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Will You Ever Be Alone Again? Thoughts on a Future Where Data Defines Lives

I've been thinking a lot about data, privacy, identity and the future recently, in part because it feels like we're at a unique point in history at the intersection of culture, technology and power. In many ways it's a trend that's impossible to ignore. Fire up Netflix and you might see episodes of Black Mirror where … Continue reading Will You Ever Be Alone Again? Thoughts on a Future Where Data Defines Lives

On Fascism, Identity, Cryptoassets and the Future of Censorship

Today, more people around the world have the ability to exchange ideas and value with one another than ever before. Yet even at this historic height of connectivity and interconnectedness, we live in increasingly complex and alarming times when it comes to free speech, trust and censorship. In the past week alone: The US Federal … Continue reading On Fascism, Identity, Cryptoassets and the Future of Censorship

What Happened When I Called Out 300 Russian Propaganda Trolls on Twitter

They make liberal use of cat photos and emojis, drape themselves in American flag iconography, and go by handles like "Saving America," "4GodandCountry," and "ROCK ON OHIO." And yesterday, scores of them started attacking me online. @ChrisBolman Check out this turd burglar must be sniffing the methane off his dildo's before he types his rants. … Continue reading What Happened When I Called Out 300 Russian Propaganda Trolls on Twitter

Strategy: How to Develop, Structure and Shape a Winning System

Hi, welcome, and yes, I realize the title of this is a bit heavy-handed. While it would be inaccurate and egotistical of me to claim this is any sort of authoritative piece on strategy (if such a thing can even be written), my goal here is to pull together a comprehensive, actionable view of strategy, … Continue reading Strategy: How to Develop, Structure and Shape a Winning System

The Simple $100 Million Dollar Product Strategy

Product strategy is usually hard. Product-market fit is elusive, organizations are complicated, competitors move fast, and culture and technology evolve constantly, forcing strategists to continuously test and refine their work to stay ahead and eke out advantages.   But every once and a while though, a startup comes along that nails product strategy with beautiful, pristine simplicity. … Continue reading The Simple $100 Million Dollar Product Strategy

How to Build a Growth Team: Lessons From the Front Lines

I joined a growth roundtable at First Round Capital last week, which included trategyome really sharp thinkers like Gina Gotthilf from Duolingo and Ashley Berman from Birchbox. It ended up being an enjoyable and illuminating conversation about growth strategy, acquisition and retention tactics, and org design. While it was a closed session -- so I can't share … Continue reading How to Build a Growth Team: Lessons From the Front Lines

A Simple Model to Help You Learn Anything Faster

One way to think about life I've always found helpful is to view it as a journey through places, relationships and time in search of meaning and purpose. And, as you'd expect, the meaning you find along with way comes from doing things that feel meaningful -- building important relationships, creating important memories, and accomplishing … Continue reading A Simple Model to Help You Learn Anything Faster

Is the ‘Startup Disrupting Big Brands’ Narrative Actually Bullsh*t?

I hear it all the time, from coffee shops and co-working spaces to the office hallways of the world's largest companies. The excitement, anxiety, even mythology of startup brand and business model "disruption." Because it's happening all around us and it's inevitable, right? Pick an industry, any industry, and surely it's about to be unbundled … Continue reading Is the ‘Startup Disrupting Big Brands’ Narrative Actually Bullsh*t?

Influencer Marketing Strategy in the Era of Instagram, the FTC and Trump

There's a window of opportunity that exists today in influencer marketing that won't last long. Instagram organic reach will continue to fall. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will increasingly crack down on influencers who don't properly disclose brand affiliations and sponsorships. Influencers are increasingly acting as cause marketers, activists, and political protestors. And the tactic … Continue reading Influencer Marketing Strategy in the Era of Instagram, the FTC and Trump