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I should have said that I am encouraged and optimistic about the future of long-form journalism in new media. Too quick with the "post comment" button!
2 years, 1 month ago on Suddenly everyone wants New Yorker style content. Only one catch: Who is going to write it?
Nice piece Sarah. I am one of those folks who would pay for good long-form journalism and while it seems like there isn't a ton of it available outside of publications like The New Yorker and The Atlantic, I am encouraged and optimistic.
@adamrsweet Amen. The Facebook log-in requirement is nonsense. I basically walk away from any app that requires it.
2 years, 3 months ago on Wavii Floats Your News Boat
"Show me you know me" research would have meant that this sales call would have focused less on you being the CEO and more about finding out more about Pando (outside of what we know through scouring the site) as well as what you really need in place of Yammer. Heck, Yammer might be the best product in its full feature set, but the first contact is to start the relationship. Like the other readers, I bet that this is an automated piece as well. Ugh.
2 years, 5 months ago on The Problem with Spray-and-Pray Software Salespeople: Homework
@bobfoster Well played Sir!
2 years, 7 months ago on Let’s Build a Future Without Cars
Nice piece Hamish. I am from Detroit, where a driver's license and a car are birth rights. Six years ago, my wife and I moved to Chicago where there is mass transit, a decent pedestrian infrastructure, and an ever growing bicycle culture. What a difference 350 miles has made in our lives. We still own a car, but it is a small 1999 Honda CR-V that we use to transport our toddler 6 miles to and from daycare 3 days a week and odd trips back to Michigan for holidays, birthdays, etc. Its paid for and costs us next to nothing in insurance and maintenance. For the most part, the car sits in a parking space in our condo and we may have to fill it up once a month if we do more than our necessary driving. When it drives its last mile, we may just ditch the concept of car ownership altogether.
Can we live without a car? Yes. Without question. As our daughter is more able to walk we will likely use the bus or the train to run her to school and ourselves to work. Some days I will even cart her to school on my bike, but the fact is that the car just doesn't mean that much to us anymore. Trips to Michigan (or anywhere else)? Car sharing, train, or plane will get us there just fine.
I am happy to see some of the major urban centers moving cars out through better transportation grid planning, focusing on safer streets, and targeting infrastructure projects that zero in on pedestrian and bicycling enhancement. I am also happy to report that today I own more bikes than cars and they also see 10 times the use and cost far less money to operate.
I like cars. I think car design is a fascinating art and science and I rarely miss media days at the auto shows in Detroit and Chicago. Its interesting to see what Detroit and other design centers can come up with for the future, but I am just not interested in buying a car again. It is for that reason that I choose to live in a major city and we have changed our consumption habits to make our lifestyle fit our family. It is a personal choice, but it is one that I see more and more people making as the cost of car ownership and transportation in general continues to rise.
Getting rid of cars will not happen in our lifetime, but reducing their appeal and impact are happening today. Thanks Hamish and keep 'em coming.
@BrianDavidson And then after they get the tax breaks they slash a bunch of jobs. Ugh. Politics and business are becoming one in the same.
2 years, 7 months ago on Ed Lee and Ron Conway as Evil Plotting Kingpins of San Francisco? Give Me a Break NYT
I am encouraged by the way that Pando is paying their writers because it is a focus away from "Top 10 <insert half-assed subject matter here>." I think that in order to build an environment of solid tech journalism (and journalism in general) you have to build the foundation with fundamentals - quality writing and reporting. Adhering to that philosophy reduces the link-bait mentality that SEO has encouraged to date. Nice work Sarah, I hope that Pando succeeds!
2 years, 7 months ago on Why Isn’t This News: Back In The Habit