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  • Mobile Gets a Back Button

    …. The tweet happened to be from a person I know, so I clicked on it, and the Twitter app opened on my phone. I read the tweet, then pressed the back button and…. Wait, the WHAT? The back button? But…back buttons only exist in a Browser, on the PC Web, right? Yes, that used to be true, but finally, after years of chicletized, silo’d apps that refuse…

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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?

    … at Wired: The transformation of our world through a potent brew of business, technology, and culture. In 2014, Steven wrote a book that I now recommend to you all: The Conscience Economy: How a Mass Movement for Good is Great for Business. That I initially missed the book’s publication, with its clear resonance with the work we’re doing at NewCo…

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  • Bring Back the Ozone Hole

    … in the Earth’s atmosphere. By 1985, CFCs had effectively blown a massive “ozone hole” over Antarctica. A single scientific paper noted the threat, and subsequent press pickup engendered a “hot crisis” — the public perceived a clear and present threat, and as a result, we demanded a cohesive government response. The narrative was easy to understand: Ozone…

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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

    … (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

    … Sunday is distributed free inside selected California newspapers. In essence, they’re piggybacking the launch of their brand, adding a valauble new product to what is a staid and attenuated newspaper brand. But that’s not the only asset the team is bringing to bear. California Sunday also has a successful event strategy – it’s folding McGray’s…

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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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