The Golden Rule of Platforms, “Eat Your Own Dogfood”, can be rephrased as “Start with a Platform, and Then Use it for Everything.” You can’t just bolt it on later. Certainly not easily at any rate — ask anyone who worked on platformizing MS Office. Or anyone who worked on platformizing Amazon. If you delay it, it’ll be ten times as much work as just doing it correctly up front. You can’t cheat. You can’t have secret back doors for internal apps to get special priority access, not for ANY reason. You need to solve the hard problems up front.
“Finally, mobile social apps are not, really, about free SMS. Mobile discovery and acquisition is a mess - it’s in a ‘pre-pagerank’ phase where we lack the right tools and paths to find and discover content and services efficiently. Social apps may well be a major part of this, as I discussed in detail here. These apps have the opportunity to be a third channel in parallel to Google and Facebook.”
“Startup within a startup basally signals to the guys at the top that process is getting in the way of progress.”link >
“…how you build a high-functioning company — you make it incredibly transparent. Ultimately, if you want people to make smart decisions, they need context and all available information. And certainly if you want people to make the same decisions that you would make, but in a more scalable way, you have to give them the same information you have. Complete information also helps reduce the politics in an organization. One of the key drivers of politics in an organization is information asymmetry.”
This is the first paragraph of the original essay that created Bitcoin:
Commerce on the Internet has come to rely almost exclusively on financial institutions serving as trusted third parties to process electronic payments. While the system works well enough for most transactions, it still…
“This puts Microsoft in a tight spot. Apple gives away software for free in exchange for your buying their hardware. This is not charity. It’s also in marked contrast to Google, who gives away software for free in exchange for selling your attention (and personal information) to advertisers. Apple and Google are squeezing Microsoft from both sides, and the result is that less and less perceived value in the industry resides solely in software. You can make money selling hardware (like Apple) or make money selling ads (like Google), but given the popularity of Apple’s hardware and Google’s apps and services, it’s getting harder for Microsoft to make money by selling software.”link >
“Open platforms mean that developers can build apps quickly and without formal commitment to joint research, joint development, and joint marketing. They decouple partners from the platform business’s cycles. The cost of innovation is significantly reduced, enabling many more experiments to be made more quickly, increasing the chance
of a major improvement to the platform business, its customers, and the intermediaries. This is low-friction innovation.”
Elon Musk thought about the long arc of what’s important to humanity when he launched Tesla Motors and SpaceX, not profit. Last night he spoke at Stanford GSB during the 2013 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year (ENCORE) Award event honoring Tesla Motors. Read more #gsbencore13 insights on Twitter: http://stnfd.biz/ptkYw
Mac OS X Mountain Lion - When you plug in a non-touch mouse, scroll-bars appear on every windows automatically.