500 Startups-Backed Roam And Wander Presents DiDi, An Interactive Teddy Bear

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Roam And Wander , a toy and children’s entertainment studio that is currently participating in 500 Startups’ accelerator program , is now raising funds for its latest stuffed animal on Kickstarter.  Called DiDi, the classic brown teddy bear is twice as large as Roam and Wander’s last toy, a bunny named TuTu , and comes to life with the aid of an iPad.

Didi’s companion apps include games that teach young kids letters, numbers, basic reading, and other skills they will need in elementary school.

“My son’s nickname is DiDi, and when I was a boy my favorite toy was a brown teddy bear (that I still have),” says founder Jason Warren.

“I wanted to create a toy for my son, who has mild autism, and for other kids, to help them connect with and play and learn from the same classic toy that I had.”

I got the chance…

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8 ways to build a hypothesis testing mind set.

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curiosity

The most successful people I have seen over 40 years of business share one crucial characteristic.

Curiosity.

The successful are insatiably  curious, it spans all aspects of their lives, not just the parts that are spent working at what pays the mortgage, but across all aspects of their private and social lives as well as their commercial ones.

Curiosity also in independent of the size of the enterprise, and often happens in clusters, as one curious person infect those around them. The Medici effect.

Supporting the curiosity are a number of specific behaviours I have observed, that to a greater of lesser extend are exhibited by all, they are in effect the enabling behaviours of their curiosity.

  1. They are always asking questions, some whilst knowing that the receiver has no idea of the answer, or even if one exists.
  2. The seek alternative views everywhere, encouraging others to play devils advocate

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Mashfeed Lets You Discover Better Content On Social Networks

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At first I didn’t understand the point of Mashfeed because there are already plenty of social media aggregation platforms. Plus, many people crosspost the same content to different sites, rendering aggregators redundant. Then I realized I was using the new iOS app wrong.

Like Colorbay, a photo discovery app that I reviewed last week, Mashfeed isn’t just about finding new content. It also lets you organize posts in a better way than most social networks currently allow.

On Mashfeed, you create public or private channels (called mashfeeds) that let you add specific users, pages, or hashtags on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. You can also subscribe to channels made by existing users or Mashfeed and trending topics (which currently include Coachella Fashion and Ryan Gosling memes).

The app’s creator, Adam Mashaal of New York-based startup Pressto, plans to add support for Twitter and other popular social networks. Pressto’s other products include Presstomatic

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