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Jeff Bezos' 2017 Letter to Shareholders, F8 and More

Jeff Bezos' 2017 Letter to Shareholders, F8 and More

One: Jeff Bezos' 2017 Letter to Shareholders

Each year since 1997, Jeff Bezos has published a letter to shareholders, and they're always worth reading. This year is no different.

“'Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?'

"That’s a question I just got at our most recent all-hands meeting. I’ve been reminding people that it’s Day 1 for a couple of decades. I work in an Amazon building named Day 1, and when I moved buildings, I took the name with me. I spend time thinking about this topic.

“'Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1...'”

by Jeff Bezos, Amazon on SEC.gov

 

Two: Facebook And Innovation

"...We use Facebook’s F8 announcements and presentations as a lens to look at how Facebook is innovating both in the products it’s creating today and in the research and development work it’s doing over the longer term..."

by Jan Dawson and Aaron Miller, Beyond Devices Podcast

Apple Podcasts     Overcast

 

Three: Which cutting edge technologies will become mainstream?

"Sometimes I think the reason we’re fans of technology is because we are willing to expose ourselves to new and frustrating experiences just for a small glimpse at the future.

"So much of what I write, and have written for a couple of decades, is to help communicate the frustrations, possibilities, and workarounds involving brand-new technologies, for people who are pretty close to the cutting edge. We are not generally the sort of people who wait a few years for the technology to settle down and become boring and reliable. Instead, we’re in line at the Apple Store hoping for a chance to live in the future today."

by Jason Snell, Macworld

 

Four: Two Interesting Articles on the Mac Pro 😀

The new Mac Pro: The audacity to say “Yes” in a design culture of “No”

"Much of modern Apple’s design philosophy is to relentlessly strip down most products to the bare minimum in certain areas as technological progress allows, following (and largely defining) the modern design fashion of nearly-unquestioned devotion to minimalism.

"Saying “no” is the easiest path to what’s considered good design today: if something cannot be easily accommodated, or most people won’t complain too badly in its absence, just omit it."

Marco Arment, Marco.org

The Mac Is Turning into Apple's Achilles' Heel

Apple's decision to change course and develop a new Mac Pro has received near-universal praise from the company's pro community. While developing a new Mac Pro is the right decision for Apple to make given the current situation, it has become clear that the Mac is a major vulnerability in Apple's broader product strategy. The product that helped save Apple from bankruptcy 20 years ago is now turning into a barrier that is preventing Apple from focusing on what comes next. 

by Neil Cybart, Above Avalon

 

Five: A new on-demand battle is speeding toward the US, and VCs are seeing dollar signs

"While Uber’s woes take center stage in the U.S., a different on-demand battle that’s been playing out in China is coming to the states.

"The battle isn’t over car sharing. It’s not over bus sharing, either, though that, too, is a growing focus for investors and automotive companies that are desperate to understand how cities and transportation are changing. This clash is over the latest wrinkle in urban bike-sharing — dockless bike sharing. And it has founders and VCs around the globe seeing dollar signs, while regulators are wrestling — again — with how to ensure they’re not victims of a trend that seemed to emerge nearly overnight."

Connie Loizos, TechCrunch

 

(Bonus) On The Turing Completeness of PowerPoint 😂

Thanks to Jay Harris for sharing this with me.

 

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