Storehouse, the visual storytelling service co-founded by Mark Kawano and Tim Donnelly, is celebrating its first year today. It launched exactly a year ago. In that time it has won many awards, but what has been amazing is the growing community of visual storytellers. Mark (who is the CEO) shares some of the statistics in his blog post.
We, at True Ventures, are delighted to be part of their journey to invent a new kind of story telling. On a more personal level, as someone who sits on the company’s board, I am almost always amazed and blown away by the storytellers and community first approach taken by Mark and Tim. Congratulations team Storehouse! (Related post: On visual web, a photo is worth more than a 1000 words.)
By the way, in my one year on the service, I have created 47 stories. My most viewed story, not surprisingly is about the Apple Watch, though I think the story about my visit to Sweden was memorable and my favorite thus far. If you want, you can find/follow me here.
Call it the 7-year-itch: after abstaining from podcasting for nearly seven years, I am thinking about doing some irregular podcasting and have been wondering about tools to get the job done. By, the way if you are still interested, the website for the podcast is still out there on the web. The latest resurgence in podcasting has made me think about podcasting again – though I don’t want to add clutter to a world that is already jam-packed with some great stuff. Hence, my desire to keep it a little irregular. I have found regular deadlines make my anxiety level go up!
In seven years, a lot has changed, though the biggest change is the iPhone. I find it has become my favorite creation tool — it is the easiest to use device for me, whether recording video, audio notes or taking photos. It does a great job — and if you add a nice tripod and some bells-and-whistles, it can be quite a handful. A lot of course has to do with the accessories that go with the iPhone.
And one accessory, which has gone on my must-buy list is the new Shure Motiv 88 microphone for the iPhone. Shure makes great products. I loved using their in-ear headphones. The sound was great, but they were aesthetically challenged. However, the Motiv 88 microphone looks pretty elegant and all the reviews on the web point to a great experience and a well made product. It seems like a perfect device for recording a podcast or an interview for Pi.co in hi-def audio and enhance the listener experience. It is a shame that it won’t be released till summer 2015. Too bad: Shure could have had my money now. The $150 device seems like a perfect add-on to the small pouch of accessories that sit in my bag.
I have been remiss in sharing my recommendation for a couple of weeks, mostly because I have been preoccupied with work and other personal matters. I have been reading less on the screen and more on paper, hence the delays. Regardless, I believe these are some of the better stories out there and if you have time, please check them out.
- Democracy in the digital era: Irish politician and activist has some good rumination about how connectivity is redefining the concept of democracy. Birgitta Jónsdóttir just went on my bucket list of people to meet in 2015.
- Deer are invading New York City: What that has to do with tech and why it is on The Verge is besides the point. This is a great feature story, the first one which i read start to finish. More people should be looking at our immediate world differently. Well done Brendan O’Connor.
- What does living in San Francisco mean in 2015: Broke Ass Stuart, who made waves back in 2011 with his first essay, is back. The new essay is an eye-opener. I am not going to lie — the idea of moving back to New York again is looking increasingly attractive.
- Has technology killed the jewelry business? Interesting question. I think if it has not, then Apple Watch is going to put a serious dent in the business, for sure.
- In praise of snow geese: One man’s affection for snow geese is another’s great read.
- Gay Talese explains how he wrote the story about Frank Sinatra, when Sinatra gave him no access. And what a great story that was. It should be a must read for all journalists, especially those who mistake access for a great story telling opportunity.
- Tragedies in France and Nigeria: Differences in media attention tabulated by MIT Media Lab’s Ethan Zuckerman whose also directs the Center for Civic Media at MIT.
- Of bugs and men: cricket ranching in America: Great story about the future of animal protein and how crickets will play a roll in it.
- A timeline of ramen development! Proof that good journalism isn’t dead. Thanks Lucky Peach!
- Last, but not the least! There is a distinct possibility that by end of 2016, Spotify could easily be getting a whopping $4.25 billion a year, just from company’s paying subscribers. Here is how!
FastCompany: Today, Kano, Raspberry Pi and Arduino might be toys, but what they portend to is a future where ever so small computers, embedded everywhere and decentralized networks are going to be part of Internet’s next and much need evolution away from the aging client-server model. (My complete column archive is available here.)
Jerry Neumann, a venture capitalist who also teaches a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia University’s engineering school has outlined in great detail the history of venture capital during the 1980s. The treatise is a timeline of multiple boom-and-bust cycles that make up the every changing history of Silicon Valley. I, personally, have been part of many of these cycles. There were quite many cycles before the current one. And there will be cycles after the present cycle. Only difference, is that the speed with which cycles happen is much faster. However, some things have not changed — like the essence of venture capital business:
The pioneers of the 1960s and 1970s had figured out a winning formula: build a great network to source opportunities, spend months getting to know the management team and doing due diligence, invest at the earliest possible stage, work hard to help founders get the right team in place and put together partnerships, and take the company public only when it was ready to be a public company.