When I ask my son to clean up at night, he’ll sometimes start putting toys into the bin at a snail’s pace. Then, when I ask him to speed up, the motions turn frantic, but the toys keep hitting the bin at the same rate. Lots more movement. Nothing extra to show for it. Sometimes … Continue reading Freedom from fake work
That chart above is a summary of Starbucks’ stock prices over the last few decades. Howard Schultz may be in the news for other reasons now, but a 2012 article about the Starbucks CEO/Chairman records a fascinating exchange with the head of a company that was about to embark on 7 years of growth. In … Continue reading What business are you in?
I’ve been sprinting recently toward the completion of my dissertation, and there’s one thing that’s consistently true for me in writing. Writing is a practice with uneven returns. It’s a slog. It’s hard. You feel lost. You push, push, push. And then – in a moment – everything clicks, comes together, and that section is … Continue reading It’s hard, until it’s easy
Marc Andreessen, creator of Netscape, talks about, among other things, online education: You could probably bring in the whole online-education movement. But for me, the question is, who does the best with online schooling? And it’s mostly autodidacts, people who are self-starters. They’ve found that people from low-income communities actually get the least out of it. … Continue reading When online education scales, you can hire James Cameron to produce Math 101
“Failure almost always arrives in a whimper. It is almost always the result of missed opportunities, a series of bad choices and the rust that comes from things gradually getting worse. Things don’t usually explode. They melt.” – Seth Godin Continue reading Failure arrives in a whimper
For the first 10 years of “fairly common internet usage,” newspapers were fine. There was email. There was AOL. There was instant messenger. There were even some news sites. But for news, the local newspaper still provided a better product than the others. Last weekend, my wife and I signed up for a six-week newspaper deal … Continue reading Education hasn’t seen true disruption. Yet.
Ben Thompson writes an insightful post on the cost of software moving toward free, and it ties in with online education. Ben says “over time the price of a product moves to its marginal cost, and if the marginal cost is zero, that means free is inevitable.” Online education will move toward free. That’s good … Continue reading Tangible experiences + technology = education’s sweet spot