December 2, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Emptiness Philosophy

MUJI #design philosophy: emptiness or ku

“To offer an empty vessel is to pose a single question and to be wholly ready to accept the huge variety of answers. Emptiness is itself a possibility of being filled.”

“Questioning is emptiness.”

“To create is not just to create objects. Coming up with a question is also creation—the very essence of a question is its power to elicit the possibilities of reply, to collect a variety of thoughts…”

Quartzy - Emptiness—Not Minimalism—Is The Path To Creativity, Explains MUJI's Design Philosopher

November 17, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Architecture’s UX

“In #architecture, the rise of LEED and other technical standards for architectural efficiency has led to more nuanced forms of what’s known as “post-occupancy evaluation,” or testing and understanding whether a building is really meeting the energy benchmarks it set out to hit.

But those numbers-driven studies need to be augmented with #qualitativeresearch talking to the people who actually use the buildings, Day points out. “It doesn’t matter how well our buildings are ‘performing’ if the people in the buildings are miserable,” she writes.

As the study shows, miserable occupants can lead to less efficient buildings when people disable systems designed to make their buildings better. architecture comes alive with new technology, it needs its own #UX breakthrough, a set of best practices that establish not only how an occupant might like a building to act, but also how a building itself can explain to a user why it’s designed a certain way–and how to control it..”

FastCo - Architecture's UX Problem

November 15, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Pill Sensors

#Health #tech:

“The system works by sending a message from the pill’s sensor to a wearable patch, which then transmits the information to a mobile application so that patients can track the ingestion of the medication on their smartphone.

In the longer term, such digital pills could also be used to manage patients with other complicated medicine routines, such as those suffering from diabetes or heart conditions.

Poor compliance with drug regimens is a common problem in many disease areas, especially when patients suffer from chronic conditions..”

Reuters - U.S. approves digital pill that tracks when patients take it

November 14, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Remote Startups

“It makes business sense to go #remote..

New technology and better iterations of old technology have made workflow and communication faster, and in general, much more feasible in a remote #workenvironment.

..if I were to start a company tomorrow, it would be a no-brainer to go remote.”

Product Hunt - Why Startups Are Going Remote in 2017

November 11, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Snap Observations

“Analysts were skeptical..” Here’s what I see:

  • People don’t want cameras (Spectacles) attached to their face
  • Non-traditional navigation only works for young people: “ #Snap reaches 70% of the 13 to 34-year-old population in developed world markets ”
  • It’s hard to find & consume quality content - the fast style of advertisers’ video stories is often nauseating
  • They’re not focused enough on attracting brand influencers..

Wired - Snapchat to Redesign Its App Following Disappointing Results

November 4, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Mental Health Stigma

“85% of UK workers thought that there was still a stigma attached to #mentalhealth issues and #stress in the workplace - even though 1 in 4 people are affected by a mental illness,

The survey was conducted among 1,000 employed adults in the UK, more than a quarter (26%) of whom had taken a day off work due to stress or another mental health problem, and lied about the reason.

58% said they wouldn't be comfortable telling their manager if they were diagnosed with a mental health issue, and just 20% thought their manager was fully equipped to support workers with such issues.

That means they're working unwell and not getting support. That means the team performance may be impaired..”

Business Insider - 85% of people still feel there's a stigma attached to talking about mental health issues at work

November 1, 2017Comments are off for this post.


Kudos to Werk Inc. for redefining #flexibility beyond #remote & #fulltime

"Humans aren’t one size fits all. Work shouldn’t be one size fits all either."

Forbes - Werk Is Making Flexible Work A Reality - Here's How The Founders Made It Happen

Werk - Flexibility 101

October 30, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Remote Rituals

“Establish rituals to start and end your workday. “Sure, you could stay in bed all day and not wear pants — or you could wake up early enough to shower, eat a nourishing breakfast, and transition into a working frame of mind,” Green says. “I also like to take a solo walk at the end of the workday. It simulates a commute and help me transition to home time.” If you’ve chosen the #remote work route, you may think you don’t need these rituals, but implementing them at the beginning and end of each day will ensure that you’re segmenting your life in a healthy way and being efficient & effective both personally and professionally.”

Brit+Co - 9 Tips on Working Remotely from a Woman Who Camps Full-Time

October 26, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Reform Men

Harvey Weinstein, Roy Price, James Toback, Leon Wieseltier, John Besh, Mark Halperin, George Bush, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Clarence Thomas, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, [insert name here]

“This may turn out to be the year when the tide finally turned on #sexualharassment..

