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Sexism is the new clickbait. Find another route to internet fame.

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It's becoming all too easy for brands to use sexism as low-hanging fruit to go viral. Time after time, we rise to the bait, giving the brands exactly what they set out to achieve — internet fame. In some ways, it's reassuring to see a brand getting dragged for sexism. The fact that people will readily call BS on companies objectifying women and reinforcing outdated gender stereotypes is a sign of hope and progress. For some brands, getting dragged for sexism is a dream-come-true; a chance to go viral; to be the name on everyone's lips, or tweets, even if [...]

The 4 Major Components of Business Growth & Profit-Building Success!

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Your business can be broken down into 4 segments or component parts. I call these as the 4 MAJOR COMPONENTS of a business. Through extensive research and study of the most successful businesses worldwide, I have likewise determined that there are 4 common focal points found in a successful strategic plan for Business Growth and Profit-Building. These common focal points, or 4 MAJOR COMPONENTS, are interrelated and can be made to fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. When you clearly identify them in your own business, and then strategically harness their power to function cohesively, the 4 MAJOR [...]

12 Super Simple Money Management Tips for Your Personal Finances

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The best financial advice tends to apply to pretty much everyone. You don’t need a spreadsheet of pros and cons and complex scenarios. What you need is a rule of thumb. There’s no shame in using one-size-fits-all advice. A study of West Point cadets, for example, found teaching rules of thumb was at least as effective as standard personal finance training in increasing students’ knowledge and confidence as well as their willingness to take financial risks. Researchers found money rules of thumb were more effective than teaching accounting principles to small business owners in the Dominican Republic. Here are a dozen shamelessly simple [...]

Critics think ‘Thimbleweed Park’ nails the spirit of ’80s adventure games

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There's a new Ron Gilbert adventure game and you can play it now. Don't ask who he is. If you don't know, just go play Maniac Mansion. And The Secret of Monkey Island (plus its sequel). Gilbert helped create both of them, along with a string of other classic adventure games. His latest — co-created with Maniac Mansion collaborator Gary Winnick — is called Thimbleweed Park and it is a Kickstarter darling. The game's crowdfunding campaign kicked off in 2014 with a $375,000 target that had nearly doubled by the time it ended — with $626,250 pledged. Two and a [...]

SpaceX launches and lands previously flown rocket in huge step for space travel

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SpaceX did it.  For the first time in its history, the Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company has relaunched a previously flown Falcon 9 booster.  Oh, and they landed it back on Earth again. This rocket, which flew a payload to orbit in April 2016 for its first flight, launched at 6:27 p.m. ET, coming back in for its second landing on a drone ship in the ocean about 8.5 minutes later. This was the ninth successful rocket landing for SpaceX.  "We just had an incredible day today," Musk said during a live broadcast of the launch. "The first reflight of an [...]

The Three Levels of Planning

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There are three levels of strategic planning: Corporate, business, and functional. Strategy may be planned at each level, but the plans for every level of an organization should align to insure maximum unity of effort. Without alignment, departments and functions will be working at cross-purposes, and the overall corporate strategy will be less effective. Here is how strategist view each of the three levels of strategic planning: Corporate level: Planning at this level should provide overall strategic direction for an organization, sometimes referred to as the "grand strategy." This is a concise statement of the general direction which senior leadership [...]

7 Tips for Scaling Your Sales Operation for the Future

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There’s nothing easy about scaling your B2B sales team for the future. Aim too high too fast, and you could end up like the leaders of the recruiting app WePow: burning through hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and being forced to lay off 80% of the sales department. Aim too low, and you’ll risk missing out on numerous opportunities for growth in a primed market. So while it’s not an easy proposition, there are some strategies that can make the endeavor simpler. By having a plan for scaling that’s built around a logical and data-driven structure, you can create [...]

Uber driver picks up her boyfriend’s other girlfriend and then sh*t really hits the fan

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Welcome to a sordid tale of modern romance. We begin with Twitter user @Msixelaa who spends her days as an Uber driver. Recently, she blessed us all with a wild Twitter thread detailing how she picked up a woman from the airport, and it turned out the rider was her boyfriend's other girlfriend.  Twitter is calling her #UberBae and sweet internet, we've hit viral gold.  So I drive for uber why I just pick this girl up and drop her off to a dick appointment and the dick appointment was my mans house 🙃 — Msixelaa (@Msixelaa) March 27, 2017 [...]

