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Google Ventures: Your Design Team Needs A War Room. Here’s How To Set One Up

Want to foster creativity? Skip the foosball table and opt for a war room instead. Google Ventures’s Jake Knapp shows you how. Plus: a peek inside Google Ventures’s own war room<p>In the last two years at Google Ventures, I’ve done design sprints with more than 80 startups. One of the simplest tricks …

Note-Taking

5 Office Design Strategies That Will Make Employees Happier

How an aesthetically-pleasing office environment can help raise employee morale.<p>If I told you that a software engineer and salesperson need the exact same skills and tools to accomplish their job, you would call me crazy. Yet, when we take a software engineer and salesperson, stick them in the …

OpenOffice

5 Creative Design Solutions To Fix The Open Office

Snack walls, plant walls, graffiti walls, and other kinds of innovative approaches to defining space.<p>Step into most modern offices and you’ll find some sort of variation on a theme: rooms with doors around the perimeter and an open space with desks in the middle. Throw in a kitchen area and some …

Interior Design

Why we’re closing BusinessZone

Three common threads appear to be weaved into every successful startup story; networking, relentlessness and failure.<p>Just beyond the PR-grabbing …

Entrepreneurship

Why Offices Full Of Ping-Pong Tables And Video Games Might Be Onto Something

New research suggests that how old you feel has a bigger impact on your productivity than how old you are. Playground offices FTW!<p>The wow-factor has faded for startup offices with playground-style amenities—slides, ping-pong tables, game rooms with an <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> theme, and so on—but these …

Employment

Why We Need to Rethink Open Offices | Inc.com

<i>This story first appeared on the Huffington Post.</i><p>One morning last week, I arrived at my desk -- one of the hundreds arranged in long rows throughout the Huffington Post newsroom -- and instinctively took out my earbuds.<p>"What kind of music do you listen to?" my coworker Alex asked me.<p>I hadn't had …

The Workplace

How we designed the iTunes of journalism

Making people pay for journalism by licensing over 200 fonts.<p><b>Six months ago</b> we launched Blendle, the iTunes of journalism, in the Netherlands. Using …

The last Pirate Bay founder has finally been caught and arrested

It was only a matter of time. The last of The Pirate Bay's three co-founders was arrested yesterday on the border between Laos and Thailand, signalling the end of a drawn-out manhunt for the site's infamous creators. Fredrik Neij's apprehension follows an arrest in June for fellow co-founder Peter …

Sydney’s epic arts fest returns

The Sydney Festival is back with an even bigger bang, presenting a plethora of new Australian works that will have both Sydneysiders and visitors eager to get in on the action.<p>Always a summer highlight, the epic Sydney Festival is back with an even bigger bang in 2014, presenting a plethora of new …

Festivals

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

Apps

Why Touch ID is bigger news than any of us appreciated

Touch ID is far, far more important than most people have realised – the core message behind a <i>Quora</i> post by the CEO of a card payment service. We can expect to learn far more “in the next few months, and that’s likely to eventually include both Touch ID Macs and use of the fingerprint system for …

Apple is Way Ahead but I'm Staying with Android

Apple is still way ahead of the rest of the industry. <i>Particularly</i> in how it introduces new products.<p>I’m pretty disappointed that Tim Cook doesn’t talk about the role of mobile in bringing us the future. He has the tools sitting right in front of him to do that, with the new motion sensor in the …