Dan's List

Dan Taylor
Dan Taylor
Dan's List

While Ben is away getting some much needed time-off, there's one lunatic running the asylum. And failing, but succeeding.

While Ben was away in Spain last week, I knew "the list" would fall into my lap, and I turned my attention to what my attention was turned to. What I found was that much of it wasn't really "business" focused at all.

At least not directly.

Which made me think that I was failing. At least at the "business" part.

And while this may be true by some measurements, I came to realize that my "business" is the business of creation. Of storytelling. Of drawing from a wide range of resources so that I CAN and AM armed with a wide range of knowledge.

Whether that's to carry on an intelligent conversation, craft an intro to a newsletter, or simply know my fucking history, it all adds up.

With a clear and present danger of ignorance on full display last week, the Persona Universale is, and should be, the most sought after "business" skill of them all.

And that, has made all the difference.


Book

From basement project to most sought after cycle in the world in less than a decade. This inspiring chronicle of Cervélo outlines the cultivation of the unique culture of the brand, as well as the daring and innovative engineering that's set them apart from their competitors.

Cervélo history book - Vroomen and White story - Cervélo Cycles
A book about two entrepreneurs, Gerard Vroomen and Phil White, who took their company, Cervélo Cycles, from a school basement project to their bikes winning in the Tour de France, the Olympics and Ironman. TO MAKE RIDERS FASTER is a 256-page hardcover book with the story woven through the words, pic…

Entrepreneurship

Robin called it last week.

Uber and Airbnb were created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Do with that what you will.

Why Right Now Is the Best Time Ever to Start a Business
Macro-economic uncertainty is creating opportunities entrepreneurs have not seen in decades. Seize this extraordinary moment.

Branding

Life. A bit less fucking seriously.

Prediction: Nicolas Cage is poised for a John Travolta-circa-Pulp Fiction renaissance.

Because sometimes taking your brand LESS seriously can be the path to success.

History of Swear Words | Netflix Official Site
Nicolas Cage hosts this proudly profane, funny and engagingly educational series about the history and impact of the most notorious English swear words.

Advertising

Saving the world with Snoop and the story behind it.

It's a proven fact, humor works. And saving the planet is no laughing matter.

Behind the Idea: Snoop Dogg saves the planet – With SodaStream Global CMO Karin Schifter
So here we are: Christmas is over, the new year is all ahead of us, and the road is still long to make another positive year for sustainability - but we might be on the right track. 2020 was an interesting year for the planet in many ways, and brands...

Content

Plan it or lose it

If you're still scrambling for content on a weekly basis ... clicky clicky.

11 Social Media Calendars, Tools, & Templates to Plan Your Content
If you have campaigns across many channels, organizing can be hard, but these social media calendars and other tools can improve your process.

Comms

All your data are belong to us

Later on Thursday, Facebook issued a statement saying that there would be no changes in the "European region" - which covers the EU, EEA, and post-Brexit UK.

And if you believe that one, there's this company called Cambridge Analytica I'd like to introduce you to.

Signal. #justsayin'

WhatsApp and Facebook to share users’ data outside Europe and UK
Users in Europe and the UK must accept new terms to use the service, but will not see data rule changes.

Twitter

Sit the fuck down and shut up.

Well, we saw what it finally takes to get the fat man banned forever. Encouraging a violent insurrection by domestic terrorists. Great.

Here, Corey sums up EVERYTHING that I've been thinking for the past 4 years.


Music

It's about time

"A record label markets music and distributes royalties for the artists that it’s signed based on records sold, downloaded and streamed. But unless the company also a publisher it won’t provide a full service for songwriters."

London's own Henry Marsden wants to change that.

On Song—How Technology Can Help Composers To Get Their Just Deserts
British MPs have been investigating streaming payments but there are other ways that musicians can enhance their earnings. Trevor Clawson talks to two entrepreneurs who see data as the key to higher royalty payments

Podcast

It's a podcast. About a startup podcast media company.

That was eventually acquired by Spotify. To the tune of $230M. ... un huh.

Listen and learn.

StartUp | Gimlet
A show about what it’s really like to start a business

Hat tip: Nick Stevens. This man knows his shit.


Art

"Your art is only as good as who says it's good." - Dan Taylor

Masterpiece? Child's doodle? Art is in the eye of the beholder. And when the beholders are art critics ... well ...


Tool

Cut it out

Do you know YOUR carbon footprint? I didn't either. It's 2021. Time to get with the program.

WWF Footprint Calculator
The planet is in crisis - from climate change to the pollution in our oceans and devastation of our forests. It’s up to all of us to fix it. Take your first step with our environmental footprint calculator.


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