100 years of music: 1917

Over the next 100 weeks I’m going to find 5 pieces from each of the last 100 years and listen to them. They are picked arbitrarily, but usually with a tendency towards things I haven’t heard before, or some things that I want to hear in more of a historical context. I’m starting from 1916. … [Read more…]

100 years of music: 1916

Over the next 100 weeks I’m going to find 5 pieces from each of the last 100 years and listen to them. They are picked arbitrarily, but usually with a tendency towards things I haven’t heard before, or some things that I want to hear in more of a historical context. I’m starting from 1916. … [Read more…]

Amazon Dash: Buttons and Butlers 

Two relatively recent products from Amazon have made me reconsider that it’s not just markets that are disrupted and changed by new technologies and new ways of thinking, it’s also the human and cultural habits that change. This is significant because those habits like sharing mix tapes, writing shopping lists or sweeping up or whatever… … [Read more…]

Good Interviewers, Bad Interviewers

I listen to a lot of podcasts. I try out a lot of podcasts. I tolerate a lot of bad ones because the content – when you get past the crappy way it’s presented, is good. Not all are created equal and the interview technique is a cornerstone of their success or, as in most cases, their … [Read more…]

What you should be thinking about: 24/Aug/2015

From my almost-weekly emails. Sign Up here. Google’s OnHub, https://on.google.com/hub/ Google getting into the connected home and tackling the “home hub” which several people have tried. Nest is a contender. Any home security is a contender. Routers are a key part because they control the pipe. My thoughts on this are that connecting devices is still … [Read more…]

Malcom Gladwell and changing the foreseeable future

An article on venture beat explores how much data can help determine what the future of your product is. There are several important concepts at work here. Firstly, the generational /  developmental concepts which ask: is the behaviour happening in these users because this is the generation in which it starts (e.g. the first generation that bought online; … [Read more…]

What do you (really) do?

The question of what an industry or organisation is for – the fundamental thing it does – is becoming increasingly relevant because so much of our modern life is about communication (rather than shifting lumps of stuff around). It used to be that communication of information and transport of goods limited how quickly supply chains could … [Read more…]

What is the point of your work?

What is the point of you? What is the point of your business? Of your industry? When you retire, when you sell up, give up or when it all ends what will you have done? I don’t mean what’s your purpose or what’s your “why”. I mean: What is the fundamental thing which creates demand … [Read more…]