"Since the 1970s, the gap between the rich and everyone else has skyrocketed. Income inequality is at its highest level in a century. This widening gulf between the haves and have-less troubles me, but not for the obvious reasons. Apart from the financial inequities, I fear the expansion of an entirely different gap, caused by the inability to see oneself in a less advantaged person’s shoes. Reducing the economic gap may be impossible without also addressing the gap in empathy."

Rich People Just Care Less" via The New York Times

I spoke of the growing lack of empathy in America and glad to see others share the same concern.  The budget battle is just one symptom of a greater sociological and economic dilemma.

(Source: The New York Times, via marksbirch)

Simplicity Is Not So Simple

marksbirch:

peterspear:

“I do not think you can say that is why it was successful, and go out. Like, here is the simplest thing ever, it is a button. It is a holistic system. Moreover, if you can accomplish a lot, while staying very simple, that is amazing, but usually, there is complexity on the other side of simplicity. Many people still tell us Twitter is hard to use, it is too confusing. Therefore, the simplicity is sort of a bit of a Red herring, I think, in terms of what made it successful. It could be simpler, but yet, it also needs to get more powerful.”

Evan Williams

People assume the the opposite of simplicity is complexity.  From a linguistic standpoint, they are indeed antonyms.  But from a practical design standpoint, they often are two sides of the same coin.  We aim for the simple, but the process to achieve something a user would perceive as simple involves incredible engineering and design effort.

techdrumbeats:

TSA’s New Instagram Account Highlights The Crazy Things People Try To Sneak On Planes - Greg Kumparak (@grg.)

TechCrunch Trending.

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Read this article here.

workartfun:

The marketing team (including Raunaq, Karan and myself) had a meeting today to review our progress and to discuss what else could we do to grow WorkArtFun.

In the last one month, a number of companies and organizations from various fields have joined WorkArtFun and so have a few hundred…

"The more you document your own life, the more you check in, you tweet, the more you post photos of what you did last night, the more you do all of this stuff, or even in my case, the more you listen for little lines of dialogue that can make their way into stories, the more you photograph moments, in a way, the more you start to step out of those moments, and if you do that too much, you become a spectator to your own life."

— Jonathan Harris (via kari-shma)

Anonymous said: The pictures I took are in Virginia. I also love Entrepreneurship - just as there are so many layers in an onion there are layers of artistic expression in us all! Shari

That’s interesting.. I too have always felt that art is not about skill or about learning.. and art cannot be judged (it can be liked or hated.. but that’s a personal choice.) Art is self expression. If people like what you express your a great artist.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. "
Pablo Picasso 

So I guess all of us should be confident in expressing ourselves, without trying to please or hurt anyone.

workartfun:

We bought the Workartfun.com domain on 18th April,2012 and since then have been working ardently on it. The process consisted of first fine tuning the concept, then making the forms and the GUI and then the programming and testing of the same.

We went live on the 4th June,2013 and it did…

Story of our startup that launched 10 days ago.

nasdaq:

Wise words from the master of innovation himself: Mr. Albert Einstein.

nasdaq:

Wise words from the master of innovation himself: Mr. Albert Einstein.

"You get what anybody gets - you get a lifetime."

— Neil Gaiman (via kari-shma)

stanfordbusiness:

Bitcoin is a decentralized, open-source digital currency. Because it is exchanged virtually peer-to-peer, Bitcoin has barely any transaction costs and could be a game changer for microtransactions, explained Lightspeed Venture Partners’ Jeremy Liew (MBA ’00) in a recent talk with the Stanford GSB High Tech Club. Read more about how Bitcoin works in this article from The Economist: http://stnfd.biz/l8Rrd 
Do you think Bitcoin is a passing trend or do you think it’ll be around in 10 years?

stanfordbusiness:

Bitcoin is a decentralized, open-source digital currency. Because it is exchanged virtually peer-to-peer, Bitcoin has barely any transaction costs and could be a game changer for microtransactions, explained Lightspeed Venture Partners’ Jeremy Liew (MBA ’00) in a recent talk with the Stanford GSB High Tech Club. Read more about how Bitcoin works in this article from The Economist: http://stnfd.biz/l8Rrd 

Do you think Bitcoin is a passing trend or do you think it’ll be around in 10 years?

creativesomething:

We are our greatest creative enemies.

When it comes to finding what we’re passionate about, becoming what we dream of, combating our demons, or doing any sort of work, the one thing that really stands in our way is ourselves.

Let’s say you want to become a writer, what do you do first?

creativemornings:

“There’s pretty much nothing I’ve done right before doing it wrong first.”

Sharon Montrose, Photographer
speaking at CreativeMornings/LosAngeles(*watch the talk)

This is why patience is a virtue.

creativemornings:

“There’s pretty much nothing I’ve done right before doing it wrong first.”

Sharon Montrose, Photographer
speaking at CreativeMornings/LosAngeles(*watch the talk)

This is why patience is a virtue.

(Source: creativemornings)

nasdaq:

   Happy Monday! This week’s Monday Morning Inspiration comes to us courtesy of American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. 

nasdaq:

Happy Monday! This week’s Monday Morning Inspiration comes to us courtesy of American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. 

stanfordbusiness:

Entrepreneurs must be bold thinkers. Read why serial entrepreneur Steve Poizner (MBA ’80) believes bravery is so important in business: http://stnfd.biz/kwW3E

stanfordbusiness:

Entrepreneurs must be bold thinkers. Read why serial entrepreneur Steve Poizner (MBA ’80) believes bravery is so important in business: http://stnfd.biz/kwW3E

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