Are You Using Social Media or Being Used By It?

A Social Experiment If you, like many people, use social media and generally agree that it’s an important technology, try the following experiment. Take out a piece of paper and list your most important uses for these services — the activities that social media is well-suited to provide and that unambiguously enrich your life. This…

via Are You Using Social Media or Being Used By It? — Blog – Cal Newport

Trustworthy Networking

Fifteen years on, this paragraph from a Bill Gates’ memo is a bit cringe-inducing: The events of last year — from September’s terrorist attacks to a number of malicious and highly publicized computer viruses — reminded every one of us how important it is to ensure the integrity and security of our critical infrastructure, whether…

via Trustworthy Networking — Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Build for the Novice, Enable the Expert

I’ve been working on B2B solutions for a very long time (dating almost all the way back to the turn of the millennia), and in that time I’ve come to realize that far too many applications try to be everything to everyone, and as a result really wind up serving nobody at all. You can…

via Build for the Novice, Enable the Expert — The Clever PM

Defining Aggregators

Aggregation Theory describes how platforms (i.e. aggregators) come to dominate the industries in which they compete in a systematic and predictable way. Aggregation Theory should serve as a guidebook for aspiring platform companies, a warning for industries predicated on controlling distribution, and a primer for regulators addressing the inevitable antitrust concerns that are the endgame of Aggregation Theory.

Aggregation Theory was first coined in this eponymously-titled 2015 article. That article followed on the heels of a series of posts about Airbnb, Netflix, and web publishing that, I realized, fit together into a broader framework that was applicable to a range of Internet-enabled companies. Over the ensuing two years I have significantly fleshed out the ideas in that original article, yet subsequent articles necessarily link to an article that marked the beginning of Aggregation Theory, not the current state.

via Defining Aggregators — Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Books and Blogs

A book, at least a successful one, has a great business model: spend a lot of time and effort writing, editing, and revising it up front, and then make money selling as many identical copies as you can. The more you sell the more you profit, because the work has already been done. Of course…

via Books and Blogs — Stratechery by Ben Thompson

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