Essays

  • Uber Does Not Equal The Valley

    … most of the attention, because they confirm an easy bias that all of tech is off the rails, and deserves to be taken down a notch. Such is the case with this piece in Time — painting all of Uber’s failures broadly as the Valley’s failures. And to a point, the piece is correct — but only to a point. While the entire Valley (and let’s face…

    John Battelle's Search Blog- 20 readers -
  • Is Humanity Obsolete?

    … image Upon finishing Yuval Harari’s Homo Deus, I found an unwelcome kink in my otherwise comfortably adjusted frame of reference. It brought with it the slight nausea of a hangover, a lingering whiff of jet exhaust from a hard night, possibly involving rough psychedelics. I’m usually content with my (admittedly incomplete) understanding…

    John Battelle's Search Blog- 15 readers -
  • Dear Facebook…Please Give Me Agency Over The Feed

    … good at engaging with this page, and I feel shitty whenever I visit, mainly because I don’t like being bad at media. But, if you want to follow what I’m up to — mostly stuff I write or stuff we post on NewCo Shift, well, it’s probably a pretty decent way to do that. However, on my personal page, I’m utterly hopeless. Except for the very occasional…

    John Battelle's Search Blogin Social Facebook- 17 readers -
  • Please, Let’s Not Go There Again

    … Here’s a top-of-my-head rundown of all the shit going down that promises to take us forty years back, to a time when, well…you decide what kind of time it was. Women had to fight for basic rights. Anyone remember “women’s lib”? That movement found its voice in the 70s, and made steady if punctuated progress for forty years. Now Trump’s…

    John Battelle's Search Blog- 12 readers -
  • Pick Up the Phone and Call.

    … (cross posted from NewCo Shift) People in business who like to Get Shit Done fall in love with each version of The New. When I was a kid, new was the the Apple II. Then the IBM PC, digital phones and voice mail, the Mac — oh God, the Mac! — word processing, email, the cell phone, the Internet — mmmmm, the Internet! — and then the iPhone — oh…

    John Battelle's Search Blog- 20 readers -
  • Bad Policy Makes Us Sick. Business Must Lead Us Back.

    … in what is increasingly feeling like a gravely ill society. Our maddening melange of libertarian individualism, technological (and medical) savior-ism, American exceptionalism, and steroidal capitalism has delivered us a health care horror show — one with an endless appetite for cheap food, expensive medicine, and hollow self-delusion. It strikes me…

    John Battelle's Search Blog- 16 readers -
  • Transparency vs. Infotainment

    … In the world of startups, few topics have garnered as much buzz as transparency—the act of sharing previously private company information with the inquisitive public. You can now find dozens if not hundreds of companies sharing, well, nearly everything. It’s an exciting development. After all, does anyone want more secrecy from the businesses…

    Gregory Ciotti/ Sparring Mind- 20 readers -
  • Written First On Medium. Discuss.

    … Image Credit Arch Cape Inn So I had a thought about the state of the publishing world, specifically that part of it that we’d call blogging(1). And it struck me. Why haven’t we made our own Medium? No, wait, that doesn’t quite sound right. Medium is awesome, and in fact I am writing this post in (on?!) Medium. Historical note: This may well…

    John Battelle's Search Blogin Social Blogging- 17 readers -
  • 50 Must-Read Psychology Books

    … Reading is the supreme “lifehack” — distilled knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in just a few hours. And the more you know about social psychology and human behavior, the better. At Help Scout we have learning stipend (here’s why) for our teammates so you can buy as many books as you need. You’re probably not surprised…

    Gregory Ciotti/ Sparring Mind- 23 readers -
  • Giving the Gift of Encouragement

    … Just as important as the work you do is the person you bring to work. Your mood, outlook, and actions echo out to those around you. One of the best ways to contribute to your surroundings to give the gift of encouragement. I’ve written—on multiple occasions—about the dangers of making “Great work!” an expected platitude. Let’s be clear: when…

    Gregory Ciotti/ Sparring Mind- 19 readers -
  • Information Transparency & The “True Cost” Calculator

    … The view from Bolinas It’s been so long since I’ve written here, and I’ve missed it terribly. As startups tend to do, NewCo has taken over most of my waking hours. So I thought I’d just sit and write for a spell, even if what comes out isn’t fully baked. I’m on vacation in Bolinas, an intentionally scruffy sidebar of a town 25 miles north of San…

    John Battelle's Search Blog- 17 readers -
  • The Creative Cringe

    … Creative work is rarely kind enough to grant the oh-so satisfying feeling of unquestionable completion. There is no right, there is no wrong. There’s just you and your ideas. Compare that to an assembly task, one with a defined outcome. When assembling a kitchen table, if you end up with three legs, you screwed up. Oh well. At least there’s…

    Gregory Ciotti/ Sparring Mind- 21 readers -
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