Saturday 27 July 2013

Free Mind Mapper

Mind maps are an excellent way to record brainstorming sessions. MyndBook is a free to use web service that lets its users create mind maps with ease.

You start by creating an account on the website either by providing your email address or by connecting your Facebook account. You can then create a 'book'. This book can have numerous pages on which you can add your mind maps.


  • User-friendly.
  • It's a web service. No need to install additional software on your computer, laptop or tablet.
  • Mind maps can be shared with Facebook friends.
  • Various nodes and branches can be created for your maps.
  • It's free.
  • Nodes and branches can be re-sized.
  • You can add titles and descriptions for branches.

Friday 26 July 2013

Advice from Pippa Malmgren

I've been very lucky; a lot of interesting things came my way. I used to be like the old Soviet Union with a rigid Five Year Plan. That worked well but I also learned to make room for surprises outside the original plan; it's a matter of finding a balance between the two.
If you love what you do, you'll be better at it than anybody and the money will follow.

Cultures that do not accept, let alone celebrate, failure, don't have the capacity to innovate. Failure is needed in order to learn and innovate, and when you've nothing to lose, the opportunities for risk-taking and creativity drastically improve.

All big businesses started out at the kitchen table or in the garage. Two thirds of the net new jobs are created by firms that employ fewer than 50 people. So SMBs are critical to economic success. They may not have easy access to capital, but this is actually a huge advantage for them. Capital constraints force them to act with immense discipline, and that's how good businesses are founded.

Nobody tells you that running a small business is a character test. People will tell you your ideas are crazy. This forces you to decide what you really believe and to stand, usually alone, behind your beliefs.

(Pippa Malmgren is a politics and policy expert who used to be Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Economic Policy on the National Economic Council and former member of the U.S. President's Working Group on Financial Markets.)

Thursday 25 July 2013

How to create the perfect #Tweet

How to write the perfect Tweet

Points to remember:

  • avoid capitalizing words, unless you want to look as if you're shouting.
  • link your tweet to a source but make sure it's worth a click.
  • leave some empty space so people can add a comment when they share your tweet.

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Mixamo Is Building A Platform For Game Developers To Create Their Own 3D Characters

With app stores becoming ever more competitive, game makers have had to upgrade from building 2D games to creating 3D titles. That has meant even more creative and intensive work for artists and producers.

Mixamo offers a web-based service that helps developers tool and animate 3D characters by making rigging and animation easier. A developer can upload the mesh for a character, place joint locators and locator rings to figure out how to make the character move, and then run Mixamo's auto-rigging software. For console titles, the company says they can cut the cost of 500 seconds of animations by anywhere from 70 to 80 percent compared to standard techniques like keyframing and motion capture.