This morning I left Berlin for a 92-day journey to reflect, recharge, and explore. No clear plans, just one handful of intentions. This is Day One of #92days and I may or may not occasionally share notes and thoughts. If you want to follow along: http://tinyletter.com/davidnoel
Those who’d read an e-book released less melatonin and were less sleepy than those who’d read a regular book; their melatonin release was delayed by more than an hour and a half, and their circadian clocks were time-shifted. It took them longer to fall asleep. The next morning, they were less alert.
Working at @SoundCloud also means that once year, our amazing board of directors is available for an open Q&A at a company All Hands: Mary Meeker, @fredwilson, Mike Volpi, Christophe Maire, Somesh Dash
Vai Kai, a toymakers based in Berlin, have began a Kickstarter campaign for their latest product, Avakai. The wooden figurines have Bluetooth technology inside them, bridging the gap between traditional and modern toys.
Avakai can communicate with each other and respond with sound and colour. This delightful hybrid of the old and the new is still on its way to production. If you want to help it along, click on Vai Kai’s Kickstarter page.
New labels, new artists, tracks - new ways to support independent music. Welcome to the On SoundCloud community, Merlin.
Today we’re celebrating and welcoming the many indie labels and the artists they represent to start monetizing their music on SoundCloud. Super proud to be able to give the indie community the ability to do that.
And that’s how cities shape lives. If you string together enough high friction points, whether its bad traffic or no sidewalks or potholed roads, like clogged arteries, the city’s blood can no longer flow.
By the way, do you know why it always takes extremely long to get the check in Europe? I believe that after every European waiter serves dinner he slips through a magical hatch in the kitchen floor and descends into a faraway cavern where he meets up with all other European waiters, Greeks, Portuguese, Norwegians, all of them. They smoke and drink red wine out of those tiny glasses and make fun of the way Americans count. They have a really nice time. This whole process takes about an hour. When they’re done they return through the hatch unbothered, smelling like cigarettes, to blithely ask us if we want a tiramisu.
Listening to Beck’s ‘Sea Change’ (here: the song 'Paper Tiger’) on proper studio monitor speakers is quite the stellar experience. The sound and production of 'Sea Change’ is probably favorite of all times. PS: taken during a break of the Producer Deep Dive, a workshop to learn how to use the recording studio at @SoundCloud HQ (at SoundCloud HQ)
Really happy about how Edition One of #rolemodels turned out. #rolemodels is a monthly series of fireside chats that aims to connect the Berlin tech and startup community with women role models and leaders. Edition One featured SoundCloud Engineering Director Stacia with Twitter Germany’s Head of News, Politics & Government @isasunny. Can’t wait to work on Edition Two in May. (at SoundCloud HQ)
One of the traits that I appreciate most in the many people I am surrounded by every day is their initiative: they step in, take responsibility, and follow through. It’s so refreshing to see somebody take active ownership and deliver a remarkable result that the the company or our users can benefit from.
Honestly, it’s less about Showtime and more about these hack crowdsourcing campaigns that certain agencies are selling to them. There are lots of folks doing very cool things with user-generated content, but to ask professionals to compete against each other for potential “exposure” is completely different. It’s demeaning, and it lowers the value of everyone’s work.
Technology is no longer an industry category. As has been well-chronicled, it has become a foundation to every business, ranging from healthcare to transportation to finance to education and beyond. Every company will be a technology company. And the lessons learned from building a company like Twitter are relevant to an increasingly wide range of products, businesses, and industries.