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Telling Great Stories And Pitching An Idea (Any Idea!)

Extracted From: : http://firstround.com/article/Tell-Stories-Like-This-to-Take-Your-Fundraising-Pitch-from-Mediocre-to-Memorable#ixzz2uYXcll6U Great Stories Are Practiced The first thing to know is that no pitch is static. It evolves based on who you’re talking to, where you are, what you need to get across. You must have a one-minute version, a 10-minute version, an hour-long version. This does not mean having the same story … Continue reading

Tips to Making Great Data Products

Don’t try to be too clever. Simple, straightforward approaches beat cleverness 9 times out of 10. Start with something simple, then make it more complex if needed. Don’t start with something complex and then simplify. The hardest part of data science is getting good, clean data. Cleaning data is often 80% of the work. Try … Continue reading

How to Create Products that Facilitate Long-Term Behavior Change

Understand the user’s mindset: It is especially important to understand the mindset that individuals are in, as it shapes how they respond to your application. These different facets of self can be selectively activated, and shape our behavior in different contexts. Similarly, if a product can change how a person sees herself (i.e., her self-concept), … Continue reading

Ten lesser-known psychological states everyone should be aware of

1. DysphoriaOften used to describe depression in psychological disorders, dysphoria is general state of sadness that includes restlessness, lack of energy, anxiety, and vague irritation. It is the opposite of euphoria, and is different from typical sadness because it often includes a kind of jumpiness and some anger. You have probably experienced it when coming … Continue reading

Six Reasons Projects Fail

1. Poor Planning Lack of Direction: If you are a project manager, someone else’s poor planning can become your problem. It’s not uncommon for vague proposals to be pitched and sold. This failure to define expectations, milestones and desired outcomes often leads to ‘scope-creep.’ Poor Statement of Work (SOW): Definitions enable the ability to effectively … Continue reading

The Eaters (with apologies to Ernest Hemingway’s “The Killers”)

The door to Hank’s hog-and-waffles, the last of its kind in the Mission, swung open and two large, heavyset men wandered in. They looked up and down the darkened restaurant, and evidently satisfied, sat down at the counter. Hank meandered over and asked them what they would like. “I dunno,” the larger of the two … Continue reading