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  • Jing talks about "ReadMe" in a Toasmasters meeting.

    We used Storytell.ai to generate the following content as part of our Using Storytell to Build Storytell series. You can find all Storytell-written posts here. You can run any source content through Storytell to just by chatting with it and asking for a blog, executive summary, and more. Learn how. TL;DR: Jing discusses the benefits of having a `ReadMe` which include understanding oneself better, collaborating with others more effectively, and attracting people with similar values. What is a ReadMe? "A default go-to place for people trying to use the repository and describe the structure of the repository" - Jing In Software Development, README files contain information about other files in a directory or archive of computer software. Jing discussed the importance of sharing contacts and how to effectively collaborate with others. It also suggests using a ReadMe instruction to be as explicit as possible and outlines the components of a motivation system that can be used to achieve a mission. It also emphasizes the importance of having a clear plan and outlines the steps that should be taken to achieve the desired goals Writing a readme can help one gain a better understanding of themselves and make it easier for others to work with them Jing discussed the importance of having a ReadMe and why it is beneficial for both software developers and humans. Having a ReadMe can be very useful for both software developers and humans. It can help us to gain a better understanding of ourselves and make ourselves more effective, as well as help others to work with us better. Why do humans also need a ReadMe? ReadMe can be used to effectively share information with colleagues and to track people who share the same goals and objectives. It is also important to have a clear mission and set of steps to achieve that mission in order to optimize day-to-day life. Help you more about yourself. Having a ReadMe helps you understand yourself to reflect on who you are and what you want to be. Help others work with you better and also explains how others could work with you. Great marketing tool to attract people who will fit your value. How to create a ReadMe? Jing explained how to create a Read Me instruction system to share with colleagues in order to collaborate effectively and efficiently. ReadME instructions can be used to effectively share information with colleagues and to track people who share the same goals and objectives. It is also important to have a clear mission and set of steps to achieve that mission in order to optimize day-to-day life. Recommended structure: Part 1: Describing what defines you. Ask yourself what's the ultimate thing that you want to achieve and what is your plan to achieve this vision. Part 2: Handbook of yourself. This part of the ReadMe contains some practical tips to help other people work better with you. Resources: Jing's ReadMe Storytell wrote this post using Story Tiles™ Story Tiles™ are the building blocks we used to generate the blog post above. Storytell.ai uses a machine learning algorithm called Mercury to break the source content into discrete concepts. Each concept is a Story Tile™ with its own unique URL and metadata, listed below. Learn more about Story Tiles™ here. Here are the Story Tiles™ that Storytell used to create the post above: Story Tile™ #8: Writing a ReadMe can help one gain a better understanding of themselves and make it easier for others to work with them. Story Tile™ #9: The use of a ReadMe system to share contact information, provide instructions, and define motivation in order to achieve a desired goal Story Tile™ #10: The concept of a ReadMe and provides tips on how to create one, while also introducing an idea of a date me where people can read about each other without having to answer the same questions over and over again Haiku: You can use Storytell to create a Haiku like these two from any source content just by chatting with it in our Crome Extension or Slackbot. Learn more. ReadMe, a concept Happy quotes, sought with care ReadMe, insight gained.

