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Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive officer would be drama-free. “He goes, ‘I never want you to ask what I would have done,’” recalls Cook. “‘Just do what’s right.’ He was very clear.” In Cook’s first 16 months on the job, Apple has released next-generation iPhones and iPads and seen its stock price rise 43 percent.
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Jeff Bezos stopped by our office yesterday and spent about 90 minutes with us talking product strategy. Before he left, he spent about 45 minutes taking general Q&A from everyone at the office. During one of his answers, he shared an enlightened observation about people who are “right a lot”. He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait.
A survey released this week by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and Life Project shed light on the social side of the Internet .
Inside the multi-million dollar video streaming giant, Hulu , CEO Jason Kilar has gone to extraordinary lengths to subvert his own power: he has no office, has a makeshift desk partly built from empty boxes, and personally takes each new hire out to lunch to learn what he or she thinks the company can do better. "You will not attract and retain the world's best builders in a command-and-control environment," Kilar tells Fast Company . Last weekend, Hulu and fellow Internet prodigy, Groupon, were honored at the WorldBlu Live conference for their unusually strong commitment to worker empowerment. We sat down with these web successes to understand the driving philosophy, small-team orientation, and straight-up weird employee morale boosters that lie at the foundation of their innovative products. Part Philosophy, Part Intuition "We assume that people are fundamentally good and people are responsible adults," says Groupon CEO Andrew Mason .
Video Calls Are Common In Star Trek - So Why Don't We Use Them In The Real World?
Former Twitter CEO Evan Williams noted in a blog post this weekend that online identity is one of the thorniest issues any web-based service has to deal with — in part because the word “identity” means a number of different things.
I recently had the pleasure of reading The Great Stagnation , Tyler Cowen’s excellent “Kindle Single” about the future of innovation and economic growth. Cowen makes the case that, contrary to the right-of-center conventional wisdom , the American economy is in the midst of a decades-long period of mediocre economic growth. Previous generations of Americans enjoyed an abundance of “low-hanging fruit”—cheap land, technological breakthroughs like electricity and the internal combustion engine, rising levels of education, an end to racial and gender discrimination—that allowed rapidly increasing living standards with relatively little effort.
“We Don’t Need No Frickin Architects”
It was almost four years ago when we decided it was time to launch our online video blog, NewTeeVee .
Being digital alone won't cut it anymore. Digital shops that don't diversify their offerings face the same creeping irrelevance as traditional agencies that give lip service to digital, according to marketing executives polled in a new survey from RSW/US .
Google and Facebook may act like toddlers fighting over a toy, but there is a lot more going on in their recent too-public spat about user emails.
Like a lot of people, I am conflicted about Wikileaks.
The Internet and TV are finally converging, in a way consumers seem to be responding to. Wilfred Martis, Intel 's GM of consumer electronics in the digital home group, says that while we've heard this before, it's different this time.