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What I Learned Helping Blue Apron Grow 25X in 3.5 Years

Being at an early-stage startup is a bit like being in grade school — but in this version, you have to skip a grade every 6 months <i>and</i> still get all …

Management

Outside Insight: Why External Data Is The Fuel Of Tomorrow's Business Success

In his new book, Jorn Lyseggen argues that internal data – an organization’s operational data, transactional records and customer metrics – are yesterday’s news.<p>Amidst the fast-paced change of digital transformation and the world at large, external data is likely to hold the insights you need to …

Big Data

Timeless Advice for Making a Hard Choice

The more responsibility you take on at work and in life, the more often you face gray-area problems. These are situations where usually you have done a lot of hard work, on your own and often with other people, to understand a problem or a situation. You’ve assembled all the data, information, and …

Avoid Death by PowerPoint with 3 Tips From the Top TED Talks | Inc.com

Humans are visual creatures. MIT Neuroscientists have found that the brain can recognize images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds. In fact, web pages with images draw 94 percent more views than text-only sites. How can a speaker take advantage of this powerful way that the brain operates?<p>That's …

Public Speaking

Why Biomedical Companies Are Bleeding Horseshoe Crabs to the Brink of Extinction

Can this creature that's been around since the dinosaurs be saved?<p>Meghan Owings plucks a horseshoe crab out of a tank and bends its helmet-shaped shell in half to reveal a soft white membrane. Owings inserts a needle and draws a bit of blood. "See how blue it is," she says, holding the syringe up …

Natural History

The Best Adventure Films of 2015

This year, we saw adventure films rise above the expected action and adrenaline to tell rich stories of the triumph of the human spirit. With abundant winter storm warnings across the country, what better time to cozy up on the couch with some of the year’s best—after your powder turns and hot tub …

The Best Coastal State Parks in Washington

1 of 15<p>Birch Bay State Park<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 15<p>Cama Beach Historical State Park<p>3 of 15<p>Cape Disappointment State Park<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 15<p>Deception …

Home decor: the 10 most common flooring mistakes (to avoid)

Getting your flooring right isn't always a walk in the park. From restoring old tiling in an apartment from the last century to choosing the right …

Home Improvement

5 Strategies to Build Wealth After You Buy Your First Home

Thinking about buying a home? You’re not the only one. With interest rates at opportune levels, many people are anxious to get into the real estate …

Where land meets sea: 6 phenomenal coastal hikes around the world

LITTLE BEATS HIKING ON THE COAST — the crashing of the water, the often dramatic rise of the land, the feeling of adventure. Following a path through …

Hiking

This Couple Went to Every National Park in America and Says These Are the Best

At these parks, you'll get scenery and experiences you won't find anywhere else.<p>Last year, former National Geographic travel photographer, Jonathan …

National Parks

40 Interview Questions That Will Sort the Great from the Good | Inc.com

​Interviewing people for jobs can very difficult, especially for leadership or management positions. You often have only a limited time available to ask questions, and many candidates are so well prepared it can be difficult to get beneath the polished veneer that they are looking to present, and …

Employment

Whiteboard Session: 5 Questions to Help You Make Tough Decisions

Finnish Artist Uses Long Exposure Photography to Paint Gorgeously Ethereal Illustrations With Light

Hannu Huhtamo is a Finnish artist who uses long-exposure photography to paint with light, resulting in gorgeously ethereal illustrations that seem to …

How to speak up for yourself

Speaking up is hard to do, even when you know you should. Learn how to assert yourself, navigate tricky social situations and expand your personal …

Ten Mistakes 90% Of Job Seekers Make

The biggest problem facing job-seekers today is the abysmal state of the recruiting process in many or most medium-sized and large employers.<p>The broken recruiting apparatus makes it even harder than usual for a talented job-seeker to get a great job.<p>Job ads are opaque and unfriendly. When you …

Employment

5 Tragic Reasons why Marissa Mayer Failed.

Learning from mistakes is the best education - if you can afford the tuition.<p>Much cheaper and safer is to learn from mistakes of others.<p>So what can …

How to make those amazing garlic-shallot butter mushrooms from Craft Los Angeles

When it comes to mushroom recipes, it doesn't get much easier than this: a blend of mushrooms — crimini, shiitake, oyster, trumpet royale and maitake — sautéed in a garlic-shallot butter and tossed with chopped fresh herbs. Simple, perhaps, but the flavor is rich and earthy, with plenty of garlic …

Mushrooms

12 Of The Best Hiking Routes In Washington State, USA

Whenever I think of Washington, I think of lush green forests, the gorgeous city of Seattle, and, of course, snow-capped mountains that seem to go on …

Hiking

The 12 Types Of Trips You Should Take In Your Lifetime

Better than your average beach vacation, and cheaper too.<p>To some travelers, “vacation” means lying on a tropical beach or staying in an urban hotel, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But the start of a new year is time to think outside the box and start planning trips that help you both unwind …

Travel

A Dedicated Team of Problem Solvers Can Help Big Companies Act Like Lean Startups

Most companies try to avoid problems. Experian actually goes looking for them. In fact, it has set up a specific unit – Experian DataLabs — to actively seek out unresolved problems its customers are having and use them as a launchpad to seek out new opportunities and create new products. In doing …

The beginning of system dynamics

Modeling afforded a number of insights about why high-technology companies fail. It is much harder to change decision-making procedures than we …

12 Habits Of The Most Productive People

You know those super-productive people who manage to get more done than the rest of us? These are their secrets.<p>Some people just get stuff done. By the time most are pouring their second cup of joe, these super-achievers have been to Crossfit, hit inbox zero, and nailed the rough draft of that …

David Foster Wallace's Legendary Graduation Speech Is Now An Awesome Short Film

Novelist David Foster Wallace gave a speech called "This Is Water" to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College.<p>The speech, which has become legendary, discusses how meaningless daily routines take over our lives and that we have to choose how we think, and what we pay attention to.<p>"This Is …

David Foster Wallace

10 Natural Wonders to See Before They Disappear

Going once, going twice…some of the world's most enchanting places might not make it through this century. Here are 10 places you may not have …

Travel

7 Rules for Job Interview Questions That Result in Great Hires

Some of the long-held ideas about how to conduct interviews are no longer accurate. For example, there’s no such thing as a surprise interview question anymore. With sites like Glassdoor.com, candidates can identify each of your likely interview questions and expected answers ahead of time. With …

How To Job-Hunt Like A CEO

Most of us are stuck in an old mindset where our work is concerned. We may long for the olden days when jobs were secure and long-lasting, but those days are gone. We are still trying to figure out how to navigate this new world of employment. It’s hard for us to break out of our traditional …

Employment

5 Steps to Investing Your Energy More Wisely

It was another conversation about Donald Trump. Or Ted Cruz. Maybe it was about Hillary Clinton. Honestly, I can’t remember. What I do remember is that it was heated, frustrating, and tiring.<p>A few hours later I was still thinking about it and still annoyed. On the one hand, I didn’t like the other …

Just Because You’re in Charge Doesn’t Mean You Should Run Every Meeting

Well-run meetings allow you and your team to clarify issues, set direction, and move objectives forward. They’re essential to your team’s success. And yet there never seems to be enough time to properly plan and execute meetings.<p>Perhaps it’s time to rethink whether you should even be leading your …