  • How Storytell Builds Product

    We have a unique process to leverage user feedback to guide our product development. Our product & engineering team prioritizes user feedback and uses a structured process to incorporate it into our product development. Here's a walkthrough: Incorporating User Feedback into Product Development: A Structured Approach User feedback is an essential aspect of our product development -- especially because Market Signal is our North Star. This feedback provides valuable insights into how users perceive and interact with Storytell. Incorporating user feedback into our product development leads to an improved user experience, increased user satisfaction, and ultimately, higher adoption rates. However, incorporating user feedback can be challenging, especially when dealing with a large volume of feedback. In the video above I discuss a structured approach to incorporating user feedback into product development. Step 1: Collecting User Feedback The first step in incorporating user feedback into product development is collecting feedback. There are several ways we collect user feedback, including through the Chrome Extension, directly in Slack, email and social media. We work to collect feedback from a diverse range of users to ensure that the feedback is representative of the user base. Once feedback has been collected, I describe in the video above how we use ProductBoard to organize and prioritize it based on the feedback's relevance and impact on the product. Step 2: Breaking Feedback into Tasks The next step is to break the feedback into tasks. This involves analyzing and categorizing the feedback and identifying specific actions that we can take to address the feedback. We break tasks down into manageable pieces that can be completed within a reasonable timeframe within a sprint. Each task is assigned a priority level based on its relevance and impact on the product. Step 3: Creating a Shortlist for the Sprint Once tasks have been identified and prioritized, the next step is to create a shortlist for the sprint. The shortlist includes the most critical tasks that can be completed within the sprint timeframe. The shortlist is discussed with the product team to ensure that it aligns with the product's overall goals and objectives using a "Jobs to be done" framework. Step 4: Using a Sprint Cycle Process The final step is to use a sprint cycle process to complete the tasks on the shortlist. The sprint cycle process involves four stages: triage, Q&A, demo, and reflection. In the triage stage, a speaker reviews the shortlist and assigns tasks to team members. In the Q&A stage, team members ask questions about the tasks to ensure they clearly understand what needs to be done. In the demo stage, team members demonstrate their completed tasks to the rest of the company. Finally, in the reflection stage, the team reflects on the sprint and identifies areas for improvement. Incorporating user feedback into product development can be challenging, but a structured approach can make the process more manageable. Collecting user feedback, breaking it into tasks, creating a shortlist for the sprint, and using a sprint cycle process can help ensure that user feedback is effectively incorporated into the product development process. By prioritizing user feedback and using a structured approach, product teams can create products that meet the needs of their users and drive adoption rates. Here is the full Storytell report I used to help me create this post.

  • Jing Describes Storytell's Chrome Extension in a Toastmasters Meeting

    This post was machine-written by Storytell, as part of our Using Storytell to Build Storytell series. You can find all Storytell-written posts here. More on how we did it at the bottom of this post. Haiku: You can use Storytell to create a Haiku like these two from any source content just by chatting with it in our Crome Extension or Slackbot. Learn more. Jing shared the Storytell Chrome Extension in this Toastmasters Group Meeting Here's the source content we ran through Storytell to create the output below: Here's Storytell's machine-written output. You can run any source content through Storytell to just by chatting with it and asking for a blog, executive summary, and more. Learn how. Jing on Storytell’s mission, vision, and strategy Jing shares Storytell’s company vision, mission, and strategy during his speech at the toastmaster group meeting. He once again shared how Storytell is passionate about its vision to distill signal from noise and understands the challenge of losing out on meaningful moments due to the overwhelming amount of noise in today's world. Storytell Chrome extension allows users to digest and connect to any content Jing stated that he wants to use Storytell for more than just meetings. He introduces Storytell’s Chrome extension which helps people create stories The chrome extension is an intuitive and simple tool that can be used to craft stories in a matter of minutes. Chrome extension allows users to digest content from any website they visit and generate summaries from that. It also has a live demo and instructions on how to install the extension. How does the Storytell Chrome extension work? Storytell chrome extension allows users to digest information quickly and easily by helping users to quickly identify the key points of a story and generate summaries. The extension can generate summaries of articles, web pages, and YouTube videos. It also provides an interactive chat feature allowing users to ask questions and get answers from an accountant. Resources: Jing's Storytell Chrome extension slide presentation Storytell wrote this post using Story Tiles™ Story Tiles™ are the building blocks we used to generate the blog post above. Storytell.ai uses a machine learning algorithm called Mercury to break the source content into discrete concepts. Each concept is a Story Tile™ with its own unique URL and metadata, listed below. Learn more about Story Tiles™ here. Here are the Story Tiles™ that Storytell used to create the post above: Story Tile™ #1: Jing gives a talk on the Chrome extension for Storytell Story Tile™ #2: This speech is about the company's vision and strategy to distill meaningful stories out of the noise of everyday life using their Chrome extension. Story Tile™ #3: A strategy to create and recommend valuable story files using artificial intelligence to distill valuable moments out of the noise of everyday life. Story Tile™ #4: This article discusses the law of unintended consequences, which can have unforeseeable consequences for government policy, and introduces a Chrome extension which provides summaries for webpages and YouTube videos. Story Tile™ #5: A speaker provided an explanation of how to use a tool called Covi's Demo to help with difficult problems and riddles, and invited people to send feedback to a provided email address.

