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LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman: ‘Board games inspired my business strategy’

Settlers of Catan is part of a group of so-called “German-style board games” which reward strategy rather than luck and are less centred on themes of conflict than many US board games. Devised in 1995 by designer Klaus Teuber, it has also been reimagined as a very popular app. Set on a fictional island in Viking times, the aim is to collect and trade commodity cards (such as wool, grain and brick), before exchanging them for plastic roads and settlements to occupy the board. Points are awarded for things like having the longest road, and the first player to reach 10 points wins.

He says he prefers games to that other great standby of American males, hanging out watching sports. “People are bad about social stuff. They get uncomfortable in silence. One of the benefits of a board game is it replaces the silence, it keeps the momentum of the conversation going.”

Discussing books he has read recently, he enthuses about Nonzero by Robert Wright — “one of my favourite intellectual authors. Basically, his theory is you have cultural evolution because you have a preference for non-zero sum games.” As society evolves, there are more and more interactions where both sides come out a winner.
game  comparison  technology  siliconvalley  american  entrepreneurial  politics  human  ai  thinking  future 
october 2017 by aries1988
大圣归来,不是祖国需要,是需要祖国
据杭州市统计局和人才办的数据显示,2013年至今,杭州累计引进海外精英专才2.3万人。

中国科技精英多年来源源不断流往西方的潮流正在发生逆转。中国与全球化智库和智联卓聘联合发布的「2015中国海归就业创业调查」报告显示,截至2014年,中国留学回国累计总人数逾180万,占出国人员累计总人数的51.4%,归国人数历史性首度超过出国人数。

北京、上海、深圳,仍是高端科技精英的首选,但越来越多优秀华人工程师们已经、正在、以及开始发现杭州这座1.5线小城里的大天地。在「硅谷帮」的「势力版图」上,杭州这匹黑马再次打破了北上广深的一线格局。
2016  hangzhou  china  talent  student  advertising  siliconvalley  innovation  it  future 
november 2016 by aries1988

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