“Early stage entrepreneurs like Jane don’t always know what exact outcomes to expect, but they are willing to publicly put their ideas into the world, allowing them to connect with the as yet unknown people and opportunities that make their products possible.”—How Great Entrepreneurs Create Their Own Luck
“[I]t’s not about the money, large or small, an even buck or 99 cents — it’s about establishing a new relationship. Or, to use the vernacular, 99 cents is gateway-drug pricing.”—The newsonomics of 99-cent media
“The software industry has a concept known as “legacy code,” meaning old stuff that is left in software programs, even after they are revised and updated, so that they will still work with older operating systems. The equivalent exists in newspaper stories, which are written to accommodate readers who have just emerged from a coma or a coal mine.”—Cut This Story!
“[Bloggers] said that they felt as if they were out there alone in digital land, under high pressure to get Web hits, with no training, little guidance or mentoring and sparse editing. Guidelines for aggregating stories are almost nonexistent, they said. And they believe that, even if they do a good job, there is no path forward.”—Elizabeth Flock’s resignation: The Washington Post fails a young blogger
1. Find out everything you can about him before you get there; if you still like him, let it show.
2. Order a Scotch rocks and water. Drink half. When it turns see-through, order another.
3. Then it’s kind of like being on a date. It’s best to smile and sit there like you’ve got no place to go, and just let them talk. Somewhere in the middle of the entree, they’ll throw out something revealing.
4. Wait till dessert to pounce. Let him know you’ve got the same problem he has, whatever it is. Then you’re in a conspiracy, which is the basis of a “friendship.”
5. If for some reason he’s more reserved, flip the script: Feed him your own personal morsel.
6. Get your answers; be nice to the waiter; don’t let him near the check.
It is a cyclical problem all successful companies eventually face as the technology around them changes, but they cannot change.
Even if Polaroid or Kodak could have developed Instagram, it’s likely that the project would have been killed anyway. What would be the reaction of almost any executive presented with a business plan to save the company with an iPhone app that had no prospect for revenue?
“The students in the classrooms don’t glance up as dozens of reporters rumble in, and the professor’s lecture continues without pause. Perhaps they are real students. But look straight into the eyes of these people and their pupils dance around you like you’re not there, as if they’ve been trained to pretend you are not. Only the official guides, always beautiful women in flowing polyester gowns in ice-cream colours, will talk readily.”—Beyond the facade shown to outsiders, North Korea’s reality asserts itself