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Entrepreneurship

30-Year-Old Who Sold His Startup For $170 Million Just Wrote 1,284 Slides On How To Win Life

Clocking in at an insane 1,284 slides, the presentation includes such gems as:<p>"Important people like opening FedEx packages."<p>And:<p>"Let your inner child come out daily and silly dance."<p>Valleywag's Nitasha Tiku posted and mocked the slidedeck Wednesday and we've spotted some problems with it, too, but …

Self-improvement

7 Key Steps Toward Starting Your Own Business

Entrepreneur and Marketer, Co-founder of Web Profits<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A lot of people think starting a business is hard. Too many would-be-entrepreneurs get stuck early in the process because they think only a certain type of person has what it takes to …

Small Business

From online dating to driverless cars, machine learning is everywhere

Dr Michael Osborne from the University of Oxford answers our Q&A about the mysteries of a component of artificial intelligence<p>With machine learning behind myriad technologies, from online dating to driverless cars, we ask expert Dr Michael Osborne from the University of Oxford to give us the …

This is Comcast's internal handbook for talking customers out of canceling service

"Retention specialists" can be pretty persuasive<p>Remember that Comcast customer service representative who just wouldn't let Ryan Block cancel his service? That employee was in Comcast's retention department, which is a customer's last stop on their way out.<p>Retention specialists are trained to …

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

3 Psychological Traps that Keep Your Startup in Sorrow

<i>This post originally appeared on the iDoneThis blog.</i><p>You’re stuck in the trough of sorrow. No matter what you do, nothing in your company is improving.<p>You look around you, and everyone you know is crushing it. Their companies are getting acquired, they’re raising huge funding rounds, and they’re …

‘Wisdom of the crowd’: The myths and realities

Are the many wiser than the few? Phil Ball explores the latest evidence on what can make groups of people smarter – but can also make them wildly wrong.<p>Is The Lord of the Rings the greatest work of literature of the 20th Century? Is The Shawshank Redemption the best movie ever made? Both have been …

Psychology

The FBI is hip to your internet slang

Challenge accepted in 83-page intelligence report<p>The FBI has a list detailing about 2,800 of the many different abbreviations and acronyms used on social media. In addition to familiar terms like LOL or BRB, the 83-page lexicon contains more inexplicable entries like YTP (YouTube Poop) and …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

5 Habits of People With Remarkable Willpower | Inc.com

Willpower is <i>not</i> something you either have or you don't.<p>Sure, some people may be more self-disciplined than you. Some people may be better at resisting temptation than you. But that's probably not because they were born with some certain special something inside them--instead, they've found ways to …

Will Power

Robot Reads Novels, Writes Songs About Them

Listen to Lord of the Flies, A Clockwork Orange, The Little Prince, and more.<p>If a robot read a novel, how would it feel? You might get a sense from these little jingles. Below are some songs that were automatically created by a series of algorithms that turn the emotions in novels into short pieces …

Books

How extreme isolation warps the mind

When people are isolated from human contact, their mind can do some truly bizarre things, says Michael Bond. Why does this happen?<p>Sarah Shourd’s mind began to slip after about two months into her incarceration. She heard phantom footsteps and flashing lights, and spent most of her day crouched on …

Psychology

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

12 Hypnotic Animation Tricks Used By Disney's Legendary Artists

And now for a delightful reminder about the pure, unadulterated magic of moving line drawings. This little bouncer above is demonstrating the ol' …

How to Set Up a Remote Desktop and Control Your Computer from Anywhere

Desktop computers aren't <i>just</i> antiquated behemoths quietly gathering dust in your parent's house. They also offer an often overlooked processing …