Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
"Lately, I’ve been less focused on the global markets because I’m so focused on Mongolia. However, it’s hard to ignore what’s going on in Europe as it affects all of us. Let me put it bluntly, they have about a week to figure this out, or they’re going back into the Dark Ages. They really have three choices; let the banks fail and destroy their currency, print massively and destroy their currency or find a leprechaun that can conjure up a better solution. I don’t see how this can go on much longer. Unfortunately, the Europeans seem to still favor the leprechaun approach. That didn’t work for Ireland, and they’re the country of leprechauns. Does Germany have a chance?"
Sunday, November 27, 2011
- What I Learned Building the Apple Store - Ron Johnson - Harvard Business Review - Great post on retail.
- On a rainy Sunday morning, I sent Lisa off to get... | The Youngest Bain EVER! - Cute video of my buddy and his little boy.
- Bezos Gone Wild! Amazon Selling Every Non-iPhone Smartphone for One Penny - Amazon taking aim at Apple, and making a little cash from the Mobile Operators in the process. No doubt they are getting a cut of the consumer/phone subscription revenue.
- Amazon will take over Android app distribution - seems like Amazon has a real shot here.
- Anxious Revolution - Kedrosky - interesting glimpse into America's psyche.
- When Google comes calling... - terrific advice from Seth Godin
- FT Alphaville » Randomness and the lost lesson of Bill Miller - He beat the S&P 500 stock index 15 years in a row and was a living legend. Interesting way to think about probability as the article explores the odds that someone should have beat the index 15 years in a row.
- Octopus Crawls Out of Water and Begins Walking on Land [Video] : TreeHugger - pretty neat. Can't you imagine our ancestors crawling out of the water hundreds of thousands of years ago?
- Who owes what to whom in Europe - Flowing Data
- The newsonomics of Amazon’s Prime moves » Nieman Journalism Lab - Amazon Prime is one of the reasons I spent hundreds of dollars on Black Friday at Amazon. Brilliant business move. Amazon is a fixed cost business and is all about pushing volume. Prime helps that immensely.
- The genesis of Virgin Atlantic - Great story.
- The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Pornographer - Lisanti is the best.
- Walmart’s Healthcare Opportunity - Wal-Mart could make amazing things happen to healthcare in U.S.
- Red Solo Cup: How Solo’s disposable drink vessel became an American party staple. - Slate Magazine - I always wondered why red, plastic cups were the container of choice at frat parties.
- The Last Time I Saw Steve Jobs - Great little story.
- Safety First | Mystical Photography by Frederic Larson - breathtaking photo of the bridge
- Polaris behind Trees - beautiful photo
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
"I'm thankful for everyone involved with Ben's Friends Patient Support Networks (www.bensfriends.org) - the 90 volunteer moderators, the 100+ donors, and the patients that make all 29 networks a magical place. The chart shows we are breaking new traffic. Thanks!"
"Happy thanksgiving!I haven't told you lately, but I really really really appreciate you!You have added so much beauty and order and wonder to my life through though the good work you do; even though we don't talk personally very often, I know you are behind the scenes to make sure our experience at Life with Lupus stays beautiful.Thank you."
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
On the subject below, I agree with Louis CK on how amazing woman entrepreneurs are. I'm surrounded by so many of them. They have their own approach and that is what makes them special.
The next Steve Jobs will totally be a chick, because girls are No. 2 — and No. 2 always wins in America. Apple was a No. 2 company for years, and Apple embodies a lot of what have been defined as feminine traits: an emphasis on intuitive design, intellect, a strong sense of creativity, and that striving to always make the greatest version of something. Traditionally, men are more like Microsoft, where they’ll just make a fake version of what that chick made, then beat the shit out of her and try to intimidate everybody into using their product.
Monday, November 21, 2011
"In 1997, I got a credit card merchant account to sell my own CD at live shows. It cost $1000 in set-up fees and took three months of red-tape paperwork. Then I built a little online shopping cart, which also took months of work, just to sell my own CD. Musician friends asked if they could use mine instead of having to go through all of that work, so I said OK. At first, I did this for free, as a favor, until it was taking up all of my time. Because it took me 45 minutes of work to digitize, stock, set up a new album in my system, I charged $35 per new album. Because it took 10 minutes of work to pick, pack, and ship a purchased CD, I charged $4 per CD sold. Over the next 12 years, this made me about $20 million."
Sunday, November 20, 2011
- Siri Argument by College Humor - Amazing
- A History of the Sky - Kottke.org - Watched this last night. Mesmerizing and it's from one of my favorite places in SF.
- My New Nest Thermostat - Blogging Barretts - my buddy wrote a great review of the Nest. I've been waiting to see how my friends like it and it looks like a big yes.
- All Hail the Freshman - Grantland - An article on Rookies in the NFL, but it seems like everywhere you look, young people are doing terrific things.
- Tournament of Muppets - They're the best
- This 28 Year Old is Making Sure Credit Crards Won't Exist in the Future - Huge trend here and lot's of people going after it. Everywhere I go it seems I'm paying through an iPad POS systems and soon my iphone will be my credit card. Will I still get miles?
- Designing a Product is... - via Signals vs. Noise - great quote from the Steve Jobs book.
- Understanding the Emotion of Loss - Kellogg School of Management - People hate losing things, I mean really hate it. The pain of losing greatly outweighs winning and this is what keeps most people on the sidelines. If you know this is your (everyone's) natural tendency, then it's a lot easier to overcome.
