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Every Day I Want To Quit Social Media
[ no more time to reflect and think for yourself ... we are all and feel Alon Together. ] I am drowning in a sea of anxiety created by Twitter and Facebook. [...] We all want to be recognized as clever or witty. [ your best side, public ] [...] I ended up on social media for a reason, and though the reason escapes me during moments of sheer panic and anxiety, I take part, no matter what — the pursuit of relevancy, or, in the strictest sense of the term, validation, is an imperative that exists as a key part of humankind’s quest for meaning. Self-definition has become intertwined with social media. We are all here for each other. I wake up staring at my phone. I fall asleep to the glow of the very same screen.
Selbstfürsorge  Selbstdarstellung  Social  Media  status  symbol  status  anxiety  Celebrity  of  You  public  relations  Personal  Brand  Positioning  self-censorship  focus  distraction  Digital  Detox  Newsfeed  envy  Alain  de  Botton  sociology  gossip  culture  gossip  culture  psychology  society  western  society  western  lifestyle  zombie  consumer  materialism  consumerist  consumerism  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  civil  courage  Zivilcourage  courage  TV  Reality  TV  scripted-reality  television  Escapeism  Entertainment  Entertainment  Industry  Tabloid  Daily  Mail  empathy  compassion  human  being  human  decency  dignity  community  anxiety  anxiety  Millennials  generationy  prejudice  judgement  label  bias  filter  bubble 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Digitaler Burnout: "Zu viel Smartphone macht unglücklich" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ portion USE time! 3x1hr? ] Study: Wir beschäftigen uns bis zu drei Stunden am Tag mit dem Smartphone. Der Leiter der Studie zieht daraus bedenkliche Schlüsse - und fordert eine digitale Diät. [...] Der Experte geht davon aus, dass beim Scrollen über den Handyscreen die gleichen Stoffwechselvorgänge im Gehirn aktiviert werden wie bei Drogensüchtigen. Die ständige Kommunikation mit Freunden oder Arbeitskollegen über soziale Medien wie Facebook scheine dabei das größte Suchtpotenzial auszumachen. "Denn dort erhalten wir Aufmerksamkeit und Anerkennung", so te Wildt. [...] "Das Gehirn ist durch den Überfluss an Informationen und Kommunikation komplett überlastet", sagt Markowetz. Im schlimmsten Fall führt das schließlich zum Burnout, wie ihn Miriam Meckel, Chefredakteurin der "Wirtschaftswoche" oder die "Huffington Post"-Gründerin Arianna Huffington erlebt haben. Die beiden Karrierefrauen machten die Kommunikationsüberlastung mitverantwortlich für ihren Zusammenbruch.
Smartphone  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  user  behaviour  snacking  Entertainment  Escapeism  attention  span  attention  graph  distraction  Focus  Depression  well  being  happiness  Social  Network  Social  Media  digital  natives  noise  pollution  noise  Signal  vs.  sociology  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  psychology  Psychiatry  burnout  chronic  stress  Friendship  status  anxiety  status  symbol  consumerist  consumer  choice  consumerism  zombie  consumer  Alain  de  Botton  materialism  Dopamine  book  The  Information  Diet  Leistungsgesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  meme  society  Age  digital  economy  The  Content  Wars  user  generated  Platform  life  hacker  life  lesson  Tim  Ferriss  productivity  Procrastinating  procrastination 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Alexander Markowetz: "Digitaler Burnout" | Kulturjournal | NDR - YouTube
- Notifications = are Dopamine rush. ... Addiction. //&! youtu.be/xkP5PEllQg0 - Can teens cope without their smartphones? --- talk about wanting to be in the know, being notified as it happens << express for need of Dopamine rush! //&! Book The Information Diet
productivity  multitasking  efficient  efficiency  learning  Smartphone  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  mobilephone  Millennials  distraction  Focus  focused  Appification  generationy  Social  Media  addiction  Dopamine  Notification  burnout  book  chronic  stress  communication  digital  economy  digital  natives  Age  norm  abuse  knowledge  worker  Creatives  Future  of  Work  life  hacker  life  lesson  Airplane  Mode  Detox  The  Information  Diet 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
What to Make of Amazon's Work Practices? | Bothsides of the Table
It’s best encapsulated in a famous Jeff Bezos quote, “You can work long, hard or smart, but at Amazon.com you can’t choose two out of three,” [...] Try working at Goldman Sachs, [...] You think it’s different at any of the top consulting firms? [...] You see organizations like these thrive on large pools of some of the country’s best and brightest graduates that trade off 2-5 years of work experience under extreme pressure in exchange for skills, experiences & relationships that will last a lifetime. [Accelerated Learning] [...] Think its a cake walk working @ any of the countries top law firms? [...] Should we do an article on what it’s like to be a medical resident? How abt working in the US military? Chief of Staff for a major political figure? What abt a top athlete in the NFL or NBA or even part of the coaching staff. Think they dont have work/life balance challenges in a field theyve chosen to work in? [#Top 100 of X vs avg white- or blue-collar worker ] [what u optimize for?]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Delivering Alphabet: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/11) - YouTube
>> Google's business ventures is under attack. :: Search (via vertical search in form of appification), Advertising (Social Media - FB eating pies), Appification, mobile homescreen (appification), // And the future of Google (future Google product, new cash cow) is not related to Search. very probably! thus, Alphabet Inc. to enable them to run Google Inc. (Search and Android) better and find/build/develop the next cash cow (autonomous car, Nest, anti-ageing (Calico), ...) // higher level situational awareness - as is can't be the future. // optimal capital allocation -sensible-common-sense-best bets, complimentary and moonshots (a mix) // "expand opportunity." //
Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Inc.  Sundar  Pichai  Larry  Page  Sergey  Brin  business  strategy  long-term  view  long-term  thinking  SWAT  Wall  Street  business  investment  Focus  focused 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Ross Mayfield and Mark Suster on maintaining focus as a SaaS startup
early on resource constraint - focuses on product, and saying no. // feature creep - can't be all things to all people! anti-bloat. KISS. user friendly, no tour needed for on boarding. << making an product intuitive. // Aaron Levie said he said no to many clients.
SAAS  Box  Aaron  Levie  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Focus  Product/Market  Fit  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  management  experience 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA14 Interview with Julie Meyer (CEO & Founder, Ariadne Capital) - YouTube
(1) why not to go to Palo Alto (2) money will find you if you are good enough/traction. // &! Enterprise Connect Presents: Raising Finance; Top Tips From Industry Experts (Highlights) - youtu.be/9Psgw5oJSMs // &! Lecture 9 How to Raise Money Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Parker Conrad - youtu.be/NJAKt1icZYs
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  traction  Focus  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  viral  coefficient  Net  Promoter  Score  network  effect  Venture  Capital  hunt  for  yield  Seed  Round  A  Round  Angel  Investor  London  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Networking 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Spam might not clog your inbox any longer. But what about your life? | Oliver Burkeman | Comment is free | The Guardian
But this raises a question. If spamming is about abusing the resource of other people’s attention, the ethos of spam is everywhere: in clickbait headlines that promise far more than they deliver; in tweets that exploit the “curiosity gap” by tantalizingly omitting key information; in the daily email I now receive – it isn’t spam, technically, because I agreed to it – from a clothing store where I once bought one shirt. Scroll to the fetid lower reaches of many a reputable site and you’ll find links (provided, most often, by Outbrain or Taboola) to the products of content farms, or, as Brunton describes them: “vast algal blooms of linked content with catchy titles, top-10 lists about trending topics, wild claims and needlessly contrarian stances.” None of these were written because a journalist thought the topic mattered; they’re created in response to what’s trending, to exploit the attention already gathered. // Your attention/focus is a limited resource. see book Information Diet
