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Dying from cancer: Could your location determine your fate?

CHICAGO (AP) — Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide …

Health Care

Watch These Robots That Can Teach Kids How to Code

Watch Wonder Workshop founder Vikas Gupta demonstrate Dot and Dash, adorable robots that let kids have fun while they learn useful coding skills.<p>Forget teaching your kid a second language. Now children all over the world increasingly are learning the language that powers tech innovations.<p>But it's …

4 Things Airbnb's Brian Chesky Thinks All Young Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Here are some of the most valuable takeaways that Brian Chesky has learned from building a multi-billion business from the ground up.<p>Growing up, Brian Chesky never envisioned himself as an entrepreneur. Instead, the Airbnb co-founder came up with the idea for his company almost by accident. …

4 Success Secrets of Millionaire Entrepreneurs

Completely boost your success<p>While a bit of luck and maybe some prayer to the deity of your choice can't hurt, the most successful entrepreneurs have common traits that separate them from the wannabes.<p>There's no microwave-ready recipe for success, so these aren't five-minute fixes. But if you take …

How to Use the Power of 'Social Proof' to Attract Customers

Social proof can be a great way to help push your online visitors toward a conversion.<p>Social proof can be a great way to help push your visitors towards a conversion. It doesn't matter what your conversion is, it might be a purchase, it could be a PDF download, or it could be a newsletter signup.<p>If …

Marketing

Mark Cuban Shares the Most Important Lesson He Learned in His 20s

The famed entrepreneur gained his newfound wisdom after an employee embezzled most of his company's money.<p>Shortly after Mark Cuban got his bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1981, he moved in with some friends in Dallas and became a bartender.<p>After getting sick of making drinks, Cuban …

7 Smart Strategies That Will Cure Your Fear of Public Speaking

Got stage fright? Reframe what you expect from a speech, and your attitude about it will change as well.<p>Does the prospect of speaking in front of a live audience make you nervous? If you're human, the likely answer is yes. In surveys, people routinely report public speaking as their number-one …

Here’s Why It’s Really Hard to Insult a True Entrepreneur

These petty comments say more about the person hurling them--and how they can't understand why you're more successful.<p>I've written before about the greatest compliment anyone can pay an entrepreneur. But what about the biggest insults that people are likely to throw your way (usually because they …

Daymond John: To Avoid a Multi-Million Dollar Mistake Ask: Does This Really Make Sense?

In its early days, the 'Shark Tank' star's company experienced some costly growing pains.<p>You live and you learn, and along the way you pray that you don't accidentally blow millions of dollars.<p>Daymond John, founder of clothing company Fubu and cast member of ABC's reality show <i>Shark Tank</i>, wasn't so …

Raising Seed Money Is Easy. That's What Makes Everything Else So Hard

First Round Partner Josh Kopelman explains why startups often go from a seed round to Series A far too quickly.<p><i>This</i> <i>post</i> <i>originally appeared on</i> <i>First Round Capital's blog</i> <i>and has been republished with their permission.</i><p>Shortly after my first child was born, a friend gave me a copy of a book called "The …

Venture Capital

He bought 1% of Google for $10,000 in 1996, now Alberto Chang-Rajii takes shine to UNSW start-up Future Solar Technologies

by Misa Han<p>One of Google’s first investors and founder of $US1.8 billion ($2.36 billion) Chile-based private equity firm Grupo Arcano, has kicked off …

Anything you do on the Apple Watch should take less than 7 seconds, says app design firm

Many tech companies are still struggling to find what types of apps work best on a smartwatch, especially now that the Apple Watch is coming next month.<p>Robbie Abed, director of marketing at app design firm Y Media Labs, says some of his clients are starting to think about whether or not they should …

Smartwatches

How Mark Cuban, Richard Branson, and Larry Ellison Failed Spectacularly Before Becoming Billionaires

You don't have to get everything right from the start. Check out these billionaires' stories for proof.<p>You've read it and heard it dozens of times: You can't have spectacular success unless you're willing to take some big risks. The thing about risks is, they don't always work out well. Sometimes …

Use 'The 10-Minute Rule' to Revolutionize Your Productivity

It sounds crazy, but limiting tasks to 10 minutes will allow you to get more done every day.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a web destination with ecxiting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>Call me crazy, but I've always preferred sleep to caffeine. But with erratic schedules and …

Google And Mattel Revive The View-Master

Mattel’s venerable View-Master, the stereoscopic photo viewer so familiar to kids, is now using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality technology to bring life to those old 3D images.<p>The View-Master of yesteryear was a beautiful thing. By slipping in micro-reels from movies, far-off destinations, or from …

Machine Perception

Lyft’s Logan Green Discusses How to Maintain Your Corporate Culture as You Grow

Here are some tips from a very large company CEO on how to maintain the perfect company culture while growing a hip Silicon Valley startup.<p>Logan Green is a nice guy. So nice, in fact, that investors were initially hesitant to put their money into his business. But instead of battling that image, …

How InsideSales.com Raised $140 Million Without Ceding Control

InsideSales.com's founder went from cleaning offices to bootstrap the company to raising $140 million in venture capital--all without losing control of his business to investors. Here's how he did it.<p>InsideSales.com founder and CEO Dave Elkington and his wife worked graveyard shifts in 2004 and …

Why Small Businesses Need E-Commerce Now More Than Ever

End of the year data from 2014 shows that an effective e-commerce strategy is essential for modern retailers.<p>For generations, the basics of retail stayed the same. People who wanted to buy something usually had to go to a store and most people were able to find a store by looking for its sign. I …

eCommerce

How to Drive Your Team Crazy With Your Next Brainstorming Session

A quick guide to brainstorming gone wrong.<p>How many times have you suffered through a brainstorming session that caused your eyes to roll? When the team is supposedly brainstorming but you desperately want to get out your phone or get back to your desk to do some real work, you know something has …

Minibar Offers On-Demand Booze Delivery In 13 Cities

The snow is piled high and frozen on the New York City streets. Joshua and Amanda sit on their couch for the fifth night in a row, bored out of their minds but unwilling to bundle up, venture into the winter night and try to find warmth elsewhere.<p>“Christie and Caleb want to go out,” Amanda says …

Flash is dead, and YouTube dealt the killing blow

Will anyone miss Flash when it’s gone? Maybe, if these internet hits spark some nostalgia<p>Flash is dead, long live Fl– actually, no, scratch that, Flash really <i>is</i> dead and it deserved to die. Flash is terrible.<p>The killer blows to Adobe’s multimedia browser plugin were delivered this week in a one-two …

Internet Explorer

Amazon surprises investors with a gift of profit

Looks like Amazon got its happy holidays after all.<p>The company on Thursday reported a profit of $214 million, or 45 cents a share, on revenue of $29.33 billion, exceeding some analysts' estimates of 17 cents a share on $29.68 billion in revenue.<p>The results show that Amazon learned from the mistakes …

The Incredible Allure of Long Lines

Got a line of people at your cash register? Here's what the research says about why whatever you're selling just went up in value.<p>Whether you're waiting for a table at a restaurant or at the back of a store's cash register queue, long lines can frustrate even the calmest of customers. On the flip …

Amazon put $1.3 billion into Prime Instant Video last year

Amazon may have surprised Wall Street by how much sales went up in the fourth quarter of last year ($29.3 billion, with a profit of $214 million), but for customers its Prime service is the big deal. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said Prime membership in the US grew by 50 percent last year, despite a …

Before You Give Employees a Deadline, Check Their Internal Clocks

You may think they are lazy for not waking up at the crack of dawn, but each employee has a different internal rhythm that directly affects their energy levels.<p>Do you reward your employees who open the office at 7 a.m., and punish the ones who stroll in at 10? Before you hand down any discipline, …

10 Coolest Cars For The Man Who's Made His First Million

Making your first million is a milestone many aspire to in life. Of course that saying of the old has waned a little considering $1 million doesn’t …

Average American Spends an Hour a Day of Quality Time With Their Smartphone

There’s no question that we spend a lot of time staring at our phones, but just how much?Well, on average, it’s about an hour, according to a new …

Android Phones

The Ideal Work Schedule, as Determined by Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — …

The 7 Hottest Trends We'll See at This Year's CES

When I attended my first Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 1976, I was in my mid-20s, new to the tech scene and highly impressionable. When I …