The Friendship Formula

The Mission Newsletter, 8/24/18

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou

Hiring and Retaining Technical Talent

Episode 4 of IT Visionaries

Neil Kumar is the CTO at Karat. As one of the first 12 employees at Yelp, Neil grew the engineering team from a handful of employees to over 200 engineers.

In this episode, we discuss best practices for how both tech and non-tech companies can hire technical talent, including how to speed up the hiring process, eliminate bias, and improve the candidate experience.

Listen to Episode 4 of IT Visionaries.

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News That Matters

One blood test to rule them all…

New studies suggest that a $50 blood test could spot killer diseases. Eventually, this test could be done at birth so that parents know from day one whether their children are at risk of developing five deadly diseases: coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and breast cancer. Other illnesses and diseases could be added to the list in due time.

“We’ve known for long time that there are people out there at high risk for disease based just on their overall genetic variation,” lead author Sekar Kathiresan, a professor of medicine at Harvard, said. “Now we’re able to measure that risk using genomic data in a meaningful way. From a public health perspective, we need to identify these higher-risk segments of the population so we can provide appropriate care.”

A simple way to build wealth

So you like no-commission trading in an app, eh? Well, thanks to Wealthsimple Inc., Canadians are getting just that thanks to their new app which was released in beta last week. So you can be the wolf of Toronto’s version of Wall Street.

Although currently only offered in Canada, Wealthsimple hopes to expand to the U.S. and U.K. soon. The app launched by offering the ability to buy/sell more than 8,000 Canadian and American stocks, with more on the way. The app is expected to build up Wealthsimple’s customer base, which already accounts for 100,000 customers and $2 billion, and it will likely compete with Robinhood in the U.S.

Level Up Your Friend Game

Have some free time? If you have about 200 free hours, you could find yourself with a new close friend!

Going off of what we said in yesterday’s newsletter — and as we’ve discussed many times on The Mission Daily — the bonds of friendship are important. Relationships bring greater meaning to your life, so we are always interested in learning more about how those close bonds form. 🤗

According to new research, it takes about 50 hours of socializing to move from the acquaintance to the friend level. And if you want to level up again from friend to “real friend” it’ll take another 40 hours. But that close friendship mountaintop — that’s 200 hours of bonding. It might seem like a massive time commitment, but good friends are definitely worth it. 😏

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May the Schwartz be with you…

Where do astronauts sleep? Lockheed Martin has the answer.

The company recently gave the public an inside look at what astronauts’ sleeping quarters would look like for deep treks into the land of R2-D2 and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Actually, based on the “Space RV” description given by the program manager, maybe Spaceballs would be a better reference…

“At about 15 feet wide and nearly 22 feet long, the cylindrical capsule is roughly the size of a small bus…The capsule is designed to house racks for science, life support systems, sleep stations, exercise machines and robotic work stations.”

The reusable capsule will ultimately be part of planned missions to the moon and Mars. It will also be attached to Deep Space Gateway, a spaceport that will orbit the moon and act as a jumping-off point for deep space exploration missions.

Say ‘Hi’ to Frank 👋

‘Frank’ is what Amazon is calling the digital video recorder they are working on.

Amazon plans to add to the Fire TV streaming boxes so that the online retailer can further dominate the home entertainment market. Like most DVRs, the device will have internal storage and be able to record live TV.

Have an idea? See a problem in society?

Of course you do. 😏

But what are you going to do about it? Luckily, the answer to that is getting easier thanks to higher education programs that focus entirely on fostering creative solutions to problems and encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation.

Arizona State University is one such institution and it has become a leader in the field thanks to its Knowledge Enterprise Development units. From research to international development to corporate partnerships to technological innovation, the units in this program allow ASU students to pursue more than just good grades on exams.

The Best of What We Are Talking About

Speaking up is hard. It’s even more difficult when the chance of doing so could lead to you being disliked. 😕

On this episode, Chad and Stephanie talk about why it’s so important to have the courage to speak up. Plus, Chad gets personal about times he did and didn’t speak his mind that have affected him to this day.

Listen to Episode 83 of The Mission Daily.

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