While we have an endless list of amazing things we might want to build into the platform, we ultimately determine what those are through customer input. We’ll do this either through quantifying feedback i.e. what are people asking for the most or if we do have a new idea, we’ll run it by users first. From there we typically prioritize against short-term goals on what will move the needle most.
I need to come back and write up a clear article on this, but i’ve been digging deep into Bitcoin. Not the cryptocurrency part, but the actual protocol behind it. The think i’m curious about: What else could we apply the blockchain concept to. That is, what kind of decentralization can happen when there is a secure, transparent, open, scriptable, public ledger holding the system together.
Lots more to think about, but here’s a couple important articles for my own future reference:
- The original Bitcoin paper
- Marc Andreeson: Why Bitcoin matters (via NYT) and “In 20 Years We’ll Be Talking About Bitcoin like The Internet”
- Backstory on Bitcoin (via Wired)
- High level explanation of how the blockchain works (via Stackexchange)
- How the Blockchain works (video from Khan Academy)
- The Scripting language on top of the Blockchain is “expressive”
- Namecoin: The Blockchain concept applied to internet names
- A bit more on the opportunities possible via the decentralized protocol
- Albert Wenger from USV making it clear: Bitcoin as a Protocol
I’ll be honest, I didn’t particularly like it at first. I don’t think John did either. We both loved the idea behind it, but it was not instantly likeable -because it was complex. The shapes do not make sense on first glance. The elements are all taken from Babbage’s drawing , they are actually parts of the typeface, but laid together to form a shape that is…that is what? I guess that is the point.
- I love Medium. It’s such an easy tool to use. Between WordPress and Medium, i believe writing for the web is easier than ever
- I really like those six questions, but i think there are a couple more. That’s for the next post.
I’ve gotten some good reaction already to the questions, and it’s gratifying that people find them useful. Let me know if you have any additional questions i should be asking.
It’s shocking how many people give presentations that will make or break their careers without rehearsing beforehand. Rehearsing is uncomfortable. It seems time consuming. It electrifies all the nerves you know you’ll be feeling during the real deal. But the only way to optimize your performance when it truly counts is to practice, Kahn says.
We need a new organization to oversee college admissions testing, and we could do it for far less than a half billion dollars, while making the entire process less stressful. This organization should neither administer nor profit from tests; it should only be a coordinating body. It should structure the testing system in a way that guides students into the right colleges and increases graduation rates. The organization must be accountable, and should be measured by how much it improves outcomes for students.
As bad as these are, though, the crucial flaw is systemic. The fundamental structure of usernames and passwords grow more obsolete each day. It’s a technology built for an internet that no longer exists — one that didn’t fully realize and anticipate now-habitual activities like online banking and commerce.
The City of Boston this week is rolling out a new program that’s whimsically known as “Prescribe-a-Bike.” Part medicine, part welfare, the initiative allows doctors at Boston Medical Center to write “prescriptions” for low-income patients to get yearlong memberships to Hubway, the city’s bike-share system, for only $5.
I hope we see more of this kind of bold deal by both companies. Peets, because they need to do it. Razorfish, because they can win big.