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Can These Tech Veterans Make A Fringe Health Care Model Scale?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:00 +0000

So far, most forms of concierge medicine are only within reach of the wealthy. Can Forward change that?

So far, most forms of concierge medicine are only within reach of the wealthy. Can Forward change that?

Which would you prefer: high-quality health care without the co-pays, deductibles, and administrative hassle, or, in the words of one Google veteran, a high-tech "doctor's office that looks more like an Apple Store"? Adrian Aoun, the cofounder of Forward, a newly launched primary care startup, doesn't think you should have to choose.

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The Unexpected Design Challenge Behind Slack's New Threaded Conversations

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:00 +0000

For years, Slack has known that people wanted discussions to appear in clusters. It just wanted to do it right rather than do it quickly.

For years, Slack has known that people wanted discussions to appear in clusters. It just wanted to do it right rather than do it quickly.

At first blush, threaded conversations sound like one of the most thoroughly mundane features a messaging app could introduce.

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This Is What You Look Like To Ford's Driverless Cars

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:31 +0000

Would you trust a car that has 2 lidars, 7 cameras, 6 radars, and no driver?

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How Chromebooks Aim To (Finally) Crack The Consumer Market In 2017

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:45 +0000

Google's lightweight laptops are already a hit in education, but a bigger retail push is coming.

Google's lightweight laptops are already a hit in education, but a bigger retail push is coming.

It was a bit strange to be interviewing Lenovo's head of Chromebooks at CES, seeing as Lenovo didn't bring any Chromebooks to the electronics industry's annual trade show.

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Mastercard Thinks Small With New Microcommerce Platform In Africa

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:30 +0000

It's the latest sign that financial-services companies see a big opportunity in unbanked citizens.

It's the latest sign that financial-services companies see a big opportunity in unbanked citizens.

For some financial-services giants, the next big thing is micro, and unbanked customers are the entry point. The latest example is Mastercard, which is getting into microcommerce in Kenya with the launch of a new mobile platform that lets consumers buy goods with cash, mobile money, or bank transfer using their phones. The service, called 2Kuze, is aimed at Kenyan farmers and their customers and may mark the beginning of a deeper journey into mobile money products.

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"We Don't Have To Explain That Tech Is Not Diverse": Lessons From A Two-Decade Battle

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:42 +0000

GitHub's VP of inclusion shares what she's seen change in tech and what progress still needs to be made.

GitHub's VP of inclusion shares what she's seen change in tech and what progress still needs to be made.

GitHub's Nicole Sanchez has been busy for the last two decades working in the diversity space, more often than not explaining to seemingly deaf ears why it's important for the technology industry to become more equitable.

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Can Entrepreneurship Revive The Troubled PhD?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:04 +0000

An innovative Cornell Tech postdoc program aims to keep research at its core while pushing scientists and engineers to start businesses.

An innovative Cornell Tech postdoc program aims to keep research at its core while pushing scientists and engineers to start businesses.

PhD students once dreamed of lifelong tenure, generous sabbaticals, and a closet full of jackets with elbow patches. Academic life, with its dusty-booked charm, ruled the day. No longer. Even in STEM fields, roughly 40% of PhDs are graduating without employment commitments. Could the solution be teaching postdocs to create their own jobs, as entrepreneurs?

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When To Risk Your Career For Ethical Reasons

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

Sallie Krawcheck on paying the price for following your gut, and why that's so much harder than it sounds.

Sallie Krawcheck on paying the price for following your gut, and why that's so much harder than it sounds.

This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.

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Can Artificial Intelligence Wipe Unconscious Bias From Your Workday?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

There's a plethora of tech meant to make recruiting fairer. Joonko wants to help ordinary workers pinpoint bias throughout the workday.

There's a plethora of tech meant to make recruiting fairer. Joonko wants to help ordinary workers pinpoint bias throughout the workday.

