The Most Common Mistake When Forecasting Growth for New Products (And How to Fix It)

Andrew Chen:

If you plan to 2X your revenue for your SaaS product, which is done by doubling the # of leads in your sales pipeline, and those leads come from content marketing – well, then I want to know how you’ll scale your content marketing. And how much content needs to be published, and whether that means new people have to be hired.

And those are sensible questions. So focus on the inputs.


On the (Rumored) Split in Apple Watch Sales by Model

John Gruber, discussing Apple Watch rumors:

Even in the initial quarter, 17 percent of “5 to 6 million” is 850,000 to 1,000,000 units. That’s a lot for a model that is going to be expensive.

No kidding… Apple selling about five times more $10k+ watches than Rolex from day one? I very sincerely doubt it.


Yelp Sues Positive Review Provider Revleap

Zach Miners, for ITworld:

Yelp has filed a lawsuit against Revleap, a company that says it can help businesses improve their ratings, though Yelp says it actually spams them and cons them out of money.

In a nutshell, Revleap offers gift cards in exchange for positive reviews on Yelp, and Yelp is suing because [enter fallacious set of reasons here].

Perhaps Yelp could stop behaving like extortionist racketeers, and become classy instead? You know… How about allowing small business owners to get delisted? Perhaps even borrow a page from Apple’s fight with ASO experts?

Enforcing a right to be forgotten seems like the correct way to go in the long run.


Jonathan Ive and the Future of Apple

Ian Parker got unprecedented access to Apple for the New Yorker.

It’s a very long: just shy of 17,000 words. So slot it for WE reading.

Via John Gruber, who adds:

The piece is worth your full undivided attention, so I won’t quote or spoil much. […]

There’s much to digest, but I think the biggest takeaway is that Jony Ive is stretched very thin. The Watch is clearly his baby, but he’s also heavily involved in the supervision of Apple’s new campus and he’s working with Angela Ahrendts on a heretofore unannounced redesign of Apple’s retail stores.


6 Ways to Make Sure Every Meeting Is a Productive One

Craig Cincotta:

Throughout my career, most recently at Porch.com, I have tried to pay attention to what makes great meetings great. It is a bit of an art, but it is something anyone can master. Here are some tips for people that need a little help.

Good list of tips. Toss in a few more by David Allen, and you’ll get lots done:


US Government To Accept Apple Pay for ‘Many’ Transactions Starting in September

Neil Hughes for Apple Insider:

Speaking at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection on Friday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed that the U.S. government plans to begin accepting Apple Pay for a number of transactions, starting with admission to U.S. national parks.

Google and the slew of merchants behind MCX must be weeping.


Never Mix Up Features and Benefits Ever Again

So true.


Why Is the Dollar Sign a Letter S

Christopher Lund, aka djublonskopf:

The letter S appears nowhere in the word “dollar”, yet an S with a line through it ($) is unmistakably the dollar sign. But why an S? Why isn’t the dollar sign something like a Đ (like the former South Vietnamese đồng, or the totally-not-a-joke-currency Dogecoin)?

There’s a good story behind it, but here’s a big hint: the dollar sign isn’t a dollar sign.

It’s a peso sign.


Not in Front of the Telly: Warning Over ‘Listening’ TV

BBC News:

Samsung is warning customers about discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.

The warning applies to TV viewers who control their Samsung Smart TV using its voice activation feature.

Such TV sets “listen” to some of what is said in front of them and may share details they hear with Samsung or third parties, it said.

Fun times…

In other privacy news, members of a workspace are using microchip implants to open doors


Seth Godin: The Tribes We Lead

Two select quotes:

The Beatles did not invent teenagers. They merely decided to lead them. That most movements, most leadership that we’re doing is about finding a group that’s disconnected but already has a yearning — not persuading people to want something they don’t have yet. […]

So three questions I’d offer you. The first one is, who exactly are you upsetting? Because if you’re not upsetting anyone, you’re not changing the status quo. The second question is, who are you connecting? Because for a lot of people, that’s what they’re in it for: the connections that are being made, one to the other. And the third one is, who are you leading? Because focusing on that part of it — not the mechanics of what you’re building, but the who, and the leading part — is where change comes.

This is broken” is a fairly entertaining talk as well.

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