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  • Personality type master class: Four-day webinar with Penelope

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    Penelope Trunk
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    This webinar will show you how to leverage your strengths by understanding personality type. The course is 8pm EST from Mon. Oct. 13 – Thurs. Oct. 16. It includes four days of live video sessions, live chat and email-based course materials. If you purchase this course in the next week, the cost is $145. After that the price goes up to $195. Buy it now. The most popular webinar I’ve done is about personality type. I’ve taught thousands of people how to crack the code on personality type to get what they want in life. But you know what? The on-deamand webinar that…
  • Hamburger Helper

    Signal vs. Noise
    Wailin Wong
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened after losing his job in the Depression. Holly’s patty press helped bring the modern fast food industry into existence by equipping McDonald’s and Burger King with machines that could efficiently produce standard-sized burgers. But 77 years after Holly founded his patty machine company, Hollymatic, neither inventor nor business has name recognition…
  • Another interview about streaming media from 1999

    blog maverick
    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    As I clean up or find old emails for whatever reason, its always interesting to run across old interviews I did about the future of streaming media.  This interview was with Kevin Werbach who along with Esther Dyson wrote one of the leading newsletters of the time. Here is the entire email, the good and the bad At 02:48 PM 8/9/99 -0400, Kevin Werbach wrote: Thanks for your message.  I’ll definitely be in touch when I put the piece together (probably either September or October), as your perspective would be very helpful. The primary question I’m asking is how streaming video…
  • How The Sun Sees You

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt Mullenweg
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    This video really makes you want to wear sunblock, something I haven’t been as good about this week. (Sorry Mom!) Hat tip: Sara Rosso.
  • Uber Lets Partners Integrate Services Through API, with Susan Etlinger in Fox Business

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    21 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
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  • Personality type master class: Four-day webinar with Penelope

    Penelope Trunk
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    This webinar will show you how to leverage your strengths by understanding personality type. The course is 8pm EST from Mon. Oct. 13 – Thurs. Oct. 16. It includes four days of live video sessions, live chat and email-based course materials. If you purchase this course in the next week, the cost is $145. After that the price goes up to $195. Buy it now. The most popular webinar I’ve done is about personality type. I’ve taught thousands of people how to crack the code on personality type to get what they want in life. But you know what? The on-deamand webinar that…
  • You can’t get respect until you know what you want to be respected for.

    Penelope Trunk
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    I was talking to this woman who’s in her late 20s about how you have to know what you want to be respected for in order to feel respected. People can’t respect you if you don’t respect you. I can’t tell you her name. Let’s call her Imogene because it’s one of the most popular names of 2014 and I want this blog to feel fresh even though I’m writing about a topic that I have not been able to shut up about for five years. My investors respect me. But I’m pretty sure they respect me for my track record and not for what I’m doing now, which…
  • We need to talk more about Melinda Gates

    Penelope Trunk
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    I took my son to a Lady Gaga concert. I could tell you that. And I could tell you I take at least one kid on every business trip I have, and they are sick of it, so I tried to make Seattle fun by adding Lady Gaga. My son loved the spectacle. Even from nose-bleed seats. He loved dancing in the aisles. And even though he told me he didn’t want them, he finally admitted that he loved that I brought ear plugs, too. Should I tell you I went to Seattle and saw Lady Gaga with my son? Or do I tell you I went to Seattle because I’m using Infusionsoft on Quistic and it’s a mess…
  • Are you a cross-trainer or a dilettante?

    Penelope Trunk
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I told Melissa that black and white photos look stupid on my blog. Did you know Melissa edits my photos? It started out that she lived with me, and she took all the photos. Her photos are gorgeous. When she moved out of my house I knew I couldn’t take pictures as well as she did, so I asked James Maher to take photos. He brought a gritty street photographer’s eye to the blog. James specializes in street photography. He cross-trains by taking pictures of me and my kids. He makes us look much more gritty and edgy than I feel. (Actually I feel gritty but not like art-project so much…
  • An alternative path to self-acceptance