- When Minimum Viable Product Doesn't Work - Seth's Blog - MVP is one of the cornerstones of a new wave of product development, and it's incredibly valuable. But sometimes it doesn't work and Seth points out exactly why.
- Togrog - Adventures in Capitalism - Mongolia is an interesting investment opportunity. Incredibly risky, but a fascinating emerging market because of its resources and proximity to China.
- Drinkify - genius idea. You type in the song you are listening to, and it recommends the appropriate drink.
- How Does Sony Make Money? Insurance - another sign that the financial services industry has become too big.
- Grass Walkers - Daily Dose of Imagery - Cool
Saturday, November 19, 2011
"From Siri's acceptance or rejection of our commands or requests, comes a feedback loop that trains us to constrain our thoughts to the crucial data.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
"The quest for technical best is a form of hiding. You can hide from the marketplace because you're still practicing your technique. And you can hide from the hard work of real art and real connection because you decide that success lies in being the best technically, at getting a 99 instead of a 98 on an exam.
What we can become the best at is being an idiosyncratic exception to the standard. Joshua Bell is often mentioned (when violinists are mentioned at all) not because he is technically better than every other violinst, but because of his charisma and willingness to cross categories. He's the best in the world at being Josh Bell, not the best in the world at playing the violin."
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
"Life is so much easier when we don’t know how the sausage gets made. If we know too much about something gross that we’re eating, we feel forced to do something about it, like not eat it."
Willy Staley over at “The Awl, “Be Less Stupid” just made a nifty little chart to show us that McDonald’s not-so-coincidentally introduces the McRib when pork prices are low. The lines below are the periods that McDonald’s reintroduced the McRib, the blue line is the price of hogs in America over the last 10 years.
Low pork prices = higher profit for McDonald’s. Check out his article, here, when you have a second, it’s really interesting. But it gets better.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Seth's Blog: How to get a job with a small company:"Most advice about job seeking is oriented around big companies. The notion of a standard resume, of mass mailings, of dealing with the HR department--even the idea of interviews--is all built around the Fortune 500.
Alas, the Fortune 500 has been responsible for a net loss in jobs over the last twenty years. All the growth (and your best chance to get hired) is from companies you’ve probably never heard of. And when the hirer is also the owner, the rules are very different."
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Hope you enjoy the links.
- Dam Breached, Reservoir Drained - Don't mess with mother nature and gravity.
- Computer Science Majors By Year - I wonder why this chart isn't up and to the right. The country has a massive unemployment problem but you cannot hire a developer in Silicon Valley right now. The market for computer science majors has never been tighter.
- Birth of Europe: Full Circle - pretty funny
- 2Houses - Software so divorced families can manage the little things. This would have made my life a lot easier when I was a kid.
- How to Find Cups at Someone's House - So true
- What Good Interview Questions are Trying to Discover - this posts benefits people who are interviewing to fill jobs just as much as those interviewing for jobs. If you are asking people interview questions that don't give you this insight, you should re-evaluate.
- Favorite Pitches from TechStars Seattle - I went to this tech incubator event on Thursday. I had a blast and met a lot of great people. So much energy in the room.
- Day Care Sick Day Incentives - I love thinking about little incentive programs like the one Alex outlined. My favorite example is the b-school case study where a day care center was tired of parents picking up their kids late, so they instituted a $10 fee for being late. After the fee was instituted, late pickups doubled or tripled. All that had been keeping late pickups to a minimum was the sense of guilt parents felt about being late. Once there was a fee associated with it, being late became a transaction and acceptable to the parents.
- Another 100 Day Event - Kedrosky - Italy is getting scary.
- Boxer Briefs - informative article on men's underwear. :)
- Nap in Such a Way That Your Cheerios Are Safe - very cute, and true.
- Road & Trees - I always like to end with a picture.
Friday, November 4, 2011
The National - Sin-Eaters - I'm already getting excited for their concert in SF in early December.
M. Ward - Carolina - He's the best. I like everything he puts out.
Lonely Boys - Black Keys - Rock music.
The War on Drugs - Come to the City - Been listening to these guys like crazy since Hamilton & Kenna turned me onto them.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
"Renting--rent hasn't changed in the 3.5 yrs we've been here...the house buying money is all asian cash (obviously), the rest of the economy is fine, relatively flat, and mostly based on tourism and commodities (mining, electricity). The biggest implications of all of this in my eyes is what it is doing to the community...you walk around at night and only a third of the houses have residents in them and lights on. No one who lives in those houses are contributing income or sales taxes to canada so what's going to happen to social services over time? An interesting social experiment that I would rather not be surrounded by.
I've actually been thinking about it a bit more and was thinking about what it will do to all the local businesses in addition to the social services. How does a neighborhood restaurant and market stay in business when there's 50% occupancy around (even with 100% ownership)? I feel OK about our business b/c it draws people from reasonable distances, but small companies that rely on short-distance "locals" are going to have their number of potential customers cut in half. It's all kind of fine now that it's a new thing and all these problems are offset by rising property prices...but time will take it's toll on the businesses at this rate and the problem will compound when and if property prices start dropping to boot."
Colbert Super PAC - Occupy Wall Street Co-Optportunity - Stephen On Location - The Colbert Report - 2011-31-10 - Video Clip | Comedy Central
This is quite possible the funniest thing I've seen on TV in years. Colbert was amazing in this. Everything about this is genius.