“Last year, three bloggers in the Glam network cleared $1 million in ad revenue. Says Arora, “There is only one person in the traditional editorial world who makes that kind of money, and that is Anna Wintour,” the renowned editor of Vogue.”—
And she does it with THOUSANDS of employees. Social media gives the lie to media company structure. Structure is pointless when talent produces distribution. Doesn’t work for everyone, but when it does, it does.
“It’s about being able to communicate as if you are native, whether you’re sitting in a business meeting or at a café," said Mayel de Borniol. A native of France, he and U.K. co-founder Josef Dunne got the idea when they were having trouble communicating with their Greek landlord a few years ago.”—Babelverse and the $34 billion addressable market on language services.
Why It's Hard to Build For People Something They Don't Know They Want
It is very rare that a startup can create a product that people didn’t know they wanted. And not because there is no innovation. It’s because the ability to make something like that actually requires being able to read between the lines of what people say they want, and predicting accurately what it is they are really trying to say. All descriptions of the present and the future depend on a vocabulary we build from the past. All of our formulations of the future inevitably are the past dressed in the wrong clothes for the event
My Take on the Geopolitical Aspect of the NSA Operations and Edward Snowden
This often gets missed in the local and national news, because the angle in the US is solely on the privacy aspect of it, which is completely understandable. But this is what I keep thinking about:
I wrote this on Gawker this morning:
So, what’s amazing to me about his decision to go to Hong Kong is that — all talk of treason, national security, domestic spying aside — he is still fulfilling the President’s brief about keeping a conversation going on the localized Hong Kong SAR “rule of law” process. It’s also interesting that the break in this story would happen as President Xi visits Obama. So, in addition to having leaked a NSA operation to the global public, he’s also centered the conversation squarely on China’s relationship with Hong Kong and the future of democracy there, only a week after the Tiananmen Square anniversary
“I see the value of writing clearly and concisely becoming an increasingly important skill for digital workers. Partly for the reasons outlined above, but also because we’re moving into a massive wave of distributed work and self selected customers. This means our voice, and the voice of our companies, are often going to be discovered and engaged with via the copy of our services, the content of our social media channels and the clarity of our emails.”—
All product design and all customer experience are one. Full Stop
When you meet someone and something about them jars you, that’s the same emotional experience a customer has when they go to your app and they get lost. People look for simplicity in their experiences.
Never design an experience to be more complicated than it needs to be.
Product design and customer experience are always one and the same thing. And they always shall be.
Just as you can tell someone is lying to you when certain facts are withheld, or certain body language obscures or confuses, product design triggers the senses.
Foursquare Picks Up Where Daily Deals Sites Fall Off
I think in the space of opportunity, Foursquare has a very big edge in being a consumer’s weapon of choice in finding daily deals. It can’t be that daily deals find success in being just the offer. The shopping process is exactly that, a process. That requires an app that has a base, and an operation. At the end of the day, daily deals are just coupons. Nobody is loyal to coupons. They are loyal to their own behavior.