At Northeastern University in Boston, network physicists discovered just how...– - Robert Lee Hotz, The Really Smart Phone There is order in our randomness, it seems. (via stoweboyd) Geography at work.
gamification is the high fructose corn syrup of engagement.– The purpose of gamification - O’Reilly Radar Kathy Sierra comment (via chetgulland) Great quote. (via dpstyles)
Design has given us the credibility we need to overcome the downsides of being...– Jason Putorti • How Mint.com Won (via rahmin)
Visa Makes A Strategic Investment In Disruptive... →
david-noel: vruz: —via joshuanguyen: I think this is huge for small businesses to feel comfortable with Square. vruz: hope they don’t get to influence the direction of Square much. Smart move, agree with both Josh’s and vruz’s comments. really curious about the behind the scenes on this one. also interested to see if MasterCard does a deal with anyone connected to mobile (esp given...
For the first couple of days of the tour, the towns we were playing were in...– DMC on the reaction of fans to their opening act, the Beastie Boys. Whether your customers are club kids at a concert or cubicle cowboys at a big company, real recognizes real. Either you understand the problems they want solved or you don’t. Either they relate to and get value from the services...
Social Media & Entrepreneurship: The advice that... →
mikedibenedetto: A few weeks ago, Barry Silbert from SecondMarket gave a talk to InSITE, the graduate student entrepreneurial fellowship. He told countless stories and relayed some great pieces of advice that he has been given over the years. One in particular stood out because it…
@ryangraves on Applying to a Startup →
Understand what’s not important Understand the role Contact the company in a direct & productive way
Facebook Monetization Thoughts →
Long read but well worth it.
Continuations: Looking for Input On Retail Trends →
Like Albert’s post and there are some great ideas in the comments too; here were my two cents: increased sensitivity to the story around a product/how it was purchased (witness the success of Tom’s shoes) subscription models for commerce being tested in new ways (everything from Amazon Prime subscription for certain perks to Birchbox/Foodzie/ShoeDazzle testing new ways to connect...
Advertising-backed web services must get large numbers of users and collect as...– Marco important distinction between users vs. customers of consumer facing web services. (via brycedotvc)
Hiring as a Conversation →
You may have already seen that First Round is hiring an associate in San Francisco. What’s really cool to me, though, is how they are doing it. If you click through to the post about the hire, and then to the questions they’re asking of applicants, it feels more like a conversation than a hiring process. No long list of requirements. Just, “tell us who you are” in the...
bryc3: in a city full of freaks, nothing turns heads in san francisco quite like a family with 5 kids. Not sure about SF but have always found this. When my family travels together (all 7 of us, plus sometimes the three dogs), we get a lot of incredulous stares. Of course, in middle school I dealt with it in the very mature way of pretending I was traveling alone…
A great experience requires vision. It could require rock solid engineering. It...– D. Keith Robinson (via putorti) This is really interesting. Dropbox desktop client is very focused on edge cases and simplicity over, say, hustle. For example, the client never really sends any marketing messages to you. I find it interesting how that approach bleeds into the web an mobile...
Shopping as a Story
I’ve seen a slew of e-commerce related posts in the past week or so (my favorites are below). One thing I think is missing from them in a comprehensive way is the impact of (or even the consideration of) how shopping is a means for people to tell stories about themselves. For me what’s missing a bit from these posts is thinking about the experience of shopping - the Gotham Gal...
Practically every week some magazine runs a story about how email, cell phones,...– Michael Chorost, World Wide Mind (via stoweboyd)
Joining a particular startup is risky; joining startups is much less so.– Great piece from Christina on the risks (real and imagined) generally associated with working at startups. (via arainert)
As with many innovations, we stumbled upon this idea. […] As we sat around the...– can’t wait to see this idea worked into svpply, and completely agree with this being a revolutionary aspect of web 3.0 news.me | THINK / Musings - - - Stepping into the feeds of other people as the primary means of navigation and discovery is brilliant. I haven’t stopped thinking about it...
If you must say yes, say it with an open heart. If you must say no, say it...– Paulo Coehlo
Let me tell you something. I spent a year and a half getting health care passed....– Barack Obama (via soupsoup)
The Role of Decisiveness in Achieving Results →
Every day I’m more convinced that indecisiveness is actively harmful not only to organizations but to individuals.
WalMart Gets Social →
I suspect WalMart will surprise us by being savvier about social than Google. Anyone want to take the other side of that bet?
Mediocrity sucks more than failure…Failure lets you move on, mediocrity...– From the blog OnStartups
Avoid basing your decisions on waiting for the right set of circumstances, they...– Nick Baily (via @Quora)
I want my son to know that people screw up, that nobody is perfect, that you can...– Bill Simmons (via davenelson)
An amazing friend of mine earlier this week called me out on some sunk costs I keep throwing “money” after. Today, because of the rain and because it’d been hanging over me for a while, I started cleaning out my apartment. The every drawer, every closet kind of cleaning. Getting rid of old clothing t really drove home for me how expensive sunk costs can be — I stressed...
What’s incredible is that lots of things pose largely a subjective downside but...– Love this post. —- Nice short post on how we tend to approach (perceived) risk. Recently I’ve spent some time thinking about something loosely-related to this - the origin of confidence. Now I’m obviously not trying to speak for everyone but at least for me, when I was younger I had...
Why We Need Storytellers at the Heart of Product... →
betashop: Far too often, teams focus on execution before defining the product opportunity and unique value proposition. The result is a familiar set of symptoms including scope creep, missed deadlines, overspent budgets, frustrated teams and, ultimately, confused users. The root cause of these symptoms is the fact that execution focuses on the how and what of a product. But in a world where...
bijan sabet: Solving real problems →
bijan: For as long as I’ve been working in or with consumer related startups, i often hear folks that don’t embrace this line of work say things like “that company is interesting but I want to work/invest in a company solving a real problem” I gotta come clean: I think that attitude is bullshit. There…
When Gertrude Janeway died in 2003, she was still getting a monthly cheque for...– A pension promise can be easy to make but expensive to keep. Our special report explains why governments are in such hot water. (via theeconomist)
Caterpillar Cowboy: Building Something That Lasts →
Great post on building companies (and cultures) that last. And of course, I’m partial to the call-out of GS’ business principles — one of the reasons I stayed there for so long was because of its culture. One point of particular interest given this article below — GS is intensely focused on the long-term. If this post is interesting to you, I highly recommend the book...
What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work...– Mark Twain (via @quora user Peter Baskerville)
BRYCE DOT VC: Opportunity in Rejection →
brycedotvc: Over my break last week I decided to crack the spine on a book that I’ve been meaning to read for some time now- Jay Z’s DECODED. Even though my own history with hip hop ended just before he came on the scene (post ‘93 hip hop lost a lot of appeal to me) I’ve long admired his story which can be…
MBA Internship Opportunity At @Yipit →
Why T-Shirts Matter (cc @dens) →
Word on the street is that the chance of 4 foursquare employees wearing the same 4sq t-shirt on one day = 100%.
What Lucky People Do Different →
The money quote: “Unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner, and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through the newspaper determined to find certain job advertisements and, as a result, miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and...