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  • Mobile Gets a Back Button

    … I just opened an email on my phone. It was from a fellow I don’t know, inviting me to an event I’d never heard of. Intrigued, I clicked on the fellow’s LinkedIn, which was part of his email signature. That link opened the LinkedIn app on my phone. In the fellow’s LI feed was another link, this one to a tweet he had mentioned in his feed…

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  • The Streaming Conundrum: Forgetting What I Heard

    … Once upon a time, I’d read the yearly lists of “best albums” from folks like Rick Webb or Marc Ruxin, and immediately head over to the iTunes store for a music-buying binge. Afterwards, I’d listen happily to my new music for days on end, forging new connections between the bands my pals had suggested and my own life experiences. It usually took…

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  • Dear Microsoft. I Want To Use Office 365. But…

    … would redirect to this: Pretty easy, and even if you don’t have a Google account, you see this: Better, but still not great. So I wondered what it’s like at, say, DropBox. Ah, yes. That’s the ticket. Microsoft, you have a lot to learn about living on the web. …

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  • Can Business Get A Conscience?

    … This post is a book review, but it starts with a story from my past. Way, way back, before San Francisco begat hip startups with nonsensical names, I found myself on the second floor of a near-abandoned warehouse on South Park, now one of the priciest areas of SF, but then, one of the cheapest. I surveyed the place: well lit in the front…

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  • Bring Back the Ozone Hole

    … Way back in 1985 an unlikely coalition of world governments, business, and enlightened citizens did something extraordinary: Responding to the findings of leading scientists, they united in decisive action to address a looming and existential global climate threat. That threat was a dangerous thinning of the Earth’s ozone layer due to society’s…

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  • Do It Right. Not Fast. Right.

    … (Cross posted to LI and Medium. Cuz that’s how we roll these days) If you’ve never blown it big time using email — you will. I have several times — in fact, I just did it earlier this evening. And gaaaah!, I wish technology had an answer for the clear and present danger that is myself, rushing through an afternoon, trying to GSD and hit inbox…

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  • Your Network Transcends Time – Care For It

    … to a handful of interesting new folks as well. I hate the travel and despise most hotel rooms, but on balance, well – I keep going. (And yes, I think the NewCo model is even more productive, but more on that in another post). I find the best connections happen over dinner or drinks – perhaps that’s my own convivial nature, but I sense I’m not alone. So I…

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  • The Three Golden Rules of Naming Something

    … (image) I love being part of naming something. It’s probably the flat out most fun you can have legally with your clothes on – but for many folks, including entrepreneurs, it’s the source of endless consternation. It doesn’t have to be. Here’s how I think about coming up with a name for something – a company, a new product, even a project you…

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  • Thoughts On Alibaba

    … (image WSJ) A caveat before I think out loud, quite possibly getting myself into a running battle I know I can’t win: I’m not a public market stock investor, I’ve never been one, and take the following ruminations at the price they’re offered: IE, free. But this Alibaba stock debut doesn’t smell right to me, and it’s not the company- which…

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  • A Print Magazine Launch? What?!!! California Sunday Is Coming

    … A year or so ago Chas Edwards, a colleague, pal, and member of the founding team at Federated Media, came to my office for a catch up. I had heard he was cooking up a new venture, but I didn’t know the details. Little did I know what Chas and his new partner Douglas McGray had up their sleeve – a new *print* magazine built specifically…

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  • Life Break: Go See “Take Me To The River”

    … It’s rare I write about things not directly related to the Internet industry, but the film Take Me To The River, a multi-year project helmed by my friend and colleague Martin Shore, is certainly worthy of a detour. If you love music, any kind of music, this film is a must. Martin first told me about this project more than five years ago, back…

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