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Apr 19, 16

"Image Credit: SFIO CRACHO/Shutterstock
In my 18-year career as a software developer, I have had the opportunity to work with some great teams, clients, and on some amazing technology. I worked on projects for BMW at the dawn of the Internet video age and built enterprise applications for the financial industry. My role on these projects was either developer, architect, tech lead, or a combination of all three. Every project has its unique challenges, but here are a few things I’ve learned that have always led to success."

  • Image Credit: SFIO CRACHO/Shutterstock

    In my 18-year career as a software developer, I have had the opportunity to work with some great teams, clients, and on some amazing technology. I worked on projects for BMW at the dawn of the Internet video age and built enterprise applications for the financial industry. My role on these projects was either developer, architect, tech lead, or a combination of all three. Every project has its unique challenges, but here are a few things I’ve learned that have always led to success.

Apr 19, 16

"90 Seconds founder and CEO Tim Norton says he chose to make contact with Sequoia via a different route than most.

“We made a clear point of not going through Silicon Valley,” Norton tells StartupSmart.

“You can reach them through Asia quite often – it’s a good way to meet through the side door rather than through the front door in the Valley.”

Norton initially met with Sequoia in Singapore, and the investment comes from the firm’s branch in India.

He says startups from Australia and New Zealand too often focus entirely on the US when seeking international investment."

  • A New Zealand-based startup has secured a near-$10 million investment led by Silicon Valley powerhouse Sequoia Capital after its founder contacted the firm “through the side door”.

     

    The $US7.5 million Series A round in cloud-based video production platform 90 Seconds is also backed by Australian VC firm AirTree Ventures.

     

    Sequoia Capital is one of the biggest VC firms in the world, and has invested in over 250 companies that are now worth over $US1.4 trillion.

     

    These include some of the biggest tech companies in the business, including Apple, Google, YouTube, and Airbnb.

  • Deans says it’s important to be confident and surround your business with experienced people.
Apr 19, 16

"Our investors love our investor updates. So much that they asked to share it with other companies they invest in.

We thought we’d share it with everyone.

Providing your investors with an update on a regular basis is not only a great way to keep them informed, it can also be a good time to ask them for assistance when and where you need it.

Whether it is asking for advice on your current direction or how to address critical issues and threats, investors also generally have valuable networks of contacts that you can ask them to introduce you to."

  • Our investors love our investor updates. So much that they asked to share it with other companies they invest in.

     

    We thought we’d share it with everyone.

     

    Providing your investors with an update on a regular basis is not only a great way to keep them informed, it can also be a good time to ask them for assistance when and where you need it.

     

    Whether it is asking for advice on your current direction or how to address critical issues and threats, investors also generally have valuable networks of contacts that you can ask them to introduce you to.

  • Why is it that firms based in particular locations succeed in global competition where firms in other locations fail?”
  • Looking across Weiner’s seven case studies for answers on why geniuses clustered, no single factor, no silver bullet surfaces. Some common elements from his journey, as viewed through the eyes of this cluster-ologist,
  • Outward looking, searching

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  • An assistant-as-app is suited for certain scenarios. Here are three cases where I expect assistant-as-app services to excel:
  • “41% of people feel overwhelmed by the wealth of choices on the web, making it hard for them to make purchase decisions.”
  • An assistant-as-app is particularly good at off-loading the burden of analysis.

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Apr 14, 16

"Humans excel at embedding individual intelligence in shareable constructs. Our early knowledge sharing relied on speech and other social behaviors, but over time we augmented this capacity for collective intelligence with writing, publishing and other technologies. This silent transformation – this long-term shift from the social to the technological – has led to a world where machines now play an increasingly dominant role as our containers of collective intelligence. Today’s explosive growth in machine learning marks a turning point as we now prioritize the teaching of machines over the teaching of humans. As this happens, knowledge becomes increasingly abstracted from individual human minds and machines transition from mere containers of our collective intelligence to agents capable of using that information on our behalf. This transformation changes humanity’s relationship to knowledge and raises profound implications for the future of the human experience."

  • Humans excel at embedding individual intelligence in shareable constructs. Our early knowledge sharing relied on speech and other social behaviors, but over time we augmented this capacity for collective intelligence with writing, publishing and other technologies. This silent transformation – this long-term shift from the social to the technological – has led to a world where machines now play an increasingly dominant role as our containers of collective intelligence. Today’s explosive growth in machine learning marks a turning point as we now prioritize the teaching of machines over the teaching of humans. As this happens, knowledge becomes increasingly abstracted from individual human minds and machines transition from mere containers of our collective intelligence to agents capable of using that information on our behalf. This transformation changes humanity’s relationship to knowledge and raises profound implications for the future of the human experience.

  • Humans excel at embedding individual intelligence in shareable constructs. Our early knowledge sharing relied on speech and other social behaviors, but over time we augmented this capacity for collective intelligence with writing, publishing and other technologies. This silent transformation – this long-term shift from the social to the technological – has led to a world where machines now play an increasingly dominant role as our containers of collective intelligence. Today’s explosive growth in machine learning marks a turning point as we now prioritize the teaching of machines over the teaching of humans. As this happens, knowledge becomes increasingly abstracted from individual human minds and machines transition from mere containers of our collective intelligence to agents capable of using that information on our behalf. This transformation changes humanity’s relationship to knowledge and raises profound implications for the future of the human experience.
Apr 14, 16

"Quid strives to power human intuition by delivering vast quantities of data and their connections through network visualizations. Those networks are usually made of nodes and edges. Lots of them. To enable our customers to visualize, navigate and manipulate these big networks in their browser, a question naturally arises: how can we render those nodes and edges as fast as possible?"

