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  • Don’t Bank On It: How Monetary Rewards Stifle Innovation and Creativity

    via @Mindjet's Conspire #ideasquad
    Douglas Karr
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Sometimes — to the tune of sideways glances and skepticism — I tell people that I’m not motivated by money. It’s actually quite true. Over the years I’ve had some jobs and contracts that paid well and others that didn’t. I took some jobs in the past to widen my experience and learn new skills. I took on contracts with clients who couldn’t pay, but provided great opportunities for me to help others. Occasionally, I felt that there must be something wrong with me for not actively chasing the almighty dollar; but, it turns out I’m not alone. When…
  • It’s time to take off your blinders (and expand your thinking)

    Mind Mapping Software Blog
    Chuck Frey
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    I bet you didn’t know you’re wearing blinders – you know, those leather or plastic screens attached to a horse’s bridle, next to its eyes, that keeps it focused on what’s in front of it and prevents it from seeing what’s next to it and behind it. Not literally, of course. That would be ridiculous. But if you’re like most people, you’re wearing mental blinders that limit your ability to think, create and problem solve effectively. Your field of vision has been narrowed. You’ve lost sight of the big picture. Here’s the amazing part:…
  • You Can Learn Anything: The Khan Academy Mindmap

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    Chance Brown
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Over the years, I’ve written blog posts on the Khan Academy.  Recently, they updated their site.  And this new site is simply incredible! If you have children or you are a student, I HIGHLY recommend you visit this website today!  The Khan Academy is transforming education. The Khan Academy believes in what Dr. Carol Dweck calls the Growth Mindset.  A Mindset that simply says intelligence can be developed and that it’s not fixed at birth.  Dr. Dweck proved that in her book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success“.  The Khan Academy proves it everyday with…
  • Better Brainstorming with the Meetings Jetpack by Mindjet

    Idea Mapping
    Jamie Nast
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    If you want to take your meetings to the next level consider using Mindjet’s new Jetpack. Mindjet has put together a package of tools, templates and tips to help you turn meetings back into a way of collaborating, making decisions and getting things done. The Meeting Jetpack provides the methodology and mechanisms to make all your meetings more meaningful. This map from the Jetpack is a template for better brainstorming meetings. The notes included on each branch (you can’t see these in the jpg) provide excellent insights to help you be more successful. Other idea maps included in the…
  • Video: Visualizing the scale of the brain

    Visual Mapping
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The human brain is an impressive organ. It is one of the most complex structures in the known universe.  Visualizing the Scale of the Human Brain was an infographic competition organized this year by the MIT to explain the scale and the complexity of the brain.Check out this awesome infographic video from Nicolás Borie Williams who created it for this competition.
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    via @Mindjet's Conspire #ideasquad

  • Don’t Bank On It: How Monetary Rewards Stifle Innovation and Creativity

    Douglas Karr
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Sometimes — to the tune of sideways glances and skepticism — I tell people that I’m not motivated by money. It’s actually quite true. Over the years I’ve had some jobs and contracts that paid well and others that didn’t. I took some jobs in the past to widen my experience and learn new skills. I took on contracts with clients who couldn’t pay, but provided great opportunities for me to help others. Occasionally, I felt that there must be something wrong with me for not actively chasing the almighty dollar; but, it turns out I’m not alone. When…
  • EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW WEBINAR: What’s New in MindManager 15 for Windows

    Arwen Petty
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    It’s that time of year again! Mindjet’s annual MindManager update is right around the corner, and we want to give you an exclusive sneak preview of the new functionality, features, frameworks, and more at our upcoming webinar on Thursday, September 4th. The New MindManager 15 for Windows The new MindManager 15 for Windows® will be available September 9th, 2014, and we want to offer you an exclusive sneak peek at the features that make it the most powerful, robust version yet. In this live webinar, mind mapping expert and MindManager VP of Product Michael Deutch will provide a…
  • Fun Friday Links: Leadership Advice is Worthless, Daily Intelligence Boosters, and Getting Out of Your Head

