The question that gets asked about technology, the one that is almost always precisely the wrong question is, ‘How does this advance help our business?’

The correct question is, ‘how does this advance undermine our business model and require us/enable us to build a new one?’


Seth Godin, from here

"Steve Jobs isn’t gone. He’s in your pocket, on your desk, at your fingertips."


"Don’t be cool. Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort."

Bruce Mau (more here)

"The best time to write food copy is when you’re really hungry and actually want to eat everything on the menu."


"Do or do not. There is no try."


"The more you do, the less you regret."


"The more technology becomes complicated inside, the more it has to be simple outside."

Derrick de Kerckhove—professor, author and expert in the intersection of culture and technology (via jonathanmoore)

"Where, precisely, do you go in order to get permission to make a dent in the universe?"

"What if we had a more positive orientation? Imagine a world where, every single time you flipped a light switch and the room lit up, you experienced a rush of gratitude. Imagine a world where, after a husband forgot his wife’s birthday, she gave him a big kiss and said, “For 13 of the last 14 years, you’ve remembered my birthday! That’s wonderful!” This is not our world. But in times of change, it needs to be. Our rational brain has a problem focus when it needs a solution focus. We need to switch from archaeological problem solving to bright-spot evangelizing. Find a bright spot and clone it."

best-selling authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath, from their new book Switch

Via: this month’s Fast Company

"I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy. Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them. It is a fuckload of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters. What matters is saying yes."

"Someone asked me where I get all my good ideas, explaining that it takes him a month or two to come up with one and I seem to have more than that. I asked him how many bad ideas he has every month. He paused and said, ‘none.’ And there, you see, is the problem."