Marija Mireckaitė on MinimalismPhotographer. Curious person.3 months ago
Tomorrow (because Monday is always the best day to start, right?) I am starting a 30 Day Minimalism Challenge, created by Sarah Deshaw! Let me tell you more about it. 🌿 A lot of 30 Day challenges tend to be fun, but not always exactly what you are looking for. You've been there -- at first they catch your eye with fun daily tasks, but later it's easy to forget the point. When I searched for a minimalism challenge that would work for me, I seeked for something abstract but effective. 🌿 I stumbled upon this minimalism/decluttering challenge created by Sarah and it made sense to me. The first day your task is to find a thing that is not serving its' purpose at your home and donate/recycle it. The second day it's two items, the third - three and so on. There are no more rules - it can be any item - clothes, magazines, old decorations... 🌿 If you are reading this, I am challenging you... You don't have to pursue this particular challenge, but anything that will bring you closer to the lifestyle you imagine yourself in. Try it, fail it, try it many more times and learn along the way!

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Aivaras Bakanauskas on How to create branding that feels alive?Graphic - Branding Designer / In Love With Surfing3 months ago
Minimal logo doesn’t mean only minimal style in visual part, but also in function. In these times to create such a big brand like Apple, Nike or Mastercard it’s near the edge of impossible. But by creating consistency in visual identity between the logo and its graphic language can make the logo symbol more recognisable without a wordmark. Funny fact, is that the first Shell logo was created in 1909 and it was used only as a shell symbol without a wordmark.
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Karolis Grigas on Web developmentFront-end developer, team lead, dancer3 months ago
Current most popular way of developing web - React - is not sustainable. And that is a sentiment shared by React dev team (@dan_abramov at and a great article at It's interesting that web development is going through a common phenomenon of circling back into old truths and a lost way of developing software. Client-side only applications are not sustainable, slow, and are only trying to emulate what a simple static html file with some styling and javascript sprinkled on top does. But it never will, purely because of the overhead of running the code, whose results should've come from backend in the first place. And that goal - static html with javascript small enough to fulfill interactivity on the open page - sounds eerly similar to how web used to be developed 10 years ago. Output some html, and manually write javascript for that page in particular. Very performant, but equally fragile and unscalable when it comes to complexity. Meanwhile, the modern tooling and developer experience for managing complexity is absolutely great. So joining these two things together sounds like a positive direction. Our web applications should serve the results of running it as the main response, with minimal post-processing needed. It should serve minimal javascript for that page, and that page only. Browsers know how to navigate, and they do it ridicilously well. At the same time, from developers experience application mental model remains what it is now - application is one, sound, and non-leaky model which can transition and resume it's state and any point, broken down into components with the same properties. It's just that these components don't return complete representations of themselves, but only minimal result in form of html, with minimal interactivity in form of javascript. The future sounds exciting.
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Linas Vaitonis on Post ProductionEcologist / Lecturer / Photographer @linaswashere2 months ago
Beauty and fashion brands have been making a strong effort to help reduce the stigmas around skin conditions like acne, freckles, stretch marks, wrinkles, and vitiligo. It’s always a very positive visual relief to look at the model with minimal skin retouch. It has brought awareness to the diverse and natural beauty found in those all around us.
Gabija Grušaitė on AdultingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta2 months ago
10 years ago my first novel "Neišsipildymas" was published (sorry, no English translation yet). It wasn't a best seller, but stirred quite a wild debate in literary circles and got shortlisted for Most Creative Books of 2010 Award. ❤️ This winter we did a small anniversary edition with a minimal, yet classy red cover which I love ❤️ The story is set in pre-social media Europe and depicts wild times in Parisian squats and the darkness of Barcelona streets. Two young women travel, create music and desperately try to define their identity longing to find their own voices. ❤️ However, now I'm over 30 and this story no longer belongs to me, so I have invited Vikę and Mariją (tagged in the comments below, go and check their profiles) to create communication for the new edition. ❤️ They did a wonderful job depicting the fragile and wholesome nature of youth. There is something very delicate about their pictures and quotes from the book they have chosen to share. ❤️ As an artist I do not want to be in control of my work and wish for the stories to live on, change meaning and become fluid, so it was a very good experiment to learn how to let go. ❤️ Young people see the world in a unique way, so I really encourage you to engage youth via Qoorio or other channels. By sharing your life learnings or inviting to help with a project, you not only give an opportunity to grow for the next generation, but learn a lot yourself.

Marija MireckaitėPhotographer. Curious person.
Gabija, it is still one of my favorite projects to this day❤️ Thank you for your trust
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As product development continues to shift more and more towards business-centered rather than human-centered design, removing “friction” becomes one of the key aspects of product optimization. Reducing “friction” pretty much means minimizing the cognitive load and number of steps a user has to take to reach the goal. However when you look at that goal from a business perspective it’s usually a conversion (most often some sort of transaction) and to get their users to that goal as quick as possible businesses are inclined to remove all friction blindly. The problem with that is that not all friction is bad for the user. Let me quote AirBnb’s design manager Steve Selzer - “...when we remove friction, we also remove moments for serendipity and self-reflection. At scale, this can erode our social values and increase our tendency toward intolerance and impatience, leaving us with a lack of resilience and an inability to navigate change.” Also one of the best examples of increasing instead of reducing friction comes from the same AirBnb - one of the last steps before you book a place is to send a personal message to the owner of that place. From a business perspective it’s absolutely not necessary and creates friction in the most important user flow of the product. But would they have decided to remove it or put it somewhere else they wouldn’t have built such a trusting community and wouldn’t have such a successful product. So be thoughtful with reducing friction and keep in mind that if used correctly and with the right intent it can actually benefit both your users and your business.
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Justas JanauskasCEO @ Qoorio
Agree with you and this is something on Ronaldas Buožis future list
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Ronaldas Buožis on New to BoatingCinematography, tech and boats24 days ago
Let's start with a simple yet very common question: what's the difference between motorboats and sailboats. Yes, it's in the name, but there's more to that. A motorboat is an ultimate Bay and ocean boat and is great transport for bays or short fishing trips into the wide-open water. Whenever you get the urge, you can hop in, turn the key, and go wherever your heart desires. A sailboat is the perfect boat for people who want to connect to the water and weather on a primal level and understand how to navigate the world on their own power. If you want to live the ultimate boating adventure and explore the world by boat, then a sailboat is the boat you want. As wind power is the main source of energy in a sailboat, running cost is very low, however you will have to compensate that with your hard work while on board. It takes much effort and mastery to win over nature to your side (no auto-pilot too;)). The motorboats are easier to navigate and control, however those powerful engines are very thirsty for fuel. Yes, some can burn 200 liters per 1 hour very easily. The Engine noise at cruising speed can be a factor too, however once you start hitting those waves so fast that not a single sailboat can catch up, then you forget this quickly. Leaving the energy source aside, sailboats provide less space inside as they can only become longer, not wider. Thus, the comfort for passengers or crew is minimized and the draft of a sailboat is much deeper, requiring you to stay further from shore and avoid shallow water. While motorboats are well suited for a very comfortable journey providing opportunities to showcase your boat attire, champagne fridge and sun tanning skills. Which experience do you prefer and why?

Atėnė Strazdas DrozdaitėInterior designer/Survivor/Thinker/Forever learning/ Enthusiast
Ah! It's my dream to spend a day in the Baltic sea on a super yacht❣ Thanks to your insight now I know this for sure 😀
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Sometimes even the closest relationships require a break... Just kidding, today's insight is not going to be super serious. Let's talk about followers. 📳 Yesterday I decided it was time to rethink who I was following and what impact instagram was doing to my life. As I said, nothing dramatic, just essential to a conscious content consumption! 📳 Usually I would look at who I was following from time to time and make minimal changes. But this time I knew I had to start from scratch - and I did. By unfollowing every single one of the accounts that I've been a follower of (roughly around 850 people). 📳 The only thing I asked my friends is to not take it personally. I am sure that I will follow a looot of people back after exams and when I have a better understanding of how and for what to use social media. But.. why did I do it in the first place? 📳 There was a time where I followed more than 1k, and the content flow was crazy. Now I got used to seeing 2-3% of the people I follow and that is weird. - I am still a believer that social media in itself is not bad. Usually it's our decisions that create the consequences. For example, if you feel self-conscious about your body and blame it on seeing instagram models in your feed all the time, does it make sense to even follow them? 📳 All I want is to surround myself with curious, intelligent, creative individuals and follow informative and trustworthy media accounts and projects. 📳 And a goal like this sometimes requires starting from zero.

