San Francisco-based portable conduct input stage Classdojo has brought $8.5 million up in Series A financing from Shasta Ventures, Yuri Milner, General Catalyst, Softtech VC, and SV Angel. Classdojo permits instructors to give learners ongoing sentiment, gamifying great conduct and following scholars’ advancement to enhance classroom administration. Established in 2011, Classdojo serves more than 20 million enlisted clients worldwide and has brought over $10 million up in subsidizing to date.
A top British Prime Minister counsel, who helped outline the nation’s disputable Internet separating project, has been captured for holding kid erotica. Patrick Rock was captured at his home a day after Prime Minister David Cameron’s office researched the examination.
“This is a progressing examination so it might not be fitting to remark further, however the Prime Minister accepts that kid ill-use symbolism is despicable and that anybody included with it ought to be appropriately managed under the law,” said an agent.
Britain has experienced harsh criticism for its Internet sifting project, which can accidentally square delicate society subjects that cover with regular porn terms. The project coincidentally “prompted the formation of channels that blanket bad-to-the-bone erotic entertainment, as well as scorn discourse, mischief toward oneself, medications, liquor, tobacco, dating, bareness, roughness, betting, informal communication, record imparting, diversions and that’s only the tip of the iceberg,” demonstrated Wired UK.
In spite of the humiliating capture, there is no published arrangement to update the Internet sifting system. “Patrick Rock was one of various counselors and authorities included in managing this issue yet the work was headed by another person, and choices were taken by clergymen.”
Intel has won the Basis closeout, we’re hearing, at a cost of around $100 million as per one source. A second source pegs the arrangement at closer to $150 million.
Groundwork makes wristwatch health trackers, catching 7 percent of the business sector versus contender Jawbone’s 21 percent. As Intel was about the wearables not long from now at CES, we’re expecting that this purchase is an endeavor to further its decent footing (wristhold?) in the space.
Intel made a considerable measure of clamor with its own particular reference plans at the gathering, including a Siri-like Bluetooth headset named Jarvis and a keen chip it named Edison, which has horde connected utilization including sharp child apparel and even shrewd mugs.
Intel likely doesn’t have goals to contend in the customer electronic commercial center; the organization needs to offer chipset stages. Yet by getting Basis, it gets access to a group that has constructed a standout amongst the most capable and exhaustive wearables to date, which it then can set upon its own particular plans.
Ellen Degeneres’ selfie thumped Barack Obama’s ‘Four More Years’ tweet as the most prevalent tweet ever Sunday night throughout the Oscars.
The entertainer, furnished with her Samsung telephone, assembled a couple of her closest companions (read: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jlaw) and snapped a pic. The retweets immediately included. Inside 30 minutes it was nearing Barack Obama’s record of 778,800.
At that point, a couple of minutes after the fact, it happened. Inside the hour, the tweet might happen to surpass one million retweets, making it far and past the most-retweeted tweet ever.
Linkedin (Nyse:lnkd) has formally started a Chinese beta rendition of its expert informal organization under the name 领英, or Lingying.
Linkedin is one of the few western informal organizations that isn’t hindered in China, and it reported four million enrolled clients of its English form on the terrain. A Chinese adaptation has been normal following the time when the organization employed Derek Shen as its new president of China operations.
On the Chinese desktop form, clients will discover Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo choices to import contacts, and also a couple of Chinese email suppliers. Not at all like the universal form, Twitter and Facebook are no place to be found.
The Chinese government has started another pursuit site that is apparently run by the VP of Xinhua, the Communist Party of China’s authority mouthpiece. Called Chinaso, its logo’s shade plot nearly looks like (and that is putting it beneficently) Google’s.
As Tech In Asia notes, Chinaso is not the first endeavor by the Chinese government to make its web index. Chinaso is really a blend of Jike and Panguso, two state-run inquiry destinations that united a year ago.
It’s vague why the administration chose to take an alternate cut at starting its entryway. Jike and Panguso saw so minimal movement that they didn’t even make dissection firm CNZZ’s rundown of the main six web indexes in China, which implies that each one had under 0.2% piece of the overall industry. China’s hunt business sector is now overwhelmed by organizations like Baidu and Qihoo, which together hold an over 80% allotment.
It is rightly said that time is money. There is not a single hour in the day when you are not free. Then why do we not indulge ourselves in the activities that would pass our time in addition to making some money?
There are ample of part time activities that you could employ so as to make some money. Your income will be supplemented and you will not get bored.
There is no particular age limit for part time jobs. Anybody from any place and at any time can work part time.
