The most productive people work for 52 minutes at a time, then break for 17 minutes before getting back to it.

The employees with the highest productivity ratings, in fact, don’t even work eight-hour days. Turns out, the secret to retaining the highest level of productivity over the span of a workday is not working longer—but working smarter with frequent breaks.


The makers of a productivity app examine their user data to extract “the rule of 52 and 17.” This, of course, is nothing new – previous productivity studies of elite violinists have found that the best of them work in 90-minute chunks separated by 20-minute breaks.

Pair with some handy tips on how to master the pace of being productive, but don’t forget that presence is a greater art than productivity

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Top 10 Tech Companies for Culture and Values →

Here, we’ve highlighted the top 10 tech companies for the best cultures and values.

1. Twitter

The social network won the overall top spot for culture and values. It received a 4.5 rating out of 5 on Glassdoor.

"Team meetings on the roof are the best, [and there’s] great teamwork and a lot of smart people. I love how the 10 core values drive the company to always be better," a Twitter software engineer said for the survey.

2. Google

Google actually earned the No. 3 spot in the overall company list, but ranked number 2 among tech companies. It received a 4.4 rating.

"Each employee does not mind helping the other out if [he is] stuck. I feel it is encouraged to reach out to others," a Google software engineer said.

3. Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology came in at number 4 in the overall company list, but landed in the third spot among tech companies. Employees gave the company’s culture and values a 4.3 rating.

"It is a great culture where employees are encouraged to take responsibility and are empowered to innovate," a Riverbed Technology employee said. "The company is moving in the right direction with respect to vision and shareholder."

4. Facebook

Facebook landed in fifth on the top 25 list, but ranked No. 4 among tech companies. It earned a 4.3 rating.

"Facebook truly values the important things in life — to me, at least," a Facebook user operations associate said. "The culture and dialog is open about everything. Whether it’s with your manager, on your team or concerning a company-wide issue."

5. National Instruments

National Instruments came in eighth on the original top 25 list, but made it to the fifth spot on the tech list. Employees gave the company a 4.2 rating.

"The company culture is fantastic. People are approachable, the attitudes are positive, there’s a lot of energy in every department," a National Instruments employee told Glassdoor.

6. Intuit

Intuit claimed the 11th spot out of the top 25, but jumped to No. 6 among tech companies. It received a 4.1 rating.

"Intuit values their employees and has the best attributes of Silicon Valley companies, while being committed to diversity and ‘we care and give back,’" an Intuit employee said.

7. CDW

CDW came in 13th place on the overall list, but ranked No. 7 on the tech list. The company received a 4.1 rating on Glassdoor.

"[The people] really want to help you. The culture truly promotes the coworker and you do have a say in a large company,” said a CDW corporate account manager.

8. Apple

Apple took the 15th spot on the overall top 25 list, but landed in the eighth spot among tech companies. The corporation received a 4.1 rating.

"Everyone shares a common goal to make the best products for the consumer, and it shows in most conversations you have," an Apple software engineering manager said.

9. Citrix Systems

Sitting at No. 19 on the overall list, Citrix Systems earned ninth place among tech companies with a 4.0 rating.

"There is an ongoing commitment to improve the customer journey and ensure our product strategy is well-defined," a senior manager at Citrix Systems said.

10. Adobe

Adobe landed at No. 20 on the overall culture and values list, but climbed to tenth place in tech with a solid 4.0 rating.

"Great perks, benefits. Adobe strives to be a good corporate citizen, fosters innovation and creativity," an Adobe employee said.

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Control This Art Museum’s Robots From The Comfort Of Your Couch
In “After Dark,” Internet users around the world control a team of robots that livestream the Tate’s collections into the wee hours.
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NerdFit: Why Techies Love CrossFit - Boing Boing →

CrossFit, the ultra-competitive, high-intensity, stat-obsessed fitness and strength training program, plays well to left-brained analytical types, because every workout has discrete weight measurements, a stopwatch time, or both. “It’s an obsessive thing that dovetails nicely with my tendency toward quantified self,” observes Jim Stogdill, who used to run O’Reilly Associates’ Strata conference. “I’m of a mixed mind on this: it strikes me as ridiculous to spend so much time and energy collecting and analyzing data on oneself. But the data, in life and CrossFit turns out to be useful. For CrossFit, it’s both a benchmark and motivator for self-competition.”

