It’s almost midnight, and Amanda Palmer is naked. advertisement advertisement We’re down to the final minutes of the singer-songwriter-provocateur’s month-long Kickstarter campaign, a crowdfunding effort that shocked the entertainment world by becoming the site’s most successful music-based project to date. The pledges–which had an official target of $100,000, and which had privately been budgeted to hit $500,000–have already topped a million dollars. To celebrate the countdown, Palmer, who the Huffington Post called “the social media queen of rock & roll,” is throwing a six-hour, block-party-style celebration in a parking lot behind some warehouses along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. To a surprisingly “classic pop” soundtrack (the Jackson 5, the Who, Ray Charles), she and her crew dressed up in old-time bathing suits and frolicked in an aquarium-style clear box on the back of a truck, scribbling the names of … [Read more...] about Deep Inside Amanda Palmer’s Crowd-Powered, Naked Creativity Machine
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In 2010, as the new director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Bill Moggridge rode into New York from California with a formidable resume: cofounder of Ideo, inventor of the first laptop computer, author of the seminal work on interaction design, educator, and winner of a slew of international design awards. advertisement advertisement But as a city full of designers and design-lovers was quick to discover, rarely has such an illustrious bio been animated by such a delightful person. Bill, who passed away from cancer last Saturday, September 8th, embraced the city with the enthusiasm of a kid from the boonies, fresh off the bus. He was everywhere: hosting design breakfasts with business leaders, leading panels with design luminaries, throwing parties at the Cooper-Hewitt’s grand mansion on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, presiding over National Design Awards luncheons at the White House with Michelle Obama and the head of the Smithsonian, G. Wayne Clough. … [Read more...] about In Remembrance Of Bill Moggridge, 1943-2012
The first iPhone worm is spreading around Australia, changing users’ wallpaper to a picture of ’80s pop star Rick Astley, the mobile version of getting Rickrolled. It’s mostly harmless, but is it a signal that virus makers will soon worm their way into your iPhone? Not if you play by Apple’s rules. The worm only affects jail-broken iPhones–those whose users have set their phones to run unauthorized software such as tethering programs or hacks that allow them to customize settings and download apps from third-party app stores such as Cydia or Rock Your Phone. The BBC reported Monday morning that the worm’s creator, 21-year-old Australian Ashley Towns made the bug to raise the issue of security. He’s clearly not a fan of jailbreaking, and in the source code, Towns wrote: “People are stupid and this is to prove it.” It’s estimated that no more than 10% of iPhones and iPod Touch are jail-broken in the U.S. and U.K., but the … [Read more...] about Is Mobile Rickrolling the First Step in an iPhone Virus Outbreak?
Two years ago, I argued that we were in the midst of an “app bubble.” Brands and venture capitalists were eagerly investing in an overcrowded marketplace that didn’t demonstrate real value to most consumers. As smartphones have made their way into the purses and pockets of more and more consumers, brands have only increased the pace of experimentation, making the challenge of breaking through in app stores even more difficult. Around 26,000 applications were submitted to the iTunes App store in each of the first seven months of 2012. advertisement advertisement But the problem most companies are facing in mobile today isn’t simply a lack of appreciation for the realities of demand in the app market. Applications, just like any digital initiative, must be grounded in clear strategies that harmonize specific business needs and user interests, while reflecting a pragmatic view of the marketplace. Most marketers are making the same mistakes in mobile that … [Read more...] about The Biggest Mistakes Companies Make With Mobile Marketing, And 3 Strategies That Actually Work
Pete McCown is the president of the Elkhart County Community Foundation. The county, only about 200,000 strong, just inherited a reported $125 million from the late David Gundlach, an Elkhart native son who made good as an entrepreneur and Hollywood producer, while retaining an apparent soft spot for his hometown. (Gundlach died of a heart attack last year, at 56.) We caught up with McCown to learn more about the newly flush Elkhart, a county of RV manufactories, Amish horse-and-buggies, and feral cats. advertisement advertisement FAST COMPANY: When did you first meet David Gundlach? The gift is massive. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which in its own industry is like the Wall Street Journal or Rolling Stone magazine for the not-for-profit community, said Dave’s gift would have been the fifth- or sixth-largest gift last year in North America in 2011. It will likely be one of the 10 largest gifts of this year. The remarkable thing here is this is a modest-sized … [Read more...] about Welcome To Tiny Elkhart County, Indiana, Which Just Got $125 Million Richer