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10 Qualities Of A Successful Product

New products flood the market daily. You can’t help but turn on late-night TV and be confronted by one infomercial after another as you click through the channels.<p>America’s entrepreneurs are rolling out new ideas and new items.<p>Millions of dollars are spent yearly developing and launching new …

Why Confidence Is So Important (and How to Improve Yours)

"Have confidence!" is one of the most essential pieces of advice you'll receive in life that makes no sense if you've never done it. You know what …

Transactional Big Data Startup ERN Raises Another $1M As It Sets Targets On Asia

In what feels like an ever-so-slightly protracted seed round, ERN has raised a further $1 million in seed funding, bringing the total raised by the London-headquartered company to $5.6 million. This time the fresh injection of capital is pegged to finance its expansion into Asian markets, as ERN is …

Five Money Excuses That Held Me Back (and How I Overcame Them)

It’s been several months now that I’ve been on a savings lockdown. It’s been going well, except for this past weekend, when I had a relapse. I …

Discovery Trips: Find The Perfect Place To Retire

As Baby Boomers begin to turn the corner on one career and move into the next phase of life, research and planning in advance are essential. Many Boomers will start a business, go back to school and volunteer or a combination of all those things. As many as 40 percent of us will move, some to a …

Florida

Scheduling Sex: The Secret to a Passionate Marriage?

<b>Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.</b><p>For most of us, keeping passionate love and hot sex alive in a long-term committed relationship is one of our deepest longings. We all want it, and yet most of us have a hard time believing …

TED Talks

If You Want Innovation, You Have to Invest in People

As the convergence of digital technologies drives unprecedented levels of change in global marketplaces, it is very much a reality that a company must, as Bill Gates put it, “innovate or die!” In therace for relevance to future customers, the greater a company’s innovation capacity, the greater its …

Adult Budgeting 101: How to Create Your First Budget In the Real World

Financial advice isn't an exact science, so it's hard to really sift through the cruft and know what you should do with <i>your</i> money—especially if …

I'm Omer Perchik, and This Is the Story Behind Any.do

There are tons of to-do list managers out there, but Any.do is one of the best. It's easy to use, nice to look at, and quickly syncs to-dos across …

"When You Do Something Guaranteed to Succeed, You Close the Door"

It's easy to take on projects that you know you'll finish successfully, but as designer Milton Glaser (who's most famous for the I♥NY logo) points …

Logos

6 Things You Should Quit Doing To Be More Successful

If you haven’t seen it, I’ll describe it for you. In a now viral video, writer Marina Shifrin turns the camera on herself at the office around 4:30 a.m. She then proceeds to dance herself out of a job. Throughout the video, words splash across the screen explaining her reasons, then at the end we …

20 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids

<b>1. Tucking them into bed at night.</b> Someday, they'll be too big and I won't get that moment back. Saying goodnight, pulling up the covers and kissing their heads is a gift.<p><b>2. Telling them I love them.</b> Start this when they're young. "I love you" is a powerful three-word phrase that matters.<p><b>3.</b> …

Parenting

Five Financial Moves You Should Be Making (But Probably Aren't)

If you follow the news, you’ve probably read a lot about the state of American finances. Between the 1% getting richer, the cost of college rising …

This Checklist Helps You Make Sure Your Investments Are on Track

The Awesome Portfolio Checklist runs true to its name. It's a checklist for reviewing and setting up your investment portfolio, and it is …

Facebook Employee No. 30 On The Big Fears Entrepreneurs Face–And How To Get Past Them

You’re going to fail. No, you need to fail. Here’s how to do it, and still crush your goals.<p>When people aren’t asking me whether I’m still an eligible bachelor or why I got fired from Facebook, they’re asking me how I’ve bounced back from my many failures (gee, thanks!) and how I started a …

Time to Scrap Performance Appraisals?

