I really respect Steve Blank, but that seems a bit extreme. Venture capital is an open market. If there are sufficient returns in long-term investments, some VC will differentiate themselves to do it. However, I do agree that the vast majority of the sheep will not.
The headline for me here is that Facebook’s success has the unintended consequence of leading to the demise of Silicon Valley as a place where investors take big risks on advanced science and tech that helps the world. The golden age of Silicon Valley is over and we’re dancing on its grave.
I was tickled by this. Apparently, the average score of the review of the Nokia is higher than any other phone. Therefore, Wolfram (the power behind Siri) declares it the best phone ever. Game, set and match!
This shows what can happen when the app designers understand the strength and constraints of the platform and leverage the platform’s strengths.
[N]ow Windows Phone users are getting an especially slick and easy way to access all of their professional information on the site.
LinkedIn’s Windows Phone app takes advantage of the platform’s Metro UI and Live Tiles, creating a very different experience from LinkedIn’s other app offerings. You can still access all of the same resources, including updates from your connections, your profile, the latest LinkedIn news, groups you follow and your inbox. But the Windows Phone app offers a couple of extra perks.
The Windows Phone version includes “Jobs” and “Companies” tiles, which are missing entirely from the iOS and Android apps. From the “Jobs” tile, you can browse through suggested jobs, search for jobs, and save specific listings.
I have a Samsung Series 9 laptop and though it’s sleek, it simply doesn’t stand up to a MacBook Air. The PC manufacturers really have to step it up. The weird thing is that, if I’m not mistaken, Samsung manufactures the retina displays for Apple.
It’s always wild seeing rappers come out against homophobia. I’ve got more than my share of songs I can’t really enjoy like I once did.
But it’s good to see, and I can’t even say I live outside of it. I can remember coming out of Baltimore and viewing every interaction with someone who was gay with a kind of smug derision. It’s the closest I’ve come to a kind of deep, unstated pride in ignorance—not so much a violent hostility, but a meanness based almost entirely on not understanding. And frankly not even believing there was anything worth understanding.
When I write with some curiosity about the racist mind, this is really place I’m pulling from. I know how easy it is to believe that people have nothing to contribute, and to hold that belief not out of evidence of their lives, but out of ignorance of them. Still it’s one thing for people to tell you why that’s wrong—and that’s important. But it’s only philosophy. For the facts, I needed real world contact with actual people. I could not simply be told that “diversity is good.” I had to see it.
It was a really nice day in New York yesterday. I took my wife and son out for brunch, then roamed a bit with Kenyatta. We ended up in West Village and I was suddenly struck by how thankful I was to gay America. There is probably a more agile way to say that. But the fact is this. You can’t really do my job, and live where I have lived, and live how I lived and not deal with the LGBT world. I would go so far as to say that if you are a writer with aspiration, homophobia is bad for business.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is the only writer/editor that I specifically pay attention to these days.
This is a brilliant blog post by Erik Larson who digs into advertising on Facebook from an entrepreneurs perspective. He uncovers “booklicants” - profiles that click the “Like” button way too many times. Not sure if they are bots or real profiles - either way, their clicks are useless. Fascinating reading. Thanks to Steven Webster for sending this my way.
The puck is going to be where: “Advertising becomes content; content becomes ads”. That’s because your going to be drawn to content because you want it or like it. Of course, the full quote is “Advertising becomes content; content becomes ads — no one likes anything and everyone makes money, (or maybe not).” That is a bit bleak.
It is clear that football is damaging the players. As a dyed in the wool Washington fan, I simply can’t see giving it up. It’s almost a part of who I am. However, it is also clear that changes are necessary as Megan Greenwell points out. It’s time to tilt the balance towards long-term player safety.
Lincoln was requesting a patent for “The Gazette,” a system to “keep People aware of Others in the Town.” He laid out a plan where every town would have its own Gazette, named after the town itself. He listed the Springfield Gazette as his Visual Appendix, an example of the system he was talking about. Lincoln was proposing that each town build a centrally located collection of documents where “every Man may have his own page, where he might discuss his Family, his Work, and his Various Endeavors.”
He went on to propose that “each Man may decide if he shall make his page Available to the entire Town, or only to those with whom he has established Family or Friendship.” Evidently there was to be someone overseeing this collection of documents, and he would somehow know which pages anyone could look at, and which ones only certain people could see (it wasn’t quite clear in the application). Lincoln stated that these documents could be updated “at any time deemed Fit or Necessary,” so that anyone in town could know what was going on in their friends’ lives “without being Present in Body.”
A patent request for Facebook, filed by Abraham Lincoln in 1845.
I’ve long argued Facebook is working towards natural or timeless (for lack of better words) human interaction. That their central idea is relevant in any age should not be surprising.
(Though it is astounding Lincoln was imagining a nearly identical privacy system.)