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The smallest viable audience is now more attainable than ever before.
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Now that we have robots and AI the work that’s left is for us to create magic.
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Perfectionism has nothing to do with perfect.
Perfect has little to do with quality.
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Comparing IP Address Geolocation API Services

via https://buff.ly/31KfUW9
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What a way to head into the weekend! I just got promoted with a SUPERB rating 🥳

Thank you all for motivating and challenging me everyday ❤️
🍻 Cheers 🍻

Life At Google Google Cloud #googlecloudplatform #googlecloud #careerintech #womenincloud #womenintech #promotion #cloudcomputing
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#netflix #engineering #hiring
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We just announced the first ever AI model that can translate any pair of 100 languages in any direction... without relying on English. 🥳

A major AI milestone, a huge achievement for our Facebook AI teams, and the culmination of many years of pioneering research. 👏

Breaking language barriers is key to connecting people, and we already power 20 billion translations every day.

... and this research is open-sourced. 🙌

More details: https://bit.ly/34eOnhc

#innovation #ai #facebook
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In such a difficult time I am proud to have joined the Midcap Partners family in #Paris (a TP ICAP subsidiary) as an Equity Research Analyst.

I am so excited about this new #adventure and I am thrilled to be working with the most #dynamic #Italian #small and #mid caps.
Many thanks again to Charles Louis Planade and Charles-Henri Berbain for giving me this amazing #opportunity.

#financialmarkets #SMEs #midcaps #italy
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I’m excited to be speaking at the Fitness & Active Brands Summit alongside such an incredible group of founders, executives, and investors in fitness and wellness.

I will be talking about the combination of hardware, software, and content in digital fitness, and finding the right strategy for each target consumer.

Hope to see you there!

You can learn more about the event here: https://lnkd.in/dtj4CtG

#fitness #digitalfitness #athomefitness #ai Laura Dunlop
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Today marks the 10 year annivesary of Untappd, Inc! It’s amazing to see how we started and where we are today.

The main reason for it’s success, is to YOU, the community. I am humbled every day from your support. 🍻

We also filmed a documentary of Untappd that will air on YouTube on Saturday, October 24 at 6pm ET after our virtual 10th Anniversary party. You can a sneak peak here: https://lnkd.in/d2EdEmU

Here are my thoughts on hitting 10 years: https://lnkd.in/dyE5aPw
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Ultimately, a wealth tax as modest as some Democrats are proposing would affect precious few Americans, but still generate trillions of dollars of revenue from people who have largely been increasing their fortunes throughout the pandemic.
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See your website on different devices at once.
via SeleniumBase
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911 is not a customer service line for someone's racist behavior

via https://buff.ly/2T9dcVo
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PayPal to allow cryptocurrency buying, selling and shopping on its network
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The pandemic has eroded democracy and respect for human rights

via https://bit.ly/37iS86Y
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Tax Bracket Explorer

via https://bit.ly/3dBX2x3
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The Problem of Free Speech in an Age of Disinformation

via https://bit.ly/348WThw
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We like things because we choose them, and we dislike things that we don't choose

via https://bit.ly/2H8Tcj7
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This is how they built bridges in the middle-ages.
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Such a refreshing group of people, and an amazing opportunity for growth in California.

https://lnkd.in/gBfdG8i
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AT&T is selling your phone calls and text messages to marketers. Here is how to opt out
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Responding to cities' needs is what we do, and when our customers said, "a Remix + Swiftly speeds partnership would provide a quick way to analyze temporary treatments such as putting in a pop-up lane"...we did it!

Really excited for the impact this partnership with Swiftly, Inc. has on transit speeds project implementation. Great work, Courtney Sung!
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File this under genius marketing ... perfectly timed.
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Only in Silicon Valley is the Santa Clara County billboard on Covid guidelines in Javascript! Taken on Central Expwy just off SJC airport. #covid19news
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Con i motori Minarelli, FANTIC si impenna!! Grandissimi 👏👏💪🇮🇹
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Three months into an already exciting journey that included moving my family from San Francisco to Amsterdam during a global pandemic, another exciting thing just happened MessageBird!

