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The Internet of Things and The Bees

Yes, there’s a terrible pun at the end of this article, but what a cool Internet of Things use case!


Pizza & the IoT

Pizza companies are paving the way for bringing smart watches, connected cars, and retinal scanning to the world of food delivery.

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The promise and the peril of virtual reality

How far are we from a viable virtual reality market? A few years, muses Venture Beat. A couple hurdles: overcoming the nausea-inducing delay and bringing down the price point.

Forget everything you thought you knew about the homepage

We love the idea of customized home pages. The Web isn’t one size fits all, after all. Most of all, we love this for trying to get designers to think outside the box and be different.


For all of the upheaval and turmoil that the internet has created in the media industry, and the explosion of new formats and birth of new companies like BuzzFeed and Vox and First Look Media, there are some things that have remained almost impervious to change, and one of those is the “homepage.” Even some digital-only news sites have opted for something not that far removed from the traditional newspaper or magazine homepage, with a curated selection of stories chosen by editors, or a chronological blog style.

Is that really the best we can do? Melody Kramer doesn’t think it is — or at least she would like people to think a little more outside the box, as it were. A former digital strategist at National Public Radio, she developed a devoted following via the Social Media Desk blog she set up for NPR on Tumblr and has since left

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Google Glass Never Really Had A Fighting Chance

Goodbye Google Glass. We barely got to know you. We’ll be interested to see the next iteration of this technology.

3 lessons from a winning media company that takes no advertising

Love America’s Test Kitchen. Love public TV. As former publishers, we also find this idea really interesting:
“I don’t think it’s a question of print being dead. I think it’s a question of a publishing model that’s dead.”
Food for thought.


America’s Test Kitchen, with its two print magazines Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, flies under the radar of people who don’t cook — but it’s an excellent (and rare) example of how a media company can survive and thrive in 2014.

One way America’s Test Kitchen, which launched with Cook’s Illustrated magazine in 1993*, has flourished by giving away very little content for free. In fact, it only bundled together access to its three subscription websites —, and — last year for $69.95 annually, and you still have to pay for the print magazines separately. Those print magazines have over 1.3 million subscribers; the websites had over 500,000 paying subscribers as of last year.

The Federalist has a lengthy interview with America’s Test Kitchen CEO Christopher Kimball. Foodies should read it in full, but there are great lessons about online media strategy too. Here are a few:

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Why Corporate Skunk Works Need to Die

This is a really interesting read on the necessity of today’s companies that must marry continuous disruption and continuous innovation in order to grow and thrive. This article isn’t so much about technical innovation as it is a resource on how to manage the people responsible for moving companies forward, by creating a culture through organization that promotes “innovation by design”.

Steve Blank

In the 20th century corporate skunk works were used to develop disruptive innovation separate from the rest of the company. They were the hallmark of innovative corporations.

By the middle of the 21st century the only companies with skunk works will be the ones that have failed to master continuous innovation. Skunk works will be the signposts of companies that will be left behind.

no skunkworks


In the 20th century companies could be leaders in a market for decades by just focusing on their core product(s). Most companies incrementally improved their products with process innovation (better materials, cheaper, product line extensions) and/or through acquisitions. Building disruptive products were thought of as “risky” and a distraction since it was not “core” to the company and did not fit existing corporate structures. Why make big bets if no one was asking for them and competitors weren’t doing so.

a-12 CIA A-12 spy plane…

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Facebook Buys 100 Patents To Spur Virtual Reality, Video, Speech

We don’t love reading about giant companies buying up patents, but we are excited about the possibility of virtual reality becoming more mainstream. Neuromancer, anyone?

Facebook Buys 100 Patents To Spur Virtual Reality, Video, Speech

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Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

We’re suckers for wearable tech, but when that tech improves health and quality of life for those suffering from diabetes? Well, that’s an IoT win.

Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

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Awesome talk by Dr Patricia Klauer

Great talk by the radiant Dr Patricia Klauer last night. So important to remember to take a breath and find one’s center, even (maybe especially) in professional situations.

Love the permission to “meditate” in any way we choose, be it listening to music, going for a walk, or something more traditionally zen.

Thanks Patty! Photo from SheSays Boulder.

Awesome talk by Dr Patricia Klauer

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