Tag Archives: Business

A trip to Bisham

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A work trip to Bisham Abbey, near Marlow, on a warm, early Autumn day. What a lovely place; hadn’t realised the sports complex was so big/important. Dinner at the Royal Oak the evening before.photo 1 photo 2


Send Me Robots, Quick


Few jobs are safe, get ready for 50% unemployment. Much to ponder, though btl on youtube isn’t the place.

I don’t often follow a 15-minute video, this held me throughout. Nice pacing, narration and graphics. The ‘Making of’ discussion can be found here

Tightly Curated

From the recent Intelligent Life: The internet makes information billionaires out of all of us, and the architects of our online experiences are catching on to the need to make things creatively difficult.

In response, three sites that narrow the information. Less noise, more signal.

  1. Viewsource: a daily email newsletter that contains just one video clip and a short description.
  2. This is My Jam: pick just one song per week, and share it
  3. Valet: a collection of hand-picked benefits and guidance for the discerning 21st-century creative professional


Mr. Anti-Avarice, Fighting Greed

I think the best term for many people’s unease with the workings of the global economy is not anti-capitalist, but anti-avarice. Howard Cooper is the antidote to greedy bankers.

After a lifetime of work he sold his business on the provisor that the new owners retain his staff. He then gave staff $1,000 for every year worked.

“I wanted to thank my employees and that was a way I could do it. I hope it makes a difference in their lives like they have made in mine.”

Howard is one of the good guys. Gekko’s Nemesis.

Crazy Busy

From the New York Times Opinionator, with a hat tip to Slate Culture Gabfest:

Notice it isn’t generally people pulling back-to-back shifts in the I.C.U. or commuting by bus to three minimum-wage jobs  who tell you how busy they are; what those people are is not busy but tired. Exhausted. Dead on their feet. It’s almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they’ve taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they’ve “encouraged” their kids to participate in. They’re busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they’re addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.

Bespoke, On-Demand Magazine Publishing













A publishing idea: online readers ‘save’ longform articles to be printed as a bespoke, on-demand magazine. Magcloud will print 32 pages of 80# matte, saddle-stitched, for £3.20, postage is extra. Maybe there are cheaper print alternatives.

If the article is taken from a published source (say, GQ or the New Yorker), the publisher takes a slice, if not a cut goes to the writer. Articles are laid out by choosing from a menu of free templates (like WordPress). The cover is mashed together like Flipboard.

Complicated, sure, but I see many benefits:

  • It enables amateurs to curate their own magazine, blending the best bits of, for example, Vanity Fair, When Saturday Comes and Slate, with feeds from bedroom bloggers or content built from an individual’s Flickr stream
  • It is a physical copy. This isn’t an alternative to online, it’s a special extra
  • It has that iTunes ability to mix classic with new, mainstream with obscure
  • It could represent new revenue for publishers. They could make small cut from new writing (often given away for free online) or commercialise old content. Classic articles rehashed
  • Guest editors could produce special editions, by theme, sold in bulk
  • It encourages freelance writers, which creates greater diversity
  • Authors become more active in marketing their content, via social media. It helps build blockbuster content creators
  • The inside front, inside back and outside back covers could be sold to advertisers. The demographic would be attractive to advertisers and you’d be generating bags of data
  • It is social. Users can see lists of Most Popular, New, Local, Under 30, etc. They can share their choices, find similar content, make contact with content providers, build networks
  • The end product is like a publishing mix-tape: a perfect gift

And it feels personal.