In killing Inbox, Google takes another swipe at its most passionate users | Computerworld

In killing Inbox, Google takes another swipe at its most passionate users | Computerworld:

For all its skill and dominance in artificial intelligence, Google can be surprisingly lacking in the natural kind.

In move after move, Google snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. And all because the company’s culture is blind to the value of passionate users.

I’m quite certain that Google watches user numbers and applies analytics to everything it can measure. A radically analytical approach is powerful, but it can blind you to the factors that cannot be measured. Factors such as user passion.

Google is the poster child of both embracing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and avoiding SaaS like the plague. SaaS can remove short-term uncertainty while introducing long-term uncertainty. Unless you represent a giant multinational corporation with strong contractual language you cannot dictate what a SaaS provider does with their product, even so far as discontinuing it.

What is your Business Continuity Plan (BCP), professional and personal?

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Beware the Earnest & the Echo

Funding Friday: The Reflection Ritual:

A friend of a friend is doing this project to make a workbook that can help us step back and take measure of our lives, what they are, and what we want them to be.

(Via AVC)

If this is your joy, embrace it. Nothing I write will change your mind.

Everyone else, beware the earnest.

Mr. Messner is earnest. Watch his video.

I have no reason to doubt his motivations and intentions. However, there is zero need for this product or Kickstarter.

We should take the actions he describes:

  • Reflect on the year
  • Reflect on the day
  • Contemplate the next year

We can do it in a ≤ $1 US notebook. There are many sites that can help to provide prompts:

Beware also the echo chamber that drives people to these “creators”, like Fred Wilson from AVC as quoted above. Again, I have no reason to doubt his motivations or intentions.

Nit Pick: One can only reflect on the past, so it is redundant to say, “Reflecting on the past year”. Also, one cannot reflect on something that hasn’t happened yet. “Reflecting on the coming year” requires a time machine. Contemplation is not tied to time, so perhaps Mr. Messner meant that?

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