Seth Godin on creating a (generous) monopoly

Every successful business has a monopoly—a monopoly on what it makes that someone else can’t make the way they make it. That leaves out commodity businesses—people who bring coal out of the ground. I don’t think of those businesses as…

Attention hours

We often focus on the attention economy as it relates to life online, but it’s a helpful lens for thinking about the rest of our lives too. Attention hours are a useful thing to count when thinking about how valuable…

Postbox: good info

Crikey, it’s a very long photo of a postbox – read on for some thoughts about information architecture and the Royal Mail. From a distance Everyone knows what a postbox looks like – if you’re looking for one, they’re easy…

Social media: the Ruby principle

Don’t talk so much. Instead be so good that for your clients …there’s nothing at all Except the space in-between Finding out what you’re called And repeating your name Kaiser Chiefs: Ruby

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…

Complementary goods

Basically this means that since the demand of one good is linked to the demand for another good, if a higher quantity is demanded of one good, a higher quantity will also be demanded of the other, and if a…

Motto (4): Have Fun

Motto (4): Have Fun

Have fun, learn lots, work hard, be kind. You only get to do this once, so how are you going to play? There’s a time for gritting your teeth, grinding it out, pushing through barriers. No pain, no gain is…

Giants – all sizes

Whose shoulders are you standing on? Greats and GOATs There are giants who loom large for us all: the Greats who laid the foundations and those who shook them – men and women who broke through and shaped the world.…

Compound interest

We all know about compound interest in the world of money. Save £100 a month for thirty years at one percent interest** and you’ll have a little under £42,000 by the end of that time (compared to £36,000 at zero-percent).…