There are no magic hacks. Sustainable growth takes a lot of deliberate thought, effort, and consideration.
The real story here that has been rattling around my brain the most is the story of innovation at the fringes beyond normalcy. Chris Dixon said when he made the investment in Coinbase that Bitcoin, “is one of the 5 best computer science ideas from the last forty years.” I agree. And, the idea that this brilliance came largely from one guy, acting in isolation, motivated largely by paranoia and distaste for existing financial infrastructure, is just wild. In this light the profile of Satoshi is the profile of an artist, or better yet, a maker. And like all makers, he is quirky, weird, one of the crazy ones.
After people talk to you, do they come away with more or less energy?
You don’t have to be accredited to gamble, which on net balance, loses money. But for some odd reason you have to be accredited to make private investments, which on net balance make money.
77% of online shoppers want live assistance available with their purchases so it’s not surprising that 52% of shoppers re-evaluate or abandon shopping carts because of the lack of live assistance.
- Questioning, which allows innovators to challenge the status quo and consider new possibilities.
- Observing, which helps innovators detect small behavioral details — in the activities of customers, suppliers, and other companies – that suggest new ways of doing things.
- Networking, which permits innovators to gain radically different perspectives from individuals with diverse backgrounds.
- Experimenting, which prompts innovators to relentlessly try out new experiences, take things apart, and test new ideas.
- Associational Thinking, drawing connections between questions, problems, or ideas from unrelated fields, which is triggered by questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting and is the catalyst for creativity.
The 5 traits of successful innovators, according to research from the Harvard Business School.
For the second point, learn how to master the art of observation.
For the last, don’t forget the hallmark of creativity:
It is the ability to spot the potential in the product of connecting things that don’t ordinarily go together that marks out the person who is truly creative.
Instead, what I find is absent from streaming music is everything that complements the act of listening to music. It’s the very thing that digital music, more even than records and CDs, should excel at: metadata.
Who produced that debut album from Lorde? Who were the musicians who played with her on it? Where was it recorded, and when? Does Lorde thank God, her parents, and/or her cat for making the record possible? I don’t know the answer to any of these questions, because I’ve only ever experienced Lorde’s music via Spotify, where such information is absent entirely.
Sadly this hasn’t jumped into the digital era. Getting meta data out of artists can be a major pain, especially for those in the business(it’s particularly bad as a publisher…) There is a lot of on the ground politics between artists, producers and other people on each album that we don’t always get to see. They have to go to great care to make sure that the right people get thanked and aren’t overlooked, while making sure each of their individual brands are protected in case of future scandal or success. Many would rather do nothing than risk faux pas.
But the secure email system — which uses software called Public Key Infrastructure technology — is expensive, and some government agencies have not yet upgraded to it. As a result, some agencies still scan documents on to a computer and save them on floppy disks. The disks are then sent by courier to the register.
“Slowly They Modernize: A Federal Agency That Still Uses Floppy Disks" via The New York Times
The real reason we still use the floppy disk as a Save icon, the government would be lost without it…(via marksbirch)