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12 06 13 10:39
12 02 13 08:17
For an Apple design, the Newsstand icon looks decidedly juvenile. But what’s worse for publishers is that there is now no visual reminder within the Newsstand icon that there are publications inside, waiting to be read. On top of that, in iOS7 users can now hide the Newsstand icon inside a folder. The once-special treatment that Apple gave publishers in order to encourage the distribution of magazines to the iPhone and iPad had apparently vanished, at least in terms of visual prominence.
Now, Fleishman is worried that, without the visual cue, readers might be forgetting that his publication even exists. “I get email regularly from readers who say that they forget that issues come out,” he says.
This confirms a behavior that I’ve noticed in myself: I’m reading The Economist less frequently than I have in the past. It used to be a weekly read, and I thought it was one of my more durable habits.
Funny how much a design change can do.
12 01 13 21:32
Major industry players like dismissed AirBnB and sometimes even say things like this: “Quite honestly, I had to google what [Airbnb] actually means, which shows you how much we pay attention to it,” “It’s a gnat on the dog’s tuchus. “It might itch, but it’s not a game changer” and “I think it’s serving people who didn’t travel because they were scared, or couldn’t afford it, or use it because it’s an antidote to loneliness.”
I like this a lot. Not just the quote here, but the entire sentiment. Also, everyone seems to be re-reading Christiansen right now. What’s up with that?
11 27 13 10:32
If you’re not aware, Strava is like a more aggressive version of Nike+, designed specifically for cyclists and runners. It tracks workouts via sport-specific apps for smartphones and from connected GPS devices like Garmin. Its interface and community are leagues beyond competitors in its verticals; this is most evident in Strava Challenges, which draw their own community and brand support.
My cycling buddy Ilya noticed an awesome new beta feature over the weekend: Strava Nutrition. Based on the looks of the sign-up page (accessible only after sign-in), it’ll use your workouts to customize a nutrition subscription program so you never run out AND have the right food for your particular training regimen. Presumably this is another way for them to monetize the platform, on top of the paid annual membership model.
When launched, this will be an amazing opportunity for Skratch, Nuun, Osmo, CLIF and others to drive trial, and probably a lower-cost option for distribution, with built-in marketing and fulfillment.
11 26 13 14:39
11 11 13 08:53
Everything in this document (and many of the documents that surround it) is GOLD. Solid, intelligible writing, great detail, lots of good links. Refer back to this frequently, and send it to your clients. See what I’m talking about.
11 04 13 07:41
By spreading tasks out among a broader group of younger analysts (they hired 14% more new analysts for 2014 than they did for 2013), and asking managers to take the time to explain more clearly upfront what they really need them to do, Goldman says it can create a saner and more efficient workplace. Turns out you may not need people pulling all-nighters to crank out that 100 page presentation when two pages of talking points will do. This isn’t the ‘softer side of Goldman’, or the ‘right thing to do’: it’s good business.
I love the hundred page vs. two page document thing. So common. But the broader point of the article is as important: even in investment banking, you don’t have to kill yourself (or your peers) to be successful.