A question of skills

One of the first books I can remember reading was A Wizard of Earthsea. I was seven or eight, and it scared me to my core. That dark ocean was real and menacing in ways I couldn’t fully appreciate until later.Beyond fear, one of the things that stuck with me from that book was the idea…

via A question of skills — Signal v. Noise – Medium

6 Ways to Dominate iOS11 Before Anyone Else

The new App Store is HERE accompanied by iOS 11 and the iPhone X. This wave of fresh energy marks a new starting point for all of us to maximize our potential and reach our dreams. If you’re like me, you want to jump in and be the first to capitalize on these new opportunities and hot trends. But…

via 6 Ways to Dominate iOS11 Before Anyone Else — Bluecloud Solutions – App Marketing

The Super-Aggregators and the Russians

In August 2011, just a day or two into my career at Microsoft, I sat in on a monthly review meeting for Hotmail (now known as Outlook.com); the product manager running the meeting was going through the various geographies and their relevant metrics — new users, churn, revenue, etc. — and it was, well, pretty…

via The Super-Aggregators and the Russians — Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Bury the lede

How can we keep people interested?Technology doesn’t always give us the highest quality outcome. Sometimes it just buys us more convenience.Look at coffee. It used to be a pain to prepare and drink. Then in 1850 Folgers started roasting and grinding it for us. It wasn’t as fresh, but it sure was fast.Or look at photography.…

via Bury the lede — Signal v. Noise – Medium

Removing the Roadblocks to Corporate Innovation – When Theory Meets Practice

Innovation theory and innovation in practice are radically different. Here are some simple tools to get your company’s innovation pipeline through the obstacles it will encounter. — Pete Newell and I’ve been working with Karl, the Chief Innovation Officer of a large diversified multi-billion-dollar company I’ll call Spacely Industries. Over the last 15 months his […]

via Removing the Roadblocks to Corporate Innovation – When Theory Meets Practice — Steve Blank

Approach Technology Like the Amish

Kevin Kelly and the Amish Eight years after dropping out of college to wander Asia, Kevin Kelly returned home to America, bought an inexpensive bike, and made a meandering 5,000 mile journey across the country. As he recalls in his original and insightful 2010 book, What Technology Wants, the “highlight” of the bike tour was “gliding…

via Approach Technology Like the Amish — Blog – Cal Newport

Happiness Is Not Enough

Years ago, I knew one of those guys who seemed to always be happy and excited. He was always just that bundle of warm fuzzies. First to give you a hug. Always happy to see you. Complimented you about things that had no business being complimented. We’ll call him ‘Jon.’ Jon was like a dog,…

via Happiness Is Not Enough — Mark Manson