Business wisdom and common sense for today’s world — my notes from the Rise Up Challenge

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As I write this intro in my apartment in San Francisco, I’m struck by how much the world has changed in four months. I made a comment to someone the other day, “Yeah, we’re back under normal lockdown”. And then I caught myself. Normal lockdown?! There is nothing normal about 2020.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is my love of learning. And as I’ve compiled my notes from a three week entrepreneur series I attended back in April, I’m struck once again by the solid, simple advice I gleaned from some very smart and financially successful people. Businesses are still being created and funded right now. There is opportunity. …


Successfully navigating this ‘new normal’ for your business to thrive.

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You might be thinking, “But what’s the ‘Rise Up Challenge’? And why should I care about takeaways from it?” For most of us, the past few months have been a bit like being a wool ball jumbling around your dryer on high. In April, I stumbled upon a Facebook group for entrepreneurs trying to navigate their way through COVID-19. The lineup was impressive. Inspirational leaders like Sara Blakely, Michael Hyatt, Shonda Sumpter, Jesse Itzler, and Shaun T were going to share their knowledge. For free?! There had to be a catch. But there wasn’t. In fact, there was no pitching allowed, but instead the organizers offered at the end packages with these speaker’s courses with 100% of the proceeds given to charities the audience voted on. Talk about giving back. …


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Each year since its launch, the Spotify Wrapped campaign is something I look forward to… how many total minutes did I listen to? What embarrassing song or artist will be on my list this year? Did I really spend that much time listening to that one song on repeat? 🙄

It’s a brilliant campaign. But this year was a bit different…here’s a few observations from this year’s Spotify wrapped:

  • No email was sent this time. Brilliant. People are email fatigued from BF/CM. So instead they relied on their DAU to help spread the news across social as they shared their year in music. How many of you went to your email to look for one from Spotify when you saw a friend share something from their “wrapped” list? And when you didn’t find it, YOU OPENED THE APP! (Update: literally as I was getting ready to hit publish, I got their email. …


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IT ALL STARTS JANUARY 1ST, 2019!

While you might not want to tackle ALL the words in the Drops app in just 90 days like 4x USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis is about to do, we’re inviting each of you looking to learn a new language in 2019 to participate in our #90DayswithDrops challenge on Instagram starting January 1st, 2019.

Pick a language, or continue with one you’ve already started learning. …


*We invite you to follow along with Nelson’s language learning journey on Instagram. If you want to join in on the fun and see how many words you can learn over the next 90 days, head here to join our #90DayswithDrops New Year’s Challenge.

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What happens when you challenge a 4x USA Memory Champion to learn all of the Dutch words in Drops in 90 days? We’re about to find out.

Starting January 1st, Nelson Dellis, 4x USA Memory Champion, will be tackling a new memorization challenge: learn all of the Dutch words in Drops in 90 days (there are more than 2000!). …


Maybe you saw this post, where we announced our new website explained the process of designing, building, and launching it in six weeks.

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In celebration of our new online hub, we wanted to have some fun and do a little contest. We’re giving away TWO year-long subscriptions to Plato (worth $2,988 each!). ENTER HERE.

Share with your engineering + product friends to earn more entries!

We also wanted to share a bit more of our website visuals + highlight the detailed work of our design studio, Pelostudio + our Webflow Dev, Joe Finsweet.


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We move Fast.

I can’t claim to have come up with the phrase, “moving at the speed of fleeting,” but it’s an accurate representation of how fast we created a new online presence for Plato — without sacrificing quality. So how did we do this, and more importantly for some of you, what’s new?

“The best organizations are a combination of art and science,” Joe Zadeh, VP of Experiences at Airbnb shared with a packed audience at one of our recent Plato events in San Francisco. This is a belief I share, and one that can be applied to any business project — not just the holistic organization. …


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Back to school season is in full swing, and we recognize teachers are always looking for ways to enhance their classrooms. So this back to school season, we’re encouraging classrooms to enter our Back to School Drops Contest to win one year subscriptions to Drops for their entire classroom. And we’d like to see some serious creativity…maybe it’s an epic video montage, a poem, a visual essay…the point is to show us how having Drops will enhance your language learning goals.

Entries are per classroom, and must include at least one teacher and one student. In addition, your entries must be in English (completely fine to use your native language, but must include English translation for judging). …


Know any amazing language teachers or polyglots? Or maybe you’re one yourself!

Drops is on the hunt for fantastic language bloggers and educators to be part of our first global program bringing language teachers together with opportunities to highlight the work you do, and the impact you have around the world, as well as help shape the future of Drops.

Our mission has always been to support language learners and language educators everywhere. Launching this program is another step towards changing traditional views on what language learning should look like. There’s power in community and together we believe we can help shape the future of language learning everywhere.

So who exactly are we looking for?

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  • People who teach others new languages (in a classroom, online, or…


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Plato Mentors speaking at the 2018 ELEVATE Summit. From left to right: Brian Zotter, Head of Product Engineering at Medium, Madhura Dudghaonkar, Head of ML Engineering at Workday, and Seth Sakamoto, VP of Engineering at Envoy.

Plato is building a community of great Engineering and Product leaders.

Our mission is to connect respected leaders with the broader engineering community and help them make the right decisions in their lives as managers, by sharing personal experiences with one another.

So you’re curious…What does it mean to become a mentor at Plato?

Here are a few things to consider:

  • You’ll join a community of talented mentors with high profiles in engineering and product management: C-Suite, VP and Directors of Engineering and Product, and even Founders. They come from Zendesk, Airbnb, Facebook, Venmo, Box, Lyft, Coinbase, Betterment, Segment — among many others.
  • The community is made up of 250+ mentors worldwide today, and we’re growing rapidly.
  • You’ll also learn from others’ experiences in top tech companies of all sizes, and have opportunities to network with respected peers. …

About

Ashley Whitlatch

VP Marketing at @RapportCloud | Advisor | Frequent Flier, Lifestyle + Product Photographer | TikTok Booktoker

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