“I don’t believe that everyone should be an entrepreneur or a freelancer, that everyone should quit their job and go work for themselves. I do believe this: The less a project or task or opportunity at work feels like the sort of thing you would do if this is just a job, the more you should do it.”—
“It boils down to control. I’ve written several times that I believe Apple controls the entire source code to iPhone OS. (No one has disputed that.) There’s no bug Apple can’t try to fix on their own. No performance problem they can’t try to tackle. No one they need to wait for. That’s just not true for Mac OS X, where a component like Flash Player is controlled by Adobe.”—
No surprise, but Gruber gets it. Performance is a distraction, and it all comes down to control. Going back to my point about Apple producing its own processors from the other day, you can look at the introduction of the iPod, iPhone & iPad as evolutionary steps towards greater and greater control of the device ecosystem - all the way down to the silicon.
“Q: Why did you launch your own processor for the iPad? What was missing?
A: Apple has for years been in the silicon design business. On PowerPC, Apple always personally crafted the northbridge and southbridge chipsets. It’s not new to us. For the iPad, we felt we had the best knowledge of what we wanted the silicon to do and were in the best position to do it ourselves rather than going to someone else offering something that wasn’t really exactly what we wanted. At the end of the day, we want to make the world’s best products. By doing it ourselves, we were putting ourselves in the best position to do so.”—
“In other words, it is indicative of bigger things. It means that the NY startup scene is maturing. It means that we are focusing less on the media-crowned personalities driving “the tech scene” in New York City and (hopefully) more on the awesome things that tech startups are creating. It’s a democratization; It means that tech in NYC is coming out of media’s shadow.”—
This is effectively why I’m in NYC this week, and I’m seeing the evidence that everyone’s been talking about. Talking to prospective clients out here, there’s an energy that’s certainly unique - people have a feeling that a fundamental shift has occurred/is occurring.
“Google executives likely reckoned that in a single day Buzz would garner more users than Twitter has been able to in two years after all that celebrity publicity. That really is why Gmail users woke up one day to find their private account details exposed to the public, unannounced and unprepared, because without such default exposure Google executives likely didn’t believe they could deliver a critical user base for Buzz. That’s not “improper testing,” it’s a platform strategy. And the fact that Google reacted quickly to public pressure doesn’t negate the fact that its arrogance was thoroughly exposed. The correction isn’t significant, the exposed intentions are.”—Buzz launch wasn’t flawed, Google’s intentions are « counternotions
“It certainly doesn’t hurt to have code jedis at the helm of your starship, but engineering for consumer Internet startups need only be competent. The real challenge is finding designers and product managers who can build an awesome product experience, and marketers who can figure out effective, scalable, integrated distribution strategies (whether organic or paid, whether technical or creative).”—The Value of Design to Startups - BusinessWeek
“We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don’t think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.”—Art Buchwald (via fatalistichues) (via kimberleecline)
“In a fantastic interview published last year by the Wall Street Journal, novelist Cormac McCarthy—quipping off-hand that “anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing”—reflects on what might or might not have caused the world-ending catastrophe that frames his recent book The Road.”—BLDGBLOG: A bulge in the floor now 100 feet high
“The initial reaction of folks like me, of course, is to dismiss these people. After all, they don’t know what a browser is. They don’t seem to understand what site they’re on or who it’s run by. They’re unfamiliar with basic design idioms used universally across the web (e.g. headings, subheadings, navigation, comment forms). Some seem to lack even basic reading comprehension, and no amount of redesigning or copyediting will enhance the understanding these people take away from a page. They can only be described as n00bs.”—Dan Grover » Toward a Grand Unified Theory of n00bs
I was an intern. I read and replied to the slush pile stacks and also I opened the mail. This felt glamorous and grown up and a little gross.
I was in charge of rejection. Of only selectively passing things on.
But I was thrilled to commute to complete my tasks.
One day, a package arrived from Ryan McGinness, who is brilliant. It had stickers and stuff and a print that said, “A LOT OF ART IS BORING.” My boss said, “My boyfriend’s name is ‘Art.’ I cannot keep this.” And she gave it to me.
Then I thought, and now I think: if my boyfriend’s name was “Art,” I would especially love it.
“Other valuable measures we discussed were engagement and resonance - or how a meme travels through the Twitter ecosystem, through influencers, retweets, and co-incidence (IE, lots of folks tweeting the same idea/URL/meme at the same time). Brands are particularly interested in understanding this ecosystem, for crisis management, identification of brand influencers, as well as “listening” (and responding) to the conversation on topics related to their products and services. Many listening/engagement services exist (Radian 6 , Converseon, etc.) but Twitter itself could be doing a lot more to surface useful data that services like these can leverage. (And, btw, if you want to create TweetSense, having these measures will be crucial).”—Friday Signal: What Marketers Want from Twitter Metrics - John Battelle’s Searchblog