Instinct vs Reason

Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason.

 ~ Theodore Dreiser

Fortune Favors the Bold

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

   ~ Theodore Roosevelt 


It’s over, and then it begins again…

Big business may stumble upon and commodify hackers’ breakthroughs, but the hackers will simply move on to new frontiers.

   ~ Steven Levy, Hackers


Economic-modelling Process

The problem with market-driven art-making is that movies are green-lit based on past movies. So, as nature abhors a vacuum, the system abhors originality. Originality cannot be economically modelled.

The template for “The Matrix,” the Wachowskis recalled, had been “Johnny Mnemonic,” a 1995 Keanu Reeves flop.

~ Lana Wachowski, “Beyond the Matrix” by Aleksandar Hemon


When the time comes

At the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision as president, all you have to guide you are your values and your vision and the life experiences that make you who you are.

 ~ Michelle Obama 


Farewell, Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012)

Top of the World

New Technologies

One thing’s for sure: it would be unwise to rely on tried-and-true approaches that don’t fit the times. Trend lines, market sizing, and competitive benchmarks that served companies well during periods of gradual market evolution do little good in industries where new technologies create seismic shifts, demand is uncertain, and rivals emerge from left field.

~ Harvard Business Review, Six Strategy Insights RIM’s New CEO Can Use by Stephen Wunker

Understanding Customers

Insights that turn into innovation opportunities can come from intuition, science, or sheer randomness. Increase the odds of success by seeking to understand customers better than they understand themselves. It’s worth the effort.

   ~ Harvard Business Review, A.G. Lafley vs. Steve Jobs by Scott Anthony

Think Different

Jobs and [Lee] Clow agreed that Apple was one of the great brands of the world, probably in the top five based on emotional appeal, but they needed to remind folks what was distinctive about it. So they wanted a brand image campaign, not a set of advertisements featuring products. It was designed to celebrate not what the computers could do, but what creative people could do with the computers. “This wasn’t about processor speed or memory,” Jobs recalled. “It was about creativity.” It was directed not only at potential customers, but also at Apple’s own employees. “We at Apple had forgotten who we were. One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are. That was the genesis of that [Think Different] campaign.”

~ Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson