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Startup Spotlight: Mental Health, AR Tech Support and Eyeglasses for Kids

If you’ve ever been tech support for your parents then you’ll understand the frustration of trying to explain directions over video chat when you can’t illustrate a specific instruction – well we have a solution for you. Each week TechCo discovers the latest emerging technology and startups helping us streamline our lives. This week we found an augmented reality app that can help with your remote tech support needs, cool eyewear for kids and a mental health app to get people through the...

The role of being bold in product design

The role of being bold in product designSomeone recently asked this question on Quora and I thought I’d share my thoughts.“What’s the role of being bold in product design?”Think of a product you find disruptive. What is it? And what makes something “bold” to begin with?Bold usually alludes to novelty. People don’t think of products that look and work like existing products as being novel, original, or remarkable.This is one of the hardest challenges product designers face: How can...

The Future of Online Retail Is Offline

© Mike Blake / ReutersWhen Warby Parker was founded in 2010, the pitch was simple: Don't buy expensive designer eyeglasses in stores; buy cheaper ones on the Internet.It was a good pitch. It was also a financial necessity: The founders had no outside capital and it was far cheaper to build a national brand online than to open a dozen storefronts in malls across the country with debt. But as Warby Parker grew to become a darling of online retail, the founders had a funny idea. Maybe they...