It’s quite a success story. High Maintenance, the Vimeo web series that debuted in 2012 and became popular for its sometimes funny, sometimes weird, sometimes poignant—and always interesting—character studies of New Yorkers who buy their pot from a dealer simply known as The Guy, is now a full-fledged television series premiering on HBO tonight. advertisement advertisement Meeting with Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, the married couple behind the series, in a conference room at HBO’s Manhattan headquarters, I ask if they ever imagined their web series transitioning to television when they first began making it a few years ago. Blichfeld, who was working as a casting director when the duo began the side project, responds, “Not when we started.” Sinclair, who plays The Guy, breaks in: “No. I remember there was one day of pie in the sky! We had been working on it a couple of months maybe. We were like, ‘Hey man, it would be … [Read more...] about From Vimeo To HBO: How The Creators Of “High Maintenance” Stepped Up Their Game
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“Sunshine is the gift of the gods,” Masayoshi Son cheerily told a crowd of investors on the morning of October 3, 2018. He was in greater Noida, India, giving a speech about solar power. The day was hot, in the mid-90s, and for Son, CEO of the Japanese telecom conglomerate SoftBank, particularly bright. His visions for SoftBank—to be at the vanguard of technology and AI investing—had captivated the global capital world. “As long as you have the land and sunshine . . . I will give you free electricity,” he said. Son had committed to investing as much as $100 billion in Indian solar infrastructure. The free power would come 25 years from now. advertisement advertisement Meanwhile, nine and a half time zones away, Adam Neumann, cofounder and CEO of WeWork, the fast-growing global office-leasing player, was in New York celebrating a series of recent milestones: becoming New York’s largest private landlord; committing the company to … [Read more...] about WeFail: How the doomed Masa Son-Adam Neumann relationship set WeWork on the road to disaster
Technology is often more of a spectator sport than anything else. In spite of elegant software like iOS5 and Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich, we are still at the mercy of the nearest cell-phone tower for a simple text message or phone call, or an open Wi-Fi signal to enjoy the latest streaming music app. Then the battery dies. Score Team Software 1, Team Hardware 0. Next up pops Intel’s new matchbox-sized teraflop processor (50 cores in contrast with the four in today’s latest computers) for which software programs haven’t even been conceived. Team Software 1, Team Hardware 2. advertisement advertisement Corporate America has grown accustomed to these zigzags, but they can be crippling in schools where budgets are stick-thin. The past year has seen many software edtech startups bloom, with data-crunching, cloud-centric software apps. (Take a peek at EdSurge’s list of 2011 edtech debutants.) Many of these spiffy products, however, demand the latest … [Read more...] about How Schools’ Poor Infrastructure Can Blunt EdTech Advances
Perception versus reality has always been a major source of tension for brands. And sustainability, once heralded as the next big brand advantage, has only made things worse. If you promise people your soap will make them smell nice and it doesn’t, they’ll get over it. If you falsely promise that your soap doesn’t have palm oil from orangutan-displacing plantations, people aren’t nearly as forgiving. advertisement advertisement Brands like Patagonia provide shining examples of what can happen when you effectively align perception and reality. Their values, their brand, and their actions all convey the same sustainability message. Using this trifecta to engage more deeply with customers may have contributed to the fact that, during the worst of the recession, their sales continued to climb. But the Patagonias of the world are few and far between. This point is illustrated by studies like MapChange and the Sustainability Leadership Report. They show … [Read more...] about Does Your Brand Need A Reality Check?
Earlier this year, we peered into the work spaces of some of the most inspiring companies working in the creative economy to glean design ideas for learning spaces. Instead of the tyranny of cubes and boardrooms, we found spaces for serious play, dynamic cross-pollination, and cultivated serendipity. It was easy to find inspiration from the Googles, Pixars, and IDEOs of the world; the grass is always greener. But as architects and designers, we need only to glance at our own proverbial backyard for further inspiration. advertisement advertisement In his interview with the Carnegie Foundation, John Seely Brown, scholar and co-author of A New Culture of Learning, suggests that we look for education lessons in the architectural studio. In answer to the question of what could we do better in schools today, especially given the rapid pace of change, Brown responds by saying he’s intrigued by the architectural studio. “All work in progress is made public . . . One of … [Read more...] about 4 Lessons The Classroom Can Learn From The Design Studio