I hate giving advice. People ask me for advice all the time, and I never know exactly what to say. I often think I know what *I* would do in that situation, but of course that’s never really true either. Since, as we know, it’s much easier to tell someone to break up with their significant other…
I’ve sought and received Rick’s advice a number of times. In the above he breaks out the “education” part of advice (which he’s great at) from the actual “this is what I’d do” part of advice (which he’s also great at, given you understand where he’s coming from). I feel like if you have the luxury of asking Rick for advice, you should listen with both ears and then meditate on what the man lays out for you.
You’ll learn a bit about both of you in the process.
“You will always feel like your work isn’t good enough. As a salve, or simply as a way to stay sane, be in the world. Ride the train. Listen to strangers. Occasionally, if you’re brave, speak to them. Walk in the city you live. Pay attention. Don’t bother with taking notes, or buying fancy notepads. Try to remember as much as you can. Have just enough confidence in yourself to not be an asshole. Then, get up and go to work and try again.”—
“New York tech, where Tumblr is based, is distinguished from its Silicon Valley cousin less by technical merit, and more by its design aesthetic and its close relationship with the creativity and culture of the city itself. While still small, New York has had legitimate hits and is now being taken increasingly seriously.”—
I’ve been increasingly nauseated with what the Valley and SF startup communities have transformed into. Meanwhile, I’ve learned to be enthusiastic about ideas that are being matured by teams in NYC and Portland (I like them so much I’ve even invested in a few of them).
Perhaps the best chance for the survival and promulgation of the ideals of the startup movement lie in seeing how they are transformed in cities far away from the echo chamber.
As a result of the recovery and the relative dearth of juicy financial news out there, the entire business-news apparatus is falling apart. CNBC, the market leader in all things stock-y, has seen its ratings slide to the lowest level in two decades, according to the Post.
Fear and disaster sells; good times do not.
My first thought: “well they’ve got all that investigative talent, why don’t they do the job the Feds refuse to: naming and shaming the culprits behind the last financial crisis.”
“Speaking of fake cheese, Kraft foods recently released a study proving something that Food Network has known for years: Consumers don’t actually want to cook. Rather, they want to feel as if they’re cooking. This is great news for a channel that has always been more aspirational than educational. On Food Network Star, the judges rant and rave about “authenticity” and “expertise,” but ultimately want neither. They want big smiles, they want hackneyed stories, and, above all, they want obedience, both to the created persona and the overall brand.”—Food Network’s ‘Food Network Star’ and the Paula Deen controversy - Grantland
“Tiny Telephone is known to be one of the cheapest studios in the country. We are so under market that we shouldn’t have even allowed a major-label band in there. It was like a subsidy to them. [Stephan Jenkins] was doing like 101 intimidating negotiating tactics or whatever that he Googled the night before. And so I said, “Honestly, we’re sold out every day, and I really think there’s a disincentive to me to book six weeks for you because I’m going to push out my normal clients,” etc. He didn’t respond to anything. He didn’t respond to anything I said. He stood up with his helmet, and he started pacing the live room. All the other crew, they know just to be quiet because this is his mode of whatever douchebaggery. I don’t know. He paces the studio, and then he just blurts out, “Okay, let’s do it.” Then he walks out of the door, fires up his motorcycle, and leaves.”—