emergentfutures

stoweboyd:

Ello is a free, user-supported open social publishing platform.

via bruces, who commented,

A social Media platform even more wet, soft-hearted and gooey than Tumblr

*I didn’t know that was possible,

If Facebook is like a giant campus where anyone who attends can simply join and find other like minded individuals in the lounge where commercial offers and messages abound, then this new social platform is like a sorority, where only the cool people get invited into.

The promise and premise is that there is no data mining, and no advertising. What’s the fun in a cloistered society is beyond me.

Everthing that happens there, stays there and is one stop short of a secret handshake and wearing a decoder ring.

emergentfutures

tacanderson:

At a time where the stories of startups surround us, American entrepreneurialism is actually on a decades-old downward trajectory. Fewer start up and more fall down: The failure rate for new businesses has increased in the last 20 years and more people are working for established firms, according to a recent Brookings Institution report. A recent Fed study shows that business ownership rates among American families are at a 25-year low. The U.S. Census bureau is reporting that for the first time in three decades, business deaths outnumber business births.

It’s an especially worrying trend following a recession, since many economists say new businesses are critical to economic growth because they create the most new jobs. (Apple and Microsoft, to name the most obvious examples, were created just after the recession of the mid-’70s.) Tech startups continue to flourish today, even if they can’t escape the overall downward trend, the best ones—nurtured in incubators and then blessed with investors—go on to employee thousands of people.

Businesses with under 50 employees make up the majority of American firms. And most of those are small local operations that political candidates evoke as “the backbone of our economy” and VCs ignore.

Our focus on startups has shifted from building small business to building disruptive, scaleable businesses. If it doesn’t have the potential to be a Billion dollar business, shut it down and move on to something else. 

That can’t be healthy. 

smarterplanet
One day our homes will be smart, but we have a long way to go. Here’s how we’ll get there
Stacey Higginbotham, gigaom.com
Right now, most people don’t want a smart home. And while about 13 percent of people have an internet-connected device that isn’t a computer, phone or tablet in their homes, according to research from Parks Associates, the marketing of the smart h…


Interesting perspective on the growth of computers into controlling our cars ( now ), and soon into our home utilities and  home life environment ( temp, security, and operating system.

One day our homes will be smart, but we have a long way to go. Here’s how we’ll get there
Stacey Higginbotham, gigaom.com

Right now, most people don’t want a smart home. And while about 13 percent of people have an internet-connected device that isn’t a computer, phone or tablet in their homes, according to research from Parks Associates, the marketing of the smart h…

Interesting perspective on the growth of computers into controlling our cars ( now ), and soon into our home utilities and home life environment ( temp, security, and operating system.