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The Long Read: Summary and Key Takeaways from The Lean Startup Method PART III

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May 26
Below are excerpts and a summary taken from the book. Summary and Key Takeaways of The Lean Startup by Eric Ries PART THREE: ACCELERATE Start Your Engines Most of the decisions startups face are not clear-cut. How much time should companies invest in infrastructure and planning early on in anticipation of success? What should employees spend their days doing? How do we hold people accountable for learning at an organizational level? However, the critical first question

The Long Read: Summary and Key Takeaways of The Lean Startup Method PART II

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May 26
Below are excerpts and a summary taken from the book. Summary and Key Takeaways of The Lean Startup by Eric Ries Part Two: Steer At its heart, a startup is a catalyst that transforms ideas into products. As customers interact with those products, they generate feedback and data. The feedback is both qualitative (such as what they like and don’t like) and quantitative (such as how many people use it and find it valuable). As we

The Long Read: Summary and Key Takeaways of the Lean Startup Method PART I

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May 26
Below are excerpts and a summary taken from the book. Summary and Key Takeaways of The Lean Startup by Eric Ries “The road map for innovation for the twenty-first century. The ideas in The Lean Startup will help create the next industrial revolution.” -Steve Blank, lecturer, Stanford University, UC Berkeley Hass Business School   “Every founding team should stop for forty-eight hours and read The Lean Startup. Seriously, stop and read this book now. “ -Scott,

Summary of Zero To One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future Part II

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Apr 07
  Below are excerpts from the book summarized to preserve the essence of the novel, at a shorter length. Summary of Zero To One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters | Part II   “This book is about the questions you must ask and answer to succeed in the business of doing new things: what follows is not a manual or a record of knowledge but an

Summary of Zero To One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future Part I

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Mar 22
  Below are excerpts from the book summarized to preserve the essence of the novel, at a shorter length. Summary of Zero To One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters | Part I   “This book is about the questions you must ask and answer to succeed in the business of doing new things: what follows is not a manual or a record of knowledge but

Meet My New Best Friend: Amazon’s Alexa

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Feb 22
You’ve probably received Amazon’s Echo as a Christmas gift or heard your friend rave about it but you’re still not sure what it is? We’re here today to provide you with a full guide on this device, the reason for its success, and its future (and enormous) potential. What is it Amazon’s Echo/Tap/Dot are hands-free smart speakers that are controlled by voice; they retail at $179.99, $129.99, and $49.99 respectively along with a free shipping option,

How to Deal with Millennials in the Workplace Part II

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Feb 09
While it is important to understand the context to Millennial behavior and characteristics, it is more valuable to you, an employer, to know how to use this knowledge to drive efficiency and optimization of Millennial employees at your workplace. Javier Montes, a self-proclaimed expert on eliminating this generational gap in the workplace, a coach on Millennial behavior, the author of “Millennial Workforce: Cracking the Code to Generation Y in Your Company,” and simply a guru on

How to Deal with Millennials in The Workplace

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Feb 06
“Entitled, lazy, narcissistic, and addicted to social media” – CNBC “Touch to manage…entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused, lazy” – Simon Sinek “Entitled, lazy, and just not fit to live” – Scott Hess “Selfish, uninvolved, unmotivated, pampered narcissists” – Keevin O’Rourke WIDELY and constantly bashed for taking selfies and oversharing, Generation Y, most commonly known as Millennials, have become the most talked about age group. These 20-something-year-olds fell victim to mass generalization of always being on their

Move to the cloud or stay on the ground? A case for cloud computing.

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Jan 26
This blog post will provide a take on cloud technology through the prism of the banking industry by outlining pros and cons of the move, suggesting helpful tips in the migration process, and briefly listing top players in the industry. Cloud computing, for those of you who don’t know, is an internet-based delivery of on-demand hosted services that typically range from storage to management to data processing. The term “cloud” refers to the network of remote

Build a Bot Hackathon #getplugged

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Dec 14
Cambridge, MA Dec 13 2016 Last Saturday, around fifteen coders gathered at PLUG in East Cambridge to talk about bots! Bots are applications designed to automate the kinds of tasks you would usually do on your own, such as making a dinner reservation, adding an appointment to your calendar, or fetching information. Bots are exponentially increasing in number and are cleverly hiding behind what appear to be messaging apps. Some of the best bots are indistinguishable

How To Be Emotionally Intelligent

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Dec 09
Let’s talk about emotional intelligence. You’ve probably heard your friend or coworker use this term before but never actually knew what it meant. If that’s the case, keep reading, as this blog post will provide you with all the beginner’s knowledge on EQ you need. West Point Military Academy in New York has a program called “Beast,” a rigorous set of extreme physical, mental, and social challenges designed to test cadet’s perseverance. It is also responsible

Our Favourite Chapters from Predictably Irrational

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Dec 05
In his wildly popular book, Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely disrupts everything you learned about traditional economics as he writes about the world of behavioral economics in which consumers are irrational, biased, and, luckily, predictable. Besides being a professor at Duke University, founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight, and co-founder of BEworks, Ariely has mastered the art of observing decision-making and how seemingly irrelevant and random context clues and product information fill the gaps in

Feature in wbur: Co-Working: Work Spaces Beyond Starbucks And The Home Office Expand In Boston

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Nov 28
We are very excited to have been featured in wbur‘s latest article on coworking spaces, “Co-Working: Work Spaces Beyond Starbucks And The Home Office Expand In Boston.” The news website discusses how the “mushrooming community of freelancers, business people and solopreneurs,” has caused a boom of non-traditional coworking spaces in the Boston/Cambridge area. Almost a third of workers in the U.S. identify themselves as independent and therefore in need of a place with a desk, outlet,

Recap: HUBSPOT’S INBOUND16 Part II

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Nov 14
Welcome to part two of HubSpot’s INBOUND16 recap series! If you haven’t yet, be sure to read our first installment of blogs here. As avid users of the HubSpot software, we’ve greatly enjoyed every single speaker. But like at any conference, some speeches stood out to us more than the others. Gary Vaynerchuck was one of them and that is exactly who we talk about in our first blog. Another is Brian Halligan. Brian is

Recap: HubSpot’s INBOUND16 Part I

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Nov 10
We are at a midpoint of HubSpot’s annual INBOUND16 conference where thousands of sales and marketing professionals gather to get educated on inbound marketing tactics, network with business leaders from all kinds of industries and to simply get inspired! Starting Tuesday and all the way through Friday, BCEC would have hosted 19,000+ attendees, 6 keynote speakers including Alec Baldwin and Anna Kendrick, 8 spotlight speakers including Serena Williams, and over 200 breakout sessions. You can imagine
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