Goals and habits

Goals, habits, and tools

Every year around this time I start thinking about what I want to accomplish over the next year, and I suspect most people are the same way.¬†Some people I know aren’t interested in setting goals, mostly because they’ve tried and failed to accomplish goals a bunch of times over the years. I’ve done that too. But every new year as I hear about resolutions and…

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Why You Need a Strategic Data Service

It’s no longer even a question that data is a strategic advantage. Every business is a data business now, and it’s no longer sufficient to store and archive data, you need to be able to act on it: protect, nurture, develop, buy and sell it. Billion-dollar businesses are built around it. But many businesses are running into the reality that their legacy platforms are not…

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Should You Pay Capital Gains on Yourself?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about blockchains, which is the technology at the heart of Bitcoin. I blogged a little bit about this the other day in relation to distributed proof of ownership. But I’m realizing that it actually enables a much wider range of things than I had first thought, from identity to career paths to programming models. For example, the IRS recently…

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5 Technologies That Will Change the World

Warning: The following post contains moments of wild speculation. You have been warned. Right now is an interesting moment in the history of civilization. In the past technology has molded itself to the needs of society, but we’ve passed that point. In the last 15 years we’ve started to see society molding itself to technology instead. TL;DR Distributed proof of ownership, anonymity, crowdfunding, the subscription…

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Why Data Strategy Matters

Big Data has an alluring promise: crunch all of your datas and find out all these very important unknown things you didn’t know before. You will find out all sorts of important things about your customers. You’ll discover what they’re buying, what they’re not buying, what they like, what they hate. All sorts things that sound very strategic and important. It’s all very sexy and…

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The future of The Blog

This is one of those peripheral ideas that’s been kicking around in my head for years but I haven’t had much impetus to talk about it lately. But Mike Elgan pointed out Jay Acunzo‘s post about whether or not to move his blog to Google+, which got me thinking about it again. I feel pretty strongly about maintaing a personal Web presence that I maintain…

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Beyond “Big Data”

I have a theory that buzzwords are usually helpful in general, in that they usher in new concepts before they end up as meaningless marketing fluff–and, eventually, punchlines. I think this is in the process of happening right now with the term “big data”, just like it did with “Web 2.0″ a few years back. Remember the hype around “Web 2.0″ several years back? It…

The Web vs. the App Ecosystem

The Web vs. native app from an app store debate has been raging lately. It’s nice to see an old-fashioned blog discussion, makes me nostalgic. So I just read an interesting post by Robert Scoble on the topic, and I have 3 quick reactions to it: The Web has one distinct advantage: an address that you control and that you can share with people in…