5 disruptive technologies everyone should know!

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We are evolving at an exponential rate in technology development. The rate of disruption of a technology is measured using Gartner’s Hype curve, which tracks the current interest levels and implementation feasibility. Here are five technologies which everyone should understand:

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Source: Gartner’s 2015 Hype cycle for emerging technologies

 

  1. Internet of Things: This term has now got into every industry possible along with very high expectations. This technology in simple terms is “Connecting everyday objects to internet”. For example: In future, users can access their home from anywhere around the world using internet.

2. Consumer 3D printing: This technology has grown wildly around the world and now there are plenty of desktop 3D printers, which are very user friendly. 3D printing depends heavily on material research and we have successfully developed metal, food, body parts, concrete and electronics 3D printing. The day is not far, when Amazon will fly a drone to your house that 3D prints the phone case you had ordered an hour back.

3. Autonomous Vehicles: The race towards building most reliable self-driving cars is huge now. Google, Tesla, and Mercedes in-spite of leading the race, there are many developments from Chinese technology giants such as Baidu. It is mind blowing on how this technology can transform the safety of transportation industry. It is not only safe way but the fastest way we can transport ourselves.

4. Virtual reality: Taking people into virtual world through games or movies has always been an amazing experience. Now this is more like a reality where this technology tricks the brain to feel like we have come to a new world. This technology has no limitations of entertainment, it can not only take us to the best places in the world, but also to the space without having to spend millions of dollars. The best part is there are many virtual reality headsets available to order online, cheapest being the google cardboard (for $20).

5. Augmented reality: If our world can move into the virtual world, why not also give the possibility of bringing the Virtual world into our world. Augmented reality shapes the future of wearable industry giving rise to super human capabilities. Everything we need to visualize is now possible with augmented reality. This technology is paving the path to give birth to wearable so that we never have to carry our smart phones in the future.

 

If you are interested to know more on any technology, put that in the comments below and I will be happy to write about it.

5 Best Growth Hacking tips to boom your business – A New era of marketing!

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We all have recently come across this term which is shadowing the traditional marketing. Growth hacking is the next era of marketing which challenges and puts companies in a fast track of growth. It involves engineering the marketing quotient, and generating growth with minimal investments. Following are some of the steps to be followed for effective growth:

1. Product Market Fit:

“Make something people want” – Paul Graham

This is one of the most important and probably where most entrepreneurs face difficulty. To find what people want is not an easy task. That is why, most entrepreneurs take this step by step because ending up with wrong product market fit can be disastrous. It is recommended to follow Lean Startup principles for this step, that is, building an Minimum viable product (MVP) before building a full product. This allows to go through Build – Measure and Learn loop.

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2. Make your website load faster:

A slow site turns customers away. It has a direct impact on your wallet. In fact, “a 1 second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions.”

There are many ways to keep your website loading under 2 secs. Try to keep the page simple to be more effective. Here are some of the tips you could use for making your site faster.

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3. Find your stickiness factor:

Stickiness factor is something which signifies which part of your product customers like the most. You could use various analytical tools online such as Google Analytics and Kissmetrics to understand what is your stickiness factor. Use this and scale it to as many customers as possible.

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4. Write Blogs:

Writing blogs is the modern way of reaching customers and understanding what they need. Blogs not only help the customer interaction to improve product but also can help build the initial user base to whom our product can be deployed. Make sure your blog content is engaging and have links to social bookmarking to have the viral factor.

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5. Giving referral bonus and increasing viral coefficient:

Viral coefficient is a factor which determines how fast your product/idea can spread through the population. Customers are interested in “what they get?” at the end of the day and that is what companies like Dropbox, Google and Hotmail have adopted. If user gets a benefit for referring, then the idea/product spreads like a virus. Making the product/idea attractive is very important as users will not share if the content is not cool.

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Hope this post helps for people to get started into Growth Hacking!

5 Lists that will make you successful

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“There are approximately 3000 thoughts crossing our concious mind in an hour.” Keeping track of all of them is definitely not possible but noting a few of them can change your life. Out of all lists possible, here are 5 lists that can transform your life:

1. List of Goals:

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Goals define what we can do today, to make a difference tomorrow. It is important to set the goals on a weekly basis and track the milestones. If the goal is large, break it into smaller measurable goals for weeks.

2. List of Contacts:

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Meeting new people and making contacts is one of the prime attributes of a successful person. At the same time, it is important to create a list of people whom you think are reliable and skilled.

