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What to Do in Puebla, Mexico

Mexico's fourth-largest city has the art, history, and shopping of a big town with the easy accessibility of a village.<p>A few years back, the colonial city of Puebla, a two-hour drive south (or 20-minute flight) from D.F., gained steam as a spot for international travelers who'd already done the …

A failed vision

Sixteen years ago, Mexico embarked on a monumental campaign to elevate living standards for its working-class masses.<p>The government teamed with private developers to launch the largest residential construction boom in Latin American history. Global investors — the World Bank, big foundations, Wall …

Mexico

5 signs you're CEO material

Likening critical CEO capabilities, such as giving difficult feedback, to learning the unnatural motion of lifting your back foot first in boxing, he claims "it generally takes years for a founder to develop the CEO skill set." In short, Horowitz insists CEOs are made, not born.<p>But just because …

Robert Scoble

The future is here: Drones are delivering Domino’s pizzas to customers

It’s a brave new world—for pizza.<p>For residents of the town of Whangaparaoa in New Zealand, Domino’s pizza is now just a short drone delivery away. The company announced today that it delivered its first pizzas to actual customers using drones, after testing the service out this summer.<p>To order a …

New Zealand

The Loser Who Won

When I was a kid I used to have bad nightmares. Worse, the nightmares were recurring. Every night I would go to bed knowing my mind was about to come …

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask.<p>Monkey …

Pedagogy

Can a morning routine make you better at your job?

While some people struggle to make it out of bed on time, there are others who manage exercise, language lessons and more – all before work.<p>Tim Powell isn’t a morning person. Which is surprising, because most days he gets up before 6am.<p>On weekdays, while most of us are still asleep, he wakes up at …

Time Management

Stop Procrastinating! 10 Inspiring Quotes to Motivate You

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." – Martin Luther King, Jr.<p>Why do we procrastinate? It depends – not just on …

Resumes are overrated for startup hiring

<i>Abhay Parekh is the co-founder and CEO of recruiting startup Lytmus.</i><p>As every entrepreneur knows, an idea is only as good as the team executing it. However, building the <i>right team</i> is often even harder than finding the right idea. So how does one build a great team quickly?<p>The most common approach is …

Employment

5 Reasons Startups Fail

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

This L.A. Shop Helps Brands Create Marketing Strategies With Designs to Match

<b>Specs</b> <b><br>Who</b> President Chris Lowery and founder and ecd Margo Chase <b><br>What</b> Design and brand consultancy <b><br>Where</b> New York and Los Angeles<p>Chase Design Group …

Marketing

Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.

<b>TRANSLATIONS:</b> 中文 (品玩)Lately, everyone’s talking about “conversational UI.” It’s the next big thing. But the more articles I read on the topic, the …

Apps

Customers Don't Care About Customer Service (At Least, Not The Way You Think They Do)

Customers don’t care about customer service. At least, not exactly. What they care about is something a little different: They care about the feelings, the results, the impressions, the memories that come from being well served, poorly served, or that beige area in the middle.<p>This is a distinction …

Customer Experience

How to Build A Story With Your Brand

Creating new stories with your brand is a great marketing strategy.<p>Brands have to be more responsible than ever before. These days' customers are looking for more than someone who can sell a product at the most affordable price. They are looking deeper into what companies are doing in order to …

Focusing On What Our Users Shouldn’t Focus On

<i>“What can we help you with today?”</i><p><i>“I’ve been locked out of my account and I can’t get your app to display my boarding pass.”</i><p>Everyone in the immediate …

10 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Fail

Entrepreneurs fail for lots of reasons. Most entrepreneurs fail, by the way, so lists that describe <b>why</b> they fail should be helpful if only as mirrors entrepreneurs can hold up to their faces.<p>It’s hard to be an entrepreneur for <b>at least</b> 10 reasons.<p><b>Not Smart Enough</b><p>Not talking about IQ here. …

Entrepreneurship

How to grow your startup with no budget

As an entrepreneur, you master a wide range of skills: You’re resilient, passionate, a leader, and always focused on your company’s success. The vast majority of entrepreneurs also come from a technical background, and the core team they build around them is often comprised of people with similar …

Marketing

Silicon Valley’s last message to developers

Good foundations are crucial for builders. In the startup ecosystem, those builders are software developers. And when they want to build upon platform components, they seek out APIs with foundations they can trust.<p>Scalability, reliability and security are a great start, but when developers choose …

APIs

UX Visualization Examples & Tips

via UX Alive, UX Conference & Workshops in Istanbul<p>** UX Visualization **<p>Every UX work needs to be clearly understood by all the stakeholders in a UX …

Inside Medium: an attempt to bring civility to the internet

Dave Lee<p><b>On an internet full of hurried, scruffy ballpoints, Medium is the web's fountain pen.</b><p>We're told our attention spans are short. That we cannot focus on anything beyond 140 characters, or without lists accentuated by quirky reaction gifs.<p>And yet Medium somehow manages to fend off this trend - …

All 2.3 Million Species Are Mapped into a Single Circle of Life

Since Charles Darwin's day, biologists have depicted how new organisms evolve from old ones by adding branches to numerous trees that represent …

Charles Darwin

More Layoffs Hit Groupon’s Restaurant Software Unit

Groupon says it has sacked about one third of the staff at Breadcrumb.<p>Breadcrumb, a restaurant software company owned by Groupon, has laid off about 25 employees (or close to one third of its entire staff). Groupon confirmed the cuts to BuzzFeed News.<p>These layoffs follow another round of cuts from …

Infinite Scrolling, Pagination or ‘Load More’ Buttons? (and other UX links this week)

What’s hot in UX this week:<p>Infinite Scrolling, Pagination Or ‘Load More’ Buttons? →<p>Pagination is still the most popular way to load new items on a …

The Best UX Designer Tools&Resources Collection

via UX Alive, UX Conference & Workshops in Istanbul<p>125+ resources and tools are listed in 5 categories: <b>UX Research</b>, <b>UX/UI Design</b>, <b>Optimization</b>, <b>UX …

5 ways to get the most out of mobile UX

The ethos of mobile user experience (UX) has become narrow and indifferent to human needs.<p>Today, designers boast about the “ease of use,” “intuitiveness” and “addictiveness” of their apps, as if these traits were worthy goals in themselves. I’d like to propose a more empathetic goal for mobile UX:</b> …

Apps

How to Launch a Tech Business With Zero Coding Experience

Not a developer? It's still possible to launch your tech product. In fact, you may have an advantage.<p>From Snapchat to Kissmetrics, the tech world is not lacking innovative, successful ideas that sprung from the minds of non-technical people. A great idea that solves a real-world problem is worth …

Product Management

Microinteractions: The Secret of Great App Design

by Nick Babich<p>The best products do two things well: features and details. Features are what draw people to your product. <i>Details</i> are what keep them …

The 4 Universal Requirements For Great UX

The prestigious UX consultancy Nielsen Norman Group inspires a set of tips for designing butter-smooth user experiences.<p>As the saying goes, build the right thing, then build the thing right.<p>Usability is how well a product serves its purpose, and encompasses a variety of interface aspects: How …

Lecture 1: What is Product Design?

<i>This post is a summarized transcript from Intro to Digital Product Design course hosted by CUAppDev at Cornell University. The course is a 1 credit</i> …