Somewhat misleading title, somewhat muddled argument, but crystal clear points by Hunter Walk:
those who worked at e.g. Google during its early and hypergrowth years are more likely to:
1) Understand what motivates exceptional achievers
2) Know what high performance teams feel like
I think the first is somewhat overrated, as many of the "culture" things are. The second feels absolutely spot on.
For the rest of us who never got to solve the Google interview puzzles, we should still remember that:
it’s necessary to have people within a startup who are pacesetters or know that it’s ok to push harder.
II - Future-Forward Fashion
Man waits for an example of future-forward fashion then two examples come at once.
In London, it's Knyttan - computer-controlled knitting machines, compressing the design, production and consumption. Just in time for Christmas sweater / scarf rush too.
Meanwhile, in Tokyo, Verge's report of Sony's experiment with e-paper watches and accessories.
Minimalist beauty, indeed.
A couple of Portuense (what is with Porto folk, this week - first Veniam then this!) spent a year living in Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower.
the utopian structure was a fascinating yet wholly anachronistic remnant of a past future, struggling to survive. In 2013, we had the opportunity to live there for almost a year, to share the experience of everyday life in the building with its remaining residents.
The vibe reminded me of the one found in Nicholas Nova's mini-reportage on objects from Japan. Bit mundane, bit dirty, very melancholic. Great pareidolia example right at the end too.
You know who else does anachronistic past-futures? Mexico.
To be more precise DJ Javier Estrada, straight outta Monterrey.
Here's the album in full, featuring hits such as "Acordeon Prehispanico", "Aztecs v Aliens"and "Huitzilopochtli". Thank you, NAAFI!
Cover photo by Nextick - BY-ND 2.0.