TEDx Talk about how to sound smart in your TEDx Talk

If you only have a couple min to spare today it will be time will spent by watching this brilliant TEDx Talk from TEDxNewYork titled “How to sound smart in a TEDx Talk” by Will Stephen.  It will be well worth the 5 min and 55 seconds it takes you to watch it.

Hat Tip: Andrew Hyde

“Uncommon Stock: Power Play” by Eliot Peper

Finally got around to putting some real thoughts into the book I read a while back called “Uncommon Stock: Power Play” by Eliot Peper.  I actually got and read this book right around the time it was published back in November/December but things started to pick up at my old job and I never got a chance to put the rest of my thoughts in writing about the book.

The book is very captivating as it is about a Startup company that gets caught up in a money laundering scheme.  One of the great things I like about this book is that it discusses real issues that I have heard founders face in Startups today, which is then mixed into the suspense of the characters lives.

Eliot’s style of writing is very engaging and hard to put down.  However, if you do have to HAVE to put it down because a child is crying or children or fighting it isn’t hard to pick right back up where you left off.


Overall, it is a great book and I would suggest picking it up from FG Press since at only $4.95 for a digital version it is a steal.  Then why you are there you might as well pick up the Uncommon Stock book in the series titled “Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0” as it only costs under five dollars as well.

Finally, Eliot is planning on publishing another books in this series this year titled Uncommon Stock: Exit Strategy, which I can’t wait to read.  To make sure you don’t miss out and are in the know on his upcoming book you should probably following him on twitter (@EliotPeper) and subscribe to his newsletter from his website (http://www.eliotpeper.com/).

Thoughts on Medium

For the last couple of months I have been more interested in Medium as some of the writers/bloggers I follow have been cross posting to there.  It is actually a very interesting platform as it seems to attract people who want to write longer articles and don’t really have a personal site to do so.  Also, since it is a place that houses a collection of public writings from various people on various topics it allows people who don’t get their writing exposed to the masses a better shot of getting more exposure.


However, with yesterday’s post by Founder Ev Williams titled “A Less Long, More Connected Medium” it starts to make you wonder what new audiences this will draw to the platform.  Before you didn’t see many people post short posts on Medium as there wasn’t that Feed as you would find on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr.  However, talking more specifically about Tumblr it seems as though that might be the targeted audience as you can continue to write longer posts/writings that people are more accustom to in Medium.

As I was thinking more and more about shift in new features I was reminded of an article that Hunter Walk wrote a couple of years back titled “Ev Williams’ Medium is Blogging for the 9%.”  In there he talked about the internet rule of 1%-9%-90% and equated to WordPress, Medium, and Tumbler respectively.  As I do believe that is still true I am wondering how much of a shift will happen with the new Feeds and Shorter posts that may or may not start occur on Medium going forward.

Time will tell and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.  I wonder if by allowing shorter posts will lead to less fully original content (as Hunter Walk attributed to Tumbler in his article) on Medium and create more noise on the platform than before.  In fact it might make it harder to find the rich stories/articles that were once easier to stumble upon.

What are your thoughts on the change to Medium?

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