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The Great Patreon Debacle, and What it Means for Independent Creators

I’ve raptly followed the recent Patreon controversy, eager to understand why one of the lifeblood services of so many independent creators inadvertently alienated and infuriated the very creators and patrons they serve. How did this happen? What does it mean for creators? What Went Wrong in Patreonland A few weeks ago Patreon suddenly announced an […]

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My Gift to You: A Bounty of Billion-Dollar Business Ideas

One night not so very long ago, my self-imposed daily writing word count goal loomed. But I was feeling like a sleepy dumb rhinoceros, and didn’t know what to write about. So, I decided to play a game. It worked like this: J would prompt me with problems — potential gold mines of of disruption […]

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Business Technology

Kickstarter’s Great Nonprofit Innovation

Yesterday I was excited to see the announcement of a joint initiative between Kickstarter and The White House: a special Kickstarter campaign intended to raise funds to aid refugees. One day in and they’ve raised over $1.1 million, and still going strong. This is the first time Kickstarter has done something like this. Right now […]

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Business Creativity Life

Jiro, Mastery, and Limitations: Philosophies on Work and Learning

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an intimate portrait of mastery, an exploration of the practiced art and craft of one of the world’s best sushi chefs, through the lens of his daily routine and philosophy of training and practice. In many ways, it’s about asymptotically approaching perfection, and the process of constant learning. Jiro’s approach towards training […]

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Business Life

The Future of Work is Exciting as Hell But I Still Don’t Want to Be Your Wage Slave

Let’s not forget to humanize the new economy. This recent Medium article describes the changing nature of work — the rise of the on-demand economy, fragmented freelance work and emerging marketplaces for labor. It gives a reasonably accurate description of trends in the labor market, at least along one vector. On another level, it’s a propaganda piece […]

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Kickstarting the Creative Funding Future

In this essay, I examine the creative funding landscape, using Kickstarter as a lens through which to explore questions of value, community, and the link between arts and commerce.  Some of the topics I cover include: what the best source of funding might be for creative projects; how we can (and can’t) measure or approximate […]

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Business Education Technology

Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: Resources and Tools (Part 3 of 3)

In the past several months I’ve tried to immerse myself in learning and technology. I’ve thought a lot about various methods and resources for learning, and paid particular attention to the new models constantly being developed and deployed. I’ve tried to take advantage of online resources and information networks wherever I can, and have been […]

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Business Media

The Micro-Consulting Revolution—And Beyond

These days, it seems everyone and their mother is available for some sort of niche consulting. This is both insane—how can so much deep niche expertise exist?—and incredible, because it means that there is an increasingly robust free-market exchange of these varying flavors of expertise that somewhere, somehow, must be creating a tremendous amount of […]

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Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: New Educational Paradigms (Part 2 of 3)

Part two of a three-part series on how I’m seeking out and testing different (free!) methods of learning about computer science and entrepreneurship online. On the tech front, after perusing the online course offerings of MIT, Harvard, and Stanford, I settled on MIT’s “Introduction to Computer Science and Programming” as a point of entry into […]

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Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: New Educational Paradigms (Part 1 of 3)

I like to think of myself as the curious type, eager to deepen my understanding of how things work, refusing to stop thinking about potentialities and questioning the things I read and see. One one level, I’m certainly too young to be an expert at anything. But, to frame things in a different way, I […]