Christian Smekens

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'On the Brink of Greatness' unlocks Silicon Valley's secrets

Nobody said starting your own business was going to be easy. So why not get some pointers from a man who's already been there and done that. Steve Goldbloom is such a man. He's been there. He's done that. And now he's here to tell you all about it in <i>Engadget's</i> new video series, <i>On the Brink of</i> …

5 Things to Watch For in 3D Printing in 2016

What is 3D printing good for?<p>That’s a question that’s become increasingly relevant in 2015, as the majesty of showing off 3D-printed trinkets has …

United Nude Flagship store by Rem D Koolhaas

Architect Rem D Koolhaas has completed the interior of a new flagship store in Amsterdam for his shoe brand.<p>Called United Nude, the brand was founded …

Govaert & Vanhoutte's House Graafjansdijk features fence-like walls and glazed living spaces

Squeezed onto an angular plot between a road and a small irrigation channel, this house near the Belgian village of Knokke comprises a timber-clad …

7 voorbeelden van ultieme klantgerichtheid

Elk bedrijf heeft klanttevredenheid tegenwoordig hoog op de agenda staan. Met puur tevreden klanten ga je echter de oorlog niet winnen, dit zijn …

Eén beeld vormde de basis van deze succesvolle marketingcampagnes

De keuze van beelden die op je website, blog, advertentie of social media kanaal gebruikt, zeggen veel over wat je als bedrijf wilt zijn (identiteit) …

The Billion-Dollar Opportunity in Single-Serve Food

Imagine being able to buy one medallion of Kobe steak. Or perhaps two single servings of pasta, because you like angel hair and your significant other likes rigatoni?<p>As consumers, we want what we want, when we want it and how we want it — fueling the demand for personalization and customization. To …

Quick Look: Paper 3.0 for iPad

Where did the time go? Paper grew up so quickly. It started off as a great drawing app, then it got a sweet custom stylus with innovative drawing and erasing features, and all of a sudden it’s a universal app for the iPhone and iPad…and it now supports text in Paper 3.0!<p>Text in Paper<p>Truth be told, …

MOO Business Cards+

MOO Business Cards+ - Beautiful NFC business cards that trigger digital actions. (Branding, Meetings, and Tech) Read the opinion of 24 influencers. …

Product Hunt

Blije gezichten op NK Streethockey in Den Haag

Case: eindelijk een jaarverslag dat wél wordt gelezen

Het jaarverslag is het stiefkind van elke afdeling communicatie: je wordt er niets wijzer van, het is kostbaar om te maken en het bereik is …

16 cameras in one: Light promises smartphone size and DSLR image quality

It sounds like more than one camera can handle – and that’s because it’s actually 16 cameras in one. The Light camera squeezes in 16 tiny …

Cameras

Veelgestelde vragen over contentmarketing in B2B e-commerce #ADV

Contentmarketing in e-commerce gaat over veel meer dan content zoals blogs en video’s plaatsen op je website. Waar moet je dan aan denken? …

Niko Schmutz designs bicycle with concentric wooden frame

Thin layers of oak veneer make up the three-piece wooden frame of this bicycle designed by student Niko Schmutz (+ slideshow).<p>The frame makes the …

Adidas creates 3D-printed Futurecraft soles to mimic runners' footprints

German sports brand Adidas has unveiled a 3D-printed shoe sole that can be tailored to the exact contours of the wearer's feet.<p>The fully flexible and …

Don’t Base Business Partnerships on Personal Chemistry

When I hear that two CEOs are striking a deal in part because they get along well personally, I cringe. Of course, good personal rapport can help you see opportunities in working together and can get a complex deal done. And in long-term partnerships, it is essential to managing the inevitable …

Snapchat Playing Cards

Snapchat Playing Cards - Snapchat's card game: SnapKings. (Card Games, Snapchat, and Tech) Read the opinion of 11 influencers. Discover 10 …

Product Hunt

The interfaces that bridge the human-machine divide

First it was toggle switches. And then keyboards, the mouse and other standard interface devices gave us control of computers and the digital world. From the tangible, to hands-free and beyond, the ways in which we control digital systems are expanding. We've collected just a few of the interesting …

How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired

Greater connectivity in the brain may be linked to greater happiness and life satisfaction.<p>It seems that some people may really have all the luck. According to the "general intelligence g factor" theory, if you're adept at one cognitive function (like working memory), you're likely to be adept in …

The Brain

7 research-backed ways to stop procrastinating (and get more done)

We’re all guilty of procrastination.<p>We start the day with the intention of doing one thing, and it gets pushed off for later in the day. Then the next day. And soon after, the next week.<p>“75% of European digital ecosystem is present at #TNW2018”Are you doing business in Amsterdam in May?Join us<p>It’s …

Procrastination

The Research We’ve Ignored About Happiness at Work

Recently, we found ourselves in motivational seminars at our respective places of employment. Both events preached the gospel of happiness. In one, a speaker explained that happiness could make you healthier, kinder, more productive, and even more likely to get promoted.<p>The other seminar involved …

5 cognitive biases that are killing your decisions

<i>This post originally appeared on Crew blog.</i><p>It’s hard to accept that what holds us back from reaching our potential is all in our head.<p>While it may be a bit of a cliche, we really are our own worst enemies.<p>Maintaining a growth mindset isn’t a matter of walking up a staircase one small step at a …

3 Things Managers Should Be Doing Every Day

“When are we supposed to do all <i>that</i>?” That’s the question we constantly get from new managers, only weeks or months into their new positions, when we describe the three key activities they should be focusing on to be successful as leaders: building trust, building a team, and building a broader …

Fixing Our Unhealthy Obsession with Work Email

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Our dysfunctional relationship with work email has become so normal, I’m not sure most of us can even see it anymore.<p>Typical is this quote from the recent article, “How Successful People Spend Their Weekends”:<p>“I never go into the office on weekends,” Spencer says, “<b>but I do check e-mail at</b> …

Glowforge 3D laser printer could make mini manufacturers of us all

It finally looks like 3D printing is about to take off in a big way. But not all 3D printers are alike.<p>One clever new example is Glowforge, a desktop 3D laser printer that allows you to create a large variety of consumer items out of any material — from a leather handbag or wallet to hard wood …

The Behaviors that Define A-Players

Individual contributors sometimes ask themselves, “What will it take for others to recognize my potential?” They may simply want acknowledgement of the importance of the work they do. Or they may aspire to move into management. In some cases, they’ve been told that they’re doing fine and have been …

Product Hunt

Product Hunt is a curation of the best new products, every day. Discover the latest mobile apps, websites, and technology products that everyone's …

The 4 personality types of your customers

The driving force<p>“We usually think of ourselves as sitting in the driver’s seat, with ultimate control over the decisions we made and the direction our life takes; but, alas, this perception has more to do with our desires-with how we want to view ourselves-than with reality” ― Dan Ariely, …

The Spectrum of User Experience Design

The Spectrum of User Experience Venn Diagram came up again recently in a discussion with a client, and looking back I realized I had never posted it …

UX Design