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  • What would you have done in Nazi Germany?

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    Penelope Trunk
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    I ask myself this question all the time: What would I have done if I had lived in Nazi Germany? I am Jewish, so I ask myself if I’d have left early on. Early enough. When I could have left. I watch lots of movies and read lots of books about life in Nazi Germany. For example: This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen is a phenomenal, eye-opening memoir from a Polish, Christian boy in a concentration camp. Most memoirs are from Jews, who were trying to not get killed. But the Christians in the camps could stay alive as long as they would do the most disgusting work: this Polish boy had…
  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Go at Basecamp

    Signal v. Noise
    Noah
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Basecamp is a Ruby company. All of our customer facing applications are written with Ruby on Rails, we use Ruby for our systems automation via Chef, we deploy via Ruby through Capistrano, and underneath most rocks you’ll find a Ruby script that accomplishes some task. Increasingly, however, Go has found its way into our backend services and infrastructure in a variety of ways: Our timeseries data acquisition and storage daemon was rewritten from Ruby to Go in January 2013. Our Ruby build scripts build new Ruby packages for our servers via Docker. Our log parsing and storage pipeline…
  • Rigamortis Cover

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Great jazz cover of one of my favorite Kendrick Lamar songs, Rigamortis, which of course is inspired by the great jazz song The Thorn by Willie Jones III.
  • An update on Altimeter’s upcoming research

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    Charlene Li
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    How Altimeter will continue to do research as a part of Prophet Brand Strategy.
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  • What would you have done in Nazi Germany?

    Penelope Trunk
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    I ask myself this question all the time: What would I have done if I had lived in Nazi Germany? I am Jewish, so I ask myself if I’d have left early on. Early enough. When I could have left. I watch lots of movies and read lots of books about life in Nazi Germany. For example: This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen is a phenomenal, eye-opening memoir from a Polish, Christian boy in a concentration camp. Most memoirs are from Jews, who were trying to not get killed. But the Christians in the camps could stay alive as long as they would do the most disgusting work: this Polish boy had…
  • ENTJ course: Accomplish whatever you want. Then do it again.

    Penelope Trunk
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    This live, online course runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 at 8pm Eastern. The cost is $195.  Sign up now! I remember the shock of finding out I was an ENTJ. It’s so embarrassing to find out that all you care about is power. Well, power and money, because money is the measure of power. Well, and also with control, the more control I have over things I can build my power base with, and keep the money flowing. Okay. So that’s me. And when I found out, at first I was like, “Oh my god, I can’t let anyone know about this.” Then I thought, “Oh, that must be why I always…
  • What life would look if we said no to work-life balance (and a nod to Amazon, of course)

    Penelope Trunk
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
    This is a picture from when my oldest son was five years old. I have very few pictures of him at this age. Maybe twenty. Because I was never home. I worked almost 100% of my waking hours. And often I slept only four hours a night. I did not walk him to school. I did not make dinner. I did not put him to bed. My (now-ex) husband did all of that. In exchange for giving up all my family time, I launched a startup (with two, twenty-year-old guys, of course). Do you want to launch a startup and have kids? That’s what it looks like. And you know what? It’s fair. Because I had someone…
  • How to be a good Gen Y dad

    Penelope Trunk
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    manzanitakids.com If feminism is about having the right to make choices, then it’s also about the obligation to make a choice. You cannot choose to have a spouse who’s a breadwinner and who shares everything 50/50. You cannot choose to have everything in life but only do it half the time. Having something—anything—is about commitment. And you cannot choose to have everything up to your standards but also allow other peoples’ standards to prevail. Being a real feminist means you cannot have everything. So women who are feminists are self-assured enough to make…
  • What you think about after you think about if you should give up career for kids

