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10 January 2017 - 11:00 am All kinds of minds, and enterprise.

Painting of person sitting, with thought bubble containing a butterfly.

Image credit: Loving Earth

It’s some time (read: a couple of years) since I last wrote a USE blog post. It’s not because I’m lazy. I’ve just had rather a lot to do.

The work of the USE Academy has got busier and busier, and away from my busy full-time job, I’m busy too. I have two small children (one who’s just started school; the other just over a year old), and very little mental or physical downtime. And there’s this thing I have a lot of problems with, called executive dysfunction.

This means I have real difficulty with planning, prioritising, or even just getting started on anything. And there’s reason for that. I’m not lazy; my brain just works a little differently from the norm.

You see, I’m autistic.

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23 December 2016 - 12:43 pm Intern Year of 2016

Well the year is almost done, so here’s a little recap of the busy interns!

The year started out a little quieter in January, but quickly came up to speed when the semester began. We have many daily/ weekly tasks to undertake, such as keeping the zone tidy, and reception duties at the front desk. We also must ensure the co-workers using the space are swiped in, and managing their mail.

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22 December 2016 - 11:47 am Rise of Big Data

If you’ve been following recent technology trends, Big Data has been in the news quite a lot. It’s taking industry by storm and there is a shortage of people who have the relevant skills. So, what’s the hype about? Why are the industries so keen on hiring people with Big Data or Data Science skills? What is the benefit of using Big Data? And most importantly what is Big Data?  In this blog post, I’d like to share a brief introduction on this topic and answer some of the most-asked questions about it.

Starting very basic, what is Big Data? As the name suggests, Big Data is essentially described as large volumes of data both structured and unstructured and can be used to gain insights into anything from business performance to a medical condition. It is worth noting that although big data has been in news very recently, it has been used for a long time by many tech conglomerates.

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14 December 2016 - 1:32 pm Entrepreneurs vs Entrepreneurial Tendencies

What’s the difference?

Honestly, I am not entirely sure myself, however the more I think about it, the more sense it makes to me.

I’ve recently been following serial entrepreneur, investor and Co-founder of Vaynermedia, Gary Vaynerchuk. He doesn’t necessarily embody the typical image of an entrepreneur (you’ll know what I mean once you watch a few of his videos), but nowadays it’s hard to define the cut off point between typical and extraordinary anyway.

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12 December 2016 - 11:17 am A year as an Intern

So it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog; partly because we’ve been off over the summer, and partly because I’ve been so busy working on several projects! Some have already happened, and some are still in the pipelines- watch this space for more news.

Now that I’ve been an intern for almost a year now, I thought I’d write a blog about what I’ve actually been doing, other than ‘sitting at the front desk.’ The shifts range from rather quiet, to really hectic, and can even have you running all over town.

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5 December 2016 - 2:32 pm YouTube Entrepreneurs- Story of Michelle Phan

If  you are a makeup junky, you must have heard of Michelle Phan-one of the most influential YouTube celebrities. If you think she only posts videos to teach you how to do a trendy makeup,  you are SO WRONG.

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21 November 2016 - 5:36 pm Avoiding burnout

Burnout is heavily talked about in the startup world, and you can see why. Wikipedia  defines burnout as “exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm and motivation, feelings of ineffectiveness, frustration, and as a result reduced efficacy within the workplace.”. Doesn’t sound too good… Startups live or die by how fast they can move and disrupt an industry with barely any woman/man-power. Couple that with the fact that almost any successful startup requires huge amounts of labour intensive work in order to get to a popular working product – you really don’t want to burn out.

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31 October 2016 - 3:43 pm Turning your hobby into a business – Is it worth it?

You always hear about people saying that one of the ways to succeed is to turn your passion into a business, because if you do so your interest and enjoyment will get you far. Is the key to success? I argue that it is not, success is more complicated than your passion for something, and sometimes what you like, is not what the market likes or needs.

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19 October 2016 - 3:58 pm Gym & Brain: They’re closer than you think they are

So you gym yeah? That’s really good for you, I’m sure you can see developments in your body. You may be aware that it helps your brain too. But how much? Does it really help your brain? Can I see a noticeable difference? Maybe you don’t notice is as much but it really does help you by calming you down, boosting your memory, making new connections in brain etc.

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3 October 2016 - 5:04 pm A whole new angle on enterprise

Only a year ago I was introduced to a new concept called Social Enterprise, something I had never come across before. After taking several months to figure out what I was actually involved in, I figured it out!
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