Porsche

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    These are pictures from the Porsche factory in Stuttgart. I even got a ride in a 918! The post Pictures from my trip to @Porsche appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    These are my pictures from the Mercedes-AMG facility. This is where the AMG GT is made. The post Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of Branding

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the real world, you don’t have infinite resources; you don’t have a perfect product; and you don’t sell to a growing market without competition. You’re also not omnipotent, so you cannot control what people think of your brand. Under these assumptions, most companies need all the help they can get. This is my advice to help you. Seize the high ground. Establish your brand on positive conditions like “making meaning,” “doing good,” “changing the world,” and “making people happy” —not destroying your competition. When is the last time you bought a product to hurt a…
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  • QUOTE: Would you hire the last Delta representative…

    David
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Would you hire the last Delta representative you spoke with if you owned a customer service company? —First question in the Delta Airlines customer service follow-up survey. Love it.
  • LINK: Shhh... Made by Few 2015

    Jason Z.
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    Shhh... Made by Few 2015 I’d been pretty bored with web conferences but the tiny team at Few changed my mind. Last summer’s Made by Few was well-run, fun, focused, intimate, and worthwhile. The couple of hundred lucky attendees were treated to fantastic barbecue, pour-over coffee, tons of swag, live music and some of the best talks around from speakers that could play rooms ten times this size—it was like seeing your six favorite bands play a secret show at your local bar. Seriously, I have no idea how they pulled together this line-up. And it all happened in the warm summer sun…
  • Constrained

    Nathan Kontny
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    For years I’ve chatted with smart, ambitious people and friends who want to start new projects or businesses. Often their visions are big. So they dream up equally big things their startups need: money, connections, resources. And that’s where they get stuck. They don’t have any of those things. In 1978, an artist named Patricia came home to her husband and announced she quit her job at a newspaper. She just couldn’t stand it anymore. Occasionally, she’d have some of her art posted on the front page, which was great. But most of the time, the job was corporate…
  • Imagining Basecamp on Apple Watch

    Jason Z.
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Over the last day or so I spent some time learning about the different Apple Watch components (notifications, glances, WatchKit app) and imagined how Basecamp might work on the upcoming device. Here’s what I came up with. Notifications are a given for Apple Watch. The ability to see what’s new in your projects simply by raising your wrist sounds fantastic. Canned, quick-reply options could be great. I also like the idea of setting your status as an option when notifications start piling up. It’s interesting how the actions can change depending on what kind of communication…
  • Look and Feel and Feel

    Jason Fried
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    Designers often talk about the look and feel of a product, an app, an object, etc. These are good concepts to be talking about, but how the thing feels isn’t really the important feel. The important feel is how it makes you feel. That feeling isn’t usually covered by look and feel discussions. This has recently come into focus for me. The trigger? Instagram. I’ve been on Twitter (@jasonfried) for years. Since I don’t have a Facebook account, Twitter has been my only social networking outlet. I mostly use it for sharing novel or interesting things I’ve seen or read, the occasional…
 
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  • The Best Interview I have done in a long, long time

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    one of the challenges of doing a lot of interviews is that inevitably I am asked different versions of the same questions over and over again.  For the first time in a long time I can say I actually got asked unique questions that put a smile on my face. They were short. Simple. To the point.  They were perfect for the reporters audience. Shockingly I had never been asked any of them before. Here it is ​Dear Mr. Cuban, My name is Mauricio Vazquez. Today you visited Medrano Middle School to talk to over 100 business students (thank you by the way). I’m a reporter for the school…
  • Why This Tech Bubble is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000 – Part 2

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Since a few people seem to be freaking out that I limited my example of those being subject to the bubble in private investments to Angels and Crowdfunding, I decided to do a part 2. They were right. I should have been clearer on just how extensive the abuse and impact of this bubble is. Lets change it to a question. How many people have been pitched an app that is going to be the next …….. How many people have been pitched to invest in that app ? Has anyone not been pitched investing in an app ? There are more than 1.3mm app in each of the 2 main stores. That excludes the dead…
  • Why This Tech Bubble is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Ah the good old days.  Stocks up $25, $50, $100 more in a single day.  Day trading was all the rage.  Anyone and everyone you talked to had a story about how they had made a ton of money on such and such a stock. In an hour.  Stock trading millionaires were being minted by the week, if not sooner. You couldn’t go anywhere without people talking about the stock market.  Everyone was in or new someone who was in. There were hundreds of companies that were coming public and could easily be bought and sold.  You just pick a stock and buy it. Then you pray it goes up. Which most days…
  • 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…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Cell Phones & Cancer

