D.L. Damore

Aug 212017
 

A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her to Work by 7 A.M.

“California job growth has slowed considerably over the past year, in part because high housing costs have made it harder for employers to fill jobs.”

“About 50,000 commuters leave San Joaquin County each day for jobs in the Bay Area, a figure that has rebounded to its pre-recession peak, according to Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. And that has given Stockton one of the nation’s highest concentrations of “extreme commuters” who travel 90 or more minutes to work.”

“Long commutes are, of course, not unique to Northern California. The number of commuters who travel 90 or more minutes to work is almost 3 percent nationwide.”

“the phenomenon is even more evident in the Bay Area, where the numbers rose to nearly 5 percent from 3 percent in just three years, according to an analysis of census data by the Brookings Institution.”

“In Stockton, 8 percent of commuters travel 90 minutes or more.”

“Facing the day ahead, she was mindful that she still had a three-hour reverse commute that would deliver her home 12 hours later.”

*More people than I thought have what I’d deem extreme commutes. This was a good article that gave details on one woman’s commute.

Jul 302017
 

UpCodes makes researching building regulations less exhausting for architects | TechCrunch:

“Firms that can afford it hire building code consultants, but a startup called UpCodes wants to make code compliance easier for all builders.”

*What if I’m just a homeowner and want to know what I can do to my property? A tall privacy fence is no longer an option because local codes have changed. 

Jul 302017
 

What If your only options were Amazon, Walmart and Third Wave stores? – WayfinD:

“Third Wave retailers take the best of mom & pop shops and mass retailers to create an experience that is emotional, meaningful and provides a social ethos. It’s a combination of local service and product knowledge coupled with innovation, co-creation and a significant brand expression. It’s where quality reigns over price and customers feel an emotional connection to the brand within a physical or online space.”

*Something to think about. Especially as it seems Amazon is really growing across many retail categories. Walmart is huge but Amazon is growing rapidly.

Jul 292017
 

Gone in a Flash – M.G. Siegler – Mediumhttps://medium.com/@mgsiegler/gone-in-a-flash-1c16a951007a
“This is undoubtedly a big part of what led to Steve Jobs’ famous “Thoughts on Flash” in 2010, in which he swiftly ripped apart the technology (and Adobe), while explaining why Apple wasn’t going to allow it in the iPhone. Performance. Security. Battery life. Touch. Tools.”
“in May, Google brought AlphaGo to China, where it defeated the world’s top-ranked player, Ke Jie of China. Live video coverage of the event was blocked at the last minute in China.”
“As a sort of Sputnik moment for China, the professors said, the event paved the way for a new flow of funds into the discipline.”

Select quotes from a recent post by MG.

Jul 262017
 

Haven’t Updated Your Estate Plan in a While? It’s time. – WSJ:

 

“‘It’s never a good idea to leave the fate of your heirs to luck,’”

 

*Make a plan, review and revise it on an annual basis.

Apr 282017
 

“… a fifty-year trend in this country toward less engagement by US citizens in their communities.”

What will be the inflection point where this trend reverses? Could an idea based off Meetup and other social sites enable people to gather around a do the work the community needs?

Community? Call to action. What needs to be done? Define the people impacted positively and who is able to help with skills, talent, time and money. The site could bring people together and help community leaders rally people in and around their communities.

Jan 312017
 

LibreTaxi – free and open source Uber/Lyft alternative.:

“LibreTaxi

Free and open source alternative to Uber/Lyft connecting passengers and drivers.”

 

*This is going to be hard. 

Jan 312017
 

A 24-year-old made $345,000 by beating Kickstarters to market:

“You can talk to economists that are 60-years-old and they’ll tell you, ‘Oh, yeah, if you open up a business you should aim to be profitable within 18 months,” says Jack. ‘None of that is relevant anymore. You can be profitable within four days.”

*The Internet enables ideas and dreams to take hold. Competition, no holds barred, can come from anywhere.

Jan 312017
 

The Upstarts Audiobook | Brad Stone | Audible.com:

“The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

Written by: Brad Stone

Narrated by: Dean Temple

Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins 

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date:01-31-17

Publisher: Hachette Audio”

*Looking forward to listening to this book.

Jan 312017
 

Uber Partners With Daimler in a Step Toward a Driverless Future – The New York Times:

“The ride-hailing company announced on Tuesday a partnership with Daimler, under which the German automaker plans to build autonomous vehicles that will operate on Uber’s transportation network.

The move marks the first time a major automaker will provide its own self-driving vehicles — built entirely in-house and without Uber’s help — specifically to operate on the ride-hailing company’s network.”

*Autonomous cars are coming.