Although there aredozens of part time opportunitiesbut here we discuss about only 10 opportunities for different kind of people. So no matter you are a kid or student or a housewife or even retired, you will find something for you.
Part time Jobs for Students
Tutor at some institute is a very favorable option for students. In this world of computers, there have been many computer coaching institutes being set up all over and not all people know to use computer. If any student has basic knowledge about the computer hardware, windows and Microsoft office, he could be a tutor at some computer coaching institute. He could also be a tutor of some normal coaching class also. He could teach the students who are younger to him. He will not only teach younger students but also improve his teaching skills which could prove useful for his future.
Working is also one favorable option for students. Since, they do not have expertise knowledge about the things; they could become sales person at the shops. Book stores, Women Accessories shop and many others require sales person. A student could join one and earn money. There are many pharmacies that require staff who could work for them until late night. Hence, if there is any pharmacy nearby to the house then he could work there as a sales person. Study should not be neglected.
Part time Jobs for Housewives
Most of the house wives are free during the afternoon time. Would it be not advisable to start coaching a group of students during that time and earn money? There is no need to find a place; she could start it at your own home. She could start with a small batch in the beginning and gradually increase the number of students. In this manner, she will get the satisfaction of earning and also her education will be utilized for a good purpose.
Small scale factory
There are number of small home business ideas for woman. Women and cooking go hand in hand. Home-made products are not only loved by many but are also in much demand. Pickle, papad, ladoos and many more eatables can be made at home during the free time and then can be sold to the nearby shops and stores. A house wife can also sell them herself at home. She will make some money and will get noticed for her cooking skills. She should have a valid license.
Part time Jobs for Working People
Almost all the people who work have a basic knowledge of computers. Online jobs serve best for the people who are working as they do not have any free time during their regular jobs working hours. They could take up writing, data entry, typing, designing, surveying etc. If you are one among them then you could take up some online job and work during the night time. However, deadlines need to be followed. Hence, be careful!
A working person could also be a freelancer like a writer, a photographer, a journalist or for that matter anybody. He will be paid for the work he does. He will be accountable directly to the client. Hence, there will not be more pressure about the deadlines or late delivery. Such a person ought to have numerous contacts for this purpose.
Part time Jobs for Retired People and Kids
This world is full of miseries. No person is happy for what he has. He wants somebody to guide him when he is low and help him overcome the life’s obstacles. As the retired people are old and they have a lot of experience about life and also work, they could become a part time counselor. If you are thinking of becoming one, a small room or balcony would be enough for you to do the work.
A retired person can join hands with any of his friend in setting up a small business or shop. It can be a garment shop, a general store or a book store. He could employ some people for the overall maintenance and sale of the goods. He will require a lot of capital for the shop. Hence, it would be advisable to think wisely before investing money.
Part time Jobs for Disabled People
Everybody loves handicrafts and best out of waste items. They not only look chic but also attract eyes of many. Disabled people can make such items and then sell them to gift shops or could hold an exhibition at their respective homes. They could also stitch some pillow covers with embroidery, fabric painting, rubber paintings, glass paintings etc.
A visiting professor
The time when the disabled people would sit at home without education has gone. There are many schools and colleges that have been set up in order to promote education in such people. A disabled person could work as a visiting professor or teacher in such schools and share his knowledge. Apart from the payment, he will also be showered numerous blessings by the parents and other people.
Whew. Yahoo’s $1B acquisition of Tumblr has brought a lot of commentary, opinions and analysis out of the woodwork. It seems everyone has something to say about the event.
This will not be a top 5 list. I don’t have lists of top 5 things I’ve learned, or mistakes Tumblr made, or microbrews the engineers like. This is a meandering series of observations that I am trying to work out with myself — they’re lessons, yes, but they’re also the causes that effect me to view technology, product development and company culture as a petri dish of immense fascination.
It’s about being the only person to have worked at Yahoo, at Flickr and at Tumblr.
It’s seeing the ways that small actions can be a great force for right or wrong, how personalities can have an immense effect on a company, and in turn, on millions of users across the world, and how no matter what the press simplifies as the cause for major events, the reality is nuanced, given to movement in inches that topples the boulder rather than a Herculean push.
This is my first Medium post. I figured if there’s a place for introspective ramblings, it’s this platform.
I joined Tumblr as the 2nd wave of hires, as the 10th or 11th employee. I consider the 1st wave to be Jacob, Peter, and John as well as a few others. The first wave had helped David build Tumblr to be this gorgeous and addictive thing that was growing fast. Marco had just left to start Instapaper. Jared moved on to build GroupMe. And Meaghan had decamped to Kickstarter. There would be 3rd and 4th and 5th waves and so on. But in the early days, when it was 10 to 20 people, there was something really really special – we were on a rocketship changing engines in mid-flight..
