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Is Work Killing You? In China, Workers Die at Their Desks

Is Work Killing You? In China, Workers Die at Their Desks | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Chinese banking regulator Li Jianhua literally worked himself to death. After 26 years of “always putting the cause of the party and the people” first, his employer said this month, the 48-year-old official died rushing to finish a report before the sun came up.

China is facing an epidemic of overwork, to hear the state-controlled press and Chinese social media tell it. About 600,000 Chinese a year die from working too hard, according to the China Youth Daily. China Radio International in April reported a toll of 1,600 every day.

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Dedication to 'work' is very different in countries such as Korea, China,  Japan... However, a balance is necessary. Dead workers aren't helpful anymore for the company!

I have personally seen in the education system how some Asian kids are brought up in a very different culture, very demanding...

They get great results, but apparently, they pay a huge price.

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About 600,000 Chinese a year die from working too hard, according to the China Youth Daily newspaper.

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Startup Validation Hacks - The Hacker Chick Blog

Startup Validation Hacks - The Hacker Chick Blog | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Is your startup going to be a business… or a hobby? How can you tell?!

Below is a video of the presentation I did at Harvard Innovation Lab last month – I initially called it Creating Your Minimum Viable Product, but it’s really about: how can I validate that I’m creating a viable business (as opposed to a very expensive, time consuming hobby) before going off and building it?

I include a bunch of case studies of what other startups have done – successful or otherwise – and provide some tools to help you along the way. Hope you enjoy!



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Do you have a promising #startup or just wasting time and money?

Here is a great video from one of the top #women in #tech in Boston.

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Maturing markets = higher stakes, closing doors

Maturing markets = higher stakes, closing doors | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Interesting piece by Jessica Lessin in The Information today: The End of Tech Startups:
Big tech companies are getting better at fending off competition from startups by adopting many of the tools and distribution platforms used by the upstarts. That will force startups to become more inventive or to go outside of tech.

I think this premise is exactly correct. Though it’s easier to start a company than ever before, it’s harder to compete. There are several reasons, as Jessica outlines. But one way I think about it is, in every maturing market, over time, value moves up the stack. Read more: click image or title.

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The #startup approach of #disruption, great #ideas and #innovation is so widespread now, even the corporations are integrating it in their corporate structures. The future startups will have to be very clever and come up with a new level of disruption.

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5 Lessons From People Who Retired at 40

5 Lessons From People Who Retired at 40 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Are you just as happy to drink a beer at home as you would be in a bar? Time to get used to that idea.

Most people believe that retiring by 40 is something achieved only by lottery winners, celebrities, trust-fund babies and tech tycoons.

But there is a growing movement of young retirees who are smashing our conventional beliefs about what it really takes to retire early. They’re not born rich, they’re not lottery winners and they’re not Silicon Valley insiders.

They come from all walks of life. Some had high-paying careers in finance or engineering, while others were schoolteachers or writers. Some were entrepreneurs, while others worked 9-5 jobs.

Still, those in the early-retirement movement do share one common trait: They typically adopt a contrarian mindset that produces a fascinating lifestyle, spending, and retirement planning insights. Here are five lessons from the lives of early retirees that we can all apply. Read more: click image or title.



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I know plenty of people who live like this. Again, #out-of-the-box is not for everyone. But it's perfectly doable. Remember the movie "Joe vs the Volcano", a Steven Spielberg movie? If not, rent it, find it, learn from it and enjoy it.

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Let’s Fix Startup Board Meetings

Let’s Fix Startup Board Meetings | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

I spend a lot of time in board meetings. Specifically, private company startup board meetings. Rooms filled with some of the most talented, bold, daring and dedicated people on the planet, devising solutions to some of the economy’s toughest problems.

More often than not, however, most of these board meetings fail. Despite the good intentions and great experience in the room, the painful truth is that precious time and energy is frequently squandered by directors and startup CEOs. Read more: click image or title.



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#Board meetings can be a 'pain'... Here is an excellent approach to help stick to the essentials and actually make progress.

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Shocking predictions for life after 2020 from Ray Kurzweil, who leads Google's AI effort

Shocking predictions for life after 2020 from Ray Kurzweil, who leads Google's AI effort | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it


Ray Kurzweil is the world's foremost futurist, authoring bestsellers like "The Age of Spiritual Machines"  and "How to Create a Mind."

