The Business of Social Media

Social media. Everyone has it, everyone uses it. In the past couple of years, it has seemingly dominated the internet, with mega-platforms such as Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter getting the most attention. They are immensely popular, generating hundreds of millions of users from around the globe. The companies are worth billions and their CEOs are among the richest people in the world. Between July and September of 2016, Facebook saw $7 billion US in revenue. Since their services are free to users, you might wonder how they actually make money.

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Buzzword: Innovation

Continuing our Buzzword series, this week we are looking at the word innovation. More and more, the word gets tossed around and overused by businesses trying to seem like they’re on the forefront of something. But what does it really mean? Well, according to Merriam-Webster, it means to “introduce something new,” or “a new idea, method, or device.” (more…)

Why Are Communities So Important?

As a direct result of the social human nature, we have always been prone to finding those who are like us. Through friendship, shared interest, or even business, we form small communities of like-minded people. You live in a physical community of houses and neighbours, you work in a professional community of business and experts, and your friends represent a social community.

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The Slow Movement Revolution

In the fast-paced global era that we live in today, worldwide companies and organizations branch from one continent to the next. Odds are, if you look at any given product in your house, it was grown or made in another country, in unknown conditions, and then shipped over to you. Because of this, a counterculture movement has emerged: the slow movement.

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Music: Can Listening To It Make You More Productive?

The question whether listening to music makes you productive, as simple as it sounds, is still hugely contested. Many are sceptical, preferring silence to beats, but here’s thing: there are many surprising benefits to listening to music that- even if you’re a silence ‘purist’- may be worth revisiting. In our busy offices and busy lives perhaps music can even help, rather than hinder, our productivity?

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Start-Ups at 4YFN

7 Interesting Start-Ups We Found at 4YFN

In the last week of February, People On The Grid were very busy, at the Mobile World Congress and 4YFN convention. 4YFN is a platform for which start-up companies and projects can come and meet sponsors, other start-ups, and network and gain awareness. At the 4YFN convention, we learned about so many new and innovative start-up projects. In this week’s blog post we would like to give special mention to some of the one’s we found interesting at the Mobile World Congress.  (more…)

People On The Grid Interview with Gudppl Founder

People On The Grid with Gudppl

This week while we were at The Mobile World Congress 2017, we met up with Harinda Fonseka, the CEO, and Founder of Gudppl. Gudppl is a social network that connects volunteers around the world. There has never been a platform for volunteers to display their work with recognition… until now! We love projects that are facilitating positive change in the world and Gudppl is a perfect opportunity to build communities around public service and doing something meaningful.

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People On The Grid Interview with TravelPerk

People On The Grid with TravelPerk

Today, our People On The Grid Podcast welcomes, Javier Suarez the Co-founder and CPO (Chief product officer) of TravelPerk. What is TravelPerk? Well, It’s a tool created for travelers by travelers. They want to change the way organizations budget, book and manage their business travel. TravelPerk offers services that cover all business travel booking needs for travel, accommodation, and other things business travelers might need like meeting rooms, car services and restaurants. (more…)

The Future Is Now: Virtual Reality Edition

We already told you that in 2017 virtual reality is going to be on of the biggest trends, and will skyrocket in use. To see where we are now with VR, we should look at where we started off. I was at a Facebook 360 presentation the other day, and in it, they said: “virtual reality is a trial and error process, you try it out, it doesn’t work, you start over again.” Before I go any further, I guess I should explain what Virtual Reality (VR) is. It’s pretty straight forward. VR is a computer-generated environment. When you put on the VR headset you ‘step’ into a different virtual world. Hence, Virtual Reality. (more…)