    Penelope Trunk
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    I think I spent the last decade deciding if it’s okay to give up my career for my kids. I am not splitting hairs any more. I am not writing as if I don’t have kids. I am not writing as if I’m in a permanent identity crisis.  I’m not writing screaming tirades to defend myself. Instead, I am choosing peace. Finally. I am settling into the reality that I work relatively few hours a day. I can’t work with other people because my work hours are too erratic. And my earning power, just like the research says, probably topped out at age 40. So here are things I think…
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

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

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

    Noah
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Basecamp is a Ruby company. All of our customer facing applications are written with Ruby on Rails, we use Ruby for our systems automation via Chef, we deploy via Ruby through Capistrano, and underneath most rocks you’ll find a Ruby script that accomplishes some task. Increasingly, however, Go has found its way into our backend services and infrastructure in a variety of ways: Our timeseries data acquisition and storage daemon was rewritten from Ruby to Go in January 2013. Our Ruby build scripts build new Ruby packages for our servers via Docker. Our log parsing and storage pipeline…
  • Something's coming 6

    Jason Fried
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
  • Can old world be more modern than new school?

    Jason Fried
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    I’ve got two machines on me. One’s strapped to my left wrist. The other lives in my pocket. The one on my wrist can tell me the time (precisely in 12 hour format, roughly in 24), the day of the week, the month of the year, which year of the leap year cycle we’re in, and the current moon phase. But that’s its limit. There’s no software, only hardware. It’s programmed in springs and gears and levers and jewels. The one in my pocket can tell me anything and do just about everything. It knows my voice, it responds to my touch, and it even instantly recognizes my fingerprint out of…
  • Extra Drawings for The Distance

    Nate Otto
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Last year I shared some extra drawings I made for the Basecamp marketing site that for a variety of reasons never went live or were seen by anyone outside of Basecamp. There have also been many drawings for The Distance that have never seen the light of day until now. For just over a year, The Distance was dedicated to longform articles about long standing businesses. Under the editorship of Wailin and the art direction of Mig, I made a header illustration for each article and a building drawing that served as the footer. In recent months, The Distance has morphed into a podcast. I still…
  • A chart a day keeps the data in play

    Noah
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Every working day for the last month or so I’ve posted a single “chart of the day” to our Basecamp account. They’re posted internally without much commentary—just enough to explain what the chart is about. The topics are wide ranging: in the last month, we’ve covered browser uptake, search terms, The Distance, database performance, phone support, Nagios alert trends, demographics, classes, timezones, and even home energy usage and BMW torque curves. The charts don’t fit into a big picture narrative, and there’s no agenda behind them: I simply…
 
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Rigamortis Cover

    Matt
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Great jazz cover of one of my favorite Kendrick Lamar songs, Rigamortis, which of course is inspired by the great jazz song The Thorn by Willie Jones III.
  • Frequent Flyer Syndrome

    Matt
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:17 am
    It turns out not everything about traveling all the time is roses. (Posted from 38k feet.)
  • 1.6m Downloads in 23 Hours

    Matt
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    23 hours hours ago, WordPress 4.3 was released. It’s already had 1.6 million downloads and counting. For a look at what’s new in this version you can watch the quick video above, or check out the blog post.
  • Automattic is Hiring

    Matt
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Do you know someone who is an amazing developer or designer? Someone who is passionate about helping people? An awesome lounge manager? Or maybe that person is you. Automattic is hiring for a variety of positions, and for all except two you can live and work wherever you like in the entire planet. There are also a number of other benefits; the main downside it’s a high performance culture and expectations are extremely high. Automattic hires the best folks regardless of geography, and we are especially looking for people right now outside of US timezones.
  • Artisanal Water

    Matt
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Many of my friends know how obsessed I am with different types of water, from Badoit to Hint Water (yum) to De L’aubier. This definitely hit close to home.
 
