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33 cities around the world where healthcare is good, housing is affordable, and people have the best quality of life

Life is good Down Under.<p>A report shows that several of the world cities with the best quality of life are in Australia and New Zealand. Australia has the 7th and 8th best cities and New Zealand has the first and 12th cities for best quality of life, according to a new report by Deutsche Bank Market …

European Travel

Why Business Owners Need to Leave Facebook Right Now

It's suicidal to market your business on a platform that can cease to exist at any given moment, including any social media platform. Here's why.<p>In an effort to fight the proliferation of fake news on its platform, Facebook has announced steps to stop the spread of misleading content on its …

Customers

Dr. Oz Makes Millions Even Though He's Been Called A 'Charlatan' (And You Should Follow His Lead)

You’re a dedicated professional who has spent years honing your craft. Even now, you take great pains to study all the newest developments in your field and always check your sources to make sure the advice you give is sound. So when a “charlatan” like Dr. Oz continues to rake in the big bucks …

Oprah Winfrey

Infographic: Tips for creating dazzling marketing videos

In a content landscape teeming with visuals, how do you get yours to stand out?<p>Simply shooting and posting a video to one of your platforms isn’t …

Marketing

MLB investigation confirms that the baseball has changed

You know the baseballs are different. We know the baseballs are different. Pitchers have been saying the baseballs are different. And now Major …

Baseball

How [and why] I invest in startups

This post was originally published on Atrium.<p>A lot of people ask me how I choose to invest in startups. Stage? Revenue metrics? Sector?<p><b>I’m not proactively funding at different stages. I’m proactively funding brilliant people trying to solve hard problems.</b><p>Focusing on this simple goal of identifying …

Venture Capital

The 50 Best Jazz Bassists Of All Time

In jazz, as in most music, the bass is the bottom line. It’s both part of the rhythmic foundation of the music (along with the drums) and the sonic …

Soul Music

Warren Buffett Says if You Hire Somebody Without This Trait, 'You Really Want Them to Be Dumb and Lazy'

No, it's not intelligence. But it should be a non-negotiable in building strong teams and companies.<p>Billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett has been dazzling us with wisdom for nearly half a century.<p>As one of the most successful value investors in the world, the Oracle of Omaha …

Self-improvement

VCs say these startup metrics don’t really matter

Here are the indicators they look for instead.<p>KPIs, TAM, ROI, CAC, NPI: Founders are fond of using acronyms to quantify their startups’ successes. The only hitch is that not every venture capitalist wants to be spoon-fed an alphabet soup of progress metrics. Here are a few data points and figures …

Product Management

Gig workers: You’re probably making less than you think

Self-employment has many costs, including some you might not expect. Here are some money matters you need to consider before you go it alone.<p>Being your own boss can be a tempting proposition and, in the “gig economy,” there are plenty of opportunities to do so. From using platforms like Lyft, …

Retirement

This social media hack could help cash-strapped entrepreneurs compete with big brands

If you dream of becoming the next Jeff Bezos, or simply fancy yourself as a side-hustler, but worry you lack the cash; fret not — it needn't cost you …

Public Relations

Home Grown: The collector who has been addicted to vinyl for 35 years

Vinyl Records

Why you should invest in Fresno and the Central Valley

As CEO of a startup, I’ve participated in several different accelerator programs — Boomtown in Boulder, Colorado, The Brandery in Cincinnati, Ohio, and The Plug & Play retail program in Sunnyvale, California.<p>My company’s currently headquartered in Fresno, CA, and I’ve lived in the Central Valley …

Startups

Attention, Millennials: The Average Entrepreneur Is This Old When They Launch Their First Startup

It's probably not the number you think.<p>There are a lot of theories about how old you "should" be to found a startup.<p>Some people say younger is better. You're young and strong and can withstand lots of sleep deprivation and keep going. You're more likely to take risks and less likely to quit …

Entrepreneurship

Forget Investors. Here's Why You Should Franchise to Grow Your Business

If a junk removal company did it, you can do it too.<p>When talking about 100x growth, what's the first thing that comes to your mind?<p>Let me guess... you're thinking of a startup backed by multi-million investors. Basically, the sort of company which can spend thousands of dollars on marketing, …

Small Business

Algo-Rhythms: The future of album collaboration

One year ago, I began working on an album. I write vocal melodies and lyrics, while my partner does the composition. We both work on instrumentation, and complement each other well. The only odd part of the relationship is…my partner isn’t human.<p>It’s AI.<p>The relationship was born out of curiosity. …

