What we’ve learned making custom emoji keyboards

It’s been nine months since we built our first emo­ji key­board. What start­ed as a fun exper­i­ment for our­selves has turned into some­thing we’ve been able to help a lot of oth­er brands with as well. We espe­cial­ly like the key­boards we’ve built for Columbia’s Barnard Col­lege and the Social Fresh con­fer­ence:   B-moji: iOS/Android Fresh­mo­ji: iOS/Android What we’ve […]

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To-dos before going on vacation from work

Noth­ing says sum­mer like going on a relax­ing vaca­tion where you can over-eat, over-drink, and get a lit­tle sun­burn. The prob­lem is that many of us are plan­ning to go on said vaca­tion, but don’t real­ly know how to total­ly unplug while we are actu­al­ly there. Our smart phones, ultra light com­put­ers, and addict­ing tablets […]

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Integrations we can’t live without

Last month I shared with you the tools that make us more pro­duc­tive and ulti­mate­ly save our san­i­ty (how we, as a soci­ety, once sur­vived on strict­ly MS Word is tru­ly a mys­tery to me, and a sto­ry for anoth­er time). Now, not only are there a zil­lion tools to choose from, there are even […]

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3 tools we can’t live without lately

When try­ing to think of some­thing to write about this month, I began to think of all the things I could poten­tial­ly com­plain or rant about.  I know, that sounds ter­ri­ble, but those two thoughts are usu­al­ly a good source of inspi­ra­tion for me.  I start­ed to real­ize that, while work has been fast-paced late­ly, […]

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Surviving the last minute rush

For starters, it is total­ly insane that March is here. I am always star­tled by how quick­ly the hol­i­days and the New Year turn into old mem­o­ries. How­ev­er, what sticks around in these ear­ly months is a cer­tain breed of moti­va­tion that only comes with the turn­ing of the cal­en­dar. Our list of New Years […]

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Contractor or employee: which one is for you?

Seems to be that more and more, com­pa­nies are opt­ing to choose inde­pen­dent con­trac­tors over hir­ing full-fledged employ­ees. Per­haps it is because of finan­cial rea­sons, or maybe their tal­ents are only need­ed part of the time. Or maybe the tal­ent them­selves prefers the inde­pen­dent con­trac­tor life because they love to keep their sched­ule flex­i­ble and […]

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Minding your manners in the modern workplace

This is just as much of a pro­fes­sion­al New Year Res­o­lu­tion as it is a thought piece. The past year has been a huge growth year for me both per­son­al­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly. With this growth, I have expe­ri­enced a hand­ful of “learn­ing moments” that have made me stop and think about what I am doing […]

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So many tools, so little time

It seems like there is an online tool to man­age just about every one of my dai­ly respon­si­bil­i­ties.  There are tools that track time, help man­age teams, com­pile cus­tomer feed­back, pay employees…the list goes on and on.  All these tools have one com­mon goal between them: to make my work-life an effi­cient, orga­nized, well-oiled machine. […]

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Looking around the corner at tech and media in 2016

Ear­li­er in Octo­ber, Michael Wolf and his firm Acti­vate pub­lished an insane­ly com­pre­hen­sive and insight­ful look at behav­ior and trends in tech and media, mak­ing some inter­est­ing pro­jec­tions for 2016. I’m embed­ding the whole pre­sen­ta­tion below, or you can down­load the PDF. Here are my top six take­aways: 1. We spend more time on tech & media than work or sleep. This shouldn’t be shock­ing […]

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