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2014-05-23 21:27:39 (24 comments, 24 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

KICKING SUGAR

In late March I saw a report that claimed that adult Americans ate 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day--besides the natural sugars that exist in fruits and other foods.

I decided to try an experiment--to cut out all foods from my diet (as much as possible) that contained added sugar. 

https://plus.google.com/117388252776312694644/posts/FBAHYip5Zus

9 weeks later I've lost 14 pounds.

 I just did the math--if I have cut out 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day, with each teaspoon being 4.2 grams, that means I've cut out 92.4 grams of sugar per day, or 646.8 grams per week, for a total of 5821 grams. There are 28.35 grams per ounce, so I've cut out 205.33 ounces of added sugar. That's 12.8 pounds of added sugar that I haven't ingested in the past 2 months.

So...I cut out 12.8 pounds ofs... more »

Most reshares: 24

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2014-05-23 21:27:39 (24 comments, 24 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

KICKING SUGAR

In late March I saw a report that claimed that adult Americans ate 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day--besides the natural sugars that exist in fruits and other foods.

I decided to try an experiment--to cut out all foods from my diet (as much as possible) that contained added sugar. 

https://plus.google.com/117388252776312694644/posts/FBAHYip5Zus

9 weeks later I've lost 14 pounds.

 I just did the math--if I have cut out 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day, with each teaspoon being 4.2 grams, that means I've cut out 92.4 grams of sugar per day, or 646.8 grams per week, for a total of 5821 grams. There are 28.35 grams per ounce, so I've cut out 205.33 ounces of added sugar. That's 12.8 pounds of added sugar that I haven't ingested in the past 2 months.

So...I cut out 12.8 pounds ofs... more »

Most plusones: 99

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2014-05-23 21:27:39 (24 comments, 24 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

KICKING SUGAR

In late March I saw a report that claimed that adult Americans ate 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day--besides the natural sugars that exist in fruits and other foods.

I decided to try an experiment--to cut out all foods from my diet (as much as possible) that contained added sugar. 

https://plus.google.com/117388252776312694644/posts/FBAHYip5Zus

9 weeks later I've lost 14 pounds.

 I just did the math--if I have cut out 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day, with each teaspoon being 4.2 grams, that means I've cut out 92.4 grams of sugar per day, or 646.8 grams per week, for a total of 5821 grams. There are 28.35 grams per ounce, so I've cut out 205.33 ounces of added sugar. That's 12.8 pounds of added sugar that I haven't ingested in the past 2 months.

So...I cut out 12.8 pounds ofs... more »

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2015-05-10 02:34:07 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

A lot of people (including my own kids) wonder why I went to work for Gallup and what I do there. Here is my best attempt so far to explain.

A lot of people (including my own kids) wonder why I went to work for Gallup and what I do there. Here is my best attempt so far to explain.___

2015-02-27 20:11:56 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

NET NEUTRALITY: KEY FACTS AND HISTORY

As I attempt to be an independent thinker, not affiliated with any political party, and not unduly influenced by partisan leaders or media, I find it fascinating to watch commentary about the FCC "net neutrality" decision from both sides of the political spectrum.

Some say the decision will be fatal to the open and free internet, because government regulation is bad; others say it is the only way to keep an open and free internet. One side is celebrating an historic decision; the other side will continue the fight in the courts or with legislation.

At times like this, I like to turn to the Congressional Research Service for their objective, factual, historical survey of the topic. By carefully reading their papers, and then by diving in deeper to the sources they cite, I feel like I have a better chance to understand the... more »

NET NEUTRALITY: KEY FACTS AND HISTORY

As I attempt to be an independent thinker, not affiliated with any political party, and not unduly influenced by partisan leaders or media, I find it fascinating to watch commentary about the FCC "net neutrality" decision from both sides of the political spectrum.

Some say the decision will be fatal to the open and free internet, because government regulation is bad; others say it is the only way to keep an open and free internet. One side is celebrating an historic decision; the other side will continue the fight in the courts or with legislation.

