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Hi. I'm Rick. I write, advise, and invest.

Venture Partner, Quotidian Ventures / CEO, Secret Clubhouse.

Formerly Co-Founder Barbarian Group & Consultant Tumblr

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Archenemy Record Co. / The Longbox Society / Rock Tourist

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Mayday Tech Advisors have received 35 marriage proposals from customers. 475 customers have asked to talk to Amy, our Mayday television personality. 109 Maydays have been customers asking for assistance with ordering a pizza. By a slim margin, Pizza Hut wins customer preference over Domino’s. There are 44 instances where the Mayday Tech Advisor has sung Happy Birthday to the customer. Mayday Tech Advisors have been serenaded by customers 648 times. And 3 customers have asked for a bedtime story

EX-99.1

We opened a new 40,000 square foot photo studio in Brooklyn and now shoot an average of 10,413 photos every day in the studio’s 28 bays.

Jeff Bezos’ annual shareholder letter, EX-99.1

Been fascinated with Amazon’s secret 40,000 square foot photo studio here in Williamsburg. Nice to see it get a little mention in the annual letter.

hypem:

A behind-the-scenes look at creating a 5-day-long show. It’s fun!

I’m going to spend an entire year investigating prisons in America. I’ll show you how U.S. prison practices are being exported to the rest of the world and dissect the systems that lead so many to be locked up in this country.

The Prison Problem by Shane Bauer — Beacon

This is going to be amazing, and important, I strongly recommend that you consider supporting Shane.

Day One @ Percolate also links out to other documents, including our fairly robust internal wiki, a vocabulary of terms frequently used inside the company, a longer document on our mission and vision, and our very down-to-earth employee manual. It’s a living document – people will make comments, ask questions and Noah, our CEO, will actually follow up pretty quickly to update the doc.

Noah borrowed this practice of extensive documentation from his time at The Barbarian Group, where his manager had done something similar. It might be a lot of work to write (and read) so much content, but it’s incredibly helpful for providing context and setting expectations.

Onboarding at Percolate | The Percolate Content Marketing Blog

Reading this made me wistful. When I start thinking about all the little ways The Barbarian Group impacted people’s lives and work styles, I get a little teared up.

Percolate’s taken onboarding much further, though. Got things done I was still only dreaming of. A great article.

zbzb:

BUTLER 2014
Pictured: Rick Webb

That was a good day. 

zbzb:

BUTLER 2014

Pictured: Rick Webb

That was a good day. 

Even if I WERE endowed with some genius insight or idea where I felt the world absolutely needed it and to not bring it to fruition would be somehow immoral, I believe the right and moral thing to do would be to work towards getting that to happen, and put younger, more in need, equally talented people in charge of it. Getting it off the ground, so to speak. I see no moral imperative that *I* need to be the one to do it, and important ideas suffer no difficulty attracting talented people to execute them. It’s hubris and ego to think that I, myself, would be vitally important after the idea came into existence (again, being generous to myself and assuming that somehow I was the only one to ever think of this idea — that does not happen).

Trickle-Up Economics — Rick Webb — Medium

Wrote this today. It was kind of cathartic.

Okay this is a lovely service and all but honestly can’t you just redirect me to smile.amazon.com? How hard is that?

Okay this is a lovely service and all but honestly can’t you just redirect me to smile.amazon.com? How hard is that?

pitchfork:

Sixty-one-year-old French disco great Cerrone's horn-laden remix of Haim's “If I Could Change Your Mind” is a Best New Track.

I’ve had a google alert for Cerrone for nearly a year and literally NOTHING has come up until this. Very exciting. 

Got up at 5:30 in the morning, still tipsy from the night before, and managed to get four tickets no problem. I can’t believe all 22 shows sold out so fast.

Actually, I can’t believe this is happening at all. I’ve waited 20 years for this. More probably. I remember she announced tours for both The Sensual World and The Red Shoes and they never materialized.

This is so good. 

This is so good. 

jenndlv:

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I sort of want to write something about this…

I’ve always loved that feeling. Or just looking up, in complete emotional awe, and finding yourself on a subway or plane where everyone is just going on with their lives. 
There needs to be a good German word for it. 

jenndlv:

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Posted by Allfunnyimages

I sort of want to write something about this…

I’ve always loved that feeling. Or just looking up, in complete emotional awe, and finding yourself on a subway or plane where everyone is just going on with their lives. 

There needs to be a good German word for it. 

newsweek:

This is how many square feet you can buy with $1m in the biggest U.S. cities. - Business Insider

This would be more useful if it was “Manhattan” and not “New York” Boston and SF are both small cities with large metro areas - Cambridge, Somerville, Oakland, etc. are all not included. This is comparing apples and oranges. Reports put Manhattan at 600 - 100 sq ft. 

That said, I am moving to Memphis. 

newsweek:

This is how many square feet you can buy with $1m in the biggest U.S. cities. - Business Insider

This would be more useful if it was “Manhattan” and not “New York” Boston and SF are both small cities with large metro areas - Cambridge, Somerville, Oakland, etc. are all not included. This is comparing apples and oranges. Reports put Manhattan at 600 - 100 sq ft. 

That said, I am moving to Memphis. 

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