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blind spots, lost opportunities, and missed learnings…the opportunity cost of inflated ego cannot be overstated.
Competitive advantages on startup pitch decks
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admire andy's project to share a very personal story and the insights, lessons learned, and new perspective that book alert: BURN RATE 📚…8
from 🌱to🌳, damn impressive to watc@dsaezgilil and team build an indispensable product for the future of carbon consciousness and…eY
someone recently posted that their daughter will have less rights than they had as a result of the likely SCOTUS overturn of Roe. this has really stuck with me. painful to think about the regression of freedoms, and the ability for politics to strip away a right.
amazing how ahead of its time Second Life was, if you think about it. would be pretty cool if it embraced new tech (portability of digital assets, blockchain friendly, latest 3D formats) and became the ruling metaverse 19 years later… 🔮
conversational marketing is the new content marketing, and I find it super refreshing and engaging - brands should talk through their events and results. and listen.…
finally, a “personal CRM” that (1) keeps live sync w/ gmail, LinkedIn etc, (2) has robust set of workflows, search tools, and tracking built in, (3) simple collaboration for teams, and (4) beautifully designed. giving this a whirl.
has been fun to watch @MerrillLutsky and team iterate this tool to turbocharge the way they build...and then productize! 🚀…rn
“the internet may be only a passing fad for many users, according to a report.” REMINDER: trust the potential of deep fascination among a small group of people over any majority opinion, pithy headline, or “report.”…
“what if the REASON we DREAM was similar to the REASON programmers add noise to deep neural nets…to prevent narrow training from experience and generalize, allowing for anticipation of weird new stuff––and be evolutionarily adaptive” (this thread has stayed on my mind…)…
little celebration in nyc tonight, on the eve of @tfadell’s long awaited book “Build” - highly recommended reading for those on the journey of building products. “An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making”…
“An artist often has a great idea, they end up selling it to some big studio, and then the studio makes all the money, controls it, and generally often ruins it.” — @paulbudnitz /cc @superplastic…
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a policy that fosters empathy with employees and customers simultaneously is a great policy…
the new homepage of @Behance lets you search the creative world at work in real-time. you can sort by field, tools, geo, color,'s a goldmine of sorts for inspiration (+finding talent) 10 years later, a product can become more powerful and more simple at the same time.
with a motto of "take kids seriously" and a curriculum of activities designed to drive what i consider the two most critical ingredients for success: passion and initiative... pretty psyched about the evolution of @Primer - congrats @delk and team. 💥�…1d
developing AI models to use our existing everyday software tools (and underlying APIs) on our behalf is a fascinating approach for near-term productivity gains.… congrats @jluan and team.…
i suspect the narrative over the next 12-18mo will be that twitter is getting better. likely truth is that the hard work and organizational change from leaders like @kayvz over the last 12-18mo is true source (takes time!). narrative tends to forget gap btwn work and outcomes
"the level of consciousness of an organization cannot exceed the level of consciousness of its leaders." - frederick laloux
and pps: there ARE some killer product minds at Twitter working hard despite the noise and public market drawbacks. likely working on some of this!? hang in there. keep your heads down and minds open, folks. being private could truly be an unlock of long-term possibility/upside.
oh, ps: can we get NATIVE MEME CREATION? memes are modern compression vehicle for stories (the new 280-character limit?). make meme generation a top-level media option alongside images/video, indexed and remixable (much like TikTok users riff off each other). 🤯 ahem@elonmuskk
Twitter has the content, could access the programming (via community curation), and develop Topics into channels that merchandise content for mass consumption.
on #3 - why not showcase a user’s topics of authority on their profile (Top 10% #tennis, etc) - and a "leaderboard" in every topic view? people should be proud of the topics they are respected in as curators. (here’s mock-ups made w/ a friend yrs ago...always wanted this)
Imagine consuming long-tail media (Bonzai cultivation!?) by topic, curated by those w/ long-standing obsessive passion for each topic? you could even sit back and watch the media...stitched together like good ‘ol TV!