I came to the job as a fan. I had emailed Tumblr on a whim, telling them of my admiration and absolute belief that it was going to be the next big thread in the social fabric of the Internet:
As I find myself discovering daily Tumblr awesomeness, I thought, “This is exactly the place where I want to help build and make better.”
A few months later, John called me on the phone while I was in Argentina and a few weeks later, I met David and the team and instantly felt at home.
I joined to take the product further, to help David execute his vision as he took on the large responsibilities of being the CEO. Tumblr was growing fast and David was needed to build out the engineering team, to scale operations, to manage fundraising and marketing and — basically, according to Marco — all the things he didn’t really like to do. And I was brought in to handle the one thing he did like to do, which was to envision the product and design. (Whoa!) I thought I was going to teach the guys a lot, having worked for years at building another pretty cool platform, Flickr. Instead, it was me to learned tons, mainly from David himself.
It was humbling to work with David. And sometimes challenging to my ego. He has an incredible way of bringing you into his orbit. Even with all of the other things he had to worry about — the downtimes, decisions to bring in senior level management to control parts of his baby that he never had to worry about before, orienting Tumblr around creators instead of being a mass-market blogging tool, figuring out the international markets and growing community vectors like fashion, arts, music and so on — he was so on top of product that on most days it felt like I was two steps behind thinking through all the ways in which people would love or hate the features that we planned to push.
And important to me, we were all friends when the company was small. We went to lunch together, we played card games after work — the guys even went to my wedding in the middle of nowhere, Maryland. I was changing the world with a bunch of people I could go have drinks with — and we did! So many features and ideas came around the dinner table in those months. I got kind of fat.
More than anything, I loved the quiet hours, after everyone had gone home. David would sit on the couch and sketch in his notepad. Then he would walk by my desk and asked, “Hey, can we catch up on product stuff?”
Invariably, hours later, we’d both get stupid excited about the new stuff that we could build. I’d suggest things, and I can count on one hand when David hadn’t thought about it already.
David was perpetually excited about Tumblr. I have never seen his enthusiasm wane . Everyone who worked at Tumblr were all in love with the product and used it every moment — but David had us all beat. He lived and breathed the product.
Looking back, some of the things we built were awesome – and I’m glad to have added a bit of Flickr DNA to the features — kind of funny considering now Tumblr will be Flickr’s cousin in the Yahoo family.
The EXIF information attached to each photo – that was a refraction of my obessession with an image’s contextual data. Having curators for the tag program – that was a reaction to Flickr’s Explore feature, where algorithmns can only turn up so many similar HDR images before human sensibilities have to take over. Reworking the photoset to show all the images instead of a lightbox photo – another reaction to the standard lightbox/slideshow experiences that were in vogue at the time. Starting a developer/API program – also a useful lesson I learned from Flickr.
There were some things that I wished I had done differently, had pushed for harder or done more forcefully. Controlling our own mobile destiny faster is one of them, and I’m happy to see Tumblr rolling out so many awesome updates on their apps recently. It’s also a measure of satisfaction to see so many items on the roadmap that we talked about getting shipped by a bigger, stronger and talented team of 175 people.
In the end, Tumblr is David and David is Tumblr. From every word on the blog post (e.g. he hated to use “best”) to the sheen on the dashboard’s buttons, David’s imprint is all over the company. It’s hard to have two strong visions at play, and the way the team is structured now, with product engineering building things and product design visualizing things — makes a lot of sense for the company’s growth. From all reports, if Marissa is true to her word to give David the independence to dream his great dreams, I think Tumblr’s best days are ahead.
Tumblr – as with any company or product – isn’t about a featureset or even the numbers.. or in some cases, even the users. It starts with the people who dream up something different, who love what they’re doing and can’t wait to share with the world their crazy ideas. It’s the engineers and designers and support staff and salespeople and office managers and marketers who come to work each day to build something better. And at the heart of Tumblr is a founder who is also its hardest working employee.
David also gave me the itch to chase after my vision. And now, starting on my own journey to build something new, I’m even more amazed at what Tumblr has accomplished.
Building something new is hard.
Doing anything that you can to keep it growing and going and persisting is something else entirely. And I have high hopes for Tumblr’s place in the world.
So here’s the lead, buried way at the end. What did I gain from working at Tumblr? Clarity of vision triumphs in the end. Build something new. Be original. Do what you love. Empty truisms? On most days, yes.. but when real life events punch you in the face with the reminder that “yes, ye skeptics, striving to be good can work out”, then I’m willing to pause a moment and listen.
I’m a huge fan of Lean Startup thinking and believe applying the scientific method to the design process is a profound and essential concept.
However, I have a minor beef with the popularization of the “Build > Measure > Learn” methodology, or at least its name:
Calling it “Build > Measure > Learn” leaves it open to the misinterpretation that something has to be built before you can measure or learn anything of value.
This is definitely not the case. Understanding the underlying demand a product exists to serve is crucial and much more important than understanding the effectiveness of the product itself.
Iteratively building out a product is just one of many, many ways to explore and define that underlying demand. If it’s the only one you’re using, you’re artificially limiting yourself to a single, lengthy and very expensive method of inquiry.
Building something is the most expensive way to validate your assumption that it should exist.
Lots of Ways to Understand Demand
Here’s just a small sampling of ways to quantify demand without having to actually build the thing to find out:
There’s no sound quite like a check being cut. If you can get someone to buy it before it’s even built, that’s a very strong indicator of demand.
Fake doors If the feature was built, where would they go to click through and use it? Add links in those locations as if it already existed and point them to “coming soon” screens. See how much engagement those links get.
AdWords Testing Run AdWords campaigns whose copy describes what your feature would do. Point them to landing pages designed to capture contact info. Measure demand in clickthroughs & signups.
It is generally inadvisable to only pay attention to what customers say instead of what they do, but you can gather some great insights by asking people questions within the context of your app.
All of the above require either zero or minimal engineering hours to pull off. Some of them cost some money to carry out, but compared to the cost of actually developing something, it’s a paltry sum.
You may think taking these steps would slow your company down, but that would only be true if your definition of progress was something as limited as “building things”.
If you instead define progress as “delivering value to the customer”, you can see how these approaches actually speed things up by avoiding the time-suck of developing things that don’t have a demand.
Building is Investing
What these all have in common with iterative product development (the “build” in Build > Measure > Learn) is that they’re investments of time, money and effort applied to better understanding what it is that people want.
When “building” is thought of as an investment in understanding rather than an inevitable, necessary step, it becomes clear that it’s only one of many options, and not always the most desirable one at that.
To remind myself of this, I’ve stopped calling it “Build > Measure > Learn” and started calling it “Invest > Measure > Learn” instead.
This reframes the method to something that I feel is more accurate to its spirit, and serves as an ongoing reminder to always employ the most effective and efficient options to validate my ideas.
When I build, I’m placing a bet that I’ve accurately identified and understood a demand. Using all the tools in the “understanding demand” toolkit significantly increases the chances of that bet being a winning one.
I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but I grew up being told that if I did well in school, participated in a slew of extracurricular activities, volunteered, didn’t “mess around” too much with the opposite sex, didn’t spend all my money on clothes and got into a good college, that I’d be “alright.”
So, I checked off all those things and more on my Path to Success Checklist! and then—life happened.
When sophomore year of college I got sick. Really sick. It would take three years to figure out what was making me sick (spoiler: rotting appendix) but the point is, when LIFE interrupted my plan, suddenly that was it.
Even as I was moaning in agony on a stretcher in the emergency room, I was still dutifully conjugating Russian verbs and sending reassuring emails to my professors, who were alarmed when I suddenly *gasp* missed a class. “I’m sure it’s nothing!” I told them, my lips curled up in a painful grimace, “I’ll be back in no time! Send me assignments, I can still do work. I can still be good. I can still matter. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is going to ruin this for me! Because I worked hard for this so nothing will take it away! Right?”
Well, that’s the thing that no one tells you when they’re filling your young mind with all these bullshit life equations:
HARD WORK = SUCCESS
Sometimes that’s true. On a small scale, mostly. You have to allow for a margin of error, an element of unpredictability. When we start reducing life to a series of concrete mathematical concepts—because it feels better than considering that which is unknown to us about the future — we are really setting ourselves up to fail.
After I began to heal, having lost everything that “mattered” in my life, I decided to just do something, anything to feel like I was rebuilding my life even in a small way.
I took jobs here and there. I moved around a little. I fell in love.
And then, I said to myself: what is the most important thing, from a practical standpoint, right now?
The answer, given my health, was health insurance.
So, I applied for a paper-pushing position in a hospital where I would be given health insurance and 40 hours a week of doing something. Best of all, if I had a flare up of illness, hey, I was just an elevator away from the ER.