He's so influential that Google hired him to lead its artificial intelligence efforts.  Kurzweil is known for making predictions, which are right about 86% of the time.  Here are some of his most promising (and terrifying) visions of the 2020s and beyond. Read more: click image or title.



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This article will start you thinking about AI - Artificial Intelligence and how it will impact you in this lifetime.

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The G-forces of asymptotic liftoff...

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Breaks Ground To Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop A Reality

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Breaks Ground To Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop A Reality | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Musk first proposed the Hyperloop, a vacuum tube intended to speedily shoot passengers at 800 mph from city to city, in 2013. The idea was to create a mechanism of transportation that could get folks from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under 30 minutes.


Plans to construct the beginnings of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop are now underway in Quay Valley, California. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced plans for a 5-mile test track late last year and is about to break ground on an initial framework for what HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn hopes will become the U.S. transportation infrastructure of the future.

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Elon Musk is a true #visionary. #Tesla, #SpaceX, #FirstSolar, it takes real #entrepreneurship to see it through.

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Why SolarCity Corp.'s Shares Plunged 15% Today -- The Motley Fool

Why SolarCity Corp.'s Shares Plunged 15% Today --  The Motley Fool | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Finalizing an already negative ruling in Nevada has investors selling SolarCity Corp. shares today.

What: Shares of SolarCity Corp. (NASDAQ:SCTY) had plunged as much as 15% in trading as of 2:00 p.m. ET Thursday after the company got more bad news out of Nevada.

So what: Late in December, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission proposed adding fees to homes with solar and changing rules about how solar energy going from homes to the grid would be compensated. They proposed rules changing the solar feed to the wholesale rate for electricity rather than the net retail price a customer pays for energy, a policy known as net metering. This effectively lowers the savings customers get from putting solar panels on their roofs and therefore the rate residential solar companies like SolarCity can charge for the electricity they sell to customers through power purchase agreements (for more detail, read my analysis here).  

What was unprecedented about the proposed ruling is that it was retroactive, meaning it will affect all of the SolarCity customers who have already put solar on their roofs. Not only does that mean SolarCity won't make money on Nevada rooftops in the future, it means the company may incur losses on systems that are already installed.

When the ruling first came out it was preliminary and what changed last night is that regulators denied a stay on the new rates for customers, meaning they officially took effect this past Jan. 1. Previously, there was some hope the ruling would be overturned because of an outcry of support for solar energy from both businesses and consumers. Read more of this article by clicking on image or title.





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One of the comments on the article by Frank Foley:


The important thing here is that this is not a "cut in subsidy", it is outright theft by NV Energy. Paying solar customers 2.6 cents for pushing energy to the grid at 2pm when it's needed most is a joke. If those people weren't there to provide that much needed juice, NV Energy would have to pay 9-14 cents for the very same supply at wholesale from natural gas peaker plants.

So why are they doing this? NV Energy is the one who owns the plants getting 9-14 cents when solar is run out of the state. This is the kind of theft that is usually kept behind closed doors in this countrty. I guess in Nevada they feel they can put it right in your face and you won't do anything about it.

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From AI To Robotics, 2016 Will Be The Year When The Machines Start Taking Over

From AI To Robotics, 2016 Will Be The Year When The Machines Start Taking Over | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

For the past century, the price and performance of computing has been on an exponential curve.  And, as futurist Ray Kurzweil observed, once any technology becomes an information technology, its development follows the same curve, so we are seeing exponential advances in technologies such as sensors, networks, artificial intelligence, and robotics.  The convergence of these technologies is making amazing things possible.

2015 was the tipping point in the global adoption of the Internet, digital medical devices, blockchain, gene editing, drones, and solar energy.  2016 will be the beginning of an even bigger revolution, one that will change the way we live, let us visit new worlds, and lead us into a jobless future.  Yes, with every good there is a bad; wonderful things will become possible, but with them we will also create new problems for mankind.

Here are six of the technologies that will make this happen, and the good they will do. Read more: click image or title.




