I do think, however, that no matter how wonderfully social and useful our Internet becomes, the ease with which platforms like Facebook allow us to (sometimes unwittingly) drag our pasts with us unnaturally into the future will always carry with it an element of emotional distress that did not exist in quite the same way before the rise of the World Wide Web.
Swÿp takes the mysterious computational process of sharing data--something we do all the time but never see--and externalizes it, giving it a tactile, intuitive interface. It allows users to “immediately grasp the concepts behind device-to-device communications,” Swÿp’s developers says.
Glass as a Material In some cases, we cannot see if window glass is there or not. Unless light shines on it, we can’t confirm the existence of it because it is transparent. But once the light shines on it, glass truly emanates a special presence. Although it is solid and hard, it is quite easy to be broken. It connotes conflicting qualities: solidity and fragility. The interaction of light... with this material reveals certain aspects of substance. We humans, with our limited imaginations and powers of recognition, call these aspects “form” and ”color.” For the journey Im taking, searching for “terms” which express life itself, the interaction between life and the world around it, the network of life, and “the forms that take the shape of those terms,” I needed material of a transparent nature and at the same time, completely meaningless. I perfectly control the changing of the transparent material from solid into liquid, and again into solid, and at the same time, being controlled by this phenomenon, I converse and convey ‘time.’ Thus I encountered one material which can exist as the ‘membrane of something invisible.’
Peter Merholz: “An ability to take an empathetic view of the user, and to interpret that into a systematic design solution.” Justin Cooke: “Someone who can make the complex simple, beautiful and ever so slightly fun.” Stu and Odette: “Someone with the passion and curiosity to constantly learn more about how people interact with digital products.” Kara Pernice: “Great UX designers have a... desire to innovate and gather knowledge about potential users and customers, and the humility to know that their first design iterations will rarely be great.” Tom Wood: “The willingness to collaborate with both the end user and the business client during the design process.”
Reconnect with “why.” Go back to your original vision and imagine having achieved your goal. Great warriors imagine victory and top athletes imagine winning before stepping onto the field, so why not you? Know when to quit. We are taught from a young age to “never give up,” or in the words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never, never give up.” But great strategists know that great strategies... are about making decisions. Look at everything on your plate and decide which things are honestly not worth the effort. This is not about deciding to quit your project but to pinpoint which parts of your project will give you the biggest bang for your effort. Measure your runway. Do the math to figure out how much time you honestly have to get through the dip. Look at your cash, how much longer your partner will put up with your late nights, how much energy you really have. Calculate how many days, weeks, or months you want to give yourself. Get tactical. Categorize your priorities into four buckets: wastes of time, tactics, winning moves, and crazy ideas. The winning moves tend to be the opportunities that will pay off in the long term. Since right now you are focused on pushing through today, it’s time to focus on the tactics. You are looking to advance in inches, not miles, so just do the work. Stop asking why (that’s step one) or whether (step two). Pick up the phone, write that proposal, or in my case, write this blog.
The point here for Megaupload and RapidShare is to provide an air of legitimacy around their services. Yes, users can upload and illegally share files on Megaupload and Rapidshare--but users could also do the same on YouTube and any other cloud service. Levie feels this is a weak argument. "The technical capability of putting content onto the web is at this point, a low common denominator... across all these services," he says. "You can upload content to Wikipedia or to Blogger or onto Twitter or Facebook. Any platform essentially can host this kind of information." What separates these services from Megaupload is how they're used, how they're monetized, and how companies respond to piracy. Levie believes Megaupload crossed a line when it became a safe haven for copyrighted materials, and started capitalizing off that content--Megaupload is said to have offered financial incentives for users uploading pirated content. "The DMCA is pretty clear: You have to be removing this content as soon as you get a request in," Levie says. "I think we saw this a little bit with Pirate Bay, when it just crossed a threshold where there was no arguable legal reason for its existence."
"Consider the many virtues of paper," says Greenfield, "its cheapness and ubiquity, its 'user-editable’ nature, and paradoxical robustness." Paper doesn’t need to be recharged. Paper can’t lose a network signal. Paper doesn’t crash. It is easy to tear, easy to burn, and nearly impossible to repair, yet a folded up piece of paper can survive in your pocket for years. Paper is both resilient and fragile.
As mobile machines keep getting more powerful, we're running into a fundamental technological hurdle: We need to find new, better ways of managing our phones and tablets in order to unleash their capabilities. That's why we hail every interface invention, from multitouch to motion control to voice, as the next holy grail. As promising as each of these technologies may be, none completely solves... the mobile interface dilemma. On our portable devices, it's still too difficult to input large piles of text, to work with complex graphics, or to otherwise manipulate data as we're used to on our desktops.
