Jesse S. Jarvis

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11 of the Hottest Startups from Tech Open Air Berlin 2014

Ah, Berlin. The city that wears its history on its sleeve, yet allows ample space for new culture to thrive. Its creative scenes, tech companies and weekend-long dance parties have made headlines in recent articles in Vice, Fast Company and The New Yorker. All eyes seem to be on Berlin.<p>But don’t …

How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan from Scratch

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>When I went rock climbing for the first time, I had no idea what I was doing. My friends and I were complete newbies about ropes and rappelling and every other bit of jargon and technique that goes with climbing. We saw others doing it spectacularly …

MIT researchers augment humans with extra robotic arms

There are many tasks around the house or factory that you have probably said to yourself, “if I only an extra arm, this would be a lot easier." Tasks …

The Next 20 Years Are Going To Make The Last 20 Look Like We Accomplished Nothing In Tech

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, for example, believes that by 2040 artificial intelligence will be so good that humans will be fully immersed in virtual reality and that something called the Singularity, when technology becomes so advanced that it changes the human race irreversibly, will occur.<p>Kevin Kelly, …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Why Small Businesses Should Be Utilizing Customer-Loyalty Programs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The philosophy behind a customer loyalty program is simple: Repeat customers are rewarded and businesses increase sales. It’s a basic but powerful strategy.<p>For instance, My Starbucks Rewards, the coffee giant's customer-retention program, …

What Magicians Can Teach Us About How Our Brains Work

Take away the cards, confetti, and fireworks, and magic tricks leave us with clues about how our minds solve problems.<p>How do you make something disappear into thin air?<p>David Copperfield famously made the Statue of Liberty vanish, but even the most elementary of magicians can make a scarf disappear …

6 Practices to Boost Your Chances of Success in Life and Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all define success differently. For some, it might be the ability to purchase a nice car or take a fabulous vacation. For others, it might mean being able to provide for one’s family. I think it’s important to take the time to …

5 Free Apps For Mapping Your Mind

If you need to untangle the ideas floating around in your brainstorming sessions, this edition of Free App Friday is for you.<p>As always, while they’re free now, we can’t guarantee how long they’ll last–so don’t wait too long.<p><b>SimpleMind (Android and iOS)</b><p>Owning up to the name, reviewers call the app …

Meet the Algorithm That Can Predict Your Photo's Popularity Before You Post It

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Social media can be a funny place. Why does one post spread like wildfire, while another languishes in obscurity?<p>The science behind a post's popularity has understandably gotten a lot of attention of late – for businesses investing in …

If Google search is for information, Pinterest wants to be search for inspiration

For anyone still arguing that Pinterest is little more lame scrapbooking app for grandmas, you’re officially out of the loop. If $562.5 million in …

How to Make More Time in Your Day | Inc.com

In order to make the millions, you have to scale the un-scalable: time.<p>Your time is the most valuable resource you have at your disposal. The time you spend at work is an investment in the future of your company. Like any investment, it should be working for you: structured to maximize efficiency …

If You Can't Wait for VCs, Try Crowdfunding Angel Investments | Inc.com

Are startups wasting their time hoping venture capitalists will come calling?<p>Sandi MacPherson, the founder of Quibb, a news-sharing site for professionals, didn't want to wait around to find out the answer. She decided that crowdfunding her angel investments might be a viable way to keep her San …

5 Things Super Lucky People Do | Inc.com

"The Luck of the Irish" is an American phrase that comes from the days of the gold rush in the 1800s. Intolerant Americans figured the Irish people weren't smart enough to find gold, and blamed their success on being lucky rather than skilled. In reality, America's early immigrants have time and …

8 Things Really Efficient People Do | Inc.com

Most everyone would like to be more efficient. Just think, you would spend less time doing the things that you don't enjoy and more on the things that bring satisfaction, happiness and profit. Some people are actually very adept at efficiency. They manage every manageable moment so they have more …

10 Thoughts That Can Super-Motivate You | Inc.com

• Motivation means choosing to do what you'd rather not do, which is why unmotivated people never get anywhere.<br>• Most people want to improve their situation but few take responsibility for motivating themselves to make changes.<br>• People can always validate the decision to avoid unpleasant work. Example: …

