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Sep 24

China to Unblock Facebook and Twitter--But Only Inside the Shanghai Free Trade Zone -

Leave other cities as the control group, and see what political and economic impact (global) social media access has on Shanghai. This could provide very interesting data points for China.

(Source: theatlantic)

Jun 25

Continuations: Tech Tuesday: A Prioritization Heuristic -

continuations:

Startups are heavily resource constrained and so prioritization of what to work on becomes paramount. In today’s Tech Tuesday I want to share an important heuristic that many companies can benefit from.

The point of departure for this the well known 80:20 rule, which for our purposes loosely…

I like to put all of the different areas of focus into a list, and continually “loop” through it to make sure there is always at least some progress in each area. Of course it helps a great deal if you can delegate ownership of each area to others and then just review their status regularly, but that is not always possible!

Jun 19

Mixee Labs: Stratasys acquires MakerBot.. now what? -

mixeelabs:

Stratasys acquires MakerBot for $403 million of Stratasys stock. I guess the rumors turned out to be true, after all.

For an acquisition worth roughly 10-12% of Stratasys’s market cap, they must have big plans for MakerBot. So what will happen next?

Before we look forward, let’s go back a…

The other major piece this brings to Strata is a very large footprint in the consumer sphere. In terms of sales volume, that should increase their opportunity many fold.

It’s the path not taken by HP when they had the right to Woz’s personal computer, but passed on it.

Here, perhaps, is where the history of 3D printing forks most from its predecessor industry of the personal computer.

Jan 04

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vintageanchor:

On this day in 1841, Herman Melville ships out on the whaler Acushnet to the South Seas.“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”― Herman Melville

vintageanchor:

On this day in 1841, Herman Melville ships out on the whaler Acushnet to the South Seas.

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
― Herman Melville

(Source: vintageanchorbooks, via theatlantic)

Nov 19

Mixee Me is now in public beta, and we’re giving away stuff to celebrate

mixeeme:

We are happy to announce that we are officially in public beta. 

To celebrate, we are giving away loads of FREE Mixees. Here’s how to get ‘em:

  1. Make a Mixee online: http://www.mixeeme.com
  2. Tweet @MixeeMe, link your Mixee’s URL, tell us why your Mixee is awesome
  3. Every hour from 1 PM to 9 PM EST, we will pick one to give away for free!

That’s it! Enjoy!!! 

Great project and a great team. Go, Nancy and Aaron!

(Source: mixeelabs)

Feb 03

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Dec 01

nevver:

The Geography of Stuck
“Nearly six in ten Americans live in the state where they were born, according to the U.S. Census bureau. But there is considerable variation from state to state, as the map (above) by Zara Matheson of the Martin Prosperity Institute shows. More than three quarters of the people in Louisiana (78.9 percent), Michigan (76.6 percent) and Ohio (75.1 percent) were born there, as opposed to just 24.3 percent of Nevadans, 35.2 percent of Floridians, 37.2 percent of the residents of Washington, D.C., and 37.7 percent of Arizonans. A high level of home-grown residents is also indicative of a lack of inflow of new people.”

nevver:

The Geography of Stuck

“Nearly six in ten Americans live in the state where they were born, according to the U.S. Census bureau. But there is considerable variation from state to state, as the map (above) by Zara Matheson of the Martin Prosperity Institute shows. More than three quarters of the people in Louisiana (78.9 percent), Michigan (76.6 percent) and Ohio (75.1 percent) were born there, as opposed to just 24.3 percent of Nevadans, 35.2 percent of Floridians, 37.2 percent of the residents of Washington, D.C., and 37.7 percent of Arizonans. A high level of home-grown residents is also indicative of a lack of inflow of new people.”

(via theatlantic)

Oct 06

Continuations: Steve Jobs -

continuations:

It feels a bit strange now that I wrote a post yesterday morning about “Apple’s Glory Years,” not realizing that in the evening I would see the news that Steve Jobs had passed away. There have been many excellent tributes and I read a lot of them last night (collected here on delicious) with…

I suppose every time I read “technology visionary” I thought of “technology-product visionary” in my head. Perhaps it’s just a semantic distinction, because to me “technology” includes not only the bare metal programmers and fundamental scientific researchers, but also those who add value and innovation to each layer on top of that (operating systems, applications, platforms, networks, etc).

Finding interesting technologies that have not been mass-marketed, and curating them, massaging them into tools that everyone can use, is something Steve Jobs excelled at. That seems a core part of his self-description of living at the crossroads of science and art.

mcnallyjackson:

carolynkellogg:

Moby-Dick cake.

From Hell’s heart I slice at thee, cake!

mcnallyjackson:

carolynkellogg:

Moby-Dick cake.

From Hell’s heart I slice at thee, cake!

(via wnyc)