Here’s a fun tutorial teaching you how to make a paper bow like the one above.
Two days ago I had the pleasure to meet all of this year’s Shopify Competition winners. One of the winners, Ryan French, left a huge impression. He is a student at the University of Washington, majoring in Applied Computational Math Science and the inventor of the GameKlip.
The GameKlip attaches your Android phone to a PlayStation3 controller and allows you to use a real controller to play your games on your smartphone. I’ve tried it, it’s all kinds of fantastic.
Ryan has single handedly built this business and created everything himself; the clip, the packaging, the site and he even currently still ships the items himself.
If you are a buyer for a big retailer, please reach out to Ryan. He is currently looking for large retailers to carry his product. He deserves to be picked up by a big chain.
Shopify just announced the five winners of this year’s Build-A-Business competition!
During the 8 months of this year’s Shopify competition, over 10,000 entrepreneurs created Shopify online stores that sold more than $55 million in products. The five businesses that sold the most over any two months of the competition each win a $50,000 US investment.
But not only that, the fine folks over at Shopify are also sending each of the winners on a trip to New York City to meet with the industry experts who served as mentors to the participants throughout the competition (Tim Ferriss, Daymond John, Eric Ries and moi).
I can’t wait to meet and hug Debbie Sterling, the winner of my category, Art & Design! Debbie is a female engineer from Stanford University and created GoldieBlox, a construction toy that encourages young girls to get into engineering, develop spatial skills and hone problem-solving abilities. What’s not to like?
Congratulations to all the winners! And congrats to team Shopify for making this comeptition happen! I am honored to have gone from winner to mentor! Yay, for e-commerce! Yay internet!
Read about the competition over on the Shopify blog.
Hopscotch is a brand new iPad app that teaches kids coding. It allows them to create an interactive program on the iPad by dragging blocks of code and dropping them into a scripting area. No typing required. Beautifully designed! This makes me so happy! Can’t wait to try this with my daughter tonight!
I was expressing how much I respect Neil deGrasse Tyson to my team this morning. I ended my admiration-rant in saying “I wish I had a Neil deGrasse Tyson doll!” which prompted Bekka to swiftly Google just that, and five minutes later I had a paper doll of Neil with two outfit options on my desk. I love the internet, so much.
IKEA came out with this incredibly adorable cardboard kids market stand. It’s a mere $15. Imagine the fun to be had.
I am all for multifunctional furniture like this kids ping pong table gone coffee table gone chalk board surface by Huzi.
Distance to Mars illustrates quite beautifully, well, you guessed it, the earth’s distance to Mars.
I truly love the concept behind this book: Big kids questions answered simply by truly great minds. A sample question would be: If you’re on a boat, with no food or water, what do you do? The answer is by Roz Savage, first woman to row three oceans. Or, Why is space so sparkly? Answered by Martin Rees, an astronomer.
The 0.99$ I spent on MaddieCam on Sunday have already paid off a hundred times over. Haven’t had this much fun with an app in a while. Maddie is the famous internet coonhound that stands on things and now, you can put her on anything you’d like, thanks to MaddieCam.
Yes, I am a fan.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a vintage carseat. I admit, it made me laugh. As a parent of two, and having researched a lot of baby gear, I enjoyed this post over on Mental Floss titled: A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics.
Tilo’s recent obsession with everything ABC makes me want to splurge and buy this Wooden Letter Puzzle.
The Diver is a short short narrative about a diver in red speedos. Congrats to James Lancett and his collaborator Sean Weston