Marco Arment sold Instapaper. Boy, did that take me by surprise but since the news came out and I have had a chance to listen to Marco talk about it in his own words, I am less and less surprised. Instapaper, the read-it-later app, was an early mobile web pioneer. From the beginning is a […]
Really smart article by Ben Thompson: There is a “Mobile Hierarchy of Needs”, and understanding what needs have already been met, and by who, helps clarify the current basis of competition, who the relevant players are, and who is winning or losing. Now Ben’s talking about platforms (iOS, Android), but every developer I know (or […]
Once upon a time, the story was all there was for a movie. Some of my all-time favorites: A Philadelphia Story, Maltese Falcon, The Godfather. None of these had special effects. But then Star Wars happened and suddenly special effects were good enough to add to a story instead of be a distraction. For the […]
This story is awesome. These high school friends have been playing a game of tag for 23 years now, only with some special rules. A great anecdote from the article: One February day in the mid-1990s, Mr. Tombari and his wife, then living in California, got a knock on the door from a friend. “Hey, […]
Fred Wilson: I have found that return and ridicule are highly correlated over the years. We have made more money on things that were highly ridiculed than on any other cohort. When I see people laughing at ideas and companies we have backed, I smile. It means we are going to make a lot of […]
I’m not even bothering to link to the article because it is completely unimportant for the point I want to make. Here’s the quote: Yesterday over at Grantland, my friend Jonah Keri… “My friend.” Those two words add nothing to the story. They don’t add clarity, they don’t add insight. All they are meant to […]
I love airports. I’m flying today and I love flying into some random airport and listening to all the places planes are going. Sometimes I daydream about jumping on a different plane and just going somewhere. No plans, no reservations. Just go.