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A revolution is going on, and few of us have an idea how much it will affect our lives. The same exponential curve that we've experienced with internet and computing will be happening in several more fields: #AI - artificial intelligence, #Robotics, #Transportation, #VR - Virtual Reality, #IoT - Internet of Things, and #Space. Take a deep breath. Amazing article.

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The Secret To Being Mentally Strong May Be Hidden In A Small Norwegian City

The Secret To Being Mentally Strong May Be Hidden In A Small Norwegian City | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
A Stanford Researcher went to the north of Norway to study people's reaction to winter. She was surprised by what she found.


Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

 

Winter blows, doesn't it?

It blows cold into your ears, damp into your bones and darkness into your very core.

You don't want to get out of bed. You don't have enough energy. You wish the whole thing would just get lost.

Some people suffer far beyond mere discomfort. They get seasonal affective disorder, which can be extremely debilitating.

Stanford University researcher Kari Leibowitz thought she'd find out how those who live in Tromsø, Norway respond to winter.

Tromsø is 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It's an island where the sun doesn't bother coming up over the horizon for two months of the year. Despite that, 70,000 people live there.

Here's the strange thing: They don't appear to be all that miserable.

At least that's what Leibowitz found, which made her wonder about humans and the way they approach certain problems. Specifically, these Norwegian humans who seem to actually thrive amid all this dark and foreboding.

Leibowitz's tentative conclusion: It's their mindset. Read more: click image or title.



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The secret is to find #value in every condition or situation and enjoy it.

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How to Visualize Your Future with a Vision Board

How to Visualize Your Future with a Vision Board | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Tips for defining your New Year’s resolutions using a vision board, which is a collage of pictures that represent your dreams, goals or ideal state.


Your odds of succeeding in carrying out your resolution are about eight percent according to a University of Scranton study. But don’t let statistics deter you from envisioning a better you.

There may be a secret to achieving your goals and dreams–literally. The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, explains how the Law of Attraction works. In simple terms, “like attracts like.”

When you emit thoughts and feelings, similar thoughts and feelings are drawn to you; like two magnets being drawn together by an electric force. Visualization and showing gratitude are suggested steps in tapping into the power of the Law of Attraction.

This may seem a bit far-fetched or hard to get your head around, so let’s put visualization into another context. Athletes use visualization to prepare for competitions. They imagine their bodies going through the ideal movements necessary to achieve the win.

A creative, no-stress work-around for defining your New Year’s resolutions is a vision board. This is nothing more than a collage of pictures that represent your dreams, goals or ideal state. This triggers your subconscious and the Law of Attraction to work their magic.

Even Jack Canfield, the father of motivation and author of the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series, encourages using vision boards. He wrote an article in which he states, “because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation–by representing your goals with pictures and images–you will actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions … and your emotions are the vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction.”



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Focusing your thoughts and dreams into an actual collage of #images makes it more real. It's a great idea to make a #VisionBoard. It will keep on reminding you of your #goals and fuel the commitments you have made with renewed energy daily. Remember Goethe who explains this in this famous #quote:


"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."

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How BuzzSumo Achieved $2.5m Annual Revenue in its First Year: Case Study in SaaS Growth

How BuzzSumo Achieved $2.5m Annual Revenue in its First Year: Case Study in SaaS Growth | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

I have always admired the transparency of companies like Buffer and Moz. They openly share data on the development of their business, including their revenue data and salary data. I also greatly appreciate the open approach of Tomasz Tunguz in sharing data about what works for SaaS businesses and the guys at Startups for the rest of us for practical, honest advice. We have learnt a lot from these sites, and we wanted to reciprocate by sharing lessons from our own experience. Read more: click image or title.




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Offer a valuable service and grow your business consistently. Great overview and insights.

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5 ways ecommerce will change in 2016

5 ways ecommerce will change in 2016 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
From mobile wallets to new lending platforms, from buy buttons to one-touch payments, 2015 saw the world of digital commerce advance in innovation and increase in popularity. What does 2016 hold? Based on emerging technologies and industry trends, here are five predictions we see changing ecommerce in the coming year.

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#Disruption is everywhere. When it comes to #money, there is still a lot of change on its way.

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The One Habit to Develop Above All Others in the New Year

The One Habit to Develop Above All Others in the New Year | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Learn about the benefits of being an early riser and how your alarm clock can help take your career to the next level.

