Some of the best background music can be found as soundtracks to video games. Sounds designed to float in you mind while letting you concentrate on the task at hand. For your next work session try the beautiful sounds from Monument Valley by @staffodbawler 

Shenzhen trip report - visiting the world's manufacturing ecosystem

Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab) provides some interesting insights into the state of manufacturing in Schenzhen. 

I believe that Shenzhen, like Silicon Valley, has become such a “complete” ecosystem that we’re more likely to be successful building networks to connect with Shenzhen than to compete with it head on.

Robin Williams

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I grew up watching Robin Williams. He made me laugh. Not only with his words, but simply by way he looked at the screen. His improv was inspiring. Sad to see him leave us the way he did. May he live on through the art he left behind. 

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

— Robin Williams

“I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.”

— Robin Williams

The Fermi Paradox

Something to consider next time you lie down and gaze at the stars. Thanks to Tina and Jens for the share. 

Culture Capital

My friend Juan was talking to me today about culture capital and its changing impact in San Fransisco.

I had to look up what culture capital meant – here’s the definition:

The term cultural capital refers to non-financial social assets that promote social mobility beyond economic means. Examples can include education, intellect, style of speech, dress, or physical appearance.

His point was that upward social mobility in SF via non-financial assets is becoming increasingly difficult. The culture capital is being pushed out.

Quality fireside chat with Tim Jackson at Nordic Next. Jocke did a fantastic job moderating and covered a lot of ground in 30 minutes. 

Sam Zeil unpacks Charlie Munger’s business philosophy

Listen, business is easy. If you’ve got a low downside and a big upside, you go do it. If you’ve got a big downside and a small upside, you run away. The only time you have any work to do is when you have a big downside and a big upside.

“Apple and Google are focusing their innovation in different areas. Apple is moving down the stack with integrated hardware/software experiences (iBeacon, fingerprints, M7 etc) that are hard for Android to match, and Google is moving Android up the stack with Google Play Services, the cloud and machine learning, which is hard for Apple to match.”

Would have killed to be on that rooftop. Amazing performance. 

Personify your customer

Boiling down the persona of your customer is a great exercise and will help you better understand your business and how to communicate it. 

Here’s how Sophia Amoruso describes The Nasty Gal customer: 

She is in her late teens or early-mid twenties and super body-confident. She knows how to dress for her shape and isn’t afraid of wearing makeup and short skirts and being sexy. She’s into fashion but her taste doesn’t just apply to what she wears: It applies to food, interior design, and travel. She wants to have awesome experiences and be the best-dressed girl around — without spending an arm and a leg. 

If you want to level up in life, you got to say ‘fuck it’ and step out of your comfort zone. Thanks to hajak for the share.