Spam  attention  span  Linkbait  linkbaiting  Clickbait  click  bait  copywriting  phishing  book  Listicle  BuzzFeed  productivity  user  behaviour  finite  resources  life  hacker  life  lesson  focus  e-mail 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Will Power AOL Search, Transfer Some Advertising Work As It Sheds Hundreds Of Employees | TechCrunch
&! Microsoft Said to Exit Display Ad Business, Cut 1,200 Jobs (get offered jobs at AOL) - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-29/microsoft-said-to-exit-display-ad-business-cut-1-200-jobs // back then it (MSFT) also sold Atlas (a ad server tech for marketers?) to Facebook - forbes.com/sites/roberthof/2013/02/28/facebook-finally-pulls-trigger-buys-atlas-ad-server-from-microsoft/
Microsoft  AOL  Bing  Programmatic  Advertising  focus  focused  Satya  Nadella 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Students 'cannot multi-task with mobiles and study' - BBC News
Researchers found that students sending and receiving messages while studying scored lower test results and were less effective at tasks such as note taking. The study examined how a generation of "voracious texters" might be affected by so many online distractions. It found that when students did not use mobiles, they were better at being able to recall information. [...] The study, Mobile Phones in the Classroom: Examining the Effects of Texting, Twitter, and Message Content on Student Learning, carried out a series of tests with 145 undergraduates. [...] "It is a common occurrence to observe students who are physically present, yet mentally preoccupied by non-course-related material on their mobile devices. "As mobile devices have deeply saturated the college student population, this problem will likely continue to pose a significant obstacle," says the study, by Jeffrey Kuznekoff, Stevie Munz and Scott Titsworth. // life hack = focus 100% without distractions, opp for procrasti
learning  focus  focused  online  learning  e-learning  bulimic  learning  Bulimie  lernen  distraction  snacking  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  noise  Signal  vs.  noise  pollution  Millennials  generationy  multitasking  brain  neuroscience  neurology  neurobiology  attention  attention  span  inefficiencies  efficient  efficiency  life  hacker  life  lesson  Procrastinating  procrastination  time  discipline  self-regulation  self-awareness  self-improvement 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
DLD NYC 14 - Present Shock (Douglas Rushkoff) - YouTube
Douglas Rushkoff is an authority on the intersection of technology and culture. At DLD NYC, he introduces the phenomenon of presentism, the present shock and what it implies to be always-on. // human attention and time to extract value from and make profit from - eyeballs, pageviews --- 30 sec TV advertisement for 5 minutes is old shool, checking your notifications on your phone 200 times a day is normcore. as if the world would stop spinning if you don't. // Gaming / abusing the smart phone - the remote control for everyone life. not just remote control but also microscope and looking glass. // youtu.be/m4L1Sh8ojLY - Douglas Rushkoff - Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now | Interactive 2013 | SXSW
Career  Politicians  presentism  Millennials  generationy  gesellschaft  Protest  Partei  Protest  Party  Social  Media  attention  span  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  Notification  book  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  pageviews  shareholder  value  crony  capitalism  sustainable  sustainability  productivity  distortion  corruption  abuse  of  power  distraction  Focus  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  value  creation  Proposition  Snapchat  added  value  Core  Product  Proposition  user  behaviour  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple wants content companies to bear streaming costs of its television service | PandoDaily
Maybe the company really does want to focus only on hardware and software. And it would be better for Apple, content companies, and consumers for the service not to fall into the same trap that Netflix has been dragged down into. But I suspect that allowing programmers to do what they like with viewer data, asking companies to build their own streaming infrastructure, and otherwise giving them control over this service is also motivated by Apple’s desperation.