    Arwen Petty
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Welcome to Conspire’s Fun Friday Links, a weekly collection of interesting discoveries from around the Web. Most of the time, the goal is to get you thinking differently about innovation, collaboration, business culture, and life in general. Other times, we may toss an infographic or fun video your way. Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to conspire@mindjet.com for consideration. Three Reasons Why Most Leadership Advice Is Completely Worthless Though many bite-sized bits of advice are perfectly sound, it’s a safe bet that the world’s greatest leaders didn’t…
  • Thursday Thought Leadership Roundup: Content Alignment, Building Influence, and Being Afraid of Ghost(writers)

    Arwen Petty
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    In this week’s thought leadership roundup, we take a look at aligning content strategies with customer needs, how to build influence in your chosen space, and why the majority of today’s consultants are afraid of working with ghostwriters. Align Content Strategy with Customer Needs to Boost Business From Relevance: “There’s this underlying communication out there that content marketing is new, and it’s really not new for B2B marketers,” Ferguson points out. “What’s changing is the type of content we’re producing. The delivery channels are growing tremendously and…
  • Humanizing Big Data: The Everyday Impact of Crowd Science

    Arwen Petty
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The emerging field of crowd science is a cross-section of data analytics and human psychology, and a critical component of enterprise innovation. Through powerful algorithms and a growing understanding of individual and group behaviors, this expanding branch of data science is making scalable, repeatable innovation possible. In a recent VentureBeat post, excerpted below, Mindjet Data Scientist Anna Gordon discusses how she and her team are exploring this sub-section of numbers-based analysis, and how they approach it in order to support customer innovation processes and success. Defining…
 
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  • It’s time to take off your blinders (and expand your thinking)

    Chuck Frey
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    I bet you didn’t know you’re wearing blinders – you know, those leather or plastic screens attached to a horse’s bridle, next to its eyes, that keeps it focused on what’s in front of it and prevents it from seeing what’s next to it and behind it. Not literally, of course. That would be ridiculous. But if you’re like most people, you’re wearing mental blinders that limit your ability to think, create and problem solve effectively. Your field of vision has been narrowed. You’ve lost sight of the big picture. Here’s the amazing part:…
  • NovaMind unveils subscription pricing – plus 3 new products

    Chuck Frey
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The NovaMind family of mind mapping software is about to expand significantly. Developer NovaMind Software has announced it will soon release mobile apps for iOS and Android, plus a new browser-based NovaMind client. To keep it all affordable, it will also roll out a new subscription pricing model, which covers its existing applications for Windows Desktop, MacOS X and Windows 8, plus the three new ones. All six products will be included in this new pricing model, making it easy to use NovaMind on multiple computing platforms. NovaMind’s new monthly subscription will be aggressively priced…
  • Visual content: How to create original images that command attention

    Chuck Frey
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Well-designed visual content commands attention and communicates instantly with your readers in ways that words alone cannot. If you have an online presence for your business, the ability to create distinctive visual content to help promote it is a must. But if you’re not a designer, how can you get started in this key aspect of online marketing? I’m a big believer in visual content. I’ve been using it for some time now to help promote the articles and reports I write for this blog. In fact, I’m so passionate about it that I’m always on the lookout for new tools,…
  • iMindQ: Far more than a new mind mapping program

    Chuck Frey
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    iMindQ is a new visual thinking program from Seavus that combines organic mind maps, concept maps, whiteboard space, flowcharts and project planning in a single, easy-to-use program. It gives you more ways to visualize your ideas and information in a single, affordable package. iMindQ is the successor to DropMind, a program that Seavus launched several years ago as a web-based application but soon expanded into desktop and mobile versions. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at what’s most notable and useful for business users. The iMindQ user interface When you first open…
  • Mindmeister enables on-the-fly idea capture with Google Glass