..the internet and social media have opened a door to instant communication and community support that didn’t exist before, helping #women feel less isolation and shame about their experiences, and more confident that speaking out will have a positive result.

In the end, though, the most lasting change will have to come from #men, who are doing virtually all the sexual harassing."

NY Times - Will Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Finally Reform Men?

October 24, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Radical Transparency

On radical #transparency at Rubrik, Inc.:

“If you foster a culture where people are asking uncomfortable questions, it expands your thinking, it makes you a better leader..

When people are given information, they can better understand why you made a certain decision even if they don’t fully agree with it..”

WSJ - How One Silicon Valley CEO Practices ‘Radical Transparency’

October 22, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Fast Food Data

? Fast food restaurant data by Factual Inc based on foot-fall.

McDonalds wins for mass availability and the ‘M’ brand simplicity. If only I didn’t leave feeling unhealthy..

Subway and Sonic have strong brands, but are slower..

Chick-fil-A has the quality, but controversial leadership views..

My ideal choice would be a fast unpretentious Chipotle/Starbucks/Panera hybrid model with complete health transparency ?

Factual - Analysis: The Most Popular Fast Food Chains In Every State

Chipotle - No added flavors, colors, or preservatives

Starbucks - fresh flavors in thoughtful combinations

Panera Bread - Plant Based

October 21, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Hire Originals

Weekend read on #Originals :

"Values over rules are key for encouraging originality..

Originals constantly ask questions as opposed to just giving answers..

Asking questions that no one else has thought to ask, and posing them to people who have fresh perspectives to offer..

It often starts with a slight recalibration in perspective followed by a small, but defiant act."

First Round Review - Adam Grant On Interviewing to Hire Trailblazers, Nonconformists and Originals

October 19, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Happiest Places

“Where is the happiest place in the United States?

People in Boulder seem to have learned the secret to living a balanced life..

the Boulder brand of happiness: a community of fit, successful, mission-driven people with a clear vision of the good life..”

National Geographic - These Are the World’s Happiest Places

October 15, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Easier is Better

‘Easier is better’

'Easy to use'

'Easy to enjoy'

'Easy to be Prepared'


October 14, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Tell a Story

Weekend read on storytelling:

“4 types of stories all business leaders should have on hand: success stories, failure stories, funny stories, and stories of legends..

leaders need to master their own big-picture story—who they are and what they stand for..

..Narrative is critically important, because the story is what differentiates one initiative from another.”

Kellogg Insight - How to Tell a Great Story

October 13, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Tricky Stores

Retail tricks beware..

  1. the word 'FREE'
  2. simplistic cues that catch your attention
  3. price cut illusions

YouTube - The Atlantic - How Stores Trick You Into Buying More Things

October 11, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Work Words

(Work) words of the day:

(Our) team,

(who) collaborates,

(without) hierarchy.

October 8, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Timeless / Change

Weekend read on change:

“...every sustainable business is accompanied by one of a handful of timeless strategies:

  • Lower prices.
  • Faster solutions to problems.
  • Greater control over your time.
  • More choices.
  • Added comfort.
  • Entertainment/curiosity.
  • Deeper human interactions.
  • Greater transparency.
  • Less collateral damage.
  • Higher social status.
  • Increased confidence/trust.”

Collaborative Fund - Betting on Things That Never Change

October 6, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Alexa Store

It's a store named ‘Alexa’,

Its owner, likely a loyal Prime Member, can now ask a store to do basic household tasks by voice: turn on the lights, order food, call Mom, request ride, play music ...

It's a store, in your home.

But does it make your life easier?

September 29, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Business Words

(Business) words of the day:

(Without) greed,

(Less) closed,

(No) ego

September 4, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Labor Inequality

Great Labor Day read on inequality..

"The right product engineer or marketing executive can mean the difference between success or failure, and companies tend to hire such people as full-time employees and as part of a long-term relationship — something like the transmission supplier. What has changed in the last generation is that companies today view more and more of the labor it takes to produce their goods and services as akin to staplers: something to be procured at the time and place needed for the lowest price possible..

..But as more companies have outsourced more functions over more time, a strong body of evidence is emerging that it’s not just about efficiency. It seems to be a way for big companies to reduce compensation costs.

..It’s great if you’re a software engineer. If you’re educated, you’re in command.

But in the 21st-century economy, many millions of workers find themselves excluded from that select group. Rather than being treated as assets that companies seek to invest in, they have become costs to be minimized."

NY Times - To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now

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