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What Will Save Us?

Any time I have a chance to share my story to a good listener, I get to reinterpret the narrative thread that ties it all together. The story I would have told you of, say my Apple work experiences at age 25 would be different than the stories I will pull out now after nearly  More

HouseKeeping Time

Did you know that Google intends to shut down access to Feedburner’s APIs on October 20? A banner note on the Google Developers Feedburner API page makes that intent clear, so it was time for us to update our tools over at nilofermerchant.com. This means you have action items. My web advisor, Todd Lohenry of  More

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TedGlobal Talk: Banking on Openness

As you might have noticed, I took the summer off. Well, not quite off.  More like away.  I went to Scotland, and gave a talk at TEDGlobal on the topic of openness. I also finished a new book (my 2nd title) on the #SocialEra that Harvard Press releases next week. Yet, I also managed to  More

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Are You Standing Out Today?

People buy two categories of things. The distinct. And the generic. The distinct items are the things that have a limited commodity, that are artisan in nature, that are worth paying a premium for. They stand out for some reason. The generic items are, well, the things you find on Amazon. If I start to  More

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Be Your Own Hero

When I was growing up, I looked for a savior in just about everyone. There were too many fruitless visits from child protective services. There were too many police cars that arrived to “quiet things down” only to let them flare up again the next day. There were too many visits to the hospital ….The  More

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Online is the New City

Richard Florida, the Atlantic editor recently wrote: “Cities are our greatest invention, not because of the scale of their infrastructure or their placement along key trade routes, but because they enable human beings to combine and recombine their talents and ideas in new ways. With their breadth of skills, dense social networks, and physical spaces  More

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