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Starbucks New Holiday Cups Appear To Have Leaked and Oh, Take a Look

Oh, no. This is going to be trouble.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>There's very little in America more controversial than Starbucks' holiday cups.<p>They're either not festive enough. Or just too, well, something.<p>Remember the year …

Christmas

This Founder Is on a Mission to Save the Eighth Wonder of the World

It's not a bad idea to turn your passion into a business, after all.<p>Home is where the heart is. It is the place that contributes to one's self-awareness and values, which ultimately have a hand in shaping a person's career success. Therefore, with no surprise, it is expected for someone to want to …

Entrepreneurship

23 Amazing Quotes That Inspire You To Think Differently

When everyone looks and thinks the same, only stagnation is achieved. These people will help you rise above the norm.<p>I just returned from a month traveling in South Africa. I was fascinated in many ways how it resembled the USA. In fact, the food, culture, and attitudes are so similar, if you …

Lyft Raises $1B Round Led by Google's CapitalG as Competition Against Uber Intensifies

The ride-hailing company is now valued at $11 billion.<p><b>Lyft just raised $1 billion in a funding round led by CapitalG, the investment arm of Alphabet, Google's parent company.</b>• <b><br>Alphabet has forged a close relationship with Lyft. Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving-car company, has partnered with Lyft on</b> …

Lyft

5 Ways to Use Company Culture to Gain More Customers

Making socially responsible business decisions can sound like too much work. Gain more customers by using these five tips.<p>Consumers today are interested in buying from companies who share their values and invest in social causes. In addition to giving back and treating employees fairly, retailers …

Customers

Stitch Fix Files for IPO

According to the filing, the company expects revenue of nearly $1 billion for 2017, and has been profitable since 2015.<p><b>Stitch Fix, a personal styling company, just filed for an IPO.</b>• <b><br>It was profitable the last two years, and had $1 billion in revenue this year.</b>• <b><br>It will trade under the ticker …

IPOs

Follow These 3 Golden Tips From Jeff Bezos to Build Your Business

Even if you're struggling in the short term, you should start thinking long-term.<p>Jeff Bezos is the definition of an exceptional entrepreneur. How else can you explain the meteoric rise of Amazon which not only survived every market tide over the turn of the century and beyond, but emerged even …

Jeff Bezos

5 Industries 3D Printing Will Disrupt in the Next 10 Years

It's already begun.<p>3D printing technology has come a long way in the recent years, and it's really started to mature in terms of both its capabilities and its real world applications. It's no longer just theoretical - it's practical in a wide variety of instances, and that's good news for both 3D …

3D Printing

This Conference You've Never Heard of Is Internet Marketing's Best Kept Secret

The LeadPages Converted conference is where advanced digital marketers go to get better.<p>Every marketing conference makes bold claims about how great it is and how "You don't want to miss this!" Yet, most fail to deliver on that promise.<p>It's become all too common to spend thousands of dollars on …

Digital Marketing

It's Easier to Focus in a Coffee Shop Than an Open Plan Office, According to Brain Scans

It's not just the noise that's distracting. It's the annoying behavior of your coworkers.<p>Yesterday, the Harvard Business Review published an article asking why people feel they can focus better in a coffee shop than in an open plan office, even though both environments are noisy.<p>The article cites …

Coffee

Jeff Bezos Just Christened Amazon's New Wind Farm by Smashing Champagne on a Turbine

Jeff Bezos celebrates Amazon's newest wind farm in Texas.<p>To celebrate Amazon's newest Wind Farm in Texas, Jeff Bezos climbed on top of one of the wind turbines (well, it's hard to say <i>exactly</i> how he got up there--could have climbed, <i>or maybe he's invented his own jet pack device</i>, it's hard to say) …

Jeff Bezos

Do These 4 Things to be Your Company's Agenda Mover

Utilize the same skills that got you this far and go the distance.<p>The major leadership challenge is to lead innovation and change. In that sense, leaders need to move ideas through the maze of the organization. In today's organizations, with multiple businesses, numerous teams, and changing …

Leadership

Senator Suggests Facebook Soft-Pedaled Its Role in Russia's Election Meddling

So much for transparency. What Mark Zuckerberg has copped to so far is "the tip of the iceberg," according to Mark Warner, co-sponsor of a new bill to regulate political ads.<p>Facebook is in all kinds of trouble for letting Russian agents use its platform to spread phony rumors and inflammatory …

Mark Warner

Setting Goals is Essential for Success. These 5 Tips Will Make it Easier

Success requires planning, thinking, and action.<p>If you're like me, you are always looking for ways to improve your work so that you can reach the goals you have set for yourself. The key is setting clear goals and then implementing a plan to achieve them. That requires planning, thinking, and …

Success

If You Need More Evidence That Open Offices Are Just Awful for Productivity, Here It Is

Noise is part of it. But that's not all.<p>Once the shiny new savior to put an end to outdated cubicles, open offices have quickly started losing their luster. Sure, the minimalist design looks nice. But a lot of people secretly--or not-so-secretly--hate working in open offices.<p>Though silence is super …

