Could This Be You? One Great YouTube Launches a Startup

by Tim Berry

CNET’s Rafe Needleman posted about DollarShaveClub.com yesterday and I picked it up this morning. It seems that the key to a successful launch was one extremely-well-done one-minute video on YouTube, which I’ve embedded here: I find this inspirational. It’s fascinating how this one big hit can be so effective. How much would a couple of... Read More »

The Brain Scientist’s Insight From Inside Out

by Tim Berry

She’s a brain scientist who studied the brain “from inside out” when she had a stroke. We should listen to what she discovered. And what we have to choose from. If you don’t see the video embedded here, you can click this link to go to the original on TED.com. Read More »

Twitter and Problogger to the Copyright Rescue

by Tim Berry

OK, this is cool. The web makes copyright stealing so incredibly easy, and it’s extremely annoying when it happens to you. And it happens all the time. So you have to like this example. Here, to the right, is what Darren Rowse, blogger extraordinaire at problogger.net, @problogger on Twitter, decided to do about it. He... Read More »

Who Knew? Actions Give Better Data Than Words

by Tim Berry

At first glance, Paying Star Employees Well is a Good Strategy for Innovation in a Stanford business school newsletter seems like one of those “no-doh” discoveries that happen when academics turn their focus on the real world and end up confirming the obvious. But I clicked, and read, and it turns out to be much... Read More »

What Does Creativity Have to Do With Business?

by Tim Berry

What does creativity have to do with business? Business is about dollars and deadlines and suits, while creativity is about nerds and long hair and artsy-fartsy. Or is it? As the digital technology revolution matures, it is becoming more about creativity and less about engineering. That’s quoting Fred Wilson, venture capitalist and thought leader, in... Read More »

Our Children Spread Their Dreams Under Our Feet. We Should Tread Softly.

by Tim Berry

This less-than-17-minute talk was posted on the TED ideas worth spreading site just a week or so ago. I think every one of us should take 17 minutes off and listen to this, and think about it. It’s funny. It’s interesting. And it’s important. Sir Ken Robinson starts with a reference to global climate change,... Read More »

The Curious Paradox of Copying and Creativity

by Tim Berry

A couple of months ago I picked up this post on TechCrunch, which sort of accuses Apple of copying its iBooks application for the new iPad. I hate business copycats. Drives me crazy. As Palo Alto Software’s Business Plan Pro grew up, others copied our tag lines, our packaging, and the software. I hated that.... Read More »

The Truth in a Graphic About High-Tech Distractions

by Tim Berry

I just couldn’t resist sharing this. It’s called The Hierarchy of Digital Distractions, and it’s brilliant; and even better in full size, so you should click this link or on the picture to see the original. I got it from Ann Handley, @marketingprofs on Twitter. It’s from a site called Information is Beautiful, by David... Read More »

New World, New Leaders, New Institution

by Tim Berry

Singularity University, brainchild of Ray Kuzweil and other industry leaders (Nobel physicist George Smoot, for example, and Tom Byers of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Google leaders Vint Cerf and Chris DiBona, SIM City creator Will Wright; quite an impressive list), is up and running now at the NASA-Ames research center in Moffett Field, CA,... Read More »

2 Pictures, 200 Words, Lots of Ideas.

by Tim Berry

Pictures, words, ideas. If one picture equals 1,000 words, how many ideas does it generate? Is there a transitive property there? I had time over the weekend to pick up two unrelated pictures. Each covers something entirely different. Both are full of ideas. The first, a chart by Seth Godin: This is one of those... Read More »