This Is How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley
I'm not sure what surprises me the most. The fact that money and power hungry Silicon Valley people are essentially just a carbon copy of the 1980s Wall Street Traders or how they treat women. I just can't believe how primitive this all is.
Then the CEO switched topics. To sex workers. He asked Ted what kind of “girls” he liked. Ted said that he preferred white girls — Eastern European, to be specific.
The caprices and challenges of working in the luxury service industry. Thankfully most guests are wonderful people who neither need nor want any more than what's on the menu. But the weird exceptions make for great reading and party talk.
Airports are complex, high stress environments that can always be improved. The less time we have the more we feel every tiny level of bad design. But we rarely praise the 99 things that were well designed.
Despite not being American, the Simpson trial always fascinated me. How could something go this wrong. But that is another story. This one is about one of the main Lawyers in the case and how it all turned out in the end. I guess it depends on one's life goals.
I decided I was going to live my life and let the candle burn, because you never know when it will get snuffed out. Some would call it indulgence, but I had a thoroughly good time.
An interesting look at how the major magazines need to rethink their positions. Now is as good a time as any to review how where they need to go.
Thus, the glossy magazine doesn’t have the power it once did. While Vogue transports the reader to a fantasy world of high fashion – in much the same way watching a film offers an escape from the everyday – and is still seen by many as the bastion of high-end style, the magazine’s influence has nevertheless been diluted.
An interesting look at the economics of retail fashion industry and what could be improved. Hoteliers suffer from a different but equally difficult issue of inventory management.
Before Jobs there was Disney. One of the most fascinating business leaders of all time. An interesting story from on of the guys who worked with him.
No, no, you don’t tell Walt you didn’t know, you found out [how].
For all the uselessness in some of these sports. Not to mention the pollution, it is still an amazing feat of mechanical and human work.
Getting closer to understanding what AI and ML are and how they work.
Geeking out on iPhone history. Really pleasant read on the real and gritty and life that built the magic of the mobile computing.
Fun to watch a system so based on trust actually work, in a country with so big a population.
An interesting look at someone who most probably represents Americans in the most stereotypical way. To the point where even the thought of the world being different to what they had previously imagined is met with surprise and disbelief.
It's a marketing fact that the more times something is seen the more people become addicted to it. The music industry releases singles because they know this will happen. Still an interesting read.
The more we’re exposed to the good and the bad, the better we are at telling the difference. The eclecticists have it.
An astonishing and plain account of the Adderall problem. Kind of scary to think that our future generations have grown on such drugs. The long-term effects this will have is hard to measure. How this will affect politics, business and so forth nobody seems to be thinking about.
There change this will bring to the way we work and live is going to be quite big. The change this will bring to the way marketing works is going to be huge. Less spam and less money wasted for broad and useless advertising is another one. But how should we prepare for it? How can the little guys prepare for this?
The majority of the world lives with trust, and it works rather well. The philosophical fallacy of a world needing no trust is also a world needing no people. Is block chain just another restraint rather than fixing the trust issue?
Interesting to see such a prominent figure state things that are still considered fringe material. But then aren't all of the prominent figures, thinking and opinionated people like the rest of us?
Getting product market fit is a crazy hard task. No matter how good you are, there will be a good deal of bad surprises along the way until it is found. I consider myself lucky enough to have managed to successfully find it twice. But I must have failed at least 5-6 times before. The only thing I can say that most people miss (but this too isn't a silver bullet) is go to the market and live like the market as much as you can to understand how they think.
In the early days of a product, don’t focus on making it robust. Find product market fit first, then harden
Organizing and structuring tech organizations the systems and concepts that worked and that didn't work at Microsoft.
Getting the inspiration for a good pitch, a great deck, a way to present a company or product is not easy. Trying to begin with a blank page each time works in utopia. In reality we're always working from a model, in our minds or elsewhere. These startup pitch decks "models" are better than many other models in that they worked. And in most cases we can relate to the products which helps.
A collection of real fundraising decks from real startups.
How much money to do we need? When is it too much? A very interesting article. What is doesn't explain is the anatomy and cure for greed. But that's probably coming soon.
Transcendental money is the amount of money required to transcend time. It makes just enough money to satisfy all your reasonable needs, wants and desires, but no more. You can do the math yourself, factor in the cost of living where you live, or want to live, it's just arithmetic to determine what your transcendental money number is.
A brilliant analysis of moving on and how to that best. Should be mandatory reading for people working with software engineering.
One of the hardest things in life is to know when to keep going and when to move on.
Some very interesting data in here for presenters.
Because we have become so accustomed to the friction on travel booking things like separate booking engines exist on hotel websites. We still think with odd paradigms in which it seems totally ok that people are bouncing around upward of 30-40 websites over a period lasting days before booking their hotel. But when that paradigm changes and we find one that dramatically reduces friction, we should embrace it. Voice and chat will change travel for the better.
The definition of a great platform is that it allows you to do something that wasn’t possible before.
More on deep learning and AI.
Voice will do a lot to change the current travel booking paradigm. In fact it will probably change where we go. We don't need to go to Barcelona, or some other typical place anymore. Voice and AI will be able to suggest new places that we can travel to for $300 or not longer than 3h away etc. Which could make travel much more exciting and discover new places. When will it happen will is a question only Millionaires can answer.
