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TNW Weekly Debrief

September 30

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Weekly update: "A level of perfcetion"

On Monday, I was a guest on Boom Chicago's comedy show where I performed before a filled room, together with Pep Rosenfeld. We improvised for an hour an a half about startups and entrepreneurs, and some parts went so well that people couldn’t imagine we made it all up on the spot. That wasn’t exactly a good thing, because I believe our jokes seem a lot more impressive when you know they aren't rehearsed.

In many handmade Persian rugs and carpets, you can almost always find a deliberate mistake. One thread of color might be off by a few shades, or a pattern might appear to be broken. The reason is that, according to some followers of Islam, only Allah can make things perfect, and it would be an offense to Allah to try to achieve the same level of perfection, even in a simple rug.

The point I want to make with these examples is that I like making mistakes. Not big fuck-ups, but small things that show I’m human. I think it makes people around you more comfortable as well. An article might even be appreciated more if there’s at least one typo, grammatical error or some faulty logic in it. Perfection is boring. Making mistakes is human. Being a professional doesn’t mean you avoid making mistakes. It means doing a great job, without losing your humanity.

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Apps of the week

Google Maps

Users no longer have to tap the microphone icon before speaking when driving. They will be able to say ‘Ok Google,’ followed by a suitable voice command to start navigation to a new destination, seek an alternative route or change driving settings.

FriendSwipe

An app that scans your Facebook account for connections with Tinder accounts. It’s very easy to use: You log in with your account, and it presents a list of your friends that use the popular dating app.

Figma

It’s aimed specifically at designers – cross-platform interface design in particular – and describes itself as the first such design tool with real-time collaboration capabilities.

Red faces of the week

Martin Shkreli is auctioning off a chance to punch him in the face

America’s most hated villain Martin Shkreli is currently auctioning off a chance to punch him in the face – for charity.

The former hedge fund manager that came to notoriety after making a life-saving drug virtually unaffordable announced the offer via Twitter, inviting interested parties to contact him with their bids.

Shkreli claims the money from the auction will go to the young son of a recently deceased friend of his.

"I will auction one slap/punch in the face to benefit my friend Mike who passed away & leaves behind a young son who survived cancer. DM bids"

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) September 26, 2016

The former hedge fund manager says the highest bids so far are $25,000 and $78,000.

"So far the two highest bidders to punch or slap me in the face are for $78,000 and $25,500. Let me know!"

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) September 26, 2016

Shkreli has also set up a donation page where everyone can donate money for the 5-year-old boy. You can show your support here.

Additionally, Shkreli claims he will match the winning donation dollar-for-dollar.

"I'm matching the donation amount and each dollar donated gets you a raffle ticket to punch, slap, have, dinner, or even a date, with me."

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) September 28, 2016

Itching to punch Shkreli in the face? Send him your bid on Twitter or donate here – it’s all for a noble cause.

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