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How Online Mapmakers Are Helping the Red Cross Save Lives in the Philippines - Robinson Meyer - The Atlantic

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 13:40 -- rprice

they will be helped by an incredible piece of technology, a worldwide, crowd-sourced humanitarian collaboration made possible by the Internet. What is it? It’s a highly detailed map of the areas affected by super typhoon Haiyan, and it mostly didn’t exist three days ago, when the storm made landfall. Since Saturday, more than 400 volunteers have made nearly three quarters of a million additions to a free, online map of areas in and around the Philippines.

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Solo Workers Bond at Shared Workspaces - NYTimes.com

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 18:30 -- rprice

they are looking for nothing more than a diverse set of skills from its members, so that they might come together organically to form the blockbuster start-ups of tomorrow. “It’s an ecosystem,” Mr. Ryans said. “A lot of places focus on creating an environment where it’s like a lake, you’ve got four species of fish. We think we’re the Great Barrier Reef.” The very layout of Neuehouse is meant to suggest that work nowadays, at least for entrepreneurs, is a glorified version of hanging out.

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This Week, Exploring The Sharing Economy : All Tech Considered : NPR

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 09:18 -- rprice

The sharing economy can encompass a lot. There's tool sharing — whether that's bike-sharing, car-sharing or actual sharing-sharing. It also includes a subset called the peer economy, which describes peer-to-peer platforms in which people sell things to one another. There's also a subset called the "gift economy," which is stuff like couch-surfing through platforms like Airbnb. Speaking of which, the Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia described this movement this way, : "Social media is about sharing online. We've extended that behavior into the offline world.

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How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work : All Tech Considered : NPR

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 09:15 -- rprice

The front, where you find the cafe, is open to the public. The nerve center of the space is an atrium of open workspace, which costs a few hundred dollars a month for membership. The outer rim of the bullpen is lined with glass-enclosed studios where mid-stage startups rent space next to one another, but don't get tied to long-term leases.

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Personal Finance For Engineers - Business Insider

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:14 -- rprice

because engineers understand and prefer math, as Nash describes them, they tend to think they are being rational with their money ... even when they are not. Given the imminent IPO, and the windfall that will accrue to several employees, this is an important lesson. Nash's presentation is a solid intro and useful refresher into the world of personal finance, especially for the more quantitatively-inclined.

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Know Your Why | How To Build A Hardware Startup | Adafruit Learning System

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 16:49 -- rprice

To figure out your why, here is a simple exercise you can take yourself through: List what you are passionate about. List all the reasons you want to start a company. List all the emotions and desires you feel. (Frustration, hope, happiness, wanting freedom, etc) List what you want to change, improve, or make better in the world. These could be literal to the activity (i.e., make something easier), the feeling your customers will have (i.e., make people happy), or something you want to change (i.e., make the world better).

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CSNYC.ORG

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 16:18 -- rprice

The NYC Foundation For Computer Science Education (csnyc.org for short) is a non-profit (501c3) with a simple mission: Ensure that all children in the NYC public schools have access to computer science education that will put them on a pathway to academic success and a 21st century career

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Augmented Reality for Industrial Equipment - EquipCodes

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 16:10 -- rprice

This prototype iPad app provides walk-through instructions for creating a simple circuit on a bread board. Once the circuit is made, parts in the video feed can be touched to show extra information, such as pin outs and important specs. For testing or diagnosis, net information showing which pins are at which voltage can be overlayed.

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Live from Expand: Rethinking Education

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 14:02 -- rprice

Technology is revolutionizing the way kids are learning, from tablets and laptops in classrooms, to introducing coding curricula in public schools. We'll be talking to representatives of three very different educational tech companies, including One Laptop Per Child, SparkFun and Code.org.

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