Just when you thought the end of malls couldn't get any worse...
“By taking all the standard business activity in a city — shopping for clothes and household products, getting a haircut, etc. — and moving them to the edge of town in areas built for and only accessible by car, we have robbed our communities of wealth.”
9 days ago
A focused family business
2007 LA Times article about SmugMug.
11 days ago
How startups die from their addiction to paid marketing
“Addiction to paid marketing can get you into a local maximum. It’s much harder to fix the underlying issues – creating real moats, product differentiation, doing deeper adtech integrations. Easier to just spend more and push the LTV window from 9 months to 12 to 18.”
marketing  tech 
12 days ago
How Steph Curry ignites the Golden State Warriors
“It was a revelation that came early in Kerr's first season as Warriors coach. And so mere months into his tenure in Oakland, Kerr decided the dream culture he desired would embody the star player at the very center of it. They would strive to make one of Curry's defining traits their cornerstone.”
sports  basketball 
16 days ago
It’s the iPhones Isn’t It?
“It’s not the iPhones, it’s the mode of production that called them into being.”
tech  balance 
21 days ago
Why Do Americans Stay When Their Town Has No Future?
“The American dream is kind of to stay close to your family, do well, and let your kids grow up around your parents,” he says. It was a striking comment: Not that long ago, the American dream more often meant something quite different, about achieving mobility—about moving up, even if that meant moving out.
towns  energy  via:popular 
22 days ago
Preparing Organizations to Become Design-Infused
“Knowing that, somewhere along the way, the influencers will render a decision that affects the user experience, the team needs to prepare those influencers to make that decision in the best way to create a great experience.”
22 days ago
Maker vs. Manager: How Your Schedule Can Make or Break You
“What we can learn from reading about the schedules of people we admire is not what time to set our alarms or how many cups of coffee to drink, but that different types of work require different types of schedules.”
22 days ago
The Generalized Specialist: How Shakespeare, Da Vinci, and Kepler Excelled
“Specialize most of the time, but spend time understanding the broader ideas of the world.”
22 days ago
Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous
“declinists confuse the growing pains of change with signs of the end of entire systems. Declinism misses the possibility that behind the downsizing old ways there might be new ones poking through.”
22 days ago
I quit my iPhone for a basic Nokia and it was hard but worth it
“But I knew it wasn’t my iPhone I wanted. It was noise I wanted. Distractions from silence and distractions from my own self.”
distraction  balance 
22 days ago
How To Build Your Own Index of Notes and Ideas When Reading Books
Shawn Blanc’s tips for building alternate indexes and keeping track of what you read.
22 days ago
Divine Discontent: Disruption’s Antidote
“What is amazing today is table stakes tomorrow, and, perhaps surprisingly, that makes for a tremendous business opportunity: if your company is predicated on delivering the best possible experience for consumers, then your company will never achieve its goal.”
Amazon  Apple  tech 
22 days ago
The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism
The fourteen precepts from Thich Nhat Hanh’s order of Buddhism, which originated in the 1960s.
balance  buddhism  mindfulness 
22 days ago
Curtis McHale’s resources
A set of quotes, book recommendations, and more from Curtis McHale.
resources  from instapaper
8 weeks ago
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