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ARTFUL, INSPIRING, INTRIGUING, NOTEWORTHY, THOUGHTFUL, or just plain NEAT-O.
When the Vitamix company commissioned a consulting firm to do an online market segmentation study in 2009, it found that of 393 Vitamix owners polled, each person had recommended the Vitamix to 13.4 other people. Holly Hacker, Vitamix’s director of direct sales and customer experience, says this number was so high that the researchers insisted on double-checking the data.
Are customers recommending your product to 13.4 other people?
- Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)
"Kanye came over to play me what I assumed was going to be the finished album at three weeks before the last possible delivery date."
"We ended up listening to three hours of partially finished pieces. The raw material was very strong but hadn’t yet come into focus. Many of the vocals hadn’t been recorded yet, and many of those still didn’t have lyrics."
"He wanted the music to take a stripped-down minimal direction. He was always examining what we could take out instead of put in."
"We were working on a Sunday [the same day West attended a baby shower for girlfriend Kim Kardashian] and the album was to be turned in two days later. Kanye was planning to go to Milan that night. Five songs still needed vocals and two or three of them still needed lyrics. He said, ‘Don’t worry, I will score 40 points for you in the fourth quarter.’
In the two hours before had to run out to catch the plane, he did exactly that: finished all lyrics and performed them with gusto. A remarkable feat. He had total confidence in his ability to get the job done when push came to shove.”
Great creative work often comes together this way. The pressure is intense but exhilarating.
Sony Computer Entertainment head of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida is a big Oculus Rift fan, it turns out. “We’ve got a couple of the development kits, and I tried it out and I love it,” he told us in an interview this morning at E3 2013. Whether the PlayStation 4 will support it is another question. “No, it doesn’t,” Yoshida told us. Not yet, that is.
When we asked whether the company’s planning on offering support in the future, he only offered a “No comment” with a big smile.