The Friday List at #neato – 2015.06.05

A few interesting articles I’ve bumped into this week, curated from my Pocket and shared for your enjoyment. Some cool finds this week about the *giant* market for wearables in the enterprise, autonomous cars and the destruction of our car economy, Google I/O, and real-life drug fiction.

Augmate“Smart glasses begin to take hold in the enterprise”

My fascination with what wearables will do in the enterprise is increasing every day that I wear my Apple Watch to work. There are some cool contextual scenarios that can be improved by having a device as present as a Watch. I think that as the glasses form factor shrinks to something that IWs would wear (and not just folks in manufacturing), there will be all sorts of new productivity scenarios – my fav idea is what remote whiteboarding would look like.

“Autonomous cars will destroy millions of jobs and reshape the US economy by 2025”

Yes, they caught my eye with the title. But the article has some astonishing data points in it, like the average car owner only drives there car for 4% of the year. Talk about wasted capacity.

“Google I/O 2015 Recap”

I’m not sure if I’m going to switch to the new photos storage system just yet, but that announcement plus Android M made this a good set of releases from Google.

“The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part I”

Part of me wishes I had at least seen Silk Road live just once. Every time I read a story like this I can’t believe how big and significant Silk Road was without almost ever being known outside of those who used it.

The Friday List at #neato – 2015.05.22

A few interesting articles I’ve bumped into this week, curated from my Pocket and shared for your enjoyment. I read some cool stuff this week around new use cases for the Apple Watch, real-life startup soap operas, and Slack’s product/market fit. Happy Friday!

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“How the Apple Watch is opening up new ways to communicate”

There have lots of back-and-forth commentary on how hard the Apple Watch is to use, how the interface is weird and non-standard, etc. It’s great to see a more expansive look at how wearables will impact different groups of users.

“731 Slack Users Reveal Why It’s So Addictive”

A good look at what users find so compelling about Slack, and a set of analysis that highlights how important product/market fit is.

“Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO”

I learned about Clinkle and its storied past a few months ago and find the saga super interesting. Massive early funding, unclear product direction and a discerning amount of secrecy have caused this to be what sounds like a terrible experience for their team.

“Workflow Hints At The Future Of The Watch As A Computing Platform”

Another post about the Apple Watch, can you tell I’m getting mine soon? I think it’s fascinating to see lightweight workflow scenarios that could really change how we use mobile and wearable computing. IFTTT changed how I used my Android when I first got it and apps like Workflow could open up similar scenarios for the watch platform.

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Many of our sales reps who cam from the enterprise software industry were accustomed to offering a discount. The discount had become their closing strategy when they had to make their targets. I didn’t think we needed that motivator, and I believed that our service was fairly priced. Discounts, I thought, were tied to perceived risk. Offering deals would compromise the service’s value.

Marc Benioff, “Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry”