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Calm down, tech journalists: It’s okay if you don’t use Snapchat | PandoDaily
artificial limitations is the trend that emerged late out of the freeze box that was SV 2001-2005/6 ... artificial limitations ie 140 charachters, ephemeral content, <10s videos, Yo, (photo)filters, ... and anonymity within the echo chamber made Secret --- and the real world broke the idea. Hot deals emerge quickly within an echo chamber, even if it doesn't end world hunger or make it rain. // This is a new phase of SV companies and tech, question is, can anyone of these be sustainable long-term world wide as big and far as they are shouting (out of the echochamber) // as fascinated as the press at large is right now, there could be, looming on the horizon, a backlash from the general population, as their livelihoods are deeply affected (work, social, democracy, ... uncertainty. people don't like uncertainty and insecurity.)
Silicon  Valley  Twitter  Vine  Snapchat  Instagram  Secret  trend  trends  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  journalism  journalismus  demographics  target  audience  Popular  Culture  Pop  Culture  technology  singularity  Moore's  Law  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  automation  algorithm  Robotics  AI  artificial  intelligence  augmented  reality  virtual  reality  Uber  Lyft  silo  Facebook  Google  Apple 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship | TechCrunch
// In Latin America, the fundamental cultural impediment to creating a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem is lack of individual risk-taking. While this is true at the entrepreneurial level, it is not a crucial element due to other factors compensating – primarily the attraction of the Silicon Valley lifestyle. However, this is not true in the investor layer, and thus a crucial piece of the infrastructure – the post-startup financing – is severely underdeveloped. The cultural factors here are clear: lack of comfort with technology, group decision-making, long decision-making cycles, desire for control and severe discomfort with failure result in an anemic investment community.
Germany  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  culture  society  failure  iteration  experiment  experimentation  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  public  image  public  perception  Mittelstand  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  risk  taking  risk  aversion  Silicon  Valley  economies  of  agglomeration  ecosystem  environment  work  environment  network  effect  communication  technology 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Startups: Wagniskapital - Deutschland scheut das Risiko - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Manchmal rappt Horowitz seinen Rat an Jungunternehmer und formuliert seine Management-Tipps mit Hilfe von Songtexten bekannter HipHop-Künstler. Wenn Gründer mehr Mut beweisen sollen, bedient er sich etwa bei Ice Cube und rät: "If you are scared motherfucker, go to church." Die Lobby von Andreessen Horowitz in einem eleganten Flachbau am Rande von Menlo Park ist dekoriert mit Originalaufnahmen von Atombombentests. Das alles wirkt manchmal etwas brachial. Aber trifft man Horowitz in seinem Büro, erlebt man einen sehr freundlichen Mann in Pulli, Jeans und Turnschuhen, der während des ganzen Gesprächs nicht einmal die Stimme hebt. [...] Dann spricht er lange und ausführlich über Regulierung und Arbeitsmarktgesetze in Deutschland. Dass es drei Monate dauere, ein Unternehmen zu gründen. Dass, wenn es nicht gut läuft, kaum eine andere Möglichkeit bleibe, als "gleich ganz zuzumachen", weil nicht schnell und einfach Personal abgebaut werden könne. Dass es an Unternehmergeist mangele. ...
Germany  Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  risk  taking  aiming  big  Start-Up  Start-Ups  FNAC  Google  Facebook  Twitter  Airbnb  risk  aversion  Marc  Andreessen  Ben  Horowitz  Venture  Capital  VC  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  scaling  Andreessen  Horowitz  corporate  culture  disrupting  markets  disruption  skill-biased  technological  change  skill  skills  workforce  Book  regulators  regulation  Innovation  SAAS  SAP  SME  SMB  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  comparative  advantage  globalisation  globalization  Europe  Structural  Impediments  unemployment  imbalance  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  technological  history  technology  Charles  Hugh  Smith  destruction  value  creation  manufacturing  engineering  engineer  Amazon  Salesforce  riskaversion  risk-taking  public  policy  Career  Politicians  accountability  transparency  Politics  Female  Founders  Women  in  Tech  progressive 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Binge Media Culture Finds a Receptive Audience in Americans - NYTimes.com
“With the things that get us to really crave the news, the tenor of the story tends to have a negative impact on the way we see the world more generally,” he said, referring to the controversial and scandalous subjects that draw in chronic readers and viewers. “We become more cynical.” Does he regard his own bingeing on these topics as escapist? + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4aAJrJB6h0 + http://alaindebotton.com/news-users-manual/ “Absolutely,” he said. “You forget about your life for 30 minutes while you read about Chris Christie’s implosion.” Joshua Ferris’s forthcoming novel, “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” is about “the obsessive-compulsive nature of your own personality emerging through these platforms, and disliking the person who is taking advantage of them,” he said. Mr. Ferris, 39, confessed to bingeing on news, TV and YouTube videos, though he recently took a six-month purgative sabbatical.
binge  drinking  binge  consumption  binge  watching  binge  reading  gossip  celebrity  culture  Popular  Pop  BuzzFeed  Listicle  digital  natives  digital  content  short-form  content  throwaway  content  content  distribution  micro  content  attention  span  attention  technological  history  Technology  consumer  turned  creator  self-publishing  publishing  2.0  Twitter  microblogging  blogosphere  Blogging  Instagram  Vine  Facebook  Social  Media  sharing  is  caring  sharing  economy  mainstream  conglomerate  corporate  binge  consumption  barrier  of  consumption  mobilephone  Smartphone  Snapchat  communication  cynicism  Book  Alain  de  Botton  productivity  Millennials  living  environment  western  lifestyle  western  society  quality  of  life  life  lesson  life  hacker 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Why I’m Bullish on the News - POLITICO Magazine
Go maximum mass or maximum specific. [...] News organizations are also going to have to mix and match revenue models. I see eight obvious ones: advertising, subscriptions, premium content, events, cross-media promotion, crowdfunding, micropayments and philanthropy. [...] Today, this same science culture, this civilization of engineers and math, is again on the rise. And to many, it feels like it’s running away with the future. [...] The point is that, for people who aren’t deep into math and science and technology, it is going to get far harder to understand the world going forward. || + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/1-destroy-the-village-2-save-it-105923.html + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/lords-of-the-viral-internet-105905.html + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/04/brauchli-keller-interview-the-new-york-times-is-not-going-to-turn-into-buzzfeed-105900.html
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Sharp Drops After Saying Material Doubt on Survival - Bloomberg
SHARP and PANASONIC likely next candidates to fail (bankruptcy, reorganisation, splitting of assets). Their demise is partly to contribute not being able to stay in touch of technology trends. It is a dead end street to compete simply by price where ur products are just a commodity.