In my view, we're subjected to a lot more propaganda than we would care to believe. If we knew how much and how much of it is unconsciously fed to us through "fact checked" mainstream media we'd be so disgusted we wouldn't believe it. The minute a story has any commercial interest it will be used in propaganda. Food, medicine, banking, weapons and many more industries use these grey tactics all the time.
This is why propaganda — which provides a simple, convenient and seemingly coherent narrative architecture for processing events — thrives in a polarized environment in which truth is regarded as relativistic and facts are treated as fungible. And it’s how reality-distorting propaganda undermines the reasoned deliberation that is so essential to democracy.
Pioneering and innovating similarly don't follow rules. They are messy, confused, gritty and not always pretty. The journey and the destination are what make it. Companies by default build rules and need rules. The bigger the company the more rules are needed to make it work. Interesting how Amazon managed to find a bizarre middle-ground. Is it sustainable on a human level is an interesting question. In the end a company is made of people who need to be able to work with each other.
Amazon has figured out how to combine the entrepreneurial culture of a small company with the financial resources of a large one. And that allows it tackle problems most other companies can’t.
A tiny bit of insights into one of, if not the most, influential creative advertising and marketing guy ever.
We don't do just snob ads, we don't do just short copy ads, or just long copy ads, or any particular style.
The ethics of designers and for that matter coders is a question that will increasingly be affecting us. As more of our life is managed through invisible algorithms and design tweaks.
Love to see how people are creating the future even if just on paper. Artists have inspired technology in so many ways.
Tips for selecting the brand name. Use an existing word or invent one. I don't think there is a right or wrong. Expedia (invented) is great success, and so is Booking. However invented has an advantage in SEO and that counts for quite a lot.
The drug scene is ever more real post Narcos. This behind the scenes look at El Chapo is educative. As the author says the only solution is going to be working to reduce demand.
If you wonder why America is in the grips of a heroin epidemic that kills two hundred people a week, take a hard look at the legalization of pot, which destroyed the profits of the Mexican cartels.
A quite practical view of life and it's stages. Practical because it ours some reference points. Both for oneself and for one's kids.
Earlier I commented that design might be making people dumber, because by solving all the problems for the user we end up with mindless drones who just follow the designed path. That's an exaggeration but is it possible? This article is quite good. A little akward that the author mentions himself in third person as a great designer though.
The future is about affording the user with maximum agency over their experiences, and as advocates for the user we must give them just that
Design and quality front end suddenly means a lot more than before.
Instead, they are “systems of engagement” (SoE), meaning apps that employees actually use to get their work done.
If I get there and manage to move out from phase 1 this will be awesome.
Company-building becomes the CEO’s primary job in a Phase 2 startup. The company you build is your second creation and will be your lasting legacy as a founder.
A small peek into the studio with the Beatles.
Not really caring if you liked the old songs better. Full grown men, full of emotion and on top of the world. Meet the Beatles.
An interesting read on the Silicon Valley elite.
How PR agencies have affected politics. The unfortunate truth is that money affected too many decisions and still does.
American history was a battle between business and democracy, and, “So far,” he wrote, “Big Business has won every skirmish
If you're into the behind the scenes look into Kubrick's fun making process this is quite an interesting piece.
Am interesting view on hotel tech that the hotel chains should take into consideration.
Someone recently told me "the party is over when HR arrives" I thought it was funny. Having worked with great, talented, but really difficult people. With team members and non team members. Having manned to get some of them to achieve great results. And having lost it on more than one occasion. I can quite understand the opinions here. Great read.
A practical index of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence resources. Notably missing is anything in the travel industry. Surprising considering how much the industry affects our lives. Shows how closed the industry is.
ML and AI are having a huge impact on our lives, and their roles are only increasing. The better informed you are, the better prepared you’ll be to handle these changes as they happen.
A brilliant view on design. No revolution but a great refresher of what design and redesign is all about. That something is old, isn't a problem pre-se. (Hint headphone jacks).
In theory, the redesign begins with a problem
This is it I guess no more startup reading after this post. Very pragmatic cut through the crap post.
You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible
One of the refreshing post-Trump-Win posts that help take off the sting. Get more calm about it all and process the data sanely.
And remember—this is hardly the first time half of America has been apoplectic about the lunatic they just elected as their president. And we’ve always survived. And we will here too.
The marketplace is the holy grail of inventions in tech products. And the complexities that come with building one are interesting.
A great history of hotels. Should be mandatory reading for everyone in the industry.
Advertising is a necessity, the alternative is monopolies where the public has no choice and makers have no chance of ever making a living. The problem isn't advertising, it is bad advertising. If all advertising was relevant to what we were searching for we wouldn't complain. AdWords as an ad system was evolution. Less invasive, more helpful and more relevant. How can we fix online advertising to make it more like that?
This attention-merchant model has spread to so many areas of our life, where we're completely used to everything being free. But then the payoff, or the exchange, is that then we also agree to stuff that is compromised, because it is always trying to get us to click on ads at the same time.