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The Collapse of Complex Business Models « Clay Shirky
Early on, the marginal value of this complexity is positive—each additional bit of complexity more than pays for itself in improved output—but over time, the law of diminishing returns reduces the marginal value, until it disappears completely. At this point, any additional complexity is pure cost.
clayshirky  economics  complexity  innovation 
april 2010 by rowansimpson
Smart People should do Stupid Stuff - david wurtz
"Although I endorse those who attempt to spend their time defying gravity (the world needs these people), I simply think students simply forget that the real world is not graded by professors with untamed beards. Students are largely unaware that they could realize just as much success, or perhaps even more success, if they point their incisive intellect at simpler, "stupider" problems. So why don't they? Because these problems are typically unsexy, considered to lack academic rigor. "
advice  business  innovation 
december 2009 by rowansimpson
Seth's Blog: Teaching the market a lesson
"Quiet, passive-aggressive whining in the corner is both annoying and ineffective."
marketing  innovation  sethgodin 
november 2009 by rowansimpson
Wired Disruptive Business Conference
I recommend the interviews with Jeff Bezos and Shai Agassi especially.
business  video  economics  innovation  jeffbezos  shaiagassi 
june 2009 by rowansimpson
Rands In Repose: The Makers of Things
"In the late 1800s, the Brooklyn Bridge was built with no power tools, no heavy machinery, and only a basic, evolving understanding of how to make steel..."
history  design  innovation  inspiration  optimism  newyork  engineering 
march 2009 by rowansimpson
Change Happens - O'Reilly Radar
"The future isn't going to be like the past. What's more, it isn't going to be like any future we imagine. How wonderful that is, if only we are prepared to accept it. "
history  economy  innovation  future  change 
february 2009 by rowansimpson
Bike Central
Securely leave your bike, have a shower and store the rest of your gear in your own locker.
cycling  innovation  newzealand 
july 2008 by rowansimpson
The Customer is the Company -- Threadless -- User Innovation
Threadless churns out dozens of new--with no advertising, no professional designers, no sales force and no retial distribution. And it's never produced a flop.
business  innovation 
may 2008 by rowansimpson
Annals of Innovation: In the Air: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
"The original expectation was that [Intellectual Ventures] would file a hundred patents a year. Currently, it’s filing five hundred a year."
idea  business  innovation  science  creativity 
may 2008 by rowansimpson

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