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  • Markets in ‘Turmoil’ are Opportunities…and Writing Works

    Howard Lindzon
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Writing works. It keeps me organized. As an investor, I did not really start consistent progress until I started the blog in 2005. I am not as consistent the last year on the blog but it comes in handy when I need to organize my thoughts and focus on a trade or investment. My passion for publishing was the reason I started Stocktwits. It was inspired by Twitter as the lightest way I could think of to journal about stocks and markets. It really helped me last weekend as the panic was setting into US markets. I really did grimace when I saw on the stream that CNBC was doing a special on…
  • Stocktwits a Best New App in Apple’s App Store and Growing Fast

    Howard Lindzon
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Stocktoberfest is right around the corner and we have some huge announcements for Stocktwits product at the event. The link above has the details and if you love investing you should be at the event. So many great sponsors have stepped up to help us take it to a higher level with speakers and content. Amazon Web Services has taken the lead (most fintech startups are relying on AWS) and also brought along Broadridge and OurCrowd. Right now the team at Stocktwits is experiencing the fastest growth in our history. Our Apple iOS app has been featured as a ‘best new’ app in the store…
  • Some Perspectives on Panic…

    Howard Lindzon
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    I have seen my share of financial market panic since I started full time in the business in 1991. Obviously we have more data and information and real-time access to it today though so it seems more intense. The numbers though are the numbers. Here are a few that stand out from THIS panic: Here is the S&P – StockTwits shared a chart on StockTwits When there is a financial or world crisis, people flock to US Dollars: MktOutperform shared a chart on StockTwits Russia is really messed up: MktOutperform shared a chart on StockTwits As for the Volatility Indexes…wow: greenport…
  • CNBC says ‘Markets in Turmoil’ …Do the Opposite and Slow Down

    Howard Lindzon
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
    I came into August very skeptical and very liquid (in stock accounts). I'm not bearish but my skepticism is near all time highs @Callum_Thomas: no profit, no problem pic.twitter.com/ic77Z9dJSV qqq spy — howardlindzon (@howardlindzon) August 5, 2015 Not liquid enough. Panic has set in. Do NOT feel bad. That won’t make or save you a nickel this week. Do NOT turn on CNBC. Do invest a little money this week. The most ZEN investors I know are Phil Pearlman and Chicago Sean. Luckily both have built our Stocktwits community and Sean runs it on a day to day basis now. Phil and I talk…
  • WTF Happened?… What Next…And I Fired my Robo Advisor

    Howard Lindzon
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:42 am
    NEVER forget: I joked yesterday that I fired my ROBO advisor. It seems I can’t get one to meet me and discuss what happened this week. I kid because I actually use Wealthfront for one of my retirment accounts, but I am tired of their customers calling me for advice! These were my favorite snapshots from Stocktwits depicting the carnage in layman terms: howardlindzon shared a chart on StockTwits British_Redcoat shared a chart on StockTwits howardlindzon shared a chart on StockTwits howardlindzon shared a chart on StockTwits So where are we now: In hindsight, China has led this mess down…
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  • On CNBC’s Squawk Alley 8/25/15: Investors react to market correction; will startups survive?

    Jacqui
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    http://calacanis.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/CNBC-8-25-15_2-2.mp4 Producer Jacqui here. ICYMI, Jason was on CNBC’s Squawk Alley this a.m. talking about the market correction. How are investors reacting? Will startups survive? Some will still crush it, others will crash. Bold predictions abound. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/44b9c ]
  • On CNBC’s Squawk Alley 8/18/15: Zirtual latest, Donald Trump’s attack on #H1B visa

    Jacqui
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    http://calacanis.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Jason8182015_1.mp4 Producer Jacqui here. In case you missed it, Jason was on CNBC’s Squawk Alley this a.m. talking about Zirtual and the troubles encountered by fast-growing startups. Then onto Donald Trump‘s attack on the #H1B visa. Jason has choice words — and a solution. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/4gshj ]    
  • TWiST 565: Ahryun Moon, founder of EtchApp & the return of “Ask Jason”!

