New Paperback is Out

There's nothing like a physical book. The smell of the paper, the feel of the pages. Mmmm. This thing is super slim and slick. We call it a pocketbook because it can fit right in your pocket. Nothing cooler than one of these babies in the back pocket of your skinny jeans/yoga pants. Now available…


Teachers are Overrated

Think of something you're really good at. Chances are, whatever it is, you taught yourself. An insight or tip here and there, some books or videos perhaps. But for the most part, your most valuable, high-return skills and know-how were gained from your own self-education and experience, not from a…


The Idyllic Present

Things that seem idyllic to us from the 1950's were probably commonplace or even annoying to people then. The alley full of kids playing kick the can was a dirty mosquito trap. The sandlot was an eyesore. The drug store was just a store. But to us, these are idyllic representations of things we…


I Wrote a New Book!

I'm really, really excited about this new pocketbook. I'm calling it a pocketbook to properly set expectations. It's short. Very short! I love short books. It annoys me when a solid idea gets wrapped in 150 extraneous pages just to fit the industry standard of book length. Get me the meat and fast!…


Good vs Interesting

I put a premium on interestingness. Venkatesh Rao has helped give voice to an instinct I've always had when he talks about the zone of maximal interestingness. In business, this tends to be a high-risk, high-reward approach. I've often stumbled upon business models we could move to that would be…


Hands On vs. Hands Off Management

I'm a very laissez faire manager. Sometimes too much. I'm never going to fight against my dominant style. It wouldn't work and I'd hate my life. But I have learned to watch out for and try to curb the excesses. I look for great talent and let them fly. When I trust someone, I take their word and…


The Business Models of Sports Leagues

Most pro sports in the US are built around business models that make no market sense. They are quasi-monopolistic guilds classified as non-profits but run for profit. The incumbent advantages and tribal fandom means they aren't going anywhere soon. Still, there's so much room for innovation, and…


Life By Subscription

Once upon a time some busybody do-gooder paternalists said stuff like, "We need taxpayer money going to support music halls and concerts, because it is important that all citizens have access to good music, not just people with enough money." (Never mind that most people don't really care to go to…


The Hot Hand

I'm watching the Golden State Warriors. Klay Thompson got hot and now the entire team is going out of the way to do everything they can to get him the ball and set him up for a shot. Golden State does this more extremely for hot Klay than any team for any player save the Lakers in Kobe Bryant's…


Music as Programming

I used to treat music as a consumption good. (Unless I was making it, then it was an act of creation, maybe with a dash of consumption thrown in). I chose music based on the mood I was in. I consumed as a reflection of my state of mind. I let my feelings dictate and the music followed. In the…