  • Our Unique Hiring Process: What to Expect (and Why)!

    At Storytell, we run our hiring process a little differently than what you might be used to. We don't read resumes. We don't ask for cover letters. Here's what we do instead: Step 1: You've found a role that interests you on our careers page and you've applied for that role Step 2: We email you a handful of questions specific to the role to better understand your approach (e.g. how have you tackled xyz challenge?) Why we ask you to answer specific questions before the first call: We want to learn more about how you would approach the specific role we're hiring for. Your answers really help us understand you better! Step 3: We review your answers and let you know if we'd like to schedule an initial “hello” video call with you and the hiring manager to get to know you and for you to get to know who you would be working with Before this call, you'll get access to a collaborative Notion document. This will be our "joint workspace" for the interview process. In this document, we'll share more detail about Storytell, detail the rest of the hiring process, and give you a space to tell us more about you. Step 4: We schedule an initial “skills match” video call with you and the hiring manager to explore your skillset and the needs of the role Step 5: We do a “values” panel with you and a few people in our Crew — here’s why we care so much about shared values Step 6: We schedule a deeper set of technical interviews with you and the team you’d be working with. Depending on the role: We may do a “mini-project” with you + a deep-dive video call We may do several rounds of technical interviews based on the skills we’re hiring for Advancing to the next stage depends on both parties -- if we both want to move forward, we will! Every step is voluntary; if you don't wish to proceed, we respect your choice. What you can expect from us: 🚀 Speed! Our goal is to get from start to finish in under two weeks. We want to respect your time and we move fast because we have a big Vision to achieve! Appreciating you for your interest in Storytell and your desire to build with us Our communication with you: Getting back to you in a timely manner to let you know how we'd like to proceed We'll create a private Slack channel for you and drop in links to the recordings from our calls so you can experience our product Proceeding or not If we choose not to proceed at any point up through step 3, we will not be in a position to offer specific feedback as to why we declined However: If we choose not to proceed after step 4 or any step thereafter, we'll let you know why we made that decision Email is our primary + preferred communication pathway for hiring If you have questions about your application or the process, use email to reach out. We are far less available to respond on Slack, LinkedIn, etc. Why do we hire this way? We want to understand how you think and what you value -- and we want you to know the same from us Working on a mini-project is the best way for both of us to know whether this role (at this stage of our company) is right for you We really care about our Crew and we want to find people who will help us build new products and bring them to the world See videos from our Crew describing life at Storytell

  • What is a Story Tile™?

    Storytell's invention, Story Tiles™, provide a way to create a new "atomic unit" of content. We "Distill Signal from Noise" by breaking longer-form content into Story Tiles,™ which our users can then reuse, remix, and redistribute. A great analogy of Story Tiles™ comes from The Peanuts Tile Mural by Japanese artist Yoshiteru Otani in the Charles M. Schulz museum: The mural is composed of many Peanuts comic strips. Zoomed out it looks like two of the Peanuts characters -- but zoomed in you can see each individual strip. Story Tiles™ are the same -- each Story Tile™ is like an individual comic strip, while the original content is like the zoomed out view. You can learn more about Story Tiles™ here.

  • Unexpectedly Laid Off from Tech? Storytell Founders Share Perspectives for What's Next

    This post was machine-written by Storytell, as part of our Using Storytell to Build Storytell series. You can find all Storytell-written posts here. More on how we did it at the bottom of this post. The past few weeks have been a tough time for many people in the tech industry, especially those impacted by recent waves of layoffs. One revelation for many people is that big companies are not a safe harbor during downturns. Employees in big companies often have little control over their careers when facing the turbulence of the economic downturn. The layoffs are also forcing function for many people to rethink their career developments. 💡 We used Storytell to generate a summary of the conversation. Below is the machine-generated summary by Storytell. It may not be 100% accurate, but it should give you a good guide for the conversation. We also attached the raw audio below. TL;DR: The recent layoffs in the tech industry present opportunities for people looking for a change. There are a number of ways to get back into the tech world, even if you've been laid off. The Storytell Founders brainstorm strategies in the Otter audio below. One to get back into the tech world is to join an existing startup. Startups are often looking for talented workers, and they can provide a great opportunity to get your foot in the door of the tech industry. Another way is to start your own tech company. This may seem like a daunting task, but there are a number of resources available to help you get started. Finally, there are a number of online resources available that can help you find a new job in the tech industry. These websites can connect you with employers who are looking for workers with your skillset. Story Tiles™ Story Tiles™ are the building blocks we used to generate the blog post above. Storytell.ai uses a machine learning algorithm called Mercury to break the source content into discrete concepts. Each concept is a Story Tile™ with its own unique URL and metadata, listed below. Story Tile™ #1: Describes the experiences of people who have been laid off from tech jobs, and how they can find new opportunities in the startup world. Audio + Transcript of Discussion Here is the audio and transcript of the Founders' discussion:

