Today’s Work Week is inspired by Frank Herbert:
Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
| Frank Herbert, Dune
I confess that I am searching for the logic behind the various stories below, which is not obvious in all cases.
Citrix to acquire Wrike | I was notified by Wrike marketing that the rumors about an acquisition by Citrix are true. From the press release:
Citrix Systems, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wrike, a rapidly growing, recognized leader in the SaaS collaborative work management space, for $2.25 …
I took some time off over the holidays and I am astonished by how much has been going on in work technology, both on the innovation and the execution side of things.
Execution pays your salary. Innovation pays your pension.
| Steve Blank
Great quote, although we may have to substitute ‘pays your pension’ with something more 21st century, like ‘pays your mortgage’, since pensions are pretty iffy these days.
Hopin buys livestreaming startup StreamYard for $250M as it looks to expand its product lineup | Alex Wilhelm reports on Hopin acquiring livestreaming platform StreamYard to make it a better-integrated default streaming option for the virtual events…
Beacon NY 2021–01–13 | I am experimenting with a shift in my writing: more frequent, but shorter, and focused on a single thread.
My focus today is how learning strategies can counter fragility and make us more resilient.
In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
| Eric Hoffer
Beyond resilience: Toward ‘antifragile’ urbanism | Michael Mehaffy is nominally writing about urbanism, but his points have greater impact than that:
Key to this antifragility is the ability to fail in small doses, and to use that failure to “gain from disorder” over time — paradoxically producing a greater order. Muscles get very small tears and strains, resulting in strengthening; a few cells get infections and die, but not before sending out markers that identify the invaders to many other cells. So keeping things “small enough to fail” (as opposed to “too big to fail”) is key. So is the ability to transmit lessons from these small failures, so that the structure can develop new strengths. …
A great deal of my work is about writing, which falls into two sorts:
The workflow involved with these two sorts of writing are quite distinct. The former is an outgrowth of the Notion journaling I do on a nearly daily basis, a process I described at some length in Working in Notion | Part 1. The longer-format and more deeply researched reports are part of a quite different process.
In this post, I will outline how I am using Notion to create and manage posts like this one integrated with my daily journaling. I recommend that readers might want to revisit the Part 1 post, especially if they aren’t familiar with Notion. …
Beacon NY 2021–01–07 | 2021–01–06 will be remembered a long time.
They who sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.
| Hosea 8:7
Amazon Pledging More Than $2 Billion for Affordable Housing in Three Hub Cities | Nicole Friedman reports on investments by Amazon to support housing through low-cost loans and grants. Another example of giant internet players filling institutional gaps you’d expect to have been filled by governments or other institutions:
Amazon.com Inc. said it would commit more than $2 billion to create and preserve affordable housing in three of its employment hubs, the latest tech giant to make a large investment in easing the U.S. …