“The Sex & Cash Theory”

(Early bizcard drawing. Laminated. New York, August ’98) The Sex & Cash Theory: From “How To Be Creative”: The creative person basically has two kinds of jobs: One is the sexy, creative kind. Second is the kind that pays the bills. Sometimes the assignment covers both bases, but not often. A good example is Phil, […]

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the new gapingvoid homepage

This weekend the gapingvoid homepage made a big change that was a long time coming- now you¬†you no longer have to be a friend or family to ‘get’ what we do ūüėÄ The actual business model is the same as before, it‚Äôs just a lot more apparent now, especially to people outside the gapingvoid club: […]

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Damn. Here We Are.

[buy the print etc] [newsletter] A CEO would need a lot of cojones to hang this one in the office. It‚Äôs pretty contentious. Culturally speaking, its nitroglycerin. But the thing is, there are two ways of reading it: [One:] Oy vey, this company is a mess. Somebody please shoot me. [Two:] Guys, becoming a company […]

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gapingvoid at Zappos

[Photo courtesy of Augusta Scott, Zappos Insights, Inc. Life/Goals Coach.] This photograph is of Augusta Scott, Life/Goals Coach at Zappos Insights. For those who have been on the Zappos HQ tour, her office is one of the first stops. Augusta’s proudly hanging “Souls” and “Inspire” right above her coaching certifications.   Augusta says:¬†“Finally, everything is […]

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Culture Hacking: America’s next big industry?

This is how I see it. And it isn’t rocket science: 1. If you want to change your business, you also have to change your culture. If you want to change your culture, you also have to change your art. 2. And that’s where gapingvoid comes in- creating art and ideas that express, reflect, articulate […]

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Art is a GREAT way to spread ideas internally. Every day more CEOs realize this etc.

[“The processor is an expression of human potential.” One of the art pieces we did for Intel, loved by the CEO, now hanging in their boardroom etc.]¬† 1. In terms of government spending, Rome’s first Emperor, Caesar Augustus¬†pretty much¬†had the biggest art budget in history. Even more than the Medicis. Way, way more than modern […]

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“You have to decide what you believe.”

“Everyone should write a blog because it makes it harder to be a hypocrite. You have to decide what you believe.” Seth Godin Everybody should start a business for that very same reason…

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The gapingvoid Manifesto, a work in progress

[One of the pieces we did for Techcrunch etc.] The gapingvoid Manifesto, Draft One. [This is what we have so far. Jason (our CEO) wrote most of it. We feel we’re on the cusp of something, now we just need to make it more real for other people. Feedback welcome, thanks. Exciting!] PART ONE: Business […]

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“Bacon”: The result is not the thing etc.

Today’s newsletter cartoon, “Bacon”, is a about something I see A LOT in the business world: Where people are soooooooo fixated on the desired RESULT, that they have lost all genuine, intellectual interest in the actual STEPS that will actually get them there. Even if it’s precisely BECAUSE you’re interested in the steps, in the […]

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
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His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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