Herz is author of Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of Crossfit and the Primal Future of Fitness
“CrossFit’s analytical structure is very appealing,” says Keith Hoffman, a Cisco web marketing manager who worked out at Gold’s Gym for 15 years before joining NorCal CrossFit in San Jose. “I look for new ways to challenge myself - I’m very data driven.” CrossFit’s data-trail of lifts, clock times and personal records is turbo-charged by constant variation in its programming. “The gamification,” swoons a Facebook engineer (who trains at CrossFit Palo Alto but didn’t want to go on the record). “The workout is different every time, but every time I can try to play it better. I keep trying to play it better. If you come back to Grand Theft Auto, you want to play it better!

The relative brevity of CrossFit’s workouts (25 minutes is considered a long slog) and emphasis on efficiency appeal to the Agile Development crowd. That 200m dash/prowler-push workout-of-the-day (WOD) is, literally and figuratively, a sprint and a scrum. “It’s efficient,” says Hoon Kim, whose startup is developing a social media app for CrossFitters. “I know what commitment I need to make, time-wise. It’s intense and it attracts people who like and want challenges.

"People ask me, how do you network to find engineers?" Kim says. "CrossFit’s one of the best ways to meet engineers because it attracts a certain type of person. Tim Dymmel, the founder of CrossFit Palo Alto, has seen more than one startup founded by sweaty, chalk-dusted techies at his gym, and pitched to investors using the same set of barbells. "Limited partners, VCs, founders, engineers who work for those guys, and people who work for the larger companies. That’s who come to my gym." One wealthy venture capitalist switched from CrossFit Palo Alto’s 7am class to the 5am class, to weed out entrepreneurial fitness buffs who weren’t willing to get up early. "If they want to find me at 5am," Dymmel recalls him saying, "they know where to find me."

Why Nerds Love CrazyFit, by an Anonymous Amazon Executive

1) Discrete measures: Lift/no lift is binary. Time to complete movement/wod is discrete. Number of reps completed is discrete. These are not the OCD induced “today my bowel movement weighed 895 grams” Quatified Self measures.

2) Nerds like pecking orders…..Crossfit clearly establishes pecking order. Its like stack ranking without the risk of getting fired.

3) You get to be part of a team without having to endure being the last guy picked…….again.

4) You never get to see girls in booty shorts or yoga pants at ANY hackathon.

5) You get to diversify your social anxiety tics….picking at your callouses, repeatedly chalking sweat palms, practicing squat mobility during agile meetings.

6) You actually get to socialize with real people.

"CrossFit’s a filter," Dymmel says of the connections forged under the pull-up bar. "It’s the ability to suffer. Are they mailing it in on the workouts? Or are they really working hard?"

There is a ruthless logic to this. It’s a war for talent, sure. But why stop at talent, when you could be recruiting talent with a tolerance, even an appetite, for grueling group suck-fests? Sure, that Stanford computer science major can code. But will he take leisurely water breaks when the clock is ticking? Will that mobile e-commerce ninja stop to stare at the barbell between rounds of “Fran?” Or will she power through it, high-five everyone afterwards and describe the ordeal as awesome?

Mental toughness in crunch mode is a quality tech firms want to cultivate in their workforce. But it’s not just buff type A’s running a fitness Fight Club in the company gym. One of the largest companies promoting CrossFit as a corporate wellness program is HGST, whose average age is 51. HGST makes the hardware that big “cloud” companies use for data storage. The company runs campus CrossFit boxes, staffed by NorCal-trained coaches, at its development laboratories in San Jose, Colorado and Minnesota - but also at engineering centers and manufacturing facilities in Malaysia, the Phillipines, Singapore, China, Japan, and Thailand. Online sign-ups for the Thailand classes fill up in less than five minutes after they open up - hundreds of high-tech factory workers are gunning for a few dozen barbells per WOD.

