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The Smart and Big Money Continues to Flow into the Cannabis Market

I had been under the impression that we are now in the era of gathering picks and shovels when it comes to the smart direction legislators are heading about cannabis. But in a recent chat with Derek Peterson, I became convinced we are much further along. Peterson is CEO of Terra Tech Corporation, …

Two Startups Win At Silicon Dragon Pitch In NY, Go To Beijing Next

It has been tough selecting two winners from the 19 entrepreneurs who pitched last week at Silicon Dragon’s pitch last week in New York City.<p>There were the co-founders Bao Lei and Ying Shen who pitched their startup Xingzhi, which uses big data and machine learning to match Chinese students who …

How To Avoid Saying 'No' To Customers, And What To Do When You Have To

I’m a longtime proponent of defaulting to yes when taking care of your customers, of maintaining an attitude of “the answer is yes–now what is your question?”<p>But no business can give every customer a yes every time, and there’s one situation in particular where you may need to say no: when the …

SunPower's 24.1% Efficiency Record: Are We Near The Ceiling?

SunPower leaped past the competition today by announcing that is has created a silicon solar module that can convert 24.1% of the sunlight that strikes it into electricity.<p>If this were the Olympics, the drug tests would be underway. Over the past year, SolarCity, Panasonic and SunPower have duked …

Once thought of as just a dream — is the hyperloop a real possibility?

It sounds like science fiction: a hyperloop that propels passengers traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in levitating pods through a nearly airless tube. Their pace rivals the speed of sound. The journey takes only 30 minutes.<p>According to Brogan BamBrogan, former SpaceX engineer and now …

Hyperloop One gets an investment from Russia’s sovereign fund

A second Russian fund appears to be involved in Hyperloop One‘s latest $80 million round of financing, which was closed in April. Russia’s sovereign fund RDIF has just announced that it took part in the round, without disclosing, however, the amount of its contribution.<p>“RDIF pays great attention to …

6 Essential Considerations For Your SEO Link Building Campaign

Few SEO strategies are as important—or as hotly debated—as link building. It’s virtually impossible to rank meaningfully without external links pointing back to your site. That being said, there are dozens of considerations you’ll have to bear in mind when building links to your website—after all, …

10 Reasons To Never Be Too Cool For Old School

You may think you’re too cool for “Old School,” but there’s one thing it produced that you can’t be successful without: the fundamentals. Here are ten essential operating fundamentals that are timelessly, beautifully, definitively, non-negotiably, Old School .<p><b>Financial statements:</b> Become an expert …

What You Need To Know Before Talking About Your Company's Value

As a young entrepreneur in the 1990s, I used to obsess over multiples.<p>I would calculate what multiple of earnings my business was worth by comparing my business to others like it trading on the stock market. I used to quiz people in my industry about the multiple they thought we could get for our …

Transform Your Customer Service And Customer Experience In 12 Steps

Nothing could be more daunting than to set out to completely transform your company’s customer service and customer experience. But if that’s your goal, you’ve come to the right place; I’m here to de-daunt this for you, gentle reader, in a similar way to how I do this as a customer service …

Customer Experience

Pasta con le sarde alla siciliana

1<p><b>Scopri come realizzare la ricetta originale della pasta con le sarde alla siciliana ed esaltare l'aroma inconfondibile del finocchietto</b>Per la …

Icon A5, An Airplane For Non-Pilots, Hits Turbulence After Fast Start

Most people who aspire to become private pilots start with flight school before thinking about buying an airplane. But Icon Aircraft, a California start-up, has orders to deliver 2,000 of its new amphibious airplanes over the next few years, and nearly half of the purchasers do not have a pilot’s …

The Great Energy Boom Of 2016

Oil prices have gone up over 60% from their low just a few months ago. That’s an astounding result. Some smart traders just got very rich. Why didn’t most investors embrace the oil bull market? Information overload.<p>I predicted an energy boom for 2016 in this column on January 7th of this year. (I …

La campagna per la creatività: “Se volete le nostre idee, pagatecele. Prima”

