About Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins

editor-in-chief of siliconANGLE

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  • Mark shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000N9KNQO/ref=r_soa_p_i
    Minh Duong-van sees chaos wherever he looks. Maybe you do, too, but Minh is different because he actually understands how to tease order out of the mess and from it create beautiful things. Things like sentiment analysis tools for companies wondering what consumers are saying about them online. Minh is co-founder of Metavana, one of a growing number of enterprises working on ways for companies to sift through social media's blizzard of bits to analyze and react to what their customers are saying.
    Note: semtiment analysis is crossing over to the mainstream
  • Mark shared from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    “We learned to interpret ‘This is shit’ to actually be a question that means, ‘Tell me why this is the best way to do it.’” But the story had a coda, which Atkinson also found instructive. Eventually the engineer found an even better way to perform the function that Jobs had criticized. “He did it better because Steve had challenged him,” said Atkinson, “which shows you can push back on him but should also listen, for he’s usually right.”
    Note: This is a concise manual on how to interpret much of @furrier's shorthand, too.
  • Mark shared from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    “One week I’d tell him about an idea that I had, and he would say it was crazy,” recalled Horn. “The next week, he’d come and say, ‘Hey I have this great idea’—and it would be my idea! You’d call him on it and say, ‘Steve, I told you that a week ago,’ and he’d say, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah’ and just move right along.”
    Note: The section detailing the reality distortion field is very illuminating.
  • Mark shared from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    So he demonstrated it to his managers in the spring of 1976. The senior executive at the meeting was impressed, and seemed torn, but he finally said it was not something that HP could develop. It was a hobbyist product, at least for now, and didn’t fit into the company’s high-quality market segments. “I was disappointed,” Wozniak recalled, “but now I was free to enter into the Apple partnership.”
    Note: HP had first crack at owning Apple IP.
  • Mark shared from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    In order to raise the money they needed, Wozniak sold his HP 65 calculator for $500, though the buyer ended up stiffing him for half of that. For his part, Jobs sold his Volkswagen bus for $1,500. But the person who bought it came to find him two weeks later and said the engine had broken down, and Jobs agreed to pay for half of the repairs. Despite these little setbacks, they now had, with their own small savings thrown in, about $1,300 in working capital, the design for a product, and a plan. They would start their own computer company.
    Note: Apple was started om $1300
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Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins
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