    Matt
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    The ability of radiation to cause cancer is dependent on whether or not the radiation is able to alter chemical bonds. This occurs when electrons involved in bonding in a molecule absorb radiation with enough energy to allow them to escape – this is called ionization. The thing is, whether or not radiation is ionizing is based solely on its energy, not on its number, and as we saw above, its energy is determined entirely from its frequency. Cool article on WordPress.com about Why Cell Phones Can’t Cause Cancer, But Bananas Can, which I read while eating (and finishing) a banana. It…
  • Entanglement

    Matt
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    If you’re curious about quantum entanglement (and a type of synesthesia) at all, check out this week’s Invisibilia show on NPR called Entanglement.
  • 100 Books

    Matt
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    You can’t go wrong with Amazon’s 100 Books To Read In A Lifetime. I’ve only read a bit over a dozen of them, and some of those in school when I probably didn’t appreciate them. I’ve never had a time in my life when I thought, “You know, I’m reading too much.” It’s a weekend — read!
  • Atlantic Earth Day Pictures

    Matt
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:41 pm
    The Atlantic has a set of 45 pictures that are both beautiful and shocking to commemorate Earth Day.
  • Big Announcement Day

    Matt
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Two big releases today: WordPress 4.2 with lots of interface improvements and emoji support, and the 3.5 release of Jetpack with a new menu editor.
 
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    Trends... Find them, ride them and get off.

  • The Next Apple – A New Book By Ivanhoff and I

    Howard Lindzon
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    In 2008 I published my first book on trends called ‘The Wallstrip Edge‘. Hachette paid me well and for that they got title naming rights. Twitter was beginning to explode and I wanted to call the book ‘The Twitter Trend’, but Hachette scoffed and we sold 14 books. The good news is for $9 you can download it on Kindle and read it for yourself. I think it is a great book on how I think about, find, ride and exit trends. My friend/partner Ivanoff, who runs our Socialleverage50.com service has wanted to take all the content from our blogs, service and filters and create a…
  • The Apple Watch Launches as Nasdaq Hits All Time Highs…Coincidence?

    Howard Lindzon
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:06 pm
    I am really excited to buy an Apple Watch. It is going to be big winner, but it will chart a slower growth curve. Apple is in no rush which is obvious. This is the one I want. It has a magical feel and clasp. I wish I could buy one in the store and so I will wait a bit longer to really see what apps get a little traction. I do not want to tweet, look at photos, or read news on my watch. I do want market notifications and can’t wait to dive in and curate the perfect rotating set of updates. The watch will soon be my yardage marker on the golf course and my workout partner. People are…
  • Peak Goldman or Peak Google…Who do you Anti-Trust

    Howard Lindzon
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Goldman Sachs is making serious money as usual and the stock is back above $200. Whenever I chat with my pal Michael Parekh (retired Goldman partner), I know that Goldman can’t be stopped. No inside information, but the club is the club. Do you really think Goldman has not figured out how to have a trading arm within the new rules of the system? The message is clear for another generation of bankers…Goldman wins. I had this feeling that we had seen ‘Peak Goldman’ back in March when I wrote this, but let’s face it, Goldman is the system. As for Google, which I…
  • Great News for Stocktwits…More Capital, Faster Growth, Better Mobile, New Features

    Howard Lindzon
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    I have been off the blogging grid too long. Today I felt like catching up our community on the ‘State of Stocktwits’. Stocktwits had a profitable March. We know how to survive on our own. I am really happy with the progress of our mobile apps. The iOS version is getting 5 stars and our new Android app is in beta with our community starting this week. We have made some great hires to help us speed product and design updates. We have raised a fresh round of capital to help us grow even faster. Our venture capitalists participated but we also added some very strategic Asian fintech…
  • Live Streaming Video…Twitter, Periscope and Meerkat

