My team used to suck at meetings, but now people are begging us to share our secret sauce

My team used to suck at meetings, but now people are begging us to share our secret sauce

Think you hate meetings? My colleagues and I were so sick of them that we teamed up with Chelsea Handler to build an excuse generator. Can you guess what one of the main use cases was? Getting out of meetings. For years, our team’s meetings didn’t move us forward; they were “party meetings” that threw wrenches into projects. At best, we’d brainstorm, socialize, and draft a few action items. Agendas were absent, and more people than necessary were present. Deadline discussions

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How innovative design can help you capitalize when consumers ‘misuse’ your product

How innovative design can help you capitalize when consumers ‘misuse’ your product

Recently, my team and I helped a client brainstorm a new banking application for teenagers. But when we tested it on our target group, we quickly realized that the concept had a fundamental flaw. It seems that some teenagers nowadays share access to their devices by registering their friends’ fingerprints in their smartphone. For teenagers, allowing a friend access to their phone — their most personal and prized possession — is the highest form of trust. It’s like the 21st

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7 detailed tips on how to improve you website in 2018

7 detailed tips on how to improve you website in 2018

It’s no secret that Google loves technically excellent sites. If you want your sites to rank as well as possible, there’s no substitute for ensuring that you’re nailing the basics and doing everything you can beyond that. While some aspects of technical excellence have always been important, in this article I want to focus on seven reasons that your site isn’t performing as well as it could be in 2018. If you can fix these issues, your site will be

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Mattress company Emma is fastest-growing startup in Europe

Mattress company Emma is fastest-growing startup in Europe

For the fifth year in a row Adyen and TNW teamed up to find the fastest growing companies in Europe’s six hottest startup ecosystems: the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, and Sweden. The winner, mattress business Emma (Germany), was announced tonight at TNW Conference Founders Dinner in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. To search for the fastest-growing startup, TNW reached out to hundreds of companies identified as fast-growing based on their research and asked them to sign up for the

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Thousands of American companies could suffer from Trump’s vague FOSTA

Thousands of American companies could suffer from Trump’s vague FOSTA

On April 11, President Trump signed FOSTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) into law, a controversial move that aims to combat sex trafficking crimes through the anonymity of the internet. The publicized debate is surrounding the bill’s alleged attempt at censorship on the internet; but perhaps an unrealized or unstudied effect of this new law is the immediate and major change to the way businesses operate online. The bill, passed by Congress at the end of March, broadly makes “any

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