Chipotle’s ‘The Scarecrow’ – and Other Ideological Brand Videos

Brilliant, beautiful, haunting. Deeply ideological brands are powerful and rare. Deeply ideological founders help. That may be the driver for this one too, in some ways even more explicitly positioning Steve Ells as the hero of the respective stories. One critique of…

My concerns about Apple’s potential advertising business

My second post on Medium: 99.98% of Apple revenue can be attributed directly to the end user experience I’m not convinced the potential increase in developer support is worth even the smallest risk of compromising the end user experience that…

Animation manipulation

There are too many animations shown in the new iPad commercials. Too many because they leave no room for demonstrations of direct manipulation of on-screen objects. The obviousness and clarity of interfacing with technology through direct object manipulation with your fingers has…

“Make no mistake about it. Our nation is under attack.”

David E. Sanger, David Barboza and Nicole Perlroth, reporting for The New York Times: An unusually detailed 60-page study, to be released Tuesday by Mandiant, an American computer security firm, tracks for the first time individual members of the most…

“You lend entirely on the basis of character”

From Adam Lashinsky’s excellent interview with the founding partners of a16h: Ben Horowitz, on venture capital: It’s not an asset class. It’s not an industry. It’s the very small number of firms that the best entrepreneurs in the world are…

Google Retail Stores

Seth Weintraub, writing for 9to5Google: An extremely reliable source has confirmed to us that Google is in the process of building stand-alone retail stores in the U.S. and hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays…

The future of department stores?

Emily Jane Fox, writing for CNN Money: Ten years ago, groceries made up a little more than 20% of Wal-Mart’s net sales, or about $48 billion. In 2012, groceries accounted for 55%, or roughly $244 billion. … The grocery push…