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Netguru Newsletter #73 - Bionic Superheroes, Bitcoin, the Future of Streaming and React Native

The first quarter of 2017 is already behind us, but the sheer number of amazing new businesses and initiatives is by no means going down. Check out Open Bionics and their tiny superheroes with robotic limbs, read up on how to prepare for the AI revolution, and learn how to turn your weaknesses as a leader into strengths. One more piece of good news: Netguru has made it to the FT1000 list! We’re super excited to see what else 2017 brings.

Meet the Millennials Making Big Money Riding China's Bitcoin Wave

Does making handsome money without leaving your sofa sound like a dream to you? If so, venturing into Bitcoin trading might be of interest to you. It’s not without risks, though (such as government interventions or vulnerabilities of the system itself). Find out how young people in China are doing BitCoin. Read more


5 AI Trends Changing the Workplace

AI will profoundly change our lives, either for good or for worse. This article lists the ways in which AI will help businesses by bringing hidden potential to the surface, increasing predictability, and boosting interactivity, among other things. Read more


Open Bionics is Building “Superheroes” – and a Better World

They “turn science fiction into science fact,” according to Samantha Payne, co-founder and COO of Open Bionics. This robotics startup builds devices such as the bionic hand and makes them affordable. As if it weren’t enough, they create prosthetics fitted for children to turn them into “bionic superheroes”. It’s probably not an overstatement to say that Samantha and her colleagues are heroes, too. Read more


Health Apps: a Lifeline for Britain’s Doctor-shy Men

People don’t seem to like health apps a lot. Maybe they’re too impersonal, maybe people don’t feel like they can trust them. But there’s a silver lining: men in Britain, reluctant to see a GP about their problems – sometimes they even wait until it’s too late – might find it easier to look for help through an app. Read more


Netflix Has a Surprising New Streaming Rival

Don’t worry, Netflix isn’t going anywhere – it’s still the market leader. But Youtube isn’t lagging too far behind. As the popularity of streaming services is growing and people are reevaluating their options, Netflix might need to watch out for the competition. Read more


9 Great Apps Written with React Native

What do Facebook, Skype, Instagram, Airbnb and Uber Eats have in common – besides being very successful? They build apps with React Native, a technology perfect for any business which needs applications for multiple systems. Read more


The $300 Billion Trend Your Company Needs to Get In On Now

Payment apps and mobile wallets! It looks like we might want to start paying attention to them, as they boast high customer satisfaction and many new signups. What’s even more interesting, mobile wallets encourage customers to buy more. Read more


Considerations Of Offshore Outsourcing Technology Development For Startups

This article neatly outlines the whats and whys of offshoring, but its primary focus is to give advice on how to make an offshoring relationship successful. The tips range from legal considerations to logistics and are a worthwhile read for anyone considering outsourcing. Read more


Is Your Customer Service Department Prepared for Today's Consumers?

Delighting customers. It’s what we all aim for. But are we up to date with all the changes brought about by technology and modern culture? Check out Ari Rabban’s advice on how to improve the experience you deliver to your customers. Read more


Your Startup Idea Is Bad - Now Make It Work

You know what people say about ideas: they come cheap. An idea without execution is worth virtually nothing. But what if you’ve already put work into your startup, but now you’re starting to see lots of cracks in the rosy picture? Don’t panic. Here’s what you can do. Read more


How to Recognize Your Biggest Weaknesses As a Leader (and Why You Should)

Every leader has strengths and is most likely aware of them. That’s a good thing! But focusing only on your strengths can cause you trouble in the long run, so check out this guide on turning your weaknesses into strengths. Read more


Science: This Super-Simple Learning Hack Can Help You Master Any Subject

Schools force us to learn a lot, but they rarely teach us how to learn effectively. Jessica Stillman explores a technique that has helped her quickly digest new knowledge. It might be just the thing you need, too. It’s also really simple to use. You’ll be surprised! Read more


5 Techniques for Hazing New Product Managers

This isn’t about making life difficult for your new employees. To the contrary: consider putting them through a training exercise, in a controlled environment, that will help them deal with real-life clients in a skilful and confident manner. Sounds like a plan? Read more


Netguru on FT1000 list among Spotify and Skyscanner

And for the final piece of news: Netguru has made it onto the FT1000 list! We’re ranked higher than Spotify and Skyscanner, so we’re pretty damn proud of ourselves. It’s all thanks to our stakeholders, according to Wiktor, our CEO – the team, the clients and the contractors who’ve made it possible for us to grow so much. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. Read more


I hope you’re as hyped as I am about all that’s been happening recently. Sure, there’s bad stuff, too, but forget it for a moment and let me know which of the above pieces made you smile :)

Also, feel free to take a look at our careers page or drop us a line at jobs@netguru.co. We’re always on the lookout for awesome new coworkers.

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