Vince Beijer

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A former Google exec on how to make tough decisions quickly

I’ve long believed that speed is the ultimate weapon in business. All else being equal, the fastest company in any market will win. Speed is a defining characteristic—if not <i>the</i> defining characteristic—of the leader in virtually every industry you look at.<p>In tech, speed is seen primarily as an asset …

Management

24 Historic Photos That'll Make You Want To Be An Astronaut

Featuring Buzz Aldrin taking the first selfie in space. And also a lot of American flags.

Don’t Waste Those 30-Minute Gaps Between Meetings

We all have 30-minute gaps in our work schedules that we neither planned nor agreed to. We can blame the automated scheduling platforms that companies implemented in the 1990s and 2000s for that. These systems — most notably Microsoft Office — have had unintended consequences on our time: meetings …

Lafley’s P&G Brand Cull and the 80/20 Rule

Declaring he’d cull up to 100 brands — many of which he’d acquired and developed — P&G CEO A.G. Lafley launches a “game changer” profoundly different than what he championed in his eponymous 2008 bestseller.<p>P&G is cutting its global brand portfolio by more than half. Instead of focusing on …

This Entrepreneur Quit His Day Job To Make A Little Rubber Thing For Your Headphones

A cursory search under “headphone management” will bring up virtually hundreds of products. Spoolee’s novel contribution to the category is a twig adrift in an ocean of competition. This seems like a small and unusual product for us to cover but there are three things that make this product stand …

Top 10 web trends shaping the future of sustainable business

Web 2.0, or the ability to share and manipulate information online through user collaboration, has had a disruptive effect on business. Customers now expect to participate in the corporate world, and place a greater value on transparency in return.<p>This new environment, termed “wikinomics” by Don …

Innovation

The Ultimate Egg-Ordering Guide, From Sunny Side Up To Soft Boiled

Everyone has a food résumé. On it are the defining, personal preferences that make every individual unique. Your food résumé explains why you always pluck the olives off of your salad and give them to your mother (because you hate olives and she loves them) and why you are the beneficiary of your …

By Being Authentic, You May Just Be Conforming

Photo by Andrew Nguyen<p>Lei Jun, CEO of the $10 billion Chinese company Xiaomi, has made headlines for creating products that look and act a lot like Apple’s, such as its new thin smartphone. And the comparisons don’t stop there — news reports consistently label Jun’s leadership style as imposture. …

How to Trick Yourself into Doing Tasks You Dread

For some of us, checking off each item on our to-do lists provides the endorphin rush we need to make task completion an intrinsic joy. But most of us need a little extra motivation, especially for boring work like recording billable hours, uncomfortable tasks like facing awkward conversations with …

How to Have Friends at Work When You’re the Boss

Girish* is a client of mine who runs a 500-million-dollar business. He gets stellar reviews and is seen as a high potential successor to the CEO.<p>But he has a friend problem.<p>Several of his direct reports are close friends and he doesn’t hold them accountable in the same way he does his other direct …

When It Comes to Digital Innovation, Less Action, More Thought

A few years ago, we had an idea for a new business opportunity. One of our colleagues owned a restaurant and was complaining about the amount of money he lost because expensive bottles of liquor often went missing (the industry calls this “shrinkage”). This is a problem affecting tens of thousands …

Stop Playing the Victim with Your Time

<i>It’s just not fair. There’s always too much to do. Everyone just keeps piling more work on me. I feel so helpless.</i><p>Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. Many people feel like they have a crushing number of requests coming at them from every side that make them a victim to their circumstances. …

99% of Networking Is a Waste of Time

Building the right relationships — networking — is critical in business. It may be an overstatement to say that relationships are everything, but not a huge one. The people we spend time with largely determine the opportunities that are available to us. As venture capitalist and entrepreneur Rich …

TelescopeCollects Its 100-Millionth Image: an instrument on our Solar Dynamics Observatory captured its 100 millionth image of the sun. The instrument is the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, or AIA, which uses four telescopes working parallel to gather eight images of the sun – cycling through 10 different wavelengths -- every 12 seconds. In the almost five years since its launch on Feb. 11, 2010, SDO has provided images of the sun to help scientists better understand how the roiling corona gets to temperatures some 1000 times hotter than the sun's surface, what causes giant eruptions such as solar flares, and why the sun's magnetic fields are constantly on the move. This is a processed image of SDO multiwavelength blend from Jan. 19, 2015, the date of the spacecraft's 100th millionth image release. Credit: NASA/SDO #nasa #sun #sdo #telescope #science

6 Major Design Trends Shaping City Life In 2015

Co.Design talked to a slew of experts about how design is changing the way we experience cities, from where we live to how we eat.<p>Cities are the future. By one oft-cited statistic, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. But chances are, the cities of the future won’t look …

Stock Photobomber Makes Any Stock Photo A Million Times Better

Making fun of stock photos is a pasttime as old as stock photos themselves, but one brave Photoshopper is taking the art to the next level.<p>Enter Matthew Vescovo, aka the “Stock Photobomber,” who's created a Facebook page devoted to undermining staged photos with awkward photobombs.<p>“As an art …

Dysfunctional Products Come from Dysfunctional Organizations

Producing great products isn’t just about creativity and execution. It’s also about organizational alignment. Let me tell you a quick story. One of my alumni, Eli, recently finished a contract with a government transportation agency. She had been tasked with spending time with the agency’s …

L'Eroica Britannia: a heroic ride through the Peak District

The Peak District has come over all Italian by hosting a vintage cycling festival based on a Tuscan classic. But instead of Chianti wine and cakes, there’s local ale and Bakewell pudding. Last year’s event – the first – attracted 30,000 people, and tickets for this year have just gone on sale<p><b>All</b> …

Peak District

Steve Jobs Used This Simple Productivity Hack To Hone Apple's Focus

Jobs gave him and Yahoo's top executives a simple but profound piece of advice.<p>At an off-site meeting with about 200 Yahoo execs, Jobs explained in a presentation that many companies will make a list of 10 things they want to achieve in a year, but "the smart companies will take that list and …

Instagram Admits They 'Don't Always Get It Right' When It Comes To Nudity

Instagram just got a little bit safer for female body hair.<p>About three weeks ago, the photo-sharing platform disabled the account of the Australian online magazine Sticks and Stones after the company posted an image of two women in bathing suits sporting full-bush pubic hair. (Scroll down to see …

US Senate refuses to accept humanity's role in global climate change, again

It is nearly 27 years now since a Nasa scientist testified before the US Senate that the agency was 99% certain that rising global temperatures were caused by the burning of fossil fuels.<p>And the Senate still has not got it – based on the results of three symbolic climate change votes on Wednesday …

Climate

Eva Solo Table Grill Allows Everyone at The Table to Grill Their Own Food

<b>Eva Solo Table Grill</b> is a modern portable grill that can be used on your dining table. It is constructed out of fireproof porcelain with practical …

King Tut's Mask Damaged; Beard Snapped Off During Botched Cleaning

One of the most priceless treasures in archaeology, the gold funerary mask of King Tutankhamun, was damaged during a cleaning attempt at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Efforts to repair the problem were also botched, according to reports.<p>The mask's beard snapped off during an attempt to clean the …

Food: How spicy flavours trick your tongue

Why does a hot curry burn your mouth? Veronique Greenwood explores why your tongue sometimes tingles in unexpected ways.<p>When you consider the tongue, what leaps to mind are the five canonical tastes – sweet, salt, bitter, sour, and umami. These sensations arise when receptors on the surface of …

Spices

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness