Thursday, June 25, 2015

What makes a mission statement great?

Satya Nadella - CEO of Microsoft Photo:

This week Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, sent out a "State of the Union Microsoft" address email to his 118,000 global employees. In it, he detailed a vision for the next year, full of 'tough choices' and mobile-first, cloud-centric computing. As he has been sitting in the role for nearly 18 months now, it came as little surprise that he also announced his new mission for the company, finally updating the much maligned mission statement of his predecessor. It got us thinking in the nsquared office, what makes a good mission statement?

Let's have a quick look at the history of Microsoft's mission statement.

Under Bill Gates, the famous, metrics-focussed mission of an IT revolutionary: "A computer on every desk and in every home."

The more controversial verbosity of Steve Ballmer came next with his idea to, "create a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most."

And finally, Nadella announced he wants "to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more."

While there is similarities in all of them, you can see a particular preoccupation from each CEO and a clear idea of what they wanted to achieve, some maybe more evocative than others.

So how do other company's compare?

Google - Google's mission is to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Coca Cola - To refresh the world, to inspire moments of optimism and happiness, to create value and make a difference

Amazon - To be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover anything they want to buy online

Virgin Atlantic - our mission statement is simple, yet the foundation of everything we do here at Virgin Atlantic Airways… to embrace the human spirit and let it fly.

nsquared - putting digital tables everywhere.

So what makes a mission statement great? A mission is basically a giant, long-term objective, a collective goal to strive for as an organisation - what makes a mission statement great is the visionary behind the idea and the people executing it every day.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Three Tips to Give Your Business the Edge

The new economy is not measured in currency but attention. This is not news - Herbert Simon was talking about it in 1971. Attention demands time, and to get time we need to be smart in how we work. The idea of the workplace ecosystem, a collaborative body, is increasingly being recognised by change innovators as a powerful agent for productivity. We like working together and we work well together.

Here are some ideas for you to help get more time in your life, through smarter workplace practices:

1. Take the initiative to start the conversation.

"Being able to work with others is an important part of being an entrepreneur"
- Amy Rosen, President and CEO, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Actively look for criticism, feedback, opinions from everyone that you can. Even if they are not experts in the field or on the same level as you. Being able to articulate your thoughts to them will help you simplify and distill your ideas. This will create a dynamic, collaborative atmosphere and, as the Work Futurist Jeremy Scrivens says, will create a positive and accountable workplace ecosystem.


2. No meeting can ever be longer than 1 hour.

The shorter the better; meetings must be pointed with a measurable outcome. Anything being discussed for longer than an hour is not meant for a meeting: more time talking about doing work means less time doing work. If there is a lot of content to talk about, send it around beforehand and talk about key issues within the meeting itself.


3. Team spaces are as important as solo spaces.

Why did the "work from home revolution" never eventuate? Because people feed off each others energy. We don't like working in isolation: we are social animals that need others to excel ourselves. Team spaces can be anywhere, for formal meetings or ad hoc conversations, the only rule is no phones, tablets or laptops. Personal devices, while great for certain things, isolate and distract.

nsquared has a vision to move the business world forward by creating better tools for pointed, meaningful interaction in your workplace. If you are interested in what we do, or if you are interesting in joining any of the events we host about workplace collaboration, keep up to date with our Twitter or Facebook or join our VIP mailing list. 

Have a productive day!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Within The Power of Humanity:" The Launch of the Tesla Powerwall

This week Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Powerwall and set about a media frenzy. What makes this product launch different from any other? The fact that it addresses one of the key challenges facing the future of power, and by extension the future of our climate: energy storage.

The Tesla Powerwall, Musk claims, is the "missing piece" to a world of sustainable energy. It is a battery for the whole home or business, charged by the huge "fusion reactor in the sky". The product itself is a wall-mounted device marginally bigger than a standard home flat screen TV which Musk says owners can mount in their garage or outside their house. At $3,500 USD, much of the discussion surrounding this breakthrough technology has been regarding the economic viability for average homeowners: does this product, many are asking, deserve to be already sold out until mid-2016? Some have claimed it as revolutionary, others say it is a "toy for rich green people". What has been largely unaddressed in many mainstream media, however, is the human impact.

