Zane Shannon

Entrepreneurial creator obsessed with hospitality. Former indy software developer; Duke CS; New Orleanian.

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Please do stop, AT&T

“We can’t go out and invest that kind of money deploying fiber to 100 cities not knowing under what rules those investments will be governed,” Stephenson said, according to a report from Reuters

Please stop investing, AT&T. I’m already looking forward to your competitors, both now known and now unknown, beating your market penetration and running you out of business.

It’s super funny to me that the folks in charge at AT&T are plotting out an end game scenario where the market to supply internet decamps to Mexico and now AT&T’s going to enjoy first-mover advantage.

Hopefully, the folks in charge at the FCC will calculate correctly that AT&T’s resolution to discontinue their investment in US internet infrastructure will create a massive vacuum sucking untold numbers of new participants into a market long held back by heinously lazy incumbents like AT&T (including Comcast, Verizon, et

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You Only Have to Be Wrong Once

My friend in advertising loves to remind me that a company like Mercedes must advertise to a potential customer constantly from the moment they’re born just to earn the chance to sell them a car.

Most people will see ~40 years of Mercedes advertisements before they consider and are able to buy a Mercedes.

Building, building, building.

In basketball you have to shoot 50pct. If you make an extra 10 shots per hundred, you are an All-Star. In baseball you have to get a hit 30 pct of the time. If you get an extra 10 hits per hundred at bats, you are on the cover of every magazine, lead off every SportsCenter and make the Hall of Fame.

In Business, the odds are a little different. You don’t have to break the Mendoza line (hitting .200). In fact, it doesn’t matter how many times you strike out. In business, to be a success, you only have to be right once.
Mark Cuban, You Only Have to Be

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I Know Too Much to Stay Quiet

I know good writing from bad. Knowing that (and knowing that) has kept me from pushing these keys for years.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams

I know knowing which ones to keep keeps me from writing. Which is to say, if I never have to decide, I can never be wrong. I’m prone to that, and I’m ashamed of it.

But I’ve been reading. A lot. I’ve been voraciously consuming written material online for so long I can remember arguing with my Middle School English Teachers about alternate measures for satisfying the book-pages reading requirement.

Not as many books as I’d like, and not enough material from authors draped in laurels, but this Internaut reads.

I read about 300 tweets each day. Every tweet that enters my stream enters my consciousness. Then, there’s all the Hacker News posts, and too much of the truly crappy ESPN

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