infovore + startups   5

James Somers – Web developer money
"A lot of the stuff going on just isn’t very ambitious. ‘The thing about the advertising model is that it gets people thinking small, lean,’ wrote Alexis Madrigal in an essay about start-ups in The Atlantic last year. ‘Get four college kids in a room, fuel them with pizza, and see what thing they can crank out that their friends might like. Yay! Great! But you know what? They keep tossing out products that look pretty much like what you’d get if you took a homogenous group of young guys in any other endeavour: Cheap, fun, and about as worldchanging as creating a new variation on beer pong.’" Still thinking on this article a bit. It touches on lots of things I have issues with - the startup scene, and in particular the US startup scene, and the usefulness of what it makes; wrestling with the idea that making IS value, something I do a lot; having watched recent Bret Victor videos, what something meaningful would work like. But also: it reminds me why I've chosen some of the work I have recently, that values are something you reassess and fight for, that value isn't just curing cancer or better pill bottles, but also charm and joy and wit and provocation and art. (It's probably not another niche dating service).
employment  culture  programming  writing  startups  values 
june 2013 by infovore
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: We’re the Uber of Organ Transplants.
"Thanks to deep integration with Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, our users can frictionlessly share their new organs with the world." In case you had forgotten, Mike Lacher is Very Good At The Internet.
startups  satire  mikelacher  mcsweenys 
may 2013 by infovore
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The Start-Up Ride Stops Here.
"All Macs will be replaced with PCs, because this is a business, not a summer camp. If Russell Crowe can play Javert, you can use MS Expression to mock up your wireframes."
startups  mcsweenys  writing  tumblr  tech  satire 
may 2013 by infovore
What Your Culture Really Says - Pretty Little State Machine
"Culture is about power dynamics, unspoken priorities and beliefs, mythologies, conflicts, enforcement of social norms, creation of in/out groups and distribution of wealth and control inside companies. Culture is usually ugly. It is as much about the inevitable brokenness and dysfunction of teams as it is about their accomplishments. Culture is exceedingly difficult to talk about honestly. The critique of startup culture that came in large part from the agile movement has been replaced by sanitized, pompous, dishonest slogans." This is all very good.
work  culture  startups 
february 2013 by infovore
Leapfroglog - Jane Jacobs and London’s Old Street area
"Perhaps the Shoreditch startups are more effective than their Dutch counterparts not just because they do more with less... but because they are in London. A city at a different scale than Amsterdam or for that matter the greater Amsterdam area, the Randstad as we call it around these parts. A city with a more diverse ecosystem of services and things, smaller services, more specialised services, ready to be employed by companies like BERG and RIG and Tinker, enhancing their abilities when needed."
cities  startups  karsalfrink  london  berg  culture 
december 2009 by infovore

Copy this bookmark:



description:


tags: