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It’s that time of year when I prepare for the annual pilgrimage home to the town where I grew up. And each year, I notice the technology divide grow greater between the city where I live, New York, and the city my loved ones call home.
The second post of the series, Nicole talks about her experience working two part-time jobs.
Without passion, work is just work, and that’s no fun at all.
Hold on to your hats, folks! It's the fashion-function-technology ternary diagram and the unique position of the Snap Spectacle among wearable technology products.
On the eve of a holiday meant for communicating gratitude (but often used as a stage for all manner of debate), we thought we'd share our best tips for good communication that, we believe, really transcend the workplace.
By now, we’re preaching to the choir: social media is media, and it’s time Facebook and others take editorial responsibility for the content they distribute.
Talos has chosen RDV for our flagship venture, and we thought it may be informative, if a bit self-serving, to give some insight into why we decided the world needed one more social media app.
A modern computer screen displays over 16 million colors, which makes the task of choosing three for your app quite the challenge.
Do bot girls like Siri and Alexa make it harder for real women in the workplace? Probably yes.
Millennials indicate greater trust in technology than do older generations, and a greater trust in technology than in humans. We trust in tech, but pull back the curtain far enough and behind every code, every machine, there's always a human.
We spend a lot of time here at Talos playing with the latest and greatest technology has to offer. As a departure from the norm, I want to spend this week reflecting on the simpler inventions in life.
An adult pacifier for the urban dweller, the earbud is as ubiquitous in New York as hot dog carts and withering stares. But a recent trip across the Atlantic called me to reconsider what it really means to "listen."
On Emma's experience being, and not being, an entrepreneur.
Talos just started developing our first mobile application, and we have some pretty small goals for our first version. But when the design and development team we contracted had a hard time getting on board with that smallness, I have to admit I myself almost got pulled across the point of no return at the black hole of doubt.
Self-selecting bias, as we define it, is the bias that continually selects startup projects from people who don’t represent the real market demographic. So, what perpetuates this?
What do we expect from artificial intelligence? And what do we expect of our own minds?
Rooms full of men have made decisions for the last five millennia. I don’t think it would hurt to retire the practice altogether. So start today, in your morning meeting.
My boss recently remarked on my EQ being one of my greatest strengths. It got me thinking: all those personal assistant jobs and customer service jobs I've had since college... were they all due to my EQ?
It's now mid-August, and I want to take a moment to reflect about what it means to join a startup, and what it's meant, for me, to join this startup.
A few weeks ago, Elon Musk announced Phase II of his master plan, which could result in fewer total cars, more electric cars, less greenhouse gas emissions. Win-win-win, right?
Essentially, anything that is preloaded in a website for your convenience is cookie-enabled. Here is the need-to-know about cookies and their monsters.
To do my small part in introducing a few more young minds to the past and some of its most important lessons, I introduce my own personal hero, Bertrand Russell.
After turning to the internet to find support in my field as a female, I was pleasantly surprised by the community that exists for women in technology and STEM fields. Here are some of my favorites.
I love working in technology because I’m part of building a better future. And, yet, here we are making 1,001 different types of toothbrushes.
When the summer heat ruins your calm, cool, and collected lifestyle and work is just too much fun to put down, identify your stressadone and don't be scared to take it in excess.
Superman’s home planet of Krypton was doomed by its age of expansion, and if one of us doesn’t want to end up the last Earthian sent to safe haven on a faraway planet, then it behooves us all to think a little more about what progress means and the consequences it can have.
Especially in technology there is no shame in wanting your company to experience the success of companies like Facebook, but don’t get the story wrong.
As a gay female living in a very patriarchal society I need to say a lot of things. But blogs are not thesis papers so let's start with this.
Dearest humans (and particularly artists),
Is adequate communication just too much to ask in this age of technology?
Many entrepreneurs forget that all of the tools and products that exist today were originally created with thought and sometimes have good reasons for functioning the way they do.
