Please stop listing your core values. You’re missing the point.

Core Values List

There are a lot of tremendously fraught things about the idea of “company culture” or “mission statements” or “visioning” or whatnot. By my count, the No. 1 most-fraught thing is that often (read: almost all the time), the ‘values’ of… Continue Reading

Netflix’s success isn’t really about algorithms

Netflix and Algorithms

We live in this algorithm-dominated world now, and part of the reason that emerged — aside from simply better technology and people focusing on it — was because for generations, a ton of big decisions were made on the gut… Continue Reading


Leadership should actually be about making as FEW decisions as possible

Leadership and Decision-Making

Counter-intuitive, but potentially 100 percent accurate. Continue Reading

Amazon vs. Netflix is getting more and more interesting

Just learned this today: Amazon has an entire landing page for “not on Netflix.” A shot across the bow? Perhaps. It’s kind of interesting broadly, though: five-six years ago, you would maybe kinda view Amazon and Netflix as business rivals — Netflix primarily… Continue Reading

Whenever your friends tell you viewership numbers for House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, uh, they’re lying to your face

This is a good lesson in the context I reference in the title of this blog: Netflix is all the rage in certain friend groups/socioeconomic sectors as “Oh, is (such-and-such) streaming?” But here’s the important thing to remember: Netflix is a subscriber-based… Continue Reading


Hulu has a billion dollars (not all profit). It appears to be re-investing in original shows.

As more people cut the cord, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are going to become increasingly important (I forgot Chromecast there; muh b). This will all be tied up in whatever the “TV of the future” is… Continue Reading


“So what do you think you say in a concession speech?” The Mitt Romney profile is now on Netflix

It premiered at Sundance and goes on Netflix Streaming today. It’s by Gregg Whiteley, a Mormon himself, who previously worked on films such as Resolved and New York Doll. Apparently Mitt Romney himself wanted nothing to do with the film, but Ann (wife)… Continue Reading


HBO’s True Detective, through two episodes, might be the best show on TV — and it’s all about the approach they used

True Detective, the new Sunday night HBO show, has only aired two episodes — which is 25 percent of its Season 1 run — and might already be the best show on TV (currently; at this moment things like Mad Men and The… Continue Reading