Jul 28

“Lowering the price expands the addressable market, as well. The cheaper it is to do it in the cloud, the more difficult it is to make a business case to do an on-premises solution, especially a private cloud. Many of Gartner’s clients tell us that even if they have a financially viable case to build a private cloud right now, their costs will be essentially static over the amortization period of 3 to 5 years — versus their expectation that the major IaaS providers will drop prices 30% every year. Time-to-value for private cloud is generally 18 to 24 months, and it typically delivers a much more limited set of features, especially where developer enablement is concerned. It’s tough for internal IT to compete, especially when the major IT vendors aren’t delivering software that allows IT to create equivalent capabilities at the speed of an AWS, Microsoft, or Google.” — AWS 2Q14 and why the sky is not falling | CloudPundit: Massive-Scale Computing

Jul 16

“Working with sketches on paper is powerful because it allows you to go fast. It is probably the only medium where you can record ideas as fast as they happen. It allows you to present yourself with visual options instead of just things in your head, and then to make better informed design decisions. Often putting two options on paper, even in the most rough form, will make it obvious which one is better.” — A P R I L Z E R O

Jul 14

“The idea of it being that the qualities (or maybe the qualia) of the programming language Lisp—its simplicity and its approach to processing lists of things in the memory of a computer—are so fundamental that they are emergent. If you write a big program, you’ll reinvent Lisp. If you write a big program, it will read email. If you are a programmer, you will find yourself drawn to to-do lists. And then you will talk about these things, because they are the touchstones of our shared culture of technology, with attendant rituals. Nothing says “I reject everyone else’s way of seeing the world in favor of my own” more clearly than declaring email bankruptcy; it’s the digital equivalent of baptism into a new faith.” — Doomed to Repeat It — The Message — Medium

Jul 13

Brands As Promise-Marks -


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Yesterday I read a tweet that said something about “engaging with brands”. That statement struck me as odd. I hypothesized that a brand isn’t something you can do anything to or with; nor can it do anything to or with you. Instead, I thought, a brand…

“So, as an investor, when you see a dominant market power emerge, you should start asking yourself “what will undo that market power?” And you should start investing in that.” — Platform Monopolies – AVC

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