At times like this, I like to turn to the Congressional Research Service for their objective, factual, historical survey of the topic. By carefully reading their papers, and then by diving in deeper to the sources they cite, I feel like I have a better chance to understand the topic and reach my own conclusion without relying on my "tribal leaders" to tell me what to think.

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40616.pdf

Does anyone else out there value the CRS reports -- at least the ones that are accessible to the public?___

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2014-06-28 16:35:59 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

SocialFire.com for sale

Get details here: https://flippa.com/3090240-great-domain-name-for-a-social-content-sharing-business

Selling a great social domain that I've had for years. I've got my hands full of intrapreneuring opportunities at Gallup in Washington, DC and won't be needing a domain like this for a while.

I bought it back in the day when FamilyLink (a Facebook app development company) was experimenting with social sites and apps with several dozen super talented people. Many have since gone on to do incredible things.

Our team included many budding entrepreneurs such as +Jason McGowan (i.TV), Alan Carroll (Hangtime), +Austin M. Craig  (lifeonbitcoin), +Jeffrey Harmon (OraBrush, VidAngel), +Kevin Kirkland (GroSocial), Cliff Shaw (Mocavo), +Jon Bradshaw (TinyTorch) as well as veteran rock stars such as +Cydni Tetro (NextPage,Disney)... more »

SocialFire.com for sale

Get details here: https://flippa.com/3090240-great-domain-name-for-a-social-content-sharing-business

Selling a great social domain that I've had for years. I've got my hands full of intrapreneuring opportunities at Gallup in Washington, DC and won't be needing a domain like this for a while.

I bought it back in the day when FamilyLink (a Facebook app development company) was experimenting with social sites and apps with several dozen super talented people. Many have since gone on to do incredible things.

Our team included many budding entrepreneurs such as +Jason McGowan (i.TV), Alan Carroll (Hangtime), +Austin M. Craig  (lifeonbitcoin), +Jeffrey Harmon (OraBrush, VidAngel), +Kevin Kirkland (GroSocial), Cliff Shaw (Mocavo), +Jon Bradshaw (TinyTorch) as well as veteran rock stars such as +Cydni Tetro (NextPage, Disney), +Brad Pace (Partner Fusion), +Nathan Gwilliam (Adoption.com), and +Corey Olsen (Ryati) . 

Now that I've name-dropped, and notified all these great friends of this Google+ post, all of you who remember our time at FamilyLink together, would you please share this auction link with the domaineers and social entrepreneurs in your life that you care about most?

Thanks!___

2014-06-24 01:07:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I'll be in Orlando for SHRM 2014 tomorrow to discuss Gallup's new StrengthsFinder API with key partners.

#strengthsfinder  

I'll be in Orlando for SHRM 2014 tomorrow to discuss Gallup's new StrengthsFinder API with key partners.

#strengthsfinder  ___

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2014-06-24 01:02:35 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

In case you missed the news about the unfortunate DDoS attack on Ancestry.com last week. Some customers responded in good humor. My favorite: 






Source: http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/2014/06/18/BestFacebookCommentsReAncestrycomDDoSAttack.aspx

In case you missed the news about the unfortunate DDoS attack on Ancestry.com last week. Some customers responded in good humor. My favorite: 






Source: http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/2014/06/18/BestFacebookCommentsReAncestrycomDDoSAttack.aspx___

2014-06-11 16:41:40 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Great Peter Drucker quote:

To succeed, innovators must build on their strengths.  Successful innovators look at opportunities over a wide range.  But then they ask, Which of these opportunities fits me, fits this company, puts to work what we (or I) are good at and have shown capacity for in performance?  In this respect, of course, innovation is no different from other work.  But it may be more important in innovation to build on one’s strengths because of the risks of innovation and the resulting premium on knowledge and performance capacity.  And in innovation, as in any other venture, there must also be a temperamental “fit.”  Businesses do not do well in something they do not really respect.  No pharmaceutical company – run as it has to be by scientifically minded people who see themselves as “serious” – has done well in anything so “frivolous” as “lipsticksor perfumes.  Innovators s... more »

Great Peter Drucker quote:

