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

How companies strangle innovation – and how you can get it right

A shorter version of this post first appeared on the HBR blog — I just watched a very smart company try to manage innovation by hiring a global consulting firm to offload engineering from “distractions.” They accomplished their goal, but at a huge, unanticipated cost: the processes and committees they designed ended up strangling […]

via How companies strangle innovation – and how you can get it right — Steve Blank

The Lessons and Questions of the iPhone X and the iPhone 8

It’s tempting — and easy — to be cynical about the richest company in the world beginning its annual unveiling of new products with what effectively amounted to a promotional video for a building custom-built at enormous expense for said unveiling, set to the soundtrack of John Lennon singing “All You Need is Love”. There’s nothing…

via The Lessons and Questions of the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 — Stratechery by Ben Thompson