Times have changed. More and more companies have decided to <i>radically change (read “scrap” or “re-engineer”)</i> their performance appraisal process.<p>Last week at our research conference we spoke with Adobe, Juniper, Kelly Services, and a variety of other companies who have decided to do away with …

How to Face Your Fear of Starting a 401(k)

When I was in high school, my father’s employer launched a 401(k) program. He’d been there for twenty five years (off and on) at that time and was …

Woman Who Allegedly Endured 2-Day Beating Arrested, Taken To Jail To 'Save Her Life'

The alleged victim was arrested under a state "material witness" law that lets the state arrest witnesses if they don't respond to a subpoena. The idea is they have to post bail to get out of jail, making it more likely they'll show up to testify.<p>But her lawyer Lisa Whittier says her client never …

Growing apart

A BARRAGE of new statistics on American living standards offers some grounds for optimism. A typical American household’s income has stopped falling …

Recognize Intrapreneurs Before They Leave

Any CEO can tell you that finding ideas is not the always the problem. The real issue is selecting and spreading the best ideas, testing quickly, and executing flawlessly. An “innovation engine” is an organization’s capability to think and invest in long-term opportunities along with the competence …

Understanding The Startup Investment Process

If we map out a standard successful growth of a company, we can usually find 3 main stages:<p>The seed- when an idea begins to form shape.<p>Although the following may substantially vary from case to case, it is agreed to be the standard concept of investment terminology:<p><b>Getting started:</b><p>The initial: …

Venture Capital

Plaid Raises $2.8M To Make Banking Data More Developer Friendly

A number of well-known venture firms are getting behind Plaid, a startup that describes itself as “the modern API for banking data.”<p>The company is announcing that it has raised $2.8 million led by Spark Capital, with participation from Google Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Felicis Ventures, …

This Is Some Of The Best Career Advice Ever — And It Never Gets Old

I first heard this advice a couple of decades ago. It seems as wise today as it did then.<p><b>"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve</b> …

Online Merchants Don't Want You to Pay With Your Credit Card

In the early days of the consumer Web, online merchants had to get over shoppers’ hesitation to commit credit-card data over the Internet. Now, it …

The Biggest Mistakes A Once-Buzzy, Now-Dead Startup Made

There was a time when the startup's future looked bright. Sonar generated a lot of buzz at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2011 where it was a finalist. It raised $2 million round of financing. The next year, it was positioned to dominate SXSW, a big technology conference in Texas.<p>What went wrong?<p>Its …

Do You Have The Courage To Survive And Thrive As An Entrepreneur?

Because you’re going to need a lot of it. And that’s just the beginning.<p>To be an entrepreneur you have to be willing to jump into the deep end. And that takes courage.<p>But courage is just the beginning. At a fundamental level, most entrepreneurs need to repeatedly overcome adversity and pursue …

'I Don't Want My Children to Go to College'

The president of Buzzfeed recently questioned the value of a traditional college education when so much information is available online. But for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, learning in person, alongside peers, remains essential.<p>In my classroom at the community college where I teach, …

Six Ways To Successfully Join And Lead A New Team

<i>Plus, Three Bonus Tips from the Team’s Perspective</i><p>Stepping in as the leader of an existing team should be approached with sensitivity and patience, especially when you are new to the company and the team. Two years ago, I went through this very experience when I was hired by Lab42’s Board of …

The 5-Minute Mental Exercise For Being A Smarter Leader And More Productive Employee

Former Buddhist monk and current leadership coach and best-selling author Christine Comaford reveals how anyone can learn to stop reacting–and start becoming their smartest selves.<p>You’ve probably had this feeling at some point: One minute you’re thinking logically and rationally, then when you’re …

How Native Ads Are Challenging The Obsession With Scale In Mobile Advertising

Mobile native advertisements are at the core of mobile business models, for apps ranging from Facebook to IPO-bound Twitter and even Yahoo's suite of mobile services. Mobile-native advertisements are ad units that are somehow native to a mobile experience, like promoted tweets in user streams, or …