Cool article by NBC to highlight each countries focus on ‘their Olympics’. They team and team heroes.
That’s the wonder of the Games. They are so colossal, so sweeping, that every sporting nation sees it through its own prism. We are watching an American Olympics, which is different from a Finnish Olympics, which is different from a Chinese Olympics, which is different from a French Olympics. The Olympics bring the world together. And, at the same time, the world stays apart.
Of course, we follow ‘our people’ and their stories. But it’s the networks choosing. Living in the US it was impossible before the internet to get any information on other athletes? Why was that? Because NBC didn’t care about any other sport than those were Americans were metal contenders.
Other countries might have the same, or similar slanted coverage, but the time will come when this will blend together and there will be coverage where the fan/viewer can pick and choose their favorite events.
The article highlights other countries, but in the end just creates a justification for their own slanted, or lazy coverage. There are more stories out there, and people increasingly don’t want to be spoon fed and see only what Bob Costas cares about and whose names he can pronounce.
If the Olympics bring people together the future lies in a TV coverage that echoes that.
Der Spiegel looks at #Sochiproblems:
The Russians are perplexed by the world, and it’s not their fault. They’re celebrating a party in Sochi. But we’re the party poopers waiting for any chance we can find to say: “Haha, the Russians have screwed up again!”
Marat Gelman, Moscow’s best known art gallery owner, once claimed that things are only right in the world for the West if bad news is coming out of Russia.
I hope Gelman is wrong.
So he dropped out of the first event and blasts the construction quality of the second.
Or is the pressure to perform and win his third gold getting to him?
In Germany we say: “If the farmer can’t swim he blames his swimsuit”. Don’t ask me why it’s a farmer, but you get the idea: If you’re afraid to fail, or try to find excuses beyond your control.
Do I hear spoiled brat anywhere? Red Bull should’ve build him his own pipe, so he can go for gold on ‘his terms and conditions’.
#SochiProblems Is More of An Embarrassment For America Than It Is For Russia writes Sarah Kaufman for PolicyMic. Pointing out sub-standard hotel amenities as a journalist is not helping your credibility. And it’s also not ‘Schadenfreude’, that’s something completely different.
But to expand the audience there may need to reach out to more outlying communities. Kitsap, Thurston and Skagit counties pull in plenty of fans for the Mariners (and were cited as the reason for the retractable roof) and the Seahawks. Those communities (Island and Mason county as well) are part of the Puget Sound Combined Statistical Area.
They too are Sounders. These nearly million people — and more than a million if you include some of the easily drive-able communities over the pass — are relatively untapped.
Yes, and let’s win the Cup this season.
Evidence Facebook’s revenue is based on fake likes.
Pretty damning video.
Old news, but this is really a post for myself, filed in the category: remember later and never forget.
Last July Franz Beckenbauer invited the international sports elite to Kitzbühl, Austria to discuss the future of sports.
Man, I love summits. Like TED and Davos this will be on my list to watch.
In other news: I need a suit.
The new LEGO movie is fantastic, go watch it.
It’s the first animated feature that comes close to the early Pixar classics.
Seriously, it’s that good.
Much has been talked about on what Apple ‘needs to do’. And of course all us armchair CEOs know exactly what will help the company enter the next phase of their growth.
Most, all! of us have no experience running a company of that scale. But most of us have great ideas on what Apple must do next.
Hardware, stock manipulation, management changes are all floating around and have been much discussed.
Apple, the only company that has to innovate or die.
Most other tech companies are measured by how well they emulate Apple or how well the follow their path and feed off their crumbs under the table.
But Apple must innovate. Release a ‘killer new product’ so others can follow.
Okay, let’s say for a moment that this is what Apple must do.
Here is the issue:
As Apple’s ecosystem grows innovation on their current line is incredibly hard to do and costly. Release a new iOS and hundreds of millions of user will download, use and judge the product. You can’t please that many people all the time.
And iOS devices are still a hugely growing business. Apple must feed that monster and foster it’s growth.
This takes a lot of energy out of the leadership team that’s been task to innovate.
Where should Jony Ive and his team put their time and priority?
Building the next iPhone that no doubt will sell hundreds of millions of units or a ‘killer’ new device that will or will not take off?
Ive is spread thin, his focus must be on the growing and increasingly demanding market of products that are already selling well.
The demand on Apple to release a new product and said product is a huge hit is bigger than on any other company.
Apple TV was for years considered a ‘hobby’ to deflect expectations from it.
Anything that will come out of Cupertino will be burdened with this over-expectation.
But, what if it wouldn’t come out of Cupertino?
What if Apple would start an ‘innovation lab’?
