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Take Care of Yourself As A Leader

Let's Grow Leaders

Episode 240: In this episode, we are replaying the most popular episode from 2020, which focuses on the importance of taking care of yourself as a leader. Host, David Dye, confesses to not practicing what he preaches and shares his struggles with mental health. He emphasizes the need for leaders to prioritize their emotional, mental, and physical well-being to be effective.

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Apple cuts off Beeper Mini’s access after launch of service that brought iMessage to Android

TechCrunch

Was it too good to be true? Beeper, the startup that reverse engineered iMessage to bring blue bubble texts to Android users, is experiencing an outage, the company reported via a post on X on Friday. And Apple is to blame, it seems. Users, including those of us at TechCrunch with access to the app, […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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Toyota transforms IT service desk with gen AI

CIO

“One of my bold bets is I want to eliminate our traditional service desk by 2025,” says Jason Ballard, IT executive and general manager for infrastructure and operations services at Toyota Motor North America. Ballard is also the technology executive responsible for both the company’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform as it shifts to electrification, and its digital platform engineering and architecture organization, and he counts on conversational AI and generative AI as major components

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DNA companies should receive the death penalty for getting hacked

TechCrunch

DNA companies should receive the death penalty for getting hacked Personal data is the new gold. The recent 23andMe data breach is a stark reminder of a chilling reality – our most intimate, personal information might not be as secure as we think. It’s a damning indictment of the sheer negligence of companies that, while […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

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When your AI chatbots mess up

CIO

Barely a year after the release of ChatGPT and other generative AI tools, 75% of surveyed companies have already put them to work, according to a VentureBeat report. But as the numbers of new gen AI-powered chatbots grow, so do the risks of their occasional glitches—nonsensical or inaccurate outputs or answers that are not easily screened out of the large language models (LLMs) that the tools are trained on.

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New research: How IT leaders drive business benefits by accelerating device refresh strategies

CIO

Increased security, productivity gains and enhancing innovation are among the reasons IT leaders are modernising their device fleets more frequently, new research reveals. Most organisations typically refresh both desktops and laptops on a three to four-year refresh cycle. Yet nearly a third of the 416 IT leaders who responded to a recent survey by Forrester Consulting for Dell stated that their organisation planned to shorten this within the next twelve months.

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Gag City is a viral win for Nicki Minaj

TechCrunch

Welcome to Gag City, the pink metropolis inhabited by stans and brands alike. In the days leading up to the release of “Pink Friday 2,” Nicki Minaj’s fifth studio album and sequel to her debut record “Pink Friday” that dropped on Friday, Twitter was flooded with AI-generated images of pink-toned cityscapes. Gag City, the dreamy […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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CSM certification: Costs, requirements, and all you need to know

CIO

CSM certification Agile practices are being rapidly adopted in project and product management across many industries, and the ScrumMaster is an important leadership role in agile development to not only improve workflow but increase your value as your career evolves. The Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certification , available through the Scrum Alliance , is an entry-level certification aimed at providing professionals with an awareness of the methodologies and values of Scrum, including team p

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Startups are doing fine, but scale-ups and unicorns are in deep water

TechCrunch

The trends that we can spy inside the data are an effective argument against the era in which startups were encouraged to stay private as long as possible. © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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Entity Resolution Checklist: What to Consider When Evaluating Options

Are you trying to decide which entity resolution capabilities you need? It can be confusing to determine which features are most important for your project. And sometimes key features are overlooked. Get the Entity Resolution Evaluation Checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything to make your project a success! The list was created by Senzing’s team of leading entity resolution experts, based on their real-world experience.

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Championing Change: How Board Chair Coaching Drives Growth

N2Growth Blog

Board Chair Coaching: A Catalyst for Organizational Growth As a firm that works with top executives in some of the world’s largest companies, we have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of board chair coaching in driving organizational growth. The board chair plays a crucial role in shaping the strategic direction of an organization and ensuring its long-term success.

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OpenAI taps former Twitter India head to kickstart in the country

TechCrunch

OpenAI is working with former Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly as a senior advisor to facilitate talks with the government about AI policy, TechCrunch has exclusively learned. OpenAI is also looking to set up a local team in India. People familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that Jaitly has been helping OpenAI navigate the Indian policy […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Executive Search in the Legal Sector: Uncovering Excellence

N2Growth Blog

The Importance of Executive Search in the Legal Sector In the competitive legal sector, the importance of executive search cannot be overstated. As legal firms strive to stay ahead of the competition and attract top legal talent, having a strategic approach to recruitment becomes paramount. The executive search goes beyond traditional hiring methods by leveraging a systematic and targeted process to identify, evaluate, and attract high-performing professionals who possess the skills, experience,

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Travelsist hopes its air travel concierge will take off from Atlanta

TechCrunch

Founded by a former flight attendant, Atlanta-based startup Travelsist and its Travelsistants provides assistance to travelers on behalf of airports and airlines. © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Transforming Commerce: Chief Commercial Officer Search

N2Growth Blog

Understanding the Role of a Chief Commercial Officer In the complex world of corporate leadership, a Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) holds a pivotal role. This position is often seen as the linchpin of a company’s commercial strategy, controlling marketing, sales, and customer service efforts to achieve optimal success. The CCO works closely with executive teams to define the company’s commercial path, making pivotal decisions about brand positioning, market competition, and revenue g

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Mulch and the enduring appeal of internet absurdism

TechCrunch

I am haunted by mulch posts. The most recent mulch video came to me in the middle of the night, when I was hours into scrolling through a particularly nasty bout of insomnia. The video was an edit of a tiny dog surrounded by a frame of glittering hearts, with an AI-generated voice narrating, “Today, […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved.

