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. Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks
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I’ve been following Dharmesh Shah’s OnStartups blog for years and I remember when he announced HubSpot, the company he was starting. I’ve been fascinated to watch it grow and grow, so I was excited when I got to visit their offices a few months ago. Just after my visit they closed a Series D funding round for $32 million from Sequoia, Google Ventures and Salesforce.com, but despite its success almost nobody in the technology world has heard of HubSpot. I blame the combination of a location in Boston and a mainstream customer-base of small business owners for the lack of recognition. It’s a shame because there’s a lot to learn from their technology and process — they’ve solved some hard problems in thought-provoking ways. 3 ideas you should steal from HubSpot
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The Blood Test Gets a Makeover | Magazine Photo: Mitchell Feinberg The blood test is, when you think about it, a remarkable thing. With the prick of a needle, the molecules coursing through your veins can be extracted, centrifuged, and translated into a stream of digits, units, and acronyms. Blood becomes data, and in these numbers lies knowledge about your current health, your risks for disease, and your potential response to treatment.
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. Some advice from Jeff Bezos by Jason Fried of 37signals
The role of the Internet as a platform for collective action grows A survey released this week by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and Life Project shed light on the social side of the Internet. The results offered insight into the differences between the connected and the disconnected, revealing that Internet users are more likely to be active participants, with some 80 percent of Internet users participating in groups, compared with 56 percent of non-Internet users. These findings confirm the impact of the the Internet on collective action, observed Beth Noveck, NYU law professor and former deputy CTO for open government at the White House. “Internet users are more active participants in groups and are more likely to feel pride and a sense of accomplishment.” Perhaps we are all not, as Robert D.
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. Beyond Hawaiian-Shirt Friday: Groupon, Hulu Inspire Employee Innovation With Radical Trust
Video Calls Are Common In Star Trek - So Why Don't We Use Them In The Real World? One of the most common staples of any futuristic movie or book has always been the video (or even holographic) phone call. From Back to the Future to Star Trek, it seems as though people in the future are always chatting it up in style. So why is it then, that most of us use video chat so rarely today? Ten years ago if someone had told you that in 2011 everyone would have a webcam in their home or in their pocket, and that the cost of video chat was going to be zero, how many of us would have predicted that people still wouldn’t use it? Why Don’t We Video Chat More Often?
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. Williams tried to parse the term’s various meanings in his post, including authentication, reputation and personalization. But one thing he doesn’t really grapple with is that what we mean by “our identity” can change depending on where we are and what we’re doing, and that may be the most difficult problem of all to solve. The post — one of the first the former Twitter executive has written on his personal blog in almost two years — breaks down what Williams calls the “Five Easy Pieces of Online Identity,” something he and Twitter CTO Greg Pass came up with to help them understand the idea. Online Identity Isn’t a Transaction — It’s a Feeling: Tech News and Analysis «
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. The Great Ephemeralization | Bottom-up
We Don’t Need No Frickin Architects « Systems Thinking, Lean and Kanban “We Don’t Need No Frickin Architects” I’ve lost count the number of times that I have heard this statement (or some kind of derivative) during my career when mixing with Agilistas. The reasoning behind these statements is that architects are either defunct in the agile world, or that they need to roll their sleeves up and relearn to code alongside others in a delivery team. It makes no sense to over-egg the pudding.
All Hail The Cord Cutters: Tech News « It was almost four years ago when we decided it was time to launch our online video blog, NewTeeVee. At the time, I wondered to myself how I could best understand the ongoing broadband-based video revolution in a way that would give me a window into the future – so I decided to do what was unthinkable at the time: I called Comcast and asked them to turn off my cable TV. And remember, these were the glory days of The Sopranos and Weeds, so it was a major sacrifice. Nevertheless, my broadband sources were telling me that bandwidth-to-the-home was on an upswing and was seeking a killer app — and that video was most likely it.
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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. More than two-thirds of the 174 marketing executives polled (67 percent) said digital shops need to offer more traditional services to remain relevant, while just a third thought digital-only firms could survive long term. "The point of differentiation that digital firms have currently in being expert in that space is going to diminish, and we’re going to be left with a lot of agencies that do digital," said Mark Sneider, president of RSW/US, a consultancy in Cincinnati. "There are going to be fewer and fewer clients looking for digital-only firms." The finding also underscores a desire among some marketers to integrate their business under one roof. RSW/US Survey Finds That Digital-Only Shops Must Diversify to Stay Relevant
Why Is Email the Prize in the Facebook-Google Battle? | Liz Gannes | NetworkEffect | AllThingsD 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. Google publicly shamed Facebook this week for not giving its users the option to export the email contacts of their Facebook friends and import them to Gmail. The rapid-fire kerfuffle between the two companies came after private talks about sharing such data had broken down, and is apparently working, with tech industry opinion seeming to side with Google, even though few if any users seem to actually care about the issue. Sooner or later, if users start demanding to own their email lists and complaining about Facebook being evil, it will happen.
Like a lot of people, I am conflicted about Wikileaks. Citizens of a functioning democracy must be able to know what the state is saying and doing in our name, to engage in what Pierre Rosanvallon calls “counter-democracy”*, the democracy of citizens distrusting rather than legitimizing the actions of the state. Wikileaks plainly improves those abilities. On the other hand, human systems can’t stand pure transparency. For negotiation to work, people’s stated positions have to change, but change is seen, almost universally, as weakness.
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. We agree. Intel is trying to brand smart TVs as something different from Internet-connected TVs - poised to be a hot item this holiday season - that have web-based features but fall short of being smart. In Intel's world, Martis says, a smart TV must meet the following three pillars: "To do that, you need a browser." What Smart TVs Need to Succeed
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