Bankrolled by Apple, but a separate company, a different brand, a different approach, a different vision. Staffed by different people.
Apple might have the chance to reset expectation, release products in a different cycle. Experiment more.
Perhaps in a similar vain as Google Ventures, or the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy model or even better the Volkswagen Group.
The expectation that just a handful of products are the save-all for billions of people all over the world, is a huge stretch, but spreading thin and releasing many products to many people would dilute the core Apple brand too much.
Apple is so big now that perhaps it’s time to introduce the next phase of the enterprise:
Apple went from Apple computers to Apple Inc., It might be time to become the Apple Group.
A products and services company with a global reach that builds products under different brands for various demands.
From the National Park Services:
Don Tresidder, president of the concessioner at the time, began to envision even bigger things for Yosemite’s future. After visiting Switzerland with his wife for the 1928 Winter Olympics, he was inspired to make Yosemite the “Switzerland of the West.” That year he formed the Yosemite Winter Club (still in operation today) to “encourage and develop all forms of winter sports [and] to advertise and exploit the great advantages, beauties and healthy benefits of winter in the California Sierra to all the lovers of outdoor life.”
In addition to enticing visitors to come in winter, he wanted Yosemite to host the Olympic Winter Games in 1932.
Can you imagine how different things would be for the valley if they would’ve won the bid?
In Germany, a 74 year old referee in a youth league stumbles on the field, a player, reaches out to help him up.
For a brief moment everything is right with the world.
Is starting today, with the official opening ceremony happening tomorrow.
Super excited, yet again, no matter the controversies around it.
Love the idea of ’Rookie’, a new sports website which launched today. It’s beautifully designed, in the new trend of text overlaying images, magazine style.
But, sadly it missed a huge opportunity by only focussing on the typical, narrow categories of MLB, NBA and NFL. No MLS coverage so far, preseason soccer has just begun and David Beckham just this week announced a new team in Florida. And the Soccer World Cup is just a few month away.
Even the Olympics are missing, and they are a mere 2 days away.
Is brilliant, f^&*ing brilliant television.
Leigh Buchanan for Inc. Magazine on the German Mittelstand:
In my conversations with Mittelstand CEOs, that word came up again and again. Leadership, by contrast, they largely dismissed as an abstraction. “I think leadership is a very, very, very strong word,” says Klais. “I see it more as a responsibility issue. And not just being responsible for the financial situation but also for a team of 65 people that have supported this workshop for a very long time and for this working place on which they are depending.”
Jason and team are closing the 37Signals brand and are going all in on Basecamp as their sole product.
Moving forward, we will be a one product company. That product will be Basecamp. Our entire company will rally around Basecamp. With our whole team – from design to development to customer service to ops – focused on one thing, Basecamp will continue to get better in every direction and on every dimension.
Ambitious and courageous. Kudos on that.
All their other products are going to the software graveyard over time.
37Signals or Basecamp as a company has always been about simplifying and consolidating. If there is any company that has taken the Apple approach to the next level it’s been them.
Here is what I am seeing for the future: Box, Dropbox are following down a path to become the next generation of operating systems. A platform for file system and storage, collaboration and app support.
Google has shown everyone how reasonably effortless this can be accomplished in today’s ‘always-on’ and fully connected world of computing.
The device becomes a mere portal into a fully cloud-hosted environment.
To add my 2 cents to the claim chowder pile, I believe Basecamp is wanting to go into the same direction. Like the successful Box or Dropbox: One company, one app. Bringing the functionally of their other apps slowly into the current Basecamp as they see fit, probably charging more for add-ons to the same system rather than new apps with new prices.
Just slowly and deliberately, self-funded, without millions of VC cash, the 37Signals, I mean Basecamp-way.
From the 2012 NFL Draft Day Report:
As if the day wasn’t bad enough, Seattle selecting Russell Wilson, a QB that doesn’t fit their offense at all, was by far the worst move of the draft. With the two worst moves of the draft, Seattle is the only team that received an F on draft day.
Via Daring Fireball.
Here it is, my new business card. Electronic, of course. Looks really good on an iPad, BTW.
My Name Theme is now officially mothballed, it never took off, but this is for another blog post.
This new version is hard-coded, simple to setup, fully responsive and looks amazing.
Let me know if you want the code.
A product so perfectly created for ‘content marketing’ it hurts.
Did the average consumer really know/care/think that this is last year’s model or was the price difference just not big enough to make it a deciding factor?
For JUST $100 bucks more you get the better one. If you buy a phone that last’s you two years at least that amount is too little for consumer to not want to get the ‘better’ phone.
That’s what I am thinking.