Weekly Roundup: 5 Dec 2014

The world keeps moving faster and faster. It’s increasingly hard to filter out the most important 'signals from the noise' with the time we have available. Below is a summary of the most interesting and relevant topics that have passed through my signal filter in the past week. Take a look, and don’t forget to sign up for my weekly newsletter.

So often the technology debate sits at two extremes - everything is changing, or nothing is. The reality is a lot more nuanced. Jeremy Heiman and Henry Timms make a great case for viewing current technology as a shift from old power to new in this fantastic HBR article, mapping the shift across a participation scale and new power framework. 

Marc Andreessen, king of the tweet storm, provides clarification on disruptive innovation, a concept many people fail to properly understand. Big hint - disruption doesn't mean destruction, and it's entirely pro-consumer and pro-shrinking inequality.

While Facebook is more often than not thought of as the king of social sharing, a new report by Radium One shows that 69% of sharing occurs on 'Dark Social', or tools like email and instant messenger. Check it out for some interesting tactics on getting around tracking issues.

Speaking of social, Tumblr just overtook Instagram as the fastest growing social platform, while Snapchat is the fastest growing app.

Want to build a $100 million dollar business with technology? There are really only five ways, and they involve hunting very specific types of animal...

Time release their 25 Best Inventions of 2014. I can't wait to see the YouTube videos of uncoordinated man-children stacking on their Hoverboards. 

Bloomberg release their Billionaire List, ranking the world's richest people. Some nice tools to segment, profile and visualise the data.

Speaking of data visualization, Medium create an open source tool to quickly make any data look pretty. Great to see an organizations sharing their IP, and allowing anyone to build on it.

I wrote a post on the Eisenhower Matrix, a very simple framework to help distinguish between urgent and important decisions. Check it out, and add it to your lattice of models.