I hate waking up. All my life I’ve been able to stay up late and sleep until noon -- no problem. It was a habit I fell in love with because working or studying until 3 a.m. made me feel productive.

Today, there are more goals keeping us up late than ever before, whether it’s work, relationships, or side projects. I see more friends tweeting at 2 a.m. than I do at 7 a.m.

However, I’m constantly reading about the success of early birds. There are hundreds of blogs referencing studies that scream getting up early is the right thing to do … but to me, working late and sleeping in is just, well, easier.

Have you read those blog posts but still struggle to get up early like me? I’m here to tell you it’s time to commit to waking up early. Being an early bird is hard but studies show the benefits outweigh the struggle.

Let me tell you why. Read more: click image or title.




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Being an #earlyriser has been a way of life for me, and I can definitely get a lot of work done this way.

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42 Creative and Inexpensive Ways To Advertise Your Small Business

42 Creative and Inexpensive Ways To Advertise Your Small Business | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Looking for ways to get more attention and interest for your products or business. What we lack in capital as small businesses with small budgets, we have to make up for in creativity, tenacity and effort. We have to hustle harder than everyone else out there. We have to be the champions of our cause - day in and day out. We have to be remarkable.

"In sports, the only thing a player can truly control is his effort. The same applies to business. The only thing an entrepreneur, salesperson or anyone in any position can control is their effort." -Mark Cuban

Instead of spending money to interrupt your audience, focus on building the best possible business and providing massive value. If you're great, people will notice and opportunities will appear.

The following is a list of 42 creative ways to advertise your small business on a small budget, but the possibilities are infinte.

My goal in creating this list is to spark your creative juices so you can make your small business the best it can be and communicate your message to the audience who needs it most. The list is not exhaustive and I can't cover the how-tos in detail here, but I hope this list can be a checklist to help you find clever and creative ways to get your business or product more attention and customers.

- See more at: http://inventorspot.com/articles/42_ways_advertise_your_small_business_small_budget#sthash.tdRUo4EP.dpuf


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The basics for your #smallbiz. Lots of good tips.

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A great list of ways to advertise your business offerings can be very useful when you are too busy to be constantly racking your brain for inspiration. This list offers 42 different ways to creatively and inexpensively advertise your products or services. A handy reference list for when you know you should be doing more.

malek's curator insight, January 8, 7:37 AM

Almost exhaustive list that needs creativity and perspiration.. A millions dollar budget is not a must.

Jeremy Barton's curator insight, January 9, 12:27 AM

Some good ideas to start the New Year

 

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4 Tips for Launching Minimum Viable Products Inside Big Companies

4 Tips for Launching Minimum Viable Products Inside Big Companies | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
You have to act like a real startup.


“We have to disrupt ourselves before the market does.” It’s not an uncommon mandate today. Established enterprises need to innovate to keep pace with the more nimble, smaller startups. Perhaps no approach has captured the imagination of big companies yearning to get more nimble than the lean startup method: quickly building and launching minimum viable products — MVPs — and then iterating and pivoting based on market feedback. Read more: click image or title.



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The concept of a #startup has become the epitome of 

#innovation or #disruption. This article describes how to integrate the idea of a lean startup into a corporation.

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Although the "Lean Startup"  is just a few years old, its concepts—such as “minimum viable product” and “pivoting”—have quickly taken root in the start-up world, and business schools have already begun adapting their curricula to teach them.

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How to Successfully Disrupt an Industry

How to Successfully Disrupt an Industry | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

It's not easy for a service provider to disrupt an industry. To some entrepreneurs, it might even be nerve-wracking to be benchmarked against "tried and true" solutions.

"It can be daunting to go after an industry that's been doing things one way for so many years," admits Marie Chevrier, the founder and CEO of Sampler. Her firm helps consumer packaged goods brands distribute product samples to customers via digital channels in a manner that is more targeted and measurable compared to "traditional" sampling tactics.

So how, then, do entrepreneurs successfully disrupt an industry? According to Chevrier, the key is to solve a problem for your customers and help them realize that just because they've been doing something the same way for decades, it's not necessarily the most effective way to tackle the problem. "You have to be ready to educate your clients on their pain point. How bad is the solution they're currently relying on, and how much easier or more effective can your own solution be?" Read more: click image or title.



