Bijan Sabet: Hiring from the community →
Bijan Sabet on point as usual. Great post. bijan: Many startups in our portfolio hire their early team by focusing their recruiting efforts exclusively on their community. In the early days, Twitter and Tumblr heavily favored hiring folks that were active and engaged users of their respective products. It’s one of the best filters around as far…
Disruptions: Time to Review F.A.A. Policy on... →
My god, this testing process is tedious. Here’s to hoping they go through with it all quickly. Abby Lunardini, vice president of corporate communications at Virgin America, explained that the current guidelines require that an airline must test each version of a single device before it can be approved by the F.A.A. For example, if the airline wanted to get approval for the iPad, it would...
Why Pandora and other category-based music taste...
I never got into Pandora. There’s a lot of reasons as to why, but I think the biggest one is that whenever I entered in a song to be matched with my music taste, I never found that many songs that I liked from their results. It’s like they almost had it, but not quite. And I think I know why. Music is a very visceral experience for people. Songs remind us of times, people, places and...
PayPal's answer to Square →
PayPal, a service I hate, rolled out an answer to Square (a service I love) today. I sincerely hope that this doesn’t cause greater adoption of PP. I wonder if the payments also take 20 years to process like they do online or if they’ve optimized it to have them process in Square’s markedly svelte time frame.
It would be a disaster if we all had to keep running an obsolete version just...– Paul Graham, addressing the evolving nature of the concept of “property”. Read his phenomenal piece here.
The Highlight SXSW Drinking Game →
I wish I were at SXSW just so I could play this game. Hi I’m Katie, I’m into PR and I’ll buy you a drink if you don’t interpret that as flirting. #highlighting Love it.
Don’t worry, it’s not a sign of weakness. Arguably it’s a sign of sanity. The...– Paul Graham describing why entrepreneurs often shy away from the biggest ideas. (via parislemon)
Is Pinterest setting up its users for big legal...
The Creator of Wolfram Alpha Records the Data of... →
This is crazy. Stephen Wolfram, data genius and creator of Wolfram Alpha (used as the source for Siri’s data on the iPhone 4S), plots his life’s habits for the last twenty years and finally analyzes it/plots it. It makes me wonder what would happen if we all took personal data on our habits and aggregated it only to find definitive trends in our behavior that we probably didn’t...