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Andrew Kippen

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  • ATF AUDIT: First Steps 

  • “Your own reality—for yourself, not for others.” Thinking for yourself means finding yourself, finding your own reality. Here’s the other problem with Facebook and Twitter and even The New York Times. When you expose yourself to those things, especially in the constant way that people do now—older people as well as younger people—you are continuously bombarding yourself with a stream of other people’s thoughts. You are marinating yourself in the conventional wisdom. In other people’s reality: for others, not for yourself. You are creating a cacophony in which it is impossible to hear your own voice, whether it’s yourself you’re thinking about or anything else. That’s what Emerson meant when he said that “he who should inspire and lead his race must be defended from travelling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions.” Notice that he uses the word lead. Leadership means finding a new direction, not simply putting yourself at the front of the herd that’s heading toward the cliff.
  • So why is reading books any better than reading tweets or wall posts? Well, sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes, you need to put down your book, if only to think about what you’re reading, what you think about what you’re reading. But a book has two advantages over a tweet. First, the person who wrote it thought about it a lot more carefully. The book is the result of his solitude, his attempt to think for himself.


    Second, most books are old. This is not a disadvantage: this is precisely what makes them valuable. They stand against the conventional wisdom of today simply because they’re not from today.

  • Introspection means talking to yourself, and one of the best ways of talking to yourself is by talking to another person. One other person you can trust, one other person to whom you can unfold your soul.

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  • Results revealed that participants in the mindfulness intervention group experienced significantly less emotional exhaustion and more job satisfaction than participants in the control group.
  • Study 1 was a 5-day diary study with 219 employees and revealed that mindfulness negatively related to emotional exhaustion and positively related to job satisfaction at both the within- and the between-person levels.
  • Study 1 was a 5-day diary study with 219 employees and revealed that mindfulness negatively related to emotional exhaustion and positively related to job satisfaction at both the within- and the between-person levels.

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  • Research participants who had spent just 15 minutes in “mindfulness” meditation, focusing on their breathing, were 77% more likely than others to resist what’s known as the “sunk-cost bias,” the tendency to stick with a less-than-optimal strategy merely because a lot of money has been sunk into it, says a team led by Andrew C. Hafenbrack of Insead business school in France.

  • The ACC is associated with self-regulation, meaning the ability to purposefully direct attention and behavior, suppress inappropriate knee-jerk responses, and switch strategies flexibly.
  • Meditators, on the other hand, demonstrate superior performance on tests of self-regulation, resisting distractions and making correct answers more often than non-meditators.
  • All of this points to the importance of this brain area in resilience—another key skill in the current high-demand business world.

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Nov 17, 14

Nest videos for old folks, 20/30-somethings, parents, and pet-owners. 

  • Advances in technology seem to be making everything smaller and simpler these days, and home alarm systems are no exception. The Canary Home Security System offers comprehensive security for apartments and offices in one small smartphone-operated unit.

  • So stop looking for the trick. There are tricks in startups, as there are in any domain, but they are an order of magnitude less important than solving the real problem.
  • That brings us to our fourth counterintutive point: startups are all-consuming. If you start a startup, it will take over your life to a degree you cannot imagine.
  • And if your startup succeeds, it will take over your life for a long time: for several years at the very least, maybe for a decade, maybe for the rest of your working life. So there is a real opportunity cost here.

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  • “Once we did [rapid prototyping] it was easier to then take all that work and plug it into a site like Indiegogo, where we could tell a great story, figure out our product-market fit, make sure that there was a big enough market for them, and then fund the first round of actual product,” says Andrew Kippen, head of marketing at Canary.
  • “The way we see it is that crowdfunding funds the product, and then VC funding funds the company,” Kippen says.
  • “It’s not really crowdfunding. It’s a presale, actually,” says Charlie O’Donnell, partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Canary’s other seed funder

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  • And yet, self-reliance only gets you so far. In the end, you may survive on your own. But you will only thrive by connecting with others.

  • If the Internet of Things is going to really take off, here are the obstacles it will have to overcome:
  • 1. Signaling


    In order for smart devices to have a meaningful impact on our lives they have to be able to connect to and communicate with each other.

  • 2. Security 


    Security is probably one of the most obvious challenges to the IoT.

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  • He could be pick up the signals being sent from sensors on windows and doors to the main control system using a cheap SDR, meaning he could see transmissions from sensors — which are sent even when the system is unarmed — and track when people were opening and closing windows and doors.
  • With a more sophisticated SDR, he could interfere with transmissions, setting the alarm off falsely by telling it doors were opening when they weren’t or jamming the system so that it wouldn’t go off, even if doors did open. He could do this from 65 to 250 yards away– basically a house over.
  • Moore and Wardle discovered a small number of flaws in the Dropcam that could lead to it being compromised, but the attacker would need to get his or her hands on the cam to crack it. The most notable problem they discovered was a button on the back of the device that can be pressed when it’s booting up to put the camera into receptive USB mode.

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