According to HGST CEO Mike Cordano, the Asian tech staff focuses less on the individual competitiveness of CrossFit workouts and more on the group experience of it - the communal bonding of a shared physical challenge. The intensity of it gives employees an opportunity to prove that they’re willing to literally shoulder a heavy burden, even when it’s difficult - that they have the discipline to slog through and achieve their goals.

Because the workouts are scaled for each individual, weaker athletes perform the routine with less weight or modified movements. What matters, in the ritual of a CrossFit WOD, isn’t the absolute level of effort so much as the intensity of the struggle. A weaker athlete is often cheered through the end of a WOD because of his obvious fortitude, whereas a stronger athlete working at a lower quotient of her capacity doesn’t get the same kudos, even though she’s running rings around lesser specimens.

By design, CrossFit pushes people out of their comfort zones. The workouts are humbling. This in itself makes the whole notion of CrossFit anathema to people who’d rather not challenge themselves to physical ordeals in public, or perform less than perfectly in front of others. But then, the ability to miss a lift and be OK with it also squares with the Silicon Valley tech culture. “The ability to fail and fail well and be OK with it” is what appeals to Lisa Rutherford, a serial entrepreneur in Palo Alto.

Strangely, CrossFit’s tendency to reveal the character of an athlete is similar to that of a much less strenuous, more time-consuming sport. “I met with Tom Panzarella of Love Park Robotics in Philadelphia a while back for work. Instead of taking in a round of golf after our meeting, we walked over to CrossFit South Philly to hit a WOD. I would love for that to be A Thing.”

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The Internet's Original Sin →


It’s not too late to ditch the ad-based business model and build a better web.

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Why 3 Google execs have left for Chinese companies in a year | VentureBeat | Business | by Ruth Reader →

Google executives seem to keep leaving for companies based in China.

Last August Hugo Barra left his post at Google as vice president of Android to become VP of cell phone maker Xiaomi Global. In May Baidu snatched up Deep learning guru Andrew Ng, who was leading Google’s Brain project. And last week Alibaba nabbed Jane Penner, who was heading up Google’s Investor Relations department. That’s three employees in a year to leave Google for China’s growing tech sector.

So why did these Googlers leave the pack? There was rumor that Barra might have left because Google founder Sergey Brin had taken up with the project manager’s former flame. But Barra said his move to Xiaomi was a long time in the making.

“To me, right away, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, truly a dream job, this idea of building a global company which could be as significant as Google, from the ground up,” Barra told AllthingsD.

Still, chances are it wasn’t just professional aspirations that inspired Barra’s move. There’s tremendous financial opportunity in signing on with Chinese tech giants — as well as opportunities for creative freedom and the chance to create new global brands.

Let’s look at each of these reasons…

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Facebook Confirms: the Messenger App Split Has Started →

If you’re still not using Facebook Messenger, you may not have much time before your messages disappear from the main Facebook app.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that some users began to notice the change Wednesday — but that it is not yet affecting all of Facebook’s mobile users.

The change will only affect users of the iPhone and Android app; messages will remain in the iPad and Windows Phone app.

It’s not clearly exactly how long it will take for all of Messenger’s holdouts to see the change, but the spokesperson said it will continue to roll out over the coming weeks.

Although the main Facebook app has been prompting users to download Messenger since April, when the company announced it would be making the switch, users could still access messages without downloading Messenger until now.

Facebook has been slowly ramping up to this change since the spring, when Facebook first announced it would be requiring mobile users to download both apps.

Last week, Messenger holdouts received an email alerting them their messages would be moved over to the Messenger app in the very near future.

Though some users remain unhappy about the move, Facebook has maintained switching to Messenger will benefit all users as messaging with Messenger is faster and more reliable.

The app, which first launched in 2011, already has more than 200 million monthly users, the company reports.

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Santa Clara office this week

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GIFs are the New Graffiti

Creative duo Guus ter Beek and Tayfun Sarier put a picture frame around an iPad, locked the screen to display a GIF, then taped the tablet to various walls and telephone booths around London.

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There’s no excuse for coming up blank at the water cooler with these apps for keeping track with the news.
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In a world seemingly obsessed with operating online, could a key component of the offline experience be the secret to content virality?
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