“The Great Silence,” by Ted Chiang, is our first fiction required reading.
In startups, there will always be inherent risks. This is our recommended resource on risk management for entrepreneurs.
The Power of Habit. Just imagine if you could harness the power of habit. It sounds like using the Force, like channeling some super-guru to unlock new levels of selfhood.
Full disclosure: I admire Y Combinator and Jessica Livingston a whole lot. So it should not be surprising that this interview gets placed into “Required Reading."
This isn’t a book about overcoming adversity. It will not take you out of your middle-class American comfort zone with harrowing accounts of war-torn or economically defunct far-off lands. But that is the point.
"This is meant for people new to the world of startups. Most of this will not be new to people who have read a lot of what YC partners have written—the goal is to get it into one place."
"Here is what you’ve been told: All of the computer code that keeps the website running must be replaced. At one time, it was very valuable and was keeping the company running, but the new CTO thinks it’s garbage."
"... a nation that is the most powerful and the richest but everyone is miserable, what's the point?"
This week at Talos, Brandon brought his latest gadget purchase to work—Google’s Daydream View.
This week, we, at Talos, have decided to stop operations as they run currently, to enter a sort of half-life.
Recently, Talos attempted to raise a Series A round. We, however, have put our funding round on hold and made the decision to close our company as it runs now.
This week at Talos, we went to the Whitney!
The road from concept to creation of technology is always a bumpy one. This week, I’d like to take you on a journey of our last year developing mobile app RDV.
This week at Talos, we went to the The Next Web NYC conference!
This week, the results of the U.S. election were announced, and the internet flipped out. But we got back to work at Talos.
This week at Talos, Brandon has been cold calling venture capital firms in New York City in pursuit of Series A.
Three times a week, rain or shine, Brandon heads to the gym at 10 A.M. for a personal training session. This week, he brought back some of his trainer's words of wisdom to share with the Talos team.
Office robo-pet Cozmo arrived! We unboxed him, and before long, he was cruising the Talos office and, we can only assume, conspiring to overthrow us, his overlords.
This week at Talos, we had picture day!
The new season has brought glorious weather to the streets of New York, and the new quarter has brought new goals to Talos.
This week, Elon Musk revealed his plan for humans to become a multiplanetary species. And at Talos, we mapped our work for Q4.
This week at Talos, we spent a good deal of time defending the smallness of our ideas, our work, and our company at this point. In a world so consumed with what is big and loud, we are increasingly small and pragmatic.
This week at Talos, our first company-wide vacation begins! And we scatter all across the globe.
This week, we attempted to solve all the worlds' problems. And we learned something surprising about our creative lead's past.
This week at Talos, we all drank Coffiest, the latest bottled "meal" from Soylent. Among other things, of course.
This week at Talos, we considered how compound interest and investing extra time to do things the right way can pay off down the line.
This week at Talos, everyone geared up for auditions of all kinds.
This week at Talos, we all wrote.
This week, we ticked off the final box of our rebranding strategy. And no one played PokémonGo.
That’s right. It’s a live cam of the internet’s new shared office plant.
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I first considered using Airbnb two years ago, but it wasn’t until this summer that I finally booked a stay. Destination: Italy.
There’s a real love behind the work of Hardbound, and love is critical in the work of storytelling. But it’s not quite enough.
Squarespace may indeed be the dreamland of web design. It's just not the dreamland I had imagined.
Just remember, people of the internet: eat real food, too.
With browser space at a premium on my work computer, I welcome any service that will reduce my twelve consistently open tabs to eleven. Or if I'm really lucky, ten.
There’s something lost when we privilege the voices of the few, but there’s something gained when we use specialized users to help the rest of us decipher and navigate the ever-growing deluge of apps and technologies released every day.
A gesture control armband seems exciting and new age, but if I’m still sitting in front of my computer, still listening to the same music, how new age is it? Sounds like status quo, to me.