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Read Stoicism

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2 months ago

Your first philosophers: Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Seneca, and one strange new face. Why the first books people read about Stoicism should be by one of these guys. On Stoicism Graduation season is coming up, and with it, some great advice will be handed down via the time-honored ...

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Bitcoin is Trust

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8 months ago

Last week, I invited a few friends to come together and talk about Bitcoin. The conversation was wide ranging (read: ill-organized), but interesting. Three key topics emerged out of the djin: Past Examples - historical analogies for currencies similar to bitcoin Making BTC Legitimate  ...

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So you want to be a Growth Hacker?

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almost 2 years ago

A friend recently asked twitter for some recommendations on what to read if they want to learn about Growth Hacking. Being a great marketer (fine, fine "growth hacker) is about nurturing two very different skill sets in yourself: (1) creatively coming up with novel ways to engage and delight ...

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The Trick to Viral Growth

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about 2 years ago

I recently helped a friend prioritize their measurement framework for a series of growth experiments. Here's a lightly edited version of my advice. When looking to focus on user growth, it's generally helpful to look at 3 key metrics. Time to first share length of sharing period k ...

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No Technology Dies

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about 2 years ago

Kevin Kelly's "What Technology Wants" is one of the most important books I've read in the past decade. If you're at all involved in technology innovation, it's required reading. I use several of the ideas originating from this book on a weekly basis. One of the ideas that I often revisit is the ...

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The New Literacy Rate

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about 2 years ago

If I were to send you back in time to 1500, a time when people were just learning how to cope with the recent disruptive invention of the moveable type printing press, you could have lived a very respectable and comfortable live (by the standards of the time) without being literate.  In fact ...

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The Law of Accelerating Media

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over 2 years ago

Regular Readers If you are a regular reader here, you might be interested in reading a guest essay I wrote in Forbes. It's about how marketers are being challenged by the increasing the number of channels available to engage consumers on. It takes about 3.5 minutes to read and covers a lot of ...

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Hire Moms

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over 2 years ago

Building a great team is the ultimate competitive advantage. Steve Jobs famously thought that his greatest creation wasn't a great device, but rather was a company filled with people capable of making great devices. If you want to create an entity that is valuable and makes an impact, there's no ...