20/9/2018

Amazon Go! - prototyping for scale

The ambition and how Amazon is learning is fantastic. Go slow. Spend and learn. Try different models. And then bang.

Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos sees eliminating meal-time logjams in busy cities as the best way for Amazon to reinvent the brick-and-mortar shopping experience, where most spending still occurs. But he’s still experimenting with the best format: a convenience store that sells fresh prepared foods as well as a limited grocery selection similar to 7-Eleven franchises, or a place to simply pick up a quick bite to eat for people in a rush, similar to the U.K.-based chain Pret a Manger, one of the people said.

An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment. The company unveiled its first cashierless store near its headquarters in Seattle in 2016 and has since announced two additional sites in Seattle and one in Chicago. Two of the new stores offer only a limited selection of salads, sandwiches and snacks, showing that Amazon is experimenting with the concept simply as a meal-on-the-run option. Two other stores, including the original AmazonGo, also have a small selection of groceries, making it more akin to a convenience store.

16/9/2018

The yogic paths of design

George Supreeth on LinkedIn

If design work was the path to enlightenment what sort of yogi are you? In my thought experiment, there are 4 types in the modern organisation.

The Jnana Yogi tries to understand design by crafting and proposing intricate models and schemas. Her method is primarily bookish and intellectual.

The Karma Yogi is a maker. He does not have the time or patience for lofty intellectualizing and believes that design is primarily doing.

The Kriya Yogi believes in internal development. She thinks that design is too complex to rationalize, and relies on a weird mash of mindfulness, MBTIs, psychotherapy, NLP…

The Bhakti yogi relies on devotion. He thinks that emotional oneness erases barriers and makes design meaningful and so thinks of design in terms of emotional intelligence.

All these are still on the right hand path, the Dakshina Marga. What the business world accommodates within its universe.

There is another type who lives outside these boundaries. The wild eyed, ash smeared yogi who follows the left-hand path. It involves the creative destruction of all frameworks, leaving her in the space between categories. This way is dangerous and has historically lead to madness and as a result, ostracization.

I follow a lot of these types on Linkedin.

15/9/2018

Grass court diplomacy

The tennis court in the Australian US Ambassadors home in Washington DC is playing a big role in the diplomacy.

Humans

Hockey hopes the grass court at White Oaks remains in good condition long after his tenure as ambassador is over. This is a massive point of difference for us. It’s about having our voice heard in the most powerful country in the world

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7/9/2018

Design is local

The Kia Sportage from this review is a great car however, the reviewer makes this comment about the finish of the steering spokes in the top of the range GT Line.

The Australian sun reflects on it and effects you.

That can only be found by driving extensively in Australia. No amount of South Korean ingenuity can make that work.

4/9/2018

Is competition relevant for startups

YCombinator founder Paul Graham:

Graham talks, for example, about his views on competition, which can essentially be boiled down to the idea that companies fail owing to poor execution, not because of me-too startups. In fact, says Graham, though companies worry about competitors, YCs dataset suggests that maybe one out of 1,900” of its portfolio companies has been killed by a rival that’s tackling the same problem.