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At April’s CreativeMornings/Ottawa, Shopify Chief Platform Officer (CPO) Harley Finkelstein spoke on the future of retail. Hitting upon several trends and changes he has observed, Harley breaks down the ‘Pillars of Retail’ to talk about how technology is democratizing the retail economy.
Any retail endeavor requires some amount of seed funding or capital—not a lot—but definitely some amount. Through crowd-funding platforms like Kickstarter, raising that funding has become easier than ever and that barrier to entry has been lowered.
After raising your funding, you need a sample or prototype to share with others. Having something tangible allows others to both envision your idea, as well as give feedback. With desktop 3D printers, prototyping is much cheaper, easier, and attainable.
Selling your product is easier too! You don’t have to sell something to a storefront or large company to get your product in stores. Shopify is a wonderful platform for doing just that—making a direct relationship from producer to consumer.
There are no more minimums when it comes to shipping and fulfilling your orders. Multiple companies exist that will process and send out your product to people around the world.
5. Customer Service
Customer Service is being democratized, too! And not just abroad. Small business exist, locally, that will take your calls and answer your emails—covering all of your customer bases.
With these lower barriers to entry and democratized retail pillars, however, Harvey says it also brings on new challenges. “Because it’s easier for anyone to do it, everyone does it,” he said.
This, he predicts, brings the rise of the small business. “It doesn’t matter how much money you have, it matters how creative you are.”
The curving flourishes of music notation have always been something a mystery to me, although every day I, like many people, use other arcane symbols without thinking twice about it. The at (@) sign, the dollar sign ($) and the ampersand (&), for example, all function like ligatures or some sort of shorthand. They’ve been demystified by popular use in email, clues on “Wheel of Fortune,” and their inclusion on computer keyboards. But music notation is a semantic system that is entirely different from the written word; a non-spoken alphabet of pitch and rhythm. So, with apologies to the more musically inclined reader, I looked into the origin of the treble clef and the answer was quite simple. The treble clef, the top symbol you see in the photo above, is also known as the G-clef, which gives you the first clue to its origin.
So for my own edification, if nothing else, let’s start with the basics. A clef is a sign placed on a music staff that indicates what pitch is represented by each line and space on the staff. The history of Western musical notation describes an effort toward the development a simple, symbolic representations of pitch and rhythm. It begins near the end of the 9th century when notation for the Plainsong of the Western Church, better known as Gregorian Chant, was first recorded with “neumes”. These were simple dashes or dots above lyrics that indicated a relative change in pitch. At the end of the 10th century, musical scribes increased the precision of his early notation by introducing a horizontal line to indicate a base pitch (see above image). The pitch of this line was indicated by a letter at its start – typically F or C and, as higher range songs become more common, G. Neumes were no longer relative only to one another, but to a standard. This was the beginning of the musical staff.
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