  • Quid strives to power human intuition by delivering vast quantities of data and their connections through network visualizations. Those networks are usually made of nodes and edges. Lots of them. To enable our customers to visualize, navigate and manipulate these big networks in their browser, a question naturally arises: how can we render those nodes and edges as fast as possible?
Apr 13, 16

"Critical Thinking is the ability to take the information you have obtained through observation, reading, hearing and experiences and then evaluating it via analysis, questioning, understanding, synthesizing and rationalizing and therefore coming up with a model of well informed thought or idea about how things might fit together or work."

  • Critical Thinking is the ability to take the information you have obtained through observation, reading, hearing and experiences and then evaluating it via analysis, questioning, understanding, synthesizing and rationalizing and therefore coming up with a model of well informed thought or idea about how things might fit together or work.
    • A critical thinker:

       
         
      1. Is open-minded and mindful of alternatives
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      3. Desires to be, and is, well-informed
      4.  
      5. Judges well the credibility of sources
      6.  
      7. Identifies reasons, assumptions, and conclusions
      8.  
      9. Asks appropriate clarifying questions
      10.  
      11. Judges well the quality of an argument, including its reasons, assumptions, evidence, and their degree of support for the conclusion
      12.  
      13. Can well develop and defend a reasonable position regarding a belief or an action, doing justice to challenges
      14.  
      15. Formulates plausible hypotheses
      16.  
      17. Plans and conducts experiments well
      18.  
      19. Defines terms in a way appropriate for the context
      20.  
      21. Draws conclusions when warranted – but with caution
      22.  
      23. Integrates all of the above aspects of critical thinking 

  • Typical corporate hierarchies are starting to look overrated, and changes in coordination technology have the power to make work and innovation even more democratic.
  • centralized mindset
  • The most rapidly evolving kinds of "collective intelligence"--a phenomenon where a shared or group intelligence emerges from the collaboration and/or competition of many individuals--are those enabled by the Internet.

  • One of the ways to deal with this knowledge explosion is to use what we have, our humanity.
  • By combining technology with our brainpower, we can figure things out. We are naturally creative and curious.
  • This is what social learning is all about. Not just solving problems, but creating new ways of working.

  • By combining technology with our brainpower, we can figure things out. We are naturally creative and curious. We just have to build systems that nurture our inherent abilities.
  • This is what social learning is all about. Not just solving problems, but creating new ways of working.

  • It's just simple, extractive economics
  • A question yet to be addressed is whether the march of technology, under the guise of making our lives easier, freer, more connected, is actually beginning to wipe out secure livelihoods for the masses, and concentrating wealth in a new tech elite.
  • His answer is to shift the digital economy away from extractive models to distributive ones. The cycle couriers could own the takeaway food despatch platform, say. 

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  • Crowdfunding (What is Crowdfunding?) is the biggest thing to happen to finance in the last decade. Entrepreneurs, small and large companies, and individuals are finding a new channel to fund their ideas, projects, and business online. Participating in crowdfunding isn't only about doing good (see my interview with social entrepreneur, Devin Thorpe) -- it's about finding efficient ways to raise money by democratizing the risk and rewards by pooling tens, hundreds, and thousands of contributors/investors together to contribute in your project or invest in your company. With crowdfunding, the future of finance is here.
  • "The supporters of your crowdfunding campaign are your customers. Crowdfunding is basically a way to pre-order products before they are produced -- this is invaluable for a startup.  Too often, people produce products before knowing the depth of their customer base.

  • More particularly, I see technology as taking human goals and making them able to be automatically executed by machines. The human goals that we've had in the past have been things like moving objects from here to there and using a forklift rather than our own hands. Now, the things that we can do automatically are more intellectual kinds of things that have traditionally been the professions' work, so to speak. These are things that we are going to be able to do by machine. The machine is able to execute things, but something or someone has to define what its goals should be and what it's trying to execute.
Apr 11, 16

"Crowdfunding is growing at a tremendous rate and shaping the innovation of every S.P.P.I.C.E. (service, product, project, investment, cause or experience), causing a shift in the role of financial institutions around the globe and influencing government policies and market trends."

  • Crowdfunding is growing at a tremendous rate and shaping the innovation of every S.P.P.I.C.E. (service, product, project, investment, cause or experience), causing a shift in the role of financial institutions around the globe and influencing government policies and market trends.
Apr 10, 16

"The human brain is unique: Our remarkable cognitive capacity has allowed us to invent the wheel, build the pyramids and land on the moon. In fact, scientists sometimes refer to the human brain as the “crowning achievement of evolution.”"

  • The human brain is unique: Our remarkable cognitive capacity has allowed us to invent the wheel, build the pyramids and land on the moon. In fact, scientists sometimes refer to the human brain as the “crowning achievement of evolution.”
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