    Penelope Trunk
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    This post takes place in Beverly Hills. I’m just going to tell you right now that I go there to get Botox. If anyone is surprised, I’ll be surprised. The path to self-acceptance is paved with injectables. Step 1: Try to change yourself. I was going to write a big post about how I’m confessing to getting Botox and then I thought better of it, that it would make me look too old. Then I thought maybe it’ll make me look rich. Because honestly, Botox is really expensive and it’s not just Botox but also fillers. I don’t even know what the brand is. I just go to the dermatologist and say…
 
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  • Hamburger Helper

    Wailin Wong
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened after losing his job in the Depression. Holly’s patty press helped bring the modern fast food industry into existence by equipping McDonald’s and Burger King with machines that could efficiently produce standard-sized burgers. But 77 years after Holly founded his patty machine company, Hollymatic, neither inventor nor business has name recognition…
  • QUOTE: Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and…

    David
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to collaborate with no more than one colleague. —Decluttering the company [The Economist]
  • PHOTO: Just took an Uber Black Car to the office…

    Jason Fried
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Just took an Uber Black Car to the office today and noticed that they round down the price and make it clear on the receipt. $21.00 is definitely more luxurious than $21.71. Nice touch.
  • Hybrid : How we took Basecamp multi-platform with a tiny team

    Jason Z.
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yesterday we announced the official Basecamp app for iPad. Just like our other apps for iPhone, Android, and Kindle it’s a hybrid—a native wrapper around a mobile web core. We’ve written about this setup before but today I wanted to really get into the details to show how it all works and how we’ve been able to launch four distinct apps with a handful of developers, just 5 people in all. How it works Basecamp has variants for desktop, phone and tablet. Desktop is the default browser experience we launched in 2012. When it detects a mobile device or a native app declares…
  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
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  • Another interview about streaming media from 1999

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    As I clean up or find old emails for whatever reason, its always interesting to run across old interviews I did about the future of streaming media.  This interview was with Kevin Werbach who along with Esther Dyson wrote one of the leading newsletters of the time. Here is the entire email, the good and the bad At 02:48 PM 8/9/99 -0400, Kevin Werbach wrote: Thanks for your message.  I’ll definitely be in touch when I put the piece together (probably either September or October), as your perspective would be very helpful. The primary question I’m asking is how streaming video…
  • The 6 Things You Need to Know to be Great in Business

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    There are no shortcuts in business.  In order to be successful there are some things that you must know.  These are not all of them by a long shot, but IMHO they are 6 of the most important   1. Know how to sell. Selling means being able to convey why your product or service, which may be you if you are looking for a job,  will make things better. Selling is never about convincing. It is always about helping. 2. Put yourself in the shoes of your customer If you know how to put the person you are dealing with in a position to succeed, you can be successful. In order to do this, you…
  • AEREO – Everything Old is New Again

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AEREO deserves a lot of credit for their effort.  It was a long and expensive shot to do what they went for.  But they went for it.  And they attempted to pivot after their SCOTUS loss. I was watching with interest, because it is something we had examined 15 years ago at Broadcast.com The technology has obviously gotten better on all sides of the equation, but sometimes a good idea is a good idea. Even if it is hard to make work.  This is from January of 2000. What is fascinating is the alliances and attempts that were being made or considered.   We also did the same kind of work to…
  • 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…
 
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  • How The Sun Sees You

    Matt Mullenweg
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    This video really makes you want to wear sunblock, something I haven’t been as good about this week. (Sorry Mom!) Hat tip: Sara Rosso.
  • BruteProtect Acquired

    Matt Mullenweg
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    You can read on the Jetpack blog and the BruteProtect blog about the company, plugin, and service joining Automattic. BTW, BruteProtect has protected this site from 1,663 attacks in the past 28 days.
  • Plugin Icons

    Matt Mullenweg
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Introducing plugin icons in the plugin installer, the defaults are cool (and that library would be nice to support for Gravatar) but go ahead and start making icons for your WordPress plugins. It adds a nice punch and panache to the plugin experience.
  • Simplenote for Linux

    Matt Mullenweg
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    We have a great Simplenote for Mac client, and a super clean web version, but nothing first-party for Linux. If anyone is experienced with Linux desktop development and would be interested in creating something extremely minimalist like our Mac app please get in touch!
  • Ten Bloggers on Ferguson

    Matt Mullenweg
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Ten WP bloggers speak out on Ferguson, a really fascinating spectrum of viewpoints from protesters to media to a blog by an anonymous police officer on duty in Ferguson.
 
