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The 20 most popular TED Talks of all time

Since its founding in 1984, the TED nonprofit has hosted thousands of short speeches around the world on technology, entertainment, and design.<p>It began posting video of the presentations online in 2006, and there are now more than 2,100 TED Talks that have been viewed well over a billion …

Public Speaking

Aging Societies Should Make More of Mentorship

The past year brought a rich array of films depicting connections between a wise, older mentor and a younger person in need of sage guidance, in ways that often defied gauzy stereotypes, from art-house movies like Lily Tomlin’s Grandma to blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In Creed, …

Blockbusters

Mobile Phones Promise to Bring Banking to the World’s Poorest

laura schneider FOR HBR<p>The rapid proliferation of mobile platforms and the digital services that move across them are transforming the world in countless ways. Overnight, these technologies create billionaires and business models so beautifully unique and freakishly inspired that we call them …

Banking

College is Good for Getting a Job but Not Necessarily for Getting Rich

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I went to McNeese State University. I promise you I’m not where I am today financially because of the formal education I received. Going to college is a path to the middle class -- not to becoming a millionaire or even a</b> …

College & University

Branch.co raises $9.2 million to bring financial services where banks don’t go

San Francisco-based Branch International, or Branch.co, raised $9.2 million to bring digital financial services to mobile phone users in Sub-Saharan Africa. Andreessen Horowitz led the Series A round.<p>Branch’s free-to-download Android app is a kind of “branchless bank for the next generation,” says …

Sub-Saharan Africa
Government

Books That Changed My Mind This Year: CEO Selections

A good book will make you think; a really good book will change the way you do it. <i>Fortune</i> asked 18 CEOs, luminaries, and rising stars to name the one …

Logging

13 ways to have an immediate impact at your new job

Setting realistic expectations about the roller coaster ride ahead will help you through the peaks and troughs of your transition.<p>The following tips should help, too.<p>Before you start, stop. Fewer than 30 percent of people moving jobs take an adequate break between the time they leave one job and …

Leadership

Why Genuine Empathy Is Good For Business

When you can step into your customers’ shoes, it’s easier to walk miles ahead of the competition.<p>Some people think of empathy as a touchy-feely, “soft” skill. It isn’t. Empathy is a hard business skill that’s absolutely critical to the bottom line. It’s not about being nice–it’s about feeling …

Empathy

What kids need to know about money — at every age

American parents today are well aware of the importance of teaching their kids about money — especially since many won’t learn at school even such …

Personal Finance

How to Stop Micromanaging Your Team

Micromanaging is a hard habit to break. You may downplay your propensities by labeling yourself a “control freak” or by claiming that you just like to keep close tabs on your team, but those are poor excuses for excessive meddling. What can you do to give your people the space they need to succeed …

Leadership

8 Podcasts That Will Captivate Your Mind

A month ago, if you asked me what my favorite podcast was I would have paused awkwardly and asked, “What’s a podcast?” A lot has changed since …

Self-improvement

11 biographies to read if you want to get rich

Success is a learnable skill, self-made millionaire T. Harv Eker emphasizes in his book, "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind." Anyone can grow to be successful and wealthy, and one of the best starting points is to read a biography about someone who's already done it.<p>"Successful people look at other …

Success

16 Must-See Wall Street Movies

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Wall Street has provided plenty of inspiration for the film industry over the years and continues to do so.<p>The trailer for <i>The</i> …

The psychological impact of a person’s voice

“In-person meetings are more effective than virtual ones.”<p>That’s the stale, but strongly supported view on virtual interaction, backed by many experts in the field. A study by Oxford Economics a few years back found that every dollar invested in business travel results in $12.50 in revenues and …

Challenge Your Thinking With These Philosophical Books

Do you tend to read books by authors who think like you do? While scientists have found that any kind of reading can provide beneficial stimulation …

The Essential Guide to Crafting a Work Email

You, like me, probably rattle off emails quickly, all day (and sometimes all night) long. And that means the people receiving your emails are doing exactly the same thing. Whether this is good or bad for us, generally speaking, is an open question. But until we all get better at dealing with email …

Harvard Business School

14 Air Travel Secrets From An Industry Insider | Inc.com

<i>What are the best airport hacks?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.</i><p><i>Answer by Annie Lindseth, Airport Planner</i><p>Almost everything …

Flying

Entrepreneur's investing style involves taking big risks on single stocks

Entrepreneur Christopher Samdeo is used to taking risks.<p>The Trinidad native, who immigrated to Canada as a young teen, lived a hardscrabble life in Toronto's Jane and Finch neighbourhood after moving out of the house at age 15. At 18, he moved to the South of France to help a friend run a marketing …

Investing

The 30 best hotels in the world

Luxury comes at a price, but when you're staying at one of the best hotels in the world, that price is worth it.<p>We've created the ultimate list of the 30 best hotels in the world.<p>To create this list, we aggregated five notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites: Travel + …

National Parks

America's 46 most trusted brands, according to Reader's Digest

The results of the March 2015 online survey are based on the preferences of a 4,500-person sample and are weighted against US Census data by age, gender, income, and geography.<p>Asked about the products and services they use on a routine basis, 79% of participants said they opt for a "trusted" brand …

Hair Color

8 tricks for remembering everything you read

But just because forgetting is a human phenomenon doesn't mean you should simply accept it. In fact, there are plenty of simple, creative strategies for retaining more of what you read — whether that's novels, news articles, or scientific textbooks.<p>To find out what some of those techniques are, we …

Orlando City SC

Forget Business School--Just Watch These 10 TED Talks

You can emerge as an effective trailblazer in your office by being true to yourself and constantly learning. Start by watching these short lectures and embodying their lessons.<p>In today's business world, leaders are emerging at all ranks. The role of the leader is not exclusive to executive-level …

Self-improvement

How to get where you're going when your flight gets canceled

<b>Question:</b> Six family members — four adults and two children — flew into John Wayne Airport from New York. They had return reservations, designed so they could get back home on Saturday, have a day to do things and go back to work on Monday. Instead, on Friday they were told their flight was …

The 15 worst mistakes people make in their 20s

That said, there are some poor choices that have lasting effects, like not starting to save money, that are easily avoidable.<p>We've sorted through a variety of advice from entrepreneurs and writers on Quora and found recurring themes.<p>Here are the worst mistakes 20-somethings would be wise to avoid …

Self-improvement

How Making Time for Books Made Me Feel Less Busy

Six months ago, I found myself drowning in a flood of easy information. The internet—and all the lovely things on it, things like Wikipedia, Twitter, podcasts, the New Yorker, email, TED Talks, Facebook, Youtube, Buzzfeed occasionally, and yes, even the Harvard Business Review—provide unlimited …

Productivity

How much you should have saved for retirement right now

How much should you have saved for retirement? There's actually a simple answer to that. You'll need to start with a bunch of basic assumptions, but all you really need to know is your income and your age.<p>Let's take a look at hypothetical Joe, who is hired straight out of college. By the time he's …

Retirement