How did the author of Punch Escrow use Wardley maps to map out the future?
Tal Klein’s interview on John Scalzi’s Big Idea feature is a really good primer on his methodology.The Big Idea: Tal M. KleinKlein’s transportation idea is 1) one common understanding of how human transportation could work (the destroyed twin idea) and 2) an exercise in marketing not world-building. In other words, it’s a McGuffin, and the genius in the book is in describing how the McGuffin was accepted widely.This is actually a really good application of Wardley mapping. Simon Wardley’s most important insight is that on a map “All the components … are evolving from left to right due to supply and demand competition”Competition consistently pushes commodities and services from the labratory to being widely available. What Wardly mapping allows you to do is take a snapshot of where your industry is at a particular moment. It allows you to orient in John Boyd’s OODA loop.Kelin just took his snapshot 100 years in the future with a technology that is currently firmly in a Wardly ‘Genesis’ group.Footnotes An introduction to Wardley (Value Chain) Mapping
As a freelancer, how should out of scope project requests be handled to maintain a good relationship, feedback and escrow releasing?
Totally agree with the previous two answers :-) but will also add, having this conversation before the project begins around how you will manage this situation and have a documented approach makes it a lot easier to address when it actually happens (and it always does...) - be frank, write it down, discuss all scenarios. It's okay to use your experience in bringing this to the fore at the beginning, even if its a new relationship, as it shows you are not afraid to manage the risks and have survived this before, it gives them confidence you are not a newbie.
How can a marketplace startup hold money before paying it out to vendors without being categorized as an escrow service, and then subject to escrow regulations?
It will depend on the local regulations in terms of how your transactional & payment processes work. You can effect an escrow ‘type’ service using the following operational methodology, provided it is legal within your operating juristricion AND your buyers and sellers have read, understood and (ticked the box) accepted your terms & conditions:In this example the buyer is paying the platform directly, not the seller, the platform process the payment and holds the cash.The terms and conditions state that buyers have 7 days to raise any issues with the product, after which time the goods considered ‘accepted’, during this period the cash resides with the platform and in some cases (faulty, fake, damaged product, undelivered, lost in post etc.) may be refunded to the buyer.Once the query window has expired the funds MINUS the commission charge from the platform are released to the sellers account, usually housed also on the platform.The seller can periodically ‘pay-out’ to a linked bank account.You will see this operating on many online multi-vendor marketplaces, in the seller admin consoles sellers can see cash in several states: “Accepted” (payment collected by the platform good not shipped), “Shipped / In transit” (goods have been shipped, platform still holds cash), “pending” (goods delivered but arbitration window still open), “Paid” (arbitration window closed with no issues, funds available in the Sellers Marketplace account to draw down). etc. This is typically ‘virtual’ accounting, effectively the funds reside in the platforms account until the process has been completed. This is usueful for the platform in terms of collecting commission revenue rather than chasing sellers with invoices, however it now forces the working capital issues onto the seller (effectively creating a 7 day payment term, or longer), In terms of governance, regardless of local regulations it is best practice to partition the collected (pending) funds from the platforms overall cash position (it’s a future liability), operators who are tempted to use this to ease working capital / cash-flow issues are likely to get caught-out (a ‘run’ on the platform).Pure escrow would be a point-to-point (seller to buyer) with a 3rd party intermediary holding the funds with release / movement triggered by various ord status updates.The example above provides a ‘veneer’ of escrow without actually operating an escrow service. As ever, you need to check both your local payments, banking and consumer protection regulations and your onsite terms & condtions to ensure that all are above board and comply with the local legislation / regulation.
After Google acquired YouTube, how much of the escrow for IP liabilities have been paid out?
None. All of the non IP escrow has been paid, but the IP portion of the escrow is still being reserved, pending a victory of Viacom.
How would I be able to find out if an escrow was left for me to inherit by a deceased relative?
In estates there is no escrow mechanism. The way it works is that a will is probated, an executor is named and he gathers assets of the estate. These assets are then held by the executor to pay all just debts, expenses of administration, funeral expenses, taxes, etc. The net is then finally distributed to beneficiaries. If you are entitled to a distribution by way of the will or the laws of intestate distribution, you are usually notified.Finally, wills are a matter of public record, so you can contact the Register of Wills of the county where the decedent resided to see if you are named in the will.Hope this helps.
How does one get invited to the Quora Partner Program? What criteria do they use, or is it completely random?
I live in Germany. I got an invite to the Quora partner program the day I landed in USA for a business trip. So from what I understand, irrespective of the number of views on your answers, there is some additional eligibility criteria for you to even get an email invite.If you read the terms of service, point 1 states:Eligibility. You must be located in the United States to participate in this Program. If you are a Quora employee, you are eligible to participate and earn up to a maximum of $200 USD a month. You also agree to be bound by the Platform Terms (https://www.quora.com/about/tos) as a condition of participation.Again, if you check the FAQ section:How can other people I know .participate?The program is invite-only at this time, but we intend to open it up to more people as time goes on.So my guess is that Quora is currently targeting people based out of USA, who are active on Quora, may or may not be answering questions frequently ( I have not answered questions frequently in the past year or so) and have a certain number of consistent answer views.Edit 1: Thanks to @Anita Scotch, I got to know that the Quora partner program is now available for other countries too. Copying Anuta’s comment here:If you reside in one of the Countries, The Quora Partner Program is active in, you are eligible to participate in the program.” ( I read more will be added, at some point, but here are the countries, currently eligible at this writing,) U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.11/14/2018Edit 2 : Here is the latest list of countries with 3 new additions eligible for the Quora Partner program:U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, India and Brazil.Thanks to Monoswita Rez for informing me about this update.
How can I get more people to fill out my survey?
Make it compellingQuickly and clearly make these points:Who you are and why you are doing thisHow long it takesWhats in it for me -- why should someone help you by completing the surveyExample: "Please spend 3 minutes helping me make it easier to learn Mathematics. Answer 8 short questions for my eternal gratitude and (optional) credit on my research findings. Thank you SO MUCH for helping."Make it convenientKeep it shortShow up at the right place and time -- when people have the time and inclination to help. For example, when students are planning their schedules. Reward participationOffer gift cards, eBooks, study tips, or some other incentive for helping.Test and refineTest out different offers and even different question wording and ordering to learn which has the best response rate, then send more invitations to the offer with the highest response rate.Reward referralsIf offering a reward, increase it for referrals. Include a custom invite link that tracks referrals.