Dream of Californication

Hugh MacLeod, who occasionally consults for Microsoft, has some interesting thoughts on their pursuit of Yahoo. The thing that might save MSFT long-term is a massive infusion of Silicon Valley DNA. That’s why I think they’re offering Yahoo the $40billion. All companies, no matter what the size, have a their own, unique cocktail of four […]

A Call for Curators

Steve Rubel calls content a commodity and says the “Attention Crash” is real and that it’s only going to get worse. Of course, he wouldn’t say those things without offering a remedy. Enter the Digital Curator. Information overload makes it difficult to separate junk from art. It requires a certain finesse and expertise – a […]

Be The Network

I’ve mentioned before how well Scott Karp wraps his mind around the big media topics of our day. He does it again as he considers the MicroHoo! marriage. The main problem with Microsoft and Yahoo, looking forward, is that they are not web-native companies — they rely on centralized control models, rather than distributed network […]

Google’s Stock Slides. Executive Team Says, No Worries.

In this day of quarterly numbers and short-term decisions, it’s refreshing to see a company move counter to this trend. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google is such a company. Messrs. Brin, Page and Schmidt made it starkly clear in Google’s so-called “Owner’s Manual,” filed as part of the company’s IPO prospectus in April […]

Digital Haves Have It Goin’ On

The fine folks at Zeus Jones in Minneapolis have put a nice slide together that reframes the debate around digital divides.

Marketing That Matters–Advertising 101 For The Green Crowd

I’ve never worked on the client side, nor have I ever started a business, so I don’t quite fit into the intended audience of Marketing That Matters: 10 Practices to Profit Your Business And Change The World by Chip Conley and Eric Friedenwald-Fishman. Nevertheless, it’s a good primer on marketing for anyone building a brand […]

Mastering The Mix

Tim O’Reilly talks about the value of putting people from different disciplines in a room together. In thinking about the future of collective intelligence, we need to make sure that we not only think about systems that lead to convergence of opinion, but also ones that ensure divergence, and fresh inputs. The surest way I […]

From Nowhere To Everywhere In The Span Of A Decade

USA Today looks at the growing proliferation of, and resistance to, electronic mail. Today about 150 engineers at chipmaker Intel will kick off “Zero E-mail Fridays.” E-mail-free Fridays already are the norm at cell carrier U.S. Cellular and at order-processing company PBD Worldwide Fulfillment Services in Alpharetta, Ga. Prominent techies are tackling the problem individually […]