After spending a week and a half in New York last week I’ve returned feeling both inspired and somewhat daunted, a strange tension that’s taken a little bit of time to scratch a bit deeper to discover why.
Inspired – New York has an electric atmosphere where you feel like anything is possible. The USA is such a large market place (±350m people) that there is a fairly good chance you can find an audience for your product no matter how niche.
Daunted – Returning home, I could not help to feel a sense of smallness – South Africa is a mere tiny blip on the map for most Americans. The wide range of opportunities here in SA are so different based on our context. Niche markets are very small which makes it harder for niche enterprises to thrive.
I’ve realised that there’s not much use in comparing USA and SA. The problems faced by consumers here in SA are so very different to that of USA, that a whole world of opportunity to solve the problems SA consumers face exist. Looking west to developed nations for ideas and inspiration for your next app or business is not as useful as looking further east and north, to countries that are already working through the same problems we’re encountering (e.g. India). There’s a lot of opportunity here, it was just a matter of reframing my view to match a very different kind of reality.
Enjoy the links below!
For example, it might seem counterintuitive that Amazon is a major threat to Google’s core search business. But you can see this by following the money through the loop: a significant portion of Google’s revenue comes from search queries for things that can be bought on Amazon, and the buying experience on Amazon (from initial purchasing intent to consumption/unboxing) is significantly better than the buying experience on most non-Amazon e-commerce sites you find via Google searches. After a while, shoppers learn to skip Google and go straight to Amazon.
What is Digital Product Design? by Paul deVay / NodeSource
Nice article that dives head-first into trying to define a discipline that’s constantly evolving.
Product Design Industry Report 2016 – InVision
As design continues to fuel innovation at leading companies, more look to harness the differentiating power it can bring to their organisations. But what does it mean to be design-driven? In the 2016 Product Design Report, we sought answers. Now, we’re sharing those answers with you.
Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends
I’m a bit late on this one only because it was presented just after my last Worthwhile links post.. Mary Meeker’s annual state of the nation for the Internet is a 213 slide ultra marathon. There’s a lot of great stuff in there, but getting through it requires a good deal of attention and time.
Here it is:
There are a number of takes on this presentation aimed at distilling the presentation into something a little more fast food:
- Mary Meeker’s 2016 internet trends report: Seven data points worth paying attention to – Recode
- 22 Things From Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Presentation That Marketers Need to Know – Adweek
- Mary Meeker’s essential 2016 Internet Trends Report – Techcrunch
The results are in! People watching TV on the go (AKA TV everywhere)(AKA TVE) aren’t really on the go..
Mobile TVE Watchers More On The Couch Than On The Go: Report
According to the analysis, 71% of all TVE viewers watch from one location. Furthermore, 72% of mobile TVE viewers watch from one location, indicating that mobile devices are now being used as lean-back media consumption devices
As an approach for engineering / product / service development the philosophy of Agile is fairly well understood and being used more and more. How would one go about extending this philosophy to the world of strategy?
Neil Perkin suggests a Agile Strategy Mapping as a great tool to help you paint out the full picture that become the strategy.
“I like it since it maps not only success factors, but dependencies and necessary conditions for success around a central goal or vision. It’s pretty straightforward (and explained in full here).
The success factors might be possible success factors (in other words hypotheses that you want to test), or critical success factors (that you know now require investment in resources or time). The necessary conditions might be dependencies (so important and yet not many mapping frameworks enable you to set these out effectively) or cultural enablers. The map allows you to track progress against multiple experiments or success factors at the same time, and so is better than a linear backlog or roadmap.”
Q. What might you get when art historians and technicians use data and facial recognition techniques from 346 of Rembrandt’s paintings?
A. The next Rembrandt painting (Rembrandt died in 1669)
Can technology and data bring back to life one of the greatest painters of all time?
The Next Rembrandt has been unveiled in Amsterdam: a 3D printed painting, made solely from data of Rembrandt’s body of work. Thus bringing the Master of Light and Shadow back to life to create one more painting. Only this time, data is the painter, and technology the brush.
At 10.00 CET on 5 April, a portrait of a man in black 17th-century clothing with a white collar and a hat has been unveiled in front of a packed auditorium. The painting was created using data from Rembrandt’s total body of work using deep learning algorithms and facial recognition techniques. The portrait consists of over 148 million pixels, based on 168,263 painting fragments from Rembrandt’s oeuvre.
Blurring the boundaries between art and technology, this artwork is intended to fuel the conversation about the relationship between art and algorithms, between data and human design and between technology and emotion.
The story behind this unique painting is explained in full detail on www.nextrembrandt.com.
Lovely campaign from SNICKERS Australia, tying negative sentiment to lower prices.
The Internet gets a little angry when it’s hungry. So we’ve created a hunger algorithm that monitors the mood online. Now, when anger goes up, prices at 7-Eleven go down. Get your low priced bar at Snickers.com.au