Tide TIPS: Technology, Innovation, Patents, Startups Volume 40


Tide TIPS: Volume 40

You are reading Tide TIPS, a weekly round-up of all things Technology, Innovation, Patent, and Startup related.


Introvert vs. Extrovert: How Both Can Be Leaders

For the longest time, I thought that extroverts were only people that are social butterflies and introverts were basically super recluses. I now know that this simply isn’t true. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert just depends on how you recharge your mental energy. Introverts recharge by enjoying some quiet time to themselves, while extroverts recharge by engaging with other people in more stimulating environments. Neither is wrong. And it doesn’t mean you can’t be a shy extrovert or a social introvert. What it does mean is that both types of people present different types of challenges, from a leadership perspective that is. So, if you are going to be an effective leader, you might want to understand the differences in both. (Hubspot)

Don’t Buy Stuff, Experiences Are Way Cooler

I have been fortunate enough to have some truly unforgettable experiences in my lifetime. After my freshman year of college, I studied abroad in Pamplona, Spain and watched a relatively small European town morph itself into the epicenter for a globally known event, the San Fermin festival. (You might know it as the running of the bulls) While I was in grad school, I studied abroad again. This time in Dublin and Istanbul. Spoiler alert – the beer was much better in Dublin. Much to my mother’s chagrin, I loved Istanbul. It was beautifully nestled on the river and you could just feel the age-old character of the 2000-year-old city as you walked through the streets. My experiences aren’t limited to trips to Europe either. I felt like a modern-day hippie at Woodstock when I saw Jack White, Dave Matthews, and my absolute favorites, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, at the Hangout in Gulf Shores. Or how awesome I felt when I belted “Friends in Low Places” at a Garth Brooks concert –twice in a year’s span. (It’s a seriously great concert.) The point is that I would much rather spend my money on partaking in new experiences, instead of getting new stuff. A sentiment apparently shared by my fellow millennials. We just aren’t into that whole “material world” thing. So, eat your heart out Madonna. (Entrepreneur)

The Best Cities to Start A Business In

This article profiles what I’ve thought for a long time. Big metropolises aren’t the greatest cities for entrepreneurial efforts. The cost of living is too high, the competition is equally as high, and the labor force is overworked. So, a city like Seattle, home to major companies like Amazon and Microsoft, are ironically awful for startup companies. Instead, places like Oklahoma City, Birmingham, and Chattanooga are great places for entrepreneurs. Message to all venture capitalists, your money just as good in our smaller towns, and it also goes a lot farther. Whenever you feel like backing your dump trucks of cash and dumping them in our towns, we are waiting and ready to execute. (Times Free Press)

$10 Is All You Need to Stop a Computer Virus Outbreak

You might have heard about the Wanna Cry malware out break that screwed up everyone’s computer last week. Well, thankfully it was stopped. However, it didn’t take some super cybersecurity effort. All it took was some dude buying a domain name for $10.69. This was a pretty cool read on something I don’t claim to know a lot about. I would recommend taking the time to read this one. (Washington Post)


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