Productivity

What Getting a Green Card Means to an Immigrant Entrepreneur

Startup founders and entrepreneurs have even more hoops to jump through to achieve the American dream.<p>Entrepreneurs are the embodiment of the American dream. More than half of the highest-valued startups in the U.S. were founded by immigrants, according to a study from the National Foundation for …

Immigration

3 Secrets to Never Losing Another Sale

I saved a big sale recently - twice. Here's how to close the deal when a big client is wavering.<p>I recently experienced something all business owners go through at some point in their careers: almost losing a major sale.<p>You know what I'm talking about. The client is ready to go and they've made a …

Why You Shouldn't Worry About Imposter Syndrome

If you're feeling like a fraud at work or like what you've accomplished is due to luck, you may be dealing with imposter syndrome. The good news is once you feel it creeping up you can turn imposter syndrome into an advantage.<p>There are voices in my head as I head into boardroom after boardroom …

Due

More Racists Ad Charges in the Skincare Industry: Nivea Takes Heat

Is anybody in business going to start learning for all the mistakes others make?<p>After the latest Dove ad debacle, you'd think that all other companies might do things like run their ads past more objective eyes. But, apparently not. Now skincare company Nivea is embroiled in controversy over a …

Skin Care

These 3 Job Interview Mistakes Are Keeping You From Getting Hired

These avoidable mistakes could get in the way of you getting hired for your dream job.<p><i>Has your career stalled? Bust out of the mid-career slump.</i><p>Out of all of the applicants for the job listing, you have made it through to the interview. This is your time to shine. You want this job and your …

Job Interviews

Starting a Business vs. Buying a Franchise: How to Tell Which Is Right for You

The downside to starting your own business from scratch is also that you are starting from the ground up.<p><i>Is it good to start my own business or buy into a franchise? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the</i> …

Franchising

The Secret to Long-Term Motivation: Planning Backwards

In time, you'll no longer dread Monday mornings - you'll be up at 5 AM ahead of your alarm clock.<p><i>What is your daily driver as a start-up founder and entrepreneur? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the</i> …

Productivity

This Airline Just Got Sued by a Passenger for the Most Incredible Reason You Could Imagine

Raise a glass to this litigant? Or not?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Airlines gird their loins every day, I fancy, wondering where the next problem will arise.<p>They hope, with some fervor, that it isn't the sort of problem that …

Airlines

Want Your Next Blog Post to Go Viral? Here Are 5 Analytics-Backed Hacks (With Examples)

Clickbait is so pass. Here's what's driving traffic right now.<p>One of my teammates, Katrina, once likened a headline to a bikini. It doesn't take a lot of space, it covers the basics, and when done right, it grabs everyone's attention without revealing too much.<p>Why such a strong focus on such a …

Digital Marketing

How to Battle From Idea to Launch and Survive

Who would have thought that inventing is the easy part when you are taking a product to market?<p>The most difficult thing about inventing a product is not inventing the product... it's everything that happens next, if anything happens at all. Sure, you need to have a top-notch, functional, …

Entrepreneurship

A Simple Plan for Hiring the Best Candidate

Hiring doesn't need to be an over-the-top process.<p>Interviewing candidates for roles can become a tedious process, especially if hiring at a rapid pace. If you don't have a human resources team dedicated to this function, it's important to have a process in place to help your team assess candidates …

Recruitment

3 Crazy Things You Can Have Done with Your Ashes After You Die

From becoming part of a coral reef to being turned into a diamond, the new options post-death are getting more interesting.<p>Having attended more than one funeral in the last year, death and how we Americans deal with it have been on my mind more than usual. As someone committed to going green in …

Oceans

Want to Reduce Carbon Emissions? This Startup Plans to Use Renewable Energy to Replace Fossil Fuels

Baseload Renewables hopes to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy to provide baseload power -- and do it cheaper, too.<p>Not to go all old-school <i>Star Trek</i> on you, but entrepreneurs often go where no man (or woman) has ever gone before.<p>Case in point: Baseload Renewables, a startup with an …

Renewable Energy

Make a Mark: EO Partners with UN to Transform the World Through Sustainable Development Goals

Changing the world is a vast goal, but with the genius of 12,000 entrepreneurs, it's within reach.<p><i>Stephen Distante</i> <i>is an</i> <i>Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)</i> <i>member currently serving as president of the</i> <i>New York Chapter, and is CEO of</i> Vanderbilt Securities, LLC<i>. As EO's ambassador to the UN and a staunch</i> …

Sustainability

Here's Why an Ebook Can Never Live Up to the Joy of Reading an Old-Fashioned Hardcover

Traditional print books look great, they smell good, and they last a really long time.<p>A few years ago, after four-plus decades of reading print books, and several years after Amazon launched the ebook revolution, I finally took the plunge and downloaded the Kindle app for my iPhone and started …

eBooks