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5 Secrets of All Successful Product Presentations

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.28.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Even if you learned to picture your audience naked to calm your nerves, you are going to need to say something of value. You can have brilliant ideas, but if they are stuck inside or wrapped in too much junk, they serve you no good.

'Hearts or Minds' in Silicon Valley's Drive Toward Diversity

Laura Mather | Posted 08.27.2015 | Technology
Laura Mather

Companies who are claiming an interest in diversity must do more than attempt to change hearts. Instead they must invest in a systems approach to combatting bias in hiring decisions.

How to Showcase the Value of the Humanities and Storytelling

Kimberly Connor | Posted 08.27.2015 | College
Kimberly Connor

While placing an emphasis on STEM education will help fill technology-related jobs, it has overshadowed the importance of degrees within the humanities. In a world where there is more emphasis placed on technology-related education, how do educators illustrate the value of the humanities?

Crowdsourcing Dystopia

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you're a team of heroic proportions, larger than life.

The One Sign Your Startup Will Make You Rich

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Who is going to be the next unicorn? Everyone always want to know. You hear news stories about them all the time -- these mythical companies that seem to appear from nowhere, bolstered by massive funding rounds.

Dressing in a Suit for Your LinkedIn Picture May Be Hurting Your Chance of Working at a Startup

Quora | Posted 08.21.2015 | Technology
Quora

This won't be a popular answer, but if you are talking about technology startups in Silicon Valley, then the answer is yes, you probably are hurting your chances.

Pop Star Investor: VC Turns Down 3 Record Deals to Help Save the World

Jason Choi | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Jason Choi

What do Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Legend and independent hop-hop artist Hoodie Allen have in common?

Can We Talk? Big Business And The Need for Transparency

Preeti Vissa | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
Preeti Vissa

Large corporations that play hugely important roles in our communities are happy to put out generalities about their good corporate citizenship, but put up walls when asked for specifics.

Stop Hating Work

Nate Hanson | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Nate Hanson

We are all too familiar with the sinking feeling of Sunday evening. After indulging in a life-giving weekend full of things we love, we are now hours away from reentering the corporate race. When did it all go so wrong?

Forget 'Convergence' -- This Is the Age of 'Divergence'

Chandran Nair | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Chandran Nair

HONG KONG -- Does the average app designer in Silicon Valley understand the cultural context of a 13-year-old Cambodian girl and the needs and wants of a billion others half a world away? This is a divergence that obscures a truth that technological cheerleaders rarely admit -- that proper investment in technology (in toilets rather than telecoms, for instance) has been deemed less important than searching for the massive valuation of a company whose social utility is marginal at best.

The Day I Became an Average Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.14.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Managing product is not an easy job. Everyone is constantly vying for your attention. Your CEO is telling you about their next big idea. Sales teams are requesting features to help them win the next big client. Oh, and engineering still needs your insight on that upcoming feature.

Startup Insider: The Story Behind Stock Trading App Robinhood and Its One Million-Person Waitlist

David Ongchoco | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

For Robinhood founders Baiju Bhatt and Vladimir Tenev, the 2008 financial crisis, followed by the Occupy Wall Street movement, were a source of inspiration to create Robinhood, a mobile first zero-commission stock brokerage app.

The Only Way You Can Create Brilliant Products

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.07.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

If you are a great technology leader or product manager -- you know a secret that others ignore. Managing relationships is essential to your job.

What Is It Like to Be a Color Blind Designer?

Quora | Posted 08.07.2015 | Technology
Quora

My tl;dr for this is that in the grand scheme of things, making a color choice between a green and brown is the kind of decision we make rarely enough that you can ask for help and it really isn't a big deal.

What Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Do At Night. Who Would Have Thought?

Dragos Bratasanu | Posted 08.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dragos Bratasanu

I just attended a night-long conversation with Salim Ismail, the former VP of Yahoo! and currently Global Ambassador for Singularity University. Salim...

Technology Empowerment Coalition of Silicon Valley

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Today I outlined some possible options that might have a more enduring, immediate and long term positive impact on increasing employment and economic opportunities for African-Americans in Silicon Valley.

What to Look for in a Tech Co-founder

Sophie-Charlotte Moatti | Posted 08.04.2015 | Technology
Sophie-Charlotte Moatti

Over the past five years, I've interviewed thousands of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs looking for co-founders. I've connected many of them who then went on to create thriving businesses.

Silicon Valley Has the Tools to Hack Its Diversity Problem

Esther Aguilera | Posted 08.04.2015 | Latino Voices
Esther Aguilera

The Silicon Valley tech sector needs to widen the pipeline of minorities in computer science by investing in proven K-12 programs and HSIs. It is imperative to the nation's future that leading tech companies invest to develop its future workforce here at home.

8 Companies Making a Dent in the Digital Divide

EBONY.com | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

Back in 2014, when it became public knowledge that the big tech players (Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google) weren't hiring enough women and people of color, there became what seemed like a national call to action to get these underrepresented groups ready for tech careers.

20 Things Software Developers Should Stop Saying

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.05.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

If you know an engineer, it's time to help him stop. Intervene because the phrases are often so annoying that they are "counter-productive" or worse a "red herring" and distract from what really needs to be said (and done).

Intel Makes Huge Push To Hire More Women And Minorities

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business

  Intel is betting big on workforce diversity. The Santa Clara, California-based computer chip maker will double referral bonuses for employ...

A Failure of Capitalism: Trump, Trucks and Voter Rage

Hal Donahue | Posted 08.03.2015 | Entertainment
Hal Donahue

Trump taps into the righteous anger of an electorate while misdirecting those voters to scapegoat our struggling veterans, military, federal workers, retired people, sick and challenged under the clever and nondescript term -- dependent class. The American worker does not deserve to be squeezed by its own government. If politicians like Senator Casey and Hillary Clinton cannot get their message across, extremists, like Trump, win.

Be Careful What You Ask For -- What Time is It?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.02.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Years ago, Rev. Jesse Jackson would open up several of his speeches by loudly asking, "What time is it?" He would answer his own question by responding, "Nation time!" Well, it's "Nation time" again. Only this time, it is more urgent.

Think Design Think

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 08.03.2015 | Science
Jens Martin Skibsted

Design negotiates between technology, policy, systems and users. It has become a universal medium for expressing ideas, raising fundamental questions and addressing social challenges.

Dreamers and Disruptors: How the Evolution of Silicon Valley is Reshaping Our World

Paul Holland | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Paul Holland

It feels like we may be on the verge of an infrastructure revolution --with the market for these disruptive ideas being so big that their eventual impact could be five to 10 times greater than those companies on which the Valley was built.