LinkedIn Today Redesign

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You may have seen that LinkedIn Today has recently made some changes to their social news product. The product is easier to navigate, they have completely re-imagined the look and feel, so you can get quicker access and customized ways to consume the news that matters most to you.

One of the key design principles that drove the approach for the visual change was to simplify the experience; creating an elegant, delightful and customized experience for news consumption.

Simple and Engaging Interface

One of the core focus areas for LinkedIn Today has been to design a user interface that is engaging and simple to use. The default magazine theme layout creates a nice page hierarchy that allows users to quickly scan and identify the most interesting and relevant news and content.

It also gives users an overview of who’s sharing articles in your network – a great way to find like-minded people. Users can use the “Share” and “Save” buttons to share in their network in a timely fashion and save articles for reading later.

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Easier Customization Experience 

You’ll also notice that they’ve made changes across the product experience to offer further customization of news so that members can receive the most timely and relevant news impacting their peers and industry. You’ll see this when you click on the “Customize your news” tab on the right hand module, as well as when you click on the gear setting icon on the upper right corner of the page. Those links will lead you to the news setting page where you can easily follow more industries & sources, as well as change the news email settings.

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9 Qualities of Remarkable Entrepreneurs

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Good entrepreneurs make money. Great entrepreneurs make serious money. Emineo media standout-pano

But remarkable entrepreneurs do more than make money. They are the few who possess qualities that don’t appear on balance sheets but do make a significant impact on the lives of their employees, industries, and communities.

Here are nine qualities of remarkable entrepreneurs:

1. They find happiness in the success of others.

Great business teams win because their most talented members are willing to sacrifice to make others happy. Great teams are made up of employees who help each other, know their roles, set aside personal goals, and value team success over everything else.

Where does that attitude come from?

You.

Every great entrepreneur answers the question, “Can you make the choice that your happiness will come from the success of others?” with a resounding “Yes!”

2. They relentlessly seek new experiences.

Novelty seeking—getting bored easily and throwing yourself into new pursuits or activities – is often linked to gambling, drug abuse, attention deficit disorder, and leaping out of perfectly good airplanes without a parachute.

But, according to Dr. Robert Cloninger, “Novelty seeking is one of the traits that keeps you healthy and happy and fosters personality growth as you age… if you combine adventurousness and curiosity with persistence and a sense that it’s not all about you, then you get the creativity that benefits society as a whole.”

As Cloninger says, “To succeed, you want to be able to regulate your impulses while also having the imagination to see what the future would be like if you tried something new.”

Sounds like every successful entrepreneur I know.

So go ahead – embrace your inner novelty seeker. You’ll be healthier, you’ll have more friends, and you’ll be generally more satisfied with life.

3. They don’t think work/life balance; they just think life.

Symbolic work-life boundaries are almost impossible to maintain. Why? You are your business. Your business is your life, just like your life is your business – which is also true for family, friends, and interests—so there is no separation, because all those things make you who you are.

Remarkable entrepreneurs find ways to include family instead of ways to exclude work. They find ways to include interests, hobbies, passions, and personal values in their daily business lives.

If you can’t, you’re not living—you’re just working.

4. They’re incredibly empathetic.

Unless you create something entirely new—which is very hard to do—your business is based on fulfilling an existing need or solving a problem.

It’s impossible to identify a need or a problem without the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes; that’s the mark of a successful entrepreneur.

But remarkable entrepreneurs go a step farther, regularly putting themselves in the shoes of their employees.

Success isn’t a line trending upwards. Success is a circle. No matter how high your business—and your ego—soars, success still comes back to your employees.

5. They have something to prove – to themselves.

Many people have a burning desire to prove other people wrong. That’s a great motivator.

Remarkable entrepreneurs are driven by something deeper and more personal. True drive, commitment, and dedication springs from a desire to prove something to the most important person of all.

You.

6. They ignore the 40-hour workweek hype.

Studies show that working more than 40 hours a week decreases productivity.

Whatever.

Successful business owners work smarter, sure, but they also outwork their competition. (Every successful business owner I know who reads those stories probably thinks, “Cool. Hopefully my competitors will believe that crap.”)

The author Richard North Patterson tells a great story about Robert Kennedy. Kennedy was seeking to indict Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa (who some believe is chilling in Argentina with Elvis and Jim Morrison). One night Kennedy worked on the Hoffa case until about 2 a.m. One his way home he passed the Teamsters building and saw the lights were still on in Hoffa’s office, so he turned around and went back to work.

There will always be people who are smarter and more talented than you. Remarkable entrepreneurs want it more. They’re ruthless—especially with themselves.

Remarkable entrepreneurs simply work harder. That’s the real secret of their success.

7. They see money as a responsibility, not a reward.

Many entrepreneurial cautionary tales involve buying 17 cars, loading up on pricey antiques, importing Christmas trees, and spending $40,000 a year for a personal masseuse.

Wait—maybe that’s just ex-Adelphia founder John Rigas.

Remarkable entrepreneurs don’t see money solely as a personal reward; they see money as a way to grow the business, reward and develop employees, give back to the community… in short, not just to make their own lives better but to improve the lives of other people too.

And most importantly they do so without fanfare, because the true reward is always in the act, not the recognition.

8. They don’t think they’re remarkable.

In a world of social media everyone can be their own PR agent. It’s incredibly easy for anyone to blow their own horn and bask in the glow of their insight and accomplishments.

Remarkable entrepreneurs don’t. They accept their success is based on ambition, persistence, and execution… but they also recognize that key mentors, remarkable employees, and a huge dose of luck also played a part.

Remarkable entrepreneurs reap the rewards of humility, asking questions, seeking advice,  recognizing and praising others…

9. They know that success is fleeting, but dignity and respect last forever.

Providing employees with higher pay, better benefits, and greater opportunities is certainly important. But no level of pay and benefits can overcome damage to self-esteem and self-worth.

The most important thing remarkable entrepreneurs provide employees, customers, vendors – everyone they meet – is dignity.

And so should you, because when you do, everything else follows.

Source Inc

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Keepon: Helps Children with Autism Socialize

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The World at Work is powered by GE. This new series highlights the people, projects and startups that are driving innovation and making the world a better place.

Name: Keepon

Big Idea: Keepon is a little robot, developed in Japan, that is used to research childhood communication and interaction. The consumer version, MyKeepon, funds the Emineo Media KeeponProconstruction and distribution of Keepons to labs around the globe.

Why It’s Working: Keepon’s simple design and mannerisms make it an effective communication tool that doesn’t intimidate kids with autism. Also, its cuteness factor is nothing short of infectious.


It tilts. It bounces. It turns, and it looks. It happens to have a cute, simple face. And for kids, it has a magnetic attraction that just begs for interaction. It is Keepon, and it’s a tiny robot that helps scientists learn the finer points of childhood communication.

Developed in Japan by Miyagi University’s Dr. Hideki Kozima, Keepon is a robot that looks fairly simple — just two beady eyes and a black nose on a soft, yellow rubber body. Even the robot’s name is simple: “Keepon” is a portmanteau of the Japanese word for yellow (ki) and the sound that Keepon makes when he bounces up and down (pon!). And it’s this simplicity that piqued the interest of Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. candidate Marek Michalowski.

“Kozima found that children were very frequently afraid of a big mechanical robot, even when it was designed to look like a child,” Michalowski explains. “Maybe if there was a very simple robot that physically exhibits minimal social appearance, it would cut through the noise for children.”

From Sendai, Japan to Pittsburgh, Pa., Michalowski and Kozima brought the little yellow Keepon back to Carnegie Mellon to conduct research on communication for children. Michalowski’s research delved into rhythms as a tool for childhood communication, while Kozima focused on autism’s effect on interaction in kids. Michalowski says that kids who participated in the study were at ease with Keepon’s friendly face and upbeat behaviors — and those with communication troubles made remarkable progress.

“We’ve found that the interactions that result with this robot — when it’s situated in a playroom under control of a therapist — have been really exciting,” says Michalowski. “We end up seeing behaviors from these children that we or the therapist or the parents don’t normally see.”

While conducting his research, Michalowski posted a video of the Keepon “dancing” to Spoon’s “I Turn My Camera On.” The video became a viral hit, with more than 3 million views on YouTube, and a flood of comments expressed a desire to own a Keepon. While the level of hardware in the yellow robot keeps it at a costly $30,000, Michalowski and Kozima saw an opportunity to make a consumer Keepon.

“It turns out that this appealing character designed for autism was more broadly engaging for the community,” Michalowski explains. “Since the videos, we had a lot of requests from toy companies to make something with this character.”

Under the distribution company Beatbots, Michalowski and Kozima began offering the research-grade KeeponPro and the consumer toy MyKeepon. Although MyKeepon lacks the cameras and extra robotic sensors of the KeeponPro, the little robot has touch sensors and a dance mode that grooves to any song. And, the proceeds of the MyKeepon go towards subsidizing KeeponPros for other labs. Michalowski says that the biggest challenge in developing MyKeepon was keeping it low-cost while staying true to Keepon’s original capabilities.

“Our goal was to maximize the degree to which we could keep the integrity of Keepon’s character in the form of a toy,” Michalowski says. “We worked very hard to think about what the interaction values would be with the toy and how it would behave.”

The mission of Beatbots, according to Michalowski, is to create a two-pronged approach to designing characters that are universally appealing and also supportive of important and specialized work. In short, Michalowski is excited that Beatbots can channel the public’s excitement for cuteness toward an important cause.

“Selling the toy allows us to continue the development of new robots,” Michalowski explains. “But more importantly, it allows us to donate these robots to people in that field.”


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Source Mashable

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