    Howard Lindzon
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Over the last few weeks a small Israeli company called ‘Meerkat’ has stormed the mobile video scene. I can’t fully explain the phenomenon, but the APP is at the top of Apple’s best curated stream and sure to break into the top 150 ‘free’ apps in the app store. I have been using the product and it is awesome. It is intimate, fun, simple and powerful. Last month Twitter (TWTR) bought a startup called Periscope (for a reported $100 million) and the product has not even launched. I have used the beta product and it is awesome. The good news is that Wall Street…
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  • WARNING: avoid the “Apply to Present” & “Angel Pitch Contest” event scams

    Jacqui
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    A few days ago I talked about “doing the work” and skipping the party. Conferences tend to be one of the big things that people distract themselves with instead of doing the hard work of making a product that people actually use and get value from. Some conferences will waste your precious time, but today I want to warn founders about an evil subculture of event producers who are designing events to scam founders — who are sometimes desperate for attention — out of their money! [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/o7djy ] The scams work like this: Apply…
  • Gary Vaynerchuck, CEO & Cofounder of VaynerMedia, on This Week in Startups

    Jacqui
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Gary Vaynerchuk on Crushing It in business, building a media empire, inspired investing, and making magic in the gray Gary Vaynerchuk is an investor, author, CEO/Cofounder of VaynerMedia, Host of #AskGaryVee, and one of the most influential and dynamic voices in marketing, branding, and social media today. Gary joined Jason during the Launch Festival 2015 to share insights on his entrepreneurial journey, media mastery, and investing prowess. Some of the many gems from this conversation include: how Gary grew his family wine business from $3M to $60M within ten years, launching his public…
  • Do the work, skip the party

    Jacqui
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:31 pm
    As the money pool increases, the attention pool decreases We talk a lot about bubbles in tech because, like real estate executives, we had our world turned upside down by one. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/1ketF ] Bubbles have popped five times in my life. The 1987 crash and subsequent pullback in consumer spending largely caused my dad to lose his bar when I was 17. In 1990 the recession, driven by the Iraq war, terrorized everyone in college for years. There were literally no jobs for people with five to ten years of experience. With 0 years under your belt…
  • Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk & investor Chris Sacca on This Week in Startups

    Jacqui
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Two legends, skateboarder Tony Hawk & investor Chris Sacca, on their long-time friendship, taking huge risks, hustling to success, giving back, and defining legacy Today’s episode features two superstars in their respective fields. Tony Hawk is the masterful professional skateboarder who catapulted his sport into the national spotlight, and Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital is a legendary angel investor (Twitter, Uber, Instagram, Kickstarter). Tony and Chris have been long-time friends and both talk in-depth with Jason at the LAUNCH Festival 2015. It’s an awesome, dynamic…
  • The Startup Martian: Can You Get There on What You Got?

    Jacqui
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    I’ve been listening to a fabulous audiobook called “The Martian,” in which an astronaut is left behind on Mars with a limited amount of food. It’s riveting. * The stranded botanist/engineer has to “make it work with what he’s got.” This of course got me thinking, what if your startup was left behind? What if the eight months of runway you have was all you were going to have — would you survive? [ * You can get “The Martian” free at audible.com/twist. Audible used to sponsor my podcast and they seem to have left this free audiobook promotion up. ] In…
 
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  • How to Defy Gravity on Earth (And Win $2,000+ Worth of Prizes)

    Tim Ferriss
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Unless you’ve been to outer space, the next few minutes are worth your time. Below are the details of The Zero-G Giveaway. My goal is simple: I want to you to have one of the coolest experiences on the planet. Namely, floating like an astronaut, experiencing weightlessness, and grinning ear-to-ear for a week afterward. I’m not selling anything and no purchase necessary. Just thought it’d be cool, and I have some big news coming next week, so this is a warm-up. I’m limbering up my Internet joints for action. All that said, you have less than 48 hours, so please keep…
  • Triple H on Pre-Fight Rituals, Injury Avoidance, and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