To succeed, innovators must build on their strengths.  Successful innovators look at opportunities over a wide range.  But then they ask, Which of these opportunities fits me, fits this company, puts to work what we (or I) are good at and have shown capacity for in performance?  In this respect, of course, innovation is no different from other work.  But it may be more important in innovation to build on one’s strengths because of the risks of innovation and the resulting premium on knowledge and performance capacity.  And in innovation, as in any other venture, there must also be a temperamental “fit.”  Businesses do not do well in something they do not really respect.  No pharmaceutical company – run as it has to be by scientifically minded people who see themselves as “serious” – has done well in anything so “frivolous” as “lipsticks or perfumes.  Innovators similarly need to be temperamentally attuned to the innovative opportunity.  It must be important to them and make sense to them.  Otherwise they will not be willing to put in the persistent, hard, frustrating work that successful innovation always requires.___

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2014-05-23 21:27:39 (24 comments, 24 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

KICKING SUGAR

In late March I saw a report that claimed that adult Americans ate 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day--besides the natural sugars that exist in fruits and other foods.

I decided to try an experiment--to cut out all foods from my diet (as much as possible) that contained added sugar. 

https://plus.google.com/117388252776312694644/posts/FBAHYip5Zus

9 weeks later I've lost 14 pounds.

 I just did the math--if I have cut out 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day, with each teaspoon being 4.2 grams, that means I've cut out 92.4 grams of sugar per day, or 646.8 grams per week, for a total of 5821 grams. There are 28.35 grams per ounce, so I've cut out 205.33 ounces of added sugar. That's 12.8 pounds of added sugar that I haven't ingested in the past 2 months.

So...I cut out 12.8 pounds ofs... more »

KICKING SUGAR

In late March I saw a report that claimed that adult Americans ate 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day--besides the natural sugars that exist in fruits and other foods.

I decided to try an experiment--to cut out all foods from my diet (as much as possible) that contained added sugar. 

https://plus.google.com/117388252776312694644/posts/FBAHYip5Zus

9 weeks later I've lost 14 pounds.

 I just did the math--if I have cut out 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day, with each teaspoon being 4.2 grams, that means I've cut out 92.4 grams of sugar per day, or 646.8 grams per week, for a total of 5821 grams. There are 28.35 grams per ounce, so I've cut out 205.33 ounces of added sugar. That's 12.8 pounds of added sugar that I haven't ingested in the past 2 months.

So...I cut out 12.8 pounds of sugar, have tried to walk 10,000 steps a day (using a fitbit) and lost 14 pounds.

My friend Marty Fahncke cut out added sugar and dropped 15 pounds in 3 weeks.

This woman cut out added sugar for 2 years and lost 132 pound: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705369565/Walking-away-from-sugar-leads-to-a-big-weight-loss.html?pg=all

I haven't seen it, but I understand a documentary narrated by Katie Couric just came out called FedUp--it's about added sugar in our diets.

The UN Food Chief now says obesity is a greater health threat than tobacco: http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-sn-united-nations-obesity-20140519-story.html

It would be cool to see #FedUp and other efforts spark a real consumer/citizen movement to kick added sugar from our diets--not necessarily by Bloomberg style fiat--and watch and measure the impact on obesity and overall health.___

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2014-04-30 15:56:34 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Has anyone read Matt Taibbi's latest book? 

Has anyone read Matt Taibbi's latest book? ___

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2014-04-27 16:26:11 (11 comments, 6 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Much Easier Than The Biggest Loser

This woman lost 132 pounds in 2 years by cutting out foods with added sugar and by walking more.

I started the same thing about a month ago, and am already 10 pounds lighter. It's simple. And family members are starting to join me too.

I'm offering to any of my adult kids that I will buy them a Fitbit if they promise to walk 10,000 steps a day and cut out all foods with added sugar for a month--just to see how easy and impactful this really is.

Much Easier Than The Biggest Loser

This woman lost 132 pounds in 2 years by cutting out foods with added sugar and by walking more.

I started the same thing about a month ago, and am already 10 pounds lighter. It's simple. And family members are starting to join me too.

I'm offering to any of my adult kids that I will buy them a Fitbit if they promise to walk 10,000 steps a day and cut out all foods with added sugar for a month--just to see how easy and impactful this really is.___

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2014-04-25 02:12:17 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

If you haven't read StrengthsFinder 2.0, check it out. There's a reason why a 2007 book was #1 on Amazon in 2013 and is #1 on Amazon so far this year. It's not a book--it's a movement.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/2014/books/ref=zg_bsar_cal_ye

If you haven't read StrengthsFinder 2.0, check it out. There's a reason why a 2007 book was #1 on Amazon in 2013 and is #1 on Amazon so far this year. It's not a book--it's a movement.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/2014/books/ref=zg_bsar_cal_ye___

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2014-04-24 18:39:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

If the guy wasn't already likable enough... now this!  What a phenomenon this song and this singer are...

If the guy wasn't already likable enough... now this!  What a phenomenon this song and this singer are...___

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2014-04-24 18:34:50 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as wem... more »

And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
+Vic Gundotra 



#andthen    ___

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2014-04-24 18:24:43 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Helping Ex-Offenders Discover Their Strengths and Get a Second Chance in Life

In late 2012 I met Debby Kratky and her team in Fort Worth, Texas. That night I tweeted that for the first time I had been in the same room with people who should be "CNN Heroes".

Debby and her colleagues have helped hundreds of ex-offenders who have been released from prison after 1 to 30 years get back on their feet. Her program emphasizes helping people discover their strengths, and finding a job that plays to their strengths and to their passions. 

She is doing a free webinar tomorrow for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to share more about the program.

Free webinar: http://goo.gl/JXC5LE

If you know anyone that works with what Debby calls "hard to serve" clients (ex-offenders, homeless, juvenile delinquents, or long-term jobless),e... more »

Helping Ex-Offenders Discover Their Strengths and Get a Second Chance in Life

In late 2012 I met Debby Kratky and her team in Fort Worth, Texas. That night I tweeted that for the first time I had been in the same room with people who should be "CNN Heroes".

Debby and her colleagues have helped hundreds of ex-offenders who have been released from prison after 1 to 30 years get back on their feet. Her program emphasizes helping people discover their strengths, and finding a job that plays to their strengths and to their passions. 

She is doing a free webinar tomorrow for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to share more about the program.

Free webinar: http://goo.gl/JXC5LE

If you know anyone that works with what Debby calls "hard to serve" clients (ex-offenders, homeless, juvenile delinquents, or long-term jobless), encourage them to sign up for this webinar and learn the mix of tools and programs that Debby's team uniquely blends to help so many people get back on their feet.

#strengthsfinder   #gallup  ___

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2014-04-15 19:52:26 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

While looking for good popeye images...

While looking for good popeye images...___

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2014-04-15 16:54:40 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Prior Art: Steve Austin--the Six Million Dollar Man--had an occular implant version of this, with telescopic capabilities.

Prior Art: Steve Austin--the Six Million Dollar Man--had an occular implant version of this, with telescopic capabilities.___

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2014-04-09 18:09:41 (12 comments, 16 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

About 3 weeks ago I heard that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of "added sugar" every day.

Visualizing that in my mind led me to stop eating foods that contain added sugar in any form. I'm on day 17 of "no added sugar." The first thing to go was my craving for anything sweet--all my standard snacks, cereals, etc. The second thing to go was 5 lbs...so far. I feel so much better, and so much more in control.

So today, I'm sharing this infographic in hopes that someone else will take a minute, visualize the amount of sugar they are consuming, and take the simple step to do something about it.

About 3 weeks ago I heard that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of "added sugar" every day.

Visualizing that in my mind led me to stop eating foods that contain added sugar in any form. I'm on day 17 of "no added sugar." The first thing to go was my craving for anything sweet--all my standard snacks, cereals, etc. The second thing to go was 5 lbs...so far. I feel so much better, and so much more in control.

So today, I'm sharing this infographic in hopes that someone else will take a minute, visualize the amount of sugar they are consuming, and take the simple step to do something about it.___

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2014-04-03 18:14:48 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

I've stood on the spot where this first cell phone call happened multiple times. In awe. I also heard Dr. Martin Cooper speak in San Francisco in 1999 at a wireless developers conference.

60 Minutes did a nice piece on Dr. Cooper a while back: http://goo.gl/HHZY9y

And again, what a long, strange trip it's been:___I've stood on the spot where this first cell phone call happened multiple times. In awe. I also heard Dr. Martin Cooper speak in San Francisco in 1999 at a wireless developers conference.

60 Minutes did a nice piece on Dr. Cooper a while back: http://goo.gl/HHZY9y

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2014-04-03 18:08:34 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I really like this data visualization of 2013 US Federal Spending from AEI

(Source: http://goo.gl/dcsK4D)

I really like this data visualization of 2013 US Federal Spending from AEI

(Source: http://goo.gl/dcsK4D)___

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2014-03-28 18:56:40 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

We're two years into a 100-year study of how to make people happier and more productive.  I shared some of the early findings in this article.

We're two years into a 100-year study of how to make people happier and more productive.  I shared some of the early findings in this article.___

2014-03-28 18:50:58 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

If you miss Flappy Bird, look what my son just released into the wild. He's in high school, so yes, this is a proud father moment.

If you miss Flappy Bird, look what my son just released into the wild. He's in high school, so yes, this is a proud father moment.___

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2014-03-28 18:47:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Intrapreneurs: this is for you/us

Another masterful post by Steve Blank:

http://goo.gl/NxXnjA

Intrapreneurs: this is for you/us

Another masterful post by Steve Blank:

http://goo.gl/NxXnjA___

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2014-03-27 16:14:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Teachers Are Relatively Very Happy 

I'm talking about identifying talents in teachers and students to 85 school principals and administrators today. They have responsibility for more than 20,000 K-12 students. Glad I have so much Gallup research to draw from. Including this very positive item that shows teachers have the 2nd highest well-being scores of any occupation in the United States.

Teachers Are Relatively Very Happy 

I'm talking about identifying talents in teachers and students to 85 school principals and administrators today. They have responsibility for more than 20,000 K-12 students. Glad I have so much Gallup research to draw from. Including this very positive item that shows teachers have the 2nd highest well-being scores of any occupation in the United States.___

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2014-03-27 02:47:52 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Nice.

Nice.___

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2014-03-26 03:26:14 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Dilbert is right. 

Dilbert is right. ___

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2014-03-26 03:18:37 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Will be fun to watch. 

Will be fun to watch. ___

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2014-03-26 02:55:00 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Kewl. 

Kewl. ___

2014-03-21 17:00:42 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Two of Gallup's leading scientists being interviewed today on Gallup's Called to Coach. #StrengthsFinder

http://goo.gl/rJk3kO

Two of Gallup's leading scientists being interviewed today on Gallup's Called to Coach. #StrengthsFinder

http://goo.gl/rJk3kO___

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2014-03-21 15:49:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Trying out various virtual currencies and wallets. Coinbase setup is the best so far. https://coinbase.com/?r=532b3ee1caec4d39880000d3&utm_campaign=user-referral&src=referral-link

Trying out various virtual currencies and wallets. Coinbase setup is the best so far. https://coinbase.com/?r=532b3ee1caec4d39880000d3&utm_campaign=user-referral&src=referral-link___

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2014-03-14 15:17:35 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Should you first address the positive or the negative aspects of a report card? 

Should you first address the positive or the negative aspects of a report card? ___

2014-03-11 15:09:20 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale

"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale___

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2014-03-10 20:54:03 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Larry Broughton's story is powerful. He experienced being in a world class team when he was in the special forces. After leaving the military, he got into the hotel industry, and wondered how he could build great teams in the business world. After reading the book "Soaring With Your Strengths," he took a class from Don Clifton. That was a life-changing experience for him. He has been managing his business through strengths ever since. In an industry with organizational turnover of 100%, his employee turnover is around 30%--which provides a significant financial advantage for his firm.