Oh and guess what, #wearehiring


https://lnkd.in/g9tjvP8

#customersuccess #technology #careers #hiring
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Apple extends deadline for UIWebView deprecation.

via https://bit.ly/2I8nRxb
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Ex Date Dividend Calendar Monitor

via https://bit.ly/3lodBPK
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The NHS COVID19 app should be a medical device. The intended use of this app is prevention (Find out when you’ve been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus), prescription (Helps you order a test if you need to), diagnosis (Check if you have coronavirus symptoms) and prognosis (Keep track of your self-isolation countdown): it is definitely a medical device. There is no evidence of CE Mark or UKCA Mark in google play... but the APP is CE marked. Please, add the CE mark also on Google play. #covid19app
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Excel: Why using Microsoft's tool caused Covid-19 results to be lost - BBC News

via https://bit.ly/3lf55lX
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Niente più app preinstallate sugli smartphone europei?

Il Financial Times ha nei giorni scorsi svelato che il Digital Servives Act a cui sta lavorando la Commissione europea avrebbe nel proprio mirino le GAFAM #Google, #Apple, #Facebook, #Amazon e #Microsoft) e nelle specifico le loro app preinstallate sugli smartphone.

Queste app infatti sono viste dalla #CommissioneEuropea come un abuso di posizione dominante nei confronti di altre applicazioni. In alcuni casi poi queste app preinstallate non possono nemmeno essere rimosse, ma tutt'al più disattivate.

Se davvero il Digital Servives Act contenesse questo divieto di preinstallazione in Europa sarebbe un'ulteriore presa di posizione della Comunità Europea verso le Big Tech.

Vorreste essere voi a poter scegliere quali app avere sul vostro smartphone finalmente o è indifferente?

#privacysemplice
#privacynetwork
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Usare l’intelligenza artificiale per far sentire le persone meno sole, per consolarle, è inquietante.
Quello che va sotto il nome di affective computing, se adoperato come tenta di fare Replika, applicazione già scaricata da 7 milioni di persone, avrà impatti sociali terribili.
Bambini, ragazzi, soggetti fragili non sono hanno i mezzi per gestire un rapporto con una macchina che tenta di spacciarsi per “umana”. E tra 10 anni potremmo ritrovarci con impatti e costi sociali altissimi.

P.S. ricordatevi di insegnare ai vostri figli che Alexa e Google Home sono solo delle macchine. Utilissime, ma pur sempre macchine. Come tali devono essere trattate e trattarci.

#IA #AI #intelligenzaartificiale #artificialintelligence #aiethics #affectivecomputing
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The NHS COVID19 app should be a medical device. The intended use of this app is prevention (Find out when you’ve been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus), prescription (Helps you order a test if you need to), diagnosis (Check if you have coronavirus symptoms) and prognosis (Keep track of your self-isolation countdown): it is definitely a medical device. There is no evidence of CE Mark or UKCA Mark in google play... but the APP is CE marked. Please, add the CE mark also on Google play. #covid19app
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E tu cosa aspetti?
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E tu cosa aspetti?
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Swarm Technologies is bringing the world one step closer to affordable global connectivity with the rollout of its commercial services. Congrats to Sara Spangelo and the team on this amazing milestone!
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I released my first app on the AppStore 122months ago.
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Just realized I've been staring at this 20min straight.
Fascinated by realtime "dance" at $10k resistance.
#bitcoin
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The worst thing you can do in a debrief is say that everything was perfect. That means that you are either blind to your own mistakes or not transparent and afraid to share them.

via https://bit.ly/3b8mWFS
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Pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes.
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Don’t be afraid to ask a question that may sound stupid because 99% of the time everyone else is thinking of the same question and is too embarrassed to ask it.
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Too much choice can be overwhelming. People would rather buy nothing than choose the wrong option. They'll often walk away if they can't easily figure out the right product to buy or if they're forced to make projections about future costs.
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The price you set for a product also influences its perceived value. That’s why people assume that a $50 bottle of wine is better than a $10 one.
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“If you picked your price once and never changed it, it’s probably wrong,”

--Phil Libin
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LinkedIn’s decision to package some seldom-used features as high-margin “premium” accounts spawned a business line that now makes almost $250 million a year.

#pricing
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The Great Realisation
#Tomfoolery
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This is farming today.
Driving a tractor.

via https://bit.ly/3aYkgum
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Google Play has been spreading advanced Android malware for years | Ars Technica
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💪 Hourly 4sec sprints increase fat oxidation by 43%.

via https://bit.ly/2Yji26c
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“You cannot step into the same river twice, for other waters are continually flowing on.”

--Heraclitus
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Is being busy simply a defense mechanism to avoid just being?
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Being busy all the time can give us an illusion of productivity which may feel reassuring, but isn’t there a risk we are too busy to enjoy life?
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When somebody says Agile, push for Kanban, not Scrum.

When somebody says that “we do Agile” to me, that means that there is a team meeting every two weeks. That’s all that Agile means to me.

Some will get into the difference between two “flavors” of #Agile, #Scrum and #Kanban. As a rule of thumb, Scrum means that “you have to get certain things done with those two weeks.”, Kanban means “do what you can do in two weeks.”
If it’s not explicit to you whether the team follows Scrum or Kanban, you should have that conversation explicitly – and you should push for Kanban.
Given the difficulty of estimation, Scrum can easily mean that you’ll get pressured to work extra hours to complete something within that arbitrary two-week horizon.

#agileteams #projectmangement #productmanagement #product #pm
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You can buy a street-legal chinese sport bike on Amazon.
https://bit.ly/2WeEKd6
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The average page loading speed for a first page result is 1.65 seconds.

via https://bit.ly/2xkl0fH
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Sotheby's International Realty offers real estate VR tours

via https://bit.ly/2KJOFC5
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Japanese firm offers spouses apartments to avoid 'coronavirus divorce'

via https://bit.ly/2y7ljLb
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John Lewis launches virtual stylist service through Instagram

via https://bit.ly/2W02AsI
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Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Costa Crociere S.p.A. and Seabourn Cruise Line will maintain travel agencies’ commission rates for 2021 and 1% bonus on new bookings through 6/30.

#OnboardWithYou
Adolfo M. Perez
https://bit.ly/3aGtgUJ
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Zara models photograph themselves at home in DIY shoots during lockdown to promote the retailer's new collection

via https://bit.ly/2y7iny7
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Google apologizes after its Vision AI produced racist results.

This is why it's too early to implement automated AI surveillance.

via https://bit.ly/2xkEbGe
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Online Shopping

・Google helps find the products on 3rd-party e-commerce sites
・Shopify or WooCommerce build the storefronts
・Stripe or PayPal handle payments
・Third-party logistics providers package and ship the goods
・United States Postal Service, FedEx, UPS deliver the actual packages

...Amazon does everything.
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Dolphins glow as they glide through bioluminescent waves in Newport Beach.

https://lnkd.in/gkM9hvB
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This is a turning point.
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Internet products don't get the luxury of leaving ruins, they just disappear.
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#COVID19 forced @Airbnb to rethink its product offerings
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Great session yesterday with John Barrows
and Doug Landis
🙏🚀
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The Instagram Story With Bloomberg’s Sarah Frier

via https://bit.ly/3cNBrAn
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We need to demand more of our political leaders, of our CEOs, our entrepreneurs, our investors.
We need to demand more of our culture, of our society.
We need to demand more from one another.
We’re all necessary and we can all contribute.

via https://bit.ly/2KjDK1K
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Industries don't need trusted advisors, people need trusted advisors
People need advice, no matter how smart or successful.
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Customers are demanding a “real time, all the time, on any device” experience.
You know this is true because you’re also a customer. You know what kind of experiences you expect from the businesses that you patronize.
Is your brand delivering the same sorts of experiences that you yourself demand?
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Wondering how to convince your board or senior management to invest in a mobile strategy?
Email me and briefly describe your current situation.
I’ll offer my advice on how to properly position mobile as the solution to the challenges your organization is facing.

https://bit.ly/2wQB60n
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People need consulting and advising for different goals.
A consultant will help a client find a solution to a problem, and advisers will guide the clients who know of possible solutions to select the best one.

https://bit.ly/3er1XRs
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Stress and worry are not the same thing.

