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Product Process (part 1)

Before I left BrightRoll in 2016 I documented the approach we used for building successful products for future Product Managers on the team.<p>Themes to …

Product Management

How to build a roadmap in 3½ steps

<i>When done right, the product roadmap reduces uncertainty about the future and keeps product teams focused on the highest priority product</i> …

Product Management

Why you should leave React for Vue, and never use it again.

Recently, Vue.js gained more stars that React on Github. The popularity of this framework is soaring these days, and as it is not backed by a company …

Software Engineering

How to Apply and Optimize Your Algorithm When You're Ready to Run With AI

Follow a tried-and-true implementation methodology of purposeful, simple and tested engineering, such as Lean AI, to unlock AI's true potential.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Amazon’s recently launched SageMaker artificial intelligence service is an exciting …

Artificial Intelligence

Containers or virtual machines: ​Which is more secure? The answer will surprise you

IBM Research has created a new way to measure software security, Horizontal Attack Profile, and it's found a properly secured container can be almost …

Information Security

The Strategic Role of Product Management when Development goes Agile

While software development teams have been moving toward agile methods for years, many product managers are only now becoming aware of it. An agile …

Product Management

The $24 billion chatbot industry sucks because it needs better AI

In 2014, WIRED would profile a “boring” company called Slack beginning a media and venture-based obsession with bringing chat to every corner of our work lives. Somewhere along the way, the growth of chat-based enterprise communication was conflated with a preference for doing <i>everything</i> in a chat …

Artificial Intelligence

How To Propel Employee Engagement To Sky-Rocketing Levels

Often leaders are focusing so intensely on growth that we miss that our team’s emotional experience is suffering.<p>And when they’re suffering, they’re in their Critter State versus their Smart State. Why? Most likely because safety, belonging or mattering are missing. But how do you know who needs …

Employee Engagement

The 7 Best Presentation Software Tools For Entrepreneurs

Having great ideas, knowing the facts you want to convey and presenting a pitch deck so successfully that you get funded can be very different things. Regardless of the stage of your company, a lot of your success is riding on a few slides.<p>This is something I was reminded when I covered the pitch …

Infographics

Academic expert says Google and Facebook's AI researchers aren't doing science

The field of artificial intelligence, to those on the outside, must appear to be an orderly gathering of intellectuals collaborating at the cutting edge of technology. It’s not. If you dig beyond the hyperbole of Elon Musk and the wonders promised by Google, there’s a number of gnashing dissenters …

Artificial Intelligence

How to Respond Effectively When Buyers Resort to These 5 Obnoxious Negotiating Tactics

Get over the shock, figure out what's really going on and respond calmly.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’ve been working with a buyer for months. You’ve had multiple meetings, developed a great relationship, answered their objections and now, you’re hoping …

Whiteboards

Ask these 7 questions in a job interview to land the perfect candidate

How many quarters would you need to stack to reach the height of the Empire State Building? How many ping-pong balls fit in a school bus? How do you …

Career Development

How to fix reinforcement learning

<i>This piece is the second in a two-part series, starting with</i> Why Reinforcement Learning is Flawed.<p>In part 1, we have already set up our board game …

Machine Learning

The Worst Cybersecurity Breaches of 2018 So Far

Looking back at the first six months of 2018, there haven't been as many government leaks and global ransomware attacks as there were by this time …

Cybersecurity

The cruel truth about how much money two founders will likely get after selling their startup for $465 million reveals the catch-22 of raising too much money

Selling a company is usually cause for celebration, but for the founders of fantasy sports company FanDuel, the moment is likely to be bittersweet.<p>The nine-year-old company, which was once one of Britain's most closely watched startups, was said to be valued at over $1 billion just three years ago. …

Venture Capital

New Study: Open Offices Kill Teamwork

People don't like to have serious conversations in public, it turns out.<p>Employees hate open office plans, but at least they help employees collaborate and work together? It saves companies money and it increases teamwork, right? Well, wrong.<p>Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban, at Harvard Business …

The Workplace

Summary - Context-based learning for inhibition of alternative conceptions: the next step forward in science education | npj Science of Learning Community

How individuals learn about a topic, form an opinion about the world or practically apply their skills to make and do things, depends on their …

Learning

Most ‘AI’ Companies Are Not AI Companies. Here’s How to Tell

As a fan of poker, I know there’s no such thing as a sure bet. But randomly pick 100 tech startups and I’d confidently wager that the vast majority …

Artificial Intelligence

The Limitations of Machine Learning

Machine learning is one of the newest technologies that is poised to make significant changes in the way companies conduct their business. Machine …

Machine Learning

How These 3 Companies Improved Their Customer Experience By Working On (Not In) Their Businesses

There’s a reason that business experts say to “work <i>on</i> your business, not just <i>in</i> your business.” (A book on this subject that I’ve enjoyed is <i>The E-Myth Revisited</i>, by Michael Gerber.) Nowhere is this more true than in the design and execution of customer experience, customer service and customer …

Customer Experience

When You Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture

When you join an organization, you have a short window of time to adapt to its culture. It’s the old 90-day rule. And we know too many talented individuals who have stumbled in their new company because they failed to read the cultural tea leaves. This happens because most organizations don’t …

Management

Ban These 5 Words From Your Corporate Values Statement

Practically every organization today has a set of core values that ideally function as the “operating instructions” of the company. The goal of articulating the essential and enduring principles of your organization is to inform, inspire, and instruct the day-to-day behaviors of everyone who works …

Fast Food

Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures”

“We have a great culture.” We have all heard it. We have all said it. But what does that mean?<p>Ping-Pong tables, free meals, and beer on tap? No.<p>Yoga, CrossFit classes, and massage chairs? I so need that, but no.<p>The promise of being part of a hip, equity-incentivized, fast growing team? Closer, but …

Employment

How to Help Your Team Find Their Higher Purpose

When Gerry Anderson first became the president of DTE Energy, he did not believe in the power of higher organizational purpose.<p>We’re not talking about having a clear mission that focuses largely on how a business will generate economic value. DTE had one that set out the goal of creating long-term …

Management

If You Don't Know These 7 Extremely Simple Rules For Treating Customers Right, You're Guaranteed To Drive Them Away

Break any one of these seven practical rules of customer engagement, and you're in for a rude awakening.<p>Unless you know these seven simple rules of customer service, you're almost certainly driving customers away. And you may not even know why it's happening, until you wake up one Monday and find …

Customer Service

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

GDPR is an opportunity for AI companies to build trust

One of the domains where the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will leave its mark prominently is the artificial intelligence industry. Data is the bread and butter of contemporary AI, and under previously lax regulations, tech companies had been helping themselves to users’ data without …

Artificial Intelligence

AI Researchers Create 'Privacy Filter' That Disrupts Facial Recognition Technology

<b>University of Toronto researchers have designed an algorithm to disrupt facial recognition technology.</b><p>The past few months have witnessed a mainstream groundswell around security and data privacy, embodied most notably in reaction to news of Cambridge Analytica’s data-collection tactics and Facebook …

Artificial Intelligence

New machine learning approach could accelerate bioengineering

Scientists have developed a way to use machine learning to dramatically accelerate the design of microbes that produce biofuel.