On Marginal Thinking

“If you need a machine and don’t buy it, then you will ultimately find that you have paid for it and don’t have it.”

Henry Ford

‘What would be the best way for us to serve our customers?’

The right way to look at this new market was not to think, “How can we protect our existing business?” Instead, Blockbuster should have been thinking: “If we didn’t have an existing business, how could we best build a new one? What would be the best way for us to serve our customers?” Blockbuster couldn’t bring itself to do it, so Netflix did instead.

“How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon
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Dave Gray, Liminal Thinking

Book cover of Liminal Thinking by Dave Gray

“Most boundaries are convenient fictions. What divides the people who are “on” a team from those who are not? What separates one company department or division from another, or an employee from a customer? Boundaries give life structure, which makes us comfortable. But they can also be shifted, rethought, reframed, and reorganized.”

Excerpt From: Gray, Dave. “Liminal Thinking.”

Nir Eyal, What do you do when someone ‘steals’ your amazing idea?

Most of the bad startup ideas I hear are bad not because they’re under threat of someone’s stealing the idea, but because the founder doesn’t know what he or she doesn’t know.

What do you do when someone ‘steals’ your amazing idea? – InVision Blog
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Evernote Cuts the Only Killer Feature It Had Left

Evernote emailed me today to let me know that they are going to limit free accounts to only 2 devices.

Evernote announces a feature cut for free members.

This is a real bummer as I’ve been an Evernote fan for a very long time. In the last few years, several strong competitors have emerged, not least of which is the free iOS Notes app that ships with every device Apple sells. I’ve stayed with Evernote because they got one important thing right early on – ubiquity. It didn’t matter where I was or what device I was using, I knew I could get my ideas in and out of Evernote. Continue reading “Evernote Cuts the Only Killer Feature It Had Left”

Are Pay-to-Play Voiceover Sites a Ripoff?

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I’m Not Your Agent, but I’d Be Happy to Take Your Money

A couple of weeks ago I read (and immediately shared) an article called Anatomy of a Voiceover Scam. It’s a great read about how a classic overpayment scam is making the rounds through the voiceover community, taking advantage of VO hopefuls.

But the article wasn’t about what I had immediately assumed it was when I read the title. I’ve been stewing ever since. You see, I had assumed that the article was going to take on the pay-to-play voiceover markets that charge talent for the opportunity to audition for VO gigs.

Continue reading “Are Pay-to-Play Voiceover Sites a Ripoff?”