Random, But Interesting

  • 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…

    … Here’s what I encountered when I, as a first time ever user, was directed to a document that lived in Office 365 World: Holy crap, Microsoft! I just wanted to read the document a colleague at another (much larger, older, and traditional) company had sent me. When this happens with Google, well, most of us have a Google account, so the link…

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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

    …. As of this year — 30 years after the public’s initial awareness of the threat — the ozone hole has effectively closed. Which of course begs the question: Why can’t we run the same play against our current climate change crisis? Remember the Ozone Hole? Oh, right, you probably weren’t born yet… We can’t because for most of us, climate change isn’t…

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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

    … Every year around this year I fly to Arizona and attend the IAB Annual Meeting, a confab of 1000+ executives in the interactive media business. Yes, it’s a rubber-chicken boondoggle – what ballroom-based warm-climated event in February isn’t? – but I go because I get to catch up with dozens of colleagues and friends, and I usually connect…

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  • The Three Golden Rules of Naming Something

    …!” – and it worked as a badge for insiders – “I’m Wired, are you?!” The Industry Standard had at its core a goal of providing rigorous, high quality journalism to an industry overwhelmed with mainstream hype – so the name evoked old school newspaper naming conventions. Federated Media was so named because it told the story of federating many quality…

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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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