    Chuck Frey
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Remember Geistesblitz from MindMeister? Introduced 6 years ago, it enabled you to send ideas to your default mind map in several ways. It has now been enhanced to enable you to do so via Google Glass. MindMeister for Glass enables you to send a Geistesblitz note to your default map via voice command. Once you’ve installed the app and designated a default map in your MindMeister account, it’s easy to use. Simply use the voice command “OK Glass, take a note with MindMeister” and say your Geistesblitz note out loud. When you’re done speaking, Glass displays your note.
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  • You Can Learn Anything: The Khan Academy Mindmap

    Chance Brown
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Over the years, I’ve written blog posts on the Khan Academy.  Recently, they updated their site.  And this new site is simply incredible! If you have children or you are a student, I HIGHLY recommend you visit this website today!  The Khan Academy is transforming education. The Khan Academy believes in what Dr. Carol Dweck calls the Growth Mindset.  A Mindset that simply says intelligence can be developed and that it’s not fixed at birth.  Dr. Dweck proved that in her book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success“.  The Khan Academy proves it everyday with…
  • SBI Feedback Model as a Mindmap

    Chance Brown
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    Giving constructive feedback to people can be challenging.  However, if you use an effective feedback model when delivering feedback, it becomes a lot easier. The feedback model I’ve used over the years is called the SBI Feedback Model.  SBI stands for “Situation – Behavior – Impact”.  This model allows you to give feedback in a way that allows others to hear you more clearly.  Giving feedback does not have to be an emotionally charged experience.  It can be given in a calm, constructive manner. To deliver feedback effectively, use the following mindmap…
  • 6 Ways to Refuel Each Day: A Mindmap

    Chance Brown
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Many talk about maximizing your time each day.  But if you don’t have the energy, you’ll be ineffective in maximizing your time. I recently came across a wonderful mindmap by Reynald Bonnard that captures six key strategies for refueling each day. Click on the map to enlarge.  You can also download the map at Biggerplate.com. Bookmark It Related posts: My Talk at Biggerplate Unplugged San Francisco A Mindmap About The 5 Chemicals We All Share
  • The iThoughts Shift Feature Improves Mindmapping on the iPad

    Chance Brown
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    If you’ve downloaded the new iOS 7 version of iThoughts  then you’ve probably noticed the “SHIFT” in the upper left corner of the screen. You might be asking yourself, “What is this for?”  I certainly asked that question.  However, now that I’ve figured it out, I am so much more productive! This new feature allows you to make changes to a select group of  topics at the same time.  So, if you want to apply any change to a group of topics, such as changing the color or font type, you can do it lot faster! Here’s how it works: Press and…
  • A Mindmap About The 5 Chemicals We All Share

    Chance Brown
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Simon Sinek, the bestselling author of Start With Why has a new book out called Leaders Eat Last.  I thoroughly enjoyed Start With Why, but I have to say I found Leaders Eat Last to be even more profound.  In the first book, he touched on the connection between leadership and biology.  But in Leaders Eat Last he provides a more in-depth discussion. One area of the book I found particularly enlightening was the discussion about five hormones that all human beings share — and how there is a connection between these hormones, successful people, and successful organizations. He divides…
 
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  • Better Brainstorming with the Meetings Jetpack by Mindjet

    Jamie Nast
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    If you want to take your meetings to the next level consider using Mindjet’s new Jetpack. Mindjet has put together a package of tools, templates and tips to help you turn meetings back into a way of collaborating, making decisions and getting things done. The Meeting Jetpack provides the methodology and mechanisms to make all your meetings more meaningful. This map from the Jetpack is a template for better brainstorming meetings. The notes included on each branch (you can’t see these in the jpg) provide excellent insights to help you be more successful. Other idea maps included in the…
  • Biggerplate Interviews Jamie Nast About Upcoming UK Workshop

