“Because rhythm has direct access to the unconscious, because it can hypnotize us, enter our bodies and make us move, it is power. And power is political. That is why rhythm is always revolutionary ground. It is always the place where the organic rises to abolish the mechanical and where energy announces the abolition of tradition. New rhythms are new perceptions.”—Robert Hass, as quoted by Richard Jackson in A Brief Poetics (via ringtales)
“We’ve been asking ourselves at USV if we should be purchasing coins in some of these “genesis block sales” instead of our normal appetite for Series Seed and Series A shares. I think the answer is ultimately yes, but we are most certainly entering into unknown territory in the process.”—
At some point we will all have a reason not to fund the next ‘big thing’ because the next big thing starts out as an idea that competes with something you or the vc, or syndicate you are looking at or already funded 6 months or 6 years ago.
“I am firmly convinced that invention in something that happens over long periods of time, by lots of very smart people, playing each others’ ideas against each other. I think there are very few eureka moments, very few genuinely new ideas.”—Marc Andreessen (via meganq)
They were the first company that I knew of that had testing built in the DNA of their company. They were going after the holy grail of social search (which IMHO twitter is the current winner) and then sold to Google which shut down the service.
This post isn’t really about them but I was reminded about them 2 weeks ago when my buddy Peter tweeted on the day Jelly launched publicly:
My buddy Micah has shared his thoughts and early reactions to Jelly that I think is common amongst the early adopter crowd.
Jelly UX is dumb
What I find fascinating most in the early days of Jelly is watching how the questions evolve.
People are still playing with it, testing the limits and seeing what kind of questions works and which don’t.
Once people get out all the dumb questions out of their system, they will start using it for more important question.
This form of play in the UX is important for creating a strong bond with the product. Think about all the dumb questions you don’t think twice about asking Google.
Jelly UX is smart
Intention and action are really important to cultivate in a fleeting mobile environment.
The disappearing nature of the questions forces intention.
If you’ve ever experienced the painful Tinder accidental swipe left of a hottie, then you know that this is a big deal.; it forces the user to pay attention instead of the habit of just casually glossing over facebook/instagram feeds and not taking action.
In order to pay attention to something, you need to take a deliberate action and follow a specific question. This is a strong data point for engagement [notify you to come back to the app] and interest [know which questions to show you in the future].
Forcing photos with every question is another strong design decision.
People process images better than text.
Forcing every question to have an image primes the user with context + excitement
Jelly has potential
There’s still alot more that needs to be done but the potential is HUGE.
Twitter’s potential wasn’t realized until Summize focused their energies on Twitter search. I think at scale, Jelly search can be a juggernaut. But time will tell if they even go in that direction.
What will be interesting to see is if Jelly opens up an API or they can go about building a massive network alone. They already are doing simple associative processing the facebook and twitter graphs but can they do it on the context side.
Either way I’m smitten by their potential and wish them well.
Just realized what I love about @askjelly It exemplifies the ethos of “you are not alone in this world” which is world changing
“Snapchat is a product built from the heart – that is the reason why we are in Los Angeles. I often talk with people about the conflicts between technology companies and content companies – I’ve found that one of the biggest issues is that frequently technology companies view movies, music, and television as INFORMATION. Directors, producers, musicians, and actors view them as feelings, as expression. Not to be searched, sorted, and viewed – but EXPERIENCED.”—Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat
“I believe that software, and in fact entire companies, should be run in a way that assumes that the sum of the talent of people outside your walls is greater than the sum of the few you have inside.”—
“In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.”—Jonathan Harris via SwissMiss
“I went around and showed people what I’d done and said, “Hey, I made Watch the Throne, I made this amount of music for the past 10 years, I have this level of visuals, this level of communication, I can sell this many albums, and I also have these new inventions. Will anybody help me out?” I met with 30 billionaires, 30 companies, and basically everyone said, “Fuck you.” I said, “How could this happen? How could not one person want to invest in these different ideas?” I mean, if I grouped up with three guys in a basement and started a new tech company that was very similar to another tech company down the street, but it just so happened that I had a few more followers than the other guy, then I could get all the investment in the world and value my company at a certain amount. But then I have another idea and the entire world will say fuck you? Now, that is about money and power …”—Kanye West
“As my grandfather would say, “Life is a performance.” I’m giving all that I have in this life. I’m opening up my notebook and I’m saying everything in there out loud. A lot of people are very sacred with their ideas, and there is something to protecting yourself in that way, but there’s also something to idea sharing, or being the person who makes the mistake in public so people can study that.”—Kanye West
“I agree that is important to critically asses the impact of networks, but it is way too easy, in a period of dramatic change to incite fear of the future. But, lets hold ourselves accountable for doing the hard work to more fully understand the transformation we are living through. We need to find ways to minimize the inevitable social disruption while at the same time accelerating the creative destruction of the current economy. We can and should push through this period of adolescence to get to new economy that is free, fair and productive.”—Brad Burnham
“We are a 100% fiat-less company; maybe the first in the world. We have ZERO endpoints into the ‘real-world’ economy, and the few remaining services we pay for personally we’re converting one at a time.”—Founder of Blockchain.info [currently the World’s Most Popular Bitcoin Website and Wallet] via @coindesk
“One way to avoid killing your heart is to decide that you will spend your whole life growing up. I am not saying you should aspire to the maturity level of the characters in Hot Tub Time Machine; I am suggesting we resist a life that looks, in line-graph form, like it goes up and up and up and then it stops, and then it levels out, and then it stays on that flat plane until death. I hope to live a life that goes up and up and up until the end, with the inevitable dip here and there. I hope to continue to learn and change.”—Tavi Gevinson, “Forever,” a remarkable essay
“Bitcoin economy is not a revolution in a sense of violent redistribution of wealth in a “fairer” manner. It is a leap forward by forgetting about how much was destroyed or stolen and focusing on how much can be preserved and protected. It’s a truly peace-making tool for the whole humanity. People who think about Bitcoin as only a money-moving tool, or a get-rich-quick scheme grossly underestimate it. It enables much more than what the web gives. The web gives us freedom to exchange information. Bitcoin gives us freedom to exchange everything.”—Oleg Andreev: Bitcoin and Gold