    Ian Robinson
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    “His way of telling you that you did something wrong was hitting you in the head with a phone book in a shopping bag.” – Triple H (Paul Levesque) on learning from Killer Kowalski [10:05] “Why would I be wound up? I’m either ready, or I’m not. Worrying about it right now ain’t gonna change a damn thing.”  –Floyd Mayweather, Jr. just before a fight, as recalled by Paul Levesque [34:20] Paul Levesque, more popularly known as Triple H (@TripleH), is a 13-time World Heavyweight Champion in World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE). Not…
  • Hit Filmmaker Jon Favreau’s Techniques and Routines

    Ian Robinson
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    “The laughter doesn’t last if there is no story. Story is king. You think it’s about the laughs, but, really, it’s about investing in the story and being drawn in.” – Jon Favreau [58:55] Jon Favreau is a man of many talents. He burst onto the acting scene with his role in Rudy. He established himself as a writer with the iconic cult hit Swingers, in which he starred. Then, Favreau made his feature film directorial debut with Made, which he also wrote and produced. Other directing credits include Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Elf, Zathura,…
  • How to Earn Your Freedom…And A Motorcycle Ride Across China?

    Tim Ferriss
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    This post shares two short essays that have had a profound impact on my life. They explore “lifestyle,” world travel, practical philosophies, and much more. Disclaimer: These might make you quit your job… even if you’re the boss. I’m not kidding, as I’ve seen it happen. If it comes to pass, you’ll thank me later. To see the movies I rave about in this episode, click here. For the two free protein bars I mention, click here. Here’s the audio. I hope you enjoy it. Stream below, or you can right-click here to save as an MP3. For more from the…
  • Inside the Mind of Glenn Beck, You Find…Walt Disney and Orson Welles?

    Ian Robinson
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    “When I turned 30, I knew my life was at a crossroads. It was either over, or I was going to restart.” – Glenn Beck [9:10] The goal of my blog and podcast is to push you outside of your comfort zone and force you to question assumptions. This is why I invite divergent thinkers and world-class performers who often disagree. I might interview Tony Robbins and then Matt Mullenweg. Or I might have a long chat with Sam Harris, PhD, and later invite a seemingly opposite guest like… Glenn Beck. This interview is a wild ride, and it happened — oddly enough —…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Product adoption: different problems for different folks

    Seth Godin
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:31 am
    The product adoption cycle is one of the most essential things to understand when you seek to launch a product or service, or make any sort of cultural change. Different people sign up for new ideas at different rates. Some farmers, for example, are eager to try a new type of seed or irrigation device. Some farmers will wait years, or a generation, to try the same thing. Some people start the video going viral, some are the very last to see it. What distinguishes these people? It's worth noting that someone who might be an innovator at work might choose to be a laggard at home. It turns out…
  • To overcome an irrational fear...

    Seth Godin
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    replace it with a habit. If you're afraid to write, write a little, every day. Start with an anonymous blog, start with a sentence. Every day, drip, drip, drip, a habit. If you're afraid to speak up, speak up a little, every day. Not to the board of directors, but to someone. A little bit, every day. Habits are more powerful than fears.         
  • Terroir

    Seth Godin
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    You can taste it. Heinz ketchup has no terroir. It always tastes like everywhere and nowhere and the same. A Dijon mustard from a small producer in France, though, you can taste where it came from. Foodies seek out this distinction in handcrafted chocolate or wine or just about anything where the land and environment are thought to matter. But we can extend the idea to you, to your work, to the thing you're building. Visit the City Bakery in New York. Every square inch contains the DNA of the whole place. The planking of the floor. The sound as you sit on the balcony. The parade of…
  • Reckless abandon (is neither)

    Seth Godin
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    It's not reckless, because when we leap, when we dive in, when we begin, only begin, we bring our true nature to the project, we make it personal and urgent. And it's not abandon, not in the sense that we've abandoned our senses or our responsibility. In fact, abandoning the fear of fear that is holding us back is the single best way not to abandon the work, the pure execution of the work. Later, there's time to backpedal and water down. But right now, reckless please.        
  • Thanks

