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When you think about your iPad, iPhone, or Mac Book, you think about sleek design and workability. Focus, simplicity, and the ability to adapt are crucial. The late Steve Jobs is an inspiration to many, and Apple’s design philosophy over time is part of Jobs’ fantastic legacy. Complete commitment to user-focused design is one of the guiding forces for the technology behemoth, and the results speak for themselves. From inside to outside, Apple’s products are designed to be efficient, aesthetic, useful, and adaptable. Sleek, simple, and mobile are words you’ll hear associated with all of the company’s designs.
In 2011, over 60 designers started the Designer Fund , to give angel funding, mentorship, and connections to designers creating businesses with positive social impact. We believe that designers should be part of the DNA of companies from the beginning and partner with business and technology cofounders to build great products, user experiences, and a culture of innovation for the long run. That core principle has informed our Designer Founders book series, which includes interviews with designers about the path they took to create tech startups.
I love to chat with readers, writers, and entrepreneurs, and am often asked where authors get their creative ideas. Aside from the usual place (in the bathtub surrounded by bubbles), I began to think: What inspires creativity? And, how can we conjure more creativity?
"I'm only going to tell you this once..." There's a lot to be said for conditioning your audience to listen carefully. If they know that valuable information is only going to come at them once, they'll be more alert for it. Alas, as the nois-o-sphere gets noisier still, this approach is hard to justify. Repetition increases the chance that you get heard.
Note : This is a guest article by Kimberly Crossland . More details about her after the post. Traveling for business is a fun experience.
The owner of one of my favourite cafes recently started using Twitter and Facebook. However, when you interact with her business online, you get very little sense of the woman behind it. Her online footprint is polite but, frankly, it lacks personality. In reality, she is a larger than life character who epitomises her brand. She lives and breathes her cafe — and is well known (in real life) for her food, unique decor and events. She told me: "I just don't want to be in the spotlight.
The fine folks of Fictive Kin created slashpurpose.org . They believe that the world would be a better place if the people trying to shape it spoke openly and plainly about their vision for the future. The Fictive Kin guys think a fine place to do that is on your own /purpose page, to share the “why” behind your “what”. Like this! yourlovelysite.com/purpose. Sharing your purpose means being explicit about the place you ultimately want to take people and about the metrics you use for measuring success.
I've been playing tennis for nearly five decades. I love the game and I hit the ball well, but I'm far from the player I wish I were. I've been thinking about this a lot the past couple of weeks, because I've taken the opportunity, for the first time in many years, to play tennis nearly every day. My game has gotten progressively stronger.
Recently I have learned that I don’t have to be perfect, however it is important for me to always do my best , but no more and no less. The inspiring book, “The Four Agreements” reiterated this fact to me. The book explains that doing our best frees us from the self-limiting beliefs that rob us of our joy and personal freedom. But, your best will never be the same from one moment to the next.
I’m completely amped to help you shatter any limits that are holding you back from becoming a Remarkable Entrepreneur – and building a fantastic company so you get to live the life of your dreams. So…I’ve written down 44 of my BEST ideas and insights learned from over 15 years with many of the SMARTEST entrepreneurs in the world and as founder of The Remarkable Entrepreneur SuperConference . Read them + SHARE them with your team and then live them. Hope they really help you win:
Starting a company from scratch is, by nature, an act of audacity. So think of the companies on Inc.’s 25 Most Audacious list as the embodiment of entrepreneurship: Each one is original, ambitious, and totally uncowed by impossible odds. Of course, how the companies manifest their audacity depends a lot on what business they are in, so we split our search among five broad categories: Design, Marketing, Tech, Social Impact, and Culture.
Vine co-creator Dom Hoffmann says the app's appeal lies in its immediacy: "A post on Vine takes you there," he tells The New Yorker , in his first interview since the Twitter-owned app launched in January. "You feel like you were there. Whatever somebody’s trying to say with their post on Vine — the addition of sound, the colors are better, it moves — it feels like it’s happening in real life.” This week, Vine moves from the smartphone to the cinema as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The inaugural competition for best six-second film attracted more than 400 entries; the winners will be announced Friday.
If you want to know about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ obsession with longevity, all you have to do is read up about his side projects. You could check out his super-secretive aerospace company, Blue Origin. Or you could look in the Sierra Diablo Mountain Range in Texas, where Bezos is carving out a hole in one of the mountainsides to build a 10,000-year clock using $42 million of his own money. Why focus 10,000 years into the future? The answer lies in Bezos’ letter to Amazon shareholders from 1997 when the company went public, a manifesto of sorts about the benefits and approaches to long term thinking. The 1997 letter’s main point: we can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term.
A Frenchman walks into a bar with a duck on his head, and the bartender asks, “Hey, where’d you get that?” So the duck says “I got it in Paris, they’ve got millions of ’em there.” Jokes like this one are funny because the punch line just doesn’t fit with the “context” of the setup.
Where do eurekas come from? At the heart of any successful business is a great idea.
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