on #2 - this isn’t a new idea, but it inverts the model of media. Mass media today (cnn, fox, netflix, etc) is programmed by few and generalized for many. Mass media in the future should be programmed by many yet personalized for you...
a more topic-centric twitter, with high value for the authority each contributor earns through the performance of their content, could work wonders. it would tap some of the mechanics of reddit and wikipedia without compromising Twitter's "town square" feel.
right now, content spreads based on number of followers (and sensationalism) rather than one’s authority on the topic (people famous in one field can influence any field…which kind of explains the world lately)...
big picture: Twitter (and your influence on a vaccines!) shouldn’t be about how many followers you have, but rather how much authority/influence you have earned in your interests over time (from community!).
with this approach, posts & replies w/ fake news from random people sink further in the algo-driven feeds. and you could also empower those w/ earned authority to contribute promoted responses in threads to course correct misinformation.
on #1 - we did this w/ @Behance, surface quality content from >30M ppl using a “creative graph” that gives users authority in specific fields based on who engaged w/ their content. (a photographer w/ content liked by photographers has more curating influence in associated fields)
in the spirit of channeling love-driven-critique of a product into proactive ideas, here are a few thoughts on 1 (community curation), 2 (inverting media machine), and 3 ( incentivizing experts)...just $.02/riffs from a fellow product obsessive/community builder:
could we (1) attack spam/misinfo using next-level community curation (vs. censorship), (2) actually organize the BEST content on twitter, enabling billions more ppl to enjoy media by topic, curated by those w/ authority,(3) empower world’s experts in every topic, wikipedia style?
a twitter 10x brainstorm, hear me out: IF every tweet was assigned a set of Topics via AI/NLP (auto or manual, mock-up below), and IF every creator thereby gained varying levels of “authority” in Topics based on how others w/ authority engaged w/ their tweets, THEN…
a fascinating truism unique to the here and now, still widely misunderstood…
“Working at Tesla was like stepping into a vortex of competence.”…
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one of the hidden gems of @AdobeDrawing is Fresco; mind-blowing oil, watercolor, vector, and digital painting. big changes today to make this app available to all. the team behind this product is 🔥, and world would be a better place is we all drew for 15min every…7
biz idea: a service where you select beautiful pieces of digital art, install cookies in your browser, and then your favorite art is served to you via every ad unit you encounter, via ad retargeting, on every website you visit. ArtRetarget ?
"How a Founder Explains Their Product Is Crucial for Scott Belsky" - Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky) w/ Patrick O'Shaughnessy (@patrick_oshag)…
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among my fav nyc startups/founders to work with- @nexhealthHQ / @alfromnexhealth. big milestone today - just crossed managing records for 68M patients w/ platform for doctors/dentists (+ devs in healthcare) to digitize practices & power patient experiences…
how many more people are now tipping for coffee and take-out simply because of changes in default screens? would love to see any data on this @jack or others. the power of UX defaults to inflect parts of the economy cannot be overstated.
i’d bet tax payments would actually go up if they were easier and cheaper to file. there is not only willingness to pay for less friction, but removing excuses improves compliance
ads, with customer empathy and product sensibility. imagine that!…
"Encore is the backend development engine built on the belief that escaping complexity unleashes a higher state of creativity." Good feedback from a number of early users, congrats on launch @encoredotdev team. 💥…b
This team is actively building a future that I want to live in. I strongly believe in the vision of (re)empowering individuals with control over their own identity & data. Go, team, go!…
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few product teams operationalize "surprise and delight" features, even in the age of product-led growth, social media, and the fact that customers rave more about products doing things they DIDN'T expect.…
the faster the creative world changes, the bolder the vision the @creativecloud team is taking to unlock new ways to collaborate and new mediums of creative expression. consider joining us in person, in Oct!…
launch when your v1 product leaves early users wanting, not needing. ...always advise teams and founders: optimize for the problems you want to have (customers wanting more), and don't launch without the features customers need to find value.
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