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Saturday, October 24, 2020
Agility of small businesses during COVID-19 puts big pressure on corporates

Agility of small businesses during COVID-19 puts big pressure on corporates

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Like so many small businesses, a craft beer brewery close to me here in Northern California could have gone belly up when the COVID-19 crisis forced the closure of its two tap rooms and dried up demand from the bars and restaurants it sells to. Instead, the owner swiftly altered his business model. Customers now…
7 behaviors that may predict your company’s odds of survival

7 behaviors that may predict your company’s odds of survival

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This article was originally published by Built In. The old way of working is dead. Its death throes began decades ago, and the COVID-19 shake-up has slammed the lid on the coffin. In a world of flux, we all have to be 24/7 learners, innovators and collaborators. Yet most companies continue to allow, encourage or even force…
Using jargon to sound smart? Science says you’re just insecure

Using jargon to sound smart? Science says you’re just insecure

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I don’t know about you but I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard people in the startup world string meaningless words together. “Enable best-of-breed convergence,” and “synthesize distributed users,” are just two of my favorite jargon-fuelled phrases — even if I don’t understand what they mean. Why, oh, why do people feel…
5 hot tips for startups to create a strong brand from day one

5 hot tips for startups to create a strong brand from...

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The importance of brand building has increased significantly in recent years. There are two main reasons why. On the one hand, today’s organizations must show an attitude in order to be successful. On the other hand, good design and the creation of an attractive experience are increasingly becoming the decisive factor in the market.  For…
You need to stop hiring ‘cultural fits’

You need to stop hiring ‘cultural fits’

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Two of the most famous characters from Lewis Carol’s Through the Looking Glass are the twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. When Alice encounters them, they ridiculously mirror each other’s actions and words. Each brother frequently says “contrariwise” as if he’s about to disagree with his counterpart, only to inadvertently say the same thing. Unfortunately, far too…
You should call in sick more often — even if you’re WFH

You should call in sick more often — even if you’re...

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The dramatic rise in working from home due to coronavirus looks likely to become a permanent feature for many organizations, at least for part of the week. But while this brings many benefits to both employees and employers, it’s also likely to lead to more people working while ill. This is not good for people’s…
How I went from teacher to developer in just 10 months

How I went from teacher to developer in just 10 months

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So you’re interested in our subbrand Growth Quarters? Then join our online event, TNW2020, where you’ll hear how the most successful founders kickstarted and grew their companies. This article was originally published on .cult by Sky Houdeib. .cult is a Berlin-based community platform for developers. We write about all things career-related, make original documentaries and…
How to become a UX designer — no matter what you studied at uni

How to become a UX designer — no matter what you...

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Beautiful and usable design can be the deciding factor between a successful and a failing business. Great designers are treated like superstars. And it’s so fulfilling to design beautiful things that people love to use. But can you become a designer at all without a degree in design? Will you have to go back to…
How to get the most out of attending a digital event

How to get the most out of attending a digital event

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Digital events are fairly new and have won in popularity due to the pandemic. As with in-person events, you have good ones and horrible ones. I like to drop the phrase “not all digital events are created equal” into the many conversations I’m nowadays having about digital events. Say, you’ve done the research and you’ve decided…
Why these developer job titles are ridiculous and shouldn’t exist

Why these developer job titles are ridiculous and shouldn’t exist

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So you’re interested in Growth Quarters? Then join our online event, TNW2020, where you’ll hear how the most successful founders kickstarted and grew their companies.  Similarly to the nobility in the Middle-Age who loved enslaving poor villagers to make lords and knights rich and powerful, we, software developers, love titles. A glimpse at one’s title…

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