    Jacqui
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Hi everyone, Producer Jacqui here. A special two-parter for you. First up is Ahryun Moon, founder of EtchApp, a company that crushed the LAUNCH Hackathon and went onto product success, with their recent launch — and feature — in the Apple store. EtchApp is a multi-tasking replacement keyboard for devices so you can send messages and access services without switching — and just might be, as Jason predicts, THE killer Watch app. And it’s the return of #AskJason! Fans toss questions on a range of topics … from the Jobs Act to new avenues for startups to…
  • Howard Stern’s easy billion dollar pay day — courtesy of Spotify or an app

    Jacqui
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:02 pm
    There is little debate that the greatest radio host in history is Howard Stern. In addition to reinventing himself multiple times, from the long-forgotten battles with the FCC in the 90s to giving Charlie Rose a run for his money over the past decade as ‘greatest interviewer alive,’ Howard’s savviest role is behind the scenes as a platform rainmaker. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/SKy6Y ] First he syndicated his show across the nation after being told his New York humor wouldn’t fly in other markets — heck, they told him he wouldn’t work in Boston…
  • SMARTCAMP: 30 cities, 10 finalists, 1 winner

    Jacqui
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:06 pm
    We’re doing a global startup competition … with IBM! I’m proud to announce that IBM and LAUNCH are hosting SMARTCAMP 2015: a 30-city startup competition. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/7bspf ] $25,000 in funding (from me!) and acceptance into our 12-week, LAUNCH Incubator is the grand prize, and you can read all about it and request an application at smartcamp2015.com. Competitions from Singapore to Sao Paulo are accepting applications, and live events will be occurring across the globe in the fall. Finalists will travel to San Francisco to attend our SCALE…
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  • Brené Brown on Vulnerability and Home Run TED Talks

    Tim Ferriss
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    Dr. Brené Brown (@BreneBrown) is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, has been viewed more than 20 million times and is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world. She has spent the past 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers: Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. Her brand-new book is titled Rising Strong. In it, she writes, “If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall.
  • How to Build a World-Class Network in Record Time

    Tim Ferriss
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Photo by Ron Herrman “Don’t dismiss people, don’t be a dick, and don’t rush. Play the long game.” – Tim Ferriss   Welcome to a special edition of The Tim Ferriss Show. Back in 2007, I experienced a massive tipping point for The 4-Hour Workweek at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference held in Austin, Texas. Two or three days played a key role in the book becoming a worldwide bestseller in 40+ languages. So what exactly happened at the event? How did I optimize those 2-3 days? The below audio is a presentation I recently gave about a better, more…
  • The “Wizard” of Hollywood, Robert Rodriguez

    Tim Ferriss
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Robert Rodriguez, nicknamed “The Wizard.” Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) is a film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and musician. He is also the founder and chairman of El Rey Network, the new genre-busting English-language cable network. While a student at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, Rodriguez wrote the script for his first feature film while he was a paid subject in a clinical experiment at a drug research facility. That paycheck covered the cost of shooting his film. The film, “El Mariachi,” went on to win the coveted Audience Award…
  • The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice

    Tim Ferriss
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    “Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” – Naval Ravikant Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions, which went public as part of Shopping.com, and Vast.com. He is an active angel investor and has invested in more than 100 companies, including more than a few “unicorn” mega-successes. His deals include Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Postmates, Wish, Thumbtack, and OpenDNS, which Cisco just bought for $635 million in cash. BUT, even if you have zero interest in startups or…
  • 5 Things I’ve Been Loving, Using, and Reading

    Tim Ferriss
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
      Absolutely the best for flying. But which one? The booze, hat, squat, or weird footwear? Greetings, friends. Here are some popular links, thoughts, and articles that have appeared in my “5-Bullet Friday” e-mail newsletter, which is free and goes out every Friday.  I cheated in this post and gave you six. Enjoy! Article I’m enjoying (and pondering) — How Bold Entrepreneurs Are Breaking $1 Million In One-Person Businesses by Elaine Pofeldt for Forbes.com Clothing I’m loving — Check out Myles’ “everyday shorts.”  I originally got these as a gift from…
 