Unconscious bias is exactly what it sounds like: The associations we make whenever we face a decision are buried so deep (literally—the gland responsible for this, the amygdala, is surrounded by the brain's gray matter) that we're as unaware of them as we are of having to breathe.

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Use This Formula To Dial Up The Soft Skills On Your Resume

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

Here's a straightforward way to make sure your interpersonal and problem-solving chops shine through.

Here's a straightforward way to make sure your interpersonal and problem-solving chops shine through.

First things first: Soft skills play an important role in hiring. Employers aren't looking for robots that can only execute on a job description. They need people who can positively impact the culture and see what's around the corner—people with depth (this goes triple for executives, by the way). Soft skills are a way to address this.

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Sorry, But Your Brain Only Knows One Way To Multitask Effectively

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

Your brain can multitask really well when one of the tasks is a habit you've developed in that particular context.

Your brain can multitask really well when one of the tasks is a habit you've developed in that particular context.

The news that multitasking is bad isn't even news anymore. In recent years, people have begun to recognize what psychologists have known for decades: If you try to do two things at the same time, you'll likely get worse at both of them.

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How AI Can Help Keep Ocean Fisheries Sustainable

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

Cameras mounted on fishing boats combined with advanced machine learning can help better monitor legal and illegal catches, advocates say.

Cameras mounted on fishing boats combined with advanced machine learning can help better monitor legal and illegal catches, advocates say.

The numbers are shocking.

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Looking To Regain Its Reputation, Theranos Appoints Advisory Board Of Biotech Experts

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:25 +0000

The advisory board will work alongside Theranos' board of directors, which until last year held more well-connected VIPs than scientific experts.

The advisory board will work alongside Theranos' board of directors, which until last year held more well-connected VIPs than scientific experts.

In an attempt to regain its reputation after months of controversy and layoffs, blood-testing startup Theranos is appointing an advisory board of pharmaceutical and medical device experts to work alongside its scientific advisors.

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With Its Updated iOS App, Evernote Is Going Back To Note-Taking's Basics

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00 +0000

A streamlined new interface makes it easier to create a new note and give it some personality—and then find it later when you need it.

A streamlined new interface makes it easier to create a new note and give it some personality—and then find it later when you need it.

People may use Evernote in all sorts of ways, but at its heart, the app is about one thing: notes. It's acknowledging that today with a new version of its iOS app—a complete redesign created with the aim of making it not only easier to write notes on the fly, but to find notes you've already created.

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Fender CEO Andy Mooney's Secrets To Mastering The Art Of Made-To-Order

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00 +0000

He's an industry veteran who helped lead Nike's and Fender's customized products programs. Here, he explains how to make the most of bespoke.

He's an industry veteran who helped lead Nike's and Fender's customized products programs. Here, he explains how to make the most of bespoke.

Several years ago, Andy Mooney went to Fender, his favorite maker of electric guitars, to build a customized instrument from scratch. He positioned the neck, fingerboard, and strings exactly where he wanted them. For the body, he picked colors he loved—a combination of cream, white, and gold. He was so smitten with the finished product that he named it after his daughter, Rose.

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New Glassdoor Data Suggests What You're Paid Affects Your Work Values

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00 +0000

High earners tend to care less about work-life balance and more about company culture and values.

High earners tend to care less about work-life balance and more about company culture and values.

Does more money change what we value at work?

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Why Your Good Habits Might Actually Be Holding You Back

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:32 +0000

Relying on what made you successful in the past can hinder you. Here's how to break those habits.

Relying on what made you successful in the past can hinder you. Here's how to break those habits.

It's the time of year many of us are trying to build good habits. But while habits and routines can save time and help you form a path to success, more people should consider abandoning them altogether, suggests Rod Favaron, CEO and president of the social media technology company Spredfast.

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It's The Most Popular Month To Look For A Job: Here's How To Stand Out

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:15 +0000

Here's why it seems like everyone is looking for a new job in January (and how to get noticed if you are, too).

