Introducing Facebook 3.0: A Complete Suite For The 21st Century Totalitarianism

“ATTENTION ASPIRING TOTALITARIANS!” From the desk of Mark Z. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the East German communist state, your spirt animals at the top of the Stasi (the GDR’s secret police, for those delinquent in their history) had to rely on data gathered by hand, which meant hiring …

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Why “Snowflake” is A Hilariously Tragicomic Insult + A Spot-On Metaphor For Mortal Life Maybe let's act accordingly?

In the literal (actually literal!) sense, the essence of every snowflake is identical: a tiny arragement of water molecules in their solid state that began existence in the same basic conditions as all other snowflakes: really cold clouds. But beyond that identical essence of frozen H2O that forms in the clouds of winter, each and …

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Great Marketing Works Brilliantly (And Kills Terrible Products) 2 Counterintuitive Lessons For Founders From The Ashes Of Fyre Festival

When I first read about the epic clusterfuck that was the Fyre Festival and saw the cornucopia of hilarious memes that emerged in its wake, I, too, laughed quietly to myself and shook my head in knowing disbelief. As my favorite headline of the week pointed out, anyone who spent any amount of money to …

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How Blue River Used Lean Startup To Build Robots For Farmers The Origins Of Blue River Technology and Its Remarkable LettuceBot

Before Blue River brought its market-leading agricultural robot to market, its founders planned to build an autonomous lawnmower. When co-founders Jorge Heraud and Lee Redden first pitched this idea in front of Steve Blank’s Launchpad class at Stanford, Blank was sitting in the back, quietly laughing to himself. “We knew that no one was going to spend …

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Jobs To Be Done, Done Right The Strategic Framework Intercom Uses To Build Its Potentially-Disruptive Products

Though it is still far too early to call its product disruptive, Intercom is on the right trajectory to qualify for that term. Along this trajectory–documented by Clay Christensen in The Innovator’s Dilemma–a janky-looking and not-immediately threatening product emerges. And though this product starts off poorly-featured, low-cost, and not fully-baked, it does a few critical …

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