Pixar’s Ed Catmull: It was the changed Steve Jobs that made Apple great[Via MacDailyNews] Michal Lev-Ram reports for Fortune, “For our recent cover story on Disney, I sat down with Ed Catmull at Pixar headquarters. Here is an edited excerpt from our conversation in October, which ranged from Pixar’s rocky beginnings to Disney’s use […]
GM and Philips nearly bought Pixar, but deal’s collapse allowed Steve Jobs to invest[Via AppleInsider] Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull reveals in a new book that the now-legendary animation company was nearly sold to General Motors and Philips for its technology, but the deal fell through just before it could be signed. [More] What happened […]
Tesla’s Elon Musk champions open source cars: ‘All Our Patent Are Belong To You’[Via Boing Boing] “Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle […]
How do we shift to a more agile organization? Podio a Case Study[Via Robert Paterson’s Weblog] Most people would agree that many organizations today are too stiff, too slow and too disconnected to do well in the complex world we live in now. Many large organizations have placed their bet on a new […]
by Stephen A. Wolfe The diffusion of iPhones as a learning process [Via asymco] All theoretical and empirical diffusion studies agree that an innovation diffuses along a S-shaped trajectory. Indeed, the S-shaped pattern of diffusion appears to be a basic anthropologic phenomenon. This observation dates as far back as 1895 when the French sociologist Gabriel Tarde first described […]
Lean LaunchPad | [Via Steve Blank] We’re deep into week 2 of teaching a Lean LaunchPad class for Life Sciences and Health Care (therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health) this October at UCSF with a team of veteran venture capitalists. Part 1 of this post described the issues in the drug discovery. Part 2 covered medical devices and digital […]
We are down to the last days and we are only halfway to our goal. We need to find out if the Asteroid will really save mankind. NASA sure thinks so, based on this video: Help make this happen.
So much going on that this blog has not been updated for awhile. Consider the Facts is a fun experiment into crowdfunding research projects. It will provide the tools to examine how we might change people’s views about the future. We have some things to do during the dead time the efforts are now in – people […]
Understanding Apple’s Organizational Structure [Via asymco] Apple has hired a new VP who will report directly to Tim Cook. Paul Deneve is cited as having responsibility for “special projects” and will report directly to Tim Cook. The previous roles as a manager in luxury brand companies has led to a great deal of speculation about […]
My RocketHub crowdfunding research project is now up and going. I plan on making some changes around this website as it moves forward.