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  • Using Coding To Teach Algebra

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    Fred Wilson
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    Algebra is a turning point for many students. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and solving equations makes sense to most students because they come across these notions in their every day life. But functions are something completely different. It’s the first abstraction most students come across in their study of math. And I’ve seen a lot of students start to dislike math when they get to algebra. They get frustrated that they just don’t get it. They tune out and turn off to math. And that’s a shame. Because math is powerful stuff. It is the key to so…
  • What neurologists tell us about goal setting

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    Penelope Trunk
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    You should set goals because striving to meet a goal makes you happier. This is because a goal gives us structure and purpose, but also once you set a goal, your brain feels like you have already attained that goal. (This explains the euphoria we feel when we decide to “start a diet.”) 1. Our brain thinks we are finished before we start. We need to be very careful setting goals. Our brain is hard-wired to get very upset when we lose something we already have, so we get upset when we don’t actually reach the goal. And, the bigger the potential for positive growth a goal…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

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    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Empty stomach, poor decisions

    Signal vs. Noise
    David
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Entrepreneurial lore is rife with odes to hunger as a foundational necessity of success. Hungry founders are commended as the ones desperate enough to do whatever it takes. Hustle the gullible, bend the law, persevere through endless death marches. Whatever it takes. But is desperation really the best foundation to build the kind of sustainable and long-term businesses the world benefits from the most? Or, is it rather a cheap trick to juice the odds of a short-term pop to the primary benefit of those who are only ever along for a quick ride? I believe the latter. That it’s key to a…
  • Safari the new IE?

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    “In recent years, Apple’s strategy towards the web can most charitably be described as ‘benevolent neglect.'” Nolan Lawson throws the gauntlet down by asking Is Safari the new Internet Explorer?
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  • What neurologists tell us about goal setting

    Penelope Trunk
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    You should set goals because striving to meet a goal makes you happier. This is because a goal gives us structure and purpose, but also once you set a goal, your brain feels like you have already attained that goal. (This explains the euphoria we feel when we decide to “start a diet.”) 1. Our brain thinks we are finished before we start. We need to be very careful setting goals. Our brain is hard-wired to get very upset when we lose something we already have, so we get upset when we don’t actually reach the goal. And, the bigger the potential for positive growth a goal…
  • Online course: Be your real INFJ self without feeling frustrated

    Penelope Trunk
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    This course includes four days of video sessions and email-based course materials.  The course is live July 26 – 29 8pm Eastern. The cost is $195. Sign up now. The person I spend more time with than anyone else right now is Carla. She is an INFJ. And, I confess, I said I’d never work with an INFJ, because they are too hard to manage. But I retract everything after working closely with one. I met Carla when I was interviewing for someone to help me in my garden and the biggest qualification was that they didn’t talk to me. Carla was fine with that. She wanted time to…
  • The science behind high-powered women leaving their careers

    Penelope Trunk
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    The first thing I see when I look at this photo is my son’s mustache. It’s wispy but pronounced enough to show in a photo. I told him a few weeks ago that it’s time to shave. He said, “Mom. You’re embarrassing me. Don’t talk about my body hair.” So I didn’t bring it up again but about a week later, he said, “Mom, I think I need to start shaving.” I said, “Okay” and we bought a razor. I told my husband we need to pick a time. My husband said, “Okay. Whenever.” It wasn’t a big deal to him, but it must be…
  • Play this game: What would you do if you were a millionaire?

    Penelope Trunk
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:04 pm
    When I ask my coaching clients what they’d do if they were millionaires, I ask with the understanding that really, anything they really want to be doing they could do right now. Here’s how the conversation goes. I’ll do it for me. Like, I’m the coach and I’m the client. What would you do if you didn’t need to work? I’d have a Pilates teacher and a yoga teacher live in houses on the farm and they’d give me a lesson each day. Otherwise I don’t think I’d change anything. Oh. Hire a gardener. And a cleaning person to come every day.
  • What your co-workers with Aspergers wish you knew

    Penelope Trunk
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    The first year we lived on the farm, my son showed pigs. He did okay (and I got one of my favorite posts of all time). But he realized that the county fair is not about pigs, it’s about social skills. You have to be able to guess what traits of a pig the judges will like this year, which requires talking to neighbors and pig feed sales guys who come by the farm. It’s a networking thing: “How’s the weather? How are hogs this year?” Even crops can be subjective. Should beans be more green or more consistently shaped? Should the cauliflower be presented with or…
 
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  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Empty stomach, poor decisions

    David
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Entrepreneurial lore is rife with odes to hunger as a foundational necessity of success. Hungry founders are commended as the ones desperate enough to do whatever it takes. Hustle the gullible, bend the law, persevere through endless death marches. Whatever it takes. But is desperation really the best foundation to build the kind of sustainable and long-term businesses the world benefits from the most? Or, is it rather a cheap trick to juice the odds of a short-term pop to the primary benefit of those who are only ever along for a quick ride? I believe the latter. That it’s key to a…
  • Finding the voice of The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    We introduced The Distance podcast in February as a companion to our longform written stories about businesses that have stood the test of time. In just a few months, we’ve learned an incredible amount about creating audio narratives and had a great time doing it—so much so, in fact, that we’ve decided to make the podcast the sole format for The Distance. By focusing on just one medium, we’ll be able to bring you new stories every other week. Our last written story will run in early July. In the meantime, check out our bonus episode featuring Jason Fried talking to Shaun…
  • Hitting our stride with Android

    Dan Kim
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    Over the past few months, our newly minted Android team (Jamie, Jay, and myself) has been hard at work on some shiny new Android stuff. And while we can’t share it yet (soon, I promise!), we’ve learned a lot about how to rapidly prototype, explore, and most importantly ship these new ideas within Basecamp. Like any new team, it took us a bit to find our groove. But in the past eight weeks, we’ve really hit our stride. Now we’re moving quickly and making great progress, without causing ourselves a lot of anxiety or creating undue risk. So I wanted to share a bit about…
  • The special recipe for DELIGHT

    Jonas Downey
    3 Jun 2015 | 5:43 am
    Delight is a word interaction designers have been throwing around for the past couple of years. Some people think it’s an overblown buzzword, while others believe it’s a subject worthy of an entire conference. One part of “designing delight” is about turning otherwise mundane tasks into funny or interesting moments. On the UI side, this might include adding thoughtful animations, cutesy or clever copywriting, and perhaps tossing in a few surprises on top. These surface-level treatments help make a product seem more human and less computery, which is surely a good thing to do whether…
  • Please allow me to re-introduce myself

    Nathan Kontny
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    On March 20, 2007, Highrise, Basecamp's simple CRM tool, was launched to the public. Three years later, Highrise for the iPhone was released. Over the years, Highrise has received upgrades and improvements, but it needed a new home and dedicated team to give it the attention it deserved. So, on August 14, 2014, Highrise HQ LLC began – a new company dedicated to Highrise. At the top of the list of things we wanted to update was the iPhone app. It had been over 4 years since it was released, and it hadn't kept up with changes to iOS. Bugs crept in. Some subtle; some significant.
 
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  • Safari the new IE?