If this is the future utopia Elon Musk wants, be very afraid

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Neural lace: it sounds like something a cyborg might wear to a wedding, but it's also yet another future technology Elon Musk has added to his eccentric potential inventions list. Just one problem with that: the fictional sci-fi series that coined "neural lace" doesn't suggest we'll have a fine time with such brain implants — and it also represents exactly the kind of future that Musk himself has said he's trying to avoid. The Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City founder has already inspired testing of the high-speed Hyperloop and quietly put thousands of potentially self-driving cars in users' hands. Musk [...]

Business Strategy – The Five Generic Competitive Strategies

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When I was younger... I [didn't] want to be pigeonholed... Basically, now you want to be pigeonedholed. It's your niche. - Joan Chen, actress A business strategy represents the game plan that your company will use to run its business, gain market share, and conduct operations. This plan of action determines how the company appeal to and satisfy customers, compete effectively, and accomplish managerial objectives. Developing a strategy should mean there is a managerial dedication to follow a specific group of actions that will advance the company's financial market performance and increase its bottom-line. How will management grow the business [...]

Twitter’s new replies are a total nightmare

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Leave it to Twitter to spend almost a year testing a new feature only to have everyone instantly hate it. That's what happened with the service's latest update, which changes replies so they don't count against the platform's 140-character limit. On its face, that sounds like a good thing — you're able to get a few extra characters in for the actual tweet, rather than wasting space on users' handles. But, once again, Twitter's execution missed the mark — despite the fact they've been testing the feature for almost a full year. Now when a user replies, the handles are [...]

Why Your Small Business Should Hire a Virtual Assistant

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There’s a common misconception that virtual assistants are some kind of “luxury” only affordable by the big companies to outsource projects that require less management but are considered an overhead. Actually, the other way around seems to be true as more and more freelancers and small companies resort to hiring virtual assistants as a solution to the limited time they have available. By the point where business is stable, small business owners realize that, even though they’re doing well, they don’t have much time to be creative and take their dream further. Some entrepreneurs think that a physical assistant will [...]

Republicans who voted against internet privacy got paid out

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Cash rules everything around D.C.  That's hardly a new revelation, but it's worth revisiting after Congress recently voted (twice) to gut important data privacy regulations that would have forced your internet provider to at least ask your permission before tracking you across the internet and selling that information to the highest bidder. Trump is expected to sign the bill into law soon, ensuring your data will no longer be yours and that internet service providers will be able to make a ton of money off it. Great news.  But how the hell did we get here? The easy answer: Money. [...]

What is Kik Messenger and How Can You Use it for Your Small Business?

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Kik Messenger is a Canadian-based instant messenger for mobile devices. Commonly referred to as Kik, the app has effectively differentiating itself from the rest of the competition earning a growing user base. What makes Kik standout and makes it loved by its users is the privacy. The app’s business model, which requires no phone number, has earned Kik a base of more than 300 million registered users. These users are able to register with simply their email address, date of birth and chosen username. To date, Kik is the only mobile messenger service to allow such a simple signup with [...]

Taking a Risk | The U.S. Small Business Administration

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By Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator Published: March 30, 2017 Updated: March 30, 2017   Entrepreneurs know that every small business starts with taking a risk. We have an idea for a product or service, but even the best ideas require a leap of faith. Whether it is our money or time or the security of working for someone else, we put ourselves on the line when we pursue our goals. When that risk succeeds… simply put, it’s empowering. Yet research shows women are more risk-averse than men. Are we missing out on empowerment, too? I was proud to represent the U.S. Small [...]

The Five Components of a Business Strategy

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Can you define exactly what makes up a business strategy? Some people say no, but we think you can. In fact, we believe a valid business strategy has five components: Your company's current or desired core competencies A description of how you will differentiate vs. competitors The industry or industries in which you intend to compete The initiatives you plan to implement in the areas of marketing, operations, information technology, finance and organizational development A financial forecast that shows how your plans will meet stakeholder requirements over the next 3 to 5 years Let's look at each of these components. [...]

Your college email account may be one of millions for sale on the dark web

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If you've ever had a college email address, your information may be sitting on the dark web. Image: Rodrigo Abd/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Colin Daileda2017-03-30 22:02:33 UTC Imagine you're walking down a highway when you suddenly find the keys to a vault full of personal information. Now imagine you find nearly 14 million keys and vaults, all belonging to people who went to or worked at a college somewhere in the U.S.  That would be insane — but that is, in digital form, what a March report published by Digital Citizens Alliance says the group has found on the darker side of [...]

