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Removing Blockers by Outsourcing Your Obstacles to Your Network

One of the most important lessons I've learned over the last couple of years is the importance of networking. As a very antisocial introvert, that sounds gross to me. Networking. Ew. BUT, as I have built some confidence to overcome social anxiety, I've realized how your network can help you achieve all of your goals,… Continue reading Removing Blockers by Outsourcing Your Obstacles to Your Network

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Black Mirror & Ethical Innovation

I don’t watch much TV, but I am currently hooked on the sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror. With three “seasons” on Netflix, it’s easy to binge-watch, but I recommend letting each episode settle and digest. I’m still digesting the first episode, to be honest. Set in the near-future, each dystopian episode leaves you questioning how… Continue reading Black Mirror & Ethical Innovation

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Lyrebird: The Future of Fake News

Artifical intelligence that can replicate anyone's voice? In the world of "fake news," it sounds like a sci-fi horror story. However, the technology is live and will likely change how we value word-of-mouth. I recently heard about Lyrebird at work. I work on a team for emerging tech solutions, so this was the toy to… Continue reading Lyrebird: The Future of Fake News

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Summer Soirees: 5 Tips To Plan Your Best Summer

'Tis the season for summer events. Every weekend, there are at least three fun events going on, typically all at the same time, Each weekday, there is usually something too. I'm all about maximizing time in the sun, but does anyone else already feel overwhelmed just thinking about planning it all? How do you decide… Continue reading Summer Soirees: 5 Tips To Plan Your Best Summer

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The Floured Apron: A Chicago Nonprofit Bakery

I love working at 1871 because of all of the startups I get to interact with. While most of the companies are in tech, sometimes you hear about nonprofits like the Floured Apron and your heart instantly warms -- and no, it's not because I was eating delicious cookies at the time. Our weekly TGIF… Continue reading The Floured Apron: A Chicago Nonprofit Bakery