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    In just two days, my new course for freelancers is the fastest-growing one of its kind in Udemy's history. I'm thrilled to see that so many of my readers are eager to dig in and make a difference. The course has already transformed the work of thousands of people. The half-price discount expires soon, and this will be my last post about it. I hope it resonates with you, and thanks again for leaping.        
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  • Using CrowdRise To Help People In Nepal

    Fred Wilson
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:48 am
    When a disaster strikes, caring people all over the world seek ways they can help. Usually that means giving funds to a global relief organization like the Red Cross. But in the age of crowdfunding, giving to relief efforts takes on an entirely new flavor. You can see that in action on our portfolio company CrowdRise’s service this morning. Crowdfunding means you can target your giving with more granularity. You can give to this family in the US raising money to help their relatives in Nepal, who are now living in a temporary tent and are in desperate need for help. You can give to this…
  • The Lesson Of Title II and Time Warner Cable: Markets Have Two Sides

    Fred Wilson
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    On thursday of this past week, I attended a small gathering of academics and policy makers who follow the technology sector. During that gathering, the news came out that the Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable was falling apart due to regulatory opposition. The conversation turned to the reasons why this happened. I surmised that the reason for both the failure of Comcast/Time Warner Cable and the success of the Title II debate several months ago is that regulators and policy makers now understand that markets have two sides and you can’t just look at the consumer facing side of…
  • Video Of The Week: Albert’s TEDx Talk

    Fred Wilson
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    My partner Albert gave this TEDx talk earlier this year. Somehow I missed it until this morning when I was looking around YouTube for something to post. I’ve heard Albert articulate all of these ideas for years. He’s influenced my thinking on them greatly and I’ve gone from dismissive, to skeptical, to supportive of experimenting with them. I suspect you will move in that direction too after watching this short (17mins) talk:
  • Fun Friday: Teach A Kid To Code

    Fred Wilson
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:12 am
    You know what is fun? It’s fun to show somebody how to do something powerful. It’s fun to give somebody the superpowers you have. So if you know how to code, it’s really fun to teach kids how to do it. And if you want to have that kind of fun, you should check out a program called TEALS. I’ve written about TEALS before here at AVC, but in short, you stop by a school on the way to work and teach a first period computer science class in combination with a teacher who works in the school. There’s a bit more to it than that and if you want to learn more there are two…
  • Project Fi

    Fred Wilson
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the areas we are investing in and trying to build a portfolio around is next gen internet access. We have one investment and are close to another. We’d like to build a portfolio of a number of innovative and disruptive approaches to broadband internet access in the next few years. So any new service that attempts to make internet access easier and better is of interest to me. AVC regular John Revay sent me an email today asking if I’m going to get a Project Fi account. I told him I was thinking about it. Right now it is invite only. I’ve put in a request for an invite…
 
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  • Google’s Physical Web vs Apple’s iBeacon

    Sean O Sullivan
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    Register for Sean O Sullivan's free webcast, to be held on April 29 at 10 a.m. PT. This is the second post in a three-part series looking at beacon technology and the burgeoning beacon ecosystem. In the first of this series, I covered some of the basics behind proximity, Bluetooth Low Energy, and iBeacon, and walked through some use cases where proximity and iBeacon have started showing up in retail, travel, and other applications. While iBeacon has arguably galvanised the notion of using proximity in applications and services, it’s not the only game in town. In this post, I’ll cover one…
  • Four short links: 27 April 2015

    Nat Torkington
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    'Living Figures' Make Their Debut (Nature) -- In July last year, neurobiologist Björn Brembs published a paper about how fruit flies walk. Nine months on, his paper looks different: another group has fed its data into the article, altering one of the figures. The update — to figure 4 — marks the debut of what the paper’s London-based publisher, Faculty of 1000 (F1000), is calling a living figure, a concept that it hopes will catch on in other articles. Brembs, at the University of Regensburg in Germany, says that three other groups have so far agreed to add their data, using software…
  • Four short links: 24 April 2015

