The Best Answer

May 20, 2014

I find yes/no questions incredibly useful as filters to help guide complex decisions. Forcing a decision tree into a series of yes/no questions can help cut through the fog of apples-to-oranges comparisons, bias, or ambiguous data. Recently, with respect to product, I like to ask this one:

Have you created the best answer to somebody’s question?

In this question, “somebody” represents the customer, “question” the need or problem, and together they represent your market. If you can definitively answer “yes”—even for a narrowly-defined market (e.g. San Francisco smartphone owners looking for a ride on demand)—you’ve created the basis for a monopoly.

Similarly, growth means either changing the somebody or changing the question. And retention means making sure the answer to the original question stays “yes.”

Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand

March 30, 2014

Last week I spent a few days unplugged, hiking in the south island of New Zealand. A debt of gratitude to Michael, Allen, Yvonne, and team at Wilderness Lodge for the incredible welcome.

Shiny Hammers

March 23, 2014

Shiny Hammers, from two talks I gave in October 2013—Optimal Experience in Wellington, New Zealand and the H2O Summit at LinkedIn HQ.

10,000 Goodnight Kisses

August 29, 2013

Trans-Pacific flights + love songs for my better half @ 124 BPM.

Download “10,000 Goodnight Kisses” mixtape (120MB / 256kbps AAC)

Track List

  1. The Afro-Soultet — Afrodesia
  2. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi — Two Against One
  3. Karmon — Feel It
  4. Ultraísta — Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)
  5. Bonobo — Cirrus
  6. Foals — Big Big Love (Fig.2)
  7. Daft Punk — Giorgio by Moroder
  8. Steve Aoki — Heartbreaker (feat. Lovefoxxx)
  9. Miike Snow — Silvia
  10. The Fort Knox Five — Blowin’ Up The Spot
  11. Panthers — Goblin City (Holy Ghost! Disco Dub)
  12. Al Green — Let’s Get Married
  13. Breakbot — Why (feat. Ruckazoid)
  14. DCUP — I’m Corrupt
  15. Disclosure — F For You
  16. Breakbot — Shades of Black
  17. Classix – All You’re Waiting for (feat. Nancy Whang)
  18. Yelle – Que veux-tu (Madeon Extended Remix)
  19. Flight Facilities – Crave You (Version 2)
  20. Lady Danville – Kids
  21. Gotye – Easy Way Out
  22. Kidnap Kid – Thin Lines (feat. Lotti)
  23. John Newman – Love Me Again
  24. Peking Duk – The Way You Are
  25. Feed Me & Crystal Fighters – Love Is All I Got

Good Design

June 9, 2013

Pretty gets you 30 seconds.

Usable gets 5 minutes.

Useful gets a customer.

Honey Junket

February 29, 2012

Honey Junket

Last December, I wanted to see if Bonobo could mix with hip-hop (turns out it does), and work outside my 125 BPM comfort zone. Thanks to the guys at Rap Genius for the inspiration (and the help). This is the result:

Download “Honey Junket” mixtape (256kbps MP4 / AAC) (61MB)

Track List

  1. Atmosphere — The Woman With The Tattooed Hands
  2. KiD CuDi — Maui Wowie
  3. Ming + FS — Is There Honey?
  4. Rhymefest — Mike The Mentor (feat. Michael Jackson)
  5. Common — The People (feat. Dwele)
  6. Apollo Brown — Brag Language (feat. Buff 1 & Magestik Legend)
  7. DJ Danger Mouse — What More Can I Say
  8. Kanye West — Stronger
  9. The Hood Internet — Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg) vs Fujiya & Miyagi - The Next Collarbone
  10. Kanye West — Flashing Lights (feat. Dwele)
  11. ydnar — Good Days Ahead (Bonobo vs Big K.R.I.T.)
  12. The Notorious B.I.G. — Ghetto (feat. Akon & 2pac)
  13. Bonobo — Light Pattern
  14. Dr. Dre — Housewife (feat. Hittman & Kurupt)
  15. Anni Rossi — Rude Boy (Rhianna cover)
  16. Ratatat — Party And Bullshit (feat. The Notorious B.I.G.)
  17. Bonobo — All In Forms
  18. Notorious B.I.G. — Big Poppa
  19. Lupe Fiasco — Hip-Hop Saved My Life (feat. Nikki Jean)

Good Days Ahead

January 28, 2012

Good Days Ahead

Chipped away learning to mix hip-hop, I present Bonobo’sDays to Come” (2006) narrated by Big K.R.I.T.Good Foot” (2011).

Download “Good Days Ahead” MP4 / AAC Audio (5.5MB)

Last night…

January 12, 2011

…I stepped out of John Dory onto Broadway, looked south, and heard a voice behind me “nice hair!” I turned to find two cougars finishing their cigarettes. I thanked them, they smiled and stepped back into the bar.

After which, Sasha introduced me to his friend Tom, who’d taken his first Square transaction earlier in the day—a wholesale batch of his artisanal tonic.

Remarkable territory, this “mid-town.”

A New Decade

December 13, 2010

40 minutes, 125bpm, island hopping via flight 79 to Honolulu.

Download (256kbps MP3)

Track List

  1. The Avalanches — Live at Dominoes
  2. 40 Winks — Welcome To Paradise Island (Interlude)
  3. Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto & Stan Getz — The Girl from Ipanema
  4. Silicone Soul — The All Nite Dub
  5. Rodrigo y Gabriela — Buster Voodoo
  6. Shwayze — Buzzin (Villains Remix v.2)
  7. Michael Jackson — Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough
  8. Steed Lord — You,
  9. Sufjan Stevens — The Dress Looks Nice On You
  10. Yelle — La musique (Tepr Remix)
  11. Spoon — Don’t You Evah (DJ Amaze and Alan Astor Mix)
  12. Death From Above 1979 — Romantic Rights (Girls Are Short Mix)
  13. OH SNAP!! — I’m Too Fat To Be A Hipster
  14. Brad Sucks — Dropping out of School
  15. Mumford & Sons — Little Lion Man
  16. Kid Cudi & Cee-Lo — Scott Mescudi vs. the World
  17. The xx — You’ve Got the Love (Theophilus London Remix)
  18. Delphic — This Momentary
  19. The Presets — This Boy’s In Love
  20. I Am Finn — I Love You (Van She Tech Remix)


November 20, 2010