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I'm really thrilled that I had the chance to deliver a TED talk at UCSD last year on our society's search for validation and fame. 

The video just went online a few days ago, so I wanted to share it with all of you. Please let me know what you think, and please enjoy!!

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Morale at Zenefits:

Answer: It's gone. If it wasn't bad enough that there have been mass firings of really great people and super micro-management from leadership. Now we learn that the valuation degrades were warranted and even more than that it was very conservative. We also learned that we aren't going to be ...
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Have you checked out my class on Captivation Marketing yet? It’s a video course on the science of marketing!
Science meets creativity in this insightful one-hour class on how to captivate your audience with proven attention-grabbing methods. Investor, entrepreneur, author and former Mashable editor Ben Parr shares his knowledge on “captivology” — the science of getting attention — drawing on real-world examples from Taylor Swift, Facebook, Ford Mustang, Cloud. com, Betty Crocker, and Gone With The Wind (to name a few). ...
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If you aren’t a subscriber to #TechCaucus yet, you can find previous newsletters on TinyLetter & Medium:
A weekly newsletter that polls tech’s leaders on important issues. Curated by Ben Parr
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This week, I launched an awesome Skillshare class on Captivation Marketing and marketing psychology!

The class:
Science meets creativity in this insightful one-hour class on how to captivate your audience with proven attention-grabbing methods. Investor, entrepreneur, author and former Mashable editor Ben Parr shares his knowledge on “captivology” — the science of getting attention — drawing on real-world examples from Taylor Swift, Facebook, Ford Mustang, Cloud. com, Betty Crocker, and Gone With The Wind (to name a few). ...
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The Three Stages of Attention direct the way we perceive stimuli and choose which ideas, products, and people deserve our limited attention.

Here's an overview of the 3 stages:
In Captivology, I discuss the three stages of attention — the step-by-step process in which we pay attention to every piece of stimuli. We react automatically to certain sensory cues during the Immediate Attention stage; we consciously focus using working memory in Short Attention; ...
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Wow! Scientists may have found the origin of multi-cellular life!
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One of my home screen apps is permanently bricked. Can you guess which one it is?
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The #Oversubscribed Podcast with Jason L. Baptiste and me is out!

This week’s topics: the film industry, Atom Tickets, market volatility, creating a new public market, the Fine Brothers, and positivity! 
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W00t!! Over 600 people have signed up for my Captivation Marketing" class on Skillshare! -- http://skl.sh/benparr


Science meets creativity in this insightful one-hour class on how to captivate your audience with proven attention-grabbing methods. Investor, entrepreneur, author and former Mashable editor Ben Parr shares his knowledge on “captivology” — the science of getting attention — drawing on real-world examples from Taylor Swift, Facebook, Ford Mustang, Cloud. com, Betty Crocker, and Gone With The Wind (to name a few). ...
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Announcement time: I'm launching two things today!

1) www.Techcauc.us, a newsletter that gauges the pulse of the tech industry by polling tech's leaders.

2) "Captivation Marketing,” a new class on the video-based learning platform Skillshare. http://skl.sh/benparr

Check out the announcement post! Let me know what you think:
I have 2 announcements to make.
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RIP Severus Snape and Hans Gruber. The legendary actor Alan Rickman has passed away.
Alan Rickman, the British actor who played the brooding Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films years after his film debut as the "Die Hard" villain Hans Gruber, has died after a short battle with cancer, a source familiar with his career said Thursday.
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  • DominateFund
    Co-founder & Managing Partner, 2012 - present
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    Colunist & Commentator, 2012 - 2013
  • The Peep Project
    Co-founder, 2012 - 2012
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    Editor-at-Large, 2008 - 2011
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Introduction

Ben Parr is an award-winning journalist, author, entrepreneur, investor and expert on attention. Through his unique experience as a leading technology writer, venture capitalist and prolific public speaker, Parr has coached dozens of young startups and Fortune 500 corporations on how to get attention for their products. He was named one of the top ten tech journalists in the world by Say Media and named to the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30.

Parr is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of DominateFund, a venture capital firm that invests in and accelerates the growth of early-stage technology, software and product startups through its expertise in strategic celebrity partnerships, press, marketing, customer and user acquisition and viral products.

Parr is the author of Captivology: The Secret Science of Capturing People's Attention, due in 2014 from HarperOne/HarperCollins. His book dives into the science of attention, why we pay attention to certain people, products, companies and ideas, and how to capture and retain somebody's attention. He has interviewed dozens of “Masters of Attention” for his book, including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh, Entourage’s Adrian Grenier, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and the Mythbusters, along with leading researchers such as Dr. Michael Posner and Dr. Adam Gazzaley.

Previously, Parr was the Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, where he wrote more than 2,400 articles on social media and technology, managed Mashable’s editorial team, and interviewed everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Mark Zuckerberg. He also served as Columnist and Commentator for CNET. Parr’s work has been featured in a variety of media, including CNBC, CNN, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and The New York Times. 

Parr is a graduate of Northwestern University, majoring in Science in Human Culture and Political Science, and minoring in Business Institutions. He is based in San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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    Science in Human Culture, Political Science, Business Institutions, 2004 - 2008
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Bing has launched "We're In," a new app for Windows Phone that lets a group of friends coordinate their plans by sharing their locations.

Social Media News and Web Tips – Mashable – The Social Media Guide
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Social Media news blog covering cool new websites and social networks: Facebook, Google, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube. The latest web technology news, via RSS

HOW TO: Conduct Live Polls via Twitter and SMS
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This post is part of Mashable's Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups. If you would like to have your startup considered f

Facebook Testing Feature to Reduce Email Notifications
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Facebook has begun testing a new feature that lets active users group their email notifications into summary emails.

Facebook Testing Feature to Reduce Email Notifications
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Facebook has begun testing a new feature that lets active users group their email notifications into summary emails.

Google Adds Friend Annotations to the +1 Button
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Google is making the +1 button more social with the addition of friend annotations.

Flashback: Google's Sergey Brin Isn't the Real Google Guru on "To Tell t...
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Google co-founder Sergey Brin appeared on "To Tell the Truth" in 2000. The results are hilarious.

Microsoft Prepares Windows 8 for Battle Against the iPad
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Windows 8 is Microsoft's attempt to create a single OS for PCs and tablets. Will it be enough to slow down the iPad, though?

Facebook Faceoff: "Like" vs. "Become a Fan"
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The debate between “like” and “fan” is the subject of this week’s Web Faceoff, our weekly poll series pitting two web apps against each other.

Google Responds to Google+ Account Suspension Controversy
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Google has made a public statement about the recent wave of Google+ account suspensions designed to enforce its "common name" policy.

What Can Social Media Tell Us About American Society? [INFOGRAPHIC]
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What can social media tell us about American society? This infographic thinks it has the answers.

Madden NFL Makes Its Debut on Facebook
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Electronic Arts’ wildly successful Madden NFL franchise has made the leap from the Xbox to Facebook.