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20 Books Billionaire Bill Gates Recommends

Get a jump on your summer reading list with these suggestions from the billionaire and philanthropist.<p>Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.<p>This week, Bill Gates took to Twitter to provide some advice to the graduating class of 2017.<p>Gates exhorted the new grads to …

Are You a Great Leader? Here's the Only Proof That Matters | Inc.com

Bending your arm awkwardly up over your neck, almost popping a socket to pat your own back? That's not really possible for most of us (or advisable).<p>Yet, many high-ranking executives in business and brand new startups alike will proclaim that they're great leaders, thinking a big win on the sales …

Demonstration

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.<p>From rural strip-malls to Manhattan’s avenues, it has been a disastrous two years for retail.<p>There have been nine retail bankruptcies in 2017—as many as all of 2016. J.C. Penney, …

Macy's

The Big Business Of Bridge Lights

New York and London are following cities like Memphis and San Francisco and installing LED lighting displays along their river crossings. And it’s not for aesthetics alone: The projects are driving significant economic investment.<p>Stretching nearly one mile across the Mississippi River between …

When And How You Should Ask For A Raise: The Dos And Don'ts

It can be the most daunting of all discussions, even if you have a great relationship with your boss. For some reason, you don’t have a problem standing your ground when it comes to your opinions about a project. You don’t have a problem setting boundaries. But, when it comes to asking for a raise, …

Employment

Meet the millennials making big money riding China's bitcoin wave

On a sunny afternoon in west Beijing, on the auspicious eighth floor of a nondescript concrete high-rise, Huai Yang sits with the curtains drawn in his apartment, making his own luck.<p>For the past six months, 27-year-old Yang has worked mainly from home, mainly from his sofa, tracking and trading …

Cryptocurrency

Why America’s Richest Cities Keep Getting Richer

They are not just the places where the most ambitious and talented people want to be—they are where such people feel they need to be.<p>In the fall of 2013, in a hotel suite overlooking New York City’s Times Square, the gaming giant Electronic Arts unveiled <i>Cities of Tomorrow</i>, the latest addition to …

Urban Design

The Americans volunteering to watch executions

<b>Teresa Clark has watched three strangers die. She held her husband's hand the first time, but after that the experience began to feel normal.</b><p>The couple, who run a chimney sweeping business in Waynesboro, Virginia, volunteer to watch executions. Teresa's husband, Larry, 63, went to the first one …

8 Tips That Will Turn 'Overwhelmed' Into 'Satisfied'

Work should be challenging and satisfying. It should fire you up to accomplish as much as you can and give you that great feeling of having made a difference. Unfortunately, those feelings are too rare. Too many people feel overwhelmed and overloaded. They leave work each day feeling they didn’t …

Time Management

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ivanka?

She’s a fashion icon. She’s also the president’s daughter. How will magazines cover the new Ivanka Trump?<p>When retailers Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus announced earlier this month that they’d no longer carry Ivanka Trump’s fashion line, the decision provoked outrage at the White House, infuriating the …

Donald Trump

Do These 4 Things Over the Weekend for a Healthier Week

The key to a successful week includes what you do before it even begins. Using your Sunday to plan out the week ahead will yield great results in …

Productivity

5 reasons to create and share lists in Google Maps

Here's why saving and sharing lists in Maps can come in handy.<p>For a while now, you've been able to save places of interest (like your favorite restaurants, bars and attractions you visited or want to visit) inside the Google Maps app. But because every address was filed under a master list simply …

Psychologists Explain Why Ikea Is a Relationship Death-Trap

<b>In honor of Valentine’s Day, Science of Us is spending this week talking about love — specifically, what happens when it goes wrong. If you ever</b> …

150+ Educational Websites For Lifelong Learners

This list keeps being updated with more online educational resources:<p>Take a look at EVERLEARNERS.COM<p>If you are anything like me, you have discovered …

W.E.B. Du Bois Was A Master Of The Hand-Drawn Infographic

The activist, historian, and prolific author was also a skilled designer of infographics depicting black life post-Civil War.<p>The prominent civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois was also a historian and sociologist—a background that led him to a firm belief in the revolutionary power of empirical …

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the classroom.<p>Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can't determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach …

