March 21, 2014
"RunKeeper’s strategy : being a motivational tool that sits on top of data collection and feedback tools, rather than hanging its hat on data collection and feedback itself."

RunKeeper CEO: Dedicated trackers are headed the way of the digital camera | mobihealthnews

February 28, 2014
"[Steve Jobs] said: ‘You have to understand. This is something that nobody in the world yet understands. I can’t be distracted. I’m trying to make the best hammer I can make, the best hammer in the world. You can use my hammer to tear something down, or you can use it to build something up. I really don’t care what you do with my hammer. I just want to make the best possible hammer. And what you are doing is a wonderful bit of construction, but to me it’s a distraction."

Steve Jobs Rejected The First Medical App In 1977

December 14, 2013
23andme App Done


Well, that didn’t take long. Less than seven hours after I posted a request and reward for a 23andme app, I had two submissions. Beau Gunderson and Eric Jain (who turn out to be friends) both submitted short programs that fulfilled my request. The winning version is at Beau’s site.

First, a…

This is great! Thanks for setting this up!

November 26, 2013
"[JC Penney] was selling fewer than one out of every 500 items at full price. Customers were receiving an average discount of 60%, up from 38% a decade earlier. The twist is they weren’t saving more. In fact, the average price paid by customers stayed about the same over that period. What changed was the initial price, which increased by 33%."

The Dirty Secret of ‘Discounts’—Black Friday and Beyond -

November 21, 2013
The New Economy

Larry Summers:

a surprisingly large chunk of our male population is now in the position where there is nothing that people can think of for them to do that is useful enough to cover the costs of making sure that they actually do it correctly, and don’t break the stuff and subtract value when they are supposed to be adding to it.

This is the most serious economics trend out there. Technology is replacing skills so quickly that even occupations once considered “safe” are becoming obsolete.


November 20, 2013
Myanmar modernizes

“No one would choose to work on the road­side,” said Mr. Say Thu, who tries to sup­port his wife and chil­dren on an in­come of about $200 a month. “We would pre­fer to be in­doors.”

This is the type of person who will be working in a factory soon, perhaps under conditions that latte-sipping, well-intentioned Americans will think too cruel. 

I’m also reminded of my surprise, during my visit there, of the high prices for many/most of the handmade items. Even (especially) labor-intensive products like hand-sewn scarves seemed expensive and often not particularly high-quality compared to similar items from Thailand or Vietnam. 

The reason: little to no automation. Blocking themselves from the outside world for so long made Burma poor.

(Source: The New York Times)

November 7, 2013
"Google sues more of its customers each year than Monsanto does? Google spends 3 times as much as Monsanto on Federal lobbying? There are more ex-Googlers in the Obama administration than there are ex-Monsanto employees?"

Why the Climate Corporation Sold Itself to Monsanto : The New Yorker

October 25, 2013
"If, however, we make room for the tremendous uncertainty upon which most of medicine is practiced—an uncertainty that eludes hard and fast rules governing appropriate use—then we are left with a more truthful tale, albeit one that offers a less clear path to a happy ending."

The Health-Care Debate: Are Stents Overused? : The New Yorker

October 22, 2013
akshay kothari: I like, I wish, I wonder



Every Friday evening, the Pulse team gets together for 30 minutes to step back and debrief. The week is usually filled with a ton of sprints, emergencies and fire drills, so these 30 minutes end up being a crucial break from the craziness. It also strengthens the team’s stability and…

October 19, 2013
"when Heaven is about to confer a great office on any man, it first exercises his mind with suffering, and his sinews and bones with toil. It exposes his body to hunger, and subjects him to extreme poverty. It confounds his undertakings. By all these methods it stimulates his mind, hardens his nature, and supplies his incompetencies."

Mencius Chapter 23

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