This was a favorite during a trip to Argentina (through I’ve been told it’s Brazilian). Ken and one of the kids is making it tonight at home. Yum!

GM takes a public step into driverless car tech

CEO Mary Barra announced recently that the auto giant is pairing up with others to deploy 120 miles of technology-enabled highways around Detroit. via Fortune

Market reaction to #AppleLive: Hated it. Not so bad. Love it. Not really. This sucks. Just as we expected. Terrible.


What he discovered is that this kind of transparency often has an unintended consequence: It can leave employees feeling vulnerable and exposed. When that happens, they conceal any conduct that deviates from the norm so that they won’t have to explain it. Unrehearsed, experimental behaviors sometimes stop altogether.” via The Transparency Trap, HBR

"In a world where consumers need to identify with the brands they purchase, projecting your beliefs from every touchpoint is a must."
— Amy Ryles. eatbigfish. “What can we sell that will make us money?” (via peterspear)
"All too common is what I call the product-attribute fixation trap, in which the strategic and tactical management of the brand is excessively focused on product attributes and functional benefits…Functional benefit strategies are limiting because they often confine the brand, especially when it comes to responding to changing markets or exploring brand extensions."

By using the mindset of business design, you can see metrics and KPIs as levers for innovation rather than just things to measure after the fact. For example, knowing the lifetime-value of a customer and the cost of acquisition might suggest that more innovation is needed to decrease customer churn.

For example, cellphone providers are obsessed with decreasing churn and will often offer amazing discounts if you threaten to move to another provider. This is because they know that the cost of keeping a customer is cheaper than the cost of acquiring a new one.


Business design, Peter J Thompson

"Advertising is about responses. It is not about messages."

CHINA’S MEGACITIES / In 2013, China counted six megacities, more than any other country in the world, with another eight cities having populations somewhere between 5 and 10 million. Most of today’s megacities emerged in the coastal provinces where urbanization and industrialization moved in tandem and at breakneck pace. The next generation of megacities, however, is likely to be found in China’s interior. Yujiapu, “China’s new Manhattan,” is located on the outskirts of the megacity Tianjin, about 100 miles south of Beijing.

In 12 Years, China Built More Houses Than There Are In All of the U.K. / The megacity boom is creating mega-ghost towns