"By acquiring Tumblr, which is experiencing incredible growth, Yahoo! has expanded its audience to over 1 billion users a month. Tumblr CEO David Karp, who was also part of the interview, noted that Tumblr has over 105 million blogs, and is seeing more than 900 posts per second. By marrying Tumblr’s incredible growth with Yahoo!’s ad sales technology (Mayer noted that Tumblr has a nascent idea when it comes to ad sales), the potential is explosive for both companies."
"For every person who visited an Apple retail store last quarter, the company took in a record setting $57.60 in revenue, according to a new analysis."
"It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” Henry David Thoreau"
"Census data reveal that young people are increasingly more mobile and willing to uproot themselves to new cities, very often in new states, in search of jobs. But forget New York City or San Francisco. This generation is taking up in hubs like Houston and Denver, where industries like consulting and solar energy are flourishing—setting up a shift in America’s power centers. Below, see the top 10 cities of the future."
"The significance of design in business is ballooning. Over recent years, the field has become a darling of large corporations, even those who traditionally don’t have design interests. Now some are responding in a more traditionally corporate way: procuring standout design firms through mergers and acquisitions. Accenture announced last week that it is acquiring design firm Fjord for an undisclosed sum, putting the massive international consulting firm on the growing list of multi-faceted companies that are integrating design by buying whole studios."
"We will see more change in how people shop and pay over the next two to three years than we’ve seen over the past twenty. Technology is the driving force behind this change. In the last few years, mobile has driven the most significant change, giving consumers the ability to shop any time and anywhere."
"To succeed in today’s competitive retail environment, there is no doubt companies need to be innovative in order to survive. Target is a leading innovator in the retail space and was placed #10 in Fast Company’s 2013 Most Innovative Companies list."
My first attempt at a moss and succulent hanging “basket” :) (at Venice Beach)
"According to US News, “Studies have shown people who own pets, particularly dogs, have lower blood pressure, increased mood-related brain chemicals, better cholesterol numbers, lower weight and improved stress response,” said Barbara George, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Lifestyle Medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y."
View from St. Paul after Gay Marriage bill passed the House.
"Hip online eyewear startup Warby Parker has, over the last two years, been partnering with boutiques to open “stores-within-stores,” or small Warby Parker showrooms, where customers could try on their eyeglasses in 3-D. These showrooms popped up in L.A., Nashville, San Francisco and many others. Today Warby Parker officially announced its first, flagship retail store in SoHo in New York City."
"Are people comfortable giving up even more privacy to help boost retailers’ bottom lines? That’s the aim of Nordstrom’s use of Euclid — a service that lets retailers track individuals’ movements through their smart phones’ in-store WiFi connections. But Nordstrom is quick to point out that the tracking is anonymous, so no worries."
Can A Crowdsourcing Invention Company Become 'The Best Retailer In The World?' - Forbes →
“Eval,” as they call it, is the centerpiece of Quirky’s freewheeling brand of capitalist democracy. Tonight Kaufman, 26, runs through 15 ideas submitted by the company’s 405,000-member online community of would-be inventors. Among the items: a coin-counting, app-connected piggy bank; a plastic overlay to turn a staircase into a slide; and a device to extract Popsicle-shaped chunks of watermelon. After a few minutes of debate the room votes. A simple majority kicks off a process: Quirky will design, manufacture and sell the product. Inventors, along with community members who contribute to a product’s design and branding, get a small cut of sales.