    Matt
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    “In recent years, Apple’s strategy towards the web can most charitably be described as ‘benevolent neglect.'” Nolan Lawson throws the gauntlet down by asking Is Safari the new Internet Explorer?
  • Gut Bacteria and Mood

    Matt
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood? Answer: Maybe.
  • Loyalists vs Mercenaries

    Matt
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Finally, think about being somewhere other than the Bay Area or NYC. Yes, they are great places to start companies, find talent, and get investment. But they are also places where others start companies, get investment, and find your talent. It’s a ratrace, a treadmill, and it’s grueling. If you can avoid it, you owe it to yourself to try. Fred Wilson on Loyalists vs Mercenaries in companies. I’m so happy to see the non-SF/NYC company idea continue to pick up steam, and I think its natural conclusion is distributed work as Automattic does. Like any relationship, I think the most…
  • Obama Delivers Eulogy

    Matt
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:48 pm
     
  • Fight Against Uber

    Matt
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:46 pm
    The Parisian taxi drivers are partly protesting against economic regulations in cities where taxi drivers have to pay for expensive medallions while Uber drivers do not. But, in a larger sense, they’re actually protesting against our increased impatience. Om Malik: The Long History of the Fight Against Uber.
 
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  • Robinhood Just Made ‘Passive’ Investing Easier Than Ever

    Howard Lindzon
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Robinhood just blew open the doors to passive investing for EVERY American of investing age. They are not promoting it as such but I will. Let me explain. The new Robinhood app upgrade allows for automatic deposits. Now any American of investing age can open an account in a few minutes and set and forget weekly deposits. With a few clicks and zero commission every investor can dollar cost average those savings into SPY the largest and most efficient S&P ETF. Basically, Robinhood has built the simplest, most efficient and cheapest ‘robo’ saving and investing plan on the…
  • Congratulations Facebook ….Time to Buy Slack

    Howard Lindzon
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:01 am
    The only thing Facebook has really missed is email and lucky for them, email is mostly dead. Today Facebook hit another all-time high and is worth $238 billion. Facebook owns a lot of our digital history and wants to own the digital future. They have acquired a genetically better Kodak (Instagram), a genetically better ‘Ma Bell’ (Whatsapp) and potentially, your personal Disney (Oculus). Facebook (at $238 billion) has also knocked out Walmart to become a top 10 Market Capitalization Company. A true sign of the times. Facebook now bigger than Walmart -> "@sobata416: FB's…
  • Twitter To Have a New CEO…Poor Bastard

    Howard Lindzon
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Nothing more productive than having wifi on a jetBlue flight to NYC for 6 hours to catch up on email, reading and writing. The future of Twitter is now in the hands of a player to be named later. Perfect. The amazing ‘Game of Thrones’ drama continues. Everyone is chiming in and everyone has chimed in. That’s the point of Twitter. I am with Daring Fireball on this one though: Rightly or wrongly, the writing has been on the wall: Wall Street wanted Costolo out. But I think what Wall Street wants is a pipe dream: for Twitter to turn into another Facebook. No CEO is going to…
  • Goldman Sachs and ShittyBank…

    Howard Lindzon
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    It is hard to argue with price. Forgetting all the stealing, cheating, lying and government loans (gifts), Goldman Sachs is up 150 percent since the crisis in 2008. Here are how the rest of the ‘banks’ have fared. Global banking’s winners and losers since the crisis GS CS C JPM http://stks.co/i2XgV — Allan Schoenberg (@allanschoenberg) Jun. 10 at 06:08 AM In 2011 (probably my last appearance on CNBC), I referred to Citibank as ‘Shittybank’. It was just supposed to be fun and everyone did laugh. I would say the numbers have backed this up. As for Goldman, they…
  • What is Taking Social Finance so Long?

    Howard Lindzon
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:41 am
    I wish I had all the answers because I have spent a lot of my 40’s working in this sector. I started Wallstrip (acquired by CBS), invested in AngelList (pretty damn successful and social), invested in Covestor (acquired recently by Interactive Brokers), Robinhood, Chart IQ, YCharts and Datafox which all have at least a small aspect of social in their DNA and product. Yesterday I read a poorly researched and completely flawed article on the ‘crunchbase network’ piece entitled ‘Why has Social Failed in Fintech‘. I guess TechCrunch has a blog netowork that allows…
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  • Circa’s biggest crime was …