    Jamie Nast
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Today Biggerplate posted an interview with me on their blog page. The interview highlights some of my background, how I first came across mind mapping, my perceived benefits of mapping, and a bit about my upcoming workshop in the UK September 17-18, 2014 in Bournemouth. Course fee is $695 USD. Registration is limited to 24 participants. You can review the course abstract here. Vanda North – Author of Mind Chi – will also be joining us as a special guest and teaching her Mind Chi Workshop the day prior to the Idea Mapping event. Share This
  • Idea Map 463 – The Positive Dog

    Jamie Nast
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Meet James White. He uses Idea Mapping to amplify self-help reading. I’ll let him tell you the rest: “I’m a fan of self-help books but I often come across the problem that I can’t remember everything I read. To solve this problem, I started creating mind maps to outline important quotes, key pages that I might want to visit again, and a general overview of the book. Creating idea maps also helps me visualize the information and key points, and thereby retain them better and longer. Not only that, but they can be kept in the front of the book or in a binder and used as a point…
  • Don't Miss Biggerplate Unplugged Berlin: The Mind Map Conference

    Jamie Nast
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    On Thursday, 16 October 2014 from 9:00 – 17:00 in Berlin, Germany Biggerplate will host yet another Mind Map Conference. I was fortunate enough to both speak at and participate in the March conference earlier this year in San Francisco. It was very  worthwhile to meet so many new people as well as colleagues I’d only known online. Highly recommend this for all mappers (and non-mappers) that can attend. The early bird special of €39.00 is available through August 15, 2014. On the registration page you can see the names of those who have already purchased their tickets. Yikes!
  • Idea Map 462 – An Association Game Called: Be the Hit of the party!

    Jamie Nast
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    I recently did an Idea Mapping webinar for nearly 1,000 members of the Global PMI Communities of Practice. I took them through an activity that demonstrates the associative nature of our thinking and how an Idea Map is created based on our associations. John Pestotnik was one of those participating in the webinar. He developed a music-driven, audience-interactive, free-association trivia game called “Be the Hit of the party!”  John found an idea map to be the perfect tool for capturing the associations between a song and the freely-associated trivia exposed via the game. If you are…
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    Visual Mapping

  • Video: Visualizing the scale of the brain

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The human brain is an impressive organ. It is one of the most complex structures in the known universe.  Visualizing the Scale of the Human Brain was an infographic competition organized this year by the MIT to explain the scale and the complexity of the brain.Check out this awesome infographic video from Nicolás Borie Williams who created it for this competition.
  • Dadaviz: a new website for quality data visualizations

    6 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    We are at a point where data and information are more and more widely available, and the visual language of data and informations is becoming more popular. The Web itself is increasingly based on visual communication. In this a visual thinking era the terms "data visualizations" and "infographics" remain often used interchangeably.What is the difference?Infographics use a lot of illustrations and design, they are often hand crafted and used to tell a story or answer a question.Data visualizations are used to let the user find his own answer and are often created automatically. They help to…
  • The Visual Language of Comics

    26 May 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Today, browsing the web in search of fresh information about Visual Language, I came across very interesting contents written by Neil Cohn, Ph.D in Psychology from Tufts University and blogger at The Visual Linguist. Neil Cohn argues, that "the structure, cognition, and development of comic's visual language is similar to that of spoken and signed languages. Structured sequential images can literally becomes a Visual Language".This research remembered me a fantastic TED talk I highly recommend you: The Visual Magic of Comics by Scott McCloud,often referred to as the…
  • Tony Buzan launches new free E-Learning Program about Mind Mapping

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A very interesting resource is now available online for learning how to mindmap or improving your mind mapping skills.It's free and no sign-up is necessary.Published by ThinkBuzan, this E-Learning Program is very clear and intuitive. With various examples, short videos and concise explanations, this program is essentially an introduction to the science behind Mind Mapping, its fundamental principles and a Guide to creating Mind Maps. Some free additional and useful contents are also available within the website:A Mindmap Gallery with more than 40 high quality mindmapsA downloadable…
  • Pictofigo: more than 7.000 freehand drawings for your mind maps

