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The Two True Marketing Strategies

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:03:24 +0000

This is post number nine. Looks like I’m going to make my ten post goal for April. As always, you can subscribe to the blog by email. Thanks for reading. I’ve had this thought rattling around in my head for awhile and after listening to the latest episode of Slate Money about brands I wanted […]



Remainders: From Supply Chains to Stephen Hawking

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:03:47 +0000

I’ve set (what I originally thought was) a reasonably modest goal for myself of writing 10 blog posts in April. Two more to go with one week left. Thanks for following along and please let me know what you think. Also, you can now subscribe to the blog by email. Sign up here. Alright alright alright. […]



The Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect, The New Yorker, and Pau Gasol

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:36:38 +0000

Yesterday I was reading an article about the first female assistance coach in the NBA in the latest issue of the New Yorker. The piece was moderately interesting and not particularly worth sharing here, except for one paragraph, and really just one sentence within it (emphasis mine): Because of their success, the Spurs have not […]



Remainders: From Isis to Hippos

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:31:46 +0000

I’ve set a reasonably modest goal for myself of writing 10 blog posts in April. Let’s see if I can get back on this bike (since I really miss it). This is post number 6! Also, you can now subscribe to the blog by email. Sign up here. Okay, hopefully you know the drill. Remainders […]



Information Fiduciaries

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 23:58:00 +0000

I’ve set a reasonably modest goal for myself of writing 10 blog posts in April. Let’s see if I can get back on this bike (since I really miss it). This is post number 5! Over the last few weeks I’ve been asked a lot about my take on the Facebook news and I’ve struggled […]



Remainders: From gold mining to data mining

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 21:58:53 +0000

I’ve set a reasonably modest goal for myself of writing 10 blog posts in April. Let’s see if I can get back on this bike (since I really miss it). This is post number 4. There’s lots of stuff I read that I either haven’t gotten a chance to write up yet or don’t warrant […]



Why Videogames Tend Towards Post-Apocalyptic

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:16:22 +0000

I’ve set a reasonably modest goal for myself of writing 10 blog posts in April. Let’s see if I can get back on this bike (since I really miss it). This is post number 3. On Wednesday night I had the honor of presenting some very cool work as part of Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling […]



The Fermi Paradox

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:22:54 +0000

I’ve set a reasonably modest goal for myself of writing 10 blog posts in April. Let’s see if I can get back on this bike (since I really miss it). This is post number 2. I’ve been enjoying Julia Galef‘s Rationally Speaking podcast a lot recently. The cybersecurity episode was great, just listening to the […]



Why Coke Cost a Nickel for 70 Years Video Style

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:58:46 +0000

I’ve set a reasonably modest goal for myself of writing 10 blog posts in April. Let’s see if I can get back on this bike (since I really miss it). This is post number 1. One of my favorite Planet Money episodes (and maybe favorite podcast episodes period) is about why, despite everything we know […]



What Tide Was Doing at the Super Bowl

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:50:05 +0000

Tide’s Super Bowl ads were too good not to spend a few minutes writing about. To help set the table for what’s going on with it, I’m going to crib the intro of a post I wrote in December: One of my favorite marketing stories to tell is about how when I was working at […]



Best Longform of 2017

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:25:34 +0000

It’s been a year since I last updated this site. Appropriately enough, that update was last year’s best articles of the year list. In the interim I’ve written a few things over on Medium, most notably a long piece about the future of marketing. I’ve also been sending out some stuff via a small email list […]



Best Articles of 2016

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 03:06:43 +0000

This hasn’t been my best year for blogging. My last post was June and, before that, January. Such is the life of an entrepreneur and new dad. However, while I haven’t found time to do the sort of writing I used to, I am happy to say I did a fair amount of reading this […]



Making a Place “Great Again”

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:55:20 +0000

As everyone now knows the UK voted to leave the European Union today. I happen to be in London this week and so have been paying close attention to the vote and having many conversations with family, friends, and colleagues about how it came to this and what it means for the future. I’m no economist […]



Climbing Rocks

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:48:23 +0000

Really enjoyed this New Yorker profile of 14-year-old climbing extraordinaire Ashima Shiraishi. On what makes great climbers (and specifically Ashima so amazing): In terms of pure talent—climbers speak of “strength”—she is near the top, but she is not too keen on taking risks. Anyway, her parents won’t allow it. She has small, powerful fingers, a […]



Normalization of Deviance & The Growing Organization

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:39:26 +0000

A really interesting concept from this blog post on the recent very-avoidable crash of a private jet: Social normalization of deviance means that people within the organization become so much accustomed to a deviant behavior that they don’t consider it as deviant, despite the fact that they far exceed their own rules for the elementary […]



Transparency and The Executive Review

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 07:02:22 +0000

Aaron Dignan had a nice little 2016 post titled “New Years Resolutions for the Organization”. In it he outlines 5 resolutions organizations could/should take advantage of. I was particularly interested in number 3: Ditch Executive Reviews. Ditch executive reviews. We have noticed a disturbing trend lately — one where employees view a meeting with senior […]



Subway Uncertainty vs Coconut Uncertainty

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:40:55 +0000

From the MITSloan Management Review article on “Why Forecasts Fail” (2010) comes this nice little explanation of the different kinds of uncertainty you can face in forecasts (and elsewhere). There is subway uncertainty, which assumes a relatively narrow window of uncertainty. It’s called subway uncertainty because even on the worst day, your subway voyage almost definitely […]



Trolley Dodgers

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:23:18 +0000

I have to admit I never thought much about why the Los Angeles (previously Brooklyn) Dodgers were called that. It’s just not high on my list of things to look into. However, in listening to the excellent Bowery Boys episode on Park Slope, they explained the origins of the name which were just too good […]



Testing Something

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 11:19:18 +0000




Why It Seems Like Everyone is Doing that Thing

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 09:34:20 +0000

Networks are endlessly interesting. They shape the world around us like almost nothing else, yet we spend very little time thinking about them or recognizing the non-obvious ways effects they have on our world. Because we tend to think in bell curves, we get tricked by networks pretty often. For instance, we’ve all had the […]