    Jacqui
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    This week, a promising startup died: Circa. I was a small investor and a big fan. There’s a special place in my heart for emerging news brands and curation, and Circa was both. For background, the company spent $5m building and running a stunning, some say quirky, app powered by a respectable team of news junkies for the past three years. Compare that to magazine launches in the 90s, which ran $10-20m per year, and you can see how efficient their effort was. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/4Qx3U ] Sadly, Circa never caught fire. They did have a small, loyal…
  • What I would do if I were CEO of Twitter — a seven-part plan

    Jacqui
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    [ UPDATE: 6/18/15: Listen to Baratunde Thurston read this entire blog post on Soundcloud. Hilarious. ] I was on CNBC on Monday talking about who would be the next CEO of Twitter. On that hit, I explain why Adam Bain is the next CEO. I thought I would expand upon my thoughts on Twitter in this 2,000 word essay, because it seems no one else has any thoughts. At the end of the day, Wall Street ran Twitter’s CEO out despite my piece explaining why this would be a mistake back in January. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/Y4lTQ ] Technically Dick resigned, and is…
  • Apple is launching search engine to destroy Google — and you’re already using it

    Jacqui
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    Apple is launching a search engine called “Spotlight,” at a pace of 3% a quarter — if you have an iPhone or Mac you’ve been using it for a while! Google has gone from unstoppable to “about to be stopped,” in the minds of the smartest folks in the industry. Search ads are Google’s cash cow; unfortunately, for them, it seems that Google is not advancing the platform (outside of slamming massive amounts of “paid inclusion”). “Paid Inclusion” is basically the ads that consumers think are content, but are really ads. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before…
  • The best job for an audio/video genius in San Francisco!

    Jason Calacanis
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    For the past six years I’ve taped over 500 episodes of my podcast, This Week in Startups. We’ve had the most amazing guests on the show, from Travis at Uber (Ep180) to Peter Thiel (Ep525) to Chris Sacca (Ep291) to Glenn Beck (Ep526) to VC John Doerr (Ep520) to Anne Wojcicki (Ep521) to Reid Hoffman (Ep490) to Fred Wilson (Ep523) to Yancey at Kickstarter (Ep524) to Chamath (Ep480) to Evan from Twitter (Ep345) to Kevin from Instagram (Ep196) to Andrew from Groupon (Ep52) to Tim Ferriss (Ep484) … the list goes on and on and on and on. [ Click to Tweet (can edit…
  • Jeff Dachis, Founder & CEO of OneDrop (previously Razorfish), on This Week in Startups

    Jacqui
    4 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Jeff Dachis, former CEO/Founder Razorfish, is changing the way people manage diabetes with his new data analytics & social platform OneDrop Producer Jacqui here. On today’s show is entrepreneur extraordinaire Jeff Dachis, former CEO/Founder of Razorfish & current CEO/Founder of OneDrop.today, an incredible management & social platform for people with diabetes that won Best Design at LAUNCH Festival 2015. Soon after Jeff learned that he had diabetes in 2013, he discovered the complete lack of tools available to manage it — and decided to invent them. OneDrop, a Waze for…
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  • Whitney Cummings on Turning Pain Into Creativity

    Ian Robinson
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:56 pm
    “In order for art to imitate life, you have to have a life.” – Whitney Cummings “I promise: if you just tell the truth and get your heart broken as a comedian, you will have a house.” – Whitney Cummings This episode how to turn pain and struggle into amazing creative projects. Whitney Cummings (@whitneycummings) is a Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer and producer. She is executive producer and, along with Michael Patrick King, co-creator of the Emmy nominated CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, which was recently picked up for a fifth season. Whitney also…
  • The Maverick of Brain Optimization

    Ian Robinson
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:41 am
    “My lab is interested in pursuing how we can enhance cognition to improve quality of life.” – Adam Gazzaley Dr. Adam Gazzaley (@adamgazz) obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, then postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He is now the director of the Gazzaley Lab at UC San Francisco, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. His recent studies go far beyond mere description — he and his lab are exploring neuroplasticity and how we can optimize cognitive abilities, even in healthy adults. So,…
  • Sam Kass on Reinventing Yourself and Baptism by Fire