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:14 am
    As Mind Mapping expert and blogger Chuck Frey wrote: Images add visual interest to your mind maps.  Pictofigo is a webpage that provides more than 7.000 freehand drawings organized alphabetically and by tags. The amount of available images is growing fast and it would not be surprising to count more than 10.000 images on Pictofigo soon. This freehand drawings can add visual interest not only to your mind maps but also to your presentations, storyboards, blog posts.... The founders of Pictofigo, an India-based startup,  want to provide creative, clear and…
 
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  • iOS Update: Real-time Collaboration & Undo

    Raphaela Brandner
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    MindMeister 6.1 for iOS just hit the iTunes store and we think there’s a ton of new stuff that will make you want to download it right away!  Below you’ll find an overview of the most important new features of MindMeister 6.1, plus the highlights of our last update, which was released only a few weeks ago. Unlimited Undo & Redo The newly added Undo/Redo button enable you to quickly delete any flawed changes you’ve made in your map – and bring them back just as quickly in case you change your mind again ;)  Tip: Tap and hold the undo button until the redo option…
  • Say Hello to Achievements & Drawn Images

    Raphaela Brandner
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Achievements Achievements are a new way for you to see how many of MindMeister’s most important features you’ve already discovered and how accomplished a mind mapper you are.  In your My Account section you will find a new page with an overview of all achievements available – those you’ve already unlocked will show a little badge, those you haven’t will still be blank.  Drawing Images Online mind mapping has many advantages over paper mapping, but there’s one thing a lot of people miss: the ability to quickly add a drawing to their ideas. Of course you…
  • Planning Projects with MindMeister

    Raphaela Brandner
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    Brainstorm your idea in MindMeister: Open a blank mind map in MindMeister and write your idea in the root topic. Add 3 to 6 first-level topics with significant keywords. Explore the details of your idea by adding child topics. Let your thoughts flow freely and don’t censor your ideas. Don’t interrupt your brainstorming until you’re satisfied with the result or have run out of ideas. Take a look at the sample mind map underneath:   Refine and present your idea: After your initial brainstorming, chances are you will be left with a bit of a mess. Remove topics with inapplicable ideas.
  • Scheduled Downtime 07-29-14

    Raphaela Brandner
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    Please note that due to a number of important database upgrades MindMeister will be down tomorrow, 29th July 2014, from 05:00 to 05:15 a.m. UTC.  We’re constantly working on improving MindMeister for you, not just its UI and features, but also its technology and security in the back-end, which is less visible, but just as important. We hope you understand and ask you to plan accordingly!
  • Become a Better Mapper With Our New MindMeister Academy!

    Raphaela Brandner
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Today we’re proud to introduce our brand new MindMeister Academy to you. The Academy is a place were both online and paper mappers, newbies and old hands, MindMeister users and nonusers can train to become better mind mappers. The Academy will teach you how to create, read and effectively work with mind maps; you will hear about the many uses of mind mapping and you will find out how to use MindMeister like a real pro! Content Overview The MindMeister Academy offers four courses, each featuring detailed explanations and how-tos as well as many illustrating images, tutorial videos and…
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    XMind

