Latest selection of the best stuff I’ve seen lately across the ScratchPaper focus areas of Media, Digital Media and Publishing, including items on whether the NYTimes is innovating whether Amazon is evil, and how Bill Gates saved a business classic that had gone out of print. Enjoy.
I recently did an interview with a young entrepreneur named Jason Navallo who is collecting and publishing life advice on his website Navallo.net. Jason has some ideas for interesting things he may do with the site over time, but right now it is just a free resource full of life perspectives from interesting people. Well worth a browse. In the meantime, since I have a lot of early-career entrepreneurs as Scratchpaper readers, I figured I’d share my answers here.
1. How do you define success?
Achieving balance and sustainability. Finding something that stimulates you enough intellectually and pays you enough financially, but also gives you enough balance with other aspects of your life to be sustainable over the long-haul.
2. What is the key to success?
Finding work that suits your temperament perfectly and fits with your natural curiosity.
3. Did you always know you would be successful? [Read more…]
I guess this is the week for partner conflict. With Samsung, and HTC still reeling from Google’s announcement that they are getting into the mobile phone manufacturing business (discussion here), Amazon has now announced it is stepping up its nascent publishing efforts and going to war with the traditional publishers who have feed its business for so long. Amazon has signed on to be the direct publisher of Timothy Ferriss, author famous for his series of “4 Hour” titles. The NYT had a great article on this and my four favorite quotes are set out below.
In recognition of the extreme heat we’ve been experiencing in the Northeast lately I thought I would get a little random and off-topic and dig up and share one of my favorite pieces of commentary about hot weather which aired on NPR about 15 years ago. Got a kick out of it then, still get a kick out of it now. Acknowlegements and thanks to NPR.