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The deal should remind investors to take a closer look at today’s hottest tech startups, says Columbia Business School professor Rita Gunther McGrath.
The commentary correctly identifies that AOL’s business model was connectivity. But I take it step further: it did not value it’s customers as a community.
@mat just won it. incredible piece. if you work online in content or advertising in any way, you have to read it.
In 2015, then, the winners of the Facebook attention lottery are going to be more videos, as well as genuinely native, in-app content from advertisers. The losers are going to be external websites who have become reliant on the Facebook traffic firehose. That traffic is going to start falling, in 2015, for the first time. And the repercussions are likely to be huge.
I’m a little disappointed that some of my early sites were not listed, but the list only starts in 1996.
Kenji Yamaguchi’s shop could be mistaken for Sid’s workbench from Toy Story, a place where mangled lenses and broken shutters crowd out bare areas of his workspace. His office is tucked away in the basement of National Geographic, behind a grease-covered floor filled with drill presses and electric saws. Surrounded by robotic motors, modified macro lenses, and custom flashes, Kenji builds contraptions that can’t be bought. When a photographer needs to fasten a camera onto a thirty-foot pole to capture a bird in her nest, or build a wide-angle macro lense to identify pollen on a flower with mountains in the background, he’ll call Kenji.
I spent some quality time with one of my very favorite publications this weekend, Outside Magazine. In their December issue, the same month Rolling Stone published their UVA story, they published this incredible piece of powerful journalism, done well and done right. It goes after a powerful organization with a culture of silence and shame.
The central figure in the narrative not only gives her full name, she’s photographed. And the story’s narrative clearly discusses how her story came out over years, and how it changed as she came to terms with the psychological affects of her experience. How she rationalized it, how she changed it into different scenarios to make it more acceptable, and how she finally came to terms with the whole gory thing, came forward, and began her pursuit of justice to protect others like herself. And how the establishment is fighting her in that pursuit.
As far as I can tell, the story has gotten virtually no attention by other media, scholars and critics of Rolling Stone, and the wider public.
I share it for all those who joined in our discussions here and elsewhere. Journalists, pass it on.
So, I gave this TED talk a couple of years ago at an event about the BP Oil Spill. It was a real honor to share the stage with Sylvia Earle and incredibly emotional on stage and off.