AI Turning Selfies Into Emoji, Mental Health & More

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1. Ditching Passwords and Increasing Ecommerce Conversion Rates by 54%

By Andre Bourque – CIO

Digest: Retail Technology & Ecommerce

Curator: Kyle Kelly

If you want to dominate ecommerce, focus on removing friction. Ecommerce sales jumped 15.1% last year, while total retail sales increased by only 2.9%. Read More

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2. Google’s New AI Tool Turns Your Selfies Into Emoji

By FastCoDesign

Digest: Mobile

Curator: Edith Yeung

Google thinks there are 563 quadrillion faces that the tool could generate. Once that initial caricature is generated, you can then make tweaks: Maybe change your hair, or give yourself different glasses. Then, the machine automatically generates 22 custom stickers of you. Read More

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3. Kapor Center Tech Leavers Study is well timed for the Portland startup community

By Rick Turoczy – Silicon Florist

Digest: Startup Communities

Curators: Julian Miller, Brad Feld, Shane Reiser

This report is fascinating if you have the time (props to the awesome crew over at the Kapor Center!). Read More

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4. There is no Shame in Taking Care of Your Mental Health

By Sangu Delle – TED

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency

Curator: Miriam Meima

Vulnerability at work has not yet become a norm. Unfortunately a lack of vulnerability leads to posturing. If we cannot be honest with those we are close with it starts a cycle of withhold – withdraw – project. Ultimately we end up pointing fingers and feeling alone. Shifting a company culture or a team dynamic can be as simple as getting honest with each other. In my experience, this starts with getting honest with ourselves. In this TED talk perhaps we can learn some lessons from philosophies of African cultures about how to or not to address mental illness. Read More

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5. Doing Too Much Could Ruin Your Business. These 8 Exercises Will Help You Focus On What Really Matters

By Martin Zwilling – Inc.

Digest: Angel Investor

Curator: Berg Moe

Every new business or product owner wants to attract the broadest possible audience, so they are prone to adding more features, multiple sales channels, and appealing to every demographic. Read More

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