Super-Social Media

Social media is wonderful. I love knowing what my friends and loved ones are up to and I enjoy sharing thoughts and pictures of my life with others. The problem is that social media isn’t very social in the traditional sense. In pre-digital times, to be social meant to physically be around other people. The beauty of social media is that the definition of social has now expanded. With the aid of our devices, we can be social by writing to one another, sending pictures and video, and engaging in real-time communication with just about anyone. We share our lives to those with whom we have...

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“Inspire and Delight”

Marissa Mayer’s first major Yahoo hire is Kathy Savitt as CMO. Savitt had this to say that caught my attention: “I believe passionately in Yahoo’s ability to inspire and delight users, partners, and advertisers around the world,” Savitt said in a statement. People inspire and delight. Leaders inspire and delight. Writings may inspire and delight. For many, religion inspires and delights. At rare moments, a politician can inspire and delight. For a company, however, to inspire and delight is an outcome I don’t often connect with business. When has a company inspired?...

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Kickstarter

The Pebble broke Kickstarter records. The Instacube is positioning itself to raise lots of money. What do these two projects have in common with our goals? A lot. Am I worried someone will steal Paleoflow’s idea before we launch? Maybe a little. But for the most part, these Kickstarter projects are cause for more excitement than anxiety about the future prospects for Paleoflow. If anything, these two projects demonstrate that there is demand for consumer electronics not created by the behemoth companies. And I should clarify what I mean by “demand.” Yes, the Pebble...

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FLOW

Nolan Bushnell is founder of my two favorite childhood pastimes, Atari and Chuck E Cheese. There was Decathlon at the neighbor’s house where the back and forth on the joystick gave me a blister on my palm during the 1500 meter dash. Or earning tickets playing skeeball at Chuck E Cheese at a friend’s birthday. I dreamt about that game, the tickets, and the prizes I could win. Bushnell was interviewed by Jason Calacanis on TWIST. I was blown away at 19:03, when Nolan begins speaking of the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the “flow” state, or the ultimate state of...

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HARDware via bryce.vc

Bryce Roberts’ post the other day on why developing hardware is hard was inspirational for me. Many right now are touting hardware as the next big thing in Silicon Valley, and Bryce takes a slightly different view gleaned from his experience encountering the obstacles that exist in the hardware space. My inspiration from this post comes from what I have learned so far in life – that the more difficult or hard something is to accomplish, the greater the reward. The majority of startups today focus on the web only. Incredible innovation is taking place in the world of apps and the web....

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Why I Hate Friday

Usually, Friday is a pretty downer day for me. I begin the week so ready to take on the world. By mid-week, I’m saying something like, “this week is sure flying by,” and on Thursday I still feel there’s time to meet big goals. But by Friday, there is often the realization that as I hard as I try, I will have to wait until Monday for a victory. The big wins don’t typically come on Friday. Since most of my goals depend on others to come through for me, I find that a lot of people are either taking the day off or are physically at work but mentally checked...

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