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June 25, 2017 8:34 AM

Becoming Facebook With Mike Hoefflinger - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #572 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

He was in the trenches when Facebook was really growing and figuring itself out. After working directly for Andy Grove at Intel and as general manager of the Intel Inside program, Mike Hoefflinger moved to Facebook to serve as Head of Global Business Marketing working with Sheryl Sandberg. During his nearly seven years there, the teams he built helped dramatically grow the advertising business during Facebook's unprecedented rise to global influence. Now, is now an executive-in-residence at XSeed Capital and the author of the bestselling business book, Becoming Facebook. How did Facebook disrupt the world, and what challenges helped it to define itself as a brand? Nobody knows the inside story on this massive company like Mike. Enjoy the conversation...

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #572.

By Mitch Joel

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June 24, 2017 5:30 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #365

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • Not even wrong - ways to dismiss technology - Benedict Evans. "Benedict Evans is fast becoming one of my favorite writers and thinkers. He starts with a quote by Pauli, who, asked to review a paper of doubtable merit, opined, 'it's not even wrong.' By which he meant it lacks testability and provability entirely. He uses the quote in the context of predicting what will be a successful product in the future, applying two tests: Is there a roadmap to greatness and whether you're looking at the application that this technology is proposed to provide, and not the actual capability that has been created. I've been spending a lot of time thinking and working on discontinuous innovation, and Evans has added good stuff to the conversation here." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • If Google Teaches an AI to Draw, Will That Help It Think? - The Atlantic. "Alexis Madrigal is one of my favorite tech writers; he doesn't jump into the fray early, but often waits until the real story unfolds. So, this is his first real dive into the realm of AI. And it comes with a familiar face: Douglas Eck, one of the subjects of his interview, spent time in Montreal and helped design the machine learning algorithms at Coradiant, a company I helped found, which pinpointed where problems were happening. This was back in 2007; if only I'd known to call it AI at the time." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The Origin of HyperCard in the Breakdown of the Bicycle for the Mind - Justin Falcone - CSS Conference Australia - YouTube. "A postmodern sort of thing: a 2016 presentation on 'hypermedia' from the perspective of 1990. Or vice versa?" (Hugh for Alistair).
  • These Cities Are Replacing The Worst Kind Of Infrastructure With The Best - Fast Company - Co. Design. "What if we designed cities for people, not cars. Imagine if that were happening in... Dallas?" (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Why Your Brain Hates Other People - Nautilus. "I consider my self a fairly open, honest, empathetic and caring human being. It bothers me (always) how quick I am to judge other people. I don't necessarily 'hate' other people, but my mind does try to decipher what makes us different over what might bring us closer together first. Is this who I really am? Apparently, it's not a nurture thing?..." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • When pop stars have Instagram, they no longer need record labels - Quartz. "This is a compelling but not sustainable look at the music industry. And, in return, a smart read for any brand trying to create something that connects with an audience that is sustainable. How will brands build relationships with consumers? There's just too much going on now, and the duopoly of Google and Facebook continues to grow. I'm dying to see how this will all pan out!" (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

By Mitch Joel

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June 19, 2017 9:45 AM

Amazon Goes For Whole Foods (Not Slack), Netflix Kills Cable TV And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on iHeart Radio, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what's going on in the digital world. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • Late last week, there was buzzing that Amazon was about to buy Slack. Then, suddenly, it was announced that Amazon bought Whole Foods for close to $14 billion dollars. Why did the masters of online retail buy a brick and mortar organic food retail chain? 
  • How about this for a staggering glimpse into how the media landscape has changed: last week it was confirmed that more people now subscribe to Netflix than cable TV in the US. This can (and will) have a dramatic impact on everything from how content is created to advertising. 
  • App of the week: Meal Connect.

By Mitch Joel

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June 18, 2017 7:45 AM

All Things Growth Hacking With Sean Ellis - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #571 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

He's a consummate entrepreneur. Not just in starting businesses, but in thinking about how businesses can really (and strategically) acquire customers with a different angle than traditional marketing thinking. Sean Ellis is the founder and CEO of GrowthHackers. And, yes, he is the person who coined the now buzzy term, "growth hacking" back in 2010. Prior to GrowthHackers, Sean was head of marketing at LogMeIn and Uproar, when both companies went from launch to IPO. He is also the first marketer at Dropbox, Eventbrite, Lookout and Xobni. If that were not enough, Sean is also an angel investor and startup advisor. Recently, he published the business book, Hacking Growth. Enjoy the conversation...  

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #571.

By Mitch Joel

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June 17, 2017 5:07 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #364

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • Visualizing the Jobs Lost to Automation - Visual Capitalist. "This is a great way to understand the impact of technology on employment. A quick look will show you the massive shifts in jobs -- gone are those with specialization and repetition; arriving are those which encourage generalism and empathy." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • How The Trendiest Grilled Cheese Venture Got Burned - Backchannel - Medium. "Ah, hubris. When you're wildly successful in a tech startup, why would your next venture be a grilled-cheese-and-soup franchise? I don't care if you have a revolutionary new toaster oven ('Not a sandwich press!' Kaplan retorted. 'This is two induction burners! Microwaves! Silpats!') It's still soup and a sandwich. Consume with a side of schadenfreude." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think - Bloomberg. "Well, look. It's not all bad. Turns out that the cost of solar energy is falling faster than anyone expected, and if trends continue, by 2020 solar will be cheaper than coal." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Redditors design worst volume sliders possible - Designer News. "Here's one for the designer in all of us." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Our sun likely had a twin called 'Nemesis' - Futurity. "Great. Our son has an evil twin and it's called 'Nemesis'. Just when you think you know everything about anything..." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Your Best Business Partner Is Your Polar Opposite; Here's How To Get Along With Them - Fast Company. "I've had the same three business partners for close to 15 years. I often joke that we get along so great because they hate everything that I have to do... and the feeling is mutual. Still, when I get asked about our very strong bond (we're not just business partners, but close friends), I often reflect on how it makes for a better work environment when your business partners don't have the same interests as you do. I've been lucky. This article picks at a couple of the reasons why and how we navigate our relationships... and how others can as well." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

By Mitch Joel

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June 12, 2017 8:30 AM

Apple's HomePod, Tracking People And Keys And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening... Read more

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June 11, 2017 9:39 AM

Charlene Li On Disruption - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #570 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. Charlene Li is a Principal Analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet company. Many people know her best as the co-author... Read more

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June 10, 2017 5:28 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #363

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

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June 7, 201711:31 PM

The Real Retail Apocalypse (It's Not What You Think)

Much has been written about the demise of retail. Go ahead, Google it for yourself. You will find a lot of articles with super-scary headlines (The retail apocalypse has officially descended on America, Is American Retail at a Historic Tipping Point?,... Read more

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June 6, 2017 6:18 PM

In Defense Of Being Deeply Offended

It's happening a lot. It's happening a lot more than it should. It's an angrier world out there. Back in the sixties (I wasn't alive) the general protest of democratic populations (and those that were repressed) came from music and... Read more

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