Stress is the tension that results from a force being applied to a norm.

Worry is pointless fretting about an undesirable future state.

Stress can exist in a person, a system, or a physical object.

Worry, on the other hand, only exists in the human mind.

A bridge or a crowbar or a software application can all endure stress. But none of them are worried about anything.

You can relieve stress by making decisions and taking actions.

Jonathan Stark
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We cant go back to the world we knew months ago.
That world no longer exists.
We are entering into a new normal.
We don't know what new normal will look like because we are determining it right now.
The choices we make right now will define the world that is emerging.
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Unresolved grief is what is currently hurting many people.
We are in grief because we've lost a way of life.
The sooner we can acknowledge and embrace the 5 stages of grief the sooner we can go through them.
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Best apps for old iPhones
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When countless people are getting sick or poor, the harmful effects of administrative burdens grow exponentially.

via https://bit.ly/2XXHoGL
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imagination — the capacity to create, evolve, and exploit mental models of things or situations that don’t yet exist — is the crucial factor in seizing and creating new opportunities, and finding new paths to growth.
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・This crisis will change globalisation
・Over the years globalisation brought many positives but also negatives. Now it is approaching the end of its cycle because it started weakening democracy.
・Need to refocus on the human aspect, economy no longer has primacy; we are interdependent.
・Education, health, climate, and biodiversity has to force powers to cooperate.
・We are living something unthinkable 6 months ago. It is cognitive dissonance to believe we can get out of it with the same habits.

humilité et détermination

https://bit.ly/3angUAO
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Performance is access and access is a human right.

In most regions latency increased and speeds have dropped for both mobile and cable.
This results in frustrated users and drops in sales.

Speed has always been important but now it is vital.

Karolina Szczur・Chris Ferdinandi・Ookla
#webperf #mobile #covid19 #webdev
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#DigitalTransformation is not a project, it's a ... transformation.
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Google has become like the pampering robots in WALL-E, giving us what we want at the expense of what we need. But, it's not our bodies that are turning into mush: It’s our minds.
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Visualizing the Occupations with the Highest COVID-19 Risk
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New habits are already being
put to the test across the fashion
industry, from an 84% rise
in remote working to a 79%
uptick in video conferencing and
a 58% increase in flexible
working hours.
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The crisis will shake out the weak, embolden the strong
and accelerate the decline of companies that were already
struggling before the pandemic, leading to massive waves
of consolidation, M&A activity and insolvencies. To secure
their future, companies must adapt to the new market
environment by evaluating divestment and acquisition
opportunities to strengthen their core and capture
whitespaces that emerge from the reshuffle.
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As the crisis also pushes 13
percent of European consumers
to browse online e-tailers for the
first time, brands should take
the opportunity to become not
just more digitally adept, but to
become digital frontrunners.
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Social distancing has highlighted the importance
of digital channels more than ever and lockdowns
have elevated digital as an urgent priority across the
entire value chain but, unless companies scale up and
strengthen their digital capabilities in the recovery
phase of the crisis, they will suffer in the longer term.
Consumers will continue to demand more in this space
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Don’t let innovation stop,
because this could be the window
of opportunity, use this time to
reinvent how you do what you do,
bring consumers new alternatives,
new value, and in the process
even reinvent your own brand.
-- Doug Stephens
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Matzoh reminds us that when the opportunity for liberation comes, we must seize it even if we do not feel fully prepared—indeed, if we wait until we feel prepared, we may never act at all.
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When an "expert" mentions layoffs as first element to look into after a cash flow sensitivity analysis I immediately 🙄.
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Betteridge's law of headlines is an adage that states:
"Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no".
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The metric we need to manage #COVID19 is not only R₀ but a "dynamic local R₀".

