Hey. I'm John Coates.
I work at SoundCloud, marketing our premium services.
I post/comment on anything I find interesting. That usually means marketing, sales, management, and entrepreneurship. I am also an audiophile, outdoors guy, beer geek (my videos: Beer O'Clock) and like to go really fast on skis and bicycles.
Est. Nov. 15, 2007
Sun Apr 13
here’s a great book called The Lyre of Orpheus by Robertson Davies, a Canadian writer. In it someone has written a symphony. It’s part of her doctoral thesis, and she brings it to a professor, who says, “Okay, I’ll let you know what I think.” He’s asked, “Don’t you want to hear it?”—there’s an orchestra at this school—and the professor says, “No. All an orchestra can do is get the notes wrong. I’ll play it perfectly in my head.” I understand what that means. When I look at a script for one of our shows, I’m playing it perfectly in my head. All I can do is fuck it up. The Playboy Interview: Stephen Colbert on Politics, Grief and Bill O’Reilly
Other people’s deconstruction of your motivations doesn’t help you do what you do. You can’t swallow and think about swallowing at the same time. The Playboy Interview: Stephen Colbert on Politics, Grief and Bill O’Reilly
Wed Mar 26
Mikkel attributes Mikkeller’s success to the scrupulous attention he pays not only to beer but also to the context within which customers encounter it. “I hate to look at ugly things,” he said. “If I’m in a bar, and it’s ugly, I don’t want to be there.” He added: “I’d never put a good beer in a bottle that looked bad. The beer wouldn’t be good anymore.” A Fight Is Brewing - NYTimes.com
Mon Mar 17
They all talk about tax incentives, connecting with local research universities, and providing startup capital. And I tell them that they are focusing on the wrong thing. You have to lead with lifestyle. If you can’t make your city a place where the young mobile talent leaving college or grad school wants to go to start their career, meet someone, and build a life, all that other stuff doesn’t matter. Revitalizing Urban Cores – AVC