Here's why it seems like everyone is looking for a new job in January (and how to get noticed if you are, too).

If you kicked off 2017 by browsing the online job boards, beefing up your resume, and submitting a few applications, you're not alone.

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What Happened When I Stopped Saying "Sorry" At Work For A Week

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

What if you decided to thank people whenever you felt the impulse to say "sorry"?

What if you decided to thank people whenever you felt the impulse to say "sorry"?

We all say "I'm sorry" too often—that much you already know. And, trust me, I'm right in that boat with you. I'm consciously aware of the fact that I'm a chronic over-apologizer.

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Three Essential Rules For Desperate Freelancers To Avoid Getting Screwed

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

The moment someone asks for your services is the moment they expect you to ask to be paid for them.

The moment someone asks for your services is the moment they expect you to ask to be paid for them.

When you're anxious to get work or earn a quick windfall, you're more likely to get burned. That's especially true for people who enter into freelance work for the first time. But even seasoned independent workers wind up getting screwed when the pressure's on. Here's why that happens and how to avoid it.

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How (And Why) To Master The Habit Of Delaying Gratification

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

Impulse control is something you can practice, and these three daily techniques can help.

Impulse control is something you can practice, and these three daily techniques can help.

You already know what delaying gratification entails, which means you already know how difficult it is. Avoiding a temptation that's standing right in front of you so you can hold out for something substantially better down the line—for many of us, that's a losing battle.

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Why You Might Do Your Best Work When You Don't Have A Boss

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

When unexpected changes leave employees without a boss, they are often given room to grow.

When unexpected changes leave employees without a boss, they are often given room to grow.

The distress over employee retention has reached a fever pitch. The data couldn't be clearer that knowledge workers really are on the move en masse. By one recent reckoning, 41% of U.S. employees are considering leaving their current positions within the next 12 months. The time it takes to fill an open position after a departure is lengthening pretty much across the board, with some of the most in-demand fields suffering the most drawn-out hiring processes.

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Richard Branson's Next Big Idea: Sports Festivals

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:00 +0000

We chat with the Virgin founder about where he gets inspiration for his diverse businesses, and how he ties them all together.

We chat with the Virgin founder about where he gets inspiration for his diverse businesses, and how he ties them all together.

When I was in elementary school, one of my favorite moments in the academic calendar was Sports Day. Classes would be canceled and we'd go outside to take part in relays, high jumps, and tug of war. Parents and siblings would come out to support us, bringing homemade packed lunches. There were even special races for the grown-ups. I remember cheering loudly for my father as he competed against the other dads. As an adult, I've always found working out and going to the gym to be a chore, but when I think back to my best experiences with fitness, Sports Day always comes to mind.

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This Anti-Censorship Company Combats Digital Attacks and Violent Extremism

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:00 +0000

Jigsaw, formerly Google Ideas, fights online censorship worldwide and intervenes in cases of potential future radicals.

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ACLU Launches #PeoplesOath Campaign To Build On Inauguration Momentum

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:48 +0000

Leading up to Donald Trump's inauguration, the ACLU invites Americans to create shareable pledges to defend the U.S. Constitution.

Leading up to Donald Trump's inauguration, the ACLU invites Americans to create shareable pledges to defend the U.S. Constitution.

The American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) new social media initiative is the first major promotional effort by the nonprofit since it received an unprecedented surge in popularity after the election of Donald Trump. On Monday, the ACLU unveiled "The People's Oath," a desktop and mobile website that lets anyone create and share their own pledge inspired by the oath of office that Trump will take during his inauguration on Friday.

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This CEO's Grandfather Taught Him To Cope With Work Stress

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:30 +0000

Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality CEO, shares his late grandfather's tips on dealing with coworkers and clients.

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The Internet Of Things Could Finally Get The Common Language It Needs

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00 +0000

In the home and beyond, it's more important than ever that gadgets get standard ways to talk to each other. And there are signs of progress.

