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Networking in a new industry can be daunting for even the most socially adept. Here’s how to dissolve the nerves.

Networking is research-proven to be the overwhelmingly best way to land a job, better than job board hunting and recruiter services.

But for most of us—introverts, especially—selling oneself as a “brand” doesn’t come naturally. Something as small as fully owning the skills section of your resume feels like pulling your own teeth; shoving yourself out the door to walk into a room of strangers feels like a root canal.

Here’s how to calm the nerves and awkwardness that come with wading into a crowd of industry pros, in search of your next big break:

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Three Ways Companies Can Reinvent Themselves Digitally
By Saul Berman, PhD, Partner and Vice President, Strategy & Transformation, IBM Global Business Services

In less than a decade, the systems that defined the 20th Century — mass production, mass consumption, mass marketing — have been swept away by co-creation, co-production, co-distribution.

In an era where anyone can become a brand’s biggest gadfly on Twitter, an activist organizing millions on Facebook, or an ad-hoc taxi service or hotel through Uber and Airbnb, what it means to be in business is being completely overhauled.

Consumers are now the biggest influencers of business strategy, second only to the C-suite itself, according to 55 percent of executives surveyed in our annual C-Suite study. And over the next five years, 63 percent of execs expect consumers to gain even more power and influence over their businesses, according to IBM’s recent Digital Reinvention Study.

The quadruple whammy of social networking, mobility, the cloud, and analytics is creating a new playing field. It used to take years before a new technology would impact a business, but now connectivity and collaboration are turbocharging the pace of change.


For entrepreneurs, quality is the in the eye of the beholder. The only accurate path to getting to a quality outcome is to test your assumptions along the way. You have to give yourself time to have customers react to what you do, so you can fix the quality problems you didn’t even know to be thinking about, and leave well enough alone when that’s what customers want.



Advice for running a business from 10-year-old Caine Monroy (of Caine’s Arcade):

  1. Be nice to customers.
  2. Do a business that is fun.
  3. Do not give up. (This he underlined three times.)
  4. Start with what you have.
  5. Use recycled stuff.

Last April, the world went crazy over Caine’s Arcade, a short documentary featuring Caine Monroy, an excitable and inventive 9-year-old who created an entire arcade out of cardboard, running it out of his dad’s auto parts store in Los Angeles. Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick happened to be Caine’s first paying customer, an experience that inspired him to film Caine’s story, and views after views after views later, the rest is history. Watch the documentary here. Warning: You’ll probably cry.

Within days of Nirvan posting the film online, Caine’s Arcade was an Internet phenomenon, and now Caine and Nirvan are TEDx’ers. The pair spoke at TEDxYouth@SantaMonica, sharing what they’ve learned through their recent adventures in film, creativity, collaboration, Internet buzz, and innovation. 

In a particularly poignant moment during their talk, Caine, now 10, shared the five things he’s learned from running his arcade — something that’s gained him so much attention that Forbes predicts the young entrepreneur will be a billionaire in 30 years.

"Corporations are ruled by the systems that you create."

- Eric Ries (via fastcompany)

* Which means you as a CONSUMER has a power to either support their “GOOD” systems or boycott their “WRONG” systems.

* 7 Dangers to Human Virtue.
[ I don’t agree with #6 though ]

* 7 Dangers to Human Virtue.

[ I don’t agree with #6 though ]

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"Facebook was scared shitless and knew that for first time in its life it arguably had a competitor that could not only eat its lunch, but also destroy its future prospects. Why? Because Facebook is essentially about photos, and Instagram had found and attacked Facebook’s achilles heel — mobile photo sharing."
Here is why Facebook bought Instagram — Tech News and Analysis (via absolutne)

* very interesting read. Holy cow FB paid so much for instagram that has been around for what like not even 2 yrs?



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A little perspective doesn’t hurt

* what the fuck…

* The history in the making.

* The result of military industrial complex. The war is a huge business for few while everyone else suffers physically, mentally, fiancially.

May let those poor souls rest in peace.

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* The power to the proletariat


Business Man by Sebastian Govino

* The maximum amount of pollution for maximized profits in exchange of our natural environment we call “Planet Earth.”

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