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Setting up a business in six easy quotes

Last year, more than 523,000 new businesses were formed, according to Startup Britain. That’s up from 484,000 in 2012 and 440,000 in 2011.<p>The …

Repeatable Process: The Phrase Every Entrepreneur Should Learn To Love

The core of my business is creativity. My team and I are constantly planning new content and creating it. But if we want to help our customers, we certainly can’t just wait for creativity to strike. The reason we’re able to be so creative because we’ve developed processes that we can follow, day in …

Nice To Finally Meet You: 3 Ways To Reach Your Target Audience On Social

If you’re publishing content that nobody consumes, does it help your brand?<p>Unlike the riddle of the tree in the forest, this question has a conclusive answer. Without an audience, your content can’t have an impact. In fact, at the most basic level, content is simply a vehicle for establishing a …

Can Eating Chocolate Help You Lose Weight?

Eating chocolate before and after your meals is the newest weight-loss tactic. But is it too good to be true?<p><i>Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight.</i> If the title of the new weight-loss book from neuroscientist Will Clower, Ph.D., isn't enough to grab your attention, its promise might: Eat chocolate 20 minutes …

Lessons From Airbnb's Investor Pitch Deck

Recently a startup founder reached out to me about his investor pitch deck. While it covered all the main topics, it was actually too wordy.<p>And this probably hurt his chances for getting funding. Keep in mind that investors see tons of deals – making it tough to get their attention.<p>So to help out …

How fruit juice went from health food to junk food

This week, it looked as if fruit juice might finally lose its claim to healthiness and be put into the same category as fizzy drinks. It emerged that a headteacher, Elizabeth Chaplin, who runs Valence primary school in Dagenham, wrote to parents about a new rule to confiscate juice cartons from …

The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness

Nick Brown does not look like your average student. He's 53 for a start and at 6ft 4in with a bushy moustache and an expression that jackknifes between sceptical and alarmed, he is reminiscent of a mid-period John Cleese. He can even sound a bit like the great comedian when he embarks on an …

As the child of divorced parents, I've had to learn to treat my own marriage with love, not fear

My parents divorced when I was 11.<p>It would be a cliche to say I remember it like yesterday when they told me they'd be getting divorce – because I don't. Actually, that day is a blur in my mind other than certain moments that flip through my head like the opening montage of a cheesy reality show, …

Sex After marriage

5 Tips for Impressing Everyone You Meet

An expert's tips for mastering the first impression<p>Quick poll: Have you ever walked into a party, realized that you basically knew no one, and felt totally awkward? We're guessing you answered in the affirmative (we've all been there). Get-togethers—whether it's a business-networking event or your …

7 Modern Day Ways To Leave A Lasting Impression

Dale Carnegie wrote a fantastic book back in 1936 that really spelled out How to Win Friends and Influence People, and in my view it was so …

How to drive influence on LinkedIn that generates leads

Its popularity makes it a great tool for lead generation – a HubSpot study found that LinkedIn’s visitor-to-lead conversion rate was almost three …

Marketing

The Scientifically Proven Way To Get Your Kickstarter Project Funded

A study of more than 45,000 projects shows language plays a key role in success.<p>Kickstarter, the crowdsourced funding platform, is an all-or-nothing proposition. Either your project reaches its funding goal, and you get to work developing your product, or it doesn’t and you go home with nothing. So …

Comedians have psychotic personality traits, study finds

LONDON (Reuters) - Having an unusual personality structure could be the secret to making other people laugh, scientists said on Thursday after research showed that comedians have high levels of psychotic personality traits.<p>In a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, researchers analyzed …

Five Concrete Resolutions For Women Divorcing In 2014

I’m not a fan of epic, sweeping resolutions. I suppose I’ve seen too many people start the New Year with grand plans to “change everything” or “start all over,” only to find that by mid-February their resolve has wilted under the pressure.<p>Rather than create lofty, over-ambitious resolutions, I feel …

How to Be a Family-Friendly Boss

I have a friend who is an ascending executive at an international financial firm. His career has always been demanding- long hours, lots of travel, ultra-high performance standards (which he always has met or exceeded). Several years ago, when his daughter was quite young, he was considering …

12 business books you will need to read in 2014

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Adam Grant here.</i><p>One of the highlights of becoming an author is getting to read some exciting books in advance, and hearing early buzz about others. It’s the book nerd’s version of seeing sneak previews of movies before they hit the silver …

Self-improvement

46 Sex Positions Everyone Should Try In Their Lifetime

...or tonight.<p>Opting for the same tried-and-true positions during sex is kind of like watching your favorite movie: You know you're going to enjoy it, and you're well aware how it'll end (happily, obvi.) But even though your fave film may be endlessly amazing, it never hurts to switch things up and …

Special Holiday Version of the Video Showing How Quickly Photoshoot of Model Can Be Manipulated Using Photoshop

In this video, open source ad agency Victors & Spoils, presents a special holiday version of how a model can be manipulated using Photoshop, however …

The World of Reindeer Racing

Reindeer racing, in which competitors on skis are pulled by reindeer galloping down the snow-covered trail, is a popular sport in Norway, Finland, …

Is this the biggest bike trick of all time?

Meet The Tiny Drone That Flaps Its Wings Like a Dragonfly

The DelFly Explorer flaps its wings, and like a magical creature or an annoying insect, it can hover and do agile navigation inside buildings. It also happens to be be pretty darn cute.<p>“Cute,” “endearing,” and “magical” aren’t typically words ascribed to unmanned aerial vehicles, but they certainly …

A Mind-Reading Dog Translator That Just Might Work

Science fiction? Absurdity? The No More Woof is neither. (But, okay, maybe it’s still a little silly.)<p>Today on Indiegogo, you can preorder a device called the No More Woof for $65. It promises to read your dog’s mind and speak out what he/she is thinking.<p>At first glance, it’s the epitome of …