Disney and Fox

It’s always a risk writing about a deal before it is official: CNBC reported a month ago that Disney was in talks to acquire many of 21st Century Fox’s assets, including its eponymous movie studio, TV production company, cable channels, and international assets (but not the Fox broadcast network, Fox News, FS1 — Fox’s sports…

via Disney and Fox — Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Leveraging Failure in Product Management

 

Why Failing Can Be Hard

If we like it or not, failure is an essential innovation ingredient. It’s impossible to successfully innovate without taking informed risks and making mistakes. YouTube, for example, failed as a video-dating site and succeeded by pivoting to video-sharing site; and Google Glass failed as a consumer product and was recently re-launched as a B2B product. As these examples show, you are bound to make mistakes whenever you try something new: You may discover that some of your ideas and assumptions are wrong or that you have executed them wrongly. As individuals and businesses, we should therefore appreciate failure—product success would otherwise be impossible to achieve. But deep in our hearts, many of us dread failure. Why is that?

via Leveraging Failure in Product Management — Roman Pichler

How to tell if a CEO is worth working for

A few months ago, someone asked me for advice about potentially leaving one company to go work for another. He was curious what factors he should consider before making the decision.

He’d already vetted the role, the company, and the offer itself — all important aspects to consider. But I told him, in my opinion, the most crucial thing to vet is the CEO.

If you’re about to join a new company, you must figure out:

“Do I believe in the CEO?”

via How to tell if a CEO is worth working for — Signal v. Noise – Medium

Getting to the truth

If you want to feel good, brainstorm it. If you want to appear good, test it. If you want to know if you’re any good, ship it.

via Getting to the truth — Signal v. Noise – Medium

On the Complicated Economics of Attention Capital

A Serious Consideration In recent years, I’ve occasionally tackled an intriguing question: are distracting technologies partially to blame for our economy’s sluggish productivity numbers? I’m often tentative about addressing this topic because I’m not an economist, and serious economists seem to have other explanations in mind (c.f., this column or this book). This is why…

via On the Complicated Economics of Attention Capital — Blog – Cal Newport

On the Tranquility of Mind: Seneca on Resilience, the Trap of Power and Prestige, and How to Calibrate Our Ambitions for Maximum Contentment

“That man lives badly who does not know how to die well.” “Wherever life can grow, it will. It will sprout out, and do the best it can,” the poet Gwendolyn Brooks wrote in her abiding ode to perseverance. But in our quest to do the best we can, we are apt to defeat ourselves…

via On the Tranquility of Mind: Seneca on Resilience, the Trap of Power and Prestige, and How to Calibrate Our Ambitions for Maximum Contentment — Brain Pickings

Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II

Note: This post was previously titled “Why Ajit Pai is Right.” I have changed it to reflect my interest in a substantive debate, not flame-throwing. The article is unchanged (beyond normal edits). Weirdly, this article about the American broadband market must start in Portugal. Web has been disappointing lately, I’ll admit, but look what it…

via Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II — Stratechery by Ben Thompson