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Living Systems and The Information First Company. A map tracing the information flows within Uber’s San Francisco market.

Living Systems and The Information First Company

One of the great joys of my career is the chance to speak at gatherings of interesting people. Sometimes it’s an unscripted, wide ranging conversation (like during Advertising Week, for example), but other times it’s a formal presentation, which means many hours of preparation and reportage. These more formal presentations are opportunities to consolidate new thinking and try it out in front of a demanding audience. Last month I was invited to speak in front of group of senior executives at a major bank, including the CEO and all his direct reports. I was asked to focus my remarks on how new kinds of companies were threatening traditional incumbents – with a focus on the financial services industry, as you might imagine.

Super Normal. I regularly get asked the question: What do you think of <insert social app here>?

Super Normal

This question is usually followed up by another question which goes something like: How would you design a great social app? Usually I answer this question by telling the story of “Super Normal,” one of my favorite Japanese design philosophies. When you set out to create a new product, you usually do not start by trying to think of something completely new. The lab or the factory. You work at one, or the other.

The lab or the factory

[DRAFT] Stanford d.school bootcamp notes from July 2012 1 - Weblog - Between Creativity & Pragmatism. D.school July 2012 - Expanded Notesd.thinking Modes: Empathize.

[DRAFT] Stanford d.school bootcamp notes from July 2012 1 - Weblog - Between Creativity & Pragmatism

Define. Ideate. Prototype. Test. McKinney Incubator, TenPercent, Launches Dognition - Cat: Creativity and Technology. 7 tactics lean startups need to build great products. If you’re running a lean startup, “launch and learn” is undoubtedly a familiar mantra.

7 tactics lean startups need to build great products

But launching a new feature can take weeks or even months, and for a scrappy startup that’s a potentially make-or-break issue. Our design studio works with dozens of startups each year to help teams define their products and features. 4 Innovation Strategies From Big Companies That Act Like Startups. Stodgy.

4 Innovation Strategies From Big Companies That Act Like Startups

Slow. Bureaucratic. Big companies get a bad rap when it comes to innovation. Newspaper Advertising Collapse. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre Entrepreneurs. [Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre Entrepreneurs

He is Managing Director of Formula Capital and has written ten books. His latest books are I Was Blind But Now I See and 40 Alternatives to College. You can follow him on Twitter @jaltucher.] I’m pretty mediocre. Particularly as an entrepreneur. I’ve started a bunch of companies. Loic Le Meur Tells All About Seesmic’s Long And Winding Road To An Exit [TCTV] What is the Future of Storytelling? How To Thrive In The Free-Product Economy. Building technology has never been cheaper than it is today.

How To Thrive In The Free-Product Economy

Or faster. In the past twelve months, Ruby on Rails programmers built more than a million apps on top of Heroku, a platform that allows coders to save drastic amounts of development time. Power Index - Newsweek and The Daily Beast. You Either Die A Hero Or You Become The Villain by MG Siegler. Over the past month, I’ve been watching Dalton Caldwell’s App.net experiment with much interest.

You Either Die A Hero Or You Become The Villain by MG Siegler

Essentially, he’s trying to rebuild Twitter from the ground up, only as a fully user and developer-supported network. In other words, he’s pissed off — as many people are — about some of the changes Twitter is undergoing in an apparent attempt to monetize. Caldwell has been trying to crowd-fund $500,000 to build this network, and if he gets it, he promises the service will provide “a different kind of social platform”. How Alan Turing Set the Rules for Computing. On Saturday, British mathematician Alan Turing would have turned 100 years old.

How Alan Turing Set the Rules for Computing

Fancy Turns Impulse Shopping Into An Art. Switchcam Raises $1.2 Million From Mark Cuban, 500 Startups, Turner Media Camp, And Others. San Francisco-based startup Switchcam has created technology that combines videos from multiple sources and allows users to watch concerts, political rallies, conferences, and other events from multiple different points of view. And it’s attracted investment from one of the biggest names in video, raising $1.2 million in a seed round led by Dallas Mavericks owner, HDNet founder, and billionaire Mark Cuban. But he’s not alone: 500 Startups, Turner MediaCamp, Vikas Gupta, David Beyer, Jeffrey Schox, Niket Desai, and Reed Morse also participated in the round. So far, Switchcam’s killer app seems to be pulling together full concert performances from multiple video sources.

The platform collects videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and other sites, determines which order they fit in based on audio recognition, and then stitches them together into one big video timeline. (A good example is this Lady Gaga performance, which pulls together 15 songs and has 41 different camera angles.) 32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow - Interactive Feature. Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived. Net Neutrality and Economic Equality Are Intertwined. If You're Not Pissing Someone Off, You're Probably Not Innovating - Philip Auerswald. By Philip Auerswald | 9:58 AM May 4, 2012. Fourth Wall Studios does the 'Dirty Work' of innovation. Introducing Nike+ Basketball. There’s No Finish Line to Innovation — Amy Jo Martin. API: Three Letters That Change Life, the Universe and Even Detroit. Sam Ramji was the head of open source software at Microsoft. #BIE4001 Chatter. Clayton Christensen: How Pursuit of Profits Kills Innovation and the U.S. Economy.

Understanding How The Innovator’s Dilemma Affects You. Steve Jobs’s 10 Best Quotes for Advertising Agencies. Steve Job’s serves as an example of doing agency new business the right way. Steve Jobs has stepped down as CEO of Apple. Ingredients for Innovation — Amy Jo Martin. As the world continues to reflect on Steve Jobs and his epic legacy, I attempt to identify the ingredients that make a true innovator. What can we learn from Steve Jobs in effort to inject a dose of innovation into our fabric? The Rise of Customer-Driven Innovation. Steve Jobs and the Seven Rules of Success. Innovators push the boundaries of the known world. They're change agents who are relentless in making things happen and bringing ideas to execution. Steve Jobs' impact on your life cannot be overestimated. His innovations have likely touched nearly every aspect -- computers, movies, music and mobile.