Product-market strategy & politics

“Dockless bike shares have found a niche where they don’t have powerful enemies,”

Uber for bikes: how ‘dockless’ cycles flooded China – and are heading overseas, April 24, 2017 at 10:13AM

The only people who seem to be upset by the new share bikes, however, are illegal motorbike taxi drivers – who are missing out on business from metro stations late at night – and security guards, who don’t like mess on the pavement outside their buildings. There is friction, but the groups that are upset aren’t powerful enough. So the government doesn’t care.

SEO = (Not) writing for people

In content marketing, I think there can be too much emphasis on writing for search engines, and not enough on writing for people.

optimizing content, April 24, 2017 at 10:13AM

And the solution comes from the same corner, Google, that may have inadvertently started the SEO race:

Dan Lyons writes about blogging purely for SEO optimization — basically, great content that is devoid of value but stuffed full of buzzwords to fool Google’s search algorithm.

… The introduction of Google’s Rankbrain could put an end to all this, once and for all…

Ultimately, Rankbrain could be a win for both content creators and consumers, worn out by clicking on links looking for information and finding only a soup of keywords. It’ll force marketers to be smart, but a rising tide of good content will likely lift all boats.

We get what we invest in

We get what we invest in. The time we spend comes back, with interest.

The difference between who you are now and who you were five years ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way.

The habits we groove become who we are, one minute at a time. A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.

Seth’s Blog: Who are we seeking to become? – April 26, 2017, at 12:20 PM

Advertising v/s users’ trust – the business model question

Foursquare had people’s trust. It was a fun app that, perhaps thanks to the fact it never built a real advertising business, never gave its users a reason not to share their location.

On Agency Commissions and Fees, Google’s Advertising Changes, Foursquare Analytics, April 27, 2017, at 09:59 AM

Car culture killing our humanity

He was quoted as saying, “I wasn’t paying attention because it’s a street that normally doesn’t have many people walking or riding bikes along it.”

9-year-old boy in coma after being hit by truck; driver arrested, April 27, 2017, at 03:23 PM

6yo’s solution to loneliness

Mom’s Q: What should you do when you feel lonely?
6yo’s A: Hug your mommy or your daddy if they are there. If only mommy is there, then you hug her. Then roll around the bed.

Mom’s Q: What if no one is there?
6yo’s A: Be sad and start crying?

X is for Xena’s gyaan, April 28, 2017 at 01:18PM

Also, she’s clearly a daddy’s girl 🙂

Mom’s Q: Why are some people in the world sad?
6yo’s A: Because their daddy is away.

Mom’s Q: Why are some people in the world happy?
6yo’s A: Because their daddy has come back.

Pop-news analogy excellence

I doubt you’ve come across a better analogy today:

This is like, a taxi driver flies on United Airlines from New York to Miami, and in Miami he picks up a guy who owns a boat and drives him to the marina, and then the guy with with boat transports bags of cash for a drug dealer, and you hold United responsible.

Fund Conflicts and Tax Napkins, April 27, 2017, at 03:37 PM

It’s a valid analogy, though. And on a very valid point of criticism:

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. prohibits banks it transacts with from dealing with virtual-currency exchanges, according to an internal document seen by The Wall Street Journal.

The concern here is that JPMorgan might transfer money for another bank, and that other bank might transfer money for a bitcoin exchange, and that bitcoin exchange might transfer money for a drug dealer. Which, in the eyes of the law, means that JPMorgan might as well be dealing drugs itself.