3. List of Healthy tasks:

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Most people ignore the health while working on their perfect project. As we all know, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Having list of goals for your health gives a sense of satisfaction and keeps your mind creative. Try to add them in your weekly goals.

4. Lists of Ideas:

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The mind is an ocean of ideas. Once you get an idea, do not hesitate to keep a note of it, no matter how crazy it sounds. Lists of ideas are a way of self improvement. And why stop there, go ahead and execute them. If your ideas are big, break them into smaller goals and add to list of goals.

5. Bucket List:

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Last, but the most important of all is the bucket list. Make sure you make a list of all the dream places you want to visit, adventures that you always craved for, or cars that you always wanted to drive. Use tools which can attach images with your lists especially for the bucket list.

Apart from all this, make sure you visit your lists once a week and check the goals once you have accomplished. Have a sense of satisfaction by seeing them at one place.

5 TED Videos that will astound you

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TED talks is my personal favorite when it comes to Youtube channel. I have made it a point that everyday I see atleast one talk. It gives you a broader perspective and can also serve as inspiration. Here are few TED talks which surprises me no matter how many times I watch them:

1. This man thoroughly deserves respect. When he realized his wife had to choose between buying family meals and buying her monthly “supplies,” Arunachalam Muruganantham vowed to help her solve the problem of the sanitary pad. True meaning of persistence, sacrifice and victory.

2. The sixth sense man from India, gives me chills as I write this. Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.”  Video will speak for itself.

3. 21 Year Old Usman Riaz grew up playing classical piano since the age of 6. Picking up guitar at 16 Usman taught himself how to play. A video to spark your self learning capability:

4. Though this does not teach you much, but it will definitely make you say “WTF”:

5. This video is worth a repeat in this blog, truly teaches you a lot on body language:

Hope you enjoyed it!

5 amazingly new ways of presentation, say bye to old Power point

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It is high time that we say goodbye to those boring power point presentation which have no life. I mean how many of us would have sit in meeting rooms for hours staring at the same type of slides and not understanding the core details.

Let me get straight to the point, here are 5 awesome alternate ways of presentation that can impress people around you or serve as a killer marketing pitch :

1. Prezi: Zoom in and out of your presentation, snatching the audience to your side. I personally found this amazing as some action always happens on screen, so audience is waiting for a new surprise every click.

2. Infographics: These make you look like a kick ass graphic designer, following lean principle of putting all data into one sheet is truly effective. Infographics allows us to visualize the data and get key details very quickly. Few websites to start with are PiktochartVenngage, and Visually.

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3. PowToons – Best Way to Create Product Videos

It’s always a tough task to create product launch videos or company overview videos for free. PowToons solves this problem by providing a very simple way to create promotional or introductory videos online. It provides you with templates which are easy to edit. Also, video gets ready within few minutes.

4. Office Mix: No bye-bye says Microsoft!. As an add on to the Microsoft Office Powerpoint recently launched Mix make presentations more lively. One can add audio, quizzes and written text during presentations which makes it perfect for teaching online.

5. Emaze : Emaze is something similar to prezi, and can create interesting 3D presentations. This is something new and pretty awesome!! The website also has lot of themes and very easy to use. Check out this sample.

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The best part is none of the above presentation needs tutorial, everything is pick and drop.

5 Tips for every college student before starting their career

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1. Microsoft Office Skills :

Believe me or not but most of the work at any industry will strongly rely on Excel and Powerpoint. Reporting is an art which can be mastered only by learning these softwares well and trust me both these softwares are powerful beyond your imagination.

I would elaborate on Office skills in my forth coming blog.

2. Develop Great Body Language

As most of know, body language is highly influential in deciding how convincing or bold you are. Again it is art which can be developed by watching videos of great CEO’s delivering product launches. Below is my personal favorite of those:

3. Learn new languages

Yes, learning new languages can keep your neurons active and makes you smarter. It also broadens your perspective. Learning new languages nowadays has become very easy with the advancement of youtube.

“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini, Italian film director

4. Teach what you know:

I have experienced this throughout my life and it is the easiest way to learn something. All you have to do is gather some friends who need help and start teaching them. This will not only master the subject but also helps you remember the basics for long time.

5. Be Social:

Being social is as important quality as knowledge or talent is. It defines a person’s ability to mingle with a team. As college students, a fear of looking stupid shadows the boldness of starting a conversation. But believe me once you have started you will always feel good about it.

So hope this boosts your performance in your career. Best of luck!!!