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A Short Guide to Hard Problems

What’s easy for a computer to do, and what’s almost impossible? Those questions form the core of computational complexity. We present a map of the …

Mathematics

Data mining reveals fundamental pattern of human thinking - MIT Technology Review

Back in 1935, the American linguist George Zipf made a remarkable discovery. Zipf was curious about the relationship between common words and less …

Natural Language Processing

The Problem With Innovation: Big Companies Are Hogging All the Gains

As far back as the industrial revolution, major innovations have traveled swiftly from company to company and industry to industry, an economy-boosting phenomenon called diffusion.<p>Today, there is mounting evidence this engine of growth seems to be misfiring, a phenomenon some economists say helps …

Northern Europe

How Does Product Liability Risk Affect Innovation? Evidence from Medical Implants

Working Paper | HBS Working Paper Series | 2018<p>Abstract<p>Liability laws designed to compensate for harms caused by defective products may also affect …

Innovation

Servant Leadership: How To Put Your People Before Yourself

”The servant-leader is a servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” –Robert K. Greenleaf<p>If I took five minutes to talk to your team about their thoughts of you as a leader, what would they say? Would they say that you were a servant leader?<p>For as …

Leadership

MIT researchers automate drug design with machine learning

Developing and improving medications is typically a long and very involved process. Chemists build and tweak molecules, sometimes aiming to create a new treatment for a specific disease or symptom, other times working to improve a drug that already exists. But it takes a lot of time and a lot of …

Machine Learning

A comprehensive guide to design systems

Companies like Airbnb, Uber, and IBM have changed the ways they design digital products by incorporating their own unique <b>design systems</b>. By utilizing …

UX Design

The Resume Is Dead. Here's What Innovative Companies (Including Tesla) Are Using to Hire Instead

Need top talent? Then you need this.<p>In 1998, a study was done that found that previous work experience is actually one of the weakest indicators of future job success. So why do we still rely on it as the primary tool when it comes to hiring?<p>It makes no sense.<p>What does make sense is aggressively …

Employment

What Self-Awareness Really Is (and How to Cultivate It)

Self-awareness seems to have become the latest management buzzword — and for good reason. Research suggests that when we see ourselves clearly, we are more confident and more creative. We make sounder decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effectively. We’re less likely to …

Self-awareness

How to Become a Better Product Storyteller – Prototypr

If you want to learn how to deliver winning presentations, then one of the best resources out there is Nancy Duarte’s book Resonate. One of the ideas …

Product Management

Newsletter

SPOTLIGHT<p>Machine learning and other technologies are expected to make the hunt for new pharmaceuticals quicker, cheaper and more effective.<p>Nic …

Artificial Intelligence

Using Design Thinking to Help Nonprofits Fundraise

Far too many great ideas for solving pressing social problems are not being applied at the scale they deserve, because thousands of nonprofit organizations are teetering on the brink of collapse. Of the 300,000 nonprofits in the United States, two-thirds have an annual budget of $500,000 or below, …

Nonprofits

Scalable training of artificial neural networks with adaptive sparse connectivity inspired by network science

Article |<p>Open | Published: 19 June 2018<p>Decebal Constantin Mocanu ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-5636-7683,<br>• Elena Mocanu ORCID: …

Deep Learning

7 Things I Learned in Business School That Aren't True in 2018

Entrepreneurship becomes a lot harder when you're trying to follow obsolete rules.<p>Being an entrepreneur is hard. That is pretty much a universal truth. But it becomes exponentially harder when you operate under false assumptions, outdated conventions, and myths.<p>I graduated with my MBA in 1997 and …

Entrepreneurship

After 20 years of Salesforce, what Marc Benioff got right and wrong about the cloud

As we enter the twentieth year of Salesforce, there’s an interesting opportunity to reflect back on the change that Marc Benioff created with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for enterprise software with his launch of Salesforce.com.<p>This model has been validated by the annual revenue stream …

SaaS

Hypergrowth and The Law of Startup Physics

Reboot.io founder and professional coach Khalid Halim has guided the leadership at Coinbase, Lyft and Checkr through some of the steepest parts of …

Startups

How to build an ethical framework for your business

A decision framework like Objective and Key Results (OKRs) can help us build a business that avoids risk and earns a profit, but it means we must …

MIT's Mind-Blowing Solutions to the 9 Hardest Startup Problems

Deciding how big you want the company to be and change its strategy, organization, and processes while sustaining the culture.<p>If you aspire to be a successful startup leader, it helps to know how to solve the toughest challenges you'll face.<p>When I was a graduate student at MIT, professors …

Startups

When Overtaxed Working Memory Knocks Your Brain Out of Sync

In 1956, the renowned cognitive psychologist George Miller published one of the field’s most widely cited papers, “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or …

This algorithm can tell which number sequences a human will find interesting - MIT Technology Review

One of the curious properties of mathematics is its beauty. But exactly what mathematicians mean by beauty is hard to capture.<p>Perhaps the most famous …

Machine Learning

Harvard Genius Offers 4 Reasons Startups Can't Grow

Most startups can't grow enough to survive, Harvard Business School professor Tom Eisenmann knows why.<p>What do the most successful entrepreneurs have in common? People like Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg have demonstrated the ability to turn an idea into a large, publicly-traded company -- and keep …

Harvard Business School

Some Lessons In Timing The Market

The popular opinion on most stock boards that the market can't be timed and one should always be 100% invested leaves a lot to be desired. In …

The QA of Stochastic Processes – Technarium

Recommendation systems, self-driving cars, and voice recognition all involve a significant amount of fuzziness. In my experience, Product and QA …

This DIY smart mirror is small, stunning and full of features

Several years ago Google X engineer Max Braun published a medium post on a smart mirror he made and now he’s back with a new version that’s smaller and smarter. This is a smart mirror I can get behind though I still find smart mirrors completely frivolous.<p>He published his project on Medium where he …

New Technologies Won’t Reduce Scarcity, but Here’s Something That Might

In a book titled <i>Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?,</i> MIT scientists Henry Lieberman and Christopher Fry discuss why we have wars, mass poverty, and other social ills. They argue that we cannot cooperate with each other to solve our major problems because our institutions and businesses are saturated …

ClassPass’ Founder on How Marketplace Startups Can Achieve Product/Market Fit

In 2011, <b>ClassPass</b> founder <b>Payal Kadakia</b> had just joined startup accelerator Techstars. Within months, she’d been on the cover of <i>Inc. Magazine</i> and …

Founders Keep Making These 9 Common Mistakes That Crush Promising Startups

Unique businesses die from ordinary mistakes every day. Quit thinking you're exempt.<p>10 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I've been in a lot of meetings where someone quotes that "90 percent of startups fail."<p>That's a myth, but even though the actual number is much …

A strategy to apply machine learning to small datasets in materials science

Article |<p>Open | Published: 14 May 2018<p>Ying Zhang &<br>• Chen Ling<p><i>npj Computational Materials</i><b>volume 4</b>, Article number: 25 (2018) | Download …

Cracking the Olfactory Code

The perception of odors remains in many ways a mystery. However, a research team in Nice (southeastern France) has perfected a new protocol for …