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Crowdsourcing: Spotify's Secret Weapon for Curation at Scale
At first, Spotify's Discover Weekly seems no different than recommendation engines available through Apple's or Pandora's streaming platforms. But take a peek under the hood, and you'll notice the streaming giants have taken three distinct routes to serving up hits. Apple's newest streaming platform, Apple Music, offers tracks sorted by genre and curated by teams of internal editors. The recommendations, to be sure, are spot-on — but one has to wonder: Is the model viable for companies that, unlike Apple, can't afford to run at a perpetual loss?
10-Tip Guide To IoT Product Design
When thinking about the future of technology, it's hard not to imagine living like The Jetsons in a utopian future, taking saucer-shaped aerocars from sky-high homes to three-day-a-week jobs. It's a wonderful dream, but the fast-approaching future of technology-infused life will contain a lot fewer jetpacks and many more solutions that quietly — almost imperceptibly — make life easier.
Yeti Launches “The Ultimate Guide to Prototyping Success”
New Whitepaper from SF-based Design and Development Studio Provides Candid, Actionable Approaches to Implementing Time-and Money-Saving Prototyping Processes
8 Tech Company Postmortems & How to Avoid the Same Fate
Poor business or product strategy can affect all types of companies. It's not just limited to starry-eyed startups, nor are tried-and-true brands safe from it. The reality is that, across all industries, somewhere between 25 and 45 percent of products fail. Of course, it’s tough for business leaders to foresee every snag their company might encounter. While hindsight is 20/20, some of these missteps may have been avoidable. Here are eight instances where some very well-funded products were forced to shutter.
10 Tips for Successful Design Sprints
How do you shop for coffee? That’s the question Blue Bottle Coffee — a portfolio company of Google Ventures — began its design sprint with. While the micro-roasting startup had made a name for itself in the California and New York coffee scenes by 2013, its web presence needed work. To sprint its way to a better site, it brought in Google Ventures and Montreal-based design agency Dynamo. Blue Bottle’s most interesting finding? Contrary to expectations, the sprint helped it realize consumers don’t purchase coffee based on its origin; consumers care about preparation. In just five days, the consultants helped Blue Bottle prototype a beautiful new website engineered to help customers decide on coffee suited to their brewing preferences.