Brett Stephens

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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

"European society is very advanced, very civilized. <i>Between holocausts.</i>"<p>The painter Barnett Newman is said to have replied along these lines to a friend who was bemoaning the sorry state of American political life and praising European social democracy.<p>It's a good joke. It casts light on the whole …

Off-the-grid texting device GoTenna attracts antisurveillance crowd

"If you're solving a problem that is real to them, they're going to come out of the woodwork."<p>Daniela Perdomo, GoTenna CEO

Text Messaging

19 Things You Should Never Say When You Quit A Job

"Whether you are quitting on good terms or bad terms, you don't want to burn bridges," says Dana Manciagli, a career expert and author of "Cut the Crap, Get a Job!" "The words you use when you inform your boss of your decision to leave can determine whether they'll support you going forward. And …

4 Steps To Overcoming Failure And Using It To Your Advantage

Failure is inevitable in life, but how we overcome challenges and use them to our advantage is what matters.<p>Highly successful people are the ones who have failed the most.<p>As the public, we usually only learn about these individuals and their companies once they have made it big. We admire their …

The Best Fonts And Spellings For The Environment

Selecting a font for branding, accessibility, and recognition has always been more of an art than a science. However, some fonts are specific to certain uses: graduate students are encouraged to use 12 point Times or Times New Roman, many Mac lovers prefer Cambria, a font specially designed for …

Why All-Inclusive Vacation Packages Are a Trap

The peak travel season is bringing <b>vacation packages</b> into the limelight for travelers who are interested in added savings. If you’re still scrambling …

The Unwritten Rules of Management

You can’t polish a sneaker<p>I was 30 mins into an incredibly boring presentation when that phrase caught my attention. It’s catchy, I thought, but what the heck does it mean?<p>A little Internet sleuthing unearthed that the line is from the Unwritten Rules of Management, by William Swanson, former …

Apple wallet to take aim at growing mobile payments market

Apple appears poised to change the way Americans pay for stuff. Or at least, it will try.<p>Sources confirm several reports that the iPhone 6, expected …

New Live-Action 'Destiny' Trailer Channels 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Bungie has released yet another new trailer for Destiny, this one following the increasingly popular trend of animated games getting live-action TV spots. Titles like Halo and Call of Duty have used such trailers to great effect in the past, and with Destiny’s massive $500M series budget, it’s …

FedEx's $250 Million Business Lesson You Can Learn For Free

Avoid the mistake that could cost FedEx hundreds of millions.<p>FedEx is a great company. Fabulous concept, terrific brand, reliable service. But you can be great and still make big mistakes. And it looks like FedEx made a whopper in an area many businesses would find of interest.<p>We're talking about …

Employment

Can You Tell Which Of These Job Interview Questions Are Illegal?

But many seemingly innocuous and common interview questions, like "Do you have any kids?" can be illegal or put you at risk of being discriminated against.<p>While every state has different laws regarding job interviews — some specifically prohibit certain questions, while others merely prohibit …

Nevada offers Tesla up to $1.3B for battery plant

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Thursday that Nevada won a high-stakes battle with four other states for Tesla Motors' coveted …

The Simple Secret to Making an Instant Connection With Everyone You Meet

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>“We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.” - Diogenes Laërtius</i><p>Two months ago, I was in Munich missing a plane for Paris.<p>Arriving minutes before the gate would close on me, panicking …

Body Language

How to Finance Home Repairs With HELOC If You Have Zero Savings

For far too long you’ve put up with warped windows, wavy floors, uninsulated pipes in danger of bursting, stained ceilings and a sagging deck that is …

Home Improvement

Apple Is Reportedly Getting A Sweet Deal From Big Banks As It Pushes Into Mobile Payments

According to the report, Apple has reached agreements with companies including American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America.<p>Apple's platform will get what's called "card present" transaction rates, which is the same rate as when a customer swipes a card at the …

One in four Americans with college degrees shouldn’t have bothered

Roughly 25% of those with bachelor’s degrees in the US derive no economic benefit from their diplomas.<p>That’s the takeaway from analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The same analysts have argued in the past that the benefits of a college degree, on average, still outweigh the costs. …

College & University

Ping Wallet Collects $59,000 On Kickstarter, Disappears

The Ping Wallet (later renamed Linkwallet) seemed like a boon to the absent-minded consumer. It was part of the super-slim smart wallet boom on …

The 5 Essentials of a Well-Run Meeting

The CEO of a startup dedicated to fixing meetings shares the takeaways of hundreds of hours of research into what's wrong with the average office get-together.<p>Jason Shah, CEO of Do.com, which recently launched a tool promising less-painful meetings, may have spent hundreds of hours speaking to …

Jeff Bezos

How To Use Facebook's New Privacy Feature That Prevents You From Accidentally Sharing With The Wrong People

Facebook announced Thursday that it will be rolling out a new feature over the next few days called Privacy Checkup. It's meant to help you make sure your posts are only being shared with people you would want to see it.<p>The tool is exactly as its name implies. Facebook will ask you to review the …

Why expensive synthetic workout gear stinks

In workout wear (and even with denim pants), synthetic materials like polyester and elastane are crucial elements to help designers bring together comfort, fit and fashion. Newer fabrics are also longer-lasting, easy to clean, and don’t wrinkle easily. And polyester can wick sweat away from your …

Athletic Apparel

5 Ways to Provide Personalized Service to Small Companies -- Profitably

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When selling their products and services, companies typically target the largest opportunities first and the smallest customers last. The logic behind this is trying to generate the highest return on the investment.<p>In reality, …

Customer Experience

Use This Trick to Reach Your 2015 Savings Goals

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2014 was saving money, according to a GOBankingRates survey. Of course, proclaiming your <b>2015</b> …

12 Mistakes You Shouldn't Make on Twitter If You Want More Followers

You have successfully made an official Twitter account… what’s next? You need to grow your followers.<p>Twitter is one of the many social media …

Life’s mundane moments can later bring “unexpected joy”

In this selfie-obsessed era, it seems that any moment of the day that isn’t Instagram-worthy falls by the wayside. We all want to show our friends that delicious dish we ate and to document our trip to a museum exhibit that everyone’s talking about. But a new study suggests that there is real value …

Harvard Business School

Leadership

Samsung Electronics CEO of North America says tariffs are "not a good thi...<p>Samsung Electronics CEO of North America says tariffs are "not a good …

The Community for Entrepreneurs and Startups That Fits in Your Hand

The startup life isn’t easy for idea-stage entrepreneurs or for seasoned veterans. The uncertainty and risk involved in entrepreneurship can kick …

The World's Highest-Paid Models

Gisele Bundchen attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The New Microsoft Phones Are Still Nokia Phones

Two new models look nice for the money–but they don’t explain why Microsoft decided to get into the phone business.<p>In September of 2013, Microsoft agreed to buy Nokia’s phone business. After clearing the necessary regulatory hurdles, the deal closed in April. Which means that what were once Nokia …

6 Tools That Will Help You Build a Website With Minimal Skills

It's easy to build a dot-com website for you or your clients with these drag-and-drop website platforms.<p>Sometimes, your clients need to build a website to begin their online presence, but they simply don't have the budget to hire a web design company. You can suggest ideas, but it's not within your …

Web Design