Hi. I'm Rick. I write, advise, and invest.
…the proper course is not to bend and twist the Act’s terms in an effort to produce a just outcome, but to apply the law as it stands and leave to Congress the task of deciding whether the Copyright Act needs an upgrade. I conclude, as the Court concluded in Sony: “It may well be that Congress will take a fresh look at this new technology, just as it so often has examined other innovations in the past. But it is not our job to apply laws that have not yet been written. Applying the copyright statute, as it now reads, to the facts as they have been developed in this case, the judgment of the Court of Ap- peals must be [affirmed].”
I respectfully dissent.
—SCOTUS Aereo dissent closing.
One can sing a song to his family, whether he sings the same song one-on-one or in front of all together. Similarly, one’s colleagues may watch a performance of a particular play—say, this season’s modern-dress version of “Measure for Measure”—whether they do so at separate or at the same showings.
—This is where the Aereo finding gets a little weak. It seems a pretty dodgy leap of logic to say that someone who said “I sung a song to my family” could ever be assumed to mean “I sang a song to each member of my family individually.”
I’m excited to say today that I’ve taken a role on the leadership team at Percolate, as VP of People operations. I’ve been friends with Noah and James forever. Noah was a Barbarian back in the day, and established the planning department there. When he left to form Percolate with James in late 2010, I was one of their first investors. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of helping and watching Percolate grow from one little email product to the amazing company it is today - over 120 employees, an amazing roster of Fortune 500 clients, and a fresh round of $24 million sitting in the bank from Sequoia, WPP and others. Back when I first started investing, I always envisioned that eventually some portfolio company would take off at breakneck speed and I could jump in and help for a while, and today that is coming to fruition.
Percolate, by the way, is awesome. What is it? It’s a marketing software company. It builds products to help you manage your marketing. “Like Hootsuite?” you might ask? Well, it handles social monitoring, yes, but that is just part of it. It also handles content calendaring. Asset management. Approvals and workflows. Managing fan generated content. Content creation, from writing briefs to commissioning content. It makes working with your agency easier from planning to paid media. It makes it easier to create tons of content at the breakneck pace that brands must operate these days. It will even help you figure out what to write about.
The Percolate gang has written extensively about their workplace culture. I’m proud to say that some of that was inspired by what we created at The Barbarian Group, but they have taken it further, and I’m psyched to help them build a great culture, grow it, and sustain it. It’s going to be a good time.
I’ve got a lot going on - the book is finished and I’ll be announcing its release soon and I am still working with the Quotidian gang - but that is news for another day. In the meantime I’ll be here at Percolate every day, working on people and culture.
Also, they are totally hiring. Lots. And not just in New York - also SF, Chicago and London. You should totally drop a line about that.
The company has built a custom HTML5 Canvas-based advertising framework from scratch that is able to replicate any and all animations that can be done in Flash, as well as tapping into the native device functionalities of smartphones and tablets. The Makegood recently spoke with Cromer about the launch of the HTML5 ad-building platform.
I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Super excited.
The bear is the pilot? I love this movie
Man watches Star Wars for the first time and blogs it.
My time with C# and Azure showed me the sharp edges in Objective-C that I wasn’t fully aware of before. It’s not that Objective-C is a bad language (it’s pretty great), but it’s also built on a foundation that makes things that should be simple not so simple.
Even the developer tools were lacking. The iOS publishing and beta experience has been laughably bad for years, especially compared to what Google offers Android developers.
And then in two hours, Apple shut me up. They pretty much offered a solution for every single thing I have bitched about over the past five years. Extensions, CloudKit, a new iTunes Connect. And Swift, an entirely new programming language that will likely power the future of iOS and OS X development for years to come.
I came into this years WWDC fairly mellow to what would or wouldn’t be announced. There wasn’t any anticipation or excitement the night before. Just a standard amount of curiousity. After the Keynote, I can’t remember being that excited since the announcement of the original iPhone. They blew the roof of Moscone.