Teaching

Even Good-Guy Student Loan Startups Still Favor the Rich

Student-loan refinancing is one of Silicon Valley's hottest new mini-sectors, with a fresh crop of startups leveraging buzzy marketing and proprietary algorithms in a race to reshape the loan. But despite the hype, only the top tier of graduates qualifies. Can technology ever change that?<p><b>Last</b> …

INSIDE MEDIUM'S MELTDOWN: How an idealistic Silicon Valley founder raised $134 million to change journalism, then crashed into reality

Four days into 2017, Medium's employees came to work and were told that one-third of them — 50 people — were being let go.<p>They were shocked. Their adored boss, billionaire CEO Ev Williams, best known as the cofounder of Twitter, seemed to care so deeply for each of them.<p>But he told the world about …

Use the Five Folder System to Finally Organize Your Email Inbox

We’ve come a long way from the simple “trusted trio” method of organizing our inbox, and for many of us our email is as disorganized as it’s ever …

Getting out of Auto: Understanding Shutter Speed

What is Shutter Speed?<p>Compared to ISO and aperture, shutter speed is a relatively straightforward concept to understand. It's the period of time that …

What Happened When I Forced Myself To Wake Up At 5 A.M. Every Day For A Month

Some early risers might get more done, but it turns out there are times when getting up earlier can make you less productive.<p>Early risers get a lot of good press: They are supposedly more productive and possibly better problem solvers. But after a month of forcing myself out of bed at 5 a.m., I …

Time Management

The 10 Hottest Productivity Tools of 2017 | Inc.com

Tools--hardware, software, apps, etc.--come and go. That's the nature of progress. But what never goes away is knowledge. Once you know a way to be more efficient and effective--a new approach, a new mindset, a new strategy or technique--that tool is yours forever.<p>And so is your ability to get more …

Why Local News Anchors All Have the Same Look

The faces on your TV may have been surgically altered for a distraction-free experience.<p>Mark* was a sophomore in college, interning at a popular local television station in a medium-sized city in the South, when his boss told him to consider plastic surgery.<p>“One of the first things he said was ‘Oh, …

How Israelis See the Settlements

Some want to annex the West Bank, others to separate from the Palestinians—and all view Jerusalem as anything but a settlement<p>A billboard near the highway entering Jerusalem proclaims in Hebrew: “The Time for Sovereignty Has Come.” It is part of a new campaign for the formal incorporation into …

Israel

Hollywood Lawyer Marty Singer Can Make Any Problem Go Away—Except Bill Cosby’s

A ballroom full of household names—John Travolta, Scarlett Johansson, Charlie Sheen, Jonah Hill, etc.—will swear there’s no one in Hollywood like Marty Singer. David Margolick reports on the mega-lawyer’s mojo, and his involvement in the Bill Cosby case.<p>The guests who gathered for the Beverly Hills …

How Upset Are You Allowed To Get Over People Mispronouncing 'Porsche'?

There’s a German car company with a funny little name that often gets brought up. The problem is it has a bunch of letters next to each other that …

Porsche

What 108 Millionaires Just Taught Me About Money, Success, And Life

Imagine sitting in a room with 108 millionaires and being able to pick their brains for three days.<p>What would you ask them?<p>What would you hope to learn?<p>This is the exact situation I found myself in last weekend, and the event <i>completely changed my life</i>, as I hope the lessons I learned, and …

Self-improvement

7 Innovative Artificial Intelligence Startups to Watch in 2017 | Inc.com

It's poised to be an exciting year in artificial intelligence. Last year, artificial intelligence deals topped a billion for the first time. The White House started publishing reports on AI and the economy. Samsung just announced a new $150 million fund for early-stage AI startups. Their recent …

Artificial Intelligence

A Designer’s Guide To Tech In 2017

We spoke to designers in attendance at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show about the products they were most looking forward to and why.<p>This year’s Consumer Electronics Show brought 170,000 people to the city of Las Vegas to peruse the latest tech offerings under the fluorescent lighting of the …

5 Steps to Rock Any Networking Event

A great face-to-face connection can help you jump start the career you've always wanted.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Not everyone loves bobbing in and out of a strange crowd with a bundle of business cards in one hand and a plate of cheese in the other. Approaching …