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Friday Tab Dump #54: February 1 2019

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How the tech press forces a narrative on companies it covers {wired}Interesting article about how tech companies get covered based on the stage of their business.

Over the years, I developed the idea by filling in the times on the clock. It has helped to be in tech; startups in particular, always begin with a “founding story,” and follow a typical path through Silicon Valley Time (SVT). It’s not perfect, of course. Companies can skip an hour — or in some cases several. Others get stuck along the way, and with a stalled narrative (and broken clock) cease to be relevant.

Hello again Ello {om}Remember that Facebook-killer from awhile ago? Om Malik takes another look.

It is the antithesis of the likes-fueled, influencer-juiced world of Instagram and its algorithmic overlordship of creativity. If Instagram is the machine and crowd-powered enemy of creativity for the sake of creativity, Ello is just a place where there are fewer judgments about the art. It is not just about photos. There is art, fashion, music, design, architecture — and it feels like the East Village long before the faux-pubs, condos and the Whole Foods turned it into urban-suburbia.

Maze design This brings me back to when I impulsively drew mazes in my notebook instead of paying attention to my English teachers in high school.

To study complexity, we set out to construct mazes that were as difficult as we could make them. We arrived at a system that assembled interconnected vortices, with the reasoning that a vortex does a good job of obscuring the relationship between a set of paths. You can click on any of the images below to download a PDF of the maze for solving on paper.

How Field Notes thinks about its brand {podcast}I love Field Notes notebooks and appreciated the way Jim Coudal (founder of the firm that produces them) talks about branding. He said his team makes decisions based on, "does this feel right for the brand to do?"The example he gave in the podcast was email. When you give your email address to most ecommerce companies, you're signing up for a deluge of daily or at least weekly emails pushing you to buy more stuff. But Field Notes doesn't do that, because it doesn't feel right for the brand. Even though it would increase their sales in the short-term, they believe the long-term payoff is customer loyalty and thus long-term profits.See also: this other podcast interview w/ Jim I blogged about in 2013.


February 1, 2019


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