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Oceans of helpful stuff from the startup scene and beyond.

How your business just needs that little bit of luck

Lewis Ashman
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An unopened door against a black wall with the number 13 fixed to it

Even the most original and innovative of companies need that little bit of luck sometimes. Read more.

A startup story: rejected by the Chrome Extension Store

Sandra Busch
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A woman celebrates the achievement of climbing a mountain

This is the story of we how tried, failed and eventually succeeded in launching a Chrome extension. Read more.

5 Instagram accounts we wish we were running

Lewis Ashman
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A white saucer with the Instagram logo printed on it

Here’s what you can learn from some of the best companies on Instagram right now. They’re pretty #instagood. Read more.

How to hire the right people and boss recruitment

Rhiannon Jones
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A team of tech startup employees sit around a desk

23% of startups fail because the team of employees wasn't good enough. Recruitment is essential. Read more.

How to create a strong visual brand

Sandra Busch
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The best brands are stuck in our heads because of their consistency and the stories they tell. Read more.

Why you should boil down your brand to just a few words

Lewis Ashman
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The words 'inspiring', 'challenging' and 'useful' are spelt out in alphabet spaghetti

Building a successful brand is never easy. Sometimes it helps to focus on the fundamentals. Read more.

The best place to grow a startup? Try the Nordics

Rhiannon Jones
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Two polar bears playing foosball

In case you hadn’t heard, Scandinavia’s got it all. No, seriously. Read more.

How to punch above your weight – Iceland-style

Lewis Ashman
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Supporters cheer on the Iceland team atop four enormous hands

Lessons on overachievement from a tiny Nordic island Read more.

Ocean.io 2.0 – A revolution in your browser

Mads Korsholm
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Four silhouetted figures follow an Ocean.io-stamped flag with a little robot in tow

We’ve just launched powerful new features and an advanced Ocean.io experience. Read more.

We’re powering up a new Ocean.io

Lewis Ashman
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The Ocean.io logo is powering the flight of a caped figure

Ocean.io is about to give you a whole new experience. Here’s what to expect in the next few days. Read more.

GDPR: time to think again about how you deal with data

Rhiannon Jones
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Michelangelo's David covering his private parts with a leaf

GDPR marks the dawn of a new age for data privacy. Here's what you need to know to get compliant. Read more.

6 (not 5) blogs we think you should be reading

Lewis Ashman
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Someone reads a laptop as if it is a book

From sound advice on leadership to finely-crafted nuggets of marketing wisdom, these are the blogs we like the most. Read more.

Everything you need to know about the new Gmail

Sandra Busch
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As early adopters, we often sit front in line when new software and apps are released – the new Gmail was no exception. Read more.

Ocean.io 1.4.1 – What’s new? (Almost) everything!

Mads Korsholm
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Two Ocean.io users with screens for heads gaze at eachother

This is our biggest announcement yet. And we’re super excited to share it with all of you. Read more.

How to stop being a perfectionist…

Rhiannon Jones
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At a certain point, perfectionism is a form of procrastination. Read more.

TL;DR: Facebook’s brush with the FTC, Dropbox drops & more

Lewis Ashman
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A nervous Facebook 'f' climbs stairs toward the scales of justice

From Mark Zuckerberg's date with Congress and Dropbox dropping to being human in an AI-driven... car. Read more.

Ocean.io 1.3.0 – What’s new?

Mads Korsholm
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Four circular portraits hover beneath an email icon

It's time for another Ocean.io product update - huge improvements to our dataset, performance & new features. Read more.

The email habits of highly successful people

Sandra Busch
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A woman walks cooly down from a staircase descending from a kind of email temple

Email is an absolute workday essential, but it can also be overwhelming - and a tool for procrastination Read more.

TL;DR: the week in tech, for you

Lewis Ashman
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Skeletons lie at the feet of Facebook's 'f'

The week in tech, from skeletons in Facebook's closet to the view from Switzerland's "Crypto Valley" Read more.

Will “the robots” really take our jobs?

Rhiannon Jones
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An innocent-looking robot peers up at the camera

Considering the arguments for and against our impending, irresistible robotic future... Read more.

TL;DR: the week in tech, for you

Lewis Ashman
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Some cute bots line up to shout into an oversized megaphone

The week in tech, from Insta-influencers and their faithful botbase to Alexa and the mysteries of blockchain. Read more.

Losing track of time? Try these rapid (and free) time trackers

Lewis Ashman
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A keyboard, post it notes and an earphone

These free tools don't just measure time, they also help you organise your work and your life. Read more.

TL;DR: the week in tech, for you

Rhiannon Jones
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the latest technology news

Catch up on the latest tech news, as Google teaches the world AI, Dropbox goes public & Nokia gets their banana back Read more.

What’s the best team communication app?

Rhiannon Jones
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Effective team communication is essential to any business. But what's the best messaging app out there right now? Read more.

TL;DR: the week in tech, for you

Sandra Busch
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Catch up on the latest tech news, as Falcon 9 launches, Google is sued, & leaks are like water off a Samsung’s back Read more.

How do Siri and Alexa understand you?

Halyna Oliinyk
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Intelligent personal assistants can understand human commands

Intelligent personal assistants like Alexa, Siri and Cortana can feel like a godsend. But how do they understand us? Read more.

Ocean.io 1.2.0 – What’s new?

Mads Korsholm
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Whats new in ocean mail ID 1.2.0 chrome extension?

It's time for our first Ocean.io product update, giving you a glimpse into how we're always improving. Read more.

Our favourite funny autoreplies

Rhiannon Jones
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How many times have you received a lame autoreply from someone desperately - and lazily - fleeing the office? Read more.

How big data is changing the world

Rhiannon Jones
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We talk a lot nowadays about how new technologies transform our lives. But what's underpinning it all? Big data. Read more.

How to get people to reply to your emails

Sandra Busch
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email replies

If, like me, you’re a shameless workaholic, you spend at least a quarter of your day on emails. Don't be ignored. Read more.

A knife to the heart, and yet email still isn’t dead

Sandra Busch
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Rumor has it that email is on its deathbed laying low on life support and a heavy dose of morphine. We disagree. Read more.

The secret to writing ridiculously effective email replies

Sandra Busch
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This blog post will reveal your new secret weapon and tell you just how to write better, more efficient email replies. Read more.

14 Bad Email Habits You Need to Work On (Part 2)

Sandra Busch
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There are so many bad email habits out there, we're gonna need another blog post... Here's Part 2 Read more.

14 Bad Email Habits You Need to Work On (Part 1)

Sandra Busch
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Bad Habits Part 1

Proper email etiquette is a force to be reckoned with, yet so many continue with the most common email gaffes. Read more.

How to spot bad clients from their social profiles

Sandra Busch
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Fortunately for you, clients (intentionally or not) drop hints. Here's what their public social profiles can tell you. Read more.

Freelance clients you’d want to avoid

Sandra Busch
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Clients to Avoid

Freelancing can be a risky business. Look out for these red flags before you agree to sign anything. Read more.

Work smarter with these 5 Chrome extensions for Gmail

Sandra Busch
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chrome extensions

Cut a few corners and beat the daily drag of email management with these 5 awesome Gmail extensions for Chrome Read more.

How to be more productive during work hours

Sandra Busch
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Productivity

We’ll refrain from a lengthy introduction. This is, after all, about being productive during your work hours Read more.

Welcome aboard!

The Ocean Team
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We’re happy as clams at high tide to launch our new blog Read more.