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TEDxTimesSquare: What’s your mother worth? Learn how social software is making your previous understanding of value likely to bankrupt you unless you invest… in each other.

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TED

TED


TED: Hacking isn’t just stealing credit cards; it’s a methodology for producing surprising innovation. Case in point? The Crowbox, a vending machine for crows.

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99u

99u


99u: Why who you know is worth more than what you have – an opening keynote pointing out how now, more than ever, technology is making their network their primary...

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My friend Rafe Furst and I came up with this a while back. The premise is that stating your needs in the signature of your email gives your network explicit permission to watch out for ways to help you. No more guessing about how to do someone a favor, or hoping someone picks up a hint… Instead, if someone wants to help you, they’ve got immediate insight as to how. This all rests on the premise that our networks are...

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What if there were a way to meet people you didn’t know existed, but who were likely to be of high value to you? It’d beat the pants off the “shake hands with random people and pray” model currently being used at conferences and events. This is an algorithmic attempt to provide something better using a simple common-sense premise and some branch point maths. Note: this project is currently under funding...

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A lot of the conversations I’ve been having around my book, Reputation Economics (MacMillan, Fall 2013) have brought up the idea of a “universal reputation currency.” In all the work I’ve done with various technologies I’ve yet to find an algorithm or computational model which encompassed all of causality – and with the extremely context-dependent nature of reputation, the situation is even worse....

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I’d only ever done voiceover narration for my television series, The Link – nothing like this: I got to play the role of a conspirator in Google’s huge new location-based Alternative Reality Game (ARG). It’s based on their Android devices and (of course) the web, and it’s pretty epic – using the app you have to capture certain “portals” of weird energy and compete (or collaborate) with...

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I had a blast writing this article, interviewing some of the smartest minds in business I know (Geoff Vuleta, Allan Chochinov, and Bjarke Ingles.) I started out the piece trying to figure out how these guys handled the huge transitions in their working lives, and was surprised to come out of it with an understanding of how their compulsion to “do the right thing” had driven them so assuredly in one direction. It was a...

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You’ve got to love a good business model, especially when it replaces one that’s so clearly broken. The margins on eyeglasses are ridiculous – two dollars worth of materials sold for $500, with almost no shipping costs and limited manufacturing overhead. The guys at Warby Parker figured this out and decided to try something different. Instead of blowing all their cash on a retail space and licensing big-brand...

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The guys at Rogan are the sorts of fellows you’d want at your birthday party – genuine, funny, and inspiring as hell. They’ve launched a few product lines, such as Loomstate, billed as “a casual brand dedicated to creating demand for certified organic cotton using socially and environmentally responsible methods of production.” And they deliver. I wore their jeans for most of the filming on The Link and...

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Some things you can live without – mojito’s, for example, or baby oil back massages. Wool clothing is not one of those things. Maybe it’s because I lived in Iceland for a few years, but you’ll have to pry my marino layers out of my cold dead hands. There are a number of myths about wool, and Icebreakers embodies the best of them. They’re odor resistant, non-itchy, very thin, and comfortable as hell in...

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There are shoes that you try on and that feel weird, and then twenty years later you wonder why you didn’t buy them earlier. These are those shoes. I’d had them suggested to me multiple times, but it wasn’t until a couple years ago that I took the plunge – and I’ve never looked back. They’re sturdy as hell, MUCH more comfortable than you’d expect in *all* kinds of weather (especially in hot...

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So, so cool – I remember the local paper interviewing us while we were shooting in Malta. It’s a tiny island with a people and culture that are SO proud… and it’s a beautiful place. Working with the firework makers was a total pleasure, and seeing the festival was AMAZING. I haven’t seen that much stuff blowing up at that good of a party since my friend 3ric’s giant warehouse hacker lab new...

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A few years ago I started getting back pain in my lower back – too many years coding on the couch interspersed with downhill running had finally caught up with me. I looked into all kinds of solutions, and aside from regular sit-ups the only thing that helped was getting better shoes. Specifically, getting Vivo Barefoots. They’re by far the most comfortable shoes I’ve had, and feel more like slippers than tennis...

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