PPC Pitfalls to Avoid as a Small Business Owner

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Online advertising has given businesses of all sizes a chance to compete in the market. Before this tech time, only businesses with big budgets were able to advertise. Small businesses can now promote their products or services with just a small budget, and they are able to increase it as they grow and see results. In addition, online advertising has provided a clearer attribution platform. We can know if our PPC or display ads are working based on conversion data. We can also know how many people see our ads with impressions and even know how many of those people [...]

North Carolina votes to replace one anti-trans law with another and everyone is obviously outraged

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When Democrat Roy Cooper ran for governor in 2016, he made one promise to his constituents: that he would work to repeal HB2, North Carolina's notorious anti-trans bathroom law. Cooper has struggled to make good on his promise as Republicans in the state legislature opposed repealing the law. On Thursday, Republicans and Democrats came together to vote for HB142, just before the deadline it had been given by the NCAA, which is boycotting the state. LGBTQ groups are calling the replacement law a "scam." It appears the bill was pushed through in an effort to lure back the basketball association, [...]

7 Steps Small Businesses Can Take to Offer Fast and Free Shipping

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By the summer, eBay will be offering three-day delivery on 20 million items with no cost to customers. Any shipping charges from the online retail giant arriving late will be refunded and those items can be returned for free. Customers will also be able to receive a $5 coupon toward another purchase when eBay’s new shipping policies take effect.  Competitors like Amazon have lowered their non-Prime free shipping threshold to $35 dollars adding to the trend that’s putting pressure on small businesses and entrepreneurs. Statistics report that 95 percent of Americans shop online at least once a year. Over half [...]

Students pitch their business ideas Shark Tank-style to local investors

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If you didn’t know any better, you’d be forgiven for thinking you just walked into an episode of “Shark Tank.” But unlike the show, the investors weren’t looking to break hearts, they were hoping to kick-start futures. Twelve Clovis and Fresno students, or CEOs, rather, appeared last week before a panel of investors to pitch their businesses, in hopes of turning their dreams into reality. The forum hall at Clovis Community College was bustling with nerves and excitement from both parents and students. Even the members of the investor panel were buzzing with positive energy. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or [...]

What’s up with the song in the new ‘Game of Thrones’ trailer?

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It's a little on-the-nose for a show about a powerful chair to use the song "Sit Down" in a trailer, but that's what Game of Thrones did to us with the latest taste of Season 7.  The song, by British rock outfit James, plays over slow-motion footage of Cersei (Lena Headey), Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), and Jon (Kit Harington) seating themselves in turn at the Iron Throne. For reference, the original "Sit Down" video is...nothing like this promo: It seems an unconventional choice, but the lyrics are more Thrones-y than you'd think: I sing myself to sleepA song from the darkest [...]

The 7 Principles of Business Integrity

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If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters. -- Alan K. Simpson If I were to ask you what attribute is the most influential in regard to the success of a business, would you know immediately which one is the most important? Based on my many years as a business owner and entrepreneur, I have discovered that at the very top of the list is the distinguishing quality of integrity. Without integrity at the helm of a company, a business is usually short-lived. In fact, when business integrity is present throughout the deepest [...]

One Quarter of DIY Web Builders Don’t Know Where to Begin

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A new survey from a business research firm finds that 23 percent of DIY web builders have a hard time finding the tool that best suits their needs. The research was published by Clutch, a company that blends the techniques used in traditional B2B research with a customer review service. They surveyed 307 users of DIY website builders to get their opinions on the goals, challenges and obstacles faced by small business owners looking to build their own sites. Selecting a DIY Website Builder Can Be Challenging Jenna Seter is a content marketer and business analyst who published the article. She [...]

An exhaustive breakdown of how the new ‘It’ trailer compares to the original

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Pennywise: then versus now. Image: universal pictures/warner bros./mashable composite By Sam Haysom2017-03-30 16:55:42 UTC 2017 is fast on its way to being a very, very good year for Stephen King fans. We've already got the long-awaited adaptation of The Dark Tower coming this summer, and now we also have our first teaser trailer for Andrés Muschietti's It remake to get excited about. And what's the point in having a teaser if you can't obsessively break it down, frame-by-frame? In a cathartic effort to forget about the 5+ months we have to wait before the film's actually released, we've been through [...]

