Launching Dearsouvenir, a digital travel magazine


dearsouvenir cover

The biggest news for me this month: We launched a magazine.

Dearsouvenir has officially launched So happy about this! The magazine explores travel through the stories behind souvenirs. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out, too.

Issue one clocks in at more than 280 pages of travel & souvenir goodness and explores three destinations: Berlin, Mexico City and the Italian region Veneto.

Did I mention that there are two full language versions, one in English and one German – and that it’s free? You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

A big thank you to all collaborators and contributors. Especially Wolfgang, with whom every project is pure joy, the most excellent and energetic Carry-On crew around Theresa, Antonia and Alex, as well as Will for his massive help building the iOS app and his incredible patience with me.

Dearsouvenir is a project Wolfgang and I have been working on – on and off – for years, and it’s gone through a lot of iterations before we got to where it is today: A tablet-first magazine combined with an iOS app that lets you find souvenirs near you.

What are you waiting for? Download the magazine from Google Play (EN / DE) or the Apple app store (search for Dearsouvenir Magazine). If you’re on iOS, I highly recommend also picking up the complementary “to go” iOS Dearsouvenir app to discover the best souvenirs in our launch destinations Berlin, Mexico City and Veneto.

An emerging tech briefing for busy executives: The Imaginary Unit


The Imaginary Unit

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Patrick Tanguay and I have teamed up to create a new product that is aimed squarely at helping extremely busy executives:

A monthly briefing that distills a month’s worth of our informational throughput into an easy-to-skim format. It puts the most relevant discussions around emerging technology we see into context. For those executives that need to know at some detail what’s going on in this field, but have very little time to follow the discussions themselves. Who need to make well-informed decisions without missing a beat. This is what we will try to help with.

It’s an experiment for us. We believe there is a very small number of people who fit that profile, but that they will tremendously gain from this kind of offering. It’s quick, and it’s a condensed, light version of the kind of input you’d get if you hired either one of us for a longer, in-depth project.

Needless to say, all of us will continue to share our content in various forms online and in talks, usually for free, in all the usual places. I think of this executive briefing as the other side of the proverbial coin – where we sit down and go the extra mile to distill it all for use by a different demographic, and for a completely different context, than usual.

If you think this is for you, or have someone in your company for who it might be the right thing, why don’t you send them over to The Imaginary Unit.

Recent reading (5 links for March 4)


Rough diamond

Irregularly, I post noteworthy articles I recently read. Enjoy!


21 Thoughts on Lab Development
The good folks over at Undercurrent shared some insights on how to build in-house labs. – by Clay Parker Jones (link)  


Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore
“You have a secret that can ruin your life.” WIRED makes the case for abandoning the password altogether. – by Mat Honan (link)  


The Google Glass feature no one is talking about
It’s not about the experience of wearing Google Glass, but of other people wearing Google Glass. Good points all ’round. – by Mark Hurst (link)  


It’s the Sugar, Folks
Slightly off-topic for this blog, but boy, does sugar sound bad. – by Mark Bittman (link)  


Putting people together to create new products
Great advice on how to build a good team to build a product. – by Jonathan Korman (link)