    Ian Robinson
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Sam Kass, right, in official White House gear. (Photo: Bob Nichols, USDA) “Yankees, we’ve won!” – Austrian sous-chef to unprepared Americans hustling at a Michelin 3-star restaurant “75% of success is staying calm. The rest you figure out.” – Sam Kass Sam Kass almost became a pro baseball player.  Instead, he pivoted a history major from U. Chicago into becoming the private chef for the Obamas in the White House. He then broke into national nutrition policy and was named #11 on Fast Company magazine’s 2011 list of “100 Most Creative People”…
  • An Unusual $100,000 Birthday Present (Plus: Free Round-Trip Anywhere in the World)

    Tim Ferriss
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Turning 38-years young… and still not acting my age. (Photo: Sir Garrett Camp) 38! I’ll turn a glorious 38 soon. It’s going to be a great natal year–I can already feel it. Perhaps it will be good luck for you, too. In this post, I’m giving away a round-trip ticket anywhere in the world. But back to that strange birthday gift… Much to the chagrin of my momma-san, I’ve become difficult to buy presents for. Some friends even think I’m impossible to find presents for. Not so. I love handwritten letters, homemade brownies, and–most of…
  • The Rags to Riches Philosopher: Bryan Johnson’s Path to $800 Million

    Ian Robinson
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Bryan Johnson is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of OS Fund and Braintree, the latter of which was bought by eBay in 2013 for $800 million in cash. Bryan launched OS Fund in 2014 with $100 million of his personal capital to support inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting the operating systems of life. In other words: he fuels real-world mad scientists. His investments include endeavors to cure age-related diseases and radically extend healthy human life to 100+ (Human Longevity), replicate the human visual cortex using artificial intelligence…
 
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  • More pious

    Seth Godin
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    Tribe members often fall into a trap, a trap created by the fear of standing out, and a natural avoidance to question things. "You're not wearing the proper tie." "That's not how someone like us gets married." "My tweets are of the proper format, yours aren't." "The way you are teaching your kids the rules is wrong." "That symbol of purity isn't good enough for my family." "Your version of the way things should be is a compromise." "What, you're not wearing an official jersey to the game?" As soon as someone says, "I am more pious than you," they've chosen to push someone down in order to…
  • Announcing my candidacy

    Seth Godin
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:08 am
    Today, with just 495 days before the election, I'm announcing my run for President of the United States. I'm well aware that electoral politics have been transformed by the collision of semi-modern marketing techniques with the money necessary to implement them. The TV-Industrial complex demands ever more partisan politics, more tribal division, more vote-suppressing vitriol. As we've turned raising money into a game similar to box office returns (where quantity appears to equal quality), candidates have almost no choice but to sell themselves to the highest bidder of the moment, again and…
  • What happens when things go wrong?

    Seth Godin
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    Service resilience is too often overlooked. Most organizations don't even have a name for it, don't measure it, don't plan for it. I totally understand our focus on putting on a perfect show, on delighting people, on shipping an experience that's wonderful. But how do you and your organization respond/react when something doesn't go right? Because that's when everyone is paying attention.        
  • The rejectionists

    Seth Godin
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:17 am
    We can choose to define ourselves (our smarts, our brand, our character) on who rejects us. Or we can choose to focus on those that care enough to think we matter. Carrying around a list of everyone who thinks you're not good enough is exhausting.        
  • Buzzer management

    Seth Godin
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    I started the quiz team at my high school. Alas, I didn't do so well at the tryouts, so I ended up as the coach, but we still made it to the finals. It took me thirty years to figure out the secret of getting in ahead of the others who also knew the answer (because the right answer is no good if someone else gets the buzz): You need to press the buzzer before you know the answer. As soon as you realize that you probably will be able to identify the answer by the time you're asked, buzz. Between the time you buzz and the time you're supposed to speak, the answer will come to you. And if it…
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  • Maybe They Do Understand Your Business

