These are the things I've written that are tagged "business"

Joel Spolsky announces Trello, Inc.

His “business operating system” sounds like a damn fine blueprint for creating a successful company that good people want to work for. That architecture is all the stuff I spent ten years ranting on this blog about, but y’all don’t listen, so I’m just going to have to build company after company that runs my […]

Level3 is without peer, now what to do?

Cringely: The idea here is pretty clear: these five ISPs want to be paid extra for doing the job they are already being paid for. Extra ports are required to handle the current level of traffic and these companies are assuming that when the pain becomes great enough — that’s our pain, by the way […]

Zappos says goodbye to bosses

The Washington Post: The Las Vegas-based retailer is now going even more radical, introducing a new approach to organizing the company. It will eliminate traditional managers, do away with the typical corporate hierarchy and get rid of job titles, at least internally. Sounds like a fantastic idea. I’ve never worked a job with a “manager” […]

Warner Bros: Pirates Show Us What Consumers Want

Hey guess what, Warner Bros? Pirates show you what consumers want because they are consumers. They just don’t consume in the way you want them to. The most interesting thing about this article is that WB admits to selectively enforcing copyright based on how beneficial it is to them from an analytics standpoint. Which means […]

The Problem With “Warby Parker for X”

Jamie Quint: Direct to consumer online-only retail is not disruptive because its online. Do not mistake good marketing for a new and innovative business model. Warby Parker was a special case driven by very interesting market dynamics that don’t apply to the other companies in the space. Let’s dive in and take a look. and […]

The Magazine

A new subscription-based digital magazine from Marco Arment of Instapaper. Really looking forward to seeing where this goes. How can you not love a guy who not only understands this: Usually, things are done the way they’re done for good reasons. But sometimes, they’re only done that way because nobody has questioned it recently. … […]

LouisCK Selling Tour Tickets Directly From His Website

Cutting out the middle-man and going fan direct for his next tour. He says they will be actively looking for and straight-up deactivating scalped tickets. The scalping idea is interesting, but it seems like the potential for a big PR disaster is there. Unless they plan on investigating every suspected scalped ticket, anyway.

Right versus pragmatic

Marco Arment, as he often does, speaks wisdom: The pragmatic approach is to address the demand. File this one under things to always remember in business.

Smug ignorance

John August: When you stir stupid and lazy together, they form a toxic compound called Smug Ignorance. It’s non-partisan and always fatal. The symptoms are phrases like, “I don’t know much about computers, but…” or “Look, no one knows if climate change is real.”

A Statement From Louis C.K.

His direct-download, no-DRM, concert video has sold over 100,000 copies. Louis: I really hope people keep buying it a lot, so I can have shitloads of money, but at this point I think we can safely say that the experiment really worked. If anybody stole it, it wasn’t many of you. Pretty much everybody bought […]

HP Says To Bye Bye TouchPad, Pre

Almost hidden in this press release about HP’s plans to buy Autonomy Corporation: In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward. A real shame. webOS […]

Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, and Fan Art

A primer for the uninitiated and the knowledgable alike: Technically, this means fan art, fan music, and fan fictions are illegal in and of themselves because they are derivative works of protected content. r o f l But before you get your panties all in a bunch, it’s pretty clear that no creative entity in […]

Amazon Isn’t Paying License Fees for “Cloud Drive”

paidContent: Amazon has launched its new online music locker and streamer without any licenses from the labels whose material it will store and distribute, the labels’ umbrella group IFPI tells paidContent. Not a problem, replies Amazon—licenses aren’t necessary for its new Cloud Drive. The music industry is (and has been) suing MP3Tunes because they’ve offered […]

Ads for ads: The ad-supported app bubble

The droste effect like world of Ads in apps for apps with ads. Where’s the actual money coming from? It’s strange that nobody has been talking about this before now. I guess when VCs are throwing money at you it’s hard to see past tomorrow.

“Writing on the high seas”

Author Tobias Buckell’s treatise on book piracy and what it means here in the now: A certain book that usually sells about 5,000 copies, locked down and protected, seems to sell the same 5,000 copies as a book with a free giveaway and pirated. The difference, according to O’Reilly and many, will be that the […]

“Might Makes Right”

Screenwriter John August: Narratively, that’s the story I find most interesting about Google. At a certain point, do you become so large and powerful that evil is unavoidable?

The Gamification Encyclopedia

Being a wiki resource on the topic of Gamification: What is Gamification? Glad you asked: Gamification is the concept that you can apply the basic elements that make games fun and engaging to things that typically aren’t considered a game. Bit of an unwieldy word, but descriptive enough.

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