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New data shows losing 80% of mobile users is normal, and why the best apps do better

<b>Exclusive data on retention curves for mobile apps</b><br>In a recent essay covering the Next Feature Fallacy, I explained why shipping “just one more …

Apps

Faster Than Light! Incredible Illusion Makes Images 'Time Travel'

Using a weird phenomenon in which particles of light seem to travel at faster-than-light speeds, scientists have shown that waves of light can seem …

Physics

Former Apple CEO John Sculley’s views of leadership changed when he met Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

In 1983, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was looking for a new CEO to run his burgeoning company. He tapped John Sculley, the CEO of Pepsi-Cola and the marketeer who had devised the Pepsi Challenge, which helped the soda company take on Coca-Cola. Jobs wanted someone who could help upstart Apple …

How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Your boss proposes a new initiative you think won’t work. Your senior colleague outlines a project timeline you think is unrealistic. What do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you do? How do you decide whether it’s worth speaking up? And if you do, what exactly should …

Should we "rewild" our urban bodies with microbes from indigenous peoples?

In the 1990s, scientist Ivan Casas traveled to the Peruvian Andes in search of human microbes. Casas was head of research for a Swedish probiotics company called BioGaia. He believed that mammals, including people, passed beneficial microbes to their young via breast milk. But he’d been unable to …

Biology

Hardware is hard: How we built a hardware startup with two engineers and some free time

Saar Yoskovitz Contributor<p>Saar Yoskovitz is founder and CEO of Augury Systems.<p>Hardware is hard. Building a hardware startup is even harder. The good news is that the staggering amount of innovation in rapid prototyping, 3D printing and backend-as-a-service platforms has made hardware development …

Product Management

The “Sandwich Approach” Undermines Your Feedback

Have you ever used the “sandwich approach” to give negative feedback to your direct reports? You sandwich the negative feedback between two pieces of positive feedback. It’s a common method, but the sandwich approach may be undermining both your feedback and your relationships with your direct …

Startups Are Personal: Be Careful With Cheap And Cheerful

In the fourth part of our lessons learned series (which is co-authored by Traklight’s Mike Willee), we tackle a topic near and dear to my heart: cost-cutting measures. Sometimes, they’re necessary, but other times, they’re a mistake, and we made this mistake with Traklight a few times. Cost-cutting …

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

There is much discussion online and also in small, private groups, about why the price of technology companies – public and private – are falling. …

Venture Capital

How to partner with a larger company when you’re a startup

In the case of our partnership, the GED Testing Service was in the process of expanding their services so they could create a bridge between GED credential holders and the 21st century workforce and empower GED students with access to better opportunities.<p>However, choosing a career is not easy. …

How To Build A Product Roadmap Everyone Understands

This product roadmap template gets the job done.<p>Up until recently, no one really knew what product roadmaps were supposed to look like, but we all …

A Mammal’s Brain Has Been Cryonically Preserved and Recovered

A team lead by a researcher at MIT says it has thawed a cryonically-frozen rabbit brain without causing structural damage.<p>A big thing just happened in the world of cryonics, and it has nothing to do with Ted Williams' permafrozen remains.<p>Officials from the Brain Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit …

What Scientists Mean When They Say 'Race' Is Not Genetic

A new paper explains why it can be dangerous to think otherwise.<p>If a team of scientists in Philadelphia and New York have their way, using race to categorize groups of people in biological and genetic research will be forever discontinued.<p>The concept of race in such research is "problematic at best …

Science Is Just Not That Into Your Fitbit

Research from Lancaster University suggests that Fitbits and other wearable devices to monitor health are not always reliable or secure.

Wearable Tech

Scientists Are Allowed To Genetically Modify Human Embryos

UK agency has given approval to use CRISPR to modify embryos, a world-first<p>Scientists in the UK have gotten the go-ahead from a government agency to begin modifying human embryos — the fertilized egg that begets all human beings — using the increasingly popular gene-editing technique known as …

Genetics

The Morning Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

7 Steps For Writing A Startup Business Plan Template

,Writing a <b>startup business plan</b> is considered as the most important part of every startup business. If you’re interested in launching a new startup …

Small Business

When Subscriptions Revenue Models Work Best

The two hardest aspects of starting a new business for me always seem to be naming the business (which I normally leave to my more creative partners) and determining a pricing strategy.<p>The core revenue model for theentrepreneurialmind.com started out as a transactional premium pricing model. We …

Business Strategy

The Number One Startup Capital Source May Surprise You (Hint: It's Not Venture Capital)

Professional investors do not fund great ideas. Instead, they fund proven businesses. The reality is that most venture capitalists are not very venturesome. Thus, it is incumbent on entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable businesses before seeking venture funding.<p><b>Entrepreneurs Are Never …

Venture Capital