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UPDATE 12/13: The Lumix GX7 is the successor to the Lumix GX1 that I review (and love) below. It's pricey ($828 on Amazon or $998 with lens) because it's new, and you can now get a screaming deal on the GX1 (as low as $227). The two big advantages of the GX7 are 25% less noise in pics + wifi capabilities (including app remote control). I haven't made the switch yet, but I did do a more in-depth comparison on the two cameras here. If you do, let me know what you think in the comments below!
My wife and I are on a quest to learn how to take insanely great pictures. We are just starting this journey and I invite you to share it with us if photography is a passion of yours. The picture above is one of our first attempts at taking the kinds of photos that have a "wow" factor that transcends a regular photo. The photo was taken by my wife; that's my friend Keoni on the left and me on the right.
Last year I did a keyboard shootout on the fullsize iPad Keyboard. The winner was a ZAGG keyboard (rebadged by Logitech). That keyboard has been fantastic -- I can type on it just as quickly as I can on my laptop, allowing me to bring my iPad + keyboard to meetings and be super productive. (Click here for a related post on hyper productivity on the laptop).
As the iPad get smaller, I realized it was time for me to do a new review, this time with smaller keyboards made for the iPad Mini.
These keyboards are only 7" inches across, not 9" like the fullsize iPad keyboard, and I was curious to see what losing 23% of the keyboard space would do for my productivity. Since I haven't yet purchased an iPad Mini (waiting for Retina display!), I used the fullsize iPad to run the tests, which was fine since I was just focused on the speed and usability of the keyboards.
I tested four different keyboards:
I'm at a Sheraton hotel in downtown NYC. The iPad Mini's LTE cellular data speed is a blazing fast 39.24 megabits per second. Compare that to the slow-as-molassas 0.26 mbps of the hotel wifi that my laptop is connected to. That means the iPad Mini is one hundred and fifty one times faster than the landline wifi.
This is why mobile wins. This is why the 4G service on the iPhone 5 was such a big deal. Soon the novelty will wear off, and we'll come to expect a constant, turbocharged connection to the digital world from our mobile devices. This is why every business is mobile, even if most don't realize it yet. Because all of us will be interacting with every business from connected mobile devices.
I'm really jazzed about a term that was coined over 10 years ago but is just now really starting to become a reality: The Internet of Things, which is often abbreviated as "IoT."
Here's a video by the CEO of ioBridge talking about it:
As devices around us become smarter, we are going to transition from living in a mostly analog world where digital is an interloper, to a world where digital and analog seamlessly co-exist. It's kind of like moving from fire & candles to electricity. When Edison first successfully tested a light bulb in 1879 (it stayed lit for 13.5 hours), electricity was the thing. Now, electricity is so integrated into every facet of our lives that we never think about it. As things around us become smarter, we won't think about the "internet" or the "internet of things" so much as it'll be all around us and we'll leverage these smart objects in ways we haven't even though about yet.
GE calls the Internet of Things the 3rd wave:
I'm considering creating an investment syndicate an AngelList.
As a startup founder in Silicon Valley, I see a number of interesting startup companies, some of which are fundraising. Creating a syndicate would allow others to invest in these startups with me.
If you are interested in backing my syndicate, please visit https://angel.co/drodio/syndicate and sign up as a backer. The minimum backer amount is $2,500 per investment. I'm planning on doing one investment per quarter (four per year), which means you would allocate $10,000 per year to this syndicate. Only accredited investors are allowed to become backers (that may change if & when the SEC implements Title III of the JOBS act). This means to become a backer, you need to have a net worth of at least $1MM, or income of at least $200k per year for the last two years ($300k if joint income).
If I get enough backers, I'll proceed with the syndicate. If you have questions about how syndicates work, you can read the AngelList FAQs here or ask questions in the comments below.
I've found myself thinking a lot about process recently.
Creating and documenting processes in startups is hard, for several reasons. First, it feels like time unwisely spent. A startup has to move so fast that it doesn't have time to think about process. Secondly, things change in startups so quickly that a process is going to quickly become obsolete, so why bother? And lastly, sticking to process takes discipline. When that discipline isn't there (especially from the leaders of the organization) then any process becomes unused and wasted.
On the flipside, having too much rigid adherence to an inflexible process can definitely hamper creativity and innovation.
So what's the right amount of process, and how is it kept relevant?
I've been using Hackpad for a few months and I absolutely love it. Hackpad is a collaborative editing tool similar to Google Docs, and yet very different (and in many ways better) at the same time. Fred Wilson had a great writeup of Hackpad here. He said:
If you want to try using Hackpad, you can open a pad that I created just for this blog post. Feel free to add content to it, edit it, etc.
My primary use of Hackpad is to take collaborative notes in every meeting I participate in. The first thing I'll do when I walk into a meeting is add the other people in the room as Hackapd contributors to the pad I make for the meeting. That way, anyone who wants to can take notes in a central place, and edit each other's notes. It's super powerful -- feels magical even to have a "whole is greater than sum of the parts" note taking experience, where others fill in stuff you missed, etc.
So how is Hackpad better than Google Docs? Well, there's actually a Hackpad that addresses that question! But the two reasons I love it are because a) you can see on the left-hand side who wrote what text, and b) because it's super lightweight and easy to spool up a pad on a moment's notice.
I never thought I'd say this, and I'm not sure how I feel about myself for saying it, but it's an exciting time to be in advertising.
There's a famous quote attributed to John Wanamaker, a pioneer in marketing from the late 1800's that goes:
Indeed, it's almost certainly way more than half. But the lack of quantifiability has always been the elephant in the room, even now, 150 years later.
The crowd in 2005 vs. 2013 when the new pope was announced.
Yeah, mobile is totally just a fad.
Brothers Daniel and Sam Odio say D.C. doesn't sate entrepreneurial needs
Herndon natives Daniel and Sam Odio share a last name, two alma maters and a gene for entrepreneurial risk-taking. Each brother has created a well-known, successful tech startup , mobile app builder PointAbout Inc. for Daniel, picture-sharing company Divvyshot for Sam.
But only one Odio brother stayed in D.C. Sam left in 2009 for a sunnier West Coast startup climate.
Sam's success out West, however, now has Daniel on the verge of following his younger brother to California: His company PointAbout , though still headquartered in D.C. , is putting down Western roots as well.