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  • Kill All The Data Scientists! …and The Timeline is Everything.

    Howard Lindzon
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Who isn’t a ‘data scientist’ in 2014? Here is Wikipedia’s definition…color me confused. I deem anyone a ‘data scientist’ in 2014 , as a confusionist. The timeline what really matters most. Search and UI are what matter after that. Finally, its how you read this infinite tape that separates the big winners from the losers in the investing business. Of course Facebook would argue otherwise. They should. It’s never been about the timeline for them. But, they have gotten so big and the multiple so high, that the timeline and real-time now matters to…
  • Google…When expensive is Cheap and Cheap is Expensive…and How I Hunt

    Howard Lindzon
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    Google has been public for 10 years. They have NOT been a conventional company. My partner in Social Leverage 50 @ivanhoff has a great post up on Google entitled ‘When Expensive is Cheap and Cheap is Expensive‘: 10 years ago, Google was trading near $100 with a P/E of 130. Today, it is trading near $600 with a P/E of around 30. What is the lesson? At the time of Google’s IPO, investors didn’t know about gmail, Youtube, Android and countless other cloud services, innovations and venture investments that Google was going to make. Most likely, Google’s management also had no…
  • Stocktwits Appoints Ross Levinsohn, Rob Peck to Board

    Howard Lindzon
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Stocktwits has been growing fast this year. Our users are more engaged than ever — or “addicted,” as they often say on the stream. Behind the scenes we have been working on a great redesign (coming very soon) and some improvements to our 5-star iPhone app. Our biggest new launch will be Search. We have over 5 years of data, and millions of messages on tickers and indexes that we want to give our members access to so they can locate specific messages from the past. Soon Stocktwits search will allow you to find a stream on any topic, person, stock or combination of the three.
  • Can Bloomberg be killed?

    Howard Lindzon
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    It’s podcast time again. Yesterday, I grabbed StockTwits CEO John Melloy, formerly of CNBC and Bloomberg. I wanted his perspective on whether or not Bloomberg can be killed. It’s a topic that resurfaces every time a new technology enters the market that makes terminals seem useless — or terminally ill if you will. First it was the Internet, then it was the 2008 financial crisis, and now it’s a startup called Perzo that, according to those sensational folks over at Business Insider, is a “Bloomberg killer.” But there may be a ring of truth to that line of…
  • Congrats Tubemogul ….Citibank Blows (Bank of America Too) …and Why Do We Need Banks for IPO’s in 2014

    Howard Lindzon
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Update – It was actually Bank of America that led the syndicate so I made changes below. As usual, making no friends with this personal inside baseball account of things…the banks are quick to point out that Tubemogul is in ad tech and ad tech is a hated industry…blah blah blah. I guess we will know more in time. Of course Tubemogul could have walked away from the IPO, but let’s be honest, the momentum of the deal was too far underway…I assume the bankers used this ploy against Tubemogul but have NO proof of it. I had the priviledge of attending the opening bell…
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  • An update on my angel investing & AngelList Syndicates

    Emily
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Angel investing is a brutally hard job … … said no one ever! [ 1,600 words on the topic below. Click to tweet: http://ctt.ec/_G49d ] I’m absolutely loving being an angel investor. It’s a blast to meet smart folks with killer ideas who want to change the world — and then I get to write a check and give one out of every 250 of those ideas a try! In the past year I’ve invested $1.95m in 30 startups from the LAUNCH Fund (from my $10m angel fund). We are now 19.5% invested in 13.5 months. We’ll invest another $4.05m in the next 24 months for a total of $6M/60% invested,…
  • Startups are about SCALE