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  • Day traders rarely make history

    Seth Godin
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    The short-term stuff is pretty easy to do well. Respond to incoming. Check it off your list. Next! The long-term stuff, on the other hand, is so easy to postpone, because tomorrow always sounds promising. And so we might hesitate to define the next project, or look for a new job, or visualize something that breaks what we're already used to. Two thoughts: a. Keep them separate. The best way to avoid long-term work is to be exposed to juicy short-term urgencies. b. Hesitate before spending your most alert and dedicated work time on the short-term tasks.  Day trading might be fun, but we…
  • Contempt is contagious

    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:55 am
    The only emotion that spreads more reliably is panic. Contempt is caused by fear and by shame and it looks like disgust. It's very hard to recover once you receive contempt from someone else, and often, our response is to dump it on someone else. If you want to be respected by your customers/peers/partners/competitors/constituents, the best way is to begin by respecting them and the opportunity they are giving you. And the best way to avoid contempt is to look for your fear.        
  • The average

    Seth Godin
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    Everything you do is either going to raise your average or lower it. The next hire. The quality of the chickpeas you serve. The service experience on register 4. Each interaction is a choice. A choice to raise your average or lower it. Progress is almost always a series of choices, an inexorable move toward mediocrity, or its opposite.        
  • Scientific Management 2.0

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    130 years ago, Frederick Taylor changed the world forever. Scientific Management is the now-obvious idea that factories would measure precisely what their workers were doing. Use a stopwatch. Watch every movement. Adjust the movements until productivity goes up. Re-organize the assembly line for more efficiency. Pay people by the piece. Cull the workforce and get rid of the people who can't keep up. Make the assembly line go faster. Once Scientific Management goes beyond system setup and starts to focus on the individual, it amplifies the gulf between management and labor. No one wants to do…
  • The strawberry conundrum

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Every grocer has to decide: when packing a quart of strawberries, should your people put the best ones on top? If you do, you'll sell more and disappoint people when they get to the moldy ones on the bottom. Or, perhaps you could put the moldy ones on top, and pleasantly surprise the few that buy. Or, you could rationalize that everyone expects a little hype, and they'll get over it. A local grocer turned the problem upside down: He got rid of the boxes and just put out a pile of strawberries. People picked their own. He charged more, sold more and made everyone happier. Hype might not be…
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  • Signing My Name

    Fred Wilson
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:24 am
    I sign my name a lot. When we close deals, I sign the documents. When things change in our companies and they need consents, I sign them. I sign tax returns, filings, permits, and a host of other documents all the time. As I have written here before, I have a hard time with what they used to call “penmanship” in school. It’s something about my dexterity (or lack thereof) in my hands. My hands get tired quickly and my handwriting gets illegible just as quickly. Technology has been a godsend for me in this regard. Computers (and word processors before them) saved me from…
  • Taxis, Ubers, and Subways

    Fred Wilson
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:29 am
    Nate Silver published an interesting post on Taxis, Ubers, and Subways this past week. This graphic is from that post: What you can see from this graphic is that most New Yorkers don’t use taxis or Uber. They use the subway, and to a lesser extent buses. This is from Nate’s post: How big is the for-hire car market in New York? Our data set includes 93 million taxi and Uber rides over a six-month period in 2014. Double that and round up,7 and you get to about 200 million rides per year. By contrast, the New York subway provided 1.75 billion rides in 2014, about nine times as many.
  • Video Of The Week: Using Drones To Track Construction Projects

    Fred Wilson
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    One of the most popular use cases for our portfolio company Dronebase is tracking construction job sites. This video from their YouTube page gives you a sense of why that is valuable to construction managers and their clients. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow
  • Feature Friday: Mayorships

