Month: June 2012

Kindle data progress four years later…

Kindle data progress four years later…

I’ve written a few posts about how I’d maximize the value of e-readers. Here’s the first and the second. Four years later, one of the things I’ve been agitating for–using the knowledge of how much time people spend reading a book and how many finish it–is starting to become real. Phil found this article in…

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Watching the price of media fall

Watching the price of media fall

I did a show at the NBC headquarters in NY a few weeks ago. I’m guessing that it costs them about $6,000 a minute to make a news show in the studio. That counts the painters, the set guys, the three camera operators and their assistants, the lighting guys, the producer, the executive producer, the…

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Author’s wishlist for Kickstarter

Author’s wishlist for Kickstarter

Having had a ball using Kickstarter, I couldn’t help but notice ways I’d like to improve it. Here are my top tweaks: Allow backers to get more than one reward. Right now, you need to open two accounts to fund two rewards. This is silly and helps no one. Allow organizers to load balance after…

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Why (some) Kickstarter campaigns fail

Why (some) Kickstarter campaigns fail

Kickstarter campaigns fail when the tribe of people who believe in the idea is too small It’s worth taking a moment to parse that out–it will help you understand how the whole thing works and where some campaigns fail. You either need more belief or a bigger/louder/more influential tribe. Kickstarter appears to be a great…

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Kickstarter, strangers and friends

Kickstarter, strangers and friends

My first Kickstarter project launches today, and I’ve spent a lot of time looking at projects, working with people who have built successful (and unsuccessful) campaigns and thinking about how it works. Like every successful internet platform before it (blogs, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.) first-time users believe that it will magically help them find new…

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