Alex Dixon

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So I watched Sam Altman’s “How to Start a Startup” in a single day

In the fall of 2014, Sam Altman President of Y-Combinator, taught a class at Stanford entitled “How to Start a Startup”. All lectures are online.<p>I’m …

Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things

Mike Geyer Contributor<p>Mike Geyer is the director of evangelism and emerging technology at Autodesk.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>3 pitfalls that can sink any crowdfunded hardware startup<p>Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter. Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups …

Google Applies Pressure on Insurance Innovation

Insurance is one of the last industries to innovate and fully embrace data, analytics and customer communication technologies.<p>It’s a common thread in nearly every industry: Innovation occurs when consumers’ growing needs and expectations converge with intense competition. It’s no surprise, then, …

3 common UX mistakes killing good design

You probably know this, but we’ve only skimmed the surface.<p>Nonetheless, there are some simple rules to bear in mind, although you should always approach each design project individually.<p><b>Keep it simple, stupid</b>– Minimalism and flat design are so popular because they strip away everything that doesn’t …

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Buy-to-let: hotspots for 2015 revealed

Latest data on rental returns highlights the best UK cities and towns for landlord investment<p>Buy-to-let is booming, with growing numbers of professional and amateur investors seeking to pour yet more cash into a market worth £1 trillion.<p>But where to invest? Rising property prices have forced down …

Google Ventures: Not Every Product Needs to Be Beautiful

When trying to figure out what kind of investment to make in design, technology entrepreneurs and CEOs often are tempted to focus on visual design, …

The most mind-blowing things I learned in my first year at Harvard Business School

<i>"What's one thing you've learned at Harvard Business School that blew your mind?"</i><p>I've gotten countless variations of this question over the past year.<p>I can't tell you everything I've learned at HBS, and no book would have prepared me for the experience.<p>Instead, I'm going to give you a taste.<p>Some of …

The Reason Why Google Glass, Amazon Fire Phone and Segway All Failed

Despite huge fanfare at launch, after a few brief months Google Glass is no longer on the market. The Amazon FirePhone was also launched to great hype, yet sales flopped and the company recently took a $170M write off on inventory.<p><b>Do you blame the CEO?</b><p><i>Fortune</i> mercilessly blamed Fire Phone’s failure …

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‘Build, Measure, Learn’ doesn’t mean throwing things against the wall to see if they stick

I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s <i>Build, Measure, Learn</i> approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.”<p>Unfortunately the Build, Measure, Learn diagram is the cause of that confusion. At first glance it seems like …

How To Build A Unicorn From Scratch -- And Walk Away With Nothing.

<i>Originally published a week ago on Heidi Roizen’s Tumblr, “Adventures In Entrepreneurship!“</i><p>This is a grim fairy tale about a mythical company and its mythical founder. While I concocted this story, I did so by drawing upon my sixteen years of experience as a venture capitalist, plus the fourteen …

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

<b>The Question Game</b><p>by <b>Sophie Wrobel</b>, <i>geist.avesophos.de</i><p>The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking<p><i>Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart</i> …

Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'

People in Cambodia experience what we Americans call depression. But there's no direct translation for the word "depression" in the Cambodian Khmer language. Instead, people may say <i>thelea tdeuk ceut</i>, which literally means "the water in my heart has fallen."<p>Anxious or depressed Haitians, on the …

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