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Everyone at Davos is talking about 'Larry's letter'

DAVOS, Switzerland — Everyone is talking about "Larry's letter."<p>The Larry they're referring to is Larry Fink, the founder of the $6.3 trillion asset manager BlackRock who last week sent a letter to CEOs of public companies stressing the need for a clear long-term strategy and an understanding of …

CEOs

Here's the Key to Great Conversation in 1 Sentence | Inc.com

One of the most famous quotes about communication comes from Stephen R. Covley. He intelligently remarked that most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. In essence, this means that the most powerful thing you can do when you're talking to …

Self-improvement

20 Years Ago, Jeff Bezos Said This 1 Thing Separates People Who Achieve Lasting Success From Those Who Don't | Inc.com

Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in 1994. Twenty-three years later, he's one of the richest people in the world. But while Amazon is undeniably a tech company, the business was built on this old-school premise:<p><b>Focus on the things that don't change.</b><p>The premise, while simple, is also easy to forget when …

Self-improvement
United Kingdom

In Just 7 Words, Apple CEO Tim Cook Shows Why the Future of Apple Might Be Doomed | Inc.com

At Apple's Special Event on Tuesday, the company unveiled its latest smartphone--known as the iPhone X--which will include facial-recognition software and a $999 price tag.<p>The X is an extremely beautiful device, with a stainless steel band and glass back curving into a 5.8-inch OLED display that …

App Store

Fat isn't nearly as bad for you as we thought — and another ingredient is likely worse

Yet more and more research suggests this kind of thinking is dangerously misguided.<p>Instead of finding evidence that low-fat eating plans offer health benefits, dozens of studies have suggested instead that these kinds of diets are unhelpful or potentially harmful. And new research points to another …

Nutrition

Google Tango means you'll never get lost in a store again

Some Lowe's stores are testing out an augmented-reality app that shows the fastest way to get to your items.<p>As a kid, I always wanted to be on the TV show "Supermarket Sweep."<p>In the middle of a Lowe's store in 2017, my dream almost came true. The home improvement retailer is rolling out an …

Augmented Reality

Google’s DeepMind pits AI against AI to see if they fight or cooperate

Unsurprisingly, they do both<p>In the future, it’s likely that many aspects of human society will be controlled — either partly or wholly — by artificial intelligence. AI computer agents could manage systems from the quotidian (e.g., traffic lights) to the complex (e.g., a nation’s whole economy), but …

Artificial Intelligence
Space Exploration

Five technologies for the next ten years

Over the next decade, mobile, the Internet of Things, machine learning, robotics, and blockchain technologies will change a great deal about how the …

Machine Learning

The Simple Mind Trick That Instantly Makes You More Persuasive

Mastering the art of persuasion is as simple as beginning with "You're right."<p>Even as neuroscientists continue to unearth new discoveries about the human brain, some of the most effective brain hacks have been around for years. Take Blaise Pascal, for example, born in 1623. The 17th-century French …

Hacking

Avoid these 11 massive time wasters to build a successful startup

When you're building a startup, the last thing you have time for is wasting time; hundreds of tasks need your attention and the founder who's using time most efficiently wins.<p>We asked some seasoned entrepreneurs who all have built successful companies to share their top tips for avoiding the huge …

Startups

Airbnb's CEO Declares War on Discrimination

At a conference, Brian Chesky apologized and promised change.<p>Admitting that Airbnb's founding team of "three white guys" was "late to this issue," CEO Brian Chesky claimed the company was now committed to doing everything possible to rid the platform of discrimination this week.<p>In response to the …

Startups

The Best Time-Management Tool You'll Ever Use

Forget all those fancy apps or hiring an assistant. The easiest way to free up more time is staring at you right in the face.<p>For those who have been following my saga on Facebook, you know I recently threw my back out.<p>I did the same thing back in 2012 when I was burning both ends of the candle, so …

Time Management

The Harsh Reality of Running a Business

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Obama calls out fossil fuel interests for fighting solar

