Saturday, April 23, 2011
36/100: The Serious Business of Humour
My takeaways (The interesting bits that I noted while watching the video):
1. The User-led Mission Statement: To make people happy for 5 minutes a day! That's cool, and profound, at the same time.
2. Defining the business as the 'Business of Humour' rather than the 'business of photos of Cats' or the 'business of animal photos'. Again, listening to the users at its best.
3. The distinction between Popular Culture and Internet Culture: That there is such a thing. It is indeed different from celebrity gossip and all that. The Angry Birds that make the wave is not to be seen anywhere near the Westminster Abbey on the Royal Wedding day.
4. The definition of Internet 1.0 as 'transactional' - where people went to do a thing - against the Web 2.0 as 'cultural', where people express and connect. In fact, I disagree slightly: I used Bulletin Board services and made friends there, but I get the point.
5. Interesting point about sites, as they grow, shed some original users to become mainstream. Most 'cool' or 'fringe' or 'cultural' businesses have to do that, don't they?
6. The idea of 'Positive Risk' and the risk of failure as against risk of not taking risks. How many businesses decide on the contrary and die?
7. Failure as a process - I shall include this in my list of favourite expressions from now on.
8. Lowering the cost of failure - this seems to be a recurrent theme among the studies of failure. Jim Collins will call it 'Above The Water Level' risk taking.
9. Message to mainstream business: Let employees take a 5 minute mental break. I see the point.
10. The product development philosophy: Start with a minimally lovable product and incrementally add features. After two releases, let the market forces decide. I may use this in my own business.
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How To Live
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Theodore Roosevelt
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
- T S Eliot
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