Paulina Sofija NalivaikaitėCopywriter
Although not so dramatically, I also did a massive unfollow on Instagram half a year ago. I realised that I shouldn't follow people who induce my (subconscious) jealousy for them living 'better' or 'more interesting' lives while we know a lot of fake lies there. If content makes me feel jealous, insufficient, not 'beautiful' or 'rich' (or whatever) enough, it doesn't deserve a place in my feed. I'm still following ~45 accounts. That's my family, my friends, a few humor accounts, and quite a lot of animal pages, as they bring a smile on my face. 🐈🐨🦉
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I had many people contacting me on Qoorio, mostly first-time tech entrepreneurs, and they often struggle with a situation I want to speak about. Founders come up with a great idea, have a lot of enthusiasm, implement the minimal viable product, launch it to the market, and nothing happens. Customers are not using their product or service as much as they initially thought. They start doubting themselves and their vision. Enthusiasm is replaced with a fear of failure. Fear increases levels of stress, decision-making process gets impaired, and focus on quick fixes increases. Time goes by, reality does not change, there is little significant change in traction of their products or services. This sometimes turns to a doom cycle, which leads to a shut down of the business, even if it was the most brilliant idea. I have seen that multiple times as an outsider. I have experienced that as an insider. Well, the thing is that it is very rare to release an MVP and get it to work immediately. I was lucky in my previous company (Vinted) that this happened. However, this is not the case for Qoorio, and it is a huge learning for all of us. We released the first MVP in July 2019, we got some controversial feedback. Apple was rejecting our app because they assumed we are a paid companionship app. It turned out that the first page of the app had profiles of women and prices meeting them for their knowledge. Our principal engineer was freaking out and thought the business is a done deal. We received a lot of attention from local PR as being a paid celebrity dating app. It started as one celebrity announced that they are happy to meet their fans for money. On the other hand, there was a handful number of people who understood our concept and tried it multiple times. And were very happy with the experience. We learned that those were our target people – intellectual individuals, willing to learn from each other. Time was passing by, but the group of people using our app was not increasing as much as we anticipated. Feedback was consistent: service is unique and refreshing. So why is it not growing organically? Something was clearly missing in our understanding, which could unlock the growth. We spoke to different users and looked at the data. We realized that most meetings happened among people who already trusted open humans in advance but did not necessarily know them personally. There was little interest in profiles of people they didn't know earlier, so they could not trust them. How to trust somebody you don't know that you can learn from them something you don't know, yet looking for? We came up with the second iteration of the product. We improved profiles of open humans so they can specify the topics they are happy to share about with the rest of the community. This improved the situation, we noticed that people who didn't know each other in advance started contacting each other. However, the positive impact was far below what we were looking for. How to create a feeling of trust close to somebody you know well of a stranger you find on Qoorio? We realized that having topics is not enough. Often they are quite broad and general and do not necessarily create a feeling we want to create. I would say they solve 2% of what we want to solve. However, they are not enough to create an intellectual and emotional portrait of somebody one can trust. That's why we are not working hard on the third iteration of Qoorio. In addition to having topics in profiles, we are creating new tools to share an unlimited number of insights for any topic. We believe that this will be a better way to open humans to express their portraits of knowledge & personality. Are we done with it? Not at all, we are only halfway. Is this going to be the answer to our vision' human to human learning network'? I don't think so. I believe it is a never-ending journey. However, this journey gives us valuable feedback from our users about what to build and what to not build. Thank you, everyone, who is the part of Qoorio! Please let me know in your comments: - what do you like about Qoorio? - what you don't like about Qoorio? - what do you think is the most critical one thing we should do next? Stay qoorios!
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Egle Dapkeviciutecreator of l seeker of creativity and deeper understanding
I would love Qoorio to have a shadowing feature. I’ve noticed that sometimes I see the whole picture but don’t know all the details and vice versa. Many times I don’t know what are the right questions to ask or I’m not there yet. Shadowing someone's work / project and being able to see the process a person takes from beginning to end would save me so much time putting all puzzle pieces together. Or if I already think that I know, would also give me a new fresh approach how to do it differently.
