how does a six-minute video on wealth inequality go viral?

How did a six-plus minute video on wealth inequality get to be a viral hit with over 4 million views? Marketplace’s Krissy Clark does the leg work to figure it out. Basically, a “red state designer” creates the video on his own time based on a study from some Duke marketing professors and George Takei of Star Trek fame, publishes it to his massively huge Facebook account (3.6 million likes).

After that, the video was picked up by Upworthy and Mashable and a wonky viral hit is born.

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Overcast on Vimeo

Overcast from James Lancett on Vimeo.

Overcast via Vimeo.

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Dispatch: Discuss and organize your work with your team.

Better than email. Better than meetings.

Dispatch helps teams discuss and organize their work, including the things they have in Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, and Box.

via Dispatch: Discuss and organize your work with your team..

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evernote for business

Evernote has a new business tool that allows users to keep personal and professional, shareable and searchable notebooks for all business needs, ranging from HR Documents to project planning. It’s Evernote’s take on Sharepoint or Box.

Evernote Business | Evernote.

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front-end engineer on building the obama campaign fundraising machine

Meet the Obama campaign’s $250 million fundraising platform.

Kyle Bush discusses building the Obama campaign’s online fundraising platform on top of Blue State Digital’s existing platform. After the building the platform the Obama team performed 240 a/b tests to perfect it. The difference between the original form (which is pretty standard industry fare) and the optimized form is above. And the difference is striking.

Also, if someone in your organization asks, “Why can’t we do that?” Pat of the answer is that the Obama Campaign employed 14 front-end engineers, with six dedicated to online fundraising.


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the coop toy line (concept)

The Coop Toy Line. Concept design by Federico Rios.

The coop would go from trike, to scooter, to bike, growing with the child and all parts could be sent back to the manufacturer for reclamation after the child has outgrown them.
(Found on Yanko Design)

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What CEOs Need to Know About Pinterest

What do CEOs need to know about Pinterest? The answer is, “nothing, really.” But this is a nice cheat sheet for anyone starting up a Pinterest account for their brand.

What CEOs Need to Know About Pinterest [Infographic] – SocialTimes.

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behind the scenes photos of mad man

James Minchin’s behind-the-scenes photos of Mad Men | The Fox Is Black.

These photos, have been circulating on the internet for awhile, they were originally shot for Rolling Stone. But I stumbled across them again through the really excellent The Fox is Black. They do a wonderful job  demonstrating how the modern world and precise curation of the past interact on the set. Be sure to hit photographer James Minchin’s site to get the full collection.

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Design Jumps the Shark: Apple Opts Out of Green Standards

Apple asks to be removed from EPEAT green computer listings, because they don’t conform with their design direction. This is design thinking run amok. Apple should be designing the best all around products and environmental sustainability should be a key part of their thinking, not an after thought that doesn’t “fit into their design direction.” Apple and Jonathan Ive are better than this — much better.

“They said their design direction was no longer consistent with the EPEAT requirements,” Frisbee said. The company did not elaborate, Frisbee said. “They were important supporters and we are disappointed that they don’t want their products measured by this standard anymore.” …

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment, but referred to Apple’s website which contains reports on the environmental impact of its products. Apple offers several recycling programs through its stores and website.

One of Apple’s newest products, the MacBook Pro with a high-resolution “Retina” display, was nearly impossible to fully disassemble, said Kyle Wiens, co-founder of, a website that provides directions for users to repair their own machines. The battery was glued to the case, and the glass display was glued to its back. The product, released just a month ago, had not been submitted for EPEAT certification, according to the organization.

Frisbee said that the structure of that laptop would have made it ineligible for certification. “If the battery is glued to the case it means you can’t recycle the case and you can’t recycle the battery,” Frisbee said.

Apple was putting design first in an effort to make products smaller and have batteries last longer, said Shaw Wu an analyst at Sterne Agee. “They are not trying to purposely make it hard to open, they are just trying to pack as much as they can into a small space–it’s a design decision,” Wu said.

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Four (More) Reasons America Still Kicks Ass

The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, which is kind of a bummer, because if you’re not taking the whole week off — or at least half the week — it doesn’t feel much like a holiday. But it is a holiday, so let’s celebrate the independence of our nation by blowing up a small part of it!

Here are four (more) reasons to light the fireworks this year:

One: The black guy versus the Mormon.
Only in America would you have two candidates who are so part of “the other” running for president. No matter what happens in November, we’ll have a president that is very different than the majority of the country and it feels like that just isn’t a big deal anymore. Look across the rest of the world and every country votes in what they know. Here in the USA we’ve turned a corner.

Two: Our awesome cuisine.
Sure, we’ve gotten soft over the years and we could all afford to lose a few pounds. But how could you not get a little round with all of this awesome food around? From locavores to paleos and everything in between, America has an awesome food culture. Where I live, I can eat at a diner that regionally sources all of its food, get an authentic kobeeda kabob with a bread cooked in a traditional brick oven pit thing and check out a vegetarian fried chicken.

And that doesn’t even account for all of the resources we have for learning to cook and making your own food. If you love to eat, America is the place to be.

Three: Baseball!
Maybe it’s because I live in the DC-metro area, where we’re enthralled by the seemingly-out-of-nowhere ascendency of the Nationals and the up-from-the-ashes Baltimore Orioles, but I feel like baseball is back. This is the closest thing to a sport America can claim as its own — something we invented nearly out of whole cloth (sorry tackle football, you’re a bastardization of Rugby) and its great to see it coming back from the steroids controversy and the resulting congressional follies and lawsuits.

Four: Our unwavering creative spirit.
Yeah, the economy’s not great. We’re finally pulling ourselves out of a recess-depression only to have a potential European collapse bring us down again, but by and large Americans aren’t getting down. Instead, we’re creating things — from Pinterest, to Spanx, to Kickstarter — we’re finding ways to solve problems, do what we love, and make a little bank. And with the power of the Internets, we’re creating more and more just for kicks. You don’t need a studio to be an artist anymore, you just need a laptop and an internet connection.

I don’t worry about America, because our creative spirit will never let us down. A bad economy, a government that doesn’t work anymore and a seemingly impossible and ever-growing political divide be damned — no matter what differences we have, our desire to build something new will always win out.

(Photo: America, by Thomas Hawk. Used under a Creative Commons license.)

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