Saturday, 8 - 03 - 2014
"A lot of companies under-invest in their office space, and therefore under-invest in their employees."
Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb on their extravagant new SF headquarters
Wednesday, 26 - 02 - 2014
"We can either have competition, which would solve a lot of these problems, or we can have regulation. What Comcast is trying is to have neither. It’s insanity, and we keep lying to ourselves about it. It’s time to start thinking about ways to actually do something."
Monday, 17 - 02 - 2014
Until a year ago, I felt that I wasn’t fully able to perform my job as a kind of project leader for inspiration, because my time was not really my own. Like many people, I was hyper-scheduled, often in depressingly small chunks of time, at one meeting after another, with very little time in between. I remember one particular day when I had a different appointment or task every 10 minutes. My brain almost exploded.
Creative people thrive on serendipity, spontaneous interactions, moments of ribald humor, intense debate or just simple eye contact, and I felt as if I was losing myself. I decided that it was time to act. So I tried an experiment. I just stopped saying yes and started saying no to things.
Actually, there was a bit more method to my madness. I started a ritual that I still use today: I sit down and look at my calendar every Sunday night, pore through my coming week’s meetings and cancel a bunch of them — redundant ones where I don’t need to be “in the loop,” ones where there is an opportunity for someone else to make a decision, ones that don’t particularly inspire me, or ones where I can’t really add value. My overarching goal right now, wherever possible, is to give myself more time to simply be.
Thursday, 13 - 02 - 2014
"I’m a bit of a contrarian and it’s hard to be a contrarian in a country that doesn’t change."
Yves Behar on growing up in Switzerland, from Vanity Fair
Thursday, 13 - 02 - 2014
"He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist."
Monday, 10 - 02 - 2014
"When you look at the exceptionally creative work of Masters, you must not ignore the years of practice, the endless routines, the hours of doubt, and the tenacious overcoming of obstacles these people endured. Creative energy is the fruit of such efforts and nothing else."
Sunday, 9 - 02 - 2014
"A lot of entrepreneurs have a perfect deck of slides, a perfect business plan, and a perfect financial model. But that’s all they have. They think starting a business is having a business plan. But being an entrepreneur is about creating the future one step at a time."
William Hsu, c0-founder and managing partner at start-up accelerator MuckerLab, from this Inc. article
Friday, 7 - 02 - 2014
"Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win."
Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird
Friday, 7 - 02 - 2014
"The new way of work is based on connectives — loose and shifting networks of highly autonomous cooperators — rather than collectives — tight and static hierarchic teams where people work in narrowly-defined roles."
Monday, 3 - 02 - 2014
I don’t think Apple will ever be great at doing low end. It really makes insanely great products to use the phrase Steve used 30 years ago, when he launched the Mac. What I think is going to have to happen is that they’re going to have to figure out a whole new set of disruptive products.
You’ve heard Tim Cook hint about that; whether it’s television or a wearable watch, I don’t think Apple’s going to do well trying to be in the commodity low end race with Samsung and others.
Monday, 27 - 01 - 2014
"That Polvi’s elevator pitch is a little rough is no accident. Graham encourages founders to spend all their energy on product development, not on PR. In most cases, companies are expected to release a finished version of something — whether it be an iPhone app or a photo-sharing widget — before the three-month program is over. That’s an incredibly short amount of time for a two- or three-person team. It requires that founders work more or less around the clock while ignoring pedestrian concerns like cash flow or hygiene."
Saturday, 25 - 01 - 2014
"You know we’re constantly taking. We don’t make most of the food we eat, we don’t grow it, anyway. We wear clothes other people make, we speak a language other people developed, we use a mathematics other people evolved and spent their lives building. I mean we’re constantly taking things. It’s a wonderful ecstatic feeling to create something and put it into the pool of human experience and knowledge."