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Jul
18th
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I was a little bit surprised that the report didn’t spend much time tackling the hardest issue, which is why do they need to have so much revenue? It’s because their cost structure is made for print. When you look at how much revenue comes from print and the scale of their operation because of print, the challenge that they’re facing moving forward is how do they move into a post-print world….

It just seems like if you’re reading a secret internal report for The New York Times, the things that people would be stressed about, isn’t that, oh, the website’s not good enough, or they haven’t moved fast enough with this feature or that feature, but more like how do we deal with this very different cost structure of our future business, compared to our past business.

— Finally getting to Felix Salmon’s really great Medium interview with Jonah Peretti. This point about the NYT innovation report was absolutely my reaction. That said, the problem is that the cost structure is both the most vital thing to address, and at the same time the one thing that never truly will.  (via markcoatney)

Same problem exists in banks and insurance companies…

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Jul
15th
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Curiosity ends up being the driving force behind the most interesting people.

Nick Crocker, Thirty Things I’ve Learned   

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To do great things, you have to go unrecognized, be under-appreciated and push to unreasonable lengths.

Nick Crocker, Thirty Things I’ve Learned   

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Jul
14th
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Insurers, which have more experience handling risks like hurricanes and fires, are now rushing to gain expertise in cyber technology.

"It is a difficult risk to price by traditional insurance methods as there currently is not statistically significant actuarial data available," said Robert Parisi, head of cyber products at insurance brokers Marsh.

Jul
13th
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Manufacturers have announced plans for RRAM prototype chips that will be capable of storing about one terabyte of data on a device the size of a postage stamp — more than 50 times the data density of current flash memory technology.
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At the neighborhood level, this cycle sounds a lot like how we describe gentrification. At the scale of entire cities — picture low-skilled workers increasingly excluded from Washington and San Francisco and segregated into cities like Toledo or Baton Rouge — Diamond describes this as a kind of nationwide gentrification effect.
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When you unbundle an industry, you get new and different types of innovation in different layers of the stack. The skills you had in the bundled world may well still apply in the layer you find yourself in.
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My handle is @curiousoctopus on Twitter, and the reason is that I reach out in many directions and grasp everything, bring it back and digest everything. That is what my office says about me. It says there is enthusiasm and apparent chaos, but in truth an inner order.

Paola Antonelli, interviewed by Edward Lewine in Surrounded by Great Design at MoMA, and Not Afraid to Use It

I think she’s paraphrasing Henry Mintzberg, who said of emergent strategy, 

Emergent strategy means, not chaos, but in essence unintended order.

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Jul
12th
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Chance favors the connected mind.

Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From

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