Just over a year ago, the internet was abuzz with the concept of “frictionless sharing”: watch a video, read an article, or play some music, and the activity is automatically shared with your friends. I hated the idea (rightly and eloquently panned by Farhad Manjoo as killing taste), and we set out to create its opposite. Bandcamp for fans is a social music discovery system based on the high-friction concept of ownership. If someone simply listens to a song, I frankly don’t care at all. And if someone listens to a song and then burns .01 calories tapping a Like button… well that’s slightly more interesting, but I still don’t care much. However, if someone is passionate enough about a record to spend money on it – to actually support the artist who made it, and perhaps even write a bit about why they love it – that makes me much more likely listen to that record, and perhaps add it to my collection as well. — The new Bandcamp for Fans looks pretty nice indeed. And as a former-music-collector, I love the theology behind it.
Experience newly open Burma before the crush -
This is a pretty accurate story of the Burma I discovered.
Lots of great photos here on Best of the Best: Life In LoFi’s Top iPhoneography of 2012 » Life In LoFi: iPhoneography
happy to see four USV portfolio companies in top 10 social essentials in the iPhone app store
Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens….There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough, but not too much, who are the happiest. —
- Peace Pilgrim (via andyatx)
Fitting for today… a day of much stuff destruction.
What struck me the most? That authenticity and humility lead to trust. Trust leads to approachability and open communications. And after listening to Lee for just an hour, he felt familiar and approachable. Honest and fallible. He definitely knew how to be authentic. For others, this may not come so easily. — CEOs Don’t Come Pre-Made, Authentic Leadership Has To Be Learned | TechCrunch
The artist of the future will merely point his finger and say it is art, and it will be art. — Marcel Duchamp
Engaging in various startup-esque activities —
A line from an ad here: Twisper Jobs in Berlin | Berlin Startup Jobs
My comment: oh dear.
At Least They Can’t Divide The Heavens
(via Kevin Van Aelst)