Watch Jessica Hische’s “Less Exciting Work” talk

Jessica Hische’s “Less Exciting Work” talk @jessicahische via @btconf

Earlier this year (sorry if this post is way overdue) I’ve help Marc Thiele with his Beyond Tellerandevent in Dusseldorf: it was a great opportunity to connect to the local design community in Germany, but also to meet great designers I respect. I’ll put a write up of all the talks soon, but this is the first of two design “fan boy” posts (one about Jessica Hische and the other about Erik…

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Internet in Brazil: Amazon starts selling books with a catalog of 150,000 titles

Amazon starts selling books in Brazil with the catalog 150 000 titles @amazon #Brazil #publishing #e-commerce

Just over six months after entering the e-commerce space of other physical goods through internet in Brazil, Amazon will soon begin to sell books, making its debut in the country in the segment that Amazon has revolutionize the way business is done.

When it reached the country– back in December 2012 — Amazon sold 13,000 digital books in Portuguese. Today there are 35 000, considering other…

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Economy in Brazil: nearly 7000 new super rich in 2013

Brazil gained nearly 7000 new super rich in 2013 #Brazil #economy #wealth #NouveauRiche #Capgemini

In 2013, the world gained almost 2 million super-rich, a growth of 15% in a year, to 13.7 million, according to the report World Wealth Report, the report of the wealth made by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management.

In Brazil, the number of super-rich has increased in 7000, up 4.1% to 172,000. The country, however, has dropped two places to 13th in number of rich people.

The super-rich are people…

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Listen to Erik Dahl’s “Designing for Emerging Technologies” talk

Erik Dahl’s “Designing for Emerging Technologies” talk #robotics #genomics #biotech #design #ux #ia @eadahl

As we face a future where what it means to be human will be inexorably changed, we desperately need experience design to help frame our interactions with emerging technologies — from skin-top embeddable computers to bio printable organs to swarming robots to human genome hacking to content aware environments — that are already racing ahead of our ability to process and manage them on an…

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Listen to Michael Watkins’ “Picking the Right Transition Strategy” Interview

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that my life by have in constant transition in the last few years. My friend Lie Zuo suggested I looked Michael Watkins up for advice on transitions.

Transitions into new leadership roles are nothing less than corner-office crucibles. They test executives’ mettle from day one, with pressure to diagnose, strategize, delegate, and communicate…

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Watch Brené Brown’s “Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count” talk

Watch Brené Brown’s “Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count” talk #creativity @BreneBrown via @99u

There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to “armor up” and shut ourselves off. “Not caring what people think,” she says, “is its own kind of hustle.”

Instead we must “reserve a seat” for the critics and our own self-doubt. “Tell them,…

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Mobile Devices in Brazil: Smartphones are now three out of four phones

Smartphones are now three out of four phones sold in Brazil #mobile #smartphones #Brazil #trends #IDC #abinee

Out of every four cellular phones sold in Brazil, three were smartphones, according to the Brazilian Association of Electrical and Electronics Industry (Abinee) released recently.

In the first five months of 2014, 28.2 million mobile phones were sold, an increase of 8% over the same period of 2013 — according to the data collected by IDC and analyzed by Abinee.

Of this total volume, 69% were…

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Watch John Maeda’s “Fall in Love with Technology through Great Design” talk

John Maeda’s “Fall in Love with Technology through Great Design” #design #venturecapital @johnmaeda via @99u

For all the love given to technology and its impact, a fatigue is brewing. Better specs are no longer the reason to buy, so the latest product is less now likely to wow us. But in his new role as a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins, former RISD president John Maeda has been pondering: What can make us fall in love with tech again? His conclusion: “The new economic climb will be powered by…

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Economy in Brazil: Real turns 20 with loss of 80% of its value

Brazilian Real turns 20 with loss of 80% of its value #economy #Brazil #currency #inflation

Real went into circulation 20 years ago, leaving behind a triple-digit inflation and the consequent bartering currency. With the stabilization of the economy, achieved through a set of changes that named the Plano Real, Brazilians experienced for a little while the feeling of seeing their money worth more.

“It was a lot of inflation, and there were many zeros. There would be no cash register he…

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