As a remote team working across continents and time zones, finding continuity as isn’t easy. We miss the spontaneous interaction and camaraderie that comes from being in the same space and serendipitously sharing ideas and anecdotes. With those limitations as well as a our various skills and situations I think it’s amazing that we’ve been able to build what we have.

Still I think we can do better as well as make the journey more enjoyable. One of the big limitations I see is that because we all work remotely and in our own silos, we sometimes miss what each…

By now over 50 million viewers around the world have seen the latest terrifying Netflix documentary about social media and surveillance capitalism and how the toxic combination is harming our lives and our society.

The Social Dilemma is the story of how the tech giants discovered they could monetise addiction by leveraging techniques of psychological manipulation.

It opens our eyes to the way our lives are constantly monitored — and controlled — by these platforms. In 2020 it seems we’re all inside the Truman Show.

The major tech platforms like Facebook and Google platforms are have been purposefully built…

These days social media can be an anxiety inducing habit and this is often driven by site metrics that typically serve to try and quantify human relationships.

At Miit we wanted to address this by demetricating our network. That means we don’t display the number of friends, comments or likes you get. No longer is the focus on how many friends you have or on how much they like your status, but on the quality of those interactions. We’ve also taken some other steps to try and bring the focus back to where it matters — on real human relationships.

If you’ve ever felt lonely, you’re probably not surprised to learn that you’re not alone. And despite living in a world that’s more connected than ever, feelings of social isolation are on the rise across almost every demographic.

In adults, loneliness is a major precipitant to health issues such as depression and alcoholism. In fact it’s such a serious issue, that the UK recently appointed a Minister for Loneliness. Studies have found that adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, inc. depression, high blood pressure and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). …

July 19, 2017

How to use Freelancers to your advantage.

If you’re anything like me you never fail to have a chuckle every time the Airtasker — Like a Boss ads come on TV. If you haven’t seen them yet, do so. You can thank me later.

For many entrepreneurs, startups and existing companies, taking on freelancers just makes sense. Not only do freelancers have work-ready talents with specific skills that can be used for new and isolated projects, they can also be extremely cost effective.

From social media expertise to content writing, UX design to full stack development , freelancers can help take your project to…

July 19, 2017

When people talk about startups, often the first thing that comes to mind is “coding.” However unless you’re in the tech industry already you’re unlikely to be a coder yourself and there’s a very real possibility that you’ve never even met one.

Is it possible for someone with no technical background and zero coding experience to build a successful tech startup? Put simply, the answer is yes. There are in fact many successful tech startups that you probably didn’t realise had non-technical founders including big names like Alibaba and Airbnb.

So where do you start?

Build something…

Andrew Curnow

Husband. Father. Founder of Miit. Interested in breaking down barriers to human connection.

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