For the past few months my company, TENDIGI, has been working with IEEE to build this super awesome Robots for iPad app. Check it out!!
It’s known as FOMO, or “fear of missing out,” and refers to the blend of anxiety, inadequacy and irritation that can flare up while skimming social media like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram. Billions of Twitter messages, status updates and photographs provide thrilling glimpses of the daily lives and activities of friends, “frenemies,” co-workers and peers.
This is such a problem and we’re just starting to realize it …
It’s quite unfortunate that people don’t care more about digital magazines …
The timing of Zinio’s capital raising efforts comes on the heels of the sale of Texterity, a digital magazine services provider, to Godengo, a company that has roots in regional magazine web development and now builds content management systems.
It’s not necessarily a coincidence, but it is a very crowded market out there for digital magazine services and newsstand providers.
In Texterity’s case, the company ran out of money before it could take the necessary next steps to fund growth plans.
… however I very clearly remember standing next to Texterity at a digital magazine expo, thinking to myself, this must be the most unoriginal/convoluted service ever. There were at least a dozen other companies at that expo doing the exact same thing. Taking static content from publishers and adding a layer of
bullshit interactivity and calling it a revolutionary publishing platform. Barf.
I hope these digital magazine people find out some day that content is king and you must adapt to the new mediums if you want to survive.
The following sound clip is amazing and so very true. This is one of the many reasons TENDIGI doesn’t outsource to any other countries. 25:1 is a great ratio and I think a lot of businesses and startups that outsource their software development are certainly nowhere near 25:1. There are language, cultural, and time-zone barriers that prohibit outsourced software teams from achieving that level of efficiency.
(Unfortunately this video is Flash)
As soon as I saw the video for Google’s Project Glass I instantly recalled a funny story from my time at Apple. I was once at a Town Hall meeting in Cupertino where Steve Jobs commented on this type of wearable computing. An Apple employee in the audience asked Steve a question to the extent of: “How can we reach out to our leadership if we have a really good idea”. Steve immediately put him on the spot and made him pitch the idea in front of everyone there. An opportunity to pitch Steve Jobs. What? The employee proceeded to pitch an idea about glasses you can wear that display various types of information. A heads up display a’la terminator cyborg vision if you will. He continued to explain how he wished he had a way to see projected information while he perhaps went for a run outside. Keep in mind this is happening in a room filled with a lot of people. Steve immediately shot his idea down and told the guy that he would probably trip and fall if that were the case. Steve also suggested he should get a girlfriend so he has someone to keep him company while running. I can not watch this Project Glass video without recalling this moment. So if you’re wondering what Steve would think about Project Glass, that’s pretty much it.
Update: I had a few people ask me when this happened. If I remember correctly this was during the summer of 2007.