Business wisdom and common sense for today’s world — my notes from the Rise Up Challenge
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.
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. …
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:
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.
*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.
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.
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!
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. …
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). …
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.
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