Daily Archives: September 4, 2008

Inside Facebook, Part I (New design)

I’m getting an inside look at Facebook and here is our first interview with one of Facebook’s top geeks, Mark Slee, who runs the team that did the new design that came out a couple of weeks ago. You get a look at the executive offices (Zuckerberg’s office is right behind the cameras) and learn a lot about the design thinking behind the new design.

A stress free morning with Om Malik

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You might know that Om Malik, founder of GigaOm, one of my favorite blogs and media companies, had a heart attack last December. He’s been reminding me to lose weight, and make other improvements to have a happier and longer life.

Well, this morning I got together with him and Stanford Professor Robert Sapolsky to talk about the effects of stress on us.

Sapolsky is one of the world’s experts on this topic. He studies how stress harms our brains and bodies and has studied that on not just humans but also various other animals. He is a neuroendocrinologist, has focused his research on issues of stress and neuron degeneration, as well as on the possibilities of gene therapy strategies for help in protecting susceptible neurons from disease. He wrote several books, including “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.”

Translation: a fascinating conversation. Hope it helps you destress your life. I think I’m going to go meditate while at the Office 2.0 Conference that I’m attending in San Francisco right now. :-)