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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.
This week we discussed:
Heather B. is away on vacation.
It seems to be moving from rumour to fact in a quick way. If you were wondering what, exactly, Apple is going to do for it's next act (after it releases the watch that we're all waiting for)? Would you believe a car? There were a lot of rumours floating around two weeks ago (including some from the Wall Street Journal), but things got real and tangible last week, that Apple is working on an electric car. It makes perfect sense... especially if most vehicles become driverless in the near-future. So, is Apple building a car or are they really just looking to make the applications and user experience for cars?
What can you do in 30 seconds? How about shooting videos and uploading them directly on Twitter. As of last week, when you click on the camera icon next to the field where you can post your tweets, you can now not only take a picture, but shoot video. Many (including me) believe that this is the smartest thing that Twitter has done to build engagement in a very long time. The question - of course - is the same: is it too late? Have Instagram, Vine and even Snapchat stolen the mobile/social video thing away from Twitter?
We live in amazing times. We are both at the frontier of what is coming next and also in the midst of being connected like never before. We're seeing humanity develop, evolve and leverage technology to do amazing things. There are many pessimists, but Steven Kotler is an optimist... and a fascinating one, at that. Steven Kotler is an American bestselling author, journalist, and entrepreneur. He is probably best known as the co-author (with Peter Diamandis of the X Prize fame) of Abundance and the recently released, Bold - How To Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact The World. With that, Steven has also written The Rise of Superman, A Small, Furry Prayer, West of Jesus, and The Angle Quickest for Flight. But, this conversation is really about his new book, Bold (also done with Diamandis). It's a fascinating look at why some of the world's most known billionaires are changing the world by doing something more than just making money. The book looks at their entrepreneurial spirit and attempts to decode their success, so that each of us can better understand what it takes to make it big. Enjoy the conversation...
Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:
What My Hearing Aid Taught Me About the Future of Wearables - The Atlantic. "This week I'm at Strata, O'Reilly's conference on big data, data science, and ultimately, deciding better. The amount of machine data that we're making as a species is astonishing -- it's like we realized we can instrument everything online, and now we're furiously making everything else measurable. Some people have been wearing digital devices for far longer, though, and we can learn lots from them." (Alistair for Hugh).
The Shape of Things To Come - The New Yorker. "I tend to shy away from articles that have been making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook. This is one of them. It's a massive read (close to 17,000 words) on Sir Jonathan Ive from Apple. It's a pretty incredible read about design, lifestyle, success and what the future holds for Apple (a trillion dollar company, the world's largest watch company and a luxury brand). I'm actually sharing it here - for you - because I have a feeling that it got shared by a lot more people than those that actually took the time to read it... and think about it. It's worth it." (Mitch for Alistair).
Teddy Roosevelt's 10 Rules For Reading - Farnam Street. "There are lots of articles online about how to write. There are lots of articles online about how to present. What about some great articles on how to read? We skim. We glance. We share. We read bits in busy places. That's not real reading (right, Hugh?). I think reading is quickly become a long lost art form. Here's what Teddy Roosevelt feels about it. I agree with his wisdom. And, while I'm at it, Farnam Street is an amazing newsletter to sign up for." (Mitch for Hugh).
Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.
Want to understand what the true digital landscape looks like?
Last May, I introduced you to Scott Galloway. Galloway has a think tank called L2 and is also a marketing professor at NYU Stern. He is becoming more widely known for his ability to captivate an audience with data (twinkled with his own perspective) about what is happening in the world of digital media. At the DLD conference this year, Galloway presented a fifteen minute blast of data titled, The Four Horsemen - Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. It follows in his previous presentation styles of declaring who the winners and losers will be in digital. Galloway admits that he can (and is often) wrong, but his points seem super-salient, and they are coupled with super-interesting data.
What is the digital world really like?
Amazon needs physical spaces to become a dominant retailer, otherwise they will suffer.
Macy's could be a huge winner (if they execute intelligently/quickly on their digital strategy).
Apple will be a trillion dollar luxury brand, and the pending release of their watch will make them the number one watch company in the world.
Facebook is the Internet and Facebook is social media (don't believe the noise that young people don't use it).
Instagram was an amazing acquisition for Facebook.
Over the years, I have watched many super-creative people with amazing taste quit. They didn't push through. They didn't keep at it. For as many great bloggers that I follow today, I have a huge list of people who were stunningly great at it, but they quit. They ran out of juice. No more steam left in the engine. Podcasting too. I've been podcasting for a long while (every week), and so many of the shows that I used to love (and could not wait to hear) have ceased to exist. Here is a powerful message from the one and only, Ira Glass (the man behind This American Life). He is a storyteller and creative force that we should all be paying more attention to. As someone who writes, I often grapple with the notion that what I am working on "is not quite good enough... yet." It's nice to know that this feeling of constant self-judging may, in fact, be pushing me in the right creative direction. I'm glad that I didn't quit. I hope you don't quit too.
If you're really into that two-minute tirade of creative inspiration, I will highly recommend that you watch this "in conversation" session with Ira Glass from a talk he did at Google back in 2013. It's over an hour, but it will inspire as well. Promise.
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