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The Alaska Flag by Seward Helicopter Tours on Flickr.

Happy Alaska day, everyone. I miss you, old friend.

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Favicon And you know what? Same thing with Apple. Seriously. What happened to Steve Jobs at NeXT that he...

And you know what? Same thing with Apple. Seriously. What happened to Steve Jobs at NeXT that he basically solved the innovator’s dilemma? What made him such a better leader when he got back to Apple than when he left? It was amazing. But we get a 600 page bio, a movie and a million articles that say, in sum, maybe three sentences about it. For everything written, we still don’t know what he learned, what his epiphanies were, what his management was really like. We just get stupid, boring, useless myths. 

Favicon "However, I do think it is important to get the story right. As Bilton observes, creation myths..."

“However, I do think it is important to get the story right. As Bilton observes, creation myths matter. They don’t simply tell how things happened, they tell us who we are. Jack Dorsey clearly needs to believe that he’s not just clever (and lucky), but that he’s a rare breed of genius. It’s also probably important to Twitter’s employees and investors to believe this too.”

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TXTmob and Twitter: A Reply to Nick Bilton | Public Practice Studio

I often advise startups to create a creation myth and not that like all myths it’s a story based on a kernel of truth but it’s a storified version of reality that is simpler, more entertaining and makes a point.  Reality doesn’t occur in such a straightforward manner.

All creation myths are similar.  Just understand that the people in those myths are playing roles and that’s really them.

(via sawickipedia)

Not sure how I feel about Todd’s idea about creation myths but the lesson here is important.

So much of Web 2.0 was born out of technology built during the protests against the Iraq War and the 2004 RNC. That work was open source, open process, or open documentation so that new projects could be built on top of those that came before it.

One day, someone needs to tell all of those stories.

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Honestly, this whole thing just bums me out. Everyone pretends to be geniuses, no one actually tells people what happened, offers any real advice. 

For example, I think the Twitter story is super interesting - Odeo and the death of their podcasting product because of Apple, and Ev’s methodical casting about for a new idea - company-wide hackathons and soliciting ideas from the employees and being bold and choosing one and fucking going for it and empowering the employees and making one of them the CEO and, eventually, messily, luckily, but amazingly salvaging that company and creating something huge.

From the outside, regardless of who “thought” of it, that whole process seems like an amazing story in management that i’d love to hear much, much more about than who thought of a thing. Seriously. How has there not been ONE interview with Ev that talks about his decisions in that time? They seem amazing to me, but don’t correspond to some stupid, boring myth about a dude saying a sentence on a playground. 

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“LiveJournal, for which Dorsey had done some contract work”

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D. T. Max: After Twitter and Square, What is Jack Dorsey’s Next Move? : The New Yorker

Best item on his resume.

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ThinkUp launches new crowdfunded app to help users mine data from their own social networks

Veteran blogger Anil Dash is creating a service for quantified selfies, a Klout for the indie web

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Favicon "Murphy appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday to accept a plea deal with..."

“Murphy appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday to accept a plea deal with prosecutors, the newspaper reported, which also included the dismissal of a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. The meth conviction would be removed from Murphy’s record if he completes the NA meetings, the newspaper reported.”

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Peter Murphy pleads guilty to meth posession in hit-and-run, sentenced to 3 years probation — slicing up eyeballs // 80s alternative music, college rock, indie

Those are gonna be some pretty goth NA meetings. 

Favicon "There is an “Animal Farm” joke in here somewhere – something about the idealistic upstart eventually..."

“There is an “Animal Farm” joke in here somewhere – something about the idealistic upstart eventually becoming what it once fought so hard against – but the potential ramifications are not all that funny. If Uber did come to own its own fleet and was successful in squeezing out the competition across all tiers – taxis, ride-sharing, black-car bookings – then “surge pricing” might be a term that the whole world has to get used to fast.”

- Will Uber use its $360M war chest to become the exact thing it hates? | PandoDaily

Favicon "And what was the true object of this superstitious stuff? A final clue came from “Creativity: Flow..."

“And what was the true object of this superstitious stuff? A final clue came from “Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention” (1996), in which Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi acknowledges that, far from being an act of individual inspiration, what we call creativity is simply an expression of professional consensus. Using Vincent van Gogh as an example, the author declares that the artist’s “creativity came into being when a sufficient number of art experts felt that his paintings had something important to contribute to the domain of art.” Innovation, that is, exists only when the correctly credentialed hivemind agrees that it does. And “without such a response,” the author continues, “van Gogh would have remained what he was, a disturbed man who painted strange canvases.” What determines “creativity,” in other words, is the very faction it’s supposedly rebelling against: established expertise.”

- TED talks are lying to you - Salon.com

Favicon "What was really sick-making, though, was Florida’s easy assumption that creativity was a thing our..."

“What was really sick-making, though, was Florida’s easy assumption that creativity was a thing our society valued. Our correspondent had been hearing this all his life, since his childhood in the creativity-worshipping 1970s. He had even believed it once, in the way other generations had believed in the beneficence of government or the blessings of Providence. And yet his creative friends, when considered as a group, were obviously on their way down, not up. The institutions that made their lives possible — chiefly newspapers, magazines, universities and record labels — were then entering a period of disastrous decline. The creative world as he knew it was not flowering, but dying.”

- TED talks are lying to you - Salon.com

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$5k for just the front panel. 

Favicon "There is an aesthetic crisis in writing, which is this: how do we write emotionally of scenes..."

“There is an aesthetic crisis in writing, which is this: how do we write emotionally of scenes involving computers? How do we make concrete, or at least reconstructable in the minds of our readers, the terrible, true passions that cross telephony lines? Right now my field must tackle describing a world where falling in love, going to war and filling out tax forms looks the same; it looks like typing.”

- Quinn Norton (via dayofthedreamweavers)

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Favicon "Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good you’ll have to ram them..."

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”

- Howard Aitken (via jayparkinsonmd)

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At Quotidian Ventures, we are making a bet on entrepreneurs who know their industry, but don’t necessarily know the rules of the startup game or how to code. If you have a great business idea, but don’t know jack about the startup world and want to hear from some of the people who have made the transition, you should seriously consider attending this one day conference. It will be a good time. 

Reblogging this. You guys should definitely come. Register here.

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So I went to this rainbow themed birthday last night (Happy Birthday Mallory and Creighton) and I wore my Sun Chips tie. 

I don’t know where I got it, though. A few years ago someone wore it to a party - either at my house or at SXSW - and gave it to me afterwards. Does anyone remember this event? Does anyone remember who made this awesome tie? It got many compliments last night. 

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