It’s almost a year since we launched vyn.
A year when we made considerable progress on many fronts. But, 3 big things stand out for me. And, as I reflect on my learning this past year, I can’t help but draw some analogies with the world of art, my other passion.
How many times have you looked at an abstract painting and heard someone say, "I could do that!"? While abstract painting looks easy and simple to some, it can actually be more challenging than traditional or classical painting.
The future of AI is here.
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AI is changing the way we interact with technology. Here at vyn, we believe the AI we incorporate into our solutions should take us back to a more human and natural way of living: Less clicking, tapping, typing and swiping... More talking, seeing, smiling and listening.
Eliminating the negatives is what we are all good at… our focus is to create a complaint-free service… our energy is spent in filling the gaps, removing the nuances… but then we are rarely left with time to even aspire for the extraordinary?
After an autumn of #metoo and strings of sexual harassment stories from across industries, the discussion around diversity and inclusion is back in our news feeds once again. On the one hand, I’m fully behind the discussions that are going on, and I agree we need to talk about the depressing recent stats around diversity in tech, and stand behind the people who’ve bravely brought to light their own stories. On the other - and I know I’m not alone in this - I’m finishing up my last week of work for 2017 and preparing for the holidays. So my two cents on #TechTalksDiversity are here to make you smile.
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Here's what the vyn team are excited about this month:
For this year's Perspectives evening, we invited three of the world's most innovative data experts (more on each of them here) to share their views on the debate between big data and what we like to call thoughtful data - human data turned into actionable insights. This was the 4th of our biannual Perspectives events, but the first in the US - specifically Mountain View in the heart of Silicon Valley. I know you're probably busy, so in case you don't have 50 minutes to watch the entire evening's debate unfold, feel free to pick the one(s) you're interested in:
At this year’s Sales Hacker conference in London, over 40 sales professionals provided their top tips as a vyn™ - a smart video note*.
We got a beautiful collection of video insights, along with a simple word cloud showing key points. It was great to see such a variety of tips.
I have been passionate about putting the customer at the heart of the conversation in my entire career spanning different industries and countries. And, many of the Sales Hacker “vynners” agree with this sentiment.
There were lots of great tips on how to put the customer in the spotlight, with a focus on listening, asking the right questions, and being relevant.
Our Perspectives evening is coming to the US!
Perspectives is vyn’s biannual evening of inspiration. Later this month, thought leaders from a variety of industries will share their views around the theme of "Thoughtful vs. Big Data". This is a great opportunity to connect with a number of leaders in companies such as Cognizant, Nokia, Facebook, P&G and Google, in an intimate and informal setting.
Here’s Kapil, co-founder and Kunal, Head of US Business sharing a moment of excitement at our previous event in London this March.
Speaking in front of a camera can feel a lot like public speaking, or, to some, even more nerve-racking. All attention is on you, and you’re feeling the pressure of making every word you say come out eloquent, informative, entertaining, or all of the above.
In this quick vyn (a structured video note), I explore why we feel so vulnerable on camera, and explain that there’s much more to gain than lose from using video as a business communication tool.