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 http://a.co/dej5dBA
Eric Ries has some great thinking that compliments my Jobs-to-be-Done approach to user needs. By framing the problem as a desired change in user behavior rather than a set of features, we give the team room to maneuver to the best, validated solution.
“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.”
Evernote emailed me today to let me know that they are going to limit free accounts to only 2 devices.
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”
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.