The Anchor model vs the old podcast ecosystem

This is part of some ongoing research I’m doing into podcasts as a content format and as a market. While it has been remarked many times that while the podcast format is growing and has it’s superstars, it still feels like the younger infant of formats compared to social networks, video content and other digital … [Read more…]

On deliberate, careful practice

This is about what practicing looks like. Practicing isn’t just sitting down and doing. It’s a very different mental state and, I believe, is the difference between people who learn a little and people who are able to master something. I studied music at university. I went there thinking that the piano would be my … [Read more…]

100 years of music: 1919

Over the next 100 weeks from January 2016, I’m going to find around 5 pieces from each of the last 100 years and listen to them and see what I’ve missed. 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 … [Read more…]

100 years of music: 1918

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…]

Working in a world of market networks

This is an essay which I’ll return to over the coming years. It’s my predictions on the what a growing phenomenon will mean for businesses, digital products and consumers. The last 10 years have been dominated by social networks. Facebook, twitter, Instragram, Pinterest, SnapChat, and the many many emerging niche networks which people seem to … [Read more…]

What is the future of podcasts?

For years I have been an avid consumer of podcasts. Although some of the bigger podcasts are becoming – well – even bigger and more popular, the medium of podcasting still feels immature, a bit clunky and still niche compared to blogging (which has migrated to medium, Facebook and Linked In in part), online video, … [Read more…]

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…]