    Fred Wilson
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    I love the new version of the Swarm app from our portfolio company Foursquare so much that I fired off a tweetstorm about it earlier this week. Among the many great replies I got was this one: @fredwilson do we still care about “mayorships?” — Jordan Rice (@1jrice) August 26, 2015 To which I replied: @1jrice i sure do. been trying like hell to snag the mayorship of my favorite coffee shop for the past two weeks. it’s fun. — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) August 26, 2015 I know gamification has been overdone and many are tired of it. But there is something about playing the…
  • The New Reassurance

    Fred Wilson
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:59 am
    My friend Steve observed something to me this week that speaks to the changing dynamic in the world of business, finance, and markets. He pointed out to me that a decade or two ago, when the financial markets tumbled, the Secretary of Treasury would arrange a press conference, stand behind a podium with some official looking seal on it, and make reassuring comments about the economy in hopes of reassuring investors and the markets. Now, the Treasury Secretary has been replaced by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, the reassuring comments are delivered via an emailed letter to Jim Cramer, and the…
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  • How the IoT will transform manufacturing

    Dirk Slama
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Register now for Solid Amsterdam, October 28, 2015, where Dirk Slama will present the session "Managing the 'Clash of Two Worlds' in the IoT." Editor's note: this post is an excerpt from "Enterprise IoT: Strategies and Best Practices for Connected Products and Services," by Dirk Slama, Frank Puhlmann, Jim Morrish, and Rishi M. Bhatnagar. In some cases, a distinction is made between the industrial IoT and the consumer IoT. But when we talk about "Enterprise IoT," our focus is less about specific application domains and more about openness and integration maturity. Here, we will take a closer…
  • Four short links: 31 August 2015

    Nat Torkington
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Linux Workstation Security Checklist -- This is a set of recommendations used by the Linux Foundation for their systems administrators. Giant Bags of Mostly Water (PDF) -- on securing systems that are used by humans. This is what DevOps is about: running Ops like you're Developing an app, not letting your devs run your ops. Mining and Summarising Customer Reviews (Paper a Day) -- redux of a 2004 paper on sentiment extraction from reviews. Brain-Machine-Interface for Exoskeleton -- no need to worry about the "think of sex every seven seconds" trope, the new system allows users to move…
  • Four short links: 28 August 2015

    Nat Torkington
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    10 Ad Blocking Extensions Tested for Best Performance -- This test is about the performance of an ad blocker in terms of how quickly it loads a range of ad blocked pages, the maximum amount of memory it uses, and how much stress it puts on the CPU. µBlock Origin wins for Chrome. (via Nelson Minar) Staff Evaluation of Me (Karl Fisch) -- I also tried the Google Form approach. 0 responses, from which I concluded that nobody had any problems with me and DEFINITELY no conclusions could be drawn about my coworkers creating mail filters to mark my messages as spam. Blockchain (BBC) -- episode on…
  • Designing at the intersection of disciplines

    Jenn Webb
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    Subscribe to the O'Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week's Radar Podcast, I chat with Simon King, design director at IDEO. Harkening back to growing up on a family farm in Michigan, King talks about technology's growing role in agriculture and the role design is playing in agriculture innovation. He also talks about his new book Understanding Industrial Design and the synergies between industrial design and interaction design. King will be speaking about industrial design at our newly launched O'Reilly Design…
  • Bridging the divide: Business users and machine learning experts

    Ben Lorica
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:27 am
    Subscribe to the O'Reilly Data Show Podcast to explore the opportunities and techniques driving big data and data science. As tools for advanced analytics become more accessible, data scientist's roles will evolve. Most media stories emphasize a need for expertise in algorithms and quantitative techniques (machine learning, statistics, probability), and yet the reality is that expertise in advanced algorithms is just one aspect of industrial data science. During the latest episode of the O'Reilly Data Show podcast, I sat down with Alice Zheng, one of Strata + Hadoop World's most popular…
 
