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"One of the most important things to remember is that these companies don’t happen over night. They’re not an over-night success story, as I think a lot of people view certain companies. It’s really about finding what works and iterating your product."

Danielle Abes, director of Qwiki, a video-sharing app that turns pictures and videos from events you’ve captured on your iPhone into brief, sharable movies.

Qwiki was named one of Time.com’s top 10 startups to watch in 2013, and was just bought by Yahoo. 

At the bar, my recently rediscovered heads-up
display—aka my eyes—revealed a person next to me, and for several hours I found myself in a fascinating conversation with one of the dancers from the Broadway musical Spider-Man.

Baratunde Thurston, arguably one of the most connected celebrities there are, took 25 days away from the Internet. Here’s what he learned. 
As part of our #Unplug series we asked, “What do you miss (if anything) about life before the digital age?” Here are some of our favorite responses:
"The art of conversation, mystique and actually getting to know a person at a natural rate than via online presence… and of course privacy…” —Bree Williams 
"Peacefulness and serenity." —Henry Johns
"The happy ignorance of not knowing how genuinely crazy some of my friends and family are.” —Todd Wilson
"People actually having to work to stalk you." —Daisuke Iwamura
"Wonder. Before the Internet you would wonder about everything. Now you can just look it up." —Matthew Green 
Here, a few more things we miss about life before the digital age

As part of our #Unplug series we asked, “What do you miss (if anything) about life before the digital age?” Here are some of our favorite responses:

  • "The art of conversation, mystique and actually getting to know a person at a natural rate than via online presence… and of course privacy…” —Bree Williams 
  • "Peacefulness and serenity."Henry Johns
  • "The happy ignorance of not knowing how genuinely crazy some of my friends and family are.” —Todd Wilson
  • "People actually having to work to stalk you." —Daisuke Iwamura
  • "Wonder. Before the Internet you would wonder about everything. Now you can just look it up." —Matthew Green 

Here, a few more things we miss about life before the digital age

It was like, oh my god, I can be so much more productive if I actually let my brain have a little downtime. When I get up in the morning I’m very sharp now. I can do things much faster. I’m much more focused. I feel much fresher. I feel like I used to feel before the Internet was popular.

-Kord Campbell, who recently participated in a digital detox hosted by Camp Grounded. We’ve collected stories from people who regularly unplug from their devices.

Here are the lessons they’re learning.

A Printable Guide To Unplugging

So you need to #unplug. You’re feeling overwhelmed by your gadgets—connected to your email list but not to your personal life. It’s time to take a break. It is precisely for times like these that we’ve created a guide to unplugging.

These step-by-step instructions will walk you through the difficult (but rewarding!) process of unplugging, from deciding when to unplug to informing your friends and coworkers that you’ll be offline for a while to avoiding the biggest temptations to plug back in. Here you’ll find advice from digital detoxing experts, business leaders, and our readers, whom we asked to use the #unplug hashtag to submit their best methods for logging off.

We encourage you to print these pages, and when you find yourself reaching for your phone, reach for this guide instead for tips on how to overcome the urge to use your devices. And when you’re ready to rejoin the digital world, come to FastCompany.com, and we’ll help you find the most seamless way to do so.

Let the detoxing begin!

Google Reader is closing up shop on July 1, but have no worries, plenty of alternatives are popping up. Today, AOL announced AOL Reader. Facebook reported that it too is working on a news aggregator. And in two days, Digg’s new reader will make its debut. 
Here are some other Google Reader replacements:
Feedly
Flipboard
LinkedIn’s Pulse
Google Currents
The Old Reader 
NewsBlur 
Taptu 
Fever 
Managing News
NetVibes
What have you used to replace Google Reader?

Google Reader is closing up shop on July 1, but have no worries, plenty of alternatives are popping up. Today, AOL announced AOL Reader. Facebook reported that it too is working on a news aggregator. And in two days, Digg’s new reader will make its debut. 

Here are some other Google Reader replacements:

What have you used to replace Google Reader?

It’s the person who can continually get up after every failed attempt and learn something from their mistakes. They can move forward.

Jason Sosa, founder of IMRSV, one of Time.com’s 10 startups to watch in 2013, shares his thoughts on what makes a person successful. 

IMRSV is the company behind Cara, a software that allows developers to turn any webcam into a real-time video analytics sensor. 

What (if anything) do you miss the most about life before the digital age?

"Face to face conversations. Children playing outside." -Richard Saling

"I miss actual phone conversations. People only want to Facebook and text! No one wants to have phone conversations anyone it seems.” -Angel Spikes

"QUIET movie theatre experiences….and yes…vinyl records (which I still collect)." -Greg Hale

"Seclusion" -Brian Tromburg

Wonder. Before the Internet you would wonder about everything. Now you can just look it up. -Matthew Green

"The happy ignorance of not knowing how genuinely crazy some of my friends and family are." -Todd Wilson

More of what our readers miss from before the digital age