Selling Out

Creator of “Calvin and Hobbes,” Bill Watterson’s Kenyon College Commencement speech: Selling out is usually more a matter of buying in. Sell out, and you’re really buying into someone else’s system of values, rules and rewards.The so-called “opportunity” I faced … Continue reading

Kickstarter

Ken Levine on Zach Braff ruining Kickstarter: When I used to broadcast for the Orioles one of my partners was the legendary Chuck Thompson. Most of our games were at night. Chuck was an avid golfer. He played the public … Continue reading

The Cult of Done Manifesto

Done Manifesto: No. 4: Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.

Real artists ship

Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of WordPress, on getting your product into the real world: …if you’re not embarrassed when you ship your first version you waited too long… Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how … Continue reading

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Forbes on The Innovator’s Dilemma: But what if the firm was driven, not by the goal of short-term profitability, but by the goal of continuous innovation in service of finding new ways of delighting customers? The new bottom line of … Continue reading

Market Society

What Isn’t for Sale? …without quite realizing it—without ever deciding to do so—we drifted from having a market economy to being a market society. The difference is this: A market economy is a tool—a valuable and effective tool—for organizing productive … Continue reading

Steal Like an Artist

Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income. I think the … Continue reading

Design is Horseshit!

Yong Fook: Here’s my pitch. This talk of designers as the new kings of startups is becoming increasingly overblown. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. Design is merely the barrier to entry to your product not getting lost … Continue reading