A Hackathon Ushers In A Holiday Version Of Changemakrs, The Platform For Inspirational Quotes
Changemakrs, a platform for sharing inspiration built by an ex-Facebooker, is tapping into the Christmas spirit with a version of the site that lets anyone share holiday quotes. If you sign into the site, Changemakrs will automatically add holiday quotes to the homepage, using some natural-language processing algorithms that categorize the quotes. They also do quality filtering through internal user rankings. This holiday version of the site was hacked together in a few hours. The site has picked up holiday quotes from Bon Jovi, the movies “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “Elf,” and Charles Dickens. Changemakrs is a platform where anyone can post and share inspirational quotes. It was born out of some experimentation by a former Facebook business development manager Sacha Tueni and his co-founder Mathias Wagner. After working on a Twitter client (yes, a Twitter client) for a couple months, they built a tribute site to Steve Jobs that overlaid his best advice on top of stark, black-and-white ...
Becoming Better Communicators
As designers, we pride ourselves on being great communicators. We go to extreme lengths to communicate with users in a language they understand, enabling them to engage with our messages and feel like they’re part of a story we built just for them. Yet, we do a poor job of communicating with those whom our work requires us to talk to every day—and we need to, and can, get better at it. In fact, as much as we consider ourselves designers, significant parts of our working hours are actually spent communicating with one another. At least, mine are. Here’s a list of tasks I perform on a typical workday: Log onto IRC (the way people at Canonical—the company behind the Linux operating system Ubuntu—communicate with anyone who’s on the clock) and greet my colleagues. Check my e-mail; reply to some, save some to deal with later. Log onto Basecamp; check my to-dos, update some notes, and comment on a hot thread. Make a quick phone call to my manager to get the daily update and clarify ...
Overcome These 6 Challenges When Selling To Startups
Editor’s note: Steli Efti is the Co-Founder and Chief Hustler of ElasticSales and an advisor to several startups and entrepreneurs. You can follow Steli on Twitter here. It is common entrepreneurial wisdom that good ideas often come from trying to solve your own problems. It’s no surprise then that many startups are building solutions to do just that, and therefore need to sell their products to other startups.
#trendingnyc: On Twitter, Mourning the Wit and the Wisdom of Nora Ephron
New Yorkers turned to Twitter in the days after Nora Ephron’s death on Tuesday to say a thousand different ways: There was no one quite like her.