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How Do I Accept Help and Support for My Struggling Team (Without Looking Weak)?

Let's Grow Leaders

Have you ever worried that if you accept help you could jeopardize your credibility or not get the credit when things turn around? Today’s Asking for a Friend addresses this common concern. “Hey, Karin, I’ll admit it. My team’s results are not where they need to be. It’s been a rocky couple of months. We are struggling.

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India’s top VCs face fresh obstacles as startup investment plummets

TechCrunch

High-flying venture investors in India managing hundreds of millions of dollars are tempering expectations, making early-stage startup bets that in best-case scenarios they hope will return 3 to 5 times invested capital. Several leading India investors including Peak XV Partners, Elevation Capital, Lightspeed, Nexus and Accel have raised $500 million-plus in the past two years, […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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A Tale of Two Case Studies: Using LLMs in Production

Speaker: Tony Karrer, Ryan Barker, Grant Wiles, Zach Asman, & Mark Pace

Join our exclusive webinar with top industry visionaries, where we'll explore the latest innovations in Artificial Intelligence and the incredible potential of LLMs. We'll walk through two compelling case studies that showcase how AI is reimagining industries and revolutionizing the way we interact with technology. Some takeaways include: How to test and evaluate results 📊 Why confidence scoring matters 🔐 How to assess cost and quality 🤖 Cross-platform cost vs. quality tr

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Why we built it: Inside the mind of application security innovator Christien Rioux

Lacework

Welcome back to our Q&A series where we spotlight some of the innovative experts behind our code security solution. Today, we’re featuring Christien Rioux, an application security expert with more than 30 years of computer programming and software engineering experience. Christien co-founded and was previously Chief Scientist at Veracode, an on-demand application security services provider, where he was responsible for the technical vision and design of their advanced security technology.

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Will December bring startup winter?

TechCrunch

Borrowing has become more expensive, and profits are harder to come by, which means that 2023 has been a savage year in startup land. © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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What Makes a Company Great at Producing Leaders?

Harvard Business Review

GE is well known as an “academy company” — a talent incubator that exports effective leaders to other organizations and even industries. To better understand which companies are top talent incubators today, the authors worked with the Official Board, a firm that provides data on corporate organizational charts and executive movement, to survey of 853 executives and interview executive search consultants.

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Threads is rolling out its hashtags without the hash symbol globally

TechCrunch

Meta’s social network Threads got a major update Thursday as the company started rolling out tags (without the hash symbol) on the platform. Users will be able to tag only one topic per post to avoid tag spam. The company began testing the tag feature in Australia last month, and it is now rolling out […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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The actors who are the best (and worst) at their job

The Hustle

In nearly every field of work, our job performance is measured, judged, and quantified. Salespeople are ranked based on monthly quotas. Bloggers have to hit pageview targets. Marketers are beholden to conversion rates and a neverending hellscape of KPIs. The same is true for Hollywood’s leading actors. Stars who grace the silver screen generally either have to be a hit with fans (measured by box office revenue) or a hit with critics (measured by positive reviews).

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Report: FAA should improve investigation process after a rocket launch goes awry

TechCrunch

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has let launch providers conduct their own investigations in nearly every instance that a launch mishap has occurred since the start of the century — a practice that needs closer scrutiny, a federal watchdog said in a new report. The report, published Thursday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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How GenAI Could Accelerate Employee Learning and Development

Harvard Business Review

While in a nascent stage, generative AI promises to have a major impact on learning and development. It will personalize learning pathways; continuously update materials; create highly realistic, varied training simulations; identify and address skill gaps; and offer a more interactive and responsive feedback than conventional approaches.

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Deep tech startups must use these 4 techniques when fundraising

TechCrunch

It is imperative to show that investors' money will go into a product that genuinely has the power to change the world. © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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Revolutionizing Contact Centers: Next-Gen Tech for Enhanced CX

Speaker: Liran Meir Frenkel, Performance Management and RPA Sr Product Marketing Manager at NICE; Harpreet Makan, Practice Director at Everest Group; & Santhosh Kumar, Practice Director at Everest Group

As contact centers navigate the challenges of delivering excellence within budget constraints and adapting to evolving employee expectations, optimizing agent tasks becomes crucial. Discover a holistic approach across three pillars - people, process, and technology - that is essential to excel in this dynamic landscape, and explore how next-gen technologies such as generative AI, performance analytics, and process intelligence play a pivotal role in transforming contact centers into advanced CX

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Sauce Labs Adds Visual Testing Tool to Platform

DevOps.com

Sauce Labs has added native visual regression testing capabilities to its testing platform to enable DevOps teams to streamline workflows.

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With its second app, Amo wants to make photo-sharing as simple taking a photo

TechCrunch

Less than three weeks ago, French startup Amo released ID. As I hinted in my article covering this much-anticipated launch, ID was Amo’s first idea. Today, the social consumer startup is releasing its second app called Capture. Once again, this new app will be dissected by social app enthusiasts and other companies working in this […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Overcoming Your Need for Constant Validation at Work

Harvard Business Review

Letting go of the need for constant approval at work doesn’t mean you have to stop caring. In fact, the most effective leaders are those who balance empathy and decisiveness, conviction and compassion, and warmth and strength. In this article, the author offers strategies for how to mitigate an excessive need for approval at work: 1) Do a gut check.

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