How to Avoid Procrastination in Your Small Business

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Whether it’s putting off that next deadline or waiting to start up your company in the first place, procrastination is the small business owner’s mortal enemy. So how can you be sure that you’re not delaying important projects longer than needed — for whatever deeply rooted reason. Here members of the Small Business Trends community share some of their own solutions — and in one case the fact that the search for a solution is ongoing. Tips on How to Avoid Procrastination Consider the Old Fashioned To-Do List “I’m old fashioned, I make to-do lists,” says David Leonhardt, President of [...]

‘Ghost in the Shell’ has nothing to say about technology or humanity

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For a movie that centers around a remarkable scientific achievement – the kind that seems both radical and inevitable in real-world terms – Ghost in the Shell has disappointingly little to say about technology, humanity, or how they intersect. For the uninitiated, Ghost in the Shell is set in a future Tokyo, where cybernetic enhancements have become commonplace. Scarlett Johansson plays Major Mira Killian, who represents the next step in that evolution: following an accident that destroyed her original, human body, her brain has been implanted into an entirely synthetic body, in the first successful procedure of its kind. Or [...]

Real Estate Marketing Ideas That Attracts Listings & Gets Properties Sold Fast

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Implementing effective real estate marketing ideas is very important if you want to be successful. It doesn't matter if you are selling a small home or a large building that could be used for various types of businesses. Chances are you have though about various real estate marketing ideas that people have used in the past. Some of them may work for you but others won't. You need to make sure you don't get yourself too wrapped up in any one real estate marketing idea though. Should that happen you may find that you are having a hard time moving [...]

Vote for the Next Big Food Company at FounderMade Food

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Have a new food and beverage product and want to connect with the people who will take your brand to the next level? Then you need to be at FounderMade’s Future of Food Summit. FounderMade, a consumer discovery platform and event series, is bringing their popular Future of Food Summit to Hudson Loft in downtown LA on Saturday, April 8th. Fellow food entrepreneurs, investors, distributors, retailers, and influencers will all be in attendance at this highly anticipated event. “California and the west coast is such a hub for food innovation that we knew we needed to hold our Future of [...]

When is it Time to Fire a Client or Customer?

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Many times a small business owner is so wrapped up in running the business and also running after new business that he or she doesn’t realize that they would be better off firing the clients who are making them crazy. Now that is not to say anytime a client starts getting on your nerves you should jump at the chance to get rid of them. As a small business coach, I have seen countless times the angst and frustration business owners go through when they are being treated poorly again and again by one of their clients. More often than [...]

Pop-up exhibition turns poisoned air into ink to send a powerful message

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If you live in a big city like London, then you might be aware that the air is slowly poisoning you. One of the biggest contributors to toxic emissions are vehicles. So an Indian startup is approaching the problem from the rear end. Literally. It blocks diesel emissions at the point of contact with the atmosphere, recycles the leftover carbon and uses it to make art. Anirudh Sharma pictured with his Kaalink device. Image: Matt Crossick/PA Wire Graviky Labs has developed a device called Kaalink which attaches to diesel exhaust pipes and can capture up to 95 percent of carbon [...]

How to Avoid Missed Opportunities in Startup Investment

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When social networking company Snap went public recently, legendary angel investor Chris Sacca tweeted an email from Snap’s founder Brian Murphy asking to meet with him when the company was first getting started.  Sacca pointed out that he never responded to the message. Similarly, Brian Chesky, founder of Airbnb, wrote in a blog post recently that he was turned down by seven venture capitalists when the company tried to raise $150,000 at a $1.5 million valuation back in 2008. These announcements remind me of the really big problem in startup investing — the false negative. In the world of angel investing, [...]

The Advantages of Entrepreneur Club

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You have heard of card game clubs, sports club, press club etc. but, now there are Entrepreneur Clubs also which can solve the entrepreneurial problems. Popularly known as Entre Club, the club is actually a group of people who get together to implement and promote entrepreneurial practices in the respective areas. Entre Club and its Functions: Every entre club has some objectives. Some clubs aim at educating students about entrepreneurship and some provide financial aid to the students for participating in a competition. Whatever be the objectives these clubs follow, they are directly and indirectly involved in the promotion of [...]

What Small Businesses Need To Do To Protect Their Employees

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In this day and age, businesses face a wide variety of risks. They have to worry about being sued by their clients, while simultaneously making sure their workers are looked after. As a small business owner, it is your duty to make sure that your employees are protected for the duration that they remain with your company. And of course, there are numerous steps that can be taken to protect your employees. Within this guide, you will learn about some of these necessities. Workers’ Compensation First and foremost, it is absolutely pertinent to make sure that you protect your employees [...]

Meet Black Lightning, DC and CW’s first African-American superhero lead

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Studios and networks may be making tentative steps towards inclusivity and diversity, but superhero franchises are still slow on the uptake when it comes to adapting comic book characters who aren't straight, white, cisgender males. Viewers are voicing their displeasure more loudly than ever about the dearth of representation on our screens — and how long it's taking to fix the situation.  Wonder Woman first swung her lasso of truth on TV back in 1975, but it wasn't until 2015 that DC and Marvel let Supergirl and Jessica Jones lead the next wave of female superhero shows. Similarly, we had [...]

A big challenger is about to change the way you use Facebook to log in on websites

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There are two ways to log in on websites: try to recall the email address and password you registered with —  or simply hit the "Facebook Login" button.  The convenience of the latter underscores the popularity of social authentication options. You'll see Facebook and Google login buttons on popular sites including Netflix, Uber, Spotify, Imgur and Linkedin, just to name some. Facebook itself estimates that some 350 million people log into a new app or site with their Facebook credentials every month.  Olga Kuznetsova, Engineering Manager at Facebook told us that the Facebook Login button ranks in the top three [...]

Make Money Online

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In today's economy a lot of people are wondering how to make money online. The secrets to making money online are the same as making money in the "real world": Hard work, creativity, innovation and knowledge. The Internet is the real world, it just has some aspects that allow a person of lesser means compete with people with much deeper pockets. That is its biggest draw. Hard Work Perhaps the biggest myth to making money online is that you don't have to work hard. This is far from the case. In fact, in the beginning you might be working harder [...]

New ‘Dunkirk’ footage is a heart-pounding Christopher Nolan master class

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Christopher Nolan is the master of subtly creating unease — and also the master of putting Tom Hardy in a face-covering mask. Nolan showed a 5-minute clip Wednesday of Dunkirk, his World War II drama epic due in theaters July 21, and if you thought the teaser they released last August was intense, just wait until you see this thing. SEE ALSO: First look: 'Fate' takes the 'Furious' franchise into James Bond territory The new footage was revealed at Cinemacon, the annual gathering of movie-theater owners and Hollywood studios, and it could very well be our first extended look at [...]

Want to Raise Financing for Your Mobile App Startup? Here’s the Ultimate Investor Pitch Deck

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So you have developed a mobile app and want to obtain funding for it from angel investors or venture capital firms? A key step in this process is to prepare an effective “pitch deck” that showcases your company, your app, and your management team for prospective investors. There are a lot of “do’s” and “don’ts” when putting together an investor pitch decks. Be sure to read the comprehensive article How to Create a Great Investor Pitch Deck for Startups Seeking Financing. In this article, I walk you through the 17 key PowerPoint slides for a winning presentation on Recuperate.com, a hypothetical mobile [...]

Attacking a referee’s small business on Facebook isn’t cool, sports fans

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Higgins officiating a game in 2011. Image: Neibergall/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Sam Laird2017-03-30 02:00:04 UTC The internet and college sports: Two things not exactly known for inspiring measured, reasonable debate. We've just seen what happens when they mix in a strange and toxic new way.  As background: People in Kentucky take college basketball very seriously. (Remember 2012? Remember #LexingtonPoliceScanner?) Thus, fans of the Kentucky Wildcats were not happy when their team lost to North Carolina just short of the Final Four last weekend. They directed much of their ire toward referee John Higgins.  Now, Higgins did make some very debatable calls in [...]

Book Summary Start-Up Nation – The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle – By Dan Senor and Saul Singer

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This book is about innovation and entrepreneurship. Israel has been successful despite of the pain the nation has endeared. They have thrived because their survival depends upon it. This book is a story that embodies tenacity, insatiable questioning of authority, and determined informality, with a unique attitude toward failure, teamwork, mission, risk and cross-disciplinary creativity. Why is this important to me? Have you ever used PayPal or a computer with an Intel processor in it? If yes, then those innovations came from Israel. Regardless of your political view, it is undeniable that the business innovation coming out of this small [...]

SelfScore makes credit cards for the international students Trump wants to keep out

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SelfScore launched its first product last summer with relatively little fanfare: a credit card for international students. On Tuesday, it launched a new card with a much higher spending limit in a very different political climate. Its credit cards serve international students from all over the world —including the seven countries (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia) named in President Donald Trump's first travel ban, which was halted in court.  SelfScore uses analytics to provide access to credit to international students in the United States who don't have a Social Security number or other identifying factors usually required [...]