    Nat Torkington
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Decoding Jeff Jonas (National Geographic) -- "He thinks in three—no, four dimensions," Nathan says. "He has a data warehouse in his head." And that's where the work takes place—in his head. Not on paper. Not on a computer. He resorts to paper only to work the details out. When asked about his thought process, Jonas reaches for words, then says: "It's like a Rubik's Cube. It all clicks into place. "The solution," he says, is "simply there to find." Jeff's a genius and has his own language for explaining what he does. This quote goes a long way to explaining it. How Apple Uses Mesos for…
  • IBM is banking on design’s ROI

    Mary Treseler
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    Companies of all sizes are recognizing that by taking a design-first approach to product development, they can improve profit. I recently sat down with Phil Gilbert, GM of design at IBM, to discuss how he is helping to lead the transformation to a design-first company within IBM. Adopting design as a key corporate asset may seem like a no-brainer, but for a company of more than 350,000 employees, it’s a massive undertaking. IBM hasn’t been quiet about its plans to hire 1,000 designers over the course of five years and embed design in product teams throughout the organization. IBM’s long…
  • Coming full circle with Bigtable and HBase

    Ben Lorica
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Subscribe to the O'Reilly Data Show to explore the opportunities and techniques driving big data and data science. At least once a year, I sit down with Michael Stack, engineer at Cloudera, to get an update on Apache HBase and the annual user conference, HBasecon. Stack has a great perspective, as he has been part of HBase since its inception. As former project leader, he remains a key contributor and evangelist, and one of the organizers of HBasecon. In the beginning: Search and Bigtable During the latest episode of the O'Reilly Data Show Podcast, I decided to broaden our conversation to…
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  • Maritime Data Startup Windward Raises $10.8M To Track The Oceans

    Catherine Shu
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
     Windward, which provides maritime data and analytics, has raised $10.8 million in funding led by Horizons Ventures, with participation from returning investor Aleph. This brings the company’s total raised so far to $15.8 million. The startup’s products currently include MARINT, which tracks vessel traffic using commercial satellites and alerts law enforcement and intelligence… Read More
  • Conductor Helps Customers Figure Out If They’re Ready For Google’s “Mobile Friendly” Update

    Anthony Ha
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
     Last week, Google updated its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly pages in mobile search results — a move that could affect 40 percent of Fortune 500 websites. If you’re worried about the update, Conductor has built a new tool to help. The company says Mobile Visibility can help businesses understand which content is mobile friendly and which is not and how that affects… Read More
  • Apple Boasts Over 3,500 Apple Watch Apps Already Available

    Darrell Etherington
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
     Apple CEO Tim Cook said on today’s company earnings call that there are over 3,500 apps available at launch for the Apple Watch, which is better than the 1,000 total that were ready for iPad when that device launched in April of 2010, and 7 times the 500 apps available when the iPhone’s App Store first debuted in July 2008. Read More
  • Best Buy Will Accept Apple Pay In All U.S. Stores Later This Year

    Greg Kumparak
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
     Back when Apple Pay was first launched, Best Buy wanted none of it. As a part of the MCX consortium, they were a part of an effort among retailers to build a mobile payments system of their own: CurrentC. It seems Best Buy has changed its mind. 6 months later, Best Buy is jumping on the Apple Pay train. Read More
  • Apple ‘Working Hard’ To Catch Up With Apple Watch Demand

    Darrell Etherington
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:21 pm
     Apple is “working very, very hard” to meet the strong demand for Apple Watch, Apple CFO Luca Maestri told Bloomberg Businessweek in the wake of the company’s earnings call today. Apple is facing demand that it hopes to largely catch up with by the end of June, according to the executive. “It’s been really great to see the reaction of customers since their… Read More
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  • Great "Blue Sky" platforms

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    The hairball Our current platform is a mess: CSS. HTML. JavaScript. A server. Think of how much you have to learn to become "full stack" in this world. At least four different syntaxes, and a CSS preprocessor. HTML is XML. JavaScript is like C or Pascal. The server could be written in any number of different languages. And JSON. None of them are going away. I've been working in this world for many years, and right now would be at a loss to write a canonical "hello world" app. What a Tower of Babel. What an opportunity to topple it, esp given all the people these days who want to program. It…
  • I would have hired Doug Engelbart

