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Hi! I’m Alistair. I write surprisingly useful books, run unexpectedly interesting events, & build things humans need for the future.

Tag: attention economy

  • Twitter’s attention tax

    TL;DR: If you can convince millions of people to test which topics are interesting on a platform you control, you can tax those topics when they become popular. Welcome to Twitter’s real business model. If I tell you that I’m going to build the next Facebook, your skepticism isn’t around whether I can assemble a […]

  • Most enterprise innovation problems are attention problems

    In 1882, things were pretty simple. If you made a good product, you won. This is before the era of broadcast media, mass production, and even what we think of as advertising today. That year, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can […]