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The Top 7 Management Tips From Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review recently released a book of their top Management Tips. Here are the ones I felt were the most insightful and actionable.<p><b>Get</b> …

Management

Your Startup’s Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides

Guy Kawasaki shares the layout for a perfect pitch.<p>Pitching your startup to investors just might be the most nerve-wracking aspect of starting your …

Honest E-Mail-Sign-Off Quotations for the Uninspired

"When life gives you lemons, quickly take them all home, because lemons have gotten really expensive due to global warming and inflation."<p>"If you love someone, let him out of the basement once you're sure that you can trust him not to tell anyone what you have down there."<p>"Life is like the ocean. …

The Quiet Crisis unfolding in Software Development – Bill Jordan – Medium

The Quiet Crisis unfolding in Software Development<p>About Me<p>I’ve been working in software development for twenty-eight years. My current position is …

Changing How You Ask This Question Will Transform the Way You Network

Why asking "What do you do?" is a huge missed opportunity, and what to ask instead.<p>It's a question you hear at the start of a meeting, while lingering in a waiting room, in line while waiting for coffee, and hundreds of times at conferences and networking events.<p>The dreaded <b>"What do you do?"</b><p>It has …

This Formula Tells You If Your Flight Is a Good Deal

Flights are getting cheaper this year, but prices vary depending on your destination. To figure out whether a flight is actually a good deal, Luiz …

Why I Am Not Selling My Top-Performing REIT

The second most difficult part of investing is knowing when to sell.<p>As any value investor recognizes, buying is the hardest process overall since it forces strict discipline, waiting on the best entry price by pinpointing a sound margin of safety. It’s the value investors primary goal to preserve …

Design Sprints — the Secret to Rapidly Developing Products Customers Actually Want

This post will teach you the process of running a <b>design sprint</b> — a method developed by Jake Knapp, a partner at Google Ventures — to solve big …

Ten Mistakes That Are Killing Your LinkedIn Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is your online billboard. Before LinkedIn arrived on the scene in 2003, a lot of people built and maintained personal websites that showcased their professional accomplishments. We don’t need personal websites anymore because you can use LinkedIn for the same purpose. Who …

You Have a Great Business Idea? Hold On. Ask These 15 Questions First

We have all heard it, "I have an amazing business idea!" Wait, do you? Better ask yourself these 15 questions first.<p>How do you know if you've got a great business idea?<p>Before you proceed with your venture, it's a great idea to do some market research and assess the potential for success.<p>Here are 15 …

7 Things you must absolutely do before writing an iOS app

I have been writing production quality iOS apps for two years now. I know most of us developers have a tendency to jump straight into coding the core …

14 Unexpected Moves That Work Your Abs Better Than Crunches

When it comes to bodyweight abs exercises, crunches aren't always the way to go. In fact, research has shown the classic crunch isn't even that …

Workouts

Where To Get 13% To 17% In Dividends

<i>Disclosure: I own shares of NAT and CMRE</i><p>When thinking of high dividend paying stocks, the first sector that comes to mind is the utility sector.<p>The problem, however, is that this trade is too obvious, and therefore, too crowded.<p>Another sector that comes to mind is the energy sector.<p>Unlike the …

Investing

Watch the most breathtaking ski video you'll ever see

We’ve written about Candide Thovex before on this site, a skier whose name sounds like a modernist symphony and may be the most brilliant person shooting with a GoPro today.<p>For his latest video, “One of Those Days 3,” Thovex manages to ski over water, rock, snow, air, a helicopter, a bike race and …

GoPro

3 steps to creating an online business that earns $1,000 a month, from an entrepreneur who did it

While 99% of the population is going to work every day, trading their time for money ... there's a special group of in-the-know people who are waking up to a world of financial potential that most people don't know is possible.<p>Imagine what it would be like to get emails like this every single …

Small Business

Blogging on LinkedIn: 11 tips to write winning posts

Have you ever written long-form posts on LinkedIn? If not, you should. Every time I publish a new piece on the platform, several great things happen. …

HTML

Cal Newport: How Leaders Can Get More Done By Staying Focused

I recently spoke to Cal Newport, an assistant professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and the author of the recent book, <i>Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World</i>. In our conversation, Newport talked about how business leaders can stay focused in a highly distracting …

Turn Your Photo Into a Custom LEGO Minifigure Head

Want a LEGO minifigure of yourself? You can now have a custom 3D-printed head made using just 2 standard portraits of yourself.<p>The service/product is …

Deliver Projects On Time and On Budget

As software professionals, we encounter a wide range of projects, some with fully-prescribed requirements and some which are far more exploratory. …

104 Questions For Product Development Teams

<b>Please bookmark this post. Don’t try to read it all in one sitting. You will hate me and call me crazy.</b><p>It will not go well with your coffee. You will …

A serial startup employee explains 4 key steps to building a $1 million business in under 48 hours

We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.<p>It would be the first of many.<p>The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, general partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered …

Startups

How To Get Your Ideas Into The World Quickly & Painlessly

While 99% of the population is going to work every day, trading their time for money...there's a special group of "in the know" people who are waking up to bank accounts fatter than when they went to sleep because their online business is working 24/7 to make them money.<p>It's a whole 'nother world …

Read These 3 Books to Make 2016 Unforgettable

These three books (plus a bonus one!) will get your mind right for the upcoming year.<p>There is one solid way to prepare yourself for the upcoming year: read. Tech mogul Bill Gates has an annual must-read list and trailblazing entrepreneur Jessica Mah reads a new book every week. It's not a …

Work Less and Do More by Applying the Pareto Principle to Your Task List

The Pareto Principle says that in most situations roughly 80% of effects come from only 20% of the causes. We can use the Pareto Principle to better …

A startup that finds discount flight tickets 'hidden' on airline websites just launched in the US

So when Oliver Dlouhý and Lucie Brešová told me their startup, Skypicker, helps people find flights that cost as much as 90% lower than those booked via a regular flight ticket, I was skeptical, but definitely interested.<p>If you're like me, you probably use a flight aggregation service to buy your …

Flying

This 30-Minute Team-Building Exercise Can Transform Your Business

How to improve your team's mutual trust and respect to achieve bigger goals.<p>Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year trying to recruit the "perfect" employee. Leaders obsess over getting top performers to join their teams. However, when you build a team of superstars, you also create a …

Customer Service

How I Built a Huge Personal Network in 3 Months

I met face-to-face with over 250 people - start building yours now!<p>You know you should network but there are so many questions that serve as barriers that keep us locked in our easy chair. Networking is part art--part science and adding this to your current skill set will pay dividends for years to …

How to do Basic Processing on a Portrait in 5 Minutes Using Lightroom

There’s a Triangle of Service that you may have seen before which goes something like this: You have three options available (cheap, quick, quality) …

11 websites to bookmark if you want to get rich

We've pointed out some of the best personal-finance books to read and podcasts to listen to.<p>If those didn't strike a chord or fit in to your busy schedule, we have a third option for you.<p>To get smarter about investing and psyched about managing money, start by bookmarking these 11 sites:

Investing