about 9 years on 2009-10-15


the theory of drop.io -- the big picture of what we are really after (pt 1)

when you think of drop.io, you probably think of a simple way to privately share files at http://drop.io -- this is a perfectly valid way to think about what we do.  in fact, it is what we do.  we try to do it very well - and will continue to do it better every day for consumers and small businesses.

that said, more and more in conversations people ask us what we are really after in the grand scheme....  and it is a valid question, especially as we are gearing up to expose all of our services at a web-service level.  

so, while you can plough through the documentation on how to leverage our io, conversion, and xmpp 'realtime' engines programatically, we decided it was time to start telling the wider story of why it is that the 12 of us spend our time plugging away at world hq in brooklyn + wherever it is in the middle of the country that jake exists :)

this first video in this series is all about the disaggregation of the component parts of a conversation as the web evolves - a conversation or any movement of content  consists of three things, identity, content, and distribution --> and as the web evolves these functions are disaggregating and verticalizing... 

drop.io as a web service for sharing, collaboration, and presentation is the first step -- we are our own best customers....  but when considering the mix of things we are building, how we think about other services, or what you can build with us think of modern 'content' facilities standing apart from identity and distribution verticals.

you can learn more about what this practically means and play around with our beta api at http://dev.drop.io

thu 15 oct 2009 - 02:24 pm eastern time (us & canada)

incestfest : the harvard-harvard marriage donation discount

harvard is a great community, and it also happens to be a massively incestuous community.  i don't remember the exact numbers, but i remember being told that the rate at which harvard alums marry each other is astronomical compared to other ivy league schools.

i think that the school generally thinks of this as a good thing, demonstrating the value/affinity of the school, and just how well the student body gets along.... 

but recently i started thinking, is this really an economically good thing for the school -- does a harvard-harvard couple donate twice as much as a household to the school than a household with one harvard alum?

my completely un-educated guess is no.  perhaps a harvard-harvard household donates on average slightly more to the school than a single harvard alum household, but it would be hard to believe they do the full 2x.

this means that incest saves alum households donation dollars, and costs the school potential dollars.  instead of having 1600 alum household per class, in the worst case if everyone marries each other you are looking at 800 households...

perhaps the endowment coffers would be better served by marrying the students off to other schools - scholastic arranged marriages if you will.  perhaps it would be best to marry grads off to those like princeton with very high giving rates and meaningful rivalry.  perhaps it is time the school step up and sponsor some new york mixers/events/speed dating events.... or just build a dating site where they optimize the search results for donation roi

scholastic biodiversity might serve everyone well, creating some extra intra-household competition while increasing the total number of effective households from which to draw -- (heck, you might as well buy twice as many lottery tickets)

** a sadly needed post script (given new ftc blog ruling, i don't want to face an $11k fine :), i am personally quite involved in giving to harvard, a community & charity in which i very much believe.  if you haven't picked it up from previous entries (a surprising number of people have missed the joke in the past), read a bit on my blog's namesake 'a modest proposal'


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