Seriously too cool for the tub. #evef (at Furst Continental Congress)
Satoshi Nakamoto's Identity -
I feel very torn writing this blog post, and thought hard about deleting it a couple times. But, in the end, I’ll just put it out in the ether… because this blog is little more than me thinking out loud, and this is what I’m been thinking about for most of the day.
Satoshi Nakamoto’s (Creator of…
Today was my last day at Foursquare.
I remember very clearly my first day at Foursquare, August 3rd, 2010. We were 25 people and growing so fast we didn’t yet have office space that fit all of us, so I sat in the Village Voice’s office on the 3rd floor of 36 Coop in overflow seating with a few other Foursquare colleagues. We were in seats that used to be occupied by the Voice’s local sales team but now was a large bank of empty cubes. The irony of joining a company that was out to reinvent local while sitting in the now-defunct sales office of a dying print newspaper was not lost on any of us.
Fast forward three and a half years and Foursquare has 175 employees and over 45 million people in our community. More than 5 billion checkins have happened at over 60 million places across the globe, from New York to North Korea to the North Pole to the International Space Station. And Foursquare is quite literally at the center of changing how we engage with our phones and the broader world around us. I’m so grateful and thankful to Dennis and Evan and the entire Foursquare team for taking a shot on me and then giving me the chance to make an impact on such an awesome product with such a talented group of people. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
But six weeks ago just as I was starting to think about what could be my next chapter, I met Abe and the team at Shake and started to hear their vision for a mobile-first tool that makes legal agreements understandable, cheap and accessibleI was immediately intrigued. For small businesses and individuals, finding a lawyer for the types of casual transactions that are increasingly commonplace — hiring a freelancer or contractor, keeping something confidential, loaning money, a bill of sale for a rather large purchase — is so expensive, annoying and time consuming that we don’t even bother. Instead we shake hands with someone, we cross our fingers and we hope for the best. But we shouldn’t have to take that risk. There should be a way to very easily enter into a legally binding agreement which both parties understand and are protected by and doesn’t cost anyone very much, if anything. And it should only take a few seconds to do. And that’s *exactly* what Shake does and why I think the company is on to something very big.
Just like Square democratized payments for the vendor at your local flea market, Shake is going to democratize agreements for your friend who’s a freelance photographer and your neighbor who bought that rad used bike sight unseen from the web. If you haven’t seen it, go watch Mike Monteiro’s F*ck You Pay Me rallying cry of a presentation to the freelance community and you’ll get a sense for how real this problem is for a significant part of our creative and digital workforce. And when you consider how quickly the P2P/Sharing Economy has been growing and how many people it will touch in the coming years, well that’s when I got really excited and decided I wanted to be a part of this thing.
So as of Monday, I’ll be officially joining the Shake team to run Business Development and help get Shake’s tools in front of as many people and small businesses as possible. It’s going to be a big challenge, it’s going to be a lot of fun, and it’s going to be very rewarding. I can’t wait.
If you work in the tech industry then your daily conversations are littered with tech terms. You’ll probably have at least a vague idea of what these mean, but if you’re not in a technical role it’s sometimes hard to put these concepts and buzzwords in precise context.
In this post I’ll briefly explain ten basic terms that engineers use every day. Whatever your role in the tech industry, you’ll benefit from knowing exactly what these mean.
Brevity will require me to leave many important details out. If you’d like me to elaborate further, or if there are other concepts you’d like explained, let me know! I’ll be happy to write another post in this vein in the future.
40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World -
Point Google Maps to a remote part of the desert in Niger and you’ll see this:
The backstory behind it will blow your mind:
Let’s face it, with Game of Thrones, Homeland, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire all on hiatus, you’re gonna need a reason to mindlessly stare at your TV. And that reason should be Fantasy Bachelor.
It’s arguably the most enjoyable TV experiences I have all year. And it’s simple, because I do all the work. Here’s what you do:
1. Get a group of friends together. Five teams are ideal but not necessary. Read my Fantasy Bachelor Rules so you know how points are earned and lost. In general, the longer your contestants stay on the show, the more points you earn. Plus there’s a ton of fun bonus points and penalties along the way. You want to draft ladies who are going the distance. Stack your team with those who collect roses and kisses, but don’t cause (too much) drama.
2. Watch the Season Premier on ABC.com before Monday January 14. That’s technically the second episode, but the start of the Fantasy Season.
3. Take copious notes on who’s crazy and who’s bat shit crazy.
4. Hold your draft before Jan 14. I prefer Google Hangouts but email works fine. Then download GroupMe and set up a group to live chat with friends while watching. The jokes are endless - and this season looks like a real doozy.
5. Copy the previous Rules and Scoring Sheet as your own - so you can draft your teams and copy over my scores each week. I’ll post scores typically by Wednesday night. Feel free to modify any of the rules. But if you do, you’re on your own for scoring.
That’s it. Have any feedback? Please drop it in the comments section below. Or find me on Twitter @jonathancrowley #FantasyBachelor
Happy Rose Collecting!
This is awesome. Get on it.
Jauntsetter of the Week -
Honored to be this week’s Jauntsetter of the Week, on one of my favorite travel sites for New Yorkers.
5 years ago to the day, we got married here. Stopped by to crash but settled for this pic. cc @somecallmekate (at Angel Orensanz Foundation)
so much to be thankful for today, but nothing more than this little nugget of happiness. #evef (at Namskaket Beach)
In all the iPhone 5 hubbub this week, the sharpest critiques of Apple have come regarding Lightning. Users, the media and accessory manufacturers are up in arms that Apple would dare to change the standard connector that they pioneered with the first iPod way back in 2001. Very few people seem to realize that this is almost definitely a good thing for everyone in the ecosystem. Perhaps not tomorrow but definitely by next year.
Why is the annoyance you’ll have to put up with for all your legacy chargers, accessories and docks worth it in the end? A few reasons:
1. AirPlay is much much better anyway. If you have a Sonos, a Jambox or Bluetooth-enabled sound system in your car, you’ll know this to be the case already. There is no need to plug your device in, no need to have it locked to your accessory and you can enjoy the freedom to multitask while being device-connected. Quite simply, it’s a better technology and thanks to Apple’s market power and the introduction of Lightning, accessory manufacturers will have to embrace AirPlay/BlueTooth significantly faster than they would have otherwise. I am fairly confident that within 18 months the *only* time you’ll actually plug your iPhone into anything will be to charge it up. This is a good thing.
2. A decade is quite a long time for a single hardware standard. But because this particularly standard was attached to the most successful consumer electronic device ever (and spawned a huge economy predicated on it), people are pissed. But the new standard is smaller, lighter and supposedly better. Despite the headache, that should probably be reason enough to warrant a change on its own.
3. It works upside down. This insight is so obvious and dumb that of course Apple is the one who executed on it and brought it to market. Every connector should work rightside up or upside down, right? I am sure (or at least hope) that there are technical reasons this can’t be the case for USB and mini-USB, otherwise it would have been done already.
The Apple fanboy in all of us respects the company because they are the most innovative in the world and they never ever give in to inertia. To criticize them for the same base reason we also love them is hypocritical.
all of a sudden, the term “daddy’s little girl” makes perfect sense.
first bath = success! #evef (Taken with Instagram at Furst Continental Congress)