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Good write up, and I'm right there with you on Google. Their performance last year was overall pretty remarkable, in spite of the weirdness of Google+ that ticked me off. Also agree that innovative ecommerce is becoming far more magazine-like as consumers weary of endless rows of blurry thumbnails and boring product blurbs.
Happy 2013! -Jared
1 year, 9 months ago on What I was right and wrong about in 2012
Excellent analysis. Well done.
1 year, 12 months ago on Is the Surface the next Xbox?
Why are surprised about revisionist history coming from the leadership at Twitter? The whole debacle with the new API/ToS for developers and Twitter protesting the notion that third-party devs (and even the users themselves!) helped define the Twitter experience and grow the ecosystem (hint: they absolutely did) clearly illustrated the trouble the company is in to figure out its raison d'être. I think Jack Dorsey's a smart guy and is doing a great job at Square, but the constant bizarre-ness going on at Twitter and Dorsey's seeming ambivalence about it does not sit well with me.
2 years ago on Anyone saying he can run two companies is lying to you or himself
I like it. I really like that's web-based yet feels like an app. Yay for HTML5 pushstate. This (the technological approach) is the future of publishing, IMHO. As for the journalism, seems fairly interesting but possibly generic. Similar problem The Daily had when it came out (I haven't read it for a while though). We'll have to see how they manage on that front.
2 years ago on Five Observations About Atlantic Media’s New Digital Magazine, Quartz
@Torba @paulcarr Torba, please stop. This is embarrassing to me as a "believer" -- engaging in this kind of fruitless argument is why the business world often avoids reporting on anything that smells religious altogether.
On the other hand, Paul, you're a great guy -- but you're baiting the trolls. Nothing good ever comes of that!
Shalom? Peace? Please?
2 years, 6 months ago on God’s Incubator: New York Church Brings Hoppit to Life
@chrishough Much ancient european history was actually preserved by Christianity, particularly in Ireland where St. Patrick and his disciples recorded in writing the oral traditions of the people there.
Interesting story indeed. I've given thought before to the idea of software development (in my case free/open source) being a modern avenue of giving and offering charity to the world similar to how Christian abbeys and other past institutions provided hospitality to travelers (a place to stay), the sick, etc. "Coding monks" if you will. (Note: I am not a monk :). As I wasn't aware of a church already doing a tech-friendly incubation program, I truly appreciate the info!
-Jared (follower of Jesus)
Great points here. Most of the products that I've stumbled onto via "advertising' have been through trusted people calling out sponsors. It seems to work great for podcasts and video blogs, but I don't often see it on regular blogs for some reason.
Hint hint: I hope Pando goes this direction eventually and doesn't slap banner ads or *gasp* adwords on your pages. (Wait a minute, what's that Meebo thing doing down there?!)
2 years, 6 months ago on You Wanna Know How You Survive? You Get Sponsors.
From what I hear, Facebook still feels like a giant hackathonengineerfest...so he'll probably fit in. I think the fear is more along the lines of "I'm afraid whatever I'm working on won't matter because nobody will notice and I'm just another cog in a giant wheel" -- which I fully understand. But if FB really does stick with a somewhat hands-off approach to the Instagram product, he should be able to make a big impact for some time to come.
2 years, 6 months ago on Shayne Sweeney’s Biggest Fear Realized: Instagram Is Now a Big Company
Sounds awesome! I want to start something like this up in the North Bay (Sonoma County area).
BTW, I know it takes 2 seconds to search and find FoundersDen.com, but links are always helpful. :) Not trying to be annoying... I appreciate your coverage. This is a great series, looking forward to more.
2 years, 6 months ago on Office Crashers: Founders Den Vows To Avoid Becoming An Accelerator
Wow, great production value. So is WITN going to be the "basement YouTube" quality as a gimmick and then this is the CNN quality? Love it. ;)
I'll have to think of a company I want you to crash....
2 years, 6 months ago on Office Crashers: DriverSide, Will Fishbowls and Nintendo Attract Engineers?