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Jon Stewart’s secret White House visits

Obama, aides took unusual steps to cultivate “Daily Show” comic.<p>Jon Stewart slipped unnoticed into the White House in the midst of the October 2011 budget fight, summoned to an Oval Office coffee with President Barack Obama that he jokingly told his escort felt like being called into the …

Obama Administration

First Round 10 Year Project

How Design Thinking Transformed Airbnb from a Failing Startup to a Billion Dollar Business

In 2009, Airbnb was close to going bust. Like so many startups, they had launched but barely anyone noticed. The company’s revenue was flatlined at …

How hackathons improve productivity

I’m sure we’ve all heard of the term ‘hackathon’ being bandied around, conjuring up images of developers hunched over laptops in the dead of night, pizza stains on their graphic tees, and surrounded by rolling hills of empty Red Bull cans.<p>The idea behind hackathons are that if you fill a room with …

Team Building

Speed as a Habit

<i>This article is by Dave Girouard, CEO of personal finance startup Upstart, and former President of Google Enterprise Apps. He’s well known for</i> …

Management

The automation myth - Vox

Robots aren't taking your jobs— and that's the problem<p>President Obama has warned that ATMs and airport check-in kiosks are contributing to high unemployment. Sen. Marco Rubio said that the central challenge of our times is "to ensure that the rise of the machines is not the fall of the worker." A …

Economics

Jeff Dean facts: How a Google programmer became the Chuck Norris of the Internet.

<i>“The speed of light in a vacuum used to be about 35 mph. Then Jeff Dean spent a weekend optimizing physics.”—</i><i>Jeff Dean Facts</i><p>Jeff Dean facts aren’t, …

Aggregation Theory

The last several articles on Stratechery have formed an unintentional series:<p>Airbnb and the Internet Revolution described how Airbnb and the sharing …

3 ways to design happiness

Over the last couple of years, I’ve conducted research with my colleagues at Change Sciences—an online study with 8,000 people on 250 top sites, …

How I Structured Engineering Teams at LinkedIn and AdMob for Success

Picture a startup in the middle of hyper-growth. It’s adding engineers to keep up, but because its team is outgrowing the limited process it has in …

Product Management

The Rise of Computer-Aided Explanation

Computers can translate French and prove mathematical theorems. But can they make deep conceptual insights into the way the world works?<p>Imagine it’s …

Airbnb, My $1 Billion Lesson

I discovered Airbnb on August 12, 2008 and six weeks later gave them a term sheet for their entire seed round. But in the (literal) final hour, it …

Typography in ten minutes

The ty­po­graphic qual­ity of your doc­u­ment is de­ter­mined largely by how the body text looks. Why? Be­cause there’s more body text than any­thing …

Take Me Out to the Brain Game

“Lenny didn’t let his mind screw him up. The physical gifts required to play pro ball were, in some ways, less extraordinary than the mental ones. Only a psychological freak could approach a 100-mph fastball aimed not far from his head with total confidence.”- Michael Lewis, <i>Moneyball</i><p>The simulation …

The Brain

Meet a man who has been dating a crowdsourced Internet girlfriend for the last three months

This year, a start-up launched that lets lonely souls buy a text message-based significant other. Called Invisible Boyfriend or Girlfriend—depending …

Relationships

Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up. | WIRED

Spiny grass and scraggly pines creep amid the arts-and-crafts buildings of the Asilomar Conference Grounds, 100 acres of dune where California's …

Genetic Engineering

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.<p>Though I hadn't touched the dashboard, the vents in the …

Security

Can Big Data Algorithms Tell Better Stories Than Humans?

What if the computer algorithms could tell more compelling stories than journalists, writers or business analysts? Well, this is increasingly becoming a reality. A new generation of Big Data tools are being put to automate story telling.<p>The ideas behind this application of analytics were first put …

Big Data

Quality vs. Quantity: A 6-Month Analysis of the Age

We used data to figure out our optimal blogging strategy. Here's an inside look at our process and findings.

What Makes Nigel Richards The Best Scrabble Player On Earth

LeBron. Peyton. Tiger. Serena. Nigel.<p>Nigel?<p>When the 2014 National Scrabble Championship begins Saturday in Buffalo, New York, the odds-on favorite …

15 great parallax scrolling websites

One web design trend that refuses to go away is parallax scrolling. With this, the website layout sees the background of the web page moving at a …

Web Design

Welcome To The Unicorn Club, 2015: Learning From Billion-Dollar Companies

It’s been over a year since we wrote our original post sharing our analysis of the last decade’s most successful U.S.-based, venture-backed tech companies.<p>As we wrote in our original post – many entrepreneurs, and the venture investors who back them, seek to build big, impactful companies valued at …

The New Laws of Explosive Networks

Researchers are uncovering the hidden laws that reveal how the Internet grows, how viruses spread, and how financial bubbles burst.<p>Last week, United …

48 Crazy Ideas Coming From The $2 Billion Stealth Startup Magic Leap

Want a peek at what Magic Leap is working on? We pulled the best shots from their latest patent application.<p>Last October, <i>Fast Company</i> broke news about a stealth startup named Magic Leap that had raised $542 million in a round of financing led by Google. Names attached ranged from the mobile …

What Your Handshake Says About Your Career

Sarah Cooper is a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Huffington Post and Business Insider. She is an expert in career and relationship …

Comedians

Start A Fire

Neil deGrasse Tyson Tells Colbert He’d Prefer a Bigger Pluto

Author: Angela Watercutter. Angela Watercutter Culture<p>Date of Publication: 07.15.15.<p>Time of Publication: 1:09 pm. 1:09 pm<p>For the past few days we as …