    Fred Wilson
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:08 am
    Farhad Manjoo has a piece in the NY Times discussing something we’ve been talking about ad nauseam here at AVC in the past year or two, namely that venture backed tech companies are waiting much longer to go public and in the process creating a “private IPO” market which in turn is increasingly putting huge valuations on a large number of venture backed companies, including a bunch of USV portfolio companies. There is an unfortunate quote in Farhad’s post which suggests that the public markets are clueless: If you can get $200 million from private sources, then yeah, I…
  • Using Coding To Teach Algebra

    Fred Wilson
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    Algebra is a turning point for many students. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and solving equations makes sense to most students because they come across these notions in their every day life. But functions are something completely different. It’s the first abstraction most students come across in their study of math. And I’ve seen a lot of students start to dislike math when they get to algebra. They get frustrated that they just don’t get it. They tune out and turn off to math. And that’s a shame. Because math is powerful stuff. It is the key to so…
  • Two Charts

    Fred Wilson
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    What is the capital markets environment for startup tech companies? I think these two charts tell most of the story: Seed and Series A is more or less healthy. Series B is getting overheated. Series C and beyond has gone crazy. Public markets are rational. Tech stock performance has been strong but is driven by strong revenue growth and good business fundamentals generally speaking. The disconnect is entirely between the late stage private markets and the public markets. That’s where things are unstable.
  • Greece And Bitcoin

    Fred Wilson
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:26 am
    There are some who suggest the mini run in the price of Bitcoin this month is related to the crisis in Greece. I wouldn’t know about those sorts of things. But one thing is clear to me. Photos like this one from the NY Times showing people lined up outside a closed bank do not produce confidence in the banking system. The hardcore cryptocurrency community wants to control their money themselves, with ownership of the keys to it, and the ability to move it when and where they want. That’s a comforting thought when the alternative is to trust a bank. Here in the US, we have FDIC…
  • Loyalists vs Mercenaries

    Fred Wilson
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:55 am
    One of the things that entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs obsess over is holding onto their team. When I propose some sort of difficult decision to a CEO, I am often met with the response “the team will freak out and we will lose them.” And I understand where this emotion comes from. You spend so much of your time recruiting, training, and managing a team and getting them into a place where they can execute for you and you can’t imagine having some of all of them walk out the door. Neither can I to be honest. But teams come in all flavors. There are highly loyal teams that…
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  • Why data preparation frameworks rely on human-in-the-loop systems

    Ben Lorica
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    As I’ve written in previous posts, data preparation and data enrichment are exciting areas for entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers. Startups like Trifacta, Tamr, Paxata, Alteryx, and CrowdFlower continue to innovate and attract enterprise customers. I’ve also noticed that companies — that don’t specialize in these areas — are increasingly eager to highlight data preparation capabilities in their products and services. During a recent episode of the O’Reilly Data Show Podcast, I spoke with Ihab Ilyas, professor at the University of Waterloo and co-founder of Tamr. We…
  • Four short links: 2 July 2015

    Nat Torkington
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking (Amazon) -- Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God. (via…
  • Four short links: 1 July 2015

    Nat Torkington
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Google Dev Apologies After Photos App Tags Black People as Gorillas (Ars Technica) -- this is how you recover from a unequivocally horrendous mistake. IRS Finally Agrees to Release Non-Profit Records (BoingBoing) -- Today, the IRS released a statement saying they're going to do what we've been hoping for, saying they are going to release e-file data and this is a "priority for the IRS." Only took $217,000 in billable lawyer hours (pro bono, thank goodness) to get there. Time Series Database Requirements -- classic paper, laying out why time-series databases are so damn weird. Their access…
  • Learn a C-style language

