Archive for August, 2005

Offline

, written by Jeremy

Big move to Alberta today.

Will be offline for several days.

Be back soon … ish.…

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Customers like commodities

, written by Jeremy

Hugh MacLeod from Jeff Jarvis on Dell:

“The thing is, when you start turning your products into commodities, you start treating your customers like commodities.”

Wondering: Is this what it takes to make a million $1 sales? Treat customers …

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Rapid experience

, written by Jeremy

Love this stuff.

Ever hear of the The Ad Lib Game Development Society (ALGDS)? The ideas behind it go anywhere. ALGDS is an attempt to rapidly gain experience which is usually hard-won and takes tonnes of time to build. …

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Design thinking

, written by Jeremy

Dan Shaffer on “design thinking“:

“… design thinking is creative, innovative, and focused on problem-solving. But so is the thinking of many different types of professions: lawyers, engineers, and contractors, to name only a few. So lets remove

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Design as story-telling

, written by Jeremy

Design as Story-telling by Thomas Erickson.

(via cph127)…

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Either way, there’s money

, written by Jeremy

The cool part of Albert’s story is its utility. There’s no riddle to solve. Just choices to make.

You can choose high design, narrowly defined clients, exceptional service, concierge-level attentiveness — and the lifestyle that goes with it.

Or you …

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Keynote by David Kelley

, written by Jeremy

Keynote by David Kelley, Founder and Chairman, Ideo, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Founder of Stanford’s New “D” School:

– doing well in technological innovation, rounding the corner on business innovation, but still have lots to do on human-centred …

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What kind of person?

, written by Jeremy

To me this is incredibly interesting. And maybe it’s obvious to the rest of you and you wish I’d clam up. But the gorgeous climax of these dynamics is the lifestyle and ether it affords Albert.

Ever been to LensCrafters? …

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Pass protected

, written by Jeremy

Thought I’d try an experiment: Pass protected posts.

My posts are sometimes a bit mysterious. Leave the punchline out. Let you think a bit.

I’m trying harder to see what sings for people. But I often get questions like, …

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All parables, all together

, written by Jeremy

Compiling a list of lessons, this post presents a series of parables on entrepreneurism, perfect-for-purpose, and peerless innovation.

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Upper-class, middle class, lower class

, written by Jeremy

How being exclusive creates wide-ranging success.

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Idea x Execution

, written by Jeremy

Ideas are worth nothing unless executed.

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Better for the effort

, written by Jeremy

The consequence of absolute understanding? Perfect expression. Graceful execution.

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The present future of conversations

, written by Jeremy

Kottke writes:

“… can we have a discussion about where technology and user experience on the web are headed without using any of the following words or concepts:

Ajax, web services, weblogs, Google, del.icio.us, Flickr, folksonomy, tags, hacks, podcasting,

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Unquestionable

, written by Jeremy

When I went to Albert we must have tried 40 pairs of glasses … 40 pieces.

Stacked up on the table in front of me were frames nearly indistinguishable from each other. And tirelessly he placed them on me, stepped …

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Blackjack & entrepreneurs

, written by Jeremy

In the theme of all things gambleSteve Pavlina on blackjack:

Novices miss golden opportunities.

“Novice blackjack players will almost invariably play their hands too conservatively. They’ll stand too often when they should hit, and they’ll fail to double

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Innovation … ?

, written by Jeremy

Rich Pan’s got some great questions on innovation.…

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Shake your tree

, written by Jeremy

Stuck in a rut? Maybe these ideas will shake you loose.

(via Business Opportunities Blog)…

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Organic knowledge

, written by Jeremy

Groove, watch Wikipedia grow — and mourn with London (or drink tea).

This is absolutely stunning in its implications.

(via Amit Gupta)…

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Biomimicry

, written by Jeremy

Biomimicry.net:

“Biomimicry is a new science that studies nature’s models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human problems.”

“The core idea is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of

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Choices

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Goldfish

, written by Jeremy

Into the room walks a professor. In his hands is a jar, filled with water, and in the water swims a goldfish.

Placing the jar and fish on his desk he turns to the single student in the room and …

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Master vs hack

, written by Jeremy

Constraints define innovation rather than prevent it.

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Without peer

, written by Jeremy

A gracefully executed work has no peer.

