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The evolution of the web

In a blink the Web has become possibly one of the most important human developments ever. As the Web grew as a business opportunity many of the world’s large companies have grown with websites at their centre.

How has the evolution of the web manifested its self?

Explore the full evolution of the web here in this interactive website.

Below are ‘then & now’ comparisons of 10 of some of the most popular websites and how they’ve changed since their inception.

Ebay, then

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MySpace, then

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MySpace, now

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Wikipedia, then

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Wikipedia, now

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Yahoo, then

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Yahoo now

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Youtube, then

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Youtube, now

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Facebook, then
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Why Innovators Get Better With Age

We often think of the archetypal innovator as young, hungry and foolish. Tom Agan, argues that this is the exception to the rule, and in actual fact innovators are better the older they are.

Why Innovators Get Better With Age

“WE need some gray hair” once referred to needing someone with more experience. But I haven’t heard that expression in a very long time.

In fact, many companies are intentionally reducing the average age of their work forces in an effort to save money. Younger employees are generally paid less and have lower health care expenses and retirement costs. As one executive remarked to me recently, “I don’t think anyone really likes this — we all know our own 50-year-old moment will be coming, too.”

There is a surprising downside, however, to encouraging older workers to leave or, at some companies, pushing them out: Less gray hair sharply reduces an organisation’s innovation potential, which over the long term can greatly outweigh short-term gains.

The most common image of an innovator is that of a kid developing a great idea in a garage, a dorm room or a makeshift office. This is the story of Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Bill Gates of Microsoft, and Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple. Last week, Yahoo announced that it had bought a news-reading app developed by Nick D’Aloisio, who is all of 17.

Click here for the full article. Tom Agan, 51, is a co-founder and the managing partner of Rivia, an innovation and brand consulting firm.

Reclaim Your Creative Confidence

It’s been a passionate departure point at Bamboo – that creatives need to spend as much time out of the office as in it. It seems too much of a creative’s skills must by default include being able to project oneself into the mind or environment of a subject or topic for every single job. Very rarely do creatives in the ad industry get to immerse themselves in their subject matter.

While solutions can still be reached in the confines of an office as has been the status quo for years, with no signs of reprieve, this article proves that increasing creative confidence by getting out of the office for constructive immersions, can almost always positively impact ideas.

Creativity is the most sought-after trait in leaders today.

Most people are born creative. As children, we revel in imaginary play, ask outlandish questions, draw blobs and call them dinosaurs. But over time, because of socialisation and formal education, a lot of us start to stifle those impulses. We learn to be warier of judgment, more cautious, more analytical. The world seems to divide into “creatives” and “non-creatives,” and too many people consciously or unconsciously resign themselves to the latter category.

And yet we know that creativity is essential to success in any discipline or industry. According to a recent IBM survey of chief executives around the world, it’s the most sought-after trait in leaders today. No one can deny that creative thinking has enabled the rise and continued success of countless companies, from start-ups like Facebook and Google to stalwarts like Procter & Gamble and General Electric.

Students often come to Stanford University’s “d.school” (which was founded by one of us—David Kelley—and is formally known as the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) to develop their creativity. Clients work with IDEO, our design and innovation consultancy, for the same reason. But along the way, we’ve learned that our job isn’t to teach them creativity. It’s to help them rediscover their creative confidence — the natural ability to come up with new ideas and the courage to try them out. We do this by giving them strategies to get past four fears that hold most of us back: fear of the messy unknown, fear of being judged, fear of the first step, and fear of losing control.

Click here for the full story on creative confidence by Tom Kelley (general manager of IDEO) and David Kelley (founder and chairman of IDEO).

Image credit: Teddy Hahn