    Brian MacDonald
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    You have a lot of choices when you're picking a programming language to learn. If you look around the web development world, you'll see a lot of JavaScript. At universities and high schools, you'll often find Python used as a teaching language. If you go to conferences with language theorists, like Strange Loop, you'll hear a lot about functional languages, such as Haskell, Scala, and Erlang. This level of choice is good: many languages mean that the overall state of the field is continually evolving, and coming up with new solutions. That choice also leads to a certain amount of confusion…
  • Battery performance in Android M

    Doug Sillars
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    It has been a long held personal belief that most battery drain issues on smartphone devices are due to applications that are improperly tuned. I work very closely with mobile developers to help optimize mobile apps for speed and battery life with AT&T's own Application Resource Optimizer. I am also in the process of finishing up a book on High Performance Android Apps that will be published later this summer. So I am always excited to see mobile application performance hit the center stage. Last month, Google held its annual Google I/O conference, where they announce new products, tools…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Sources: On-Demand Cleaning Startup Hassle Merges With Rocket Internet’s Helpling

    Steve O'Hear
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
     The on-demand cleaning space in Europe may have just got a little less messy. According to multiple sources, the U.K.’s Hassle.com, which also operates in Ireland and France, has been acquired by Rocket Internet’s Helpling. Both companies declined to comment. However, TechCrunch understands that this is now a done deal. That also tallies with what I had been hearing as far… Read More
  • Trash-Focused Rubicon Global Hires Its First CTO

    Anthony Ha
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
     Rubicon Global, a startup helping customers find money-saving, environmentally-friendly ways to handle their waste and recycling, is announcing the hire of its first chief technology officer — Phil Rodoni, previously vice president of software at Esurance. Atlanta-based Rubicon doesn’t haul trash itself, but instead connects businesses with waste hauling and recycling companies… Read More
  • Media Server Company Plex Hacked – Forum Servers Affected, But Payment Info Safe

    Sarah Perez
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
     Plex, a popular application that lets users organize and stream their media collections across devices, has been hacked. However, the attackers were only able to compromise the servers hosting the company’s forums and blog – not account information or users’ financial data, the latter which Plex says is not stored on its own servers at all. That being said, many Plex users… Read More
  • Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice”

    Jonathan Friedman
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
     Startups often ask VCs for pre-pitch meetings. These requests usually are positioned along the lines of, “We aren’t looking for money yet, just advice.” Of course, we all know this is just a nice way of getting your foot in the door for a soft pitch. And that’s ok; these meetings enable both sides to get acquainted before the real ask. However, when startups come… Read More
  • Twitter Pushes Ads With A New Button Atop Mobile Users’ Profiles

    Sarah Perez
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
     Twitter’s latest push to monetize its service has led to the rollout of a new “Twitter Ads” button, which is now prominently appearing on user profile pages on both the iOS and Android client applications. The newly added button, which some users may have initially mistaken as a shortcut to Twitter analytics, is found right next to the “Edit profile” button,… Read More
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    Scripting News

  • riverToTweets.js

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    This is pretty technical stuff, but it's indicative of the kind of work we're doing with River4. https://github.com/scripting/riverToTweets It's a publishing system. I don't think there's anything else like it in the open source world. Something we should be connecting on with journalists. I could easily teach smart users how to set up a river of news. They would instantly be more powerful than anyone else in news!
  • How to fix my iMac internal fusion drive?