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    I've heard it said, and thought myself, that of course I wouldn't have hired a 50-something developer when I was running my 20-something startup. But then I just realized that if Doug Engelbart had wanted to work for Living Videotext or UserLand I would have hired him in an instant. Can you imagine. To have the guy who pioneered the technology we were commercializing around to mentor me and my developers? I would have jumped at the opportunity. So the answer is, it depends. If it was a random employee type who hadn't done much with his or her career, I probably wouldn't have been very…
  • Imagine all the people

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:39 pm
  • My Apple Watch podcast

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    I've made a dozen or more visits to the Apple Store website hoping to buy an Apple Watch and each time coming up empty and as confused as ever. This 12-minute podcast tells the story. BTW, here's a screen shot of the Apple website, referred to in the podcast.
  • Should Boston bid on the Olympics?

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    When I was chatting with Chris earlier today, the subject of the Olympics and Boston came up. Should Boston bid? My two cents Boston should not try to host the Olympics, in fact no one should. With climate change, a new venue for the Olympics every four years is an extravagance we can't afford. Sure it's a drop in the bucket but it's an important and symbolic drop in the bucket. Build one great Olympic facility, designed to be usable for 100 years. Hold all future Olympics there. It's like the United Nations. We don't build a new skyscraper every four years. We built one really good one, and…
 
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  • 6 Veterans Groups You Need to Know

    Craig Newmark
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Maybe seven years ago, I was at a lunch, sitting next to a guy from the Iraq & Afghanistan Vets of America (IAVA). Finally, it clicked. We really need to support regular people who gave up a lot to protect us, and that includes their families. Now, I'm on the board of IAVA and Blue Star Families, and am involved with lots of vets and military families groups, including the Department of Veterans Affairs (I'm their official nerd-in-residence). Here are 6 veterans groups that really have their boots on the ground giving back to veterans and their families (please note- this is…
  • 5 Nonprofits That Are Igniting Change

    Craig Newmark
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Folks, lots of nonprofits really have their boots on the ground doing good work, but my team and I wanted to highlight a few that have been on our radar lately. These nonprofits have been disruptors and changemakers, and deserve some recognition. 1. Blue Star Families – Blue Star Families was formed by a group of military spouses to create a platform where military family members can join with civilian communities and leaders to address the challenges of military life. Blue Star Families includes active duty, National Guard, Reserve, wounded, transitioning service members, and their…
  • 4 Leadership Lessons I've Learned the Last 20 Years at craigslist

    Craig Newmark
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    Folks, 20 years is a lot of time to make mistakes, fail fast, and learn some lessons about leadership. They don't teach you this at school. Customer service is a big part of what inspires me; also consider that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." (Martin Luther King Jr.) Here's 4 leadership lessons I've learned over the last 20 years at craigslist, and over the last 30 years of my career: 1. The qualities that make the most effective leaders? This includes the capacity to listen and to act, to be restrained when useful, and to get…
  • Giving Back to Vets: When Their Service Ends, Ours Begins

    Craig Newmark
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Folks, you might remember that I started an Indiegogo Life fundraiser to support Swords to Plowshares, veteran and Bay Area hero Starlyn Lara, and women veterans. Our goal was to raise $2,000 to pay for job readiness training, job placement, and mentorship activities for women veterans in the Bay Area with the Women Veterans Professional Network (WVPN). Good news: In less than a month, we surpassed our goal. With everyone's support, we raised more than $2,000, and like I said, I matched every dollar up to $1,000. This means, with my contribution, we've raised over $3,000 so far.
  • 5 Ways To Hack Tech This Spring

    Craig Newmark
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    Hey, I've gotten lots of emails lately from folks who want to get more involved in tech. I figure the best way to advise 'em is to make connections between people doing good work. It seems counter-intuitive to double efforts, and the impact's greater when there's collaboration. Orgs that really have their boots on the ground will send me stuff, like social media, to share, and I really appreciate that. Code for America With winter melting, and spring coming into view, lots of folks are re-emerging and looking to get involved. My team and I generated a list of 5 ways to get…
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