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  • Google’s Self-Driving Car Tests Continue In Austin, Sans Humans (And Don’t Worry, It Can Handle Deer)

    Drew Olanoff
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
     Google announced in July that it’d be taking its self-driving car test on the road…to beautiful Austin. It has done just that, and the company looks to be expanding the tests it’s doing as well. According to Google, the tests are now involving those little tiny two-seat “Google Cars” and this time there are no humans behind the wheel at all. The fun part of the… Read More
  • Buddy Is A Really, Really, Ridiculously Cute Family Robot

    Lucas Matney
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Robots need better PR agents. They’re often portrayed as hard-edged, cold automatons that are just waiting to kill you in your sleep. Buddy, a family robot currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo, seems to be a lot nicer. Indeed, the second that Buddy rolled into the office, everybody was quick to rush over to ooh and aww as they snapped selfies with the cute little guy. Buddy… Read More
  • Google+ Brings Its Interest-Based “Collections” Feature To iOS

    Sarah Perez
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
     Google+ Collections, the company’s effort at establishing its Google+ social network as more of a Pinterest competitor (since taking on Facebook didn’t go so well), has launched today in the iOS version of the Google+ app. The idea with this newer feature is to allow users to congregate around their shared interests, like video games or cooking, for example. With Collections, any… Read More
  • Prepare Yourself For A Rollicking Bitcoin Panel At TechCrunch Disrupt

    John Biggs
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
     What do you get when you put a Casares, a Popper, and a Lee on stage? Some Bitcoin madness, that’s what. Join us at Disrupt in San Francisco next month where we’ll talk to some of the biggest names in cryptocurrency – entrepreneur Wences Casares, New York Times writer Nathaniel Popper, and China’s bitcoin king, Bobbie Lee – about what’s next for BTC. These… Read More
  • Apple And Cisco Ink Nebulous Enterprise Partnership

    Drew Olanoff
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
     Apple playing nicely with enterprise companies is a sight for sore eyes. The edict that Microsoft has enterprise on lockdown is dissipating. Huge enterprise player Cisco and Apple announced a “Fast Lane” for iOS enterprise users, which promises a more streamlined and optimized experience for those enterprise customers using Cisco networks and products. There aren’t a lot… Read More
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  • Twitter NT

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    On Saturday I wrote a piece about Windows NT, the operating system Microsoft created to run alongside the original Windows, as its eventual successor. In a similar way, that's what Twitter needs. New technology, running off on the side, for pioneering users, the kind of people who were attracted to Twitter in the first place, the people who created the culture of Twitter. Let's get the band back together, and this time, let's use what we learned the first time around to do it better. New technology for Twitter Here's what I would like to see in Twitter NT. Easy programmability via a scripting…
  • Why you must watch BoJack Horseman

    30 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    Note: There are a few nano-spoilers here, but you can safely read this and still have 100 percent of the fun watching the show, because nothing can begin to explain how spacy and intelligent it actually is. This is more of a sales pitch than a disclosure. Why you must watch BoJack Horseman Did you like Breaking Bad? Well, Aaron Paul is one of the stars of this show. He's the guy who played Jesse Pinkman. He's even funnier in this show. Did you like Fantastic Mr Fox? Well, this is a lot like that too, except there are are more humans, and instead of the star being a fox, he's a horse. As in…
  • Markus Persson and life after success

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    I read today's articles about Markus Persson with interest. I know the story, I experienced it myself a long time ago. Achieving all the success you wanted is not as simple as you might think. I've written about that before here on my blog, that's not the purpose of this piece. The three tweets Here are the three tweets everyone is quoting: #1: "Found a great girl, but she's afraid of me and my lifestyle and went with a normal person instead." #2: "I would Musk and try to save the world, but that just exposes me to the same type of assholes that made me sell minecraft again." #3: "People who…
  • Windows NT