Larry Broughton's story is powerful. He experienced being in a world class team when he was in the special forces. After leaving the military, he got into the hotel industry, and wondered how he could build great teams in the business world. After reading the book "Soaring With Your Strengths," he took a class from Don Clifton. That was a life-changing experience for him. He has been managing his business through strengths ever since. In an industry with organizational turnover of 100%, his employee turnover is around 30%--which provides a significant financial advantage for his firm.___

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2014-03-03 22:25:54 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

On Selecting Great Leaders

On Selecting Great Leaders___

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2014-02-25 15:45:29 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Google’s Nexus Smartwatch: 7 Easy-to-Guess Features!

Here comes the Google Nexus Smartwatch: http://goo.gl/jwbcW1

The Wall Street Journal reported today that an Android-powered smartwatch is coming from LG and Google. The Journal’s source said other companies may also be involved, and that the device is likely to be unveiled at Google I/O, Google’s developer conference, which is scheduled to begin June 25.

According to the report, the watch will be integrated with Google Now.

The report didn’t specify the N word, but this information reeks of a quasi-reference design product in line with the Nexus strategy. It’s easy to imagine all this as a Nexus-branded smartwatch with all the core attributes of the Nexus lines of phones and tablets. Let’s go ahead and call it the Nexus Smartwatch.

So what are these Nexus attributes when applied toa smartwatch... more »

Google’s Nexus Smartwatch: 7 Easy-to-Guess Features!

Here comes the Google Nexus Smartwatch: http://goo.gl/jwbcW1

The Wall Street Journal reported today that an Android-powered smartwatch is coming from LG and Google. The Journal’s source said other companies may also be involved, and that the device is likely to be unveiled at Google I/O, Google’s developer conference, which is scheduled to begin June 25.

According to the report, the watch will be integrated with Google Now.

The report didn’t specify the N word, but this information reeks of a quasi-reference design product in line with the Nexus strategy. It’s easy to imagine all this as a Nexus-branded smartwatch with all the core attributes of the Nexus lines of phones and tablets. Let’s go ahead and call it the Nexus Smartwatch.

So what are these Nexus attributes when applied to a smartwatch? Here are seven: 

http://www.cultofandroid.com/52693/googles-nexus-smartwatch-7-easy-guess-features

#NexusSmartwatch  ___

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2014-02-22 14:55:00 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

This woman invented a way to run 30 lab tests on only one drop of blood:

http://wrd.cm/1fFYtnk

This woman invented a way to run 30 lab tests on only one drop of blood:

http://wrd.cm/1fFYtnk___

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2014-02-22 00:09:56 (11 comments, 20 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

If I could give a TED talk today, my topic would be "massively distributed capitalism," a phrase I think I coined about 3 weeks ago. It doesn't appear in the Google index yet. But it will be in a minute when I press Share.

The Google link below that references "distributed capitalism" appears to be mostly about distributed consumerism. I'm less interested in that than I am in finding a way to get millions of people an ownership interest in hundreds of companies that could turn out to be the next big thing--to encourage them in Berkshire Hathaway fashion to be long-term investors.

I keep wondering whether Google, Apple, Facebook or Berkshire Hathaway will be the first trillion dollar company. In any case, the ownership of the first trillion dollar corporation will be concentrated in the hands of very few people. Someone will be the first hundred... more »

If I could give a TED talk today, my topic would be "massively distributed capitalism," a phrase I think I coined about 3 weeks ago. It doesn't appear in the Google index yet. But it will be in a minute when I press Share.

The Google link below that references "distributed capitalism" appears to be mostly about distributed consumerism. I'm less interested in that than I am in finding a way to get millions of people an ownership interest in hundreds of companies that could turn out to be the next big thing--to encourage them in Berkshire Hathaway fashion to be long-term investors.

I keep wondering whether Google, Apple, Facebook or Berkshire Hathaway will be the first trillion dollar company. In any case, the ownership of the first trillion dollar corporation will be concentrated in the hands of very few people. Someone will be the first hundred billionaire. Someone will be the first two hundred billionaire.

A trillion dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? A trillion dollar investment fund -- let's call it Berkshire Hathaway 2.0 -- owned by a million shareholders. A million millionaires--with no billionaires, no concentration of wealth among them. I keep wondering if it might be possible to set up such a fund.

