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  • Finding Real Solutions For Getting College Credit For Free Online Classes - Steffan Antonas
    so high but you can t really fault the brick and mortar institutions for the lack of pace Many of the universities that are participating in the effort to go digital are also some of the world s oldest and most prestigious organizations We can t forget that they re businesses too and you can t expect them to upend the industry they re leading all at once without a rigorous approach to testing and measuring what happens when you give hundreds of thousands of people instant free access to what used to be reserved for a privileged few That said one big answer to how students may start to get credit for free online courses are starting to emerge Proctored tests On Thursday Colorado State University s Global Campus announced it would give three transfer credits to students who complete Introduction to Computer Science Building a Search Engine a free course offered by Udacity and take a proctored test While the Global Campus is apparently the first American institution to offer credit for a Udacity MOOC several European universities have already done so On the same day EdX the Harvard M I T online collaboration announced that students in

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  • Disrupting Education Archives - Steffan Antonas
    Disrupting Education The Best Learning Hubs For Web Design Development and Multimedia Lately I ve been spending a lot of time learning on the web I ve temporarily put blogging and all the social stuff on hold in the name of focusing on teaching myself things I ve always wanted to learn as well as essential skills that as a freelancer help me deliver value to clients and broaden my skill set Read More Published June 22 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Disrupting Education What I m reading Comments 1 Comment Teaching Grit The Growth Mindset vs The Fixed Mindset John Lehrer author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist wrote a piece for the Globe this week titled The Truth About Grit The article highlights some important findings of studies done by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University The findings suggest that personality traits like grit rather than standardized measurements of intelligence are far more likely to predict real world achievement The studies further suggest that when teaching a growth mindset effort and persistence is emphasized in the classroom students perform far better than when when they are simply praised for their intelligence and abilities While researchers have long focused on measurements of intelligence such as the IQ test as the crucial marker of future success these scientists point out that most of the variation in individual achievement what makes one person successful while another might struggle has nothing to do with being smart Instead it largely depends on personality traits such as grit and conscientiousness It s not that intelligence isn t really important Newton was clearly a genius but that having a high IQ is not nearly enough In recent decades the American educational system has had a single minded focus on raising student test scores on everything from the IQ to the MCAS The problem with this approach researchers say is that these academic scores are often of limited real world relevance However the newfound importance of personality traits such as grit raises an obvious question Can grit be learned While Duckworth and others are quick to point out that there is no secret recipe for increasing grit We ve only started to study this so it s too soon to begin planning interventions she cautions there s a growing consensus on what successful interventions might look like One of the most important elements is teaching kids that talent takes time to develop and requires continuous effort Carol S Dweck a psychologist at Stanford University refers to this as a growth mindset She compares this view with the fixed mindset the belief that achievement results from abilities we are born with A child with the fixed mindset is much more likely to give up when they encounter a challenging obstacle like algebra since they assume that they re just not up to the task says Dweck In a recent paper Dweck and colleagues demonstrated that teaching at risk seventh graders about

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  • Cab Drivers Are Adopting Square in Boston - Steffan Antonas
    Drivers Are Adopting Square in Boston This happened to me again last night I m getting out of a cab and as I pull out my debit card and reach for the clunky card swipe attached to the cab divider the cabbie turns around and says oh no I use Square Then he takes my card pulls out his iPhone and rings me up with a smile Five seconds later I get a text message saying that I ve paid Saves me a ton of money he says With this I pay 2 75 With that thing points to the card swipe in his car they take me for a ride I first got my square account when the company was first announced Back then you couldn t charge less than 100 bucks so it wasn t useful for most of the transactions an individual would want to use it for I m glad Square has overcome that hurdle They are really solving a problem that needed to be solved and they re creating so much opportunity for individuals and small businesses that didn t previously exist Hat tip to Jack Dorsey and the Square team They re making a

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  • Trendspotting Archives - Steffan Antonas
    ideas that promote the brand Mini Ownership for many isn t just about the car it s about being part of a subculture that has it s own fashion events and lifestyle BMW made a smart move by focusing on treating their best customers as special insiders who love to be in the know and talk about the product There s a key lesson here for any brand with an existing community People haven t fundamentally changed but the technology does change their ability to market for you so significantly that it changes where the dollars should be spent Published December 11 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Social Media Trendspotting Comments 6 Comments Hitwise Data Shows That We re All Twittered Out Some fresh Hitwise data posted by Bill Tancer just a few weeks ago indicates that Twitter might have hit a wall and is now on the decline Just as Twitter secured an additional 100 million in financing which would place the company s valuation in the 1 billion range Bill dug into the data to take a quick look at Twitter s market share of visits to see if the hype is matched by site traffic I ve included 2 of the key graphs here Marketshare of Visits U S to Twitter com and search volume for Twitter In both visits and searches Twitter appears to have hit a resistance point as of April 2009 which validates the feeling expressed by many heavy users that engagement seems to be falling off of late It should be noted that the chart immediately below indicates visits to Twitter s website and does not include application and mobile traffic That being said even without application and mobile data visits to the main Twitter domain should have some correlation to new user adoption If this interests you please head over to Bill s post and start a discussion perhaps he ll be nice enough to run the reports again as of this week so that we can get a better idea of whether this is just a temporary setback Twitter is experiencing or not My guess is that with the addition of Twitter lists you ll see a spike this week back to Twitter com but that it ll be a spike not necessarily the start of an upward trend Marketshare Of Visits U S to Twitter com Search Volume U S for Twitter Published October 19 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Cyberculture Social Media Trendspotting Comments 6 Comments Facebook Maps Their Growth To 250 Million The Facebook team put this visualization together with their internal data and posted it today Watch how Facebook has grown to 250 million users around the world starting starting in Boston MA If you re read Accidental Billionaires The Founding Of Facebook A Tale of Sex Money Genius and Betrayal the visualization of the growth to 50 million puts the second half of the book in pretty sharp perspective Published September 15 2009 Author

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  • Jason Goldberg: You Can't Iterate Yourself To A Business Model - Steffan Antonas
    I hear a lot of successful entrepreneurs talk about when they finally reflect on what worked the importance of authenticity creating culture maintaining focus having a sense of purpose and creating joy and happiness for customers I also appreciated the go ahead and start from scratch advice I m a little sick of hearing people in the start up world talk about iterating their way to success no matter what

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  • Business & Entrepreneurship Archives - Steffan Antonas
    recommendations just to name a few Paying attention to these details can lead to great insights about what your customers actually want how they use your product and what their other interests are If you re an author what other books are they buying when they purchase yours If you re selling electronics what are customers bundling their purchases with You ve got to ask yourself these questions It could tell you a lot about services you should be offering where your product might be lacking or even what partnerships and opportunities you might seek for win win promotions This above is just one example I ve talked about how tons of people are hacking their Flip cameras because the company isn t listening and offering a wide angle lens adapter There are a ton of blog posts and YouTube videos about how to glue on wide angle lens adapters to make the Flip more useful and these lenses only cost 30 bucks If the company was listening they d be partnering with a lens maker or making their own and offering a premium version of the Flip with an adapter included The trail of breadcrumbs around the Flip already shows that people are willing to pay for the parts and go through the extra hassle to get the improved performance so this is a no brainer What s the trail of breadcrumbs around your product telling you about your customers Published March 4 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Web Strategy Comments 2 Comments Depleted vs Spent I spent a couple of happy quiet hours last night with my nose in Pamela Slim s book Escape from Cubicle Nation She makes some powerful arguments for why passion is a necessary ingredient to a happy work life This well worded bit of wisdom stood out What many people don t realize is that when you force yourself to do something you don t want to do you have to deplete the energy from your body to do it When you make it through a week where you have forced yourself to do work you don t enjoy you will feel exhausted drained and in need of martinis industrial strength aspirin and or face planted in pillow rest When you do things you love your body generates energy naturally You may work an equal number of hours or more than when doing work you don t enjoy but the difference is you will feel spent not depleted You can t really say it better than that can you Published February 11 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Psychology Philosophy The Future Of Work How Social Media Can Boost Restaurant Business This short video was posted by Chris Brogan a few days ago I love finding real life stories about how small business owners are successfully using social media to increase their business Joe Sorge who runs AJ Bombers in Milwaukee Wisconsin shares how he uses a tool to humanize

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  • Premature Scaling Kills Startups: The Genome Data - Steffan Antonas
    to this Bostinno article exactly a year ago today but it s still a great read It popped up in my Timehop activity and I went back and re read it The Startup Genome project isn t up anymore and the report isn t available for download but the article is still a great read This quote in particular stands out A startup can maximize its speed of progress by keeping the 5 core dimensions of a startup Customer Product Team Business Model and Financials in balance The art of high growth entrepreneurship is to master the chaos of getting each of these 5 dimensions to move in time and concert with one another Most startup failures can be explained by one or more of these dimensions falling out of tune with the others In our dataset we found that 70 of startups scaled prematurely along some dimension While this number seemed high this may go a long way towards explaining the 90 failure rate of startups Published September 4 2012 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Comments 2 Comments Post navigation Previous Post Barclays and The Work Foundation Are Trying to Find A Solution for Unemployed Youth on OpenIDEO

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  • Barclays and The Work Foundation Are Trying to Find A Solution for Unemployed Youth on OpenIDEO - Steffan Antonas
    risen so high in the last 20 years that the cost of earning a degree eclipses what you can earn post degree Naturally a lot of young people are rethinking their need to seek formal education as a direct result Rightfully so Most importantly we re starting to see broader negative consequences materializing across the country skills across the population in important categories like math and science are declining in the aggregate for instance Not good Clearly something s got to give Currently about seventy five million young people are unemployed globally and are looking for work I don t know the statistics in the US but in the UK there are apparently around 1 million people between 16 and 24 who are unemployed As I m typing this OpenIDEO Barclays and The Work Foundation are supporting an open challenge to crowdsource solutions to help young people move into employment They ve framed the problem as one that applies mostly to the young but I d argue that it applies to anyone in the workforce who s been laid off or would like to make a career switch that forces them to start over The OpenIDEO challange is currently in

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