Talent attracts talent …

While a slew of startups fight to break in to the uber-tough recruiting market, there’s nothing like recruiting direct from source … its something digital natives have under their skin.  

Content > Community > Culture > More Content. 

This is a screen capture from a pirated bollywood movie :) i love how the ad is clean, focused, professional  .. no bs. 

A classic resurfaces from within my forgotten stash ….. Ah, the pleasures of analog discovery.

Nailed it. Works great as ‘Indian Truck Art’ too.
Goes to show that popular visual culture and artifact design are probably much more a reflection of a people than nationalistic mythos and boundaries.  

Nailed it. Works great as ‘Indian Truck Art’ too.

Goes to show that popular visual culture and artifact design are probably much more a reflection of a people than nationalistic mythos and boundaries.  

What does Nest get?

This could already count as the acquisition of the year . 

It’s more obvious what Google gets from the Nest acquisition. I’d like to consider what Nest, besides the payout, gets as a company, brand and product suite. My two cent .. 

a. Market penetration - Google has the power to subsidise as well as create channels for Nest’s products to be installed in a large majority of median-income US households, in under a year. 

Allowing them to … 

b. Gain real world, massive scale behavioural data & usage patterns for analysis, in order to adapt or evolve the core offering for (currently non-existing) market segments, first in terms of software and user experience, then potentially hardware, positioning those propositions at various price points.  

And, in parallel …

c. Jumpstart the Nest developer program (https://nest.com/developer/), powered by Google’s developer + ML army, which has not seen much traction to date … Its proven pretty hard, and getting harder still, to monetise apps on even the world’s most flexible (in terms of usefulness for users) platform, questioning whether the developer ecosystem model delivers any useful results before a certain scale is reached:  http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/13/making-apps-pay-gets-harder/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=fb&utm_content=FaceBook&ncid=fb

And finally …

d. Allow Nest to fight its potentially many IP battles looming on the horizon starting with incumbents such as Honeywell, who’d prefer their traditional business & product models were not disrupted in a hurry.  

What’s harder for Nest to get, but should like to (almost certainly) have …   

a. Perception as a benign brand (it is sitting in your home and around your kids, after all): With privacy concerns mounting globally across connected consumer segments, I’m not very sure that being a smart Google Gadget in the home that also learns about you all the time scores high points in the ‘benign’ category. Ads sneaking up on you at home is another real concern. Nest has a fabulously benign perception built into its product and brand, which I am not sure is going to be augmented much by a very visible association with Google.  

b. My real concern : Nest sustaining as a creative product design powerhouse at its core, not overwhelmed or torn apart by the pressures of Google’s range of ambitions. On the contrary, I hope Nest has a cross-over cultural and aesthetic effect in to Google’s products, which is obviously a key acquisition asset for the latter. 

On a side note : in an era where services that are essentially smartphone apps have sold for a billion, I wonder if 3.2 billion for Nest is not a massive undervaluation. I mean, we are talking about a double whammy of unprecedented proportions here: the key to Google’s foray into the internet-of-things space AND a disruptive step forward toward the smart grid that shifts more control towards the consumer. So top marks to Google for landing that number. 
(P.S: the all-cash deal is really, really interesting.) 

"I returned from a recent trip with the unshakeable feeling that I’m done with cameras, and that most of us are."
I couldn’t agree more.

And more along the same lines, from craigmod :

http://craigmod.com/journal/photography_hello/

The Pirate Bay, delving further into the anti-censorship battle, may have just invented a new type of internet, hosted peer-to-peer, and maintained using the Bitcoin protocol. Love them or hate them, The Pirate Bay are always ahead of the curve when it comes to digital rights, especially when it comes to copyright, DRM and censorship. Now I’m not one to say ‘they give me free shit, awesome hur dur’. Artist remuneration is important to me and in many senses TPB circumvents this. But the current copyright system is broken. Fractions of the dollar go to the artists, and the … (continued on heading link)

With personal smart devices taking up ‘parking slots’ within the home and other lived environments, will users co-opt wearables to stay connected when their devices are parked?
Its a new twist on ‘drop out, turn on, tune in’ …  
—On that note, I have a sneaking suspicion iBeacon is a way more transformative innovation that it’s being given credit for … but I like it that way ;)  —
The challenge that wearables face to become valuable in such contexts will be in truly ‘receding into the background’, since users arguably park their devices to be free of their nagging cognitive + physical weight within ‘lean back’ environments. With personal smart devices taking up ‘parking slots’ within the home and other lived environments, will users co-opt wearables to stay connected when their devices are parked?
Its a new twist on ‘drop out, turn on, tune in’ …  
—On that note, I have a sneaking suspicion iBeacon is a way more transformative innovation that it’s being given credit for … but I like it that way ;)  —
The challenge that wearables face to become valuable in such contexts will be in truly ‘receding into the background’, since users arguably park their devices to be free of their nagging cognitive + physical weight within ‘lean back’ environments.

With personal smart devices taking up ‘parking slots’ within the home and other lived environments, will users co-opt wearables to stay connected when their devices are parked?

Its a new twist on ‘drop out, turn on, tune in’ …  

—On that note, I have a sneaking suspicion iBeacon is a way more transformative innovation that it’s being given credit for … but I like it that way ;)  —

The challenge that wearables face to become valuable in such contexts will be in truly ‘receding into the background’, since users arguably park their devices to be free of their nagging cognitive + physical weight within ‘lean back’ environments.

Beautiful interactive storytelling supporting learning goals 

http://www.amplifon.co.uk/interactive-ear/index.html

Pinterest acquires Visual Graph : http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/06/pinterest-visualgraph/

In a statement on Visual Graph’s site, the company writes:

Not all images are created equal:  while billions of photos are shared everyday, only a portion of them (e.g. arts & crafts, trending designs) has the potential to motivate, captivate and inspire large number of people. If all the worlds’ images were connected as a graph in some way, these would be the most special nodes.

An ‘Existential Elevator’ .. Interesting mental model of the death experience. 

http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_cave_the_4_stories_we_tell_ourselves_about_death.html

Radical collaboration 

Cliff Nass dies at 55 :( 

'The Media Equation' was a key formative and inspirational work for me.

RIP, Cliff ! 

"We don’t do tweets, we do tickles."

Network goes physical with truly intimate wearable from kwamecorp; design for discernment. love it. hope they reaching funding goal here.