Same with Motorola and their cell phone business.
Same with Nokia and their cell phone business.
Same with RIM and their cell phone business.
Same w Kodak and photo business.

- But what makes it even worse for SHARP and PANASONIC is that they a Japanese companies, with Japanese Corp. ORG structures. Also see OLYMPUS.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2010/07/japanese_corporate_culture
http://www.cityam.com/forum/the-japanese-disease-how-its-corporate-culture-turns-disasters-catastrophes
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-biggest-problem-with-japanese-corporate-culture-lives-on-2012-9
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_management_culture
Apple  Kodak  management  corporate  governance  corporate  culture  Olympus  Eastman  Kodak  Eastman  Kodak  Company  Research  In  Motion  RIM  Google  Motorola  Amazon  commoditization  lostgeneration  lostdecade  Japan  Panasonic  Corporation  Sharp  Corporation  Nokia  technology  innovation 
november 2012 by asterisk2a
Let Your Smartphone Deliver the Bad News - NYTimes.com
Digital flakiness.

“Offline rules of etiquette no longer seem to apply,” Ms. Wick said. “People hide behind e-mail or text messages to cancel appointments, or do things that feel uncomfortable to do in person.”

The face-to-face consequences of being a flake have all but disappeared. If the unpleasantness of having to disappoint a host or dinner date was one reason commitments were honored in the past, technology has rendered that moot.

“People don’t feel bad shooting someone a text to cancel, but no one would ever pick up the phone and say, ‘Let’s have dinner next week because I want to go to this party instead,’ ” “But when you say it out loud, you realize how bad it sounds.”
etiquette  culture  shock  culture  society  technology  millennials  generationy 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
Technology Provides an Alternative to Love. - NYTimes.com
Let me toss out the idea that, as our markets discover and respond to what consumers most want, our technology has become extremely adept at creating products that correspond to our fantasy ideal of an erotic relationship, in which the beloved object asks for nothing and gives everything, instantly, and makes us feel all powerful, and doesn’t throw terrible scenes when it’s replaced by an even sexier object and is consigned to a drawer.
To speak more generally, the ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne, is to replace a natural world that’s indifferent to our wishes — a world of hurricanes and hardships and breakable hearts, a world of resistance — with a world so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self.

Let me suggest, finally, that the world of techno-consumerism is therefore troubled by real love, and that it has no choice but to trouble love in turn.
technology  culture  love  society  iphone  advertising  relationships 
may 2011 by asterisk2a

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