I don't believe in socialism and redistribution of wealth. But I also don't believe in crony capitalism, where industry incumbents lobby government and change the rules making it harder and harder for innovative startups to compete in fields like finance/banking, health care, energy, transportation, education. There are many onerous regulations. Compliance is too expensive for all except the biggest players or best funded companies. Entrepreneurship is declining when we need it the most. 

I do believe in innovation. I do believe that technological innovations have the potential to benefit the entire world. As the Whatsapp founders have figured out, in an era of massive connectedness, a service can be created that spreads to hundreds of millions of people and creates enormous value and wealth in just a few years.

The pace of billionaire creation is going to accelerate. When 5 billion people have smartphones and tablets and someone invents a medical device that attaches to these mobile supercomputers that diagnoses illnesses better than doctors and replaces 80% of doctor visits--someone is going to make billions. When robots and 3-D printers enable homes to be built with very little labor cost, for a fraction of the price of a modern home, someone is going to make billions. I can think of so many inventions that are coming that will displace millions of workers but create enormous value for their inventors. What I don't know is what the overall social impact will be. Will the recent widening of the gap between rich and poor continue to worsen?

When inventions can spread to the world with virtually no advertising or marketing costs, inventors and the corporations they work for will make hundreds of billions of dollars. 

I'm a fan of innovation--even of disruption--but I fear the long term consequences if the ownership of the means of production isn't distributed more widely. But it can't be done after the wealth is created. That creates resentment and conflict. It needs to be done in advance.

So what I'd like to believe in is that millions of people could find a way to come together, pool small funds, invest in the next big thing, over and over and over again, and turn a small fund into a massive fund--over decades--with massively distributed ownership.

If the worldwide market for lottery tickets is really $260 billion per year (the US market is reportedly $60-70 billion), what if we could get 1% of those funds to be redirected into a pooled fund that might--in 30 or 40 years--provide its investors with enough capital to actually retire on.

What if investment opportunities from Angelist, Y Combinator, Techstars, IndieGoGo and hundreds of incubators, accelerators, and equity crowdfunding platforms worldwide could be sourced by a large group of investors--investors who want to build wealth over the long term and share it with others--and somehow, the wisdom of the crowd, or the power of predictive markets, or expert networks could be tapped so that this fund could made good to great investment decisions week after week, month after month, year after year.

Maybe the motto could be E Pluribus Plenum.___

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2014-02-19 16:12:20 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Google leads Fast Company's list of The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies. Well deserved, I say.

Google leads Fast Company's list of The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies. Well deserved, I say.___

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2014-02-04 23:34:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Great conference. Check this out.

Google for Entrepreneurs very own Mary Grove interviewing +MC HAMMER shortly at #StartupGrind . Tune into the live-stream here: http://goo.gl/gbLbhC. 

#Hammertime .___Great conference. Check this out.

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2014-01-31 23:55:25 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

+Bradley Horowitz, when you say "quick trip in and out of Tahoe" next to these photos, aren't you kind of tipping Google's hand about the new teleportation device?

+Bradley Horowitz, when you say "quick trip in and out of Tahoe" next to these photos, aren't you kind of tipping Google's hand about the new teleportation device?___

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2014-01-31 23:44:14 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Touching video from Ft. Worth, Texas where the Next Step program is giving hundreds of ex-offenders a second chance. This is a story about two of them. Let's do more of this, everywhere. 

Touching video from Ft. Worth, Texas where the Next Step program is giving hundreds of ex-offenders a second chance. This is a story about two of them. Let's do more of this, everywhere. ___

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2014-01-30 19:34:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I donated to help this Veteran become a certified Strengths Coach

I donated to help this Veteran become a certified Strengths Coach___

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2014-01-22 00:56:22 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2014-01-21 05:39:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2014-01-19 04:05:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2014-01-18 19:46:15 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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2014-01-06 17:21:12 (7 comments, 13 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

"Early to bed ... not too early to rise..."

