Splendid Sundays Volume 170Sunday, February 22, 2015
A handful of splendid finds from around the worldwide web:
How design thinking transformed Airbnb from a failing startup to a billion dollar business. "The team initially believed that everything they did had to be ‘scalable.’ It was only when they gave themselves permission to experiment with non-scalable changes to the business that they climbed out of what they called the ‘trough of sorrow.’" [First Round Review]
Thirteen hours inside Pharrell Williams's relentless pop-culture machine. Last year, Pharrell Williams was "responsible for 43 percent of songs played on the radio in a single month . . . he is kind of a musical McKinsey consultant for other artists. You come to him when you need a hit, and he'll guide you toward it " [GQ]
Designers see a new window for Oscar exposure during the after hours. "As soon as the Academy Awards ceremony is over . . . the fashion world gets a second chance at brand exposure — at the after parties." [The Wall Street Journal]
Two huge advancements in the fight against cancer: a breathalyzer that detects lung cancer [American Institute of Physics] and a cancer-detecting bra that works "better than a mammogram." [Gigaom]
Noteworthy from The Splendid Collective:
The 2015 UK Wedding Study from Splendid Insights is now available for download, along with the Premium and Luxury wedding budget reports.
Currently reading: On Immunity from A Year of Books.
Quotable: "I want to be around people who do things. I don't want to be around people anymore who judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people who dream, and support, and do things." — Amy Poehler