When in Iceland

When in Iceland I recommend renting a vehicle. It’s a round island with a single ring road. When renting a vehicle I recommend a 4×4. There are no trees, so you can drive anywhere. When renting a 4×4 I recommend renting a Land Rover. The British were an adventurous lot. When renting a Land Rover, get a Defender. It protected […]

Appreciating Willard Brinton’s data visualization

Excerpt from 100 years of Brinton, a website devoted to appreciating data visualization author Willard Brinton. I passionately believe Brinton should be as well known as other pioneers of data visualisation (Playfair,Priestley, Minard) and modern authors (Few, Tufte, Cairo) I agree. Below is an image from Brinton’s book, which is more about data visualization than about […]

Requests for Startups

Excerpt from Y-Combinator article on ideas for new startups. [source: YCombinator Blog] —- Enterprise Software – Software used by large companies is still awful and still very lucrative. Category-defining enterprise software companies will emerge to solve problems for every vertical, every business size, and every job function. Here are 3 specific areas we think are […]

Instant Gratification

Deliveries are moving from hours to minutes, at the cost of selection breadth. The latest incarnation of this trend is Spoonrocket, who delivers a constrained selection breadth of 1 of 2 meal options in just 10-minutes.   You could prepare a similar graph for the time it used to book a taxi (e.g. days for Boston […]