2021-01-07   ·   kneeling-bus

Zero-Sum Environments

Banham writes: Like earlier generations of English intellectuals who taught themselves Italian in order to read Dante in the original, I learned to drive in order to read Los Angeles in the original.”

2021-01-07   ·   acquisition finance tech

A Simple Farewell

Simple announced that BBVA is shutting them down after 11 years of operation, and 6 years after they acquired them.

Simple is high on the list of consumer web products I’ve cherished over the last decade. I learned so much about customer service, company culture, and how an acquisition can cause the unfortunate slow death of a company and its ethos.

It wasn’t all great, though. The last few years have been painful — botched migrations, outages poorly communicated, and customer service lines that were overloaded and pushed customers away instead of welcoming them in.

Still bummed to see them go. Making the switch to.. Chase? :(

2020-12-25   ·   real-life-mag tech kneeling-bus

Bundling & Unbundling

Whether digital or physical, people actually like bundles, because they supply a legible social structure and simplify the complexity presented by a paralyzing array of consumer choices.

2019-12-16   ·   cars video

Cross-Country Cannonball Record Broken

The crew that drove a disguised Mercedes AMG in a recent Cannonball run made it from coast to coast in a record 27.5 hours at a blistering and terrifying average speed of 103 mph. The car was outfitted with a gimbaled thermal scope on the roof (for deer spotting, apparently), gyro-stabilized binoculars, a custom fuel cell and more.

Via The Prepared

2019-12-06   ·   support startups culture dtc

Emotional Baggage

There’s much wrong here.

2019-11-16   ·   finance payments

Why are we all paying a tax to credit card companies?

The American payments system specifically has six fundamental pillars: cash, checks, credit cards, debit cards, wire transfers, and the Automated Clearing House (ACH). They all developed separately, but they also overlap and support each other in fundamental ways. To understand how Visa and Mastercard are raking in so much cash, it’s helpful to get a sense of the underlying infrastructure on which they rely.”