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Cool model

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These guys just asked me to sign up.

“We deploy the world’s most developed expert network: the Councils of Advisors.”

Cool model, eh? And cool name. Who doesn’t want to be part of the swank Council of Advisors?

How could …

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Less smack, more done

, written by Jeremy

Conversation yesterday:

Me: There’s loads of guys doing work that looks just like mine.

CEO: Well, there’s guys that talk smack and guys that get stuff done. Be the second.

Me:

CEO: So, how much do I make this …

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Free under attack

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Rich…! on free:

“Think about it, cheap is probably one of the worst marketing strategies around, surely then it stands to reason that free, which is pretty much the deep-end of cheap, ain’t going to be much better, especially

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Short and mysterious

, written by Jeremy

Seth Godin on two kinds of writing:

“If you’re writing for strangers, make it shorter.

Use images and tone and design and interface to make your point. Teach people gradually.

If you’re writing for colleagues, make it more robust.

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One creator, one piece, one city

, written by Jeremy

I had a great conversation with Albert. Instantly piqued, I pummelled him with loads of questions:

How much advertising? None. Just word of mouth.

How long in business? 26 years.

How long just buying one piece of each creation?

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Up sold by $400

, written by Jeremy

I just bought a pair of $750 eye glasses.

They’re made by a group of 25 year-old German “creators” (which is important … read on) and there is only one other pair in the entire city of Ottawa — Albert, …

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Which is easier to get: $1 Million or a million $1?

, written by Jeremy

Loved this mix between science and web-links.

Mike Grehan’s dad in Filthy Linking Rich:

“… in my experience I’ve discovered that looking for the million dollar deal is very difficult. Getting a million dollars from one person is hard.

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Usable you

, written by Jeremy

Found this on Asterisk.

Keith thinks it’s a great read for consultants — I think it’s a great read for entrepreneurs.

With exploding personal networks, niche-marketing, and tribal companies entrepreneurs need to starting acting like the consultants described in …

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VC without the C

, written by Jeremy

I’ve been given several great career options recently. Two were particularly fetching:

1. Stay in government but raise the game to another level — Start helping the highest level bureaucrats identify, learn about, and build strategies on long-range issues facing …

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Pimp your brand

, written by Jeremy

I talked to Doug Hall last week — I’ve been trying to make a few important career choices and wanted his advice. He asked two questions: “where will you grow more” and “what adds more diversity”.

Growth and diversity, these …

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3 minutes: An ocean of time

, written by Jeremy

43 Folders has an excerpt of an interview with Brian Eno.

“Brian Eno … on the creation of “The Microsoft Sound” (the gentle little tune that plays when you boot your Windows PC):

‘The idea came up at the

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Masters of design

, written by Jeremy

Fast Company: Masters of Design

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In search of innovation

, written by Jeremy

Invokative perspective on innovation.…

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SMART vs FLUID

, written by Jeremy

Related to the last post:

If SMART is action steps that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound, and SMART doesn’t work with wicked problems, maybe we should look for ones that are FLUID.

F is for F

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Intense curiosity

, written by Jeremy

I don’t deal in issues as weighty as racism or as complex as a Nasa space shuttle — but I do work on thorny and complicated problems. But I still see, as Patti just experienced, a deep desire to choose …

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In defense of free

, written by Jeremy

If you are an entrepreneur, you need to pay attention to this post.

There is open source business like the business experiment and then there is open door business like Google, Red Hat, and Flickr — come in, walk …

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Pitching, flipping, and pinging

, written by Jeremy

Not too long ago I wrote a series of posts on pitching. It was mostly for my own sake that I put those pieces together — I wanted to better understand what pitching actually meant and where it was …

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Average sheep

, written by Jeremy

Yesterday, Hugh posted on trust and blogging. He said that he’s increasingly reluctant to do business with non-bloggers — that cog in the trust wheel needs to be there.

Seth Godin recently wrote that “the only security you have …

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On the mind of Jeff Bezos

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via loic le meur blog

That’s what’s on the mind of Jeff Bezos:

Execution.

Success is almost completely defined by execution. Too many ideas and too few actions. The trick is execution of the right things.…

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Economics of the brain

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Science and economics meet: neuroeconomics.…

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