Medium’s Secret Weapon

Evan Williams, co-founder of Blogger, Twitter and Medium came on stage at Roadmap to talk about Medium and what he is trying to do with his company. But the real story is that it is a design that is the core to the company – design that is rarely seen but mostly experienced. Here is my FastCompany column about all that!

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What to read this weekend

It has been a tumultuous week — media people around the world are mourning the loss of beloved David Carr, media columnist for the New York Times. He was 58 and died in the newsroom — a befitting end to one true champion of all journalism. David was a real journalist and his legacy will and should be — other journalists trying to do what he did so well all his: report with rigor and honesty, write with feeling and authenticity and and absolutely love the job. He shall remain in my memories for rest of my life. Here are…

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Happy Birthday Slack! And Stuff Stewart Says

Slack, the company that arose like a phoenix from the ashes of Tiny Speck is now a year old. It came out of beta last February! And what a year it has been for the company — it has gone from zero to one of the fastest growing services in less than a year. It has raised…

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Oh my! Drones over Iceland

If you love drone photography, this is as good as it gets. I have been dreaming of going to Iceland and this basically is the last straw. As soon as weather gets a bit normal up there, I am going to go on a photo tour of this place!  It has been created by Xoxo, a German design and creative agency. (Additional background for the project is on their website.) Press play and enjoy! h/t: Steve Crandall

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How do Gotham & Sin City look from way up there?

Vincent Laforet, who shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography as a staff member of the New York Times, is now one of the world’s preeminent photographers. He is known to push the envelope of photography — whether it was giving a new meaning to the phrase “tilt shift” or using DSLRs for digital movie making. He recently leaned out of an “open door of a helicopter 7,500 feet over New York City” and took some fantastic pictures of New York from a perspective that is rarely seen. It was first time anyone had gone up there and taken…

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