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30 business books every professional should read before turning 30

To help you determine what you want from your professional life and how to make the most of it, we've rounded up some of our favorite business books.<p>If you want to bolster your networking, leadership, and time-management skills, it's time to get reading.<p><i>Drake Baer contributed to this post.</i>

Self-improvement

11 Vital Books for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Serial Entrepreneur, Digital Strategist, Web Designer, Author, Volunteer<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From 2011 to 2013, I read 197 books. I read about history, physics, science, health, world travel, space exploration, the ocean, fitness and mathematics. I read …

Self-improvement

15 apps for transforming your phone into the ultimate toolkit

From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it's going to rain, there's something for every lifestyle.<p>We've collected the best of the best in this unique mix, and we tossed in a few lesser-known surprises to show what modern apps can do.

Apps

Snap Me Up’s Selfie Alarm Clock Combines Two Things I Hate

Like many people, the sound of my alarm clock in the morning doesn’t make me leap out of bed with joy. It doesn’t make my mind swirl with the endless possibilities of a day yet to play out.<p>Usually, the piercing sound is met with a swipe at the snooze button, and 10 more minutes blissful slumber. …

Mobile Photography

9 Books Billionaire Warren Buffett Thinks Everyone Should Read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he says. "We want to …

Investing

15 Insights Into Giving A Great Presentation

You'll gain confidence when you're well-practiced in proper technique and understand how an audience absorbs information.<p>Brazilian company SOAP Presentations, which has designed presentations for major clients like Samsung, Microsoft, and Google, collected 15 bits of insight that can help you …

Public Speaking

The 12 Most Popular Free Online Courses For Professionals

Based on data from online education platform Coursera, we compiled a list of the 12 most popular, free online classes for working professionals.<p>Here they are, ranked by popularity:<p>Coursera's most popular course offers an introduction to classic and contemporary social psychology, covering topics …

Learning

30 Simple Habits To Help You Work Well With Others

The phrase “Must work well with others” is so commonly found on job descriptions for open positions that it gets ignored almost completely. And yet it’s not simply text placed there to fill space, nor is it an empty request–it’s a threat. If you don’t work well with others, you’re going to get …

Self-help

How to Improve Your Business Writing

You probably write on the job all the time: proposals to clients, memos to senior executives, a constant flow of emails to colleagues. But how can you ensure that your writing is as clear and effective as possible? How do you make your communications stand out?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Overworked …

Life & Business: Simple Tips For Success by Adam J. Kurtz

Adam J. Kurtz (or as some know him, ADAMJK) is an artist and author of the creative journal <i>1 Page at a Time</i>. He also creates art and creative content …

Piano

The Best Recipe Videos on YouTube for People With “No Time to Cook”

<i>House of Cards</i> is great and all, but in truth our favorite thing to binge watch is cooking videos. There’s something addictive, even therapeutic, …

Google releases 'Street View' of Amazon rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is the latest natural wonder to get the Google "Street View" treatment.<p>A camera that's normally attached to a car's roof to capture what neighborhoods look like instead recently took to a zipline, a hiker's back and a boat in the Amazon jungle. Google has previously captured …

Amazon Rainforest

Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden Review

So if I had to be honest, I’ve been sitting on this review for a while. And not because I’m lazy, but…well, partially because I’m lazy. But because I …

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

Text Messaging

10 of the best UK clubs – chosen by the experts

From Krafty Kuts to Optimo, Moxie to Horse Meat Disco, we asked some of the UK’s biggest DJs to tell us about their favourite clubs around the country<p>25 of the best clubs in Europe – chosen by the experts<p>Hands in the air! Your favourite not on the list? Add a tip in the comments<p>Sub Club, Glasgow<p>Now …

The Top Five Most Innovative Tech Projects Of 2014 So Far

As the world sits in awe as another smartphone is launched, a gaggle of engineers and bright-eyed entrepreneurs have been quietly innovating behind the scenes. Want a natural alternative to street lighting? Or how about driving – via your iPhone – a free-roaming scalextric toy car that can blast …

Zuli’s Smartplugs Turn Your Phone Into The Proximity-Based Switch For The Connected Home

A recent Kickstarter project called the Zuli Smartplug makes each of your power outlets intelligent thanks to Bluetooth low-energy, along with remote control from a smartphone, proximity triggering and scheduling, too. It’s sort of like what you maybe have been hearing about with Apple’s iBeacons, …

Ring Video Doorbell Review: You Can Finally Tell The Delivery Guy To Wait 30 More Seconds

The Ring connected doorbell is actually a second-generation device: the startup behind it was originally Doorbot, with a product of the same name with very similar features.<p>The new design and branding are intended to be more appealing to traditional homeowners looking for something more appropriate …

Lockitron Announces The $99 Bolt, A Deadbolt You Can Unlock With Your Phone

Y Combinator alum Lockitron is today launching the Bolt, a $99 follow-up to its troubled crowdfunded keyless-entry gadget.<p>Lockitron co-founder Cameron Robertson says the company learned a lot from the difficulties it went through with its last release. Rather than use approximately 40 discrete …

Peeple Is A Smart Peephole To Upgrade Your Door With Caller ID

Meet Peeple, a connected peephole to screen who is knocking on your door. Whenever someone knocks on your door, Peeple snaps a picture and send it to your phone. This way, whether you are home or away, you can monitor who is passing by your home. Peeple is competing in our Hardware Battlefield at …

Home Automation

The Secret Powers of Chrome's Address Bar

Chrome's address bar doesn't do much at a glance. Type in a URL and you're taken to a web site. But it can do a lot more if you know how to use …

Google

The Complete Guide to Avoiding (and Removing) Windows Crapware

Windows has a lot going for it, but it's also saddled with one of computing's biggest annoyances: crapware. Here's everything you need to know about …

Malware

19 Reasons Why This Is An Excellent Resume

Recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing a resume before they make the initial decision on candidates, according to research conducted by TheLadders, an online job-matching service for professionals. That means you have to win them over fast.<p>To get a better idea of what makes a resume …

Employment

How Authenticity Can Keep Professionals From Growing Into Effective Leaders

The concept of “authenticity” means many different things to different people: not putting on a show, being true to one’s values, being transparent, feeling aligned with one’s integrity, etc. For many, the practice of authenticity feels positive, liberating and growth-inducing. But, in practice, it …

Leadership

If Cupertino’s cooking up an Apple car, here are the features we want

If Apple really is working on a car, what would it look like? And what would we <i>want</i> it to look like and do?<p>The growing chorus of rumors about Apple’s possible automotive ambitions — and the hard facts about the car designers it’s already recruited — don’t prove Cupertino is working on a car. But if …

Apple Watch