In the home and beyond, it's more important than ever that gadgets get standard ways to talk to each other. And there are signs of progress.

Smart home gadgets were everywhere at the CES trade show in January, from useful iterations on connected light bulbs and door locks to odder endeavors such as fridge cams and connected trash cans. But one theme was constant: They're not all going to work together.

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7 Ways To Make Your Job Meaningful Again

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:46 +0000

Has your job lost its sense of purpose for you? Try these tips to get it back.

Has your job lost its sense of purpose for you? Try these tips to get it back.

While most people work to make a living, more than half of us go to work every day to make an impact on society or our community, according to a May 2016 survey from Adobe. If you're finding it tough to get excited about your work or wrestling with the Sunday night blues on a regular basis, it's possible you've lost sight of the meaning in your work.

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Why This Fashion Designer Is Teaching Girls To Have A Strong Voice

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:30 +0000

Eileen Fisher discusses how her lack of a role model growing up led her to create programs to empower young girls and women.

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Why Always Leaning In For Salary Negotiations Might Not Work For Women

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:16 +0000

A study reveals that women aren't as successful when they feel they have to negotiate.

A study reveals that women aren't as successful when they feel they have to negotiate.

When Christine Exley, an assistant professor of business administration at Harvard Business School surveyed 200 U.S. adults about whether or not they thought women should negotiate their salaries more, nearly three-quarters said yes.

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Eating Disorders Are Getting The Silicon Valley Treatment

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:05 +0000

More than 30 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder, yet most insurance denies treatment. How tech is working to fix that.

More than 30 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder, yet most insurance denies treatment. How tech is working to fix that.

Kristina Saffran was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa before her thirteenth birthday. She made a full recovery, but millions of fellow sufferers aren't so lucky. Insurance will routinely decline to cover treatment, which is often in excess of $30,000 per month.

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Here's What To Do Before The End Of January To Lock In That Promotion

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

Most employers try to wrap up performance reviews in January, so now's the time to build a case for yourself.

Most employers try to wrap up performance reviews in January, so now's the time to build a case for yourself.

While you're making your New Year's resolutions to go to the gym, eat healthier, and meditate more, add "rise up at work" to the list. The most opportune time to get a promotion is during your annual review.

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Eight VCs' Predictions On The Year Ahead In Innovation

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

From collaborative robots to a biotech renaissance, here's what Silicon Valley investors say 2017 has in store.

From collaborative robots to a biotech renaissance, here's what Silicon Valley investors say 2017 has in store.

Like most of the globe, the tech world had a peculiar 2016. Last year, phones blew up, half a billion people lost their sensitive information, "fake news" expanded its reach on Facebook, and more than a few Pokémon hunters found themselves in hospital gowns.

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Is Worrying About Losing Your Memory Making You Lose Your Memory?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

Research suggests that anxiety about memory loss can chip away at our brain's ability to retain and retrieve information.

Research suggests that anxiety about memory loss can chip away at our brain's ability to retain and retrieve information.

First, some bad news: Starting in your early twenties, you begin to undergo a long, slow cognitive decline. When you're in your early twenties, your cognitive capabilities are at their highest: You're able to think fast, and your memory works at its best. From then on, your speed of thought begins to slow, and it takes longer and longer to learn new things. (You can teach an old dog new tricks, but you and the dog have to be more patient.)

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The Eye In The Sky Gets A Brain That Knows What It's Seeing

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:00 +0000

Deep learning and AI are turning millions of satellite images of Earth into usable data, helping insurers and aid groups alike to do their jobs.

Deep learning and AI are turning millions of satellite images of Earth into usable data, helping insurers and aid groups alike to do their jobs.

A hurricane hits a shore town. What is the estimated property damage? A city is doing an inventory of trees. How many are there? An aid group is trying to get food to an impoverished rural population. What's the best location to make a drop?

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