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Great new product on #Kickstarter from +Jane Chen and the Embrace team: Swaddle blankets and sleeping bags to help keep your baby at the right temperature.   Little Lotus Baby is a new line of baby products by Embrace Innovations. Inspired by the Embrace Infant Warmer, which has helped more than 150,000 babies worldwide, Little Lotus swaddles & blankets use a proprietary technology to keep babies at an ideal temperature. For every product sold, a baby in need will be helped by the Embrace infant warmer in a developing country.  
Please spread the word about their Kickstarter campaign!
http://ht.ly/LBy4x
Embrace Innovations is raising funds for Little Lotus: the smart swaddle & blanket for your baby on Kickstarter! The swaddle and blanket that keeps your baby at the perfect temperature and helps babies in the developing world at the same time
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Kids, study maths, com-sci, eng - you will be paid more! a lot more
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Startup people, have a look at this list - Dan's talk is worth watching :)
 
A good list although not sure about number 8  : )
What are the top 10 TED talks for entrepreneurs? One of the greatest advantages of the Internet is the ability through which one can spread the word and...
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And another alternative view of the world
 
This is what the world looks like if you scale countries by population

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/27/7918377/population-cartogram
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Bill and Melinda Gates' annual letter on their 4 big bets (health, farming, mobile banking, education) for the next 15 years is an interesting and inspiring read.
 http://www.gatesnotes.com/2015-annual-letter.

Three of their bets focus on women:

Reducing infant and mother mortality
"We're learning how to help more mothers adopt practices like proper breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact with their babies that prevent newborns from dying in the first month after they're born. (Newborn deaths have gone down at a slower rate than deaths of older children and now account for almost half of all child deaths.) 

Improving agriculture by educating women:
"Agricultural extension, the process by which farmers get information — what seeds to plant, how to rotate crops to protect their soil, how to get the best prices at market — is complicated and expensive. Traditionally, it requires highly trained agricultural experts who know the local language and local crops in every region of vast countries. Agricultural extension also tends to be geared toward male farmers (for example, it may focus on the crops that men tend to grow), even though women do at least half of the farm labor in Africa. This is one reason women farmers are kept from being as productive as men, even when they have equal access to seeds and fertilizer. Investing in extension so that it helps more farmers in more places — women as well as men, smallholders as well as more commercial farmers — is the only way to reap the full benefit of innovation. One promising trend is that, as more farmers have access to mobile phones, they will be able to receive all sorts of information, from weather reports to current market prices — via text messages."

Improving education for girls:
"When a young woman gets an education, it has a powerful ripple effect. As an adult, she'll earn more money. If she has children, they will be twice as likely to live past the age of five. Her daughters will be twice as likely to go to school themselves. There's no way to get around the fact that more girls need to be in good schools, and for longer. But online education will open up new opportunities for girls with the means and motivation to take advantage of it."

I was surprised that they barely mentioned lack of Internet/mobile data access as a barrier for getting agriculture information, mobile banking and online education. Are they assuming that within the next 15 years Google and Facebook solve that problem? I hope we will. #ProjectLoon  
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I enjoyed Andreessen Horowitz's latest trend rundown. http://a16z.com/2015/01/22/16-things/

When I was a baby consultant in the 1990s, we tried to make sense of what the Internet would do to the established industries our clients were in (mostly financial services).
I worked on projects like 'Should xyz insurance company sell insurance online? (we said they should, and start with motor and home insurance - sensible in retrospect...) or 'What if we made an Internet microwave? (a business model somewhat hampered by the cost of the screen and connectivity which dwarfed the cost of the microwave itself - and I always felt a bit uneasy about the client's thesis that putting the Internet on a kitchen device would help them reach women...)
But now the connected microwave is back, re-incarnated as trendy Internet of Things!
http://a16z.com/2015/01/22/internet-of-things/ "Take a microwave. Despite all the bells and whistles that have been added to them over the years, they haven’t really changed much since the 1970s. But when you add all kinds of other sensors — a camera, an electronic scale, a bar-code reader, and so on — that microwave could ‘see’ what you put in the oven, recognize the brand and nutritional content of your food, and even weigh it. By querying a database in the cloud, it would come back with the time and intensity required to cook that item of food perfectly. Over time the oven learns how you like your food done. All we would have to do is add the ingredients and close the door. The internet-connected oven does the rest." 
We don't invest in themes; we invest in special founders with breakthrough ideas. Which means we don't make investments based on a pre-existing thesis about a category. That said, here are a few of the things we've been observing or thinking about; we're especially grateful to our ...
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Amazing new artwork by +Drue Kataoka, raising awareness of infant mortality http://www.Drue.Net/hands.htm   http://www.TouchOurFuture.org
The goal of the artwork is to raise awareness for infant mortality. The hand tracings of mothers and babies in 14 developing countries, many who have been helped by +Jane Chen"s Embrace baby
 warmer, are featured in the digital interactive artwork.  In addition, leaders across disciplines have participated including: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Chelsea Clinton, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Christy Turlington, Heidi Klum, Stella McCartney, Arianna Huffington, Stanford University President John Hennessy, award-winning Chef Daniel Boulud and many more. 
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And while you're on the theme, there is an older post which resonates even more with me As a 1970s girl, I SO agree about pink/blue toys. My LEGO was not pink! https://agenda.weforum.org/2014/12/why-we-should-worry-about-pink-and-blue-christmas-toys/
 
+Belinda Parmar has written an excellent short letter to men - seconds to read it, time to act.
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Can products/tech solve large social problems? Interesting exchange between Ashoka's Michael Zakaras and Shift's Nick Stanhope.

I agree with Michael that "We can’t just design and consume our way out of big, generational challenges. In fact, for anyone seeking to solve a social problem, a good starting point is to assume that problem is substantially more complicated than at first glance, not less. Doing so is humbling and will help changemakers and philanthropists alike become more patient and (I hope) more willing to invest in systemic change in addition to meeting immediate needs."

But Nick's response powerfully makes the point that this doesn't mean products can't help to solve social problems - far from it. We just need to design them right. This involves figuring out what problem we're solving, understanding the user so that we are addressing a real user need, not just throwing a random product out there. Sounds like good product management to me!

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/nick-stanhope/can-consumer-product-desi_b_6790652.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2015/01/13/short-changed-the-limitations-of-products-for-social-change/
At the heart of this vision is a very compelling proposition: if you want to drive systemic change, you have to identify and harness the most powerful resources within that system....
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I learned something weird and wonderful today, +Kamila Staryga​
One keyboard bug three decades in the making
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Most countries lead the world in something -- sometimes good things, sometimes not so good things, and sometimes funny things. This map shows what each country does best compared to all other countries!

Remember, it's in contrast of all to her countries. And, I promise you are going to admire some countries, smile at others, and #omg  the rest! Source: http://goo.gl/7zad99
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A soho stalwart that is still going strong while others have come and gone. Beautiful sandwiches, mini quiches and tarts. The apple tart is perfect: crumbly pastry, zingy apple and not too sweet.
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