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:40 pm
    I have a 5K Retina iMac. Its internal drive is an SSD. It's not working. Let me explain. I booted off an external drive. When I look at the drive in the Disk Utility, there's no option to erase it. When I look at the Partition tab, everything is grayed out. When I click on Verify Disk, it says everything is good. When I repair the disk it says it's all good. The disk does not show up on the desktop. Software cannot see it. I want to format the drive. How? The fix is in! Update: Problem solved in the Facebook thread.
  • To make a long story short

    28 Jun 2015 | 2:45 pm
    We need a better way to do discourse on the net. See the longer version.
  • It's not left vs right

    28 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Yesterday's post was intended to be humorous. I don't doubt that algorithms could figure out what most people say on Facebook, and do our speechifying for us. The point behind the humor is this: No issues are so black and white that your template for discourse will spit out a useful statement just by skimming a story. This dumbing-down of discourse is not just present in social networks, but it's also in the news. The NYT says the victories for "the left" now present opportunities to pivot for the right. Well, the victories of this last week are not for the right or the left, and some of it…
  • Facebook is about news, in a weird way

    27 Jun 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Each bit of news potentially fires up a moral parade, where people recite prepared speeches. Often the speeches begin explaining how what someone said is like this other thing, then basically recites a canned story about that thing. You could give each story a number, and just type the number. The computer (Facebook) could then get the text and insert it into the comment for you. Discourse could happen much faster. Eventually Facebook could predict what you'll say and just say it for you. Like the self-driving cars Google is making. You'd sign onto Facebook and see in your notification drop…
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    craigconnects

  • Big News: $50K Awarded at Women Startup Challenge

    Craig Newmark
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Last night the Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition was a huge success in Washington, DC. 12 women-led startups pitched their innovative and disruptive ventures to a panel of tech investors at General Assembly/1776. The judges consisted of: Lorine Pendleton, Business Development Executive, Angel Investor, and Advisor to Startups Kelly Keenan Trumpbour, Founder of See Jane Invest Jeffrey Cherry, CEO and Managing Partner of The Porter Group and Founder and Executive Director of Conscious Venture Lab Dr. Steve Davis, Director of Advanced Projects at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).
  • A Nerd's Summer Reading List

    Craig Newmark
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    **Correction, with my apologies: I've read maybe 1100 books, I think, since I started buying through Amazon. Lifetime total, so far, probably over five thousand. Folks, I read a lot of books, about eight novels per month, so finding enough isn't easy.. I currently use the Kindle app, even though it can be buggy. (I've read around 1100 books, mostly science fiction. Note: 1. I'm a nerd, and 2. it's how we roll.) Please note: My reading habits are always the same, regardless of summer. Some of my favorite books, among the unexpected, include: The Jefferson Bible (Thomas…
  • We Need to Give Back to America's Heroes & Here's How

    Craig Newmark
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    Hey, it's important that we support veterans and their families. One way I'm doing that is by giving to the Veterans Charity Challenge 3. The Veterans Charity Challenge 3 is a fundraising competition where organizations benefiting America's heroes, such as veterans, military families, police and firefighters, compete to raise the most money with the top teams winning grand prize cash donations from craigconnects.  The crowdfunding runs through Thursday, July 2nd at 1:59:59pm ET.  The teams that raises the most during the Challenge win money to help them work toward their…
  • Radio Provides the Suba Community a Rare Voice

    Craig Newmark
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Hey, I'm sharing another blog post I just received from the good folks at Organic Health Response in Mfangano Island in Kenya (see map for reference). This post was written in May, but publication's been delayed as they've been trying to track down this Mzee (a respective name for an older male in Swahili!) for a photo (pictured below).  He was out of the island for some time. I support the Organic  Health Response, and think it's really important to continue supporting orgs who are helping others. Now, here's the latest story from the Suba community: The people of…
  • How the Internet Helps Shape the Moral Universe

    Craig Newmark
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    These days, I spend most of my time in public service and philanthropy, which is my way to continue the unspoken purpose of the site I started some 20 years ago. (This is on a purely volunteer basis. I receive no compensation in any form for it, and pay all my own expenses. Here's why…) That's what I seriously consider my "industry" and its state is hopeful, if people can work together via Internet-based tools. Ultimately, I feel that, as Theodore Parker said,​ "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice" and that the Internet…
 
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