Also: Exposing ourselves -
Values are about taking chances — if it were an obvious choice, you wouldn’t need a value to guide you on how to make it. Value choices are rarely about right vs. wrong, they’re more often about one right vs. another.
To clarify our approach and our values, we (the Bloomberg Beta team) wrote up…
A thoughtful and radically-refreshing take on the importance of transparency in driving innovation forward.
Why cards are the future of the web | Inside Intercom -
A very insightful read on the UI paradigm of cards. The author, Paul Adams, was the original creator of the “Circles” concept for Google+ and later went on to do interesting work at Facebook as well, and this is another interesting analysis of a new usability trend in application design.
How Medium is building a new kind of company with no managers -
I find the concept of a flat organization really intriguing. I still am not sure how this would work in publishing-focused world like the one I currently live in, but I do think this is a great framework for a product-focused startup.
Additionally, I strongly agree with the focus on transparency, engaging with employees on a personal level, and democratizing problem-solving while removing committee-based consensus-building.
I’m always wary of an acquisition where the new parent insists that they’re going to let the acquired company remain separate and autonomous. It seems to indicate that the purchase was a defensive maneuver.
While certainly an understandable position to be in, I do wonder the long-term strategy for integrating Tumblr into Yahoo!. There are certainly opportunities around native advertising and providing reach for the network and a preferred means of content creation. However, I hope this ends better than the Flickr story.
Honestly, the last time Yahoo! bought a social platform for self expression it was Geocities, and we all know how that ended…
I’m participating in a virtual roundtable series on sidewinder.fm about Pandora. Here is my response to the first question.
3 Trends Shaping the Future of Product Development -
Here is a guest post I wrote for sidewinder.fm about the major trends shaping the development of web products in 2013.
8BitKid: Why I Backed the GameStick Console -
Here a post I wrote on my other blog about why I’m supporting the new GameStick console on Kickstarter.