  • Founders Describe How Early-Stage Companies Can Do the Impossible

    This post was machine-written by Storytell, as part of our Using Storytell to Build Storytell series. You can find all Storytell-written posts here. More on how we did it at the bottom of this post. Storytell CEO DROdio at left with Jason Boehmig of Ironclad, Sankarshan Murthy of Bumblebee, Wei Guo of UpHonest Capital, and Andreas Raptopoulos of Matternet DROdio recently joined Wei Guo's UpHonest Scout Summit to discuss Storytell and UpHonest's support for Founders: Haiku written by Storytell: The journey of starting a company is difficult but rewarding nonetheless. The journey of starting a company is difficult but rewarding, as it requires managing difficult situations and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sankarshan takes ice baths to de-stress. Andreas does road biking. Wei is a gamer. ​ DROdio shared his journey of starting a new company, Storytell, and how storytelling can help to extend ideas and concepts from an event like this one with others globally who did not have the privilege to attend. It is important to have a vision for your company and to be able to share that vision with others in order to get them on board with your company. ​ DROdio encouraged people at the event to become founders, as it is an important and rewarding role to create value in the world. He described how founders are the heart of a company. Without them, it would be impossible to do the impossible. Founders have the opportunity to change the world. They have the opportunity to create something that never existed before. Globalization can be leveraged to benefit companies and founders: Ironclad provides digital business contracts, Matternet delivers drones and Bumblebee creates space. These are all startup companies that have been able to successfully utilize globalization to their benefit. Jason described how Ironclad is careful to select which countries it does business in to limit support burdens. How did Storytell create this blog post? 1. I used Otter.ai on my phone to capture the conversation and then ran the Otter transcript through Storytell to transform it into the post above. 2. I dropped the Otter transcript into our Slack Playground. Storytell automatically ran on the transcript (learn more about how that works) 3) I ran a Full Summary report on the source content. Here is the full Storytell Report and here are the Story Tiles™ created from the raw content: TL;DR: This was a panel discussion about the challenges of being a startup founder and features a discussion on globalization and how it can benefit businesses by providing access to new markets and new resources. Story Tile™ #1: Contains introductions to several startup companies. Ironclad provides digital business contracts, moderate delivers drones and Bumblebee creates space. Story Tile™ #2: DROdio shares his journey of starting a new company, and how Storytellling can help to share ideas and concepts with others. Story Tile™ #3: The journey of starting a company, and how it is difficult but rewarding. Story Tile™ #4: A speaker encourages people to become founders, as it is an important and rewarding role. Story Tile™ #5: A speaker describes how early stage companies can do the impossible and how he learned this lesson himself. Story Tile™ #6: The importance of managing difficult situations and maintaining a healthy lifestyle when founding a company. Story Tile™ #7: Globalization and how it can be leveraged to benefit companies and founders.

  • Try our new "YouTube to Storytell" Chrome Extension!

    Want to be able to easily run Storytlel summaries on YouTube videos? Now you can with this Chrome Extension MVP we've configured through Zapier. Here are instructions on how to configure the Zapier Chrome Extension to achieve this result: Just Click the Chrome Extension... ... to push a YouTube URL into your private Storytell Playground channel, like this: (If you don't yet have a private slack channel in the Storytell Playground that's running Storytell, you can join the Playground here.) Storytell will run automatically, and you can transform the YouTube content into a machine-generated Full Summary, like this:

  • BASE Ventures Invests in the Importance of Storytelling and Relationship Building for Founders

    This post was machine-written by Storytell, as part of our Using Storytell to Build Storytell series. You can find all Storytell-written posts here. More on how we did it at the bottom of this post. DROdio recently joined Kirby and Erik's annual BASE Ventures LP Meeting to discuss Storytell and BASE's support for Founders: Haiku written by Storytell: Building a community To help founders pay it forward Storytelling helps In a recent discussion with Kirby Harris from BASE Ventures, DROdio spoke about the importance of storytelling for Founders and the support he's received from BASE Ventures across multiple startups, including Armory and Storytell. He also emphasized the value of a community that can help founders share knowledge and experience with each other, and how his passion project is to build that via FounderCulture. ​ DROdio is a multiple-time Founder himself, and he recounted his story of how he became one and raised money for his company. He spoke about the importance of storytelling and relationship building for founders and how it's a skill that many Founders could hone to be more effective. The support of BASE Ventures for Storytell and FounderCulture platforms has helped Founders pay knowledge forward and become future Founders themselves. Storytelling is a key component of the community, as it allows for the sharing of knowledge and experiences in authentic, vulnerable ways. The relationship between BASE as an investor and the founder community is one of mutual benefit, where each can help the other achieve their goals. A community that can help founders share knowledge and experience is invaluable. ​ DROdio's story is a prime example of the importance of storytelling and relationship-building for founders. His company, Storytell, is also a great example of how a platform can be used to remove information asymmetry from the world. DROdio also introduced the platform Teamable and how FounderCulture and Storytell use it to help with recruiting. How did Storytell create this blog post? 1. I used Otter.ai on my phone to capture the conversation and then ran the Otter transcript through Storytell to transform it into the post above. 2. I dropped the Otter transcript into our Slack Playground. Storytell automatically ran on the transcript (learn more about how that works) 3) I ran a Full Summary report on the source content. Screenshot here: In that full summary, you can see the Story Tiles™ that Storytell created from the raw source Otter transcript content. Below, for example, is Story Tile™ #2, which you can also access directly from it's "secret link" by clicking here. 4. I asked Storytell to machine-write a blog post, haiku and LinkedIn abstract from the raw source content. Here are screenshots of the output from Storytell: The Haiku at the top of this post was generated by Storytell: Here's an Executive Summary of the raw Otter transcript that I received from Storytell:

  • The Power of Storytelling: Build Better Products that Connect with Others

    This post was 100% machine-written by Storytell, as part of our Using Storytell to Build Storytell series. You can find all Storytell-written posts here. More on how we did it at the bottom of this post. The Storytell Founders recently sat down to discuss why we're so passionate about starting Storytell: Haiku written by Storytell: Storytelling is key To building strong relationships The Storytell team knows Storytelling is a powerful tool that can be used to connect with other humans, build relationships and explain products. The Storytell team is passionate about helping people connect with others and be better storytellers. Jing shared how he was excited to be working together in San Mateo on his first official day in the new WeWork office. The Founders are planning to work a couple of days per week from the office and are using the time to brainstorm about the company. ​ Storytell is starting to build out some systems, but we want to do it in a mindful way that takes care of the people inside and outside the company. Erika shared the potential for machines to help humans evaluate root cause communication breakdowns and improve communication skills. She is also excited about the possibilities of Storytell to help people communicate more effectively and remove information asymmetry. ​ The importance of passing the "Mom Test" and how it can be used to listen to users and understand their needs was discussed by Jing. The value of listening to users and how it can help to create new use cases and improve the customer experience was emphasized by DROdio. ​ Jing described a new way of summarizing long documents and reflected on his work and how he has maintained a personal learning jourmal for decades. He described how he used an audio file + Storytell to journal his work while caring for his daughter instead of writing it all up manually like he used to do. Jing reflected on that process and how it took him just three extra minutes. ​ The use of rich media can be used to be more efficient. One way to use rich media is to record voice recordings instead of typing. This can be helpful if you want to spend more time with your child, like Jing was able to do. ​ Jing discussed a magical moment he had with his young daughter, where he shared reflections on his life. Jing's daughter learned a new word, 'papa', after Jing started talking with her more. DROdio and Jing discusseed how every day matters when raising a child, as their personality is being formed every day. ​ Storytelling is a way to raise money from VCs or to hire people into the company. Empowering people to be better storytellers means they'll just be able to be more effective in whatever they're doing. If you are interested in being a part of the Storytell team, please contact us. How did Storytell create this blog post? We used Otter.ai to capture our lunch conversation and then ran the Otter transcript through Storytell to transform it into the post above. Below is our raw Otter conversation. What other content did Storytell transform this transcript into? Here are a few other outputs beyond the blog post above -- all 100% machine generated by Storytell: A Poem: The Storytell team is a group of passionate people Who want to help you be a better storyteller So you can be more effective in everything you do We're hiring across the board And we're looking for people who are excited To join us in our mission to connect people And empower them to be better storytellers If that's you, then please contact us We'd love to have you be a part of our team A LinkedIn Post: Storytelling is a powerful tool for connecting with other humans and building relationships. It can be used to build products that people will love and use, and is a way to raise money from VCs or to hire people into the company. The Storytell team is passionate about helping people connect with others and be better storytellers, and is hiring across the board. If you are interested in being a part of the Storytell team, please contact us. A Speech: Hello everyone, ​ I'm excited to be here with you today as we start our journey together in San Mateo. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and brainstorming about the company. ​ We're building this company because we want to make a difference. We want to build something that is efficient and accurate, that takes care of people inside and outside the company. We want to create something that is literary of a higher quality. And we want to do all of this in a way that is ethical and mindful. ​ Success to us looks like a company that is thriving and making a positive impact on the world. We want to be a company that people are proud to be a part of. ​ So let's get to work!