Apple  Apple  TV  focus 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Finds Strength As A Family, Not An App | TechCrunch
The subtext of Zuck’s “family” quote is that one app can’t do everything. On mobile, people want lean, purpose-driven experiences. Cramming everything into a one-size-fits-all can make it slow and bloated. But when you’re talking about trying to connect every human on earth, a singularly focused app alone can’t possibly meet the diverse needs of a diverse population. Zuckerberg explained “We’re building this family so we can offer unique, world-class experiences for every way that people want to share.” --- // add as user behaviour slash trait "convenience." // ie Instagram releasing separate app for photo collages. // Facebook Messenger as Platform - have ppl not learned to build their business on other ppls lawn? Ok for established businesses and own domain and standalone product and to be on Messenger only to reduce friction, ... still double edged sword.
Appification  single-use  app  mobile  first  user  experience  UI  UX  frictionless  friction  Don't  make  me  think  word  of  mouth  Net  Promoter  Score  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  behaviour  user  churn  attention  span  Facebook  convenience  Instagram  focus  execution  noise  distraction  Platform  TOS  Facebook  Messenger 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
The Apple Watch's Insanely Great Economics | WIRED
How many billions has it cost in R&D to develop all the gobsmacking manufacturing techniques, all the software tricks and all the battery tech inside? The reason it costs so much less than a [high-end competitor] isn’t because it’s less well made. It’s because 700 million people have helped amortize Apple’s investment in it. Apple now seems hell bent on finding new ways to flex that muscle. [it started w the iPod, then iPhone, and on and on. extreme iteration on +3 components of product ie MacBook (March 2015); battery, fan less, 2 ports only, touchpad click imitation, keypad, low power retina. possible by owning the whole chain from start to finish, purpose build german cnc mills in china, whole manufacturing complexes build only to build Apple products. and thinking about the user experience and working backwards to the technology, not thinking about newest technology to add and making a gimmick out of it. being radical. "this is better 4u, no discussion.] &! on.mash.to/1B9iywv
Apple  iPhone  iPod  Apple  Watch  MacBook  manufacturing  scale  economies  of  scale  iteration  focus  user  experience 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Introducing Place Tips in News Feed | Facebook Newsroom
Facebook launches location-specific Place Tips for iPhone; appears at top of News Feed when user enters establishment; tapping displays friends' comments & photos related to business; also shows maps, restaurant menus, etc; viewing does not post to Facebook or reveal location; also testing w/ beacons in NYC // http://www.businessinsider.com/the-swarm-and-foursquare-backstory-and-progress-2014-10 >> "In late 2013, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley and his leadership team decided it was time to rethink things. If the company was founded today, what would the app look like? What would the experience feel like?" // &! http://taylordavidson.com/2014/apps &! http://features.en.softonic.com/why-single-use-apps-like-yo-could-take-over-your-smartphone
Facebook  geolocation  location  foursquare  Yelp  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  differentiation  differentiate  features  feature  Big  Data  Appification  Single-Use  App  unbundeling  user  experience  user  behaviour  user  acquisition  UI  UX  business  strategy  focus  focused  simplification  simplicity  product  management  Product/Market  Fit  product  experience  Design  Minimal  Viable  multi-product  company  Officer  discovery  curation 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
DLD15 - What Matters Most in Startup Success (Bill Gross) - YouTube
timing, execution, idea. ... funding is no differentiator as business model. if you have customer demand for your idea (product/market fit) then you can use one business model of the shelve. good timing can crossover with product/market fit - ie come up with something people all the sudden need (ie extra income renting out bed, driving on the weekend and evenings). // timing - is the market really ready (reach/penetration)?! ie Oculus Rift (VR) is not yet mass market compatible. rise of casual gamer, ... mainstream media wrote about it when the market sort of peaked (3-5 break out hits hit mainstream usage. ie your mom). // longer version - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZS-NCSJ9Zo
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Product/Market  Fit  differentiation  differentiate  execution  focus  focused  timing  burn  rate  runway 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
The Next Big Thing You Missed: Tech Superstars Build 'Startup Factories' | WIRED
... all of them are successful entrepreneurs (/part of unicorn) ... now searching for their 2nd unicorn ... literally searching, experimenting, trying out variations of existing things ... see book once you are lucky, twice you are good, ... that a unicorn comes out of one of these shops, lead by the needs, desires, and imagination by multi-millionaires (who's main app are email to reply to pitches and business plans, and calendar app to schedule expensive luncheons and more pitches during coffee), the chances - worse than winning the lottery, me thinks. it's more like occupational therapy. kindergarten version for exactly those types of people. and that VC's put money into it, into something that has nothing, not even traction, just a name behind it, tzzzzz.
