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Rethinking the player avatar in VR

There are all sorts of concessions that your mind accepts when you’re playing a game. You know that you’re not really that third person avatar, you …

How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games - Issue 44: Luck

On Sept. 16, 2007, a Japanese YouTuber who goes by the handle “Computing Aesthetic” uploaded a forty-eight-second-long video with the deafening …

Technology

Presentation

Following our February trilogy on the future of the video business, the REDEF team began work on a presentation that would distill our many REDEF …

A stammerer's confession

When I was 10, I realised that I could do accents. Imitating others’ speech came naturally to me. Being able to make other people laugh has given me …

Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it

Shenzhen, China<p>Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes.<p>The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a …

Intellectual Property

What is a product manager?

What is a Product Manager? A different perspective<p>For as long as I have been a product manager the role of ‘product manager’ has been the subject of …

Product Management

Behind Every Great Product | Silicon Valley Product Group

When I first decided to start The Silicon Valley Product Group, I had just left eBay and had some very strong opinions about what makes great product …

Product Management

Oracle’s Cloudy Future

Everyone knows the story of how IBM gave away the castle to Microsoft (and Intel): besieged by customers demanding low-powered personal computers, …

When a city dies

These are the ways by which a city dies.<p>People on vehicles, one behind the other, for long stretches on end. Standing up on the bike or leaning out …

16 Definitions on the Economics of VC

I wrote a post last week about the challenges in valuing portfolio companies in venture capital that I thought was wonky and inside baseball. But …

Ben Horowitz

Persuasion tactics fit for a presidential campaign

At some point in the spring, when Bernie Sanders had lost any chance of winning the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton’s campaign suddenly …

Startups, Secrets, and Abductive Reasoning

<i>Guest post by</i> <i>Joseph Kelly</i><i>.</i><i>But we must conquer the truth by guessing, or not at all.</i> <i>—</i><i> CS Peirce</i>An early episode at at my last company demonstrated one …

Product Management

Noise: How to Overcome the High, Hidden Cost of Inconsistent Decision Making

At a global financial services firm we worked with, a longtime customer accidentally submitted the same application file to two offices. Though the employees who reviewed the file were supposed to follow the same guidelines—and thus arrive at similar outcomes—the separate offices returned very …

Mental Model: Commitment and Consistency Bias

<i>“The difficulty lies not in the new ideas,<br>but in escaping the old ones, which ramify,<br>for those brought up as most of us have been,<br>into every corner</i> …

Psychology

Here’s What May Sound Like a Crazy Idea

Build a command line option into your next user interface.Some of you techies may be reading this and thinking, “Yes! I live in a command window all …

Command-line

Racemoji

Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology

“The strongest force propelling human progress has been the swift advance and wide diffusion of technology.” — The Economist<p>In the year 1820, a …

This Is Your Life in Silicon Valley

You wake up at 6:30 a.m. after an Ambien-induced sleep. It’s Friday. Last night at the Rosewood was pretty intense — you had to check out Madera and …

Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 13 Notes Essay

Here is an essay version of my class notes from Class 13 of CS183: Startup. Errors and omissions are mine. Credit for good stuff is Peter’s …

Peter Thiel

When kids are made to say the darndest things

Last weekend, Zee Tamil premiered a reality show for children — your standard television fare where children talk, behave and act like adults under …

Product Development Cycle Fundamentals

Michael Seibel, Y Combinator Partner, on effective development cycles.<i>For weekly recaps of The Macro, sign up here.</i>Before Justin.tv grew into Twitch …

Product Management

The Career Dilemma: Hunter Walk’s advice to product managers

It took Hunter Walk 15 years to realize he didn’t have to be a director of product to be a product leader. After his time on the early Linden Lab …

Product Management

The Golden Age Of Open Protocols

Protocols are a geeky topic. It’s way more interesting to talk about applications. People will go on and on about why they like gmail or some other …

Blockchain

How The West Was Won

<b>I.</b>Someone recently linked me to Bryan Caplan’s post A Hardy Weed: How Traditionalists Underestimate Western Civ. He argues that “western …

Native Americans

How the DNA Revolution Is Changing Us

The ability to quickly alter the code of life has given us unprecedented power over the natural world. Should we use it?<p>If you took a glance around Anthony James’s office, it wouldn’t be hard to guess what he does for a living. The walls are covered with drawings of mosquitoes. Mosquito books line …

Genetics

HYPER-REALITY

All about Network Effects

Network effects. It’s one of the most important concepts for business in general and especially for tech businesses, as it’s the key dynamic behind …

Ben Horowitz

Top 10 growth hacking articles you must bookmark – Growth Bug - App World

I’ve always appreciated the power of simplicity. On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I asked myself if I had to pick just 10 articles which had a profound …

Apps

Sven Beckert’s Empire of Cotton: A Reductionist Summary

Historian Sven Beckert’s widely acclaimed book, Empire of Cotton: A New History of Global Capitalism<i>,</i> is a good agrarian, business, and labour …

Globalization