Caleb Chung: Play with Pleo, your robotic dinasour friend

Pleo the robot dinosaur acts like a living pet — exploring, cuddling, playing, reacting and learning. Inventor Caleb Chung talks about Pleo and his wild toy career at EG07, on the week that Pleo shipped to stores for the first time.
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Your Mistakes are Your Best-Selling Points

Startups often have “creation myths” about their early days. But real life is much messier than that. To prove this, former This American Life producer Alex Blumberg recorded nearly every painstaking moment in creating his new podcasting company, Gimlet Media. With plenty of audio examples, Blumberg highlights the ups and downs of turning your creative art into a business, culminating in a cringe-worthy pitch to a venture capitalist.

About Alex Blumberg

Alex Blumberg got his Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College. He then began his career as a freelance radio reporter. The experience he gained as such reporter earned him a position as a producer for the radio and television show "This American Life". After some other collaboration to radio shows, such as the Savvy Traveller, Chicago and National Public Radio, he started Gimlet Media along with Matthew Lieber. Gimlet Media is all about the podcasting business. Blumberg actually documented the whole creation of the company in a series of podcasts called "StartUp." Since then, Gimlet Media has become very successful, raising more than six million dollars through its crowd funding platform Alphaworks. Alex has won a few important awards such as The George Polk Award in Radio Reporting; first place at The Third Coast International Audio Festival; and the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated Award for best radio documentary. He is currently an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University.

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Procrastination and the Road of Creativity

People often think that procrastinating is something negative when it comes to getting the work done. A closer look, on the other hand, seems to show that procrastinating could actually pave the road to creativity. In addition, if looked at with the right perspective, and procrastination could promote original thinking. Explore these unexpected outcomes of procrastination with Adam Grant. You will discover how fear of failure, doubt and procrastination precede original thinking and boost performance.

About Adam Grant

Adam Grant was born on August 13th, 1981. He got his bachelor degree from Harvard University. He graduated with with the honorary mention of Magna Cum Laude. Adam then went on and completed his PhD in Organizational Psychology in less than three years at the University of Michigan. Adam then started teaching at the Wharton School and was rated as Top Professor. From then on, he has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers and best business professors. His more than 60 publications in leading management and psychology journals have bettered execution and decreased enervation between engineers and sales professionals. In addition, his ideas have helped improve call center performance, and have inspired safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. He’s the author of two bestselling books and has been recognized by numerous organizations and magazines for his pioneering thoughts.

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The Responsive Start-Up: Not too Big to Fail

New technological platforms are allowing start-ups to change the way business is done. In an increasingly changing world, where large corporations are having a tough time steering their rudder to respond to new challenges. Start-ups have the upper hand. The key lies in getting your organizations to prioritize networking, purpose, emergence, empowerment, adaptivity, and transparency. In this way, you are bound to achieve great breakthroughs regardless of what your end product might be.

Watch this video from Aaron Dignan, and see how you can rewire your business and respond to changing demands.

About Aaron Dignan

Dignan is an active seed stage investor. He has also served as an advisor for GE, PepsiCo, American Express, and The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Dignan contends that teams everywhere need to upgrade their "organizational operating system" and adopt a new way of working that prioritizes networking, purpose, emergence, empowerment, adaptivity, and transparency. He is the author of Game Frame: Using Games as a Strategy for Success.

Aaron believes that we are in an era of constant change. In this scenario, our most trusted and important institutions – whether they are involved in business, healthcare, government, philanthropy, etc. – are struggling with the same bureaucracy that once made them strong.

Dignan and his team have thus studied the fastest growing, most profoundly influential companies of our time for the past eight years. His findings seem to show that a major shift in organizational values is currently taking place.

Dignan is the founder of The Ready, an org design company based in New York City. Formerly, he was the CEO of Undercurrent.

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About Caleb

Caleb Chung is a mime, comedian and stunt man who began in the business of creating toys in the 1990s. He invented some of McDonals’ most famous toys. Among his most memorable creations is Furby, which is a toy  that is an unforgettable part of people’s childhoods. Furby could speak its own language, communicate with others of his kind and create a bond with its owner that had never been seen before. This toy continues to be manufactured all over the world and there aren’t much people who haven’t heard of it. Nevertheless despite of his success, Caleb retired. But, being a fervent inventor, he never really stopped working. He began laboring on another toy that could create an emotional bond with its owner. That's when he came up with a sensitive and intellectual dinosaur named Pleo.
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