During the launch video, Musk makes an interesting comparison. In a lot of developing countries, rural areas or island states, mobile phones leapfrogged landlines in terms of usage. The infrastructure of landline telecoms was unnecessary. Likewise, the Tesla Powerwall will eradicate the need for a large scale energy network for the parts of the world that do not already have it. A technology that connects, empowers and enriches the world, whilst at the same time dramatically helping to curb carbon emissions, seems like an extraordinary product.

nsquared stands for advancing the world collaboratively, and the Tesla Powerwall is an exceptional example of realising this vision. The future is looking bright.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We're hiring. Are you ready to join us?

nsquared opened its doors for business in the Sydney CBD in 2008. The company has grown each year of its operation. In 2015, nsquared is expanding again.

nsquared has always been the provider of advanced leading-edge software solutions. Since early 2009, its core business focus has been centred on creating exceptional software for gesture based computing experiences. In mid 2013, it shifted its focus to include the creation and delivery of digital table hardware as well as software. In early 2014 the design and development phase for delivery of the nsquared digitable product range commenced. One year in, there have been several products designed and delivered. In 2015, the company goal is to move that process forward.

We are hiring and as a member of the nsquared team you will have the opportunity to contribute and work with an inspired group of individuals on projects that are unparalleled in terms of their uniqueness in Australia, and indeed, most of the world. The team is inspired by the idea that they are working together to change the way people meet and work together now and in the future.

As a company that is moving into its next phase of growth, nsquared encourages personal growth and rewards action-oriented self-motivated people.

The roles we are currently recruiting for are:

As a Sales Lead at nsquared you will be responsible for creating and closing sales opportunities of nsquared’s premium digital table furniture and software products. You will work closely with nsquared’s Director to determine Sales targets and a plan that will ensure the growing success of the products and the company.
Digital tables are a relatively new concept to the market and a large part of your role will be in raising awareness of the product range and its many benefits to businesses around the world.
Your ability to deliver high and improving sales rates will be critical to the success of the role and nsquared.

As an industrial designer at nsquared you will be responsible for creating aesthetically pleasing tables that will run nsquared’s digital table software. Your role is one that will radically change the way people in business think about and use tables now and in the future. 
Your ability to deliver beautifully designed and finished furniture pieces is critical to the success of your role.

As a developer at nsquared you will be responsible for creating, enhancing and testing software products. You will work closely with nsquared’s development team to deliver monthly milestones that will ensure the growing success of the products and the company. 
Your ability to deliver high quality code to deadlines will be critical to the success of the role.

As nsquared’s Junior Designer you will work closely with nsquared’s Lead Designer to deliver a variety of digital design assets. The Design team is responsible for making nsquared’s digital and table products look absolutely stunning. Your teams’ role is also to educate nsquared’s current and prospective customers to understand how working with digital tables will improve their businesses day by day. 
Your ability to deliver high-class premium imagery and other marketing materials is critical to the success of the role.

For more information and to apply, check out the jobs page on our website

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sydney Design Award Winner

We are super excited to have been announced as a winner of the Sydney Design Awards for the nsquared digitable55. Of course we always believed we had an awesome digital table product that we know our costumers love. To have the design validated by a panel of design experts makes the team here at nsquared extremely happy.

As a quick reminder of the product and the process of building the product watch this short video about the the nsquared digitable55.

Finally here is a picture of our industrial designer, Hayley Wood, and project director Neil Roodyn collecting the award earlier this week at the design awards event.

If you would like to find out more about the nsquared digitable55 or other interactive digital tables please get in touch.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's Finals Time...

It's happened! As of today we're officially into the finals for the 2014 Sydney Design Awards. Needless to say, we're looking forward to finding out whether we've been judged good enough to go one better and take the prize. For now though, we're enjoying the right to flash our "Finalist" graphics around.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Shortlisted for the 2014 Sydney Design Awards

As many of you will know, we've recently launched the nsquared digitable55.
We are excited to be working with a number of customers already but the bigger news for today is that the digitable55 has been officially shortlisted for the 2014 Sydney Design Awards!

You can view the entry (and vote) for the nsquared digitable55 here .

How it all works.

Once our entry was accepted it was open for rating along with the other entries. They will be rated
by the design100 judging panel, respected industry members and the marketplace. Once all ratings are in, the scores will be averaged across the three respective ratings to ensure that the Awards showcase the best entry as determined by all three panels.
Rating closes on 17 August, 2014 and we understand that the top five rated entries in each category will be named finalists. We're hoping to be on the podium with other winners at the Awards Presentation on 20 August 2014. Time will tell...