We started out with a network that was big enough to be interesting, but small enough to be comfortable.
A lot of times you see big products publicly launch from well-known internet people, and everyone uses it and then leaves because there is no authentic community. You need a certain level of intimacy for the social environment to really work.
“I like to go to the movie theater in the middle of the day and eat popcorn. Seeing a movie and eating popcorn in the middle of the day feels like I’m breaking all the rules and I love that.”—The Great Discontent: Elle Luna
“I love the idea that everyone has a gift to give. And I believe that the whole world is waiting for us to give that gift to them. What if we could empower everyone to operate out of that place, instead of out of job titles or money or security, even? Imagine a world where everyone gives their truest, most authentic gifts.”—The Great Discontent: Elle Luna
“The online world is very different. Online, everything is recorded by default, and you may not know where or by whom. If you’ve ever wondered why Facebook is such a joyless place, even though we’ve theoretically surrounded ourselves with friends and loved ones, it’s because of this need to constantly be wearing our public face. Facebook is about as much fun as a zoning board hearing.”—The Internet with a Human Face
“Facebook and WhatsApp, Uber and Nest, the brightest minds of a generation, the high test-scorers and mathematically inclined, have taken the knowledge acquired at our most august institutions and applied themselves to solving increasingly minor First World problems.”—“Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry,” by Jessica Pressler.
“This celebration of youth, coupled with technology, has distorted our perception of time — the world moves faster, and so do our expectations. Today, we want success in seventeen levels, or seventeen minutes, seventeen seconds — and when the promise of something new and better is just a click away, who wants to wait seventeen years? But that’s the thing that connects all of these great people — they played the long game.”—
The Long Game – brilliant visual essays exploring the only real secret to success, from Leonardo to Marie Curie.