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The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2014
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0 Shares ShareShare on Facebook ShareShare on Twitter Share E-mail Early last year, I found myself sitting across from Caryn Marooney in Facebook's cafeteria talking about how startups get noticed. What is that ineffable quality that separates the successful media darlings from the companies no one ever hears from again? It's a huge question, and Marooney — now head of Facebook's tech communications and past founder of the OutCast Agency — had good answers. She's been at it for a while, getting press that has distinguished dozens of startups (including eventual giants like Salesforce). Talking to her, it hit me how special this situati ... Read More →

Adobe Ignites Employee Innovation with a Red Box
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Adobe‘s new internal innovation program aims to ignite creativity and empower employees to get them thinking about fresh ideas. Kickbox is a red box that opens up to reveal various tools employees can use to complete creative projects. The all-encompassing workshop, that just so happens to be on-the-go, features a $1,000 prepaid credit card to fund their project (free of expense reports or approvals), along with essential supplies to start their journey, and instructions to help guide them. This innovation program was developed by Adobe’s vice president of creativity, Mark Randall. Since it was introduced last year, over 1,000 participants hav ... Read More →

Temporary Tattoos for Diabetics Monitor Blood Glucose Levels
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Adhesive wearables hold lots of promise for fitness and health monitoring in the future. One such proof-of-concept device has been developed by nanoengineers at the Universtiy of California, San Diego: a new temporary tattoo that monitors blood glucose levels. The flexible, easy-to-wear device extracts and measures the level of glucose in the fluid between skin cells. It was developed and tested by graduate student Amay Bandodkar and colleagues in Professor Joseph Wang’s laboratory at the NanoEngineering Department and the Center for Wearable Sensors at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD. The device consists of patterned electrodes print ... Read More →

The What, Why, and How of DevOps
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I learned much about what I know today about systems operations from Bill, a head of network engineering that I hired for my SaaS company about fifteen years ago. We already built separate systems for managing dev and test from production, matured source code controls, and implemented some automation around testing and deployment. What Bill taught me is that we needed to separate developers from production environments because it required a different mindset, tools, and practices in order to keep production environments stable and scalable. He was right. After removing access, instrumenting some basic change control practices, and improving m ... Read More →

Focus on Benefits Rather than Features
The following was originally published in Mike Cohn's monthly newsletter. If you like what you're reading, sign up to have this content delivered to your inbox weeks before it's posted on the blog, here. Suppose your boss has not bought into trying an agile approach in your organization. You schedule a meeting with the boss, and stress how your organization should use Scrum because Scrum: Has short time boxes Relies on self-organization Includes three distinct roles And based on this discussion, your boss isn’t interested. Why? Because you focused on the features of Scrum rather than its benefits. Product owners and Scrum teams make the same ... Read More →

This App Builds You a Fake Girlfriend or Boyfriend, Voicemails and All
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Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend aren't the first apps that promise to be your virtual partner. But they might be the best apps that promise to trick your friends into thinking you're in a relationship when really you're just sad and lonely and watching too many of the Netflix and eating all the pizza. The best. How does it work—besides brilliantly? Well, after you download the gender-specific app, you pay the company money to send you messages and crowdsourced selfies. Then, you pretend these messages are from a real human and excuse yourself from real social interactions so that you can respond to your robotic lover. "Our inaugur ... Read More →

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