In so many ways, the story of Flipboard is emblematic of the modern age: the best results often come from a partnership between humans and technology. The predominant narrative of this age of networked hardware and software is the displacement of humans by computers and robots, but again and again, when we look at the best possible results in areas like curation, recommendations, and personalization, the optimal strategy pairs humans with software.

"The definition of innovation is easy to find but it’s one thing to read the definition and another to understand its meaning. Rather than defining it again, I propose using a simple taxonomy of related activities that put it in context.

Novelty: Something new
Creation: Something new and valuable
Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful”


Thanks to the current Apple vs. Samsung trial, this highly revealing email exchange between Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller and his ad agency TBWA/Media Arts Lab became public. It illustrates a contentious relationship between the two parties…

"And if their client is unhappy, there is almost nothing they can say in their own defense. Their only recourse is to sublimate their own will into even greater efforts at doing whatever it takes to please their client."

This is the primary reason I switched sides.

There’s nothing about our model that can’t be copied over time. But you know, McDonald’s got copied. And it still built a huge, multibillion-dollar company. A lot of it comes down to the brand name. Brand names are more important online than they are in the physical world.

Jeff Bezos (via designinfo)

(Brand is a by-product of execution. Pinning success on having a innovative “model” or strategy or idea or “first mover advantage” is never enough. There is no sustainable competitive advantage, only sustained competitive execution.)