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10 maps that explain Russia's strategy

In fact, they are the first place to start thinking about a country's strategy, which can reveal factors that are otherwise not obvious.<p>The 10 maps below show Russia's difficult position since the Soviet Union collapsed and explain Putin's long-term intentions in Europe.<p><i>This article was originally</i> …

This Will Be Your Next Tattoo: Arabic Words Illustrated As Their Meanings

Alexandria-based graphic designer Mahmoud Tammam has taken 40 Arabic words and transformed them to match their meanings. The beautifully minimalistic project uses the arches, dots, and curves of the Arabic script to form foxes, whales, coffee pots, and more.<p>Follow Tammam’s work on Instagram or …

Whales

The 7 best websites for landing a freelance gig with skills you already have

By 2020, that number is expected to shoot to roughly 60 million, or more than 40% of our nation's workforce.<p>The rise of the freelance economy is palpable.<p>Coffee shops and coworking spaces abound with freelancers plugging away on their laptops, and office spaces are increasingly empty as the best …

What Does it Cost to Make a Running Shoe?

Fashion companies are often accused of inflating their prices – perhaps none moreso than sneaker brands. After all, how much can it possibly cost to …

Shoes

Meet the Indian startup offering freelancing with a surprise twist

If you wanted to hire someone for a permanent position, you could post on LinkedIn or another job searching platform. If your aim is to build a team …

6 SaaS Tools That Make Starting Up More Affordable

As a small business owner, keeping costs low is one of your main focuses. And unfortunately, staying awake all night worrying about your startup …

“Halal in the Family”: The Sitcom We Need

A week ago, at the Comic Strip Live, an Upper East Side comedy club decorated with portraits of Dick Tracy and Dagwood Bumstead, Aasif Mandvi, the actor, writer, and former Senior Muslim Correspondent for “The Daily Show,” hosted the latest edition of “The Big Brown Comedy Hour.” The comedy night, …

10 Ways Israel Is Just Like Saudi Arabia

On the surface, it would seem that Saudi Arabia and Israel would be the worst of enemies and indeed, they have never had diplomatic relations. After all, the Saudis have championed the cause of the Palestinians, who are oppressed by the Israelis. Israelis say they are besieged by Muslim extremists, …

The Top 10 Mistakes That'll Kill Your Outsourcing Relationships

Want to hire and retain top outsourced talent? Don't make these mistakes.<p>Over the years I've found that, while my success is in my own hands, a portion of that success can be attributed to the relationships I have with others--especially the virtual assistants that are an integral part of my team …

'Why can't I be a Sushi?' Making sense of the Sunni-Shia divide

As the voices around them grew louder and angrier, the decision was quickly made to get the two young girls out of the park.<p>This was not an ordinary …

Religion

100 noteworthy young startups — and what they tell us about tech this year

Looking at what early-stage startups are working on is not only entertaining — and sometimes concerning — it can also be a good indicator of where tech is headed.<p>Since we have data on these young ventures at my company, Startup Tracker, we have the opportunity to glimpse emergent product trends in …

Startups

Preventing independent contractors from becoming full-fledged employees

by Michael J. SpoonerBusinesses’ use of independent contractors is a growing trend in the American economy, and many observers believe the trend is …

Home Improvement

9 Genius Websites for Landing Your Next Freelance Gig

So you’ve launched a business of one. You <i>go,</i> girl! Even if you haven’t totally transitioned from full-time to freelance work just yet, now’s the time to figure out how to be productive when you’re working from home. We mean <i>really</i> productive. Because, especially when you’re first getting started as …

Monsters University and the importance of failure in pop culture

When losing is the only way to grow<p>We have always been obsessed with winning when it comes to our pop culture. Good defeats evil, true love triumphs in the end and the plucky underdog will almost always pull through. Almost all adversity can be overcome in around 90 minutes, unless you're setting …

Gravity Defying Photo Series Captures Street Culture + Dance

In 2007, while Kayne West was releasing <i>Graduation</i> to Number 1 charts and Takashi Murakami opened a pupil dilating MOCA Los Angeles retrospective, French photographer Denis Darzacq was winning 1st prize for Arts & Entertainment at the World Press Photo 2007 Awards. It was Darzacq's gravity defying …

10 Brand Marketing Trends that Should Dominate 2016

April 22, 2016 | Category: Business | Email this post<p><b>Brand Marketing Trends –</b> Gone are the days when branding meant getting the company and its …

Marketing

The Future Of Space Architecture? Soft And Inflatable

The idea of inflatable space habitats has been around for as long as the idea of space travel. Now, one is finally on its way to the ISS.<p>Sometime in the next 10 years, the International Space Station may be carefully retired from service. After almost 30 years in space, and 30 more in R&D, our sole …

The Turmoil in the Mideast Underlines the Erosion of the Arab State System

<i>Kanan Makiya is the author of "The Rope: A Novel," released March 15.</i><p>Amidst the tumult and chaos raging everywhere in the Middle East, a constant stands out: the eroding power and influence of the state. It is perhaps best described as a tendency toward erosion, even fragmentation, that seems to be …

In Defense of Freelancing

Virtually everyone knows that taxi companies have been a national disgrace for decades. Yet there was no crusade spearheaded by Ralph Nader or cover …

The luxury yacht CF8 of Sea Level.

The CF8 yacht of Sea Level will have a waterfall itself.<p>CF8 of Sea Level will be the new luxury yacht where millionaires will sail. It will have a …

How to schedule your day for maximum productivity when you run your own business

"Most small-business owners don't build time into their workdays for things that are not just run, run, run for the business," Laura Vanderkam, time-management expert and author of "I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time," tells Business Insider.<p>While the core …

This Is How Millennials Will Change Management

Each generation brings a new set of values. Here’s how the growing number of millennial managers are changing the face of the workplace.<p>Baby boomer managers can be credited with creating employee support programs. Generation X managers can be credited with making the workplace more informal, making …

Technological Trends in Productivity Tools

<i>This blog post first appeared on CIOReview.com</i><p><b>Benefits of cloud computing for the Productivity Tools:</b> The cloud enables tremendous flexibility and …

Big Data

More Proof That Lyft Drivers Aren't Employees

New court documents released on March 17 reveal that over half of Lyft drivers have driven with another ridesharing company. Out of these drivers, 83% drove with another company while they were also working with Lyft. These are but two of the many revealing facts about Lyft drivers that we learned …

Lyft

5 Things No One Tells You About Going Full-Time Again

As a freelancer, you’ve been growing your personal brand, stretching your skillset, and shipping projects. But something is off. You’re wondering …

Employment

Take your freelance career to the next level

Maybe you're craving the flexibility and freedom of being your own boss, or you've just had enough of office politics. Perhaps you're realising you …

  Whether you're between jobs, bootstrapping your business, working remotely, freelancing, or even staying home with your baby, there's almost always a need for some extra cash. Depending on your skills, you can choose one of the following websites and start selling your services immediately,…

45 Great Websites to Make Some Extra Money<p>Kristyna Zapletal <br>Mar 22, 2016<p>Whether you're between jobs, bootstrapping your business, working remotely, …

Personal Branding Tips for New Freelancers

As a freelancer, you are responsible for creating and maintaining your image and reputation and for promoting the products and services you offer. …