17 Things Happy People Say Every Day | Inc.com

There's an easy-to-articulate, hard-to-implement best practice when it comes to how to teach yourself to be happy. It stems from the recognition that the positive things you do for other people often reverberate back to create positivity in your own life. In effect, doing little things to make …

How to Use Infographics to Communicate With Your Customers | Inc.com

Do you have a complicated message packed with dense data, an enlightening set of facts, or a powerful message you want to communicate with your customers? If you're not using them already, you need to start producing infographics.<p>In an interview with the <i>Harvard Business Review</i>, Gareth Cook, a …

How to Have a Great Day, Every Day: 7 Tips | Inc.com

I've written before about workplace happiness in terms of general rules like "don't obsess about things." Good advice, certainly, but general rules sometimes aren't enough.<p>For most people, getting into--and staying in--a better mood comes down to the actions they take, rather than the rules they …

Why You Need to Stop Bragging About How Busy You Are

Author Brigid Schulte says companies should stop rewarding overworked employees and focus on productivity instead.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is part of “10 Ways To Be A Better Employee In 2015.” Read the full list here.</i><p>Do you rush through the morning paper, barely skimming the headlines while …

60 Awesome Social-Media Tools for Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

I know a little about social media tools, like how to get more leads and referrals on LinkedIn, how to find awesome LinkedIn groups, how to optimize your LinkedIn profile so other people can more easily find you, and how some people use the power of LinkedIn to irritate the living crap out of …

9 Things You Need to Stop Doing Today | Inc.com

One of my long-standing clients, National Motor Club, is a provider of roadside assistance and other safety and security benefits for its members. Soon after Matt Krzysiak was promoted to CEO, he showed leadership courage by rolling out an initiative called “the dumb things we do.”<p>It was a …

6 Online Marketing Metrics You Need to Know

Five years ago, you’d have been taking quite a risk by spending your marketing dollars on a Twitter or Facebook campaign. Today, mobile browsing and …

Hijack! How Your Brain Blocks Performance | Inc.com

So there you are, when suddenly you hear <i>that song</i> that reminds you of <i>that person</i>. And you’re emotionally hijacked-just like that. Good or bad, the song interacts with your neural net and triggers the emotions you have associated with it. Emotional hijacks happen every day, often unconsciously, …

4 Hidden Barriers to Success (and How to Leap Over Them) | Inc.com

Every entrepreneur and would-be entrepreneur knows about the visible barriers to success: lack of capital, fear of failure, market timing, etc. However, there are a set of internal barriers that are all the more powerful because they're invisible:<p>1. Fear that you'll outgrow your friends or</i> …

Social Media Marketing: What To Do First | Inc.com

Video Transcript<p><b>00:11 Aaron Aders:</b> So, if you're new to social media, the best way to get started is look and find the platform that, those maybe 10, 20% of platforms that hold 80% or more of your target market. Don't just try to be on all the platforms at once. And so, once you identify that... …

25 Companies That Are Changing the World

Big, crazy ideas? Check. Lots of risks? Check. Fearlessness? Oh, yeah. Welcome to Inc.'s annual list of the Most Audacious Companies.<p>What's an "audacious" company? It's a superlative we chose very carefully. On the one hand, such companies are defined as bold, courageous, even heroic. Yet, on the …

3 Beliefs of Highly Successful People | Inc.com

Here at Inc.com, we frequently round up things you can do to be more successful. That makes sense--we all want to know what we can do to achieve more, but as Hubspot founder and CTO Dharmesh Shah recently pointed out in one of his LinkedIn Influencer columns, success isn't just a matter of what you …

The Twisted Psychology of Busyness (You're Not as Busy as You Think You Are) | Inc.com

A recently released book by <i>Washington Post</i> reporter Brigid Schulte is getting a lot of media attention. When you read the title--<i>Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time</i>--you'll see why.<p>From parents to students to teachers to CEOs, is there a demographic category or job function …