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    Flashback to 1995 It's roughly the 20th anniversary of Windows 95. I was there, in Redmond when it rolled out. With Jay Leno and Bill Gates. I got a private demo of Blackbird, which was supposed to be Visual Basic for the Internet. Quite a day. It was the one time that Microsoft got an Apple-style euphoria for a product rollout. Long lines outside retail stores. They all wanted to buy a box with a CD inside. Back then you didn't download software from the net. Windows 95 was the second to last release of Windows "old" technology, based on MS-DOS, if I recall correctly. Off on the side they…
  • Why blogs are hurting in a nutshell

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    Another nutshell post! Twitter says posts must not have titles and can't be longer than 140 characters. Posts cannot contain HTML markup. Google Reader said posts must have titles, and are assumed to be essay length. Posts may have HTML markup. Facebook says posts may not have titles or markup but can be as long as you like. No discourse on Google Reader, grunts and snorts on Twitter, good engagement on Facebook. None of these are great for receiving all of what we were posting to our blogs before they came about. The APIs are inconsistent, but at least they have them. Along comes Medium,…
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  • Helping San Francisco Vets Get Jobs

    Craig Newmark
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    It's a personal priority to work with effective orgs help vets get jobs and do other good stuff, like preventing vets homelessness and suicide. My deal is to support existing efforts which actually get stuff done. That's particularly true of a group I largely fund, the SF Veterans' Success Center. Folks, note photo of me speaking in that context… From a forthcoming article for California Legionaire Magazine, by Roger S. Dong, Veterans' Success Center Executive Director: Our Successful American Legion Veterans' Success Center Our San Francisco American…
  • 6 Women Using Tech to Change the World

    Craig Newmark
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    7 seems to be the unlucky number. Only 7% of all investor money goes to women-led startups, and women only accounted for 7% of the 100 richest tech billionaires. But regardless of whose getting money or who already has it, when someone's really accomplished something good, they deserve the recognition. The following 6 women are really using tech for social good, and are in the middle of changing the world: Vanessa Hurst, Founder & CEO of CodeMontage and Girl Develop It Follow @DBNess Hurst said that at the age of four, she made a promise to try to help people at all times. By the…
  • How Queery, An Inclusive Mobile App, Will Change Online Dating

    Craig Newmark
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    Folks, you’ve heard from women-led startups that we’ve interviewed over the last couple months who participated in the Women’s Startup Challenge, including Mina’s List, Kicker, Fam-ess, and On Second Thought. Queery is the latest in our series. My team and I interviewed Queery Founder Hayley Thayer about the LGBTQ mobile app. In 2014, Thayer founded and incubated Queery in a graduate communication course in intimacy and technology with the aim of disrupting online dating experiences. We asked Thayer a few questions, and here's what we found out: Tell us a little about Queery:…
  • Veterans Affairs helps get vets good jobs in IT

    Craig Newmark
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    I feel that vets have earned the opportunity to get the training that gets them good jobs as civilians, and there’re a lot in Information Tech. However, it’s hard to find that training, and hard to make a living during a long training program. The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced the pilot for its new Accelerated Learning Program, and is opening applications for it today (8/17/2015). Visit the VA website for all the information and application instructions. The deal with ALP is that it helps transitioning service members and Veterans learn new skills and earn new…
  • No Mentor? You Gotta Learn the Hard Way

    Craig Newmark
    13 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    A serious, committed mentor would've really helped me out and saved me from a lot of unnecessary pain. Never had one. On the other hand, sometimes one has to learn things the hard way. From learning that I sucked as a manager to never being clear about my roles at craigslist, I've made lots of mistakes. For example, years ago, I should have been very clear that I deliberately delegated most power at craigslist, stepped down as CEO and shrank my influence internally.  When it became clear that people were running scams and fake PR efforts citing me as decision-maker, I…
 
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