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We all suffer from a profound case of “Idea Surplus Disorder” at Filament — and we think that’s a good thing. Here are some of those ideas we’d like to share with you.



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We're finally open!  That means that we've been focused on the mundane (utilities, furniture, technology), the profane (city business licensing and inspections) and the insane (doing our first big conference the same week as a high-level strategy retreat for a big client).  It also means that we've neglected our writing for a while.

Here are some cool things we've run across in the past few months:

Working in downtown St. Louis is pretty cool. Eating in downtown STL is even better.

It is worth remembering that (with technology at least) the Best is Often the Next-to-Last:

a technology often produces its best results just when it's ready to be replaced - it's the best it's ever been, but it's also the best it could ever be. There's no room for more optimisation - the technology has run its course and it's time for something new, and any further attempts at optimisation produce something that doesn't make much sense. 

Here are 27 things to ask someone when you meet them besides "What do you do?" My only gripe: "What is your favorite emoji?"

Don't think you can make a part of your business work better? Watch this sub-2-second pit stop:

Maybe this is why you should regularly take a peek at your old yearbook: Nostalgia fosters creativity and openness.

There are lots of things to think about in this post about Innovation Deserts.

It’s important to map out what the ecosystem looks like in your community not only as a whole, but also for different groups. What does it look like for a female startup founder? What does it look like for a Black, Hispanic, or Asian entrepreneur? What about for the LGBT community? This should include identifying the funders, the co-working spaces, accelerators and incubators, community programs, coding bootcamps, government agencies that provide resources, innovation hubs, and startup and innovation event organizers.   

It isn't all about hiring the young and the cheap: Parents make better employees.

Here's a good overview of Agile from

Such a great quote about the value of fantasy:

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
— Dr. Seuss

Finally, it turns out it is pretty hard to draw a bicycle from memory: