rickwebb

rickwebb:

I’m excited to say today that I’ve taken a role on the leadership team at Percolate, as VP of People operations. I’ve been friends with Noah and James forever. Noah was a Barbarian back in the day, and established the planning department there. When he left to form Percolate with James in…

Very cool! Awesome to see such great people working together on important products.

marksbirch
Selling an enterprise-wide deal is a lot like getting a bill passed in Congress.

If SaaS Products Sell Themselves, Why Do We Need Sales? by Mark Cranney

If you have heard the Ben Horowitz story about Opsware or read his recent book, you would have heard the name Mark Cranney.  He was the weirdo that no one wanted to hire because he did not look “sales” enough.  Ben hired him against everyone else’s judgment and it probably saved the company.  This guy knows sales and from my own experience, enterprise deals are extremely challenging to navigate and close.

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fred-wilson

Interesting times ahead — As Troy Carter says in his interview to Guardian:

“Hollywood, record labels and tech giants such as Apple, Google and Samsung face immense risks and opportunities. Everybody should be afraid right now. We saw what happened to Nokia and BlackBerry and Motorola. Nobody saw Android coming. Nobody saw the iPhone coming. Nobody saw Samsung coming. No one is safe right now. Everything is moving so quickly.”

fred-wilson
The single most important lesson we learn from the short history of the consumer internet industry is that winning internet business models are engineered around consumers. In fact, consumer internet businesses must be designed, architecturally, to be more consumer centric than their physical world equivalents. This is because, fundamentally, the internet increases transparency and information availability to reduce friction, and thus shifts market power to users relative to physical world models. Therefore, competitors can and will exploit every opportunity to be more consumer centric, a dynamic fuelled by the quasi absence of barriers to entry into the industry.
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rickwebb

rickwebb:

In my 20s, I would rail to anyone who would listen about how frustrated I was that in all the history of civilization, I made it to the the next-to-last or maybe next-to-next-to-last generation born that will still have to get old. That our generations made it SO CLOSE to the threshold, but we weren’t going to make it. Had we been born in 1400 we’d have been miles away from the finish line, but as it is we were born and will die just inches from the finish line.

I’m mostly over it now, but if any of my old friends are reading, this is what I’m talking about.

lacienegasmiled

lacienegasmiled:

Demo of Beat It composed using only Michael Jackson’s voice

As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.

fred-wilson
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.
We just got 4 of Chromebox For Meetings for the office. I’m really excited to get to use these.  Early thoughts Below.
+ Hardware Setup is very easy and getting the device logged in is a breeze as well.
+ Admin is clunky, can’t get calendar resources to be assigned to each device. (speaking of which, google apps calendar discovery for your own company calendar is atrocious and super hidden. Settings-> Browse Interesting Calendars -> Resources, 4 buried links to find your own company calendars and it isn’t even linkable )
+ Doesn’t always respond to creating a meeting, could very well be our network but there are a lot of instances where I click the middle button and don’t get a response or even a failure message. 
+ Uberconfrence was oversold, getting this setup is a bit clunky, I hope they fix this and integrate it deeper. I really needed this to replace our Avaya triangle voice conference boxes.
+ No hangouts app support so far.
+ The table pad they sent with instructions was clearly very last minute (probably printed out by some interns). Appreciated anyway.
Feature Requests
+ Would be nice if there was a bluetooth / wireless mic option
+ Needs an admin mode on the device, accessible via some trick on the remote.
+ I would love to be able to setup the background photos to look at our google+ account, we have all of our Songwriters photos on our AppleTV via Flickr.
Haven’t tried the beam to screen option, looking forward to that. It should be noted we got the pre-major release version that is slightly older hardware (i5’s vs i7) and probably doesn’t have all the best marketing /support materials inside of the box.

We just got 4 of Chromebox For Meetings for the office. I’m really excited to get to use these.  Early thoughts Below.

+ Hardware Setup is very easy and getting the device logged in is a breeze as well.

+ Admin is clunky, can’t get calendar resources to be assigned to each device. (speaking of which, google apps calendar discovery for your own company calendar is atrocious and super hidden. Settings-> Browse Interesting Calendars -> Resources, 4 buried links to find your own company calendars and it isn’t even linkable )

+ Doesn’t always respond to creating a meeting, could very well be our network but there are a lot of instances where I click the middle button and don’t get a response or even a failure message. 

+ Uberconfrence was oversold, getting this setup is a bit clunky, I hope they fix this and integrate it deeper. I really needed this to replace our Avaya triangle voice conference boxes.