focused  focus  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Silicon  Valley  Venture  Capital  FOMO  subculture 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Exclusive: Google CEO Larry Page Reorgs Staff, Anoints Sundar Pichai as New Product Czar | Re/code
redrawing the org chart for better focus, not failing again customer expectations (G+) and doing things that are not natural to Google (Googlers) ... ie Social Media ... + addressing the bandwidth bottleneck of attention/detail/focus/making key decisions ... of/by a single person. & "And along the way, Pichai has also become more widely recognized outside of Google. Twitter tried to recruit him several years ago for a key product role, and his name was prominently raised in the search for a new CEO of Microsoft." [...] "It’s been interesting to watch Page, one of the most prominent founder-CEOs in tech, as he has evolved his leadership configuration, which he has done a few times since taking over more than three years ago. And despite this change, he still remains Google’s top product guru — and, of course, Pichai reports to Page." & via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8506215
Google  conglomerate  product  management  Google+  Larry  Page  management  CEO  multi-product  company  focus  focused  innovation  innovator  Leadership  Vision  Google  X 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Symantec Said to Explore Split Into Security, Storage Cos - Bloomberg
@Symantec ($16B mkt cap) is in advanced talks to split into separate storage & security entities, @Bloomberg reports; new CEO Michael Brown reportedly supports the split ... [...] “We are focusing our investments in businesses where demand is greatest and improving operational efficiencies to grow revenue and operating margin,” Brown said in a statement at the time. “I look forward to continuing to focus the company’s strategy to deliver for our customers and our shareholders.”
focus  focused  conglomerate  corporate  Wall  Street  eBay  PayPal  HP  Symantec  economic  history  creative  destruction  competitive  competitiveness  organisational  overhead  M&A  profit  maximisation  shareholder  shareholder  value 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
A fireside chat with Fred Wilson - YouTube
"We are in the service business, helping them being successful." VC guys - here to help you; council, scale, connect/network help, help where they can be helpful otherwise find the person who can help you with X (ie Chris Sacca seems to have special skill set that some companies can leverage for biz deals and negotiations - ie Uber [ http://youtu.be/iqUG2_cmZ6I ]). See a16z model; Operations Helpers (HR, Marketing, biz Dev.). That is where Angel Investors (single persons) and Seed Rounds lack value; the added value and the scalability (n+1 people behind VC company). In Finance School; the present value of the company is the future cash-flow (not necessarily profits), that is why companies who aimed for revenue growth are much more valuable than companies who aimed for margin. Term 'Investing in the future.' ;-) The future is uncertain by definition. Very uncertain. High risk, high potential returns. With given losers (losses non-leveraged, can't loose more than you've invested).
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Mark  Suster  Fred  Wilson  VC  Venture  Capital  Chris  Sacca  Angel  Investor  seedround  seedfunding  Twitter  Etsy  Dick  Costolo  indeed.com  execution  focused  focus  vision 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Yahoo Does A “Summer Cleaning,” Shuts Down Its Xobni Acquisition, Plus Other Under-Performing Products | TechCrunch
It’s not surprising for Yahoo to cut its non-performing products, as the company is trying to “further its focus” on core experiences – Search, Communications, Digital Magazines and Video – as it says today. This is also not the first time Yahoo has made the decision to eliminate items from its overly large lineup – it did the same in March and April 2013, today’s announcement also notes.
