The Zoom earnings call and the future of video communication

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Zoom used its own video product to conduct its first post-IPO earnings call earlier in June. This is the future of communication. As a former analyst, I can tell you what earnings calls used to be. There was a press release. Then there was a conference call, or possibly a Webinar. In any case, everything … Continued

Counterfactuals are perilous. Adam Sandler take notice.

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Here’s the misleading headline and opening from Dan Reilly’s article about movies in Fortune magazine: Netflix’s ‘Murder Mystery’ Would’ve Killed With a $120 Million Opening Weekend—If the Adam Sandler Comedy Ran in Theaters If Adam Sandler’s new Netflix movie Murder Mystery drew the same U.S. box office numbers as it did via streaming, it would have made … Continued

Hey, C by GE, if the light bulbs are smart does that make us stupid?

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GE has a line of smart home products including light bulbs. “From enjoying the perfect mood lighting with the push of a button to complete hands-free control, C by GE makes your life simpler and smarter.” You could buy a pair of the bulbs for $24.95 and turn out the lights with Amazon Alexa — … Continued

Why you can’t just keep doing what you’re doing. Especially after 50.

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The Atlantic has a fascinating piece by Arthur C. Brooks called “Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think.” It forces you to face the inevitable: you won’t always be as good as you are now, and no, you won’t keep getting better. Here’s what to do about it. As Brooks, president of … Continued

Buzzwords from a friend

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I recently received the most buzzword-laden promotional email I’d ever seen. Perfect fodder for this site. But then . . . I clicked through and noticed it was from a friend’s firm. I was torn. This piece deserves analysis. And they had clearly sent it to a large mailing list (one I hadn’t signed up … Continued

Google CEO says YouTube is too big to fix. So what’s reasonable to expect?

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on CNN that YouTube will never be free of offensive content. Fine. But let’s get some appropriate principles for content in place. Here’s some of what Pichai said: We’ve gotten much better at using a combination of machines and humans. . . . So it’s one of those things, let’s … Continued

Good and crappy reasons authors pick traditional, hybrid, or self-publishing models

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If you’re writing a book, there’s no perfect publishing model — there are always tradeoffs. Should you self-publish, pursue a traditional publisher, or approach a hybrid publishing model? Try these models on for size; see which one fits best. Traditional publishing Traditional publishers like Random House, Wiley, or HarperCollins — or smaller independent publishers — … Continued

Disorder

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I’m in British Columbia right now, in a pine forest on the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island. And it’s a total mess. There are broken branches and tangled weeds all over the ground. Dead trees lying right next to live ones. Stuff just grows any which way. In any give space you might step on … Continued