Paul Birkbeck

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What is a Data Scientist?

Data Scientist has been called the Sexiest Job of the 21st Century... but many people (including some companies trying to hire data scientists) don't …

Silicon Valley got it wrong: the open-plan office trend is destroying the workplace

Despite its obvious problems, the open-office model has continued to encroach on workers across the US. Now, about 70 per cent of US offices have no …

RRIF debate: It's just good old-fashioned tax avoidance

<i>Frances Woolley is an associate dean and professor of economics at Carleton University</i><p>For decades, Canadian governments have been sacrificing tax revenue, allowing people to deduct RRSP and other pension contributions from their taxable income. Now it's payback time. Baby boomers will start …

Can A $70,000 Minimum Wage Work?

One Seattle company is raising its minimum wage to $70,000. Is it a gimmick or the future of work?<p>For some employees at a Seattle-based company, money does buy happiness.<p>The founder of Gravity Payments, a 120-person credit card processing company, just announced he was bumping up the salary of 70 …

Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read These 6 Books This Year | Inc.com

You might know Bill Gates as a hugely successful entrepreneur, the billionaire founder of Microsoft, or even, in his latest incarnation, a dynamic philanthropist, but in his quieter, less public moments he's also something else -- an avid reader.<p>Like many of the most successful business people, …

Self-improvement

Analyst: SQL Server Not Enough in Modern Data World

Forrester Research Inc. analyst Boris Evelson said existing approaches to business intelligence (BI) need updating in the modern world, and …

Big Data

7 Steps for Better Time Management in 2015

Time Management For Nonprofits<p>Do you always miss deadlines, no matter how hard you try? Does it often happen that a lot of tasks never get crossed …

Chart and image gallery: 30+ free tools for data visualization and analysis

Still under development, <b>Choosel</b> shows promise as an easy way to turn raw data into online graphics, including charts, timelines and maps.<p>Return to <i>22</i> …

How To Attract Global Traffic To Your Website On A Budget

<i>Matthew Capala is an Internet entrepreneur, SEO strategist, speaker, and author. He is the founder of Alphametic, an organic growth accelerator, and SearchDecoder. Mathew is an Adj. Professor at NYU, and is the author of Amazon-bestselling book, “SEO Like I’m 5</i>.”<p>You might think that getting global …

Carrick best reads: He’s retired, she’s not. Here comes trouble

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>He's retired, she's not. Here comes trouble</b><br>Men are more prone to depression if they retire before their wives, according to this university study.<p>This article …

How Successful People Spend Their Weekends

As co-founder of Hotwire.com and CEO of Zillow for the last seven years, 39-year-old Spencer Rascoff fits most people’s definition of success. As a father of three young children, Spencer is a busy guy at home and at work.<p>What’s the one thing that Spencer refuses to do on the weekend? Work—at …

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How to Declutter and Get Organized Right NOW!!

I wrote this piece for <b>30 Handmade Days</b> several months ago and I wanted to share it with you because it's important for all of you to declutter and …

5 Metrics that Money-Making Blogs Measure

Part of learning how to start a blog is also finding out <i>why</i> you need to blog. Because the success of a blog depends on the main goal assigned to each.<p>…

Tax time 2015: 6 ways that deferring tax credits, deductions can pay off

Most people doing their income tax returns don't think twice about claiming all their deductions immediately, but there are cases where a little …

Some Amazing TED Talks on How to Be A Leader

<b>1- How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek</b><p>“Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a …

Crushed it! Landing a data science job

Data science interviews are <i>the</i> <i>worst</i> because data science is interdisciplinary: code for “you have to know everything about all the disciplines.” …

The Case For Being A Generous Leader

Are you a generous leader or a selfish one?<p>In my first job out of high school, when I was barely 18 years old, I had one of the best bosses out there. Lewie had no reason to give me special attention. He had no reason to be interested in my success. Yet over and over again, he mentored me, believed …