I was given this job because someone believed in giving me a chance. I didn’t have a completed college degree, but I would do whatever needed to be done. In this case, what needed to be done was a lot of filing and staple pulling.
So, for 40 hours a week, I pulled staples.
For this I had (slightly) above a minimum wage, health and dental and vision, and the nagging feeling that I had sold my soul to the devil somewhere along the line and this must be some kind of hell.
So, I decided that I was going to work on top of work: while I pulled staples, I perked up. I listened hard. I learned. And when opportunities arose, I asked for them. I asked for more. I did everything I was asked to do, no matter how mundane, and I did it damn well. I didn’t complain (at work anyway) and I respected everyone from the guy who mopped the floors to the CEO of the hospital.
I didn’t act entitled to anything more than what I had, but I made it known that I was eager to learn— and would gladly take an opportunity to do so.
After six months, this was rewarded. I got a promotion. And from there, I just kept climbing up the ladder. And I went back to school on the hospital’s dime. And I started writing on the side for extra money. And soon my writing became part of my job.
And then, it was my job.
My day starts at 5:30 am, I spend a half hour responding to emails, Tweets, other social media interactions. I go get my morning coffee. I get in to my office at the hospital at least a half-hour before the eight hour clock starts, so I can organize paper, really listen (not just half-listen) to voicemails and chat with coworkers. For eight hours, I do some things that I really like and quite a few things that bore me beyond belief. For this, I am paid. Then, I go home and write. For this, I am also paid. I peruse Tumblr to de-stress. I read a few pages of a book. Then, I sleep. Many nights I have to take some kind of sedative to shut my brain down, but eventually, I am dreaming.
I’ve realized, though, that I benefit from that eight hour day of mindless tasks. My most creative ideas pop up when my hands are otherwise engaged and my mind can wander around to new places. Around the 50th staple, I get an idea for a novel I might write someday. By the time I’m home at night or on the weekend mornings when my coffee steams in my hand and the sun rises over the bay, I can crank out two or three solid articles— because for 40 hours I could think about how to craft each phrase while simultaneously flipping through large stacks of paper.
I work in a hospital all day and I write mostly about health and healthcare. I live and breathe my work, and it’s not always fun or interesting or “fulfillment” but my bills get paid — and then some. I have earned the freedom to write. I have some security that I didn’t have when I was on the former path to success. I created my own definition of success, and rapidly achieved it— because I was willing to improvise.
I’m twenty two years old. I have three jobs, a pension plan, health insurance, my own car, a nice apartment in a safe neighborhood, a partner who really gets me, and above all else, the slow by steady return of my health and sanity. I achieved all of this by not doing anything I was told would bring me this kind of success but instead, I just did what made sense to me in the moment . . . and hoped for the best.
That being said, do I have “free time?”
No. Not a lot of it. Do I want any? Not particularly. I worked hard to be able to combine my interests and passion into something that I can earn a living doing, so I have the satisfaction each day of knowing that I can get paid to do things that also feel good to me, and are enjoyable.
I didn’t achieve that by waving around a college degree or a proper resume. I got here by knowing my place, working hard and taking opportunities when they were given to me, holding them in my hands like delicate little eggs that did not guarantee any kind of real protection from cracks.
As Gen Y, we were really done a major disservice in our youth. Being constantly praised and built up to believe that we would all succeed if we did everything on our Checklist for Success!, we emerged expecting everyone to fawn over us when we had a college degree! Why no one prepared us for the far more complicated reality of Real World Living is beyond me; but here we are, struggling while our parents and teachers cluck at our “lost potential.”
We are a generation that grew up being promised we were special, and instead we entered adulthood already feeling we were just disappointments before we’ve even had the chance to really live.
I challenge you to shed the paradigm that you will be successful. Instead, think about what will make it easier for you to do the things that you want to do: if you can spend eight hours a day pulling staples so you don’t have to worry about healthcare and paying your rent, then you can and will find ways to do the things for which you have a firey passion.
If you are truly passionate about something, it will seep out of your pores and demand to be felt by everyone around you. Eventually, it will become part of your day to day routine, even if you think it’s impossible.
Passion always finds a way; but it has its own timeline, and anything you do to try to speed it up is only going to exhaust and frustrate you.
Don’t give up; not just on what you truly want, but also the seemingly useless and boring things that you have to do “just to get by” — everything has potential, every single opportunity is a piece of your puzzle. It’s just a matter of figuring out where it fits — and revealing the picture it creates.
Abby Norman writes and drinks coffee on the coast of Maine. Tweet her @abby__norman. You might like another piece of hers on Medium, Hush, the tale of an introvert trying to live as an extrovert. ღ