via https://bit.ly/2Kaezyl
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"The current absence of political and moral leadership in the US is not surprising but disappointing nonetheless."
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We’re all on #TeamHumanity.
Let’s use our differences to make each other better, not to destroy each other.
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Now’s a Good Time to Teach Your Kids to Play on Their Own (also applies to managing remote teams 😉)
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The flywheel is a visualization of a system that creates compounding effects via a positive feedback loop or virtuous cycle.
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MacLeod hierarchy - why most large companies end up as the same sad soul-crushing environment.
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Mundell–Fleming trilemma (ie pick 2 out of 3).
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The BCG growth share matrix is a portfolio management framework that helps companies decide how to prioritize their different businesses.
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The Johari window is a technique that helps people better understand their relationship with themselves and others.
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The world is moving faster than ever.
Use a spring mindset to foster resilience and progress.
Need help? → https://bit.ly/2XlBXRu
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Want to know about the latest vulnerabilities? Check your logs. 😉
Yesterday's were:
・wlwmanifest.xml (xmlrpc.php #wordpress)
・mainfunction.cgi (hardware)
・eval-stdin.php (RCE #PHPUnit)
・wp-login.php (WP #bruteforce)
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Solve One Problem, For One Customer
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When the virus sparked store closures across China, Nike embraced a hard pivot to digital sales and marketing.
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A/B Testing ideas to boost sales
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Hospitals Deploy AI Tools to Detect COVID-19 on Chest Scans
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#COVID19 Is A Before-And-After Moment In #DigitalTransformation
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#DigitalTransformation provides unparalleled opportunities to offer personalized service to customers. Leverage digital solutions to understand customers and provide recommendations and experiences that are unique to them.
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#DigitalTransformation requires a change in thinking about how an organization delivers its products and services, and even the products and services themselves. Successful companies push past what’s always been done to find the most efficient and innovative solutions.
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When focusing on digital solutions for customers, companies also need to consider their internal customers—employees. Getting employee feedback and providing consumer-grade technology solutions empowers employees to provide an amazing experience.
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All data systems need to work together and be integrated into the company’s internal processes. A streamlined data strategy is required for a successful #DigitalTransformation.
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#DigitalTransformation impacts the entire organization, not just one department.
Everyone’s voice needs to be heard.
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A successful digital transformation starts from the top with leaders who drive employees towards the vision. Every executive and leader must play a role in championing digital change and uniting the digital transformation with the company’s larger, long-term goals.

#digitalTransformation
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Companies need to break down internal silos to create a cohesive organization that embraces change. That means getting executives and leaders on board with the new digital vision.

#digitalTransformation
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Todd Herman
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Scenic Cruises suspends all cruises up to 6/30/20 offering a 110% future travel credit to re-book and travel by 31 December 2022.

https://bit.ly/3aNZfTL
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Essentials of #resilience:
・Poised to Adapt
・Brittleness
・Trade-offs
・Initiative
vReciprocity

via https://bit.ly/2xT2zP0
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[Opinion]
Post-Pandemic New York will be younger, cheaper, poorer, and segregated in a new way. 

via https://bit.ly/2xRo02X
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See the Tesla Ventilator on YouTube
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The snorkeling mask that can help fight #Covid19

#MadeInItaly 🇮🇹
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70% OFF
7 Night Windward Islands
on Royal Clipper in the Caribbean
Itinerary → https://lnkd.in/gBaUDWj

#cruises
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Biggest companies pay the least tax, leaving society more vulnerable to pandemic – new research
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Facebook just released a desktop app to go against Zoom.
https://bit.ly/3bT3o9e
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Are These 10 New Consumer Behaviors Here To Stay?
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Adapting now while everything's in flux is going to be a lot easier than scrambling in 6 months (or 6 weeks) once everyone has settled into a new status quo.

--Jonathan Stark
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Inexpensive #growth activities in #pandemic times:
- paid lead-gen (CPM already dropped 50%)
- SEO
- optimize funnel/conversion
- refresh your retargeting
- review/cleanup attribution & taxonomy

Need help? → https://bit.ly/2X6EVt0
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There may be a bit of a dead-cat bounce (dead-world bounce?) as immediate relief measures take effect in a few months, but don’t be fooled. Long-term, the old world is dead.

-- Venkatesh Rao
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Perfect is the enemy of good,
especially during crises when prompt
action is required.
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