With Weinstein turning himself in, remind yourself of the still unpunished horror show that is R. Kelly. Jim DeRogatis was on the NYT’s Popcast this week talking about his long running coverage of the allegations against R. Kelly. If you haven’t already, see his Buzzfeed work in particular. It is shocking. Beyond the story itself … Continue reading Saturday Catch-up: Weinstein, R. Kelly, and Art vs. Artists
W. Brian Arthur told the a16z podcast that you always need to look for the principles AND the components. Principles are the guiding insights, but components are the technologies, or whatever thing organizes those principles into a functional product. The way pixels work (principles) allows for a TV to give you that HD picture (components). … Continue reading Principles and Components
A friend of mine recently switched jobs within the same company (sort of a non-linear promotion to a more prominent role in a totally different division). In his new job, where he’s a little youngish looking for the responsibility, he still regularly runs into people who only new him in his old capacity. Anybody who … Continue reading Getting Promoted, Remembering Emerson
Think about a product or service you offer. Imagine a table with two boxes on it. One is a pizza box, the other is Tiffany’s box. Both boxes are desirable, but for different reasons. Which box does your product or service belong in? Are you competing on price or perceived value? Are competing on impulse … Continue reading Pizza Box / Tiffany’s Box?
Simon Sinek, in his TED Talk, “How great leaders inspire action,” tells us that part of the reason Dr. Martin Luther King is still remembered today is because he gave the “I have a dream” speech, and not the “I have a plan” speech. While there is a time and place for plans, they tend … Continue reading How to Give a Royal Wedding Sermon
By now you’ve most likely picked sides. Like the infamous colored dress meme of a few years ago, now we have the audio equivalent in “Laurel or Yanny?” Which team are you on? Much like the dress, people are shocked that others don’t hear it their way. Most people apparently can’t hear the clip the … Continue reading Laurel or Yanny or Daisy?
They named it "Suzanne," but maybe "Alexa" would have been more prescient. To this day, I can't walk into a mall without wanting to state, "I love the smell of commerce in the morning," or leave that same mall without hearing this song. Good job Kevin Smith. I won't get all sentimental about Weezer unless … Continue reading Sunday Music: Music for Leaving the Mall
W. Brian Arthur was recently on the a16z podcast talking technology and economics. If you're not familiar with him or his work, hearing him talk to Sonal Chokshi and Mark Andreesen isn't exactly a bad place to start. Arthur explains for any technology to work, you'll need both the principles and the components. Innovators are … Continue reading Saturday Catch-Up: Network Effects
I cheated on Amazon and went to the mall the other night. I ended up running into an old friend and colleague that I haven’t seen in years. “Are you still doing x?” “Are you still doing y?” “No,” and “no.” At one point in time, we both played different characters, we both had specific … Continue reading The Dog is Immortal
There are three “x-factors” we can use to win at anything if we’re just willing to put in the right kind of effort. We can: 1. Work harder, 2. Think harder, or 3. Be more patient than / outlast the competition. Most likely we’ll need some combination of the three, but there’s an even greater … Continue reading What’s Your Edge?