It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. That it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing.”
I think one of the main tasks for the innovator is often the communication. Since you’re creating a product that meets a new need, there’s work involved in explaining exactly what you’ve created and how it’s better than what people are in the habit of using. The great thing with this task, of course, is that you’re telling a story that’s true and meaningful, as opposed to coming up with gimmicky... messaging to try and differentiate yourself. With our products, once we put them to market, we found consumers were choosing to use them for a really wide array of reasons, so it’s been challenging to articulate our messaging in a way that’s concise but sufficiently explanatory, to every type of consumer who’s interested in the food. The thing that’s helped us a lot in this is the fact that we are our own consumer. We’re a company of animal lovers, making products we believe in that are good enough for our own pets to eat. That means we can connect with our customers at a deep level and have an empathetic way to tell our story. On a practical level, besides staying true to your mission and values, I think listening to your gut is one of the most important things you can do as an entrepreneur. I’m a pretty intuitive person (and quite stubborn, too) and I think if you really believe in an idea or know in your heart that something’s going to work, you should just go for it and not waste loads of time analyzing the numbers. It’s equally important to have the freedom to fail and to know when to stop something if it isn’t working out; I can think of a couple of occasions where I’ve failed to follow through on what my instinct has told me, particularly when it comes to employees not working out, and not severing ties quickly enough.
Smart cities use information and communication technologies (ICT) to be more intelligent and efficient in the use of resources, resulting in cost and energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint--all supporting innovation and the low-carbon economy.
1) Find something you are super excited about and know that at least another 100 million people can be super excited about it 2) Either start a company in that space or invest as much as possible in it. Also, strongly participate in it. Make sure you are the most excited user of your own product. 3) No matter what you are doing, get as much press as possible. Don’t use PR firms (maybe he... does use PR firms but he certainly doesn’t need to. He creates his own PR). Be OUT there creating your own buzz with your own energy. PR firms can never do that for you. Too many companies rely on PR firms to create buzz. But it will never work. You have to create your own buzz and that adds many multiples of value to what otherwise would be your value. 4) Have a good bullshit detector. If things smell, get rid of them. If things are frothy, sell. Don’t break this rule. 5) Engage the customer. Cuban is probably the most accessible owner in the NBA. He talks to the fans. he blogs to entrepreneurs. In 2004 or 2005 I ran into Jason Calacanis who started weblogs, inc. He told me he cold-called Mark Cuban about his weblogs, inc blogging platform and Cuban immediately invested. Cuban responded to my emails about PIPEs even though he didn’t know me and wasn’t even interested in PIPES. Its hard work. For me I respond to up to 100 emails, comments, etc a day and still can’t keep up. Somehow Cuban has the energy to keep on doing what he’s doing even though he could’ve long disappeared by now (when’s the last time you hear from Todd Wagner, his old partner at broadcast.com. I’m sure he’s doing fine but he’s not as public as Cuban).
“It’s clear that consumer habits of sharing business and personal information are evolving, and the lines between online social networking and offline business networking are not just blurring, but vanishing,” said Moross.
"Google Search has always been about finding the best results for you," it begins, then points out that, "Sometimes that means results from the public web, but sometimes it means your personal content or things shared with you by people you care about." According to Google, it's been letting you down since, "These wonderful people and this rich personal content is currently missing from your... search experience. Search is still limited to a universe of webpages created publicly, mostly by people you’ve never met." But now the fix is in, as today it's "changing that by bringing your world, rich with people and information, into search."
Designer founders we’ve observed are consistently multidisciplinary and have cross-functional skills necessary to make decisions about products. They are fluent in the full design stack, ranging from user research and interaction design to information architecture and communication design. They may not be experts in all sub-disciplines of design but can get by on their own in the early days of... their startup and attract specialists when needed. In addition, they have a thorough enough working understanding of technology and business stacks, including agile programming and data-based marketing methods. Designer founders can move up and down the design stack and across the technology and business stacks to do what it takes to ship and use data to justify their decisions when needed. Thus, they are capable of leading both their product and organization through the design cycles needed to innovate. There’s a difference between a designer who can design a car dashboard and a designer who can design an entire car and how to drive it. Designer founders need to be able to do both.
Naivete is a value. The tech industry values it." On the other side, she notes, "as you get more perspective over time, you get more conservative, with a small c. You approach problem solving differently--less radical, guns blazing. Instability is part of the joy and fun of the young."