    Emily
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Startups today are about one thing: scale. As in getting big and doing it fast, like: Uber, Airbnb, Dropbox, Snapchat and a couple dozen others. In this post I want to accomplish two things: 1. Explain why SCALE is so critical today. 2. Get ideas from you on topics and speakers for the LAUNCH SCALE event I’m hosting. [ LAUNCH SCALE: Oct 23-24, San Francisco -- http://events.launch.co/scale ] “But wait Jason,” I can hear one of you tweeting me, “didn’t you say just two years ago that we are living in the ‘age of excellence’ and all that matters is how good the product is?” [The…
  • BRD’s slick electric motorcycles

    krute
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Think electric motorcycles don’t sound badass? Definitely don’t tell Harley-Davidson; they’re testing one. And definitely don’t watch the video of BRD Motorcycles street racer in action. Founder Marc Fenigstein won’t tell us what the company name stands for, but it’s clearly all about speed, maneuverability and performance. Yes, electric vehicles are getting sexy. Never miss an episode! Subscribe in iTunes: Audio (http://bit.ly/TwiStA) || Video (http://bit.ly/TwiStV) Thanks to our sponsors. Click here to tweet your support (can edit before…
  • 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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  • The Art of Strategic Laziness

    shanesnow
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:20 pm
    David Heinemeier Hansson (“DHH”) The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, a frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company.  Last year, he wrote about his two-week Soylent experiment, which went viral and racked up 500+ comments. This post is adapted from his new book, SMARTCUTS, and it will teach you a few things: How to use strategic “laziness” to dramatically accelerate progress How “DHH” became a world-class car racer in record time, and how he revolutionized programming (they’re related) A basic intro to computer programming…
  • The Random Show, Episode 25 — Gut Bacteria, Meditation, Startups, and More

    Tim Ferriss
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    If you can’t view the above video, please click here or here. To download the audio as an MP3, just right-click here and choose “save as.” There are dozens of topics covered in this bromantic episode of scatterbrained banter. Like what? To start off: tracking gut bacteria, favorite documentaries, keys for novice meditators, startup lessons, Kevin’s new obsessions, and more. O-tanoshimi dane! The last few blog posts have been rather serious, so this is intended as an informal (but still informative) mind snack. For all previous episodes of The Random Show, including…
  • The Truth About “Homeopathic” Medicine

    Tim Ferriss
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Homeopathy — effective, useless, or dangerous? (Photo: Marcos Zerene) [Audio version] [Text version] I routinely use an arnica gel for minor muscular strains. In fact, it’s one of my “go to” treatments. In 2010, however, I found myself swallowing Boiron Arnica Montana 30C pellets, an oral version that was the only option at the closest GNC. I started at five pellets, SIX times a day–TWICE the recommended dose. Risk of overdose? Not likely. “30C,” which I looked up that evening, tells you all you need to know. This consumable version of arnica, unlike the…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 22: Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, on Steve Jobs, Stories, and Lessons Learned

    Tim Ferriss
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Ed Catmull, President and Co-Founder of Pixar. NOTE TO E-MAIL SUBSCRIBERS: Please see this post in your inbox for a recording of the recent 2.5-hour live Q&A. Not on the email list? Sign up here and get extras like this for free. Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream below now: This podcast is brought to you by The Tim Ferriss Book Club, which features a handful of books that have changed my life. Here’s the list.  You can also find all 20+ episodes of this podcast here. Some are sober and some are drunk,  so you can roll the dice. Now, on to our…
  • How to Never Check Luggage Again

    Tim Ferriss
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Travel has many joys. Luggage is not one of them. NOTE: If you signed up for my email list, please see this post in your email (perhaps on Saturday afternoon PT) for the Monday night Q&A info. This post will explore three options for never checking luggage again. Some of them are extreme; all of them are effective. In my next post, I’ll detail what I (and some friends) pack in carry-on. Some are surprising and hilarious. Given that I spend 100+ days of the year traveling, and that I’ve been to 40+ countries, I’ve tested just about everything. Hauling a five-piece…
 
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  • The end of everyone

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    I'm not sure if it was ever possible to say, "everyone loves ___," "everyone respects ___" or even, "everyone really doesn't like ___", but there's no doubt at all that this isn't true any more. There is no more everyone. Instead, there are many pockets of someones.        
  • "I made it my mission..."

