Ben Duncan

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Science And Intuition: How To Make Almost Anything Go Viral

There are two schools of thought regarding how to make anything go viral. In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell emphasizes the importance of the messenger. In contrast, Jonah Berger’s Contagious: Why Things Catch On proclaims that a properly structured message makes the messenger inconsequential. …

THE ORIGINAL YOUTUBE STARS: How Smosh went from making a ridiculous Pokémon video to building a comedy empire

Teenagers Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla were living at home in 2005, months after graduating from high school, when they began to unlock the secrets …

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12 psychological tricks to winning people over

When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won't make you a Jedi, but using the brain's natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you …

Self-help

The Art Of Visualization: A Best-Practice Guide

Self-service business intelligence (BI) tools are a big hit and have permanently changed the BI landscape. Their ease of use, performance, and …

Data Visualization

Four Big Priorities For Implementing Next Generation Big Data Analytics

The world of big data is changing so quickly that we really need to look beyond today’s analytic capabilities and chart where enterprise-grade architectures are headed in the future. Even the vocabulary is changing! “Big data” is turning into a household term, but now we see newer terms like “data …

Finally, we heard what Neil Young's Pono music player sounds like

Herbie Hancock just tickled my ears. Not kidding. Adele did too. But Herbie tickled them better. No, this isn't some weird dream/nightmare. This is Pono. Go listen to Hancock's "Watermelon Man" now (link here). We'll wait. Back? What you just heard was a compressed version of Hancock's classic. …

A History of the United States Government Suppressing Music

First Amendment rights apply to music too.<p>When Brandon Duncan began rapping in the late 90s, he was, as Peter Holsin wrote for Noisey, a “rising name in San Diego’s hip-hop scene”—a kid who grew up in one of San Diego’s most historically violent neighborhoods and used those rough circumstances to …

12 Great Resources for Diving Into Consumer Psychology

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It probably goes without saying, but the more you know about how people think, the better you’ll be able to leverage these thought processes and internal justifications to make sales. But if you don’t have time to go back to college and …

Consumer Behavior

How to Be Successful: 6 New Shortcuts Backed by Research

We all want success. And we’d like it fast. But we can only work so long and so hard. The more-more-more ethos only goes so far. What to do?<p>I decided …

Our Three-Year Struggle to Get Chicago to Admit We Were Beaten by the Police

In 2010, we were beaten by men who appeared to be cops with the Chicago Police Department, an encounter that came to define our lives.<p>Later, after the beating, after the intimidation by police, after the hours and hours spent going through legal documents and telling our story at depositions, after …