Five Short Links

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo’s Unexpected Advice on Preserving Startup Culture – Dick Costolo says don’t try. “Your job is to evolve the culture in a particular direction, Costolo explained, not preserve it.”

Leaning Out – Jeff Darcy, a respected software engineer writing about burnout. It’s an interesting and honest post about hitting  a wall and what to do about it. “Familiarity truly does breed contempt when it comes to code……the same problems tend to reappear everywhere.”

Why we Moved Away from AWS – I predict we are going to see more and more stories like this. There’s a prevailing thought amongst startups that once you are ready to start building you just fire up an EC2 instance and get to work. While there is truth in the fact that it is fast and cheap to get started, like the folks from Blippex, I’m finding that over time the price to performance ratio declines rapidly. Yes Netflix can take advantage of scaling AWS style, but they are Netflix.

 A Data Broker’s Rocky Road to Transparency – Back in September I tweeted about Acxiom’s consumer site About the Data. Here’s a story with some more details about the history of the site.  As for the future, here’s the money quote for me. “‘Why can’t I input my favorite advertisers or my favorite merchants, so I get more of their stuff?’ It’s a good question. And we have to think about it.”

 How iBeacon will Transform Local Commerce – In this article Steve Cheney gives a great bulleted summary of where things stand with iBeacon along with a few predictions.  I recently posted some thoughts on iBeacon the adoption of the Bluetooth Low Energy standard on Android. Steve makes a similar comment, although I don’t necessarily agree Apple is poised to run the table. “Interestingly, Apple’s push into iBeacon could enable it to run away in this market while still standardizing on a completely open platform and developer environment.”


Release Early, Release Often

I’ve had a blog for years but have not made a habit of writing posts on a consistent basis. Anytime there’s something I want to write about I come up with 10 reasons not to.

Starting today I want to change my perspective on writing, to approach blogging not as an exercise in self promotion, but as an exercise of the brain. Like going to the gym, but the treadmill is a keyboard and the free weights are the publish button.

People like Fred Wilson talk about how blogging becomes a habit that helps you form your thoughts & test ideas. James Altucher writes & writes  in a style that feels stream of conscious, he encourages others to do the same. Just write, then click post.

That’s the thing. These guys get it done.

This post wasn’t written to make a statement. It’s just release 1.0. To get the ball rolling… write, think, iterate.

Clicking publish.

To Understand is to Perceive Patterns

Take a minute to watch this video made by @JasonSilva and @notthisbody

From cells to a cities, visualizing the world as a series of recurring patterns which can be understood is awe inspiring to me.

To think that once we unlock these patterns we’ll find nothing is random, that makes me optimistic.

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