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Renata Sherwin
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Upstart startup storyteller
Upstart startup storyteller

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So many stories.
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Missing this scene.
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Ready. For everything!

This should turn out the way it looks on the box. : )

Hey, have you Googled 'a long time ago in a galaxy far far away' ?
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How I feel +Google+ 's new layout was released. 
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Life's ephemeral nature, lit up against a backdrop of stars

And, I would add, tell your stories.

Image and (the rest of the) story: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/plane.

#Remember
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Full stack

H/t Cornelia Davis (who was a great, passionate, personal speaker) on Twitter.
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The unbearable lightness of dark mode

Big love for +Jason Calacanis and his love for founders. What an end to an incredible conference. Up now: Emil Michael from Uber.

Enjoying their product immensely, specifically Uber Pool. As for the city, the entire Bay Area has captured my heart all over again.

Glorious, middle-of-summer weather is one more gift, in the extraordinary gift that is this trip. See you again soon, San Francisco!
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Holographic assistant

Eventually Google, the search engine, will be a hologram that answers you.
Now we have an idea of what Deepmind has been trying to do; at some point, it's going to set out to read and understand the Web and be able to answer questions about what it reads.

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Don't be evil Do the right thing

This makes me so happy. For the longest time I've thought it would be so much better to focus on what you do want to do, than what you don't want to do.

Who knows, maybe Nest employees prefer cats? Ha!

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A tale of two seductions

Great read on the startup scene in India, compared to the Bay Area -- especially having just had a long call with a potential collaborator, who is building fast and furiously in India. 
For those who have not read the Milan Kundera novel, it is a tale of two seductions separated by centuries. One, intense, hectic, chaotic and the other languorous, nonchalant, as if it is meant to happen regardless of effort.

Lest you think I am going to write a piece on the escapades of European aristocrats, let me clarify that this is actually about technology. Slowness is very relevant to the contrast between Bay Area and India these days.

I was out for a quick trip back home, and it was a study in contrast. Bay Area feels like a retirement home, the entrepreneurs out on long walks discussing how to add VR to everything, fly drones, and of course, the obligatory food delivery startups, the relaxed deals over casual wine in Madera. In contrast, India is frantic right now. Every day feels like a race, a land grab, as if stepping back even a little bit will lead to slipping off the cliff. The reality is probably different. Bay Area has its intense streak and India has its core of fatalism. But it sure feels like those cliches right now.

And don’t get me wrong. Regardless of the pace, the ultimate outcome in both places is still seduction, much like the aforementioned novella. Its just that current India feels like a torrid affair, full of passion, intense ups and down, of broken promises and hurried whispers of a beautiful future. It is intense. Work here feels like a giant pinball machine except that you are the ball. Its fast, its crazy, it rocks. I have probably learnt more in the past 5 months than I have in the past few years (thus validating my theory of coming here to reinvent myself).

And to top it all, its festival season here soon. Its going to be a crazy three months starting with the annual Big Billion Days (think thanksgiving but a million times more berserk). The mattresses are rolling out on office floors, food will be served 24/7, the floor will start to resemble the frenzy of a stock market, control towers will be full of anxious faces monitoring the orders, supply chain will creak, infrastructure will desperately try to hold up the buying frenzy that will unleash across the country. Users will be happy, some will be angry, packages will criss-cross the nation, so will the hopes and dreams of an entire nation coming into its own.

And in all that madness, I will desperately try to find some vestiges of slowness. But Kundera is right. This is just not the time and place for it.

https://medium.com/@punitsoni/slowness-10e066bcd0f4
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