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During my professional career as a wealth manager I had a privilege to work with the first and second generation of wealth creators. We discussed quite many angles of their wealth starting from the sources of accumulation to expected or targeted investment performance, however, one theme was extremely rare. It is succession planning. Succession planning is a process. It's not like flipping on a light switch, or even changing a light bulb one time and then ignoring it. Succession planning is, you might say, a full contact sport, because it requires the current leadership of an enterprise to really roll up their sleeves and dig into the details of the business. The purpose of the effort is to thoughtfully identify and develop a comprehensive strategy for the transition of management, ownership, and control of a family enterprise, but unfortunately many families don't focus on succession planning proactively. They treat it reactively once a triggering event has already occurred, such as the death of the family patriarch or the retirement of a family business CEO. It's worth for families to think of succession planning as beginning much, much further out than that triggering event, because the trigger isn't when you plan, it's when the plan you have gets implemented, and its effectiveness is tested. The plan is what you develop before during calmer times. For business owners that haven't yet started succession planning, what is the first question they need to consider when thinking about eventual succession? The first question is always the same, and that is, what is your goal for undertaking the succession planning in the first place? In other words, what direction are you headed in? Fundamentally, family owned businesses can be transitioned in really only a handful of ways. First, you can pass on a business to the younger generations in the family, thereby creating or continuing a multigeneration family business. Second, you can sell the business either through a private sale or listing it on a public exchange, so basically realizing liquidity while transferring ownership and control outside the family. Finally, there are some hybrid options, which sometimes might include something like transferring ownership to key employees or the like, but basically, those are most fundamentally the end results here. So, next, though, it's important to assemble a team because succession planning is multidisciplinary, and you're going to need multidisciplinary expertise, and then thinking about your team, you might draw upon key employees or existing family or business advisors, members of the family or external advisors who specially work with families on transition and governance, but consider though that eventually you'll need your plan to include a variety of important elements including business, estate planning and wealth or liquidity management issues. So, entering these questions alone and what direction you're heading in, and who do you want to serve on your team can often take quite a bit of time, and families need to think about their goals and flesh these questions out more fully long before they knock into their attorney's office to draft a new operating agreement or trust structure. Those goals are the driver or the foundation of everything else, and it's worth taking time to get that part right. From what size on and type of business is it worth it or needed to do a succession plan? If the goal of succession planning is to ensure a smooth transition from one generation to the next, then any business, regardless of the size of the type that has that goal in mind, should engage in succession planning. Really, the size of the business, the value of the business, and even the industry that the business operates in is largely irrelevant for this purpose. It has everything to do with the family. How transparency and communication comes into the process? Is everyone involved? Communication is absolutely fundamental to this process. In study after study, the key characteristics of families who have successfully maintained family wealth for three generations or more, it boils down to three things, and those are communication, organization, and a shared set of beliefs or values, and interestingly, demonstrating those three traits is even more predictive for maintaining family wealth successfully than it is employing strategies for tax minimization or maximizing investment returns. This is not to say that you must be fully transparent about your questions or concerns for future succession from day one - pitting children against one another is not an effective plan for identifying a CEO. Instead, by failing to communicate with interested parties, or choosing perhaps to involve only those who are employed by the family business in family meetings, is a recipe for discontentment and discord among those who are excluded, and eventually, that dynamic paves the way for potential litigation among family members in the future. What about family philanthropy? How does it play a role in the succession planning process? Family philanthropy is one of the best ways to engage younger generations. Those who work in philanthropy like to say that philanthropy are your values and actions. So, what better way to teach your children or grandchildren what you believe in than by actually acting on those values together through shared philanthropy? Even if they're too young to hold a decision-making power, why not allow them to listen into the meetings where grant-making decisions are made. As an example, a family may allow the youngest generation to actually recommend nominal sized grants at one of their meetings. Family may challenge the children, as young as 10 years old, to come up with a cause that each of them cared about. The ideas might go to wanting them to give to their local school, supporting animals, which is of course very popular among young kids, and actually then helping to improve a local park. The kids then gain a deep sense of satisfaction from this process and feel more closely connected to the family’s philanthropy, and the parents end up learning something about their children and about how they perceive the world, so it’s truly a win-win.
Ng Ke Ning on Risk controlForex Trader | Introducer Broker3 months ago
How to control your account risk The number of dollars you have at risk should represent only a small portion of your total funds. Typically, the amount you risk should be below 2% of your account balance, and ideally below 1%. For example, let’s say a forex trader places a 10-pip stop-loss order and trades 1 mini lot, which results in a risk of $10 for the trade if he/she trades $0.1 per lot. If risking 1%, that means they have risked 1/100 of their account. Therefore, how big should their account be if they are willing to risk $10 on a trade? You would calculate this as $10 x 100 = $1,000. To risk $10 on the trade, the trader should have at least $1,000 in their account to keep the risk to the account at a minimum. This is the way to keep your account ALIVE.
Here’s a fun one - Ever noticed similarities between gaming and marketing? 🤔 Well, not hardcore gaming, but have you ever played minesweeper as a child? It reminds me of when you just start marketing: 1️⃣ At first you start with a field full of mines and opportunities and you need to uncover some areas that can be built on - square after square. Otherwise it takes a lot of guesswork to proceed. But if you get stuck, then you need to search for multiple uncovered areas and see how they combine. 2️⃣ Then you start to see patterns how numbers connect - like mini structures. When you do so - you gain a lot of speed in the gameplay. 3️⃣ And as you succeed - you want to up your level with more obstacles and wider opportunities! 💡 Likewise is in marketing - get something to start from, your initial data and learnings and just build on it! When stuck - do tests and see what results they bring to the whole picture. And if u get a mine - learn where your calculations were wrong and just start over ☺️

Justas JanauskasCEO @ Qoorio
Looking forward to reading more of your learnings! 🦀
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