Artificial Intelligence

How To Market With A Podcast

Chris Cebollero will never forget the day his podcast idea was born.<p>“As an executive coach, I was taken to task by a caller that said to me, ‘I can’t afford an executive coach, but I could benefit from your expertise. What are you doing for the folks that cannot afford your service?’”<p>This was very …

Marketing

The Pasta Sauce Hailed as the World's Best Is Surprisingly Easy to Make at Home

Just as Julia Child changed the way Americans felt about French cooking, Marcella Hazan changed the way they felt about Italian cooking. And though …

Nutrition

'I'm Sorry' Can Undermine Your Career. Here's What to Say Instead

When "I'm sorry" becomes overused, it gets tuned out -- and so do you.<p>We all make mistakes. From minor ones like mispronouncing someone's name (which, depending on the person, could be a big deal) to major ones like making an expensive misguided hire, every single one of us can remember the …

Time I

GOP immigration moderates seek to force House votes on issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans with moderate views on immigration defied party leaders and took steps Wednesday toward forcing campaign-season House votes on the issue. One top maverick said they had enough support to succeed.<p>The effort meant that a congressional drive to help young "Dreamer" …

Immigration

How The Gig Economy Is Fueling A New Type Of Entrepreneur

It’s official: the gig economy is taking over work as we know it. More than a third of the workforce — 55 million Americans — are currently working as freelancers. This is the highest number of people on record who have chosen freedom over a 401k.<p>For some, the gig economy is simply a way to pick up …

Entrepreneurship

The Short, Unhappy Life Of Music Downloads

The latest revenue figures from the music industry tell us that we’ve entered a new era: the era of interactive streaming. Interactive streaming music services — Spotify, Apple Music, Napster, Deezer, Tidal, etc. — now account for the majority of recorded music industry revenue and are growing at …

Media Tech

Moleskine Pen+ Ellipse Is The Notetaking System You Didn't Know You Needed

Try as we might, we can’t ditch pen and paper for taking notes. Sure, there are plenty of supremely awesome note apps on the Apple Store. Bear just received a 1.5 update that adds fun organization bits like tag icons, better note searching, and a lickably crisp dark theme just for OLED screens …

Note-Taking

Meet The Tech Company Disrupting The Music Industry (And It's Not Spotify)

When I first came across Kobalt Music, I didn’t get it. Is it a music company or a tech startup? A publishing business or a digital platform? Do they represent artists or songwriters?<p>The answer, I learned, is all of the above.<p>In fact, I had the chance to sit down with Kobalt founder & CEO Willard …

West Village

The Music Industry's Big Data Problem

One of the hopes that digital music brought was for a faster and more accurate way for everyone in the food chain to get paid. That sounds good on paper, but unfortunately hasn’t quite panned out the way anyone in the industry expected. While it’s true that it’s easy to count online sales and …

Gwen Stefani

SoundHound has raised a big $100M round to take on Alexa and Google Assistant

As SoundHound looks to leverage its ten-plus years of experience and data to create a voice recognition tool that companies can bake into any platform, it’s raising another big $100 million round of funding to try to make its Houndify platform a third neutral option compared to Alexa and Google …

Google Assistant

These Are The Best Cities For Biking In The U.S.

PeopleForBikes’ newest rankings of cities takes into account ridership, safety, and how easy it is to do your basic errands on a bike.<p>By 2020, Fort Collins, Colorado, is aiming for one in every five trips in the city to happen on a bike. The city, which has around 185 miles of bike lanes–and uses …

Bike Lanes

Watch a stunning microscopic slow-motion video of a needle on a record

<b>An electron microscope captures the moment stylus meets groove in slow-motion.</b><p>The good folk behind Youtube channel Applied Science have shared an …

Vinyl Records

There Are 2.6 Billion Online Gamers in the World. This Startup Just May Connect Them All

Stanislav Vishnevskiy and Jason Citron have turned a passion for video and computer games into the popular platform Discord.<p>Most teenagers would probably wince at the idea of waking up every day at 5 a.m. Stanislav "Stan" Vishnevskiy was not one of them.<p>In fact, he did it just so he could cram in …

PC Gaming

Here’s why Gibson is bankrupt—no, it’s not because rock is dead

The company that made the guitars played by Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Joan Jett, The Edge, and Pete Townshend has filed for bankruptcy. Gibson Brands, maker of the famed Gibson guitar, filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware this morning.<p>So how did we get here? Founded …

Bankruptcy