  • The Importance of a Clear Vision, a Strong Team, and the Ability to Adapt

    This post was 100% machine-written by Storytell, as part of our Using Storytell to Build Storytell series. You can find all Storytell-written posts here. More on how we did it at the bottom of this post. The Storytell Founders recently went sailing together and did a retro afterward of the experience. Here's how they related sailing to the process of building a startup: The group discussed the importance of having a clear and concise vision for your company. They also talked about the importance of building a strong team of leaders who can work together to achieve the company's goals. They also discussed the importance of being able to adapt and change as the company grows. Lastly, they talked about the importance of being accountable to your team and your customers. ​ They said that it is important to have a vision in order to know where you want to go and what you want to achieve. Without a vision, it would be difficult to set goals and measure progress. They also said that it is important to have a vision in order to inspire and motivate employees. ​ The group then talked about the importance of building a strong team of leaders who can work together to achieve the company's goals. They said that it is important to have a team of leaders who are aligned with the company's vision and who are able to work together to achieve common goals. They also said that it is important for leaders to be able to communicate effectively and to have a good working relationship. ​ The group then discussed the importance of being able to adapt and change as the company grows. They said that it is important to be able to adapt to the changing needs of the company and to the ever-changing marketplace. They also said that it is important to be able to change and improve processes and procedures as the company grows. ​ Lastly, the group talked about the importance of being accountable to your team and your customers. They said that it is important to be accountable to your team in order to ensure that they are meeting their goals. They also said that it is important to be accountable to your customers in order to ensure that they are satisfied with your products and services. How did Storytell create this blog post? Here's a 4-minute video from DROdio showing how Storytell created the post above, and here's the diff checker output.

  • Using Storytell to Build Storytell

    Eating our own dogfood We really believe in the power of using the product we're building. Here are a few examples of how we've been doing that since Storytell was born. Storytell came up with its own company name When we were incorporating Storytell, we had to come up with a corporation name. We inputted in our conversation about the vision and mission of Storytell and it gave us back three options. We chose Signal from Noise, Inc. from the list. Storytell Wrote its own Vision and Mission When we were first starting Storytell, we spent an hour brainstorming why we were so passionate about using artificial intelligence to make humans more effective. We recorded that conversation using Otter, loaded the transcript into Storytell, and asked Storytell to define a Vision and Mission for us. Here's what it came up with: Storytell exists to create a world that is simpler, more focused and more meaningful by distilling signal from noise. Jing in action running raw transcript text through Storytell 🎙️ Here’s a snippet of audio describing how DROdio created a text file from the Otter brainstorm called vision.txt and ran it through Storytell to get our Vision & Mission, and the Founders discussing & agreeing to Storytell’s output

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