I am going to be traveling for next few days, attending a conference and meeting some fun people and eating good food. I might not be around much, but you know me — sometimes I like to write when I travel. Here is a little piece for you to enjoy — 10 reasons why traveling is good for you — though for me it is the prospect of being analog ;-)
Nearly six years ago, I had an incident with my heart that left me fighting for my life. Needless to say, it served as a wakeup call that lead to many changes in life, some I have written about in the past, some which are highly personal and thus stay within me.
However, everyday I get up and get to do what I love the most, all I can do is quietly express my gratitude towards the fine people at UCSF and its wonderful Cardiology Department who worked tirelessly to make sure I lived to see another day.
A few weeks ago when she came to speak at my Roadmap conference, Indiegogo co-founder Danae RIngelmann suggested perhaps, I should help raise money for the hospital — after all they are doing good work, great research and are a good community member. And it would be perfect to launch this effort on December 3, that is today. Why? Because it is UN’s #GivingTuesday and Indiegogo will match by contributing a $1 for every $20 contributed to our campaign.
Like Black Friday & Cyber Monday are about consumption. #GivingTuesday is a global movement to create a global day of giving on Tuesday, December 3rd. (There are many more worthy causes to support and you can find them here on a special page IndieGoGo set up for #GivingTuesday.
So here we are — launching this campaign for UCSF and its wonderful Cardiology department. Our goal, like I said, is pretty modest — raise a mere $25,000 — though more is always better. Here is the good news — we are off to flying start. Many have very generously contributed and I hope you can join them.
But love and caring isn’t always expressed through cash — letting others know about how to take preventative measures is equally important. Spread the word out to others on perils of smoking and unhealthy lifestyle. Let people know how to value one thing we have so little of — time. And love life… it is the only one we have. If you have a minute, read how I learned to love life, value time and change — it is part of my life-resume aka my About.me profile page.
- It was less about drones and more about the growing importance of algorithm-augmented retail.
- It is also a pretty broad swipe at all local retail, especially big box retailers such as Walmart, Kmart and Target. Those other guys are fighting to get their services web and mobile ready, while Amazon (s AMZN) is fine-tuning what matters most in digital commerce: supply chain and speed of delivery. Amazon is optimizing its supply chain to go from beyond delivery on the same day to within a few hours, with ultimate ambition of being less than an hour.
- It is thumbing Google (s GOOG) and eBay (s EBAY) in the face, saying go ahead experiment all you want with same day delivery. Retail is Amazon’s core business and it is doing whatever it takes to get even more efficient at it.
- I wouldn’t be surprised if it starts using an Uber-like service to start implementing a version of this pretty quickly. Even WalMart is experimenting with crowdsourcing delivery of packages and it makes most logical sense.
- It is a good way to push UPS, FedEx and USPS to come up with new delivery models befitting this new changed retail and consumption landscape.
Michael Williams & friends are once again organizing Pop Up Flea in New York — December 6-7-8 at 82 Mercer Street in Soho, NYC. The organizers describe “Pop Up Flea is an ever changing collection of new and vintage menswear goods. It’s a shop that opens one weekend at a time.” This is a great event (now in its fifth year) where you get to learn about offerings from independent menswear brands such as Todd Snyder, Baxter, Billykirk and many others. If you are in the area, you must visit and if you are not, then follow along on the web, Twitter or on Instagram. I wish I could go – but I am off to Le Web at the end of the week.
Die Workwear, a fabulous fashion blog has put together a list of 12 awesome sales for the fashionable/stylish men who are looking to go shopping this holiday season and want to save some cash, for other finer things in life, such as Italian wines. And there is that Mr. Porter sale, which is currently underway. I have also created a little gift guide on Pinterest in case you are looking for some ideas.
- With this genome I thee wed. [Gary Robbins]
- Store Closing: the death of brick and mortar retail. [Marty Manley]
- The loneliness of Black Friday. [Paul Hiebert]
- Does your dog love you back? [Jason G. Goldman]
- Valley Guy, a photo essay: [Alec Soth]
- Why Twitter buying MoPub is a very big deal. [Antonio Garcia]
- Firms race to transmit Wall Street data at nearly light speed. [Andrew Tangel]
- How to eat curry. [The Guardian]
- ‘Algorave’ is the future of dance music (if you’re a nerd.) [Daniel Dylan Wray]
- How Wall Street has turned housing into a dangerous get-rich-quick scheme — again. [Laura Gottesdiener]
From Bill Moyer’s website: “Scholar Henry Giroux says America’s current political system is leading to a culture where people are so focused on surviving, they become like ‘the walking dead.’” Giroux is the author of Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism.