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DPL Reading List – October 13, 2017


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Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works – “Once everyone is thinking about ideas – and imagining that their cool concept might actually move the company – you get the while company effectively engaged in innovation. And in the Internet era, with the pace of innovation always accelerating, understanding the science of innovation could make all the difference in your ability to compete.”

Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2018 – “How do designers make cars safer? They treat them like a school of fish. Safe Swarm, recently unveiled by Honda, uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow cars to pass information on to other cars in the vicinity. For example, alerts about an accident miles up the road could be relayed to cars miles back, enabling them to operate collaboratively and intelligently to avoid accidents and mitigate traffic. The evolution of intelligent things, such as collective thinking car swarms, is one of 10 strategic trends with broad industry impact and significant potential for disruption.”

How Blockchain will Immunize Your Business against Cyber Attacks – “Blockchain is a promising technology which is tamperproof and efficient. It is very aptly referred as Blockchange — because of the potential it has for transforming businesses around the world by going beyond the traditional cybersecurity approaches.”

How AI Will Change Strategy: A Thought Experiment – “What happens to Amazon’s strategy as their data scientists, engineers, and machine learning experts work tirelessly to dial up the accuracy on the prediction machine? At some point, as they turn the knob, the AI’s prediction accuracy crosses a threshold, such that it becomes in Amazon’s interest to change its business model. The prediction becomes sufficiently accurate that it becomes more profitable for Amazon to ship you the goods that it predicts you will want rather than wait for you to order them.”

What I do on a daily basis to “feel” like I’m becoming a better designer – “The truth is, the more you know about the tools and what’s capable of making with them, not only you will be faster at bringing your ideas to life but also, become more creative at expressing your ideas. Personally, I spend some time everyday just to learn a new tricks, shortcuts or functionalities that I don’t know about.”

9 things that I learnt from the most successful non-tech founders – “’What makes a non-tech founder successful?’ This question was really bugging me and I started reading about it. Did you know Apple, AirBnB, Snapchat were all ideated by non-technical founders? Their stories are inspiring! Most importantly, I noticed that it really isn’t all about the ‘tech’. There’s a lot more that goes into building a successful startup.”

Strategy Is Not A To Do List – “Once I understood the strategy, the To Do list became clear. It allowed me to prioritize what I did, when I did it, and instantly understand what would be mutually exclusive.”

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