The Uber Dilemma — Stratechery

By far the most well-known “game” in game theory is the Prisoners’ Dilemma. Albert Tucker, who formalized the game and gave it its name in 1950, described it as such: Two members of a criminal gang are arrested and imprisoned. Each prisoner is in solitary confinement with no means of communicating with the other. The…

via The Uber Dilemma — Stratechery by Ben Thompson

iPod Disconnected

This past week Apple made public the decision that seemed inevitable: the discontinuation of the iPod nano and iPod Shuffle. Both were the only Apple devices left in the product lineup that required the use of iTunes and also the only stand-alone devices that could not connect to the internet (hence their reliance on the longtime Mac application). As Apple shifts to an Apple Music-only future, we should start waving good-bye to iTunes and the task of music management.

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You adapt, or you adopt, or you die — Steve Blank

I was in Boston and stopped by the Harvard Business Review for their IdeaCast podcast. I shared my current thinking about innovation in companies and government agencies. The interviewer, Curt Nickisch was great and managed to get me to summarize several years of learning in one podcast. He even got me to tell my Steve Jobs interview […]

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Whether to judge on effort or results

Reality is a fuzzy picture much of the timeUnless someone is spectacularly inept, there’s always a reasonable sounding explanation for why the project they were involved with fell short. Maybe the direction was unclear, maybe the technology was harder than expected, maybe it was just too ambitious.It’s sound and human to be sympathetic to such woes,…

via Whether to judge on effort or results — Signal v. Noise – Medium

Aziz Ansari Quit the Internet

The Disconnected Life Aziz Ansari recently deleted the web browser from his phone and laptop. He also stopped using email, Twitter and Instagram. As he explained in an interview with GQ, when he gets into a cab, he now leaves his phone in his pocket and simply sits there and thinks; when he gets home, instead of…

via Aziz Ansari Quit the Internet — Blog – Cal Newport

Nobody hits the ground running

“We just want someone who can hit the ground running” is the common refrain for companies seeking to only consider senior-level job candidates. This is usually based on the premise that there just isn’t time to hire someone junior because they need on-boarding, training, and mentorship.That’s all true. You shouldn’t expect a junior hire to…

via Nobody hits the ground running — Signal v. Noise – Medium

The 3 types of bullshit feedback — and what to do about them

How to handle the most-frustrating types of feedback we hear. The feedback we receive can sometimes feel like bullshit. I recently spoke with a CEO who told me she received feedback from an employee who proclaimed, “This company doesn’t care about parents.” The employee then proceeded to gripe about the lack of maternity and paternity benefits. Admittedly, the CEO…

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