Off-white humour blog McSweeney's has a guide to asking questions at public events, formatted by writer and teacher Meriah Crawford as a final exam. Questions include "How long should my questions be?" and "Is this a good opportunity to explain how the speaker is wrong?" and answers include "Sit your ass back down" and "It's ideal to tell a brief story about yourself first, so the whole audience understands how important you and/or your question are."
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Eric O'Neill was once a counterterrorism operative for the FBI, where he played a major role in capturing the spy Robert Hanssen (his boss at the FBI, whom he was hired to spy on -- for more on that, check out his Wikipedia page). His role in capturing Hanssen became the subject of the movie Breach (2007), starring Ryan Philippe as O'Neill.
One of the indisputable virtues of the internet is the availability of free online courses that enable anyone to educate themselves. edX is one such outlet, founded by Harvard and MIT, and offers free, open source courses that are allowing people around the world to get an education that would otherwise be out of their reach.
Todoist is an old contender among to-do list managers, helping people corral their work into manageable tasks for almost a decade. It's grown into a cross-platform tool that can be used for collaboration and project management, but was created simply because Amir Salihefendic needed a way to keep track of his work.
Building something as complex as a car is an expansive collaborative effort calling on people with diverse backgrounds. There are, of course, the engineers designing the actual mechanics, but there are also the aesthetic and tactile elements that affect how you experience the car, each carefully chosen by designers.
Carlos Watson is a journalist at heart. He got it from his father who, growing up in the Jamaican countryside, found the news to be a source of inspiration. Carlos made a career for himself in television and news and for the past three years has been pursuing his own vision for media with OZY Media.
Coursera is an online education platform through which you can take courses from some of top educational institutions in the world, covering topics that range from the humanities and arts to computer science and coding. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes, though, to keep Coursera's catalogue up and running for their 22 million users while also innovating for the future.
Technology may come first in Silicon Valley but it's no easy task creating the infrastructure in which people can do their best work. Arden Hoffman has been creating that framework at Dropbox, where she leads their human resources team in guiding the company's internal workings and recruiting new talent.