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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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