“<b>Se volete le nostre idee, pagatecele. Prima</b>”. Così si chiude il breve video con cui l’agenzia di comunicazione milanese <b>Fasten Seat Belt</b>, e la sua …

Dall’aspirapolvere all’automobile: Dyson pronta a lanciare la sua vettura elettrica

Dall’aspirapolvere senza sacchetto all’asciugamani rapido ad aria all’ultimo asciugacapelli appena lanciato. Dyson, da sempre attenta a coniugare …

Cheesecake: anche i principianti possono farla

Chiamatemi velleitaria, una che si fa far fessa dalle mode, che non parla più di “mangiare” ma di <i>food</i> e dice <i>chef</i> invece di “cuoco”.<p>Io però ho urgenza …

How Successful Entrepreneurs Build Opportunity Funnels

Waiting around for your next big break to just appear isn’t an option for most entrepreneurs, and it places too much emphasis on luck. Locking yourself in a room to dream up your next great business idea typically yields the same results as waiting, if not worse.<p>Even if you have a great idea, you …

Come si prepara una brunoise

Tra le numerose tecniche di taglio usate abitualmente dagli chef nelle cucine di tutto il mondo, la brunoise è quella che meglio si adatta al …

Startups are Personal, Part VII: Build It and They May Not Come

In this installment of our lessons learned series (co-authored by me and Traklight’s Mike Willee), we move from funding challenges to getting your product or service to market. You start a business with the aim of creating a product or service to offer to consumers or businesses. You spend time and …

Entrepreneurship

The Very First Things A New Leader Needs To Know

Nothing has more impact on your business than leadership skills. Despite that, it’s an underrated discipline that people are often expected to pick up without appropriate training.<p>Leadership is a tough job; half art, half science. Especially the first time you step up as leader or CEO it’s a …

Keep It Simple, Stupid: Business Lessons From A Pizza Box

There’s a pizza joint in San Diego called Bronx Pizza. They don’t deliver and they don’t take credit cards. They don’t sell garlic knots or wings. In fact, their menu is extremely simple: pizza slices, whole pizzas, and calzones. They only offer one size of pizza.<p>It doesn’t get simpler than that. …

McDonald's

Vermouth e cioccolato: orgoglio torinese

<b>Vermouth</b>. Lo abbiamo definito moderno con sfumature vintage, vecchio però non dimenticato, casomai perduto nell’oblio della memoria giusto qualche …

Autistico e genio del trading. La straordinaria storia (finita male) di Tom Hayes

Artefice di uno degli scandali finanziari più grossi degli ultimi anni, la storia di Hayes è davvero meglio di un film<p>Se è stato dedicato un film a …

Come cucinare l'agnello

L’<b>agnello</b> è una carne leggera, tenera e molto saporita che in genere si mangia nelle festività e in particolare in occasione della Pasqua.<p>Tante sono …

9 Fundamentals Of Leadership Success

After 28 years as a public-school teacher, Bob Wood reluctantly left the classroom and took the helm of his elementary school. During his 10-year tenure as Principal, his team was awarded the White House’s National Blue Ribbon, a distinction granted to the top 0.3% of all elementary schools …

Venti anni fa Alonso sarebbe morto - 2016

Fernando Alonso non sarebbe sopravvissuto all'incidente nel Gp d'Australia se gli fosse capitato 15 o 20 anni fa: ne è convinto l'ex presidente della …

Perché il Black Cod ha conquistato il mondo

La pesca nello Stato dell’<b>Alaska</b> è una cosa seria, tanto che la sua regolamentazione e la sostenibilità ambientale sono sanciti fin nella …

Il Garda nel bicchiere: è il momento di Bardolino, Chiaretto e Lugana

Il lago di Garda è al centro di un’area vitivinicola che racchiude molte denominazioni di Lombardia, Veneto e Trentino. Alcune di queste, grazie …

Imparare a cucinare l'agnello, con Niko Romito

Lo chef tristellato snocciola consigli per cucinare l'agnello e le sue interiora, una ricetta "maschia". E a casa, meglio la casseruola e preparare …