Day 6: Top performers #sleep: 8 hours and 36 min

The average American: 6 hours and 51 min

One of the most influential studies of human performance, conducted by professor K. Anders Ericsson, found that elite performers need 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” to reach levels of greatness. While this finding sparked a debate about the role of natural talent versus countless hours of practice, another element was all but missed. If you go back to Ericsson’s landmark 1993 study, there was another factor that significantly influenced peak performance: #sleep. On average, the best performers slept 8 hours and 36 minutes. The average American, for comparison, gets just 6 hours and 51 minutes of sleep on weeknights.

The person you want to fly your airplane, operate on your body, teach your children, or lead your organization tomorrow is the one who sleeps soundly tonight. Yet in many cases, people in these vital occupations are the ones who think they need the least sleep. And more than 30 percent of workers sleep less than six hours per night.

This sleep-related productivity loss costs about $2,000 per person a year and leads to poorer performance and lower work quality. Getting fewer than six hours of sleep a night is also the top risk factor for burnout on the job. If you want to succeed in your job, make sure your work allows you to stay in bed long enough.

-- Tom Rath___"Early to bed ... not too early to rise..."

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2014-01-04 23:45:54 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Google searches for marijuana in Colorado are growing like a weed.

Google searches for marijuana in Colorado are growing like a weed.___

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2013-12-21 21:58:37 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Very nice.

I went to the DC Mormon Temple last night, took a photosphere, and Google+ made this beauty out of it.___Very nice.

2013-12-18 15:31:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Gallup is host for a #GDELT  hackathon today. GDELT monitors global online news and codes 300+ types of events that happen around the worldwide everyday. ("How many protests happened somewhere in the world yesterday?") It's an open collaboration, generating growing interest. Philips Schrodt is presenting now--using slides similar to these from an earlier event: http://goo.gl/N6oUGz

GDELT founder Kalev Leetaru calls the project a “A Realtime Social Sciences Observatory."

Gallup is host for a #GDELT  hackathon today. GDELT monitors global online news and codes 300+ types of events that happen around the worldwide everyday. ("How many protests happened somewhere in the world yesterday?") It's an open collaboration, generating growing interest. Philips Schrodt is presenting now--using slides similar to these from an earlier event: http://goo.gl/N6oUGz

GDELT founder Kalev Leetaru calls the project a “A Realtime Social Sciences Observatory."___

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2013-12-16 22:49:48 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

It's time to discover your strengths. Plus, this makes a great holiday gift for family and friends.

Last year my nephew took StrengthsFinder 2.0 right after Christmas. It was such a powerful experience to have feedback on his personal strengths. It gave him the courage to change careers. Shortly after getting his strengths report, he decided to stop selling insurance (which he really hated) and pursue a career in counseling. He's now getting a master's degree in family therapy. I saw him at Thanksgiving and he credits StrengthsFinder for helping him find his calling in life--he is so happy with the path he is now on.

It's time to discover your strengths. Plus, this makes a great holiday gift for family and friends.

Last year my nephew took StrengthsFinder 2.0 right after Christmas. It was such a powerful experience to have feedback on his personal strengths. It gave him the courage to change careers. Shortly after getting his strengths report, he decided to stop selling insurance (which he really hated) and pursue a career in counseling. He's now getting a master's degree in family therapy. I saw him at Thanksgiving and he credits StrengthsFinder for helping him find his calling in life--he is so happy with the path he is now on.___

2013-12-16 15:28:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Gallup Hiring Python Developer in Washington, DC

We are hoping to expand our candidate pool by modifying our job title from "growth hacker" to "Python Developer--Marketing Automation/Data Mining". The job title of growth hacker seems to be catching on in Silicon Valley but not so much here in Washington DC.

If you know a great Python developer in the DC area with superb analytical skills and great marketing/business instincts, please let him or her know about this:

http://goo.gl/IqSZ5n

Gallup Hiring Python Developer in Washington, DC

We are hoping to expand our candidate pool by modifying our job title from "growth hacker" to "Python Developer--Marketing Automation/Data Mining". The job title of growth hacker seems to be catching on in Silicon Valley but not so much here in Washington DC.

If you know a great Python developer in the DC area with superb analytical skills and great marketing/business instincts, please let him or her know about this:

http://goo.gl/IqSZ5n___

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