25 Quotes to Inspire You to Become a Better Leader The Four Qs of Career Success Ten websites that teach coding and a bunch of other things By pandodailyguest On April 5, 2013 Seemingly every day there’s a new article or blog post imploring you to learn how to code. “Those who code have the power to transform their dreams into reality.” As a person who’s grown up in the digital age, I have often heard the cry, “digital literacy or die.” But where should you go? In any case, each program below emphasizes different pedagogical techniques and philosophies, and they are all mass market in the sense that anyone is welcome. MIT Courseware Online MIT has long been a pioneer of online courseware. The course itself is quite rigorous as it was an intro course for MIT students. edX MIT and Harvard partnered up to create edX. Codecademy Codecademy.com is something slightly different than the last two. Google University Consortium Much in the same vein as Harvard and MIT, Google used to offer various online courses for its progam Google Code University. PHP Academy Coursera Coursera has been getting some real press these days. Khan Academy
What Not to Say When Negotiating Your Salary Friendship and Solitude - Redfin Blog Have you read the wonderful, deeply counter-cultural lecture on solitude and leadership delivered by William Deresiewicz in spring 2010 to the West Point plebe class? I just found it via David Brooks, and can hardly recommend it enough. Part of what makes the lecture seem so important is the audience hearing it. West Point students are the kind of people who could have gone to Wall Street or started a company two years out of school but instead will soon find themselves face down in the dirt of Afghanistan on Christmas day, scared and cold, leading people they’ve just met, under circumstances that would overwhelm folks like me. But mostly, I love the essay because the old professor gives the plebes such strange and good advice. Interviewing such poised job applicants, I kept thinking this fall of Wagner’s complaint about Mendelssohn, who was more precocious even than Mozart and more lyrical: that he never lost control of himself. “Your own reality—for yourself, not for others.”
Indochino suits up with $13M for custom-made mens clothing Getting a man to shop can be a difficult task. Indochino has raised $13 million to make it easier. Indochino is an online menswear store that makes shopping for stylish clothing as painless as possible. Men pick from a selection of suits, shirts, outerwear and accessories to choose their style, customize their choices with details like monograms and linings, and go through a quick step-by-step guide to create their measurement profile. The clothes are then made and delivered within 35 days of ordering. “Most men need all the help they can get when shopping for their own wardrobe,” said Tom Stemberg, Managing General Partner of Highland Consumer Fund, in a statement. Highland led this round and Stemberg will join the company’s board. This financing will be used to investment in marketing and product development. Photo Credit: Indochino
The Most Important Interview Question of All Time - Part 1 Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution By Dieter Bohn and Ellis Hamburger Something strange and remarkable started happening at Google immediately after Larry Page took full control as CEO in 2011: it started designing good-looking apps. Great design is not something anybody has traditionally expected from Google. Infamously, the company used to focus on A/B testing tiny, incremental changes like 41 different shades of blue for links instead of trusting its designers to create and execute on an overall vision. The “design philosophy that lives or dies strictly by the sword of data” led its very first visual designer, Douglas Bowman, to leave in 2009. More recently, however, it’s been impossible to ignore a series of thoughtfully designed apps — especially on iOS, a platform that doesn’t belong to Google. We went to Google looking for the person responsible for the new design direction, but the strange answer we got is that such a person doesn’t exist. They’re talking to each other. Sticky TOC engaged! Project Kennedy
InnovateCV innovates the resume, the cover letter, and the application … right out of existence The three trusty standbys of jobs searches, resumes, applications, and covering letters, may soon be a thing of the past. Which might be a relief for anyone who’s recently been forced to write one. InnovateCV will be launching a new company and product, Apploi, in April. I chatted with CEO Adam Lewis about the new product which, taken to its logical conclusion, could obsolete much of the founding company. “Our enemy is the resume,” Lewis said. “We want candidates to show their true colors … which you can’t do in a black and white resume.” Apploi is a modern, mobile solution to the problem of finding employees, or, if you’re a jobseeker, a job. Essentially, it’s a tablet app which walks candidates through a short and customizable series of basic questions, and then gets to the interesting part: video answers, audio answers, sliders to indicated data like hours of availability, and quick, simple tap-to-submit multiple choice answers. photo credit: pursuethepassion via photopin cc
Class of 2013: You'll Never Again Be so Unburdened; Do Something Bold 8 Habits of Remarkably Successful People I'm fortunate to know a number of remarkably successful people. I've described how these people share a set of specific perspectives and beliefs. They also share a number of habits: 1. Back-up plans can help you sleep easier at night. You'll work a lot harder and a lot longer if your primary plan simply has to work because there is no other option. If somehow the worst does happen (and the "worst" is never as bad as you think) trust that you will find a way to rebound. 2. You can be good with a little effort. But you can't be great--at anything--unless you put in an incredible amount of focused effort. Scratch the surface of any person with rare skills and you'll find a person who has put thousands of hours of effort into developing those skills. There are no shortcuts. So start doing the work now. 3. ...and they work a lot more. Forget the Sheryl Sandberg "I leave every day at 5:30" stories. Better yet, they want to put in lots of time. 4. Conventional wisdom yields conventional results.
Dropbox buys Mailbox, the email app we’re already sick of hearing about File-sharing company Dropbox has acquired Mailbox, the email management app everyone’s been drooling over for the past few weeks all over the Internet. In a note on the Dropbox company blog, co-founders Arash Ferdowsi and Drew Houston wrote that they were as obnoxiously besotted with the idea of the app as the rest of y’all. “When we discovered Mailbox, we fell in love — it was simple, delightful, and beautifully engineered,” they wrote. “After spending time with [Mailbox parent company Orchestra founders] Gentry [Underwood], Scott [Cannon], and the team, it became clear that their calling was the same as ours at Dropbox — to solve life’s hidden problems and re-imagine the things we do every day. We all quickly realized that together we could save millions of people a lot of pain.” If you’d like to get an idea of what the aforementioned nerds are panting about, here’s a demo clip. Orchestra was founded in 2011 and is based in Palo Alto, Calif.
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