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    These are the people you want to hire, the people who will become linchpins, the people who will change your organization for the better. Not people who merely accept a mission, or grudgingly grind through a mission, but people who voluntarily choose to make something important their mission. This post from Scott on iOS battery life is what I'm talking about. Mission-driven beats compliant, every time.        
  • The best lesson from Fantasy Football's success

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    When people say, "my team," they mean it. In the top-down world of industrial marketing, the San Francisco 49ers say, "we built this team, buy a ticket if you want to come." Then, a few years later, it broadened to, "you should buy a jersey so you can be part of it." In the sideways, modern world of peer-to-peer connection, people say, "my team has this player, that player and this defense." It belongs to them, because they built it. Everyone has their own team. In neither case is the fan on the field, getting concussed or making the big decisions. It doesn't matter. What matters is that our…
  • The idea is not the (only) hard part

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In 1989, I created and launched a new idea: videotapes of people playing video games. It was ridiculed by the hipsters of the day, and my publisher later admitted that they hadn't even bothered to bring it to market beyond a few stores. A copycat product went on to sell a few million copies. Today, Amazon paid a billion dollars for Twitch, which is precisely the same idea, used by millions of people every day. More than a billion hours have been spent/wasted on Twitch to date, I'm guessing. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for a commission check. No, the hard part isn't merely thinking…
  • You could wreck this (if you want to)

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    Which is more satisfying: Breaking something or watching someone else break it? When we sense a job is going wrong, it's easy to act out and make things worse... in the moment, it might feel like it's better to get fired for something we did than to get laid off. When a partnership hits some bumps, it might be tempting to keep score, push back on everything and get ready to fight... actually causing the change that you fear. A challenging project, employee or situation sometimes is easier to avoid than it is to work on. Leaning in is really difficult when you sense that there's nothing to…
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  • Reblogging

    Fred Wilson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    So we are heading off for four weeks in Europe this evening. I’m going to start reblogging a lot of older stuff as a way to keep AVC fresh while I’m not posting every day. So I thought about what posts would be the most worthwhile to dust off and bring back. I went to Google Analytics and looked at data from the past two years to see what posts that are older than that (ie written before August 2012) got the most traffic during that time. It’s an interesting list. There’s a lot of MBA Mondays content in there, particularly around employee equity and valuation…
  • The Personal Blog

    Fred Wilson
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    There’s a bit of a renaissance of real personal blogging here in NYC. Two of the original NYC bloggers have, after years of writing professionally and editing others, returned to their own blogs. It started with Lockhart Steele, the founder of Curbed, Racked, and Eater, who started that media business on his personal blog. Then the next day, Elizabeth Spiers, the founding editor/blogger at Gawker, dusted off her blog and started writing on it again. It feels so good to link to both of them. There was a comment on Elizabeth’s kickoff post that suggested she go to Medium. She…
  • Opting Out For The Kids

    Fred Wilson
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:06 am
    Our daughter Emily is working on a senior thesis this coming year. She’s studying the choices women make to balance their careers and families. This is a subject Emily has some personal experience with having watched The Gotham Gal quit her job when our son Josh was born and make a number of other career sacrifices so she could care for our young family. Emily wants to capture real stories from real women and has built a website she calls Opting Out For The Kids where women can share their stories with her and the world. It’s a pretty basic website. Anyone can read the stories and…
  • Dream, Girl

    Fred Wilson
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    For the past four years, The Gotham Gal and her friend Nancy Hechinger have been running a conference called The Women’s Entrepreneur Festival. The goal of the conference is to showcase successful women entrepreneurs to other women. As Marian Wright Edelman famously said, “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See.” But even as The Women’s Entrepreneur Festival gets bigger and bigger each year, it can never scale to reach all women who might want to be an entrepreneur and it certainly can’t reach young girls who might be inspired to become entrepreneurs. So…
  • Hyperlocal Mesh Networks

    Fred Wilson
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    The NY Times has a post up this morning about a neighborhood in Brooklyn called Red Hook where they have built a hyperlocal mesh network to service the entire neighborhood, from housing projects to townhouses. Red Hook is a cool place. We were there last night to sample Hometown Bar-B-Que‘s massive beef ribs and a bunch of other great stuff. Red Hook is isolated from the rest of Brooklyn by the BQE Expressway and sits right on NY Harbor. It has a collection of different housing situations, from single family homes, to factory lofts, to housing projects. The only public transportation in…
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  • Four short links: 28 August 2014

