Six Pixels of Separation - The Blog
February 23, 2015 8:47 AM

Welcome To The Future: Apple And Google Cars, Anyone?

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?
  • Speaking of Snapchat, the popular online social network that allows you to send images and videos to friends and then have that content dissapear is now worth close to $20 billion dollars. The Los Angeles-based company is looking to raise another $500 million, so this would place it in the $16 - $19 billion range. Let's not forget that in 2013, Snapchat's founder (Evan Spiegel - who was 24 at the time) turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook. Serious business in images that disappear once the receiver sees them.
  • App of the week: Google Translate (download the app from the Apple or Google store for you mobile device). 

Listen here...

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February 22, 2015 9:39 AM

What Does It Take To Be A Billionaire That Changes The World?

Episode #450 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

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...

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #450.

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February 21, 2015 9:13 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #244

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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February 19, 201511:53 PM

Are You Working In Digital Marketing? You Have To Be Drunk Not To Pay Attention To This.

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.
  • Tumblr is a disaster for Yahoo.

Intrigued? I was. Want more? Here you go...

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February 17, 201511:34 PM

What Does Great Work Look Like?

Is what you are creating any great?

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.

He is a two-minute thought from Ira Glass about where you will find your most creative output...

(hat-tip to Erica Diamond for the find and for sharing it).

But wait, there's more!

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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February 16, 2015 9:51 AM

Where Does Your Facebook Content Go When You Die?

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... Read more

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February 15, 2015 9:22 AM

How To Get Your Customers Hooked On You

Episode #449 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. I'm a total business book nerd. You knew that already. I do my best to read everything (literally). In... Read more

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February 14, 2015 8:19 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #243

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete... Read more

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February 13, 2015 5:17 PM

Bring Your Whole Brain To Work

How often do you get distracted at work? All of time, right? It can be a simple calendar reminder or someone who is constantly over your shoulder. Deadlines and more have pushed human beings to be busier than ever at... Read more

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February 12, 201511:52 PM

What You Don't Know About David Carr

David Carr was one of my secret weapons. I once, jokingly, referred to myself as a "Media Hacker". The title stuck. In fact, I like it more than "President" or any of the other formal titles that I have been... Read more

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