jeffrubinjeffrubin:

"Some kind of magic happened with that horse… I would really love to say it was by design, but it was a complete accident. Now we have stared for many hours at that horse, trying to define it’s essence… But the horse itself was a complete accident."

- The owner and CEO of Archie McPhee, the incredible novelty company behind the horse head mask, on this week’s Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show. Listen on iTunes or JeffRubinJeffRubinShow.com

I was so pumped to listen to this interview. Mark Phalow drops lots of great business wisdom from 30+years in the novelty hustle. Thanks to my favorite podcaster Jeff Rubin for making it happen. Keep up the good work, archiemcphee!

Wow wow wow. This is such a perfect visualization of so much life in business.
Hats off to you badblueprints. This is truly next level artistry. 

Wow wow wow. This is such a perfect visualization of so much life in business.

Hats off to you badblueprints. This is truly next level artistry. 

(Source: badblueprints)

parislemon:

Greg Bensinger:

Amazon said it is considering a more than 50% increase in the U.S. to its popular “Prime” two-day membership program to help cover increased shipping and fuel costs.

The change – of between $20 and $40 annually – would be the first in the nine-year history of the Prime program. Amazon has brought in millions of higher-spending customers through the program, which promises unlimited shipping on many items, as well as video streaming for U.S. customers.

I would have absolutely no problem paying this — that’s how much of a steal Amazon Prime is right now. And it seems like a lot of folks I follow on Twitter feel the same way.

Totally Worth It. 

"Great companies are vibrant, they can hardly contain themselves. It’s because they’re made by believers who want to find other believers and convert the rest."

— An email from Scott Kraft. (via zachklein)

Tags: Business

"Urs’s most significant accomplishment, however, was building the team that built Google. “Your greatest impact as an engineer comes through hiring someone who is as good as you or better,” he exhorted everyone who would listen, “because over the next year, they double your productivity. There’s nothing else you can do to double your productivity. Even if you’re a genius, that’s extremely unlikely to happen.”"

- Urz Hölzle in Douglas Edwards, I’m Feeling Lucky: Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 (via rickwebb)

(via rickwebb)

"Urs understood this better than most. “Larry and Sergey had an expectation that things would be watered down along the way,” he explained. “Starting with something that’s more ambitious will get you something that’s reasonable. But if you don’t put the goal post way out there, people are already taking fewer risks and are less ambitious about how big the idea should be.”"

- Douglas Edwards, I’m Feeling Lucky: Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

This is very, very true. 

(via rickwebb)

(via rickwebb)

Tags: Goals Business

fascinated:

This is a must-read for anyone thinking or working in the Internet music space.  Form S-1 is one of the documents a company must submit before its IPO. This explains most of the industry-specific issues facing Pandora (and Internet webcasters as a whole) in a frank and clear manner.

Good Instapaper material for the geeky. (via Scott)

(via skidder)