Yahoo!  Marissa  Mayer  focus  focused  execution 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
eBay’s Magento to Shut Down Go Small Business Product | Re/code
Two of them targeted mid-size and large brands and retailers, while Go was aimed at small businesses. But according to several sources, Go never gained traction against competitors that included Bigcommerce and Shopify. In March, Magento cut dozens of employees in a move the company said was aimed at realigning the business to “focus more deeply” on its two products aimed at bigger businesses. It wouldn’t say at the time what that meant for its Go offering.
Magento  squarespace  Amazon  ebay  e-commerce  Shopify  SAAS  focused  focus  execution  marketplace  plurality  Value  Proposition  Product/Market  Fit  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Google Ventures’ Bill Maris on Venture Capital in Silicon Valley | Re/code
The thing that reminds Maris of future success is 'great persistence' & the 'ability to focus intensely on a problem' ... [...] - Typical venture funds 'put a timeframe on innovation' w/ a time period VCs are expected to invest & return $ back to LPs; Maris says 'we’re not beholden to Silicon Valley economics'
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Product/Market  Fit  focused  focus  execution  Silicon  Valley  Venture  Capital  Google  Ventures 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
A Fireside Chat Jason Calacanis - YouTube
>> be short, sharp, compelling, have at least a mock-up if not better a MVP, or even better a product w traction. DONT ASK INVESTORS WHAT THE HAVE LEAST, TIME. ... and no dissing of unicorns (billion dollar exist, business),
Jason  Calacanis  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  focused  focus  execution  communication  Unicorn  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  Hustle  billion  dollar  exit  Venture  Capital  VC  angelinvestors  angelinvestor  seedround  seedfunding  traction 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
- Venture Capital - This Week in Venture Capital - Mark Jeffrey, CEO of ThisWeekIn - YouTube
Brad Feld, Fred Wilson, Suster - bothsidesofthetable.com - Blogs, + Quora, ... Mark Suster "execution tends to win." talking about copycats and me too start-ups, get an introduction from existing/past portfolio companies. Hustle. It's unacceptable not to be able to figure out how to get access other than in a straight line via email on persons homepage. || people now, with lower barrier of entry - MVP, - ppl wanna see product. + PLUS + financial models !!! business model / plan - the economics. - have a plan for the basics of the company ~2-3 quarters into the future while keeping the vision in mind.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Tesla Opens Up Patents to Promote Electric Vehicles | Re/code
Elon Musk's legacy will not just be Tesla Motors and SpaceX. It will also be this, being concerned about the future, that the velocity of which the electric car spreads to the consumer around the world isn't steep enough in order to make a dent in the world ... in the world's carbon emission reduction / global warming. He puts the common and public good before profits and WallStreet. Knowing and banking on the Tesla Brand and still having the first mover advantage in 5 years. Elon Musk picks his fights really well. Marrying a capitalistic profit motive of a company that was on the brink of failure and the public good/common good of reducing carbon footprint of the world. Establishing, enabling industry standards. Preventing technological incompatibilities and silos. Trying to prevent consumer frustration and friction. This is Win-Win. If Wall Street tanks the Stock this Friday, we should all give up ... on Wall Street already. // http://onforb.es/1mNg7Jw
Tesla  teslamotors  Tesla  Motors  patent  patents  patent  troll  patent  trolls  Elon  Musk  focused  focus  execution  Open  Platform  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  Mission  Statement  crony  capitalism  industry  standards  technological  history  technological  progress  Consumerism  consumer  consumerist  frictionless  friction  technological  silo  silo  long-term  thinking  short-term  thinking  WallStreet  consumer  product  Design  moral  beliefs  morals  morality  Philosophy  public  good  public  transportation  ethical  ethics  corporate  governance  corporate  culture  corporatism  capitalism  ethical  beliefs  governance 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Why did it take so long for Windows to support a taskbar on more than one monitor? - The Old New Thing - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