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Thinking #out-of-the-box is a requirement for #disrupting the 'old ways'. Try it, not that easy, but eventually extremely rewarding.

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400 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs and Startups

400 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs and Startups | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
All the free tools to start and grow your startup and business.



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Find some free #tools in this amazing pile of #resources. Freebies for #Business, #Marketing, #Design and #Code, #Productivity and #Learning.

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An Epic List of 100 Growth Hacks for Startups | SEJ

An Epic List of 100 Growth Hacks for Startups | SEJ | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
This post contains 100 different growth hacks broken down into different stages: Customer Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Referral, and Revenue.

I recently launched my first SaaS product after four months of planning and design and another eight months of development. That gave me a LOT of time to start planning for growth and in particular, customer acquisition.

I read everything I could from Sean Ellis, Liam Gooding, Ryan Holliday, Andrew Chen, and many others.  In fact, I spent over 100 hours preparing one hundred different growth hacks to implement for my startup and I have prepared them for you to review below.

These growth hacks can be used by startups and established businesses as well. Take what you can and apply them, but remember, they won’t work for every business or strategy.

I broke these down into different stages, which Dave McClure came up with and appropriately named “pirate metrics” (due to the AARRR acronym). They are:

  • Acquisition
  • Activation
  • Retention
  • Referral
  • Revenue

Most of the growth hacks listed here are in the “Acquisition” stage. Read more: click image or title.


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Plenty of #GrowthHacks for #Startups or anyone wishing to improve their marketing. I'm sure some of these will be helpful.

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Three Failed Entrepreneurs Walk Into a Bar...

Three Failed Entrepreneurs Walk Into a Bar... | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Once upon a time, there were three entrepreneurs who had just lost their businesses. They all happened to walk, sulking, into the same bar just off of Market St. and Polk St. in San Francisco. The drinks started flowing, and the three began telling each other stories:

Entrepreneur #1: Our business should have changed the world. Seriously, if we had been able to raise just a few million dollars, there would have been no stopping us. But we couldn't raise the funds. And after a while... well... we had to eat, right?

Entrepreneur #2: My company would have been the next unicorn. We had money and traction. But as we got bigger, our investors wanted us to get even bigger... faster. So we came out with new products. But the market didn't take to them. And we couldn't recover.

Entrepreneur #3: We had bad luck too. We were doubling every few months for years. We should have been the next Google. Then our board recommended a hire that we made. And he was political. I'm still not sure how it happened, but the board decided, today, for him to replace me.

The drinks kept flowing. First beers...then shots... then beers with shots inside of them. And the entrepreneurs kept talking. Perhaps it was the alcohol... or perhaps the recognition that they were sitting with human beings who shared their pain... but slowly they began to laugh and feel a bit better.

Then, out of nowhere, an old man approached. The entrepreneurs looked up at the man, blinked, and looked at each other; the old man was glowing like no living person they'd seen. Either he'd been sent from heaven or Mars, or someone had slipped something very strong into their drinks.To read more: click image or title.




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Great story. #Failed #startup #founders can learn something here.

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A Subratty's curator insight, January 20, 9:47 AM

He who hasn't failed in life hasn't lived his life. 

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Happiness.....

Happiness..... | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

People in this depressed area of Manila are in no way depressed at all. if children in these #slums can smile... everyone else should too.
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Keep on smiling.

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Video Shows What It's like Inside Virtual Reality - Road to VR

Video Shows What It's like Inside Virtual Reality - Road to VR | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

You’ll hear the mantra time and again “you have to use virtual reality to understand what it’s like.” And for the most part that’s true.

VR is so new and different that using old media like text, photos, or videos to explain it is extremely challenging. That said, this mixed reality video from Fantastic Contraptionmight yet be the best non-VR example of what it’s like to be inside virtual reality.


Point-of-view VR videos make sense to people who have used virtual reality, but for those who haven’t, it just looks like any old video of a player using a controller to look around. It doesn’t really ‘click’ until you can somehow show how the VR user steps into the virtual world entirely.

