Eric Schmidt on the tech scene

Here’s more on ‘scenius’ – this time from Eric Schmidt: The world is much smaller than it seems. If you’re an outsider looking at our world [the world of tech], somehow you think it’s this vast world, but to me it seems like about a hundred people, and they all know each other, they’ve all …

Where’s the scene?

In the first full episode of the Broken Record podcast, Malcolm Gladwell chats to Rick Rubin about the start of his journey to becoming a record producer. I’m piecing together fragments here – iffy chronology: He loved music. Punk and hardcore on the radio. Listening to hip-hop (tapes of Mister Magic’s Rap Attack – ‘the …

Future partners

The next time you’re working a colleague or partner, ask yourself if it’s possible that you’ll still be working together in ten or twenty year’s time. If the answer is “I hope not,” think about why – and ask why it is you work with them now, and how you might stop. But if it’s …

Motion sickness: change and stability

If you’ve ever suffered from motion sickness in a car or on a boat, you probably know that it helps to look at a fixed (or at least slower moving) point on the horizon. A stable reference point helps your body to make sense of the continual movement and to stay oriented and balanced. Rapid, …

Velcro, geckos, and making friends

Some ideas for strengthening your connections within a group of people or scene: Have good, generous intentions. Show up to serve or share where it’s needed and wanted and because being part of this network is its own reward (you like the people, you like what they do), rather than for what you might get …

Marc Andreesen: Scenius

Here’s another highlight from Brian Koppelman’s interview with Marc Andreessen on The Moment. This time they’re talking about the importance of ‘scenes’ – groups of people working on similar ideas, sharing inspiration, encouraging each other and pushing boundaries and promoting each other’s work. This seems to be true in art, technology and politics, and I …

Podcast recommendation: Marc Andreesen on The Moment with Brian Koppelman

I’ve already shared an extract from this episode about systems thinking here, but the whole interview is fascinating and everyone I’ve recommended it to has thanked me for it. Marc Andressen more-or-less invented the web-browser as we know it and made Netscape (the biggest internet browser of its day, which was sold for a profit), …

Ways in: ravelling the network

Interface A discipline, culture or scene is a network: a mesh of people, things, ideas and ways of doing things. It might be tightly defined, with a clear centre, tightly woven middle, and a strong sense of a margin. It might be clustered, with areas where the web is thicker and deeper, but with threadbare …

Work: generative

This is work that creates possibilities. It’s open ended, and while it might close some avenues down it generates even more new options, opportunities, connections and combinations. Generative work includes: Reading widely and omnivorously Meeting new people Bringing groups of people together Taking the next step to make an idea real: write it down, scope …

World without ends

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. Yesterday I posted about beginning with the end in mind. Today’s question is: what if we never get to the end? Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on the game you’re playing, and how you choose to play it. …