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Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America

On March 2, a disturbing report hit the desks of U.S. counterintelligence officials in Washington. For months, American spy hunters had scrambled to …

Social Media

To Become a Data Scientist, There Are 4 Things You Must Do | Inc.com

<i>How can I become a data scientist? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Monica Rogati, Data Science advisor, formerly the VP of Data at Jawbone and LinkedIn, on Quora:</b><p>There's a lot of …

Machine Learning

17 Brilliant Movies Of 2016 You Totally Missed

<b>Swiss Army Man</b> was one of the best film experiences I had in 2016 but most of the world missed it. If this list inspires more people to give this gem …

Start a Business: 9 Steps to Validate a Business Idea While Keeping Your Full Time Job | Inc.com

You want to start a business, but you're not sure your idea will work -- and you're definitely not ready to quit your full-time job and dive right in. Is it possible to validate your business idea while maintaining the safety net your full-time job provides?<p>Absolutely.<p>The following is from Ryan …

Entrepreneurship

28 Tools to Help You Launch Your Startup

It’s the catch-22 of the startup world: you want to launch something cool, but you need money to do it, but you won’t have money until you launch …

Make Edible Paper in 3 Easy Steps

Whip up this edible paper in as little as 10 minutes and use it for secret messages, decorative foods, and more!<p>Paper is commonly made from plant material — so why not food plants? Every plant’s cells are surrounded by a tough, fibrous material called <i>cellulose</i>. When chopped up and soaked, the tiny …

Inventions

10 ways to have a better conversation

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. …

How to Tell a Coworker They’re Annoying You

Whenever we’re working closely with other people, it’s easy for tensions to arise thanks to differences in personal styles and priorities. When they do, we have a choice: should we raise the issue, or keep quiet? Many of us bite our tongue, worrying that speaking up will harm an important …

Self Control

The world's best cities for millennials

<b>Affordability</b><p>Millennials are a boomerang generation. The number of 20- to 34-year-olds living at home with their parents increased by 25% between 1996 and 2013 in the UK. Last year, 58% of 20- to 24-year-olds, 21% of 25- to 29-year-olds, and 8% of 30- to 34-year-olds in the UK lived with parents. …

Carsharing

The Art of Shipping Early and Often

<i>“Several distinct problems manifest themselves as delays in launching: working too slowly; not truly understanding the problem; fear of having to</i> …

Product Management

We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness?<p>These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”)<p>As you scale …

Employment

The ways you’re most likely to die, at every age

Not to be morbid, but what are you likely to die from?<p>Nathan Yau of Flowing Data has created a fascinating interactive chart that shows the answer, according to statistics. Drawing on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Underlying Cause of Death database, Yau charted the …

Population

5 Top Indicators for Startup Success, According to This TED Talk | Inc.com

Bill Gross is a smart guy. Twenty years ago he started Idealab. They have started over 100 companies. They have had some successes and many failures.<p>Bill Gross loves startups. He believes the best ones can unlock human potential. Bill wanted to pin point what factors or factor accounts the most for …

Startups

Here’s What We Learned From The Ig Nobel Awards

Silly lessons from some silly science<p>Eggs can be un-boiled, at least partially. Mammals all pee for the same length of time. Every language has a word for “huh?” CEOs of risk-taking firms tend to have lived through—but didn’t suffer from—natural disasters. Police in Bangkok can get extra pay for …

Science

How Maps Are Saving the World

Maps. They’ve been around longer than photographs. They’ve defined empires,guided explorers, told stories, and captured the imagination of many a hopeful traveler for years. While most appreciate the beauty and power of a good map, few recognize the dynamic and vital applications they have …

8 Books Warren Buffett Tells Millionaires to Read | Inc.com

I've previously posted reading recommendations from Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, all of whom are legendary high tech entrepreneurs. Warren Buffett is a different sort of icon: a true pioneer of investment philosophy.<p>Not surprisingly, Buffett's recommendations are almost entirely about …

Investing

Peter Thiel Wants You to Get Angry About Death | Inc.com

If a new technology is developed in the next few years that radically extends the life expectancy of human beings, odds are good that it will come out of a company backed by Peter Thiel. In the new issue of <i>Inc</i>., I talked to the billionaire venture capitalist about why he's been putting so much of …

Peter Thiel

The Importance Of Founders

In a prior era, some considered it best practice to bring in “professional managers” to run the businesses started by creative and hard-working …

Venture Capital

The Pernicious Effect of Dilution in SaaS: The Cold, Hard, Bloody numbers

I remember one of the first things I had to do in the start-up world, years ago, was help prepare the table of 5% Stockholders and Named Executive …

Venture Capital

How Does Mark Zuckerberg Manage to Own 25 Percent of Facebook? | Inc.com

<i>Answer by Jason M. Lemkin, partner @ Storm Ventures; ceo/co-founder @ EchoSign (acq'd by Adobe), the web's #1 electronic signature service, on Quora</i><p>You can sum it all up in one concept: <b>He Skipped a (Venture) Round.</b> Really, a Round-and-a-Half.<p>If you do all the "traditional" 5 rounds -- Seed, A, B, …

Mark Zuckerberg

Sneaky Questions Early-Stage VCs Ask Founders

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Rob Go is a co-founder and partner at seed-stage VC NextView Ventures and writes on the firm’s blog, the View from Seed.</i><p>During conversations with VCs, entrepreneurs will often encounter a few sneaky questions that have nothing to do with their actual businesses today. Many of these …

Venture Capital

The best movies of 2014

You may have noticed, but Polygon started writing about movies this year.<p>And what a year to expand our coverage: 2014 probably had more good or even great films than it had good or great games, at least where genre fiction is concerned.<p>Because we have no formal rating system for films, the …

Most Popular Hive Fives of 2014

The Hive Five series is one of our most popular, and this year was a great year for it. We rounded up the best options in just about every possible …

VPNs

How Head Hits In Football Hurt Brains

A sports science roundup<p>As many Americans settled down to watch some football after dinner last weekend, a flurry of fresh news about sports-related brain injuries came to light.<p>A former high school quarterback sued the Illinois High School Association for not protecting young players from head …

The Brain

Innovation Won't Get You Very Far | Inc.com

Admit it: you're a little obsessed with innovation. I don't blame you. Considering how fast markets evolve in today's global economy and how quickly technology changes compared with even a decade ago, your growth almost certainly depends on creating new products--and new ways to serve customers--no …

Leadership
Business Strategy

Why Most Meetings Are a Waste of Time, and What to Do About It

In theory, meetings are a wonderful tool. You get together with your colleagues, spitball ideas, pin down agendas, and have some quality face-to-face …

16 Tips for Getting 90 Percent of Your Work Done in the Morning | Inc.com

Imagine this.<p>By the time lunch rolls around, you push back from your desk with a satisfied sigh, saunter off to your car, and drive off to have a leisurely, stress-free lunch, daydreaming about the 18 holes that you're going to play for the rest of the day.<p>This can be for real.<p>You can get 90 …

Productivity

How to Fold the World’s Best Paper Airplane | Colossal

<p>Back in 2012, former Cal Berkeley quarterback Joe Ayoob broke the Guinness World Record for the longest distance in paper airplane flight using a …