The great accomplishment of Jobs’ life

November 7th, 2011  |  Published in Art and Design, Business, Life, Quotes

The great accomplishment of Jobs’s life is how effectively he put his idiosyncrasies—his petulance, his narcissism, and his rudeness—in the service of perfection.

—Malcolm Gladwell, “The Tweaker

Steve Jobs narrates The Crazy Ones

October 7th, 2011  |  Published in Business, Leadership, Life

Barack Obama on Steve Jobs

October 6th, 2011  |  Published in Business, Quotes

Steve was among the greatest of American innovators — brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

—Barack Obama

The corporation has achieved extraordinary things

June 18th, 2011  |  Published in Business, Quotes

In its 400+ year history, the corporation has achieved extraordinary things, cutting around-the-world travel time from years to less than a day, putting a computer on every desk, a toilet in every home (nearly) and a cellphone within reach of every human.

—”A Brief History of the Corporation

The Startup Rollercoaster

February 2nd, 2011  |  Published in Business

And that’s what [a startup is] like – all superlatives. Your highs are super high. Crack. Your lows are unexplainably low and lonely. It’s the startup roller coaster world. And I miss it.

—Mark Suster, Should You Really Be A Startup Entrepreneur?

The “Next Big Thing” Already Exists

January 31st, 2011  |  Published in Business, Quotes

The Next Big Thing already exists. It’s just a matter of thinking like an artist — of trying to take something that already exists and repurposing it for something it wasn’t intended for.

—Biz Stone, as quoted in “Social Media Grows Up

A Facebook Misunderstanding

January 12th, 2011  |  Published in Business

Here’s a call that happened today:

Client: “Who is this?”

Me: “This is Josh from Rainsong Media. You sent in a request about facebook fan page design. How can we help?”

Client: “Facebook design?”

Me: “Yes.”

Client: “You design facebook?”

Me: “Well, we design facebook fan page tabs and profile pictures for businesses and groups. What were you looking for?”

Client: “Facebook design.”

Me: [pause] “Do you have a business of some kind?”

Client: “I don’t have no business.”

Me: “Okay… so maybe there was some miscommunication?”

Client: “Bye.”

The Vendor-Client Relationship In Real World Situations

January 6th, 2011  |  Published in Business, Humor and Satire, Technology, Videos