Conrad and the Steam Plant

Earlier this week Tina Roth Eisenberg, one of my favorite bloggers, blogged this quote from Maya Angelou that has really stuck with me, mostly because it is the lens through which I seek out people I want to spend time with — whether they are startup founders, creators or fashion designers. Those people are almost always interesting conversationalists and end up on the proverbial pages of “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off…

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Changing old behaviors is hard

When I was a kid, my grandma told me the story of a hard headed man who decided that he didn’t like that his dog had a curved tale. He took the tail and encased it in a tube and left it like that for over a decade, confident that the tail would come out…

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Recommended reads from across the internet

Woomattic Automattic, which offers an array of publishing tools (including Wordpress, Jetpack and Akismet) as a service has added commerce to its arsenal through an acquisition of Woo Commerce, which is built on and for open source Wordpress based websites. The South African bootstrapped company is one of the big success stories of online commerce. More…
The Dalrymple Report My dear friend Jim Dalrymple has teamed up with Merlin Mann for a new podcast this seems to be quite irreverent and fun. First episode has a lot to do with electric guitars. I don't really care, I have still subscribed. So should you. Jim is funny and smart. VisitiTunes to sign-up.

Vincent Laforet on visual web & future of news

Photographer and filmmaker Vincent Laforet has climbed to the top of the Empire State Building. He’s shot night aerials of New York City from 7,500 feet high. But when I talked with him earlier this year, he wondered, “Is there such thing as a real event?” You’d think the crazy winds at high altitudes might…

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Periscope, Snapchat, Meerkat: We’ll Do It Live

FastCompany: Periscope, Meerkat and Snapchat will change our relationship with television and the idea of Live TV. Even pay-per-view events are going to have to deal with this reality. Here is my latest column.

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On mobile, slow speeds kill

Google. Amazon. Walmart. Beyond a doubt, faster-loading pages increase the performance and use of a service. Sometimes even a perceived faster performance (such as in the early days of Instagram) can help boost usage and engagement. So it’s no surprise that Facebook is using speed to lure publishing companies to collaborate. Handing over the content and trying to optimize their own products to overcome the latency and other networking challenges are two different things. Facebook has used an argument that conflates the two issues. The biggest argument in favor of Facebook Instant Articles is the speed at which they will load from Facebook’s mobile app. In a press release,…

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