Tesla goes online-first

That’s bold! Elon Musk just announced, that Tesla will transform most of its store to service centers and sell it’s cars only through their website.

Keep in mind, Tesla stores are supposed to have the highest sales per square meter (even more than Apple) - and still online retail is seen as more effective (by Elon).

Anecdote: it took VW almost 15 years to start its own direct online sales (after Tesla did it). Let’s see how long it will take to transform the dealership strategy.

The Power of Play

parislemon:

Seth Stevenson talking to Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield:

“Play is a really fundamental activity that’s perhaps underappreciated in mainstream culture,” says Butterfield. “It’s a great basis for human interaction. Playfulness means not just silliness but an experimental attitude. Looking at the world sideways and being curious.” Slack can sometimes feel like a game—one where the other players are your colleagues, the mission is always changing, and the objective is to treat one another with kindness and produce wonderful things together.

Well said.

Definition of success

There’s this thing in technology, almost a disease, where the definition of success is making the most. How many clicks did you get, how many active users do you have, how many units did you sell? Everybody in technology seems to want big numbers. Steve never got carried away with that. He focused on making the best. That took a change in my own thinking when I came to the company. I had been in the Windows world before that, and that world was all about making the most. It still is.
— Tim Cook, on Apple’s philosophy for making products.