Look at the bigger picture!– Great advice to us all from Francis Underwood in House of Cards. A good read from Reed Hastings in this Open Letter.
The iPod era is reminiscent of MTV in the ’80s and early ’90s — what initially...– Ten Years in the Digital Ether Was iTunes just a stopgap in the music-consumption revolution? The best article I’ve ever read about consumer thinking toward music moving forward. This paragraph above was hard to read as as ’80s child weaned on MTV, but it’s completely true. We ain’t seen nothing...
The market will ultimately decide which apps rise or fall, and we have an...– NY Times today: Judge Allows Phone Apps for Hailing Yellow Taxis
Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.” —Mike Tyson– Of the most true quotes, this is simply the best.
Communication, in the age of mobile dominance, has become snack-size. And...– From: Perfect Strangers: The Generosities and the Pitfalls of Virtual Communities by Caterina Fake.
We need to be angry and empathize with the victims without being scared. Our...– The Boston Marathon Bombing: Keep Calm and Carry On - Bruce Schneier - The Atlantic Inspired by this. And I’m gonna run the fucking boston marathon next year. (via bijan)
Brands...customer perception personified
Few things are more commercially powerful than your customers seeing themselves in your brand, connecting with your product value, at scale, across the marketplace. Concepts, like brand and community, are big aspirational ideas with tangible applications. Not every company will build a community of substance, but success without brand connection with your customers, outside of a pure commodity...
Building things that are different, inventing the future and creating a real...– Om Malik (via joshuanguyen)
I’m a believer that the market is always right. This doesn’t mean that the market knows what it wants, nor that you don’t have to sell smart and hard, and often take huge, gut-directed leaps of faith to nudge it in your direction. But it is the only proof that matters. It’s the playground where it all happens. I’m a believer that marketers, at their best, are the practitioners of market...
Value needs to be sold... →
The web makes starting things easy. It also makes us a bit lazy and smugly entitled. We throw up a blog. Set up a store and sell something. Imagine a market or merchant need, and thread connections in a new way with an eye towards relayering peoples wants and needs. It’s easy and inexpensive to get started on the web. Technology is our ally here. Human nature, however, is not, and the web is...
Blog post on the changing wine biz: "Taking it to... →
This blog post is as close to my heart as it can... →
Tall Guy From Maine: Five things worth considering... →
mattlauzon: Even though it’s easy to complain about fundraising being a pain in the ass the reality is that it’s part of your job. So…here are a few questions I’ve asked myself that might be worth considering… Am I OK with these terms spilling over in to every future round I do? Does this capital, at…