+ No hangouts app support so far.

+ The table pad they sent with instructions was clearly very last minute (probably printed out by some interns). Appreciated anyway.

Feature Requests

+ Would be nice if there was a bluetooth / wireless mic option

+ Needs an admin mode on the device, accessible via some trick on the remote.

+ I would love to be able to setup the background photos to look at our google+ account, we have all of our Songwriters photos on our AppleTV via Flickr.

Haven’t tried the beam to screen option, looking forward to that. It should be noted we got the pre-major release version that is slightly older hardware (i5’s vs i7) and probably doesn’t have all the best marketing /support materials inside of the box.

parislemon

parislemon:

Tom Gara spoke with MasterCard’s Carolyn Balfany about the new chip-based payment system known as EMV:

Part of the October 2015 deadline in our roadmap is what’s known as the ‘liability shift.’ Whenever card fraud happens, we need to determine who is liable for the costs. When the liability shift happens, what will change is that if there is an incidence of card fraud, whichever party has the lesser technology will bear the liability.

So if a merchant is still using the old system, they can still run a transaction with a swipe and a signature. But they will be liable for any fraudulent transactions if the customer has a chip card. And the same goes the other way – if the merchant has a new terminal, but the bank hasn’t issued a chip and PIN card to the customer, the bank would be liable.

The key point of a liability shift is not actually to shift liability around the market. It’s to create co-ordination in the market, so you have issuers and merchants investing in the migration at the same time. This way, we’re not shifting fraud around within the system; we’re driving fraud out of the system.

That’s an interesting way to make everyone is very much incentivized to update their systems. It sure seems like it will work. We’ll see. It’s ridiculous that the United States isn’t using the chips already.

Bout time

alphaonelabs
alphaonelabs:

The Alpha One Building
Planned to be in New York City, The Alpha One Building will be an epicenter for innovation and education to advance green technology and sustainability. By providing facilities and access to materials for makers and artists, hosting tele classes and hands-on workshops, generating local aquaponic produce and providing radically inclusive community space, The Alpha One Building will benefit the entire local and global community.
Headed by Sean Auriti, co-founder of Alpha One Labs, a makerspace in Brooklyn, The Alpha One Building will meet the demands for high tech resources to drive innovation forward. Makerspaces are physical spaces where everybody can come together and work on projects, brainstorm ideas, participate in training and activities and gain feedback.
Makers today are not just guys on laptops pouring over code; they are the tinkerers and inventors who can break it then fix then add another feature to it and make it do something else. Hardware innovation differs from software  innovation in that if you need a part, it can hold up your project, whereas with software innovation you can just download another library. This is what The Alpha One Building solves. We will have a retail marketplace where makers can pick up supplies such as circuit boards, hardware, chemicals, fasteners and all those little pieces that cost double the retail price to ship that you need for your projects. And of course, if what you need doesn’t exist in a store, you can print it out on one of our 3D printers, or cut it out with one of our CNC mills.
Using recycled shipping container architecture and LED lighting, we provide a modular, eco-friendly place to make.  Make a donation via paypal to alphaonelabs@gmail.com to help make this project a success. 


Great project idea.

alphaonelabs:

The Alpha One Building

Planned to be in New York City, The Alpha One Building will be an epicenter for innovation and education to advance green technology and sustainability. By providing facilities and access to materials for makers and artists, hosting tele classes and hands-on workshops, generating local aquaponic produce and providing radically inclusive community space, The Alpha One Building will benefit the entire local and global community.

Headed by Sean Auriti, co-founder of Alpha One Labs, a makerspace in Brooklyn, The Alpha One Building will meet the demands for high tech resources to drive innovation forward. Makerspaces are physical spaces where everybody can come together and work on projects, brainstorm ideas, participate in training and activities and gain feedback.

Makers today are not just guys on laptops pouring over code; they are the tinkerers and inventors who can break it then fix then add another feature to it and make it do something else. Hardware innovation differs from software  innovation in that if you need a part, it can hold up your project, whereas with software innovation you can just download another library. This is what The Alpha One Building solves. We will have a retail marketplace where makers can pick up supplies such as circuit boards, hardware, chemicals, fasteners and all those little pieces that cost double the retail price to ship that you need for your projects. And of course, if what you need doesn’t exist in a store, you can print it out on one of our 3D printers, or cut it out with one of our CNC mills.

Using recycled shipping container architecture and LED lighting, we provide a modular, eco-friendly place to make.  Make a donation via paypal to alphaonelabs@gmail.com to help make this project a success. 

Great project idea.