What Happens to Mental Health at Work When Our Devices Know How We Feel?

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Stressed? Depressed? Distracted? Overwhelmed? The cognitive and emotional demands on managers have rarely been more complicated or intense. One recent global research survey of employee assistance programs found that, combined, employee anxiety, stress, and depression accounted for over 80% of all emotional health cases in 2014, compared with 55% in 2012. In the UK alone, a 2014 report from the chief medical officer for England estimates, the number of sick days lost to “stress, depression, and anxiety” increased by 24% from 2009 to 2013.

Protecting their mental health has become a self-preservation priority for managers. Arianna Huffington counsels more sleep. Many executives embrace mindfulness and meditation to better cope, while others take prescribed medication or self-medicate to get their jobs done. Growing numbers of managers worldwide know they need help.

Increasingly, we can expect our personal devices to diagnose, monitor, and manage our mental wellness. The omnipresence of these devices mean

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The Circle of Happiness

2.45 am… I woke up and looked out of the window. It was jet black sky with twinkling stars, spread like diamonds across the universe. There were so many of them. I was wide awake in a few minutes. I walked out to the patio, barefoot, my soles feeling the cold of the tiles and wetness of the dew.

I slipped on my headphones and listened to Tom Petty, walking, sitting, walking some more. I wasn’t searching for specific songs to listen to, just his greatest hits. Listening as a way to pay homage to a great rocker. I was introduced to his music by one of my oldest friends, Tito. He turned 50 earlier this year, much like me last year. I turned 51 last week. Continue reading "The Circle of Happiness"

The Circle of Happiness

2.45 am… I woke up and looked out of the window. It was jet black sky with twinkling stars, spread like diamonds across the universe. There were so many of them. I was wide awake in a few minutes. I walked out to the patio, barefoot, my soles feeling the cold of the tiles and wetness of the dew.

I slipped on my headphones and listened to Tom Petty, walking, sitting, walking some more. I wasn’t searching for specific songs to listen to, just his greatest hits. Listening as a way to pay homage to a great rocker. I was introduced to his music by one of my oldest friends, Tito. He turned 50 earlier this year, much like me last year. I turned 51 last week. Continue reading "The Circle of Happiness"

Slack confirms it has raised $250 million at $5 billion valuation amid growing competition


Workplace collaboration platform Slack has closed its long-rumored new round of funding at $250 million, led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund, as it seeks to beat back a growing list of competitors with deep pockets.

According to Bloomberg, Slack said it is still sitting on most of the $591 million it had previously raised. The latest round will give the company “operational flexibility.”

San Francisco-based Slack has been one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups in recent years. But that success has attracted numerous competitors, including Microsoft, which launched Teams earlier this year; Atlassian, with its HipChat service workplace collaboration; Google, which launched Hangouts Chat this year; and Facebook, which is still pushing its Workplace service.

So $250 million only sounds like a lot of money until you look at those competitors’ balance sheets.

Still, according to Bloomberg, Slack has passed 9 million weekly active users and 6 million daily Continue reading "Slack confirms it has raised $250 million at $5 billion valuation amid growing competition"

Slack confirms it has raised $250 million at $5 billion valuation amid growing competition


Workplace collaboration platform Slack has closed its long-rumored new round of funding at $250 million, led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund, as it seeks to beat back a growing list of competitors with deep pockets.

According to Bloomberg, Slack said it is still sitting on most of the $591 million it had previously raised. The latest round will give the company “operational flexibility.”

San Francisco-based Slack has been one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups in recent years. But that success has attracted numerous competitors, including Microsoft, which launched Teams earlier this year; Atlassian, with its HipChat service workplace collaboration; Google, which launched Hangouts Chat this year; and Facebook, which is still pushing its Workplace service.

So $250 million only sounds like a lot of money until you look at those competitors’ balance sheets.

Still, according to Bloomberg, Slack has passed 9 million weekly active users and 6 million daily Continue reading "Slack confirms it has raised $250 million at $5 billion valuation amid growing competition"

a16z Video: What is the S-curve?

In this animated short video, a16z Partner Benedict Evans describes “the s-curve” in the life cycle of technology innovation, and why it’s important. Technologies like the PC, internet, and mobile phone emerge, grow, and mature in waves — from “a …