Jan 27 2015

On The Road

Jack Kerouac

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Jan 27 2015

Just Sayin

Books -  - 14

Books -  - 11

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Jan 26 2015


blogsyHappy to report that it is up and running again … Life is about to get more interesting.

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Jan 26 2015

An Internet Business Model For Publishing

imageThis article by Ben Thomspon is focussed on a musician trying to work out whether paying for her YouTube is worth it. (For her it isn’t) …. but Ben get’s to the logic through the ‘duh’ moment of the fact that he sees two business models on the Internet ... and thus two ways to maximize revenue:

You can try to make a little bit of money from a lot of people – this entails getting a little bit of money from everyone on the curve.

You can try to make a lot of money from a few people – this entails maximizing the gain from the people on the left side of the curve.

It is not dissimilar to where he and I were going here – and inevitably I come back to publishing. Bottom line making pennies on large numbers of subscribers only works if you have large numbers of subscribers …. and it is not actually a route to success. The smiling curve has publishers current business models at the bottom of the value chain – and so doomed.

When you start to draw the pictures – everything falls into place. Of course – Publishers are not doomed (at least the thinking ones aren’t) … they just have to use a different way of thinking. And I know people that can help on that front.



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Jan 25 2015

Never Be The Same Again …

Apple“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.

That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.

I think that’s very important and however you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better, cause it’s kind of messed up, in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

… Steve Jobs

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Jan 25 2015

Crazy Ones

AppleAlways loved this … time to publish it.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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Jan 24 2015

Rebel Rebel (in Me ?)

imagesJust re-launched my RebelMouse site. Thanks to Susan (the morpher) morphwithus for the memory jog

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Jan 24 2015

The Chasm – In The ‘Post PC’ Era

image-26-600x450You know I am a big fan of Ben Thompson. This one popped up the other day – where he is asking if Geoff Moore’s Crossing The Chasm theories are still relevant. Personally, I think they are – however – it did get me to thinking – so I pinged my friends Stuart Robbins – and yes – Geoff Moore.

Geoff has not yet got back to me – but Stuart wrote a wonderfully considered piece (he always does) – and the line below called out particularly leapt out to me. I will add his full commentary – when I have his permission – and of course – when / if Geoff replies – with his permission will do the same. Stand by.

I don’t think it is “trickle down” technology, but technology that leaps in a viral manner across the chasm.

[Later] : This just in from another friend – thanks Larry.

Geoff’s keynote at Strata in 2014 where he addresses the relevance of the Chasm in today’s business.

And while we are on Geoff video – this one is quiet brilliant – using a video I had seen before – but describing the technology adoption lifecycle as it applies to consumers – all based on a dancing man at Sasquatch 2009.

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Jan 18 2015

Innovation – Stop Talking About It – Do It

JAN15_05_111011253Where/how are people wasting their time?

Where/how are people having difficulty with technology?

Where/how are people looking for information?

Where/how are people stuck?

How do people want to be perceived?”

In another part of my life – there I go with my boxes again – we spend a lot of time TALKING about innovation. This article popped up in the stream the other day – in summary a pretty good recipe for value-based innovation.

Specifically – let me draw your attention to the Five Attributes, and then consider the Five Questions; namely

“My colleagues and I use a core set of five attributes to look for emerging patterns: contradictions, inflections, oddities, coincidences, and inversions. Those attributes help us identify a set of likely trends on the horizon. Then, we put each trend through what we call The Five Questions”.

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Jan 18 2015

Profits and Pomplamoose

PomplamooseOne of my other blogs (Just Good Music) had a minor disaster before the holidays – and it is seemingly unrecoverable – so for now – dead. Meanwhile – I am a found member of The Grid - and cannot wait to get my hands on it – so I can restart Just Good Music in a VERY different way.

Until then – I maintain a love and interest in music – – particularly the business side – and as I was cleaning up some backlog this afternoon – discovered this wonderful item. I wonder how we can help.

Read It All Here

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