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Universities should teach graduates how to learn

  • September 15, 2018
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Tom Carter, CTO and co-founder of Ultrahaptics, speaking at Tech Nation on Tour Bristol: I don’t think the idea of universities is to deliver employees to companies. As soon as you’ve done a course, what you’ve learnt becomes out of date. People have to learn skills forever. University is about learning core skills, and learning

The importance of continuous learning

  • September 14, 2018
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Kristi Hedges, writing in Harvard Business Review: (via @smartrich) The reality is that most people are not set up to take advantage of development opportunities. Many organizations view learning as something extra, something to fit in on top of the regular work. But to create a culture that encourages employee growth, managers need to make learning

Investors are waking up to the emotional struggle of startup founders

  • September 11, 2018
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Sam Altman, the former head of Y Combinator, quoted in TechCrunch: … a lot of founders end up pretty depressed at one point or another, and they generally don’t talk to anyone about it.  Often companies don’t survive these dark times. Failing sucks—there is no way to sugarcoat that.  But startups are not life-and-death matters—it’s

KUO: Low cost MacBook to get Touch ID, replace 12-inch MacBook

  • September 11, 2018
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Ming-Chi Kuo: The new low-price MacBook may replace the position of the current 12″ MacBook. We expect this new model to support the Touch ID but it will not have the Touch Bar. Everwin Precision is the main beneficiary because it is the first time this company will enter the Mac casing supply chain and

Why kindness and generosity in business is not a weakness

  • September 10, 2018
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Great blog post on community by Robyn Vinter, founder of Leeds-based The Overtake: The community is also much smaller than it seems at first — you run into a lot of the same people over and over and it’s not long before you realise most people you come across are a friend or a friend-of-a-friend. Almost all

What is the startup culture canvas?

What the ‘Startup Culture Canvas’ is, and why founders should use it: It’s designed to help teams articulate a shared vision for the kind of company and culture they want to cultivate, and identify specific actions and strategies to achieve it. The Startup Culture Canvas is a template for using your culture as a more

Ey up (and onwards): Yorkshire Startups passes 500 members

Milestone alert: Yorkshire Startups has grown to surpass 500 members, around 18 months after I created the Facebook group. Of course, communities aren’t defined by the number of people in them, and it’s more important to me that people see the group as something that will bring them tangible benefit – whether that’s finding out

Startup Weekend showcased Leeds’ growing philosophy of inclusiveness

One of the key takeaways in Startup Communities by Brad Feld is that startup ecosystems must be led by entrepreneurs looking to stay in the area for a long period of time.

macOS is back in black – and I’m far from thunderstruck

Monday saw the return of the Mac – and I’m not talking about Tyson Fury. (Yes, I will be shoehorning jarring references to computers and boxers into these blog posts at every available opportunity. Sorry, not sorry.)

Gary Vaynerchuk: pick emotional intelligence or IQ

Vayner Media’s Gary Veynerchuck, speaking about emotional intelligence: A lot of you out there have probably heard me rant about empathy and the difference between EQ or IQ. For those of you who are unfamiliar with when I say “EQ,” I’m talking about my emotional intelligence—the emotional intangibles: empathy, gratitude, and intuition. Some of you