We were changing things, and we saw from the church groups who protested us, the plain clothes cops that would come to our shows and camp out outside SST, we knew we were making a difference. And while I don’t think we were important, I knew we were onto something, and we never—didn’t make us think that we were any big damn deal at all. But we knew we were making ripples in an otherwise placid pool. — Henry Rollins, talking about the influence Black Flag had on Southern California at the time. (via matyus)
(Source: youtube.com, via matyus)
Shelby launch == GIF-worthy
That’s right. Shelby.tv is live in the App Store again and open as a public beta on web and mobile web…
And it. Feels. Great.
The new Shelby.tv iPhone app is the best product we’ve built to date. It’s fast, elegantly designed, and filled with great content personalized just for you.
Our goal is the same as it’s always been… to be the best way to discover and enjoy videos. Videos that are just like you: edgy, quirky, smart, ridiculous, and sometimes just plain beautiful.
If you have an iPhone, there’s literally no reason not to give it a try.
Download in the App Store, today.
I posted some stuff on Medium. I don’t know how the Internet rules on cross-posting from Medium to Tumblr to all-of-teh-platforms, so… here.
Surviving the Climb — Part 1 of 3: How one startup is surviving the Trough of Sorrows, the Crash of Ineptitude, and the Wiggles of False Hope…
Surviving the Climb (In Your Head) — Part 2 of 3: What went on in our heads as a company without a product…
Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. Cultivate that capacity for “negative capability.” We live in a culture where one of the greatest social disgraces is not having an opinion, so we often form our “opinions” based on superficial impressions or the borrowed ideas of others, without investing the time and thought that cultivating true conviction necessitates. We then go around asserting these donned opinions and clinging to them as anchors to our own reality. It’s enormously disorienting to simply say, “I don’t know.” But it’s infinitely more rewarding to understand than to be right — even if that means changing your mind about a topic, an ideology, or, above all, yourself…
…Be generous. Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them. —
Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living (via khuyi)
There is so much good stuff in this post, but these two really stick out to me as I believe they are intricately linked together and our relationships hinge upon the ability to understand and be understood, even in the face of uncertainty. It’s obviously relatable in startups, but is much more widely applicable to all of our relationships.
»Pumped for kirklove and the launch of peggsite. I know he’s worked hard on it and it shows. Especially love how much Kirk tends to go against the grain, in an age of infinite scroll, he gives you limited pixels. When everyone else asks for promotion, he humbly posts to his blog and doesn’t even mention it otherwise (indeed, I almost missed this among Twitter, Tumblr, etc… perhaps he’s onto something).«
PeggSite - Something We Had To Build
Today practically everyone is online. That’s wonderful in many ways. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter (to name a few) are popular places for people to share and consume.
These sites are feature-rich and allow you to do a ton of things. Though they’ve also become overwhelming to many. Keeping up with timelines is now a chore and endlessly scrolling through dashboard post after dashboard post can feel like a meaningless blur. That’s not good.
PeggSite is about scarcity. With only a fixed amount of space to post (photos, text, audio, and video) PeggSite sits between those endless feeds and boring static websites. You’re in control so content lasts as long or as short as you want. Your new content replaces your old content. Like in real life things move forward.
We think a lot of people are craving something like this. We know we were, and that’s why we had to build it (because it didn’t exist). And today we’re delighted to open it up to anyone who wants the same thing for themselves. You can get your own PeggSite right here.
To our Alpha testers a huge thanks. And to everyone who supported us thank you very, very much.
Two years ago today, we launched @ShelbyTV to the world. The team was all-hands-on-deck, so I convinced our fave - @dostorosNYC - to deliver some eats so we could “guac it out.” I never would’ve predicted that ~7 months later we would shut that product down, in an effort to rebuild for a longer term vision… but we did and I’m proud to see the incredible progress we’ve made since then, both as a product and as a company. We’ve got a long way to go, but today was another important step and I can’t wait to share more with you all soon. (at Cyberdyne Systems)
From an interview with designer/artist/soul searcher Elle Luna:
So I was using Uber all the time in San Francisco, even though I hated the design. And then I went to the Crunchies awards ceremony and at a post-ceremony event, where I was in a ball gown, I saw the CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, sitting at the bar. I was three whiskeys deep at this point and I walked up to him and said, “I use Uber all the time and I absolutely hate the app. I think you should bring me in to fix it.” He replied, “Oh, yeah? What are the three things you’d fix about it?” I said, “I’d redo the logo, redo the entire app, and change the rating system.” I think there was something about being in a dress that empowered me to say such things (laughing). And do you know what he said? He said, “Be at the Uber office at 9am on Monday.” I told him I couldn’t do it alone and he said he’d have a team for me.
I thought the offer was bogus, but I went to Uber’s office on Monday at 9am, laughing to myself, and Travis led me back to a project room with two other designers—they were from outside of Uber and he had flown them in from New York! We took on the Uber app and redesigned it in three weeks. In fact, one of the guys he flew in from New York, Shalin Amin, ended up staying on full-time. The app is gorgeous and last night it won the Fast Company 2013 Innovation By Design Awards for the transportation category, beating out Mars Rover and Tesla.
Most people want to be fit, most people aren’t.
Most people want to build a successful business, most people won’t.
Most people want to be the best version of themselves, most people aren’t.
Most people have dreams they want to fulfill, most people won’t.
Everyone wants to quit something, build something, be something, do something. Most people won’t.
How many things have we wanted? How many opportunities have we craved? How many broken things have we wanted to fix?
And how many of those have we shrunk from. Hid from. Or, excused away.
We’re not alone.
Most people won’t.
But every once in a while someone puts themselves out there. Makes the leap. Faces rejection or failure or worse. And comes out the other side. Better. Changed. Bolder.
Most people won’t. Which means those that do change everything.
This is everything. Exactly. Everything.
One of my favorite things about working with @dspinosa is his ability to teach. This AM, it’s over a whiteboard code puzzle with a @brownuniversity CS student. Even if I can’t read the code, observing how people problem solve, and communicate that process is always worthwhile, and it’s awesome to see how Dan is fantastic at patiently listening, finding learning moments, and explaining them simply. (at Cyberdyne Systems)