John Cutler: A Map from Goals, Around Assumptions, Through Tasks, Towards Results. One of the central roles of a product manager is to drive shared understanding. With shared understanding, a team is more effective, resilient, and creative. Alignment without shared understanding is temporary and short-lived. (more)

Brain Fart Of The Day: I'd like to see more experimentation/design of new Disputation Arena-s. (more)

Contra Jeff Bezos' dream of returning to the Glorious Bundle of the Newspaper, I think we need to unbundle Journalism itself. (more)

Journalism written with Objectivity: is such a thing possible? (more)

Thinking Tools for generating change through a Design Framing (more)

Past and present reads. See esp. Greatest Books (more)

Tim O'Reilly: The fundamental problem with Silicon Valley’s favorite growth strategy. Most monopolies or duopolies develop over time, and have been considered dangerous to competitive markets; now they are sought after from the start and are the holy grail for investors. (Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh’s new book Blitzscaling.) (more) is a 12 month program designed to fund and support founders on a path to profitability. We believe deeply that there are hundreds, even thousands, of businesses that could be thriving, at scale, if they focused on revenue growth over raising another round of funding. On average, the companies we've backed have increased revenues over 100% in the first 12 months of the program and around 300% after 24 months post-investment. We aim to be the last investment our founders NEED to take. We call this Permissionless Entrepreneurship. (StartUp)

Pacifica launches a new online therapy service that integrates with its self-help app. Pacifica’s self-help app was created to make cognitive behavioral therapy exercises accessible to more people. Now the startup is launching a Therapist Directory for users who want to take the next step. The service allows them to find a provider, attend consultations online using Pacifica’s platform and complete exercises as part of their treatment. (more)

2017: FDA permits marketing of mobile medical application for substance use disorder (by Pear Therapeutics) (more)

Digital therapeutics, a subset of digital health (e-health), is a health discipline and treatment option that utilizes a digital and often online health technologies to treat a medical or psychological condition.[1][2][3][4] The treatment relies on behavioral and lifestyle changes usually spurred by a collection of digital impetuses.[5][6] Because of the digital nature of the methodology, data can be collected and analyzed as both a progress report and a preventative measure.[7][8][9][10][11][12] Treatments are being developed for the prevention and management of a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including type II diabetes, congestive heart failure, obesity, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, asthma, substance abuse, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and several others.[1][13][14][15] Digital therapeutics often employ strategies rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy.

7wireVentures Closes $100M Early-Stage Connected Consumer Health Fund With New Coalition of Top U.S. Health Plans and Health Systems. 7wireVentures was founded by Managing Partners Glen Tullman (Livongo) and Lee Shapiro, well-known entrepreneurs who have worked together for more than 25 years across more than 20 companies and investments. (digital therapeutics) (more)

Alan Levine: Annotating As Augmenting? Coming to a Web Near You. Gardner Campbell is collaborating with the Douglas Engelbart Institute to lead a networked, collaborative close reading of the original Augmenting Human Intellect paper starting at a date to be announced soon in January 2019. He reached out to me to help brainstorm and build the web site (the former is the real gem in this project, our tangential conversations). (more)

Reality distortion field is a term first used by Bud Tribble at Apple Computer in 1981, to describe company co-founder Steve Jobs's charisma and its effects on the developers working on the Macintosh project.[1] Tribble said that the term came from Star Trek,[1] where in the Menagerie episode, it was used to describe how the aliens created their own new world through mental force. In chapter three of Steve Jobs, biographer Walter Isaacson states that around 1972, while Jobs was attending Reed College, Robert Friedland "taught Steve the reality distortion field." The reality distortion field was said by Andy Hertzfeld to be Steve Jobs's ability to convince himself and others to believe almost anything with a mix of charm, charisma, bravado, hyperbole, marketing, appeasement and persistence.

Post-Authentic Happiness Framing by Martin Seligman. He says the title, Authentic Happiness, was forced on him by his publisher. “I actually detest the word happiness, which is so overused that it has become almost meaningless”. He now believes that “WellBeing”, not happiness, should be the central focus of positive psychology. In terms of well-being theory, the goal of Positive Psychology is to increase the amount of flourishing in your own life and in the lives of others. And Flourishing’s five elements (using the acronym, PERMA) are (1) Positive Emotion (2) Engagement (3) Meaning (4) Accomplishment, and (5) Positive Relationship-s. (more)

Fred Wilson: The Free And Open Internet. The mainstream publications, like Washington Post, have ceded their role as the public square to places like Twitter and Medium that remain open and free. (more)

The Inventor of the Hololens Just Left Apple. AR/VR pioneer and Hololens co-inventor Avi Bar-Zeev left Apple last month, Variety has learned. Bar-Zeev had been working on Apple’s augmented reality headset, which the company has been developing in secret for a possible 2020 launch. (more)

This is the publicly-readable WikiLog Thinking Space (est 2002) of Bill Seitz (a Product Manager and CTO) (also a Wiki-Junkie). (more)


This is the publicly-readable WikiLog Thinking Space (est 2002) of Bill Seitz (a Product Manager and CTO) (also a Wiki-Junkie).

My Calling: to accelerate Evolution by increasing Freedom, Agency, and Leverage of Free Agents and smaller groups (SmallWorld) via D And D of Thinking Tools (software and Games To Play).

See Intro Page for space-related goals, status, etc.; or Wiki Node for more terse summary info.

Beware the War On The Net!


Seeking: CTO/Chief Product Officer-type position in funded organization with entrepreneurial culture, in Chicago area. My value: accelerating business-changing product development.


My Coding for fun.