This mixed reality video, which combines real footage with virtual footage, shows exactly how the virtual world encompasses the player and better yet, how the player interacts inside VR. This is the best video I’ve yet seen to show what it’s like to be in virtual reality using a headset with tracked controllers like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.

In the video we see the world of Fantastic Contraption. This is the world of the player wearing the headset. He sees all the green ground and the blue sky around him. He also sees all of the objects he’s creating and interacting with, as though they’re right in front of him in his actual space. The guys on the couch, as they don’t have headsets, don’t see this world. They’re sitting in the same room, watching on a TV screen. They can see what’s happening, but they don’t feel like they’re inside Fantastic Contraption.

So what are they actually doing? The goal of Fantastic Contraption, developed by Radial Games and Northway Games, is to move the pink ball into the pink goal area. As the goal is too far away from the player, they’ll have to construct some sort of… contraption… to get it there. The tools are basic—rods and powered wheels mostly—but with a little imagination and ingenuity, you can conquer some pretty challenging puzzles.

Fantastic Contraption is being developed for the HTC Vive. Developer Colin Northway does these mixed reality streams of the game on his Twitch channel. To watch the video, click on image or title.





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With all the talk about VR, virtual reality, it is hard to get a sense of what it really entails. This video gives a bit of an idea...

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How to buy happiness

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The science behind the age-old question of money and happiness.

“It’s the hap, happiest season of all,” the crooners sing. But is it? As much as we try to make loved ones our focus at the end of the year, the subject of money always seems to be lingering in the background. Whether you’re keeping a running mental tab on what you’ve spent on the holiday festivities, you’re waiting to hear if you got that raise or bonus, or you’re determining your end of the year giving, chances are you’ve got your mind on your money and your money on your mind (as Snoop Dog would say). 

Is your money really serving you? Does it make you happier? Are you using it to lead a more fulfilled life? If you answered no to any of these questions, take heart, there is hope. Because the science says money does bring you happiness – if you use it right.
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The smart marketing strategies behind Slack's extreme growth

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Slack CMO Bill Macaitis was Slack's marketing employee number one. Here's how the startup, now valued at 2.8 billion, has skyrocketed to success.

File "less pointless emails" under "things every employee wishes for." Take that, and add "no more waiting around for a response" (and the accompanying internal debate on how long to hold off before following up) and you have a more streamlined and productive work communications system.

Meet Slack, a communications tool seeking to do just that, enabling teams to message each other in real time, among other functions. A plethora of options for customization, a sleek design plus bells and whistles like shortcut Giphy embeds have made Slack a leader in the space. The tech and investor community has caught on. In April, just about a year after launching publicly, Slack was valued at 2.8 billion.

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Another #startup success story. Here it's all about the customer experience.

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Don’t Edit Your Imagination

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As children, we have vivid imaginations. We stay up late waiting for Santa Claus, dream of becoming President, and have ideas that defy physics. Then something happens. As we grow older, we start editing our imagination.

For me, it happened gradually. At the time, I thought it was just part of becoming an adult. I stopped imagining things if I couldn’t imagine how to create them. It’s like there was an internal editor in my head fact-checking the possibilities out of my world. But then I got to RISD, and a professor said something I will never forget. He said,... Read more: click image or title.


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Brian Chesky of #AirBnB on #imagination

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7 Perfect Replies to (Politely) Shut Down Negative People

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The best way to deal with negative people who are always complaining at work.

Up until very recently, I’ve had two techniques for dealing with negative co-workers and colleagues. Full disclosure: Neither of them ever worked.

First, I tried avoiding negative people. I was never rude, but if someone was always venting, I wouldn’t engage in conversations with him or her.

This strategy led me to miss out on important relationships with people who, complaints aside, were good to know. So next, I tried commiserating with the venters. When people started their spiel, I’d join in, either by getting annoyed on their behalf or offering complaints of my own. Not only was this bad for my mood, but it encouraged people to keep grumbling around me.

So I finally figured out a third way to deal: responding to unhappy statements in a way that shut down the pessimism while still keeping the conversation alive.

(Note: I reserve this strategy for people who whine non-stop, not those who speak up when there’s an issue.)

Here are the seven responses I use with people who always seem to have something negative to say. Read more: click image or title.



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