Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others — and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people’s, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others — and surprised even him.




We’ve all been in this situation at least once. There’s this passenger on a means of public transportation who, for some inexplicable reason, chooses to talk to us about their life and problems. If it’s not a passenger, then it could be a person we’re queuing next to, or a stranger on a park bench. Doesn’t really matter who this is. What does matter is why this happens, and what we are to do.




Does collecting more data lead to better decision-making? Competitive, data-savvy companies like Amazon, Google and Netflix have learned that data analysis alone doesn’t always produce optimum results. In this talk, data scientist Sebastian Wernicke breaks down what goes wrong when we make decisions based purely on data — and suggests a brainier way to use it.




What if you could experience a story with your entire body, not just with your mind? Nonny de la Peña is working on a new form of journalism that combines traditional reporting with emerging virtual reality technology to put the audience inside the story. The result is an evocative experience that de la Peña hopes will help people understand the news in a brand new way.




Some of us do it for pleasure, some of us do it for other reasons. One thing is certain, though, we all listen to music. However, music is not always beneficial for the job at hand. That’s why it’s good to know how to match the music to the task you’re doing, and when you’re better off working in silence.