Features do not exist in a vacuum, and decisions about features necessarily take into account the other features under consideration. For a feature to be adopted, it not only must be valuable enough in itself, but it almost must provide a better cost/benefit ratio than any other features under consideration. While the benefit of a multi-monitor taskbar is high, you have to scale it down by the percentage of users who would be able to take advantage of such a feature. I don't know the exact numbers, but I would hazard that fewer than ten percent of users use a multiple-monitor system on a regular basis, so any benefit would have to be ten times as great as the benefit of features that have broader use. + http://blog.eventjoy.com/post/87807448121/on-startups-how-we-develop-new-features-extremely-fast
Product  Design  management  Product  feature  features  Roadmap  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  execution  focused  focus  user  experience 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
DLD NYC 14 - Winners/Losers in a Digital Age (Scott Galloway) - YouTube
Apple knows that competition is catching up faster and faster in terms of design and functionality etc etc. They hired 2 fashion people already (burberry and from LVHM). And to differentiate the brand further (price/status symbol - above middle class) and to keep selling it's Apple Products ... including wearables (Watch & Headphone) they hired those key people or b(r)ought them into the mothership. They could have long ago bought personal cloud storage companies and other stuff to add to its portfolio bla bla bla.... but that 'Software', you can't display - show off - walking around downtown manhatten. Wearables, phones, tablets - you can. ... Apple focuses on their core competencies - software like iTunes is only 2nd class, that is why it still doesn't stream. >> “They want Jimmy and they want Dre,” said the source. “He’s got fashion and culture completely locked up.” ( http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/22/apples-beats-deal-is-happening-and-its-a-dre-acquihire/ ) + !!! v=NP0P2BT0vTc !!!
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Path’s kiss of death compliment: “It’s hugely popular in Indonesia!” | PandoDaily
[+ Raising Too Much Money for a too small product and market!?] It may be the beginning of the end for a company that was once offered $125 million to sell to Google – in a high priced acquihire – less that six months into its existence and before the company even launched. [...] So, what went so wrong? The answer seems to be a combination of poor execution, an excessive focus on design over utility (not to mention differentiation), and a keeping up with the Joneses desire to spend lavishly. [...] The company has always been a reflection of Morin, including his obsessiveness over design and his proclivity for spending. For example, Path reportedly built its team with a designer to developer ratio of 1-to-2, as compared to an industry average that is likely closer to 1-to-20 (or even lower, although precise figures are hard to come by). [[ ~ Spending for the wrong means to an end. ~ ]] [[ ... Inside the bubble that is the Valley and the Fetish ... ]]
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Joe Gebbia - The Airbnb Story - YouTube
AirBnB is the ebay for places and experiences. Sharing is caring - you space. This kindness to open up you personal space to strangers ... magical moments can happen. Stories are written. Lives are changed. Still there is the 80/20 - there will always be bad eggs, say bad customers. And because national travel is vry affordable and people want to escape their walls on the weekend if they could afford and its users use it for niche items/services >> providing accommodation for events. Staying in someones place is very different than a hotel. a hotel is generic. every AirBnB is different. It is an experience. not only might you experience a new city, but you also experience someones life, how he or she or they live. Their view. Plus - this is the time of the Airbnb - experience services - because millennials favour experiences of commoditised consumer goods. and babyboomers want that cake too because of the youthification trend. only retrospective u see the pieces of the puzzle.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Ev Williams on Twitter's Early Years | Inc.com
At the time, he said his rule is "do less," reflecting on the focus and restraint he and his fellow Twitter co-founders showed in the company's earliest days. Much of that interview was left on the cutting room floor. [...] "At Twitter, we had this mindset that we were going to do lots of different things. We probably would have moved on before there was any evidence of success. It didn't take off right away, and many of the most important things don't take off right away, they only take off after working on them for a long time and pursuing a vision that gets you to the essence of something, which is often only boiled down after lots of hard work and noodling on something... and maybe having doubts about it."
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october 2013 by asterisk2a
Matt Mullenweg is Interviewed by Om Malik at LeWeb Paris 2012 - YouTube
Twitter and Facebook got as users the advertisers, and people are data.

Gotta make money.
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december 2012 by asterisk2a

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