July 27, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Welcome to the third annual Udemy LIVE weekend! A bunch of instructors were already on site yesterday, and final preparations are happening right this very minute. Things kick off for real tonight, and we couldn’t be more excited to spend in-person quality time with our instructor community again this year. Follow Udemy on social media for the latest dispatches from SF!

7 Design Lessons From Silicon Valley’s Most Important Failure
It sometimes seems like the only thing Silicon Valley loves more than absolute success is grandiose failure. As it turns out, one failed company of the ‘90s spawned some of the most successful companies of the 2000’s. In this article, alumni of General Magic share their advice for designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs aspiring to change technology today.

5 Mistakes Companies Make About Growth Mindsets
We talk about the importance of developing a growth mindset A LOT around Udemy, but the concept isn’t always clearly understood. That’s why many organizations stumble when they try to weave it into the employee experience. Researchers identified a handful of common myths that undermine effective implementation of a growth mindset.

Google Spent a Decade Researching What Makes a Great Boss. They Came Up With These 10 Things
There’s a popular saying that people don’t leave companies; they leave bosses. A great manager can make the difference between a rewarding work experience and a daily grind. The fine folks at Google came up with a list of traits that awesome bosses share. We weren’t surprised to see they are heavily skewed toward soft skills like being an effective motivator, fostering inclusiveness, and communicating well.

You’re Not as Smart as You Think: Perils and Benefits of Overconfidence
Most people think they’re smarter than average, but, of course, that can’t be true mathematically. But what are the consequences of overconfidence? Along with sheer arrogance, an inflated sense of one’s intelligence can lead to “unjustified risk-taking and bad investing decisions.” For what it’s worth, researchers found higher rates of overconfidence among men.

Scientists Definitely Name Their Children After The Things They Study
We end this roundup on a lighter note, with a look at scientists who name their kids after their areas of expertise. There’s Ares, Andromeda, and Marten, could Ethereum and Kotlin babies be next?