    Nat Torkington
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    PlotDevice — A Python-based graphics language for designers, developers, and tinkerers. More in the easy-to-get-started + visual realm, like Processing. (via Andy Baio) Scumblr and Sketchy Search — Netflix open sourcing some scraping, screenshot, and workflow tools their security team uses to monitor discussion of themselves. Should Twitter, Facebook and Google Executives be the Arbiters of What We See and Read? (Glenn Greenwald) — In the digital age, we are nearing the point where an idea banished by Twitter, Facebook and Google all but vanishes from public discourse…
  • Four short links: 27 August 2014

    Nat Torkington
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Discourse turns 1.0 — community/forum software that doesn’t suck. Programmable Matter (IEEE Spectrum) — recap of where research is going in this area. Liquibase — source control for your database. Apache 2.0 licensed. A Few Useful Things to Know About Machine Learning (PDF) — This article summarizes twelve key lessons that machine learning researchers and practitioners have learned. These include pitfalls to avoid, important issues to focus on, and answers to common questions. My fave: First-timers are often surprised by how little time in a machine learning…
  • Four short links: 26 August 2014

    Nat Torkington
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Poisoned NUL Byte, 2014 Edition (Project Zero) — from Google’s public security efforts, this detailed public description of how an exploit was constructed from a found vulnerability. They’re helping. Kudos! Myths About the Coming Robot Economy (Eric Sofge) — the entire discussion of the so-called robot economy, with its predictions of vast, permanent employment rates and glacial productivity gains, is nothing more than a wild guess. A strong pushback on the Pew Report (PDF): Frey and Osborne’s analysis is full of logical leaps, and far-reaching conclusions drawn…
  • Four short links: 25 August 2014

    Nat Torkington
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Greenscreen — Chromecast-based open source software for digital signs. Reverse Engineering Censorship in Chinese Cyberspace (PDF) — researchers create accounts and probe to see which things are blocked. Empirical transparency. USB Condom — A protective barrier between your device and “juice-jacking” hackers. queues.io — long list of job queues, message queues, and other such implementations.
  • How Flash changes the design of database storage engines

    Andy Oram
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Over the past decade, SSD drives (popularly known as Flash) have radically changed computing at both the consumer level — where USB sticks have effectively replaced CDs for transporting files — and the server level, where it offers a price/performance ratio radically different from both RAM and disk drives. But databases have just started to catch up during the past few years. Most still depend on internal data structures and storage management fine-tuned for spinning disks. Citing price and performance, one author advised a wide range of database vendors to move to Flash. Certainly, a…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Enevo’s Waste Bins Sensors Attract $8M Funding From Earlybird And Draper Associates

    Mike Butcher
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    You’ve heard of the Internet of Things. Well how about the Internet of Shit? Enevo is a startup which has created a ‘sensor-based’ waste collection system to track… yes, you get the idea. It’s today announced $8 million of funding from Earlybird, Lifeline Ventures, Finnish Industry Investment, Draper Associates and Risto Siilasmaa, among others. Enevo has a service… Read More
  • Q&A Startup Quora Unifies Its Design Across Devices And Launches An iPad App

    Ryan Lawler
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
     Quora wants to be the place where people share their knowledge with the world, and that means being on all the devices that people around the world use. Today the company is finally making its Q&A platform available on the iPad, extending its reach onto the last major device platform it didn’t have a mobile app for. Read More
  • Dyson’s New Teaser Explains Why They’ve Been Spending So Much On Robots

    Darrell Etherington
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
     Dyson is teasing a big announcement for September 4, and it released a new video teaser to get people thinking about what might be unveiled. The video shows a lab as seen from the perspective of a particularly wide-angle lens, along with quick bursts of schematic imagery that’s somewhat suggestive of robotic vacuum designs, with a circular device even depicted rolling along the floor at… Read More
  • Ybrain Raises $3.5M To Fund Trials Of Its Wearable For Alzheimer’s Patients

    Catherine Shu
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
     Ybrain, a Korean startup that makes wearables for Alzheimer’s patients, announced today that it has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding led by Stonebridge Capital, bringing its total raised so far to $4.2 million. Co-founder Seungyeon Kim told TechCrunch that the money will be used for clinical trials and the manufacturing of its wearable devices. Read More
  • Samsung’s New Gear S Smartwatch Features A Curved Screen And 3G Connectivity