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday accused fossil fuel interests and other critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing solar, wind and other renewable sources in order to protect the status quo.<p>"That's not the American way," Obama said in a speech at …

Clean Technology

5 Reasons Stocks Are Tumbling Worldwide On 'Black Monday'

NEW YORK -- Wall Street woke up to, if not a Black Monday, at least a Blackish Monday.<p>Markets around the world tumbled toward historic losses amid a toxic cocktail of financial volatility. As the global sell-off hacksawed European and Asian markets, U.S. traders braced for the worst. The New York …

Stock Markets

Here’s What Actually Gets Terrorists To Tell The Truth — And It’s Not Torture

Over the past five years, psychological research — some involving real terrorist suspects — has shown how to get information from people who don’t want to talk. Now Washington has the chance to put these findings into practice.<p>Hollywood has a lot to answer for. Thanks to the hit TV show <i>24</i> and …

Top CEOs Reveal What It Takes to Start a Business (Infographic) | Inc.com

If you turned down venture capital, why?<p><i>No. 468:</i> "Often, [VCs] have no idea what really drives your customers and your business, but they think they do or want you to think they do. So they flex their muscles, exert pressure or push for short-term profits, and [make] bad business decisions."</i> …

CEOs

This little startup is solving one of the biggest frustrations with Apple's App Store

Like a lot of smartphone games, Marble Drop had a referral feature to get your friends to play with you.<p>The problem was that when the game first came out, it just didn't work, Arbesfeld says. Nobody was actually getting referred by the referral function.<p>Arbesfeld came up with a quick fix, and …

Apps

100 Wes Anderson obsessives have turned his films into art

New York-based fans of Wes Anderson: clear your bespoke, graphically-symmetrical diaries. Nearly one hundred artists have reinterpreted the work of Anderson for a pop-up exhibition this weekend at New York’s Joseph Gross Gallery entitled “Bad Dads IV”. The exhibition is a colour wheel of Anderson …

A startup dissolved overnight and laid off its 400 employees via email with no warning

In the middle of the night, a startup that had raised $5.5 million dissolved and disappeared. It deleted its Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, and Google+ profile. It changed its website to say it was "pausing operations."<p>At 1:34 a.m. PT on Monday, Zirtual, a virtual-assistant company, sent an …

Startups

Why Google's Alphabet shakeup makes sense

Yesterday, Google caught the tech world off-guard with a major reorganization. In the months to come, what we now know as Google will become Alphabet, with "Google" now referring to just the core businesses of Search, Android, YouTube, and a handful of others, overseen by new Google CEO Sundar …

Investing

Google Gave Away a $1 Million Design Guide for Free

Google introduced the world, and more specifically designers, to a whole new way of thinking about User Interface and User Experience design at …

UI Design

13 Surprisingly Common Mistakes That Make Your Writing Look Bad | Inc.com

When you write a pitch, report, blog post, or company statement, how certain are you that you're using words correctly? Sure, you use a spell-checker, but that catches only spelling mistakes and the simplest of grammar goofs.<p>You need to do better because misusing any of these common phrases will …

Language

Here's the easiest way to get more sleep and have more energy during the week

You can blame social jetlag. It works just like regular old jetlag, only it happens when our body clocks get thrown off by the gap between our weekend and weekday sleep schedules.<p>Luckily, there are ways to fix it. Here's how you can make sure your body clock stays on a more normal schedule:<p>1. Wake …

Sleep

Yahoo M&A chief Jackie Reses issued an incredible mandate on how to treat companies that ask to be acquired

In just under three years, she and CEO Marissa Mayer have spent more than $2.1 billion to acquire more than 52 startups, The Wall Street Journal reported in April.<p>Although acquisition activity has slowed from a downpour to a drip so far this year — Yahoo bought only one mystery company for $23 …

Advertising

Microsoft has hit the ecosystem wall

<i>By Ross Rubin</i><p>Last week's announcement that Microsoft would scale back its smartphone efforts was a clarifying moment. The resulting smartphone segments that the company will play in—which it calls business, value, and flagship—mirror those of its Surface tablets. In an email to employees explaining …