  • The Best Brainstorming and Mind-mapping Tool

    steve
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:52 pm
    XMind has just been rated as the best brainstorming and mind-mapping tech tool on Lifehack, one of the premier productivity and lifestyle blogs on the web. And they says, “In order to be able to see a relationship between various ideas and information, we use mind mapping. This includes gathering thoughts, coming up with new ideas, project planning, and more to solve problems or have novel ideas.” From the very beginning, we wish to design a product to clarify thinking, organize information and get works done. Just like what Lifehack says, “XMind is an open source tool that…
  • Everyday life and XMind

    steve
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    Every day is a challenge in this modern society. We have to do many things to keep the life under control. There are some good to-do applications which are trying to help us out. But they are more like an excellent reminder. And we may still need a better assistant, who can help us planing work, analyzing complicated things, or even making decisions.  And it can push our productivity to the limits whatever on our life or working. Now, look at the Mind map, as a great productivity tool, it should play the more important role in our life.And here, I just collect few things it can help to share…
  • Schedule your World Cup with XMind

    steve
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    After 4 years’ waiting, the World Cup has come back finally. Suddenly, at every corner of the world, we feel the passion and happiness from this biggest sport event through out the history of mankind. I believe you don’t want to miss any wonderful matches like me, especially the match of your favorite team. So we’ve used XMind to draw the schedule of the rest matches. We can just quickly select the matches that we will watch, and use the marker to mark it. Other than the professional mind mapping tool for our daily works, XMind can also make our daily life better. If you…
  • How to save your time when using XMind

    steve
    28 May 2014 | 2:17 am
    More than 2,000,000 people are now using XMind for better productivity and creativity, like you and me. Let’s  imagine, what if every one of us can save even 5 second every day? As a result, we can totally save 2,777 hours, 115 days, 16 weeks. Here, we’ll talk about 3 ways to empower your XMind to make the imagination happen . Customizable shortcuts XMind 2013 has offered about 80 shortcuts for the frequent operations, like priority marker, boundary, drill down, zoom and etc. However, we know that everyone’s mileage may vary. And we have different preference for the…
  • Heartbleed bug

    Stephen Zhu
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    You may heart the Heartbleed bug, a major security flaw was discovered with OpenSSL, a cryptographic library that enables SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) or TLS (Transport Security Layer) encryption for a majority of sites across the web, on Monday, April 7. The good news is that, because of the OpenSSL version we’re using on the server, XMind Ltd has not been affected by this bug. So please enjoy your XMind and XMind.net service.
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    Mindomo Blog

  • New Mindomo Integrations Are Now Available

    Nadina Lupu
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Google Drive integration for safer, easier-to-create mind maps By connecting your Mindomo account to Google Drive, your mind maps will be backed up and easy to reach from any PC, tablet or phone. Moreover, whenever you want to create and work on a new mind map, you can do it directly from your Google Drive [...]
  • We’re cooking up something new. Want to join us?

    Nadina Lupu
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:25 am
    Deeper understanding, fast learning, critical thinking, problem-solving. These are the most in-demand skills of the 21st century. Mind mapping is among the best techniques to develop and improve these skills. Nevertheless, you can see its real benefits only if you use it efficiently, which proves rather hard especially for first-time users. So, we challenged ourselves to make mind [...]
  • A Fresh Look for Mindomo with HTML5

    Nadina Lupu
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    One of our most  important 2014 resolutions has come true – we finally made the shift from Flash to HTML5. Mindomo is now synced with today’s always-on evironment: the app runs smoothly on all devices, including the mobile ones, it’s lighter, tidier, and way faster than before. Thanks to Mindomo’s beautified interface, all mind mappers, [...]
  • Mindomo 7 Beta Testers Wanted

    Nadina Lupu
    25 Feb 2014 | 7:08 am
    We’re about to release Mindomo 7, and we can proudly say that our last few months of hard work will bring you a lighter, faster, simpler and more intuitive version of Mindomo. We could really use your help to add the final touches, so we’re launching a closed beta testing today where you can participate [...]
  • Meet Our New Team Member

    Nadina Lupu
    7 Feb 2014 | 2:35 am
    We are happy to introduce Albert as our new team member. He’s that piece of the puzzle we’ve been searching for. Just catch a glimpse at his bio and you’ll see why we chose him: Albert was born a couple of months ago, on a beautiful December morning. He grew up extremely fast into a [...]
 
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