    Darrell Etherington
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
     Samsung officially takes the cake when it comes to launching smartwatches: It just announced the Samsung Gear S, its billionth smartwatch device launching this year. The Gear S has a few hallmarks that set it apart from the crowd, however, including a curved Super AMOLED display, which has a 2-inch diagonal measurement and 360×480 resolution, and a built-in 3G modem, which can let the… Read More
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    Scripting News

  • 27 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Scripting News: What "coder" means and why it's bad.
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    27 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Scripting News: Oppose Time-Warner/Comcast merger.
  • The importance of a personal blog

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Fred Wilson wrote about the importance of a personal blog. A comment I posted on his blog follows.. #1: Thanks for this Fred. Blogging is important, and doing it in someone else's namespace doesn't cut it. You're a guest. On your own blog you are The Boss, and the buck starts and stops with you. And if you don't like what the technology is doing to you, you can move. If you're writing under someone else's name, you're stuck with them. I had some comments here about Medium but didn't think they were well-written and I don't have time to edit, so off to the bit-bucket! :0
  • Final the scene of Killing them Softly

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
  • If you're hot you do the feed

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    I keep telling the Product Hunt guys to get on board and give me a feed. I'm not saying it because I want it for myself (though I do), I'm saying it because it will fit into something I'm working on, and it will drive exactly the kind of people they want to use their service and contribute to it. It's a great fit. And the cool thing about doing a feed is you never know what someone will do with it. And maybe that's also why people are scared of doing a feed. Imho, the only reason not to do it is if you're not hot and you know it. Somehow you're going to scam your way through and before anyone…
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    craigconnects

  • 6 Women Run Startups to Check Out

    Craig Newmark
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    1. Love With Food - Aihui Ong, Founder and CEO. Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Their subscription membership starts at $10/month. For every box sold, they donate a meal to several food banks, like the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. 2. TurboVote - Kathryn Peters, Co-founder & COO. A reminder system for voters so that you don't miss an election. They make voting easy by helping you register to vote (or updating your voter registration), helping you get absentee…
  • Why Men Must "Lean In" to Support Women's Leadership

    Craig Newmark
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Our times call for  some innovators and women leaders who work in partnership with men. Again, this is about my commitment to fairness. Basically, it's time we get more women into public office. I recorded this video about fairness and getting better government everywhere, maybe indulge me? It's about creating real social change, for the better. I've joined up with the Women In Public Service Project to play my part. I'm working with them to host a call to action to champions of change around the world. You can be a part of this movement, too… (I also recorded a…
  • How to Use Social Media Better, For Equality

    Craig Newmark
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Hey, I have a commitment to fairness, based on a (naive) nerd desire to make life less unfair. I've created a video asking you to help create a more fair world, please indulge me and watch, and share it. It's for a good cause, and is a brief discussion of social media for the Women in Public Service Project. The thing is, social media can be harnessed for policy-making, and remember that real change doesn't happen from the top down. That is, the act of discussing policy in social media helps participants buy into it, and later, the discussion record helps other join the…
  • 6 Inspirational Women In Tech

    Craig Newmark
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Hey, it's a priority of mine to promote the work that good people are doing. A lot of times women don't get the recognition they deserve in the tech industry. In the last  few blog posts I've shared about really good women in tech, we asked folks to suggest women they thought really had their boots on the ground. My team (which includes Justyn Hintze of Rad Campaign and Allyson Kapin, Founder of Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign) and I researched your suggestions, and created a list of 6 women (or orgs run for women, by women) who are doing tech right. You should follow and…
  • 5 Reasons We Need Social Change

    Craig Newmark
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Folks, I started this craigconnects thing because I really want to use tech to give a real voice to the voiceless, and real power to the powerless. Ever since starting craigconnects, I've created a list of issues areas that I'm really focusing on. It's important that we work together, as a community, and collaborate to create real social change. You can't change the world from the top down. Here are just 5 (of many) reasons we need social change: We seem to throw money into food and housing, yet a lot of folks are still in need, so something isn't working right.
 
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