Limbo ’17. March 24 Edition.

Last week. Waffle House. 3:30 am. Somewhere in North Carolina. Three tables of people, one them just leaving and a few more still-to-be-cleared tables. That silent, slightly-depressing, but oddly-comforting early-morning aura has enveloped the room. The lighting bright and a bit too harsh. Server: Hey baby, just sit right here Me: Thanks Server: You want […]

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Aww. Hail No.

Anatomy of a 2-hour trip: Tuesday 5:00 pm: Arrive at the airport 6:00 pm: Hailstorm with ice descriptions ranging from ‘baseball-sized’ to ‘tater tot-sized.’ 7-ish pm Flight delayed – boo! 6:00 – 10:00 pm: Flight delays get later and later in 20-minute increments. Too brief to leave the gate area. 10:00 pm: Board plane – […]

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Core Product.

A few short months ago, the dominant conversation in media circles focused on issues such as: 1. Innovations like VR/AR, etc 2. Native content and how to differentiate from editorial 3. Ad Blockers and how to get around them 4. Finding audience segments within massive- scale audiences 5. How to count video views (and what […]

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Hopefully, Insurance Covers Treatment.

Dear Social Media, Rage is a gateway drug. Be on the lookout. It often begins with the prescription drugs Passion and Activism. Misused, those can lead to the highly-addictive Outrage. Often the Outrage addict becomes hooked on the street drug Blind Outrage. At some point, nearly everyone dabbles in Rage. Rage is often peddled to […]

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Checkpoint USA. Feb. 17, 2017

Somehow this has become a seditious statement lately, but: I feel pretty good about the U.S. Before 45.9% of you get excited and 48% get angry, let me explain. Yes, it’s embarrassing to travel outside the U.S. and try to explain what’s going on. Yes, the idealistic view we have of what a “leader” looks […]

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Home. Viewed with Gimlet Eye.

Greenville, SC – Not my first time back. One of many, usually brief visits. To answer the question: – Proud of the progress it’s made – Still love the place and always will. It’s in my bones – Can see why people are impressed – Would say it’s unquestionably solidified itself as SC’s second city […]

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Biggest Difference Between Incumbents & Insurgents

In my first executive job, I learned the concept of the “right of first concern.” Here’s how it works: – Take a decent-sized company, large enough to have a bureaucracy – Get some people into a room to discuss an idea – Have someone do an extraordinary amount of work to present the idea – […]

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Let the Barber Pick the Channel.

Walked into the barber shop just as the previous customer walked out, leaving me with the Israeli owner and the Ukrainian “kid” who works for him. I sit in the kid’s chair by the window and he starts doing his thing. They have TVs by each chair, but all show the same channel: Kid: You […]

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You Didn’t Need this 30 Seconds Anyway.

Walked out of my apartment building. The doorman introduced me to the exterminator, who comes once a week. I had never met the exterminator before. We shared small talk. He was wearing furry hat. He told me things I didn’t want to know about my apartment from before I bought and gut renovated it. I […]

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Billions (Of lonely moments).

Billionaires and Reality About 10 pm — I sat in the lobby lounge at our hotel with a few people. The billionaire happened to own the hotel. There was a webcam temporarily affixed to a railing so his security people could monitor the lounge area. A little after 10, the hotel manager shooed everyone out […]

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