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The Growth Trap
[ growing for growth sake! vs growing in a world/area that is not conducive to grow ] When Twitter went public in 2013, its stock soared and its value jumped to $25 billion. Its founders and early investors got rich. But since then, the company has been considered a failure, despite the fact that it boasts 320 million active users, because it's not growing fast enough. Douglas Rushkoff, author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity," talks to Steve Paikin about why he sees the push for more growth as dangerous. // true capitalists (shareholder, crony, greedy) w/o self-regulation or governance extract all the value there is to extract and then leave, dispersing it to the few who already have [...] WE MUST REWRITE THE RULES OF THE GROWTH GAME ITSELF! [...] you want to optimise the economy based on velocity of money (circulation of money), not share price and value extraction [...]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
GoPro Isn’t Doomed Yet. But they must become a software company, fast.
GoPro needed to spend heavily in “video editing automation.”
GoPro needs software in spades, far beyond just something to make editing easier. The company that created the first mass-market visceral experience broadcasting device ought to have a hand in every dimension of the current live revolution, not just be one of its few cameras. That requires software. [...] Most consumers already have all the hardware they need to create video; what they need is software to make this infinity of images comprehensible. As the defensibility of hardware declines, GoPro has an advantage few other makers of software have: fans, tens or even hundreds of millions of them.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Apple, Samsung and Sony face child labour claims - BBC News
Human rights organisation Amnesty has accused Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children. [...] "It is a major paradox of the digital era that some of the world's richest, most innovative companies are able to market incredibly sophisticated devices without being required to show where they source raw materials for their components," said executive director of Afrewatch (Africa Resources Watch) Emmanuel Umpula. "The abuses in mines remain out of sight and out of mind because in today's global marketplace, consumers have no idea about the conditions at the mine, factory and assembly line. We found that traders are buying cobalt without asking questions about how and where it was mined."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Grand Designs - South Yorkshire, 2013 - All 4
Kevin McCloud reveals the designs which have reinvented the suburbs // [the new house] it's energy can start a new context [...] can transform an area. // suburbs have the freedom to design [...] can always revisit and redesign/build new to reflect time and thought // housing is ever more uniform in UK, no supply (no choice) forces demand to accept what is on offer; status quo is one big developer, all houses uniform because its cheaper that way for the developer to build and extract most profit out of contract (lowest bidder symptom), get couple of developers for a plot and you get some difference but still sameness (garden variety) [REFLECTIVE OF SOCIETY AND CAPITALISM AT LARGE, NO INDIVIDUALISM/INDIVIDUALITY. STATUS ANXIETY: JUST ABOUT THE PRICE TAG AND BRAND]. get 100s of developers and you get Progressive new suburb that reflects time, culture, ideas, thought, mood, principles, ... making a place! // << Nasty Party has no guts. No principles. No guiding light. No mark.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Consumed: How We Buy Class in Modern Britain: Amazon.co.uk: Harry Wallop: 9780007457106: Books
[ abuse of human condition, evolution ] he argues that our social standing in today's society is no longer determined by the accent you speak with, the school you attended, or your parents. Rather, it is determined by the food we eat, our choice of holiday destination, the clothes we wear, the size of the TV we sit in front of, and whether you use a plug-in air freshener or a smelly candle. // &! Enough: Breaking Free from the World of Excess Paperback (2009) by John Naish // &! No Logo by Naomi Klein //&! The Tyranny of Choice - Renata Salecl //&! The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less - Barry Schwartz //&! The Art Of Choosing: The Decisions We Make Everyday of our Lives, What They Say About Us and How We Can Improve Them - Sheena Iyengar // &! Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Greg McKeown) // &! September 2015 Wish list // &! essentialism, simplicity, minimalism, minimalismus, and tim ferriss >> decision fatigue
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
What I Learned This Week About Tim Cook’s Apple | Re/code
[ always along the motto: extension of you, part of you. The new Apple under Jobs was NOT an overnight success! It build on its differentiation, strong base, a cult, a Tribe, 1000 True Fans, and build on it stride by stride. Most capitalistic company out of SV, no counter-culture out of largest corp on world. & can pull of iAd coup because it has monopsony! & Duopoly w Android. ] Many people love Apple, others despise it. But, even without Jobs, it cannot be ignored. There simply is no other company that combines such a high-quality hardware line with such well-regarded software platforms. A faltering Samsung has the former, but not the latter. A strong and admirable Google has the latter, but not the former. If you didn’t believe that before, this week’s event made it crystal clear, with once-bitter rivals like Microsoft and Adobe showing up onstage to boast about how well their products worked with new Apple hardware and software. [ sw & hw iteration = leverage comp advantage ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Why has Apple broken its vow of silence? - BBC News
re-pricing // would Steve Jobs have done thing?! Not back then. But this time is different. This time, Apples future growth is in China, India, emerging market, emerging middle class of the developing world with western aspirations - consumption (type patter, meat and fancy electronics with a recognisable brand behind it (so ppl can put you into the category of 'made it' - status anxiety)., not in the western world with new products. And I think he took this as an opportunity to transmit that and his confidence into the future for apple - through those lines, 'sent to a worrying investor.' Apple is one of the richest, most valuable things America got. America (Apple) has confidence into the future to sell to the emerging middle class. As much as warren buffet believes in the industrial future strength, re-emergence, to make products affordable/competitively through cheap energy that USA has access now. // &! bit.ly/1JjFsXx talking abt Apples exposure 2 China & Co. Reliant on.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Watch: Are Jony Ive's Fingerprints All Over It? - YouTube
... away from all Android manufacturers & Co. not just a laptop or phone or smart watch. 2 steps always ahead. it being pretty. it branding it. it talking about it in a special way. it making it an aspirational product. charging for it at the top echelons of electronics. /// and the hires prove that that this is the way forward. period. /// +++ with the up-scale versions, luxury versions and the individuality of the apple watch, apple created a new product category. not just a smart watch from apple (a mini iphone). NO! a complete new product/product category with it's entry model and the limit is only the sky ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWvYBgmOaAE +++ http://recode.net/2014/09/09/its-tim-cooks-apple-now/
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Android Kills Apple In Key European Markets - Business Insider
Apple controls 1/3 of the U.S. smartphone market, but @Android dominates in Europe; Apple doesn't break the 30% mark in Germany (Android 81%, iOS 11%), the U.K. (Android 61%, iOS 29%, Windows Phone 10%), France (Android 71%, iOS 15%, Windows Phone 11%), Italy (Android 76%, iOS 12%, Windows Phone 10%), or Spain (Android 84%, Windows Phone 8%, iOS 7%) >> +++ Reason - Apple is targeting the aspirational product segment with price and marketing; 84.6% of Apple's mobile devices are 'high end' & cost more than $400; 15.4% are considered 'mid range' & cost $200-$400; there are no 'low end' Apple devices that cost less than $200; 58.66% of @Android phones are less than $200, & 61.4% of @windowsphone devices are less than $200 - http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-how-apples-smartphone-strategy-is-different-than-everyone-elses-2014-8
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august 2014 by asterisk2a

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