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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 The fact that people will readily call BS on companies objectifying women and reinforcing outdated gender stereotypes is a sign of hope and progress.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 [...]

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 [...]