Russia investigation, climate change and business ideas: What’s happened this week under Trump

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Healthcare is so last week. At least, that’s what it seems like when we take a look at this week. The main headlines so far have centered on the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Let’s get to it: Last weekend A U.S.-led coalition conducted an airstrike believed to have killed more than 200 civilians in Mosul, according to an initial investigation. If the airstrike is found to be responsible for the fatalities, it would be the deadliest civilian casualty incident since the U.S. military began its involvement. The Twitter president strikes again. He already blamed [...]

April the pregnant giraffe is just an April Fools’ joke

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It just can't be a coincidence that April the Giraffe, the perpetually pregnant and viral video star, is named April and that April Fools' Day is coming up. The internet's latest conspiracy theory involving the upstate New York zoo's giraffe and its much-watched livestream of her very, very long pregnancy (she was due in mid-February and giraffes gestate for about 15 months) is that it's all an elaborate April Fools' joke. With the pranksters' holiday of April Fools fast approaching, April the Giraffe could be a really long joke that duped everyone. Come on, look at her; she seems to [...]

6 Tips for Retailers to Manage Inventory Better

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Managing inventory is one of the most important aspects of retail. Automation is easing up the retail sector – both online and offline. Alongside automation, some crafty techniques can help retailers manage their inventories better. Retail Inventory Management Tips Here’s a list of those techniques: Accurate Calculation and Tracking Inaccurate calculation leads to wrong ways of managing inventory. To fix it right, work on inventory tracking and supply chain management. Outsourcing the latter can burn a hole in a small business’s wallet. Inventory solutions like rent-a-space, warehousing, etc are hardly free. So make sure your projections are accurate. When making [...]

Commitment & Determination – What Makes You an Entrepreneur

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What makes you an entrepreneur?; this question is simple but very difficult to answer. For a long time, people have studied the science behind entrepreneurial process, what drives a great entrepreneur, the things that make an ordinary person transforms into a job creator. To answer this question, it's much better if we try to understand what's behind entrepreneurial process. At the heart of every entrepreneurial process is the founder, the opportunity seeker, the creator and initiator, the leader, problem solver, and motivator; the planner and the guardian of vision and mission. Without this human energy, behavior, drive, and vitality, the [...]

Underrated horror MMO ‘The Secret World’ is going free-to-play

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Do you like the mind-twisting horror of H.P. Lovecraft? The blissful tedium of an RPG grind? The Secret World mashed those two concepts together. Funcom's woefully underrated and underplayed MMO is set to return this spring with a new title — Secret World Legends — and so, so, sooooo much more. From the sound of things, a totally new, free-to-play game has been built right on top of the old one. Legends takes The Secret World's framework — literally, everything that's been released in the game to date — and re-works it as an action-RPG. New combat mechanics, new ways [...]

eBay Set to Launch 3-Day Guaranteed Delivery Program

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Your customers want what you’re selling right away. And eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) is the latest ecommerce site to offer its shoppers an expedited delivery option. The site recently announced that it’s rolling out the Guaranteed Delivery Program this summer. The goal is to offer millions of products that will be delivered to buyers in 3 days or less. And your small business can participate in the program, too. eBay Guaranteed Delivery is similar to programs by Amazon and Walmart. Both sites offer 2-day free shipping options on a lot of products for sale. eBay Guaranteed Delivery There is no caveat to eBay’s [...]

Oculus Rift promised us the future of VR. Here’s what really happened.

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The Oculus Rift celebrates its one-year anniversary this week, following its commercial debut on March 28, 2016. Happy birthday, Oculus, your growing pains are showing.  But the awkward baby steps toward making virtual reality mainstream have not been with without some wins.  After years of hype beginning in 2012, and clunky developer prototypes leading up to the consumer version, the attractively designed Oculus Rift still required a relatively expensive PC and an Xbox controller to run the limited array of software available for the device. Predictably, that meant only the most enthusiastic consumers bought into the long-awaited coming of consumer-ready [...]

Hiring Regs Set Back Small Businesses $11,700 Annually, Report Finds

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America’s small business community has long lamented the heavy burden of government regulations on their operations. One specific area government regulations come down hard on small businesses is in the hiring of new employees. The Regulatory Cost of Hiring A New Employee According to a new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, regulatory costs for hiring one new employee sets back small businesses a whopping $11,700 per year on average. What’s more disheartening is that the costs of regulation to smaller businesses with 50 employees or less are nearly 20 percent higher than they are for the average [...]