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15 movie sequels that are better than the originals

If they weren't, there would never have been a sequel (or sometimes, three, four, or even <i>seven</i> more movies).<p>But in some cases, the sequels that push forward what's explored in the origin story are better. That doesn't lessen the quality of the original, but we love these franchises even more …

Mad Max

A simple but ruthless exercise reveals who your star employees are — and who should be fired

Being a manager requires practicality bordering on ruthlessness — at least according to Patty McCord.<p>McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, from 1998 to 2012. She and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings created the company's culture deck, which has been viewed millions of times. Now she runs her own …

“Oh My God, This Is So F---ed Up”: Inside Silicon Valley’s Secretive, Orgiastic Dark Side

Some of the most powerful men in Silicon Valley are regulars at exclusive, drug-fueled, sex-laced parties—gatherings they describe not as scandalous, or even secret, but as a bold, unconventional lifestyle choice. Yet, while the guys get laid, the women get screwed. In an adaptation from her new …

34 Business Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

<i>This article originally ran in Term Sheet, Fortune’s newsletter about deals and dealmakers.</i> <i>Sign up here.</i><p>Alright, here it is: the book list to end all …

7 Top Books That Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Apple CEO Tim Cook Think You Should Read | Inc.com

There's no question, if you want to get ahead, you must read as many books as you can. As I've written before, Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year and Mark Zuckerberg about 24. But the undisputed king of reading remains Warren Buffett, who spends 80 percent of his day reading.<p>Want to start (or …

Bill Gates

8 Design Principles To Live And Die By, According To Facebook, IBM, Pentagram, And More

Buck the trend and never be mediocre.<p>Most designers have a set of principles upon which they loosely base their work. Dieter Rams, famously, had 10. But how often do you satisfy all of these tenets of your practice at once? Once in a while, if you’re lucky.<p>So we asked eight prominent designers who …

20 Books Every Parent Should Read ASAP

Parents, you are NOT alone.<p><i>The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.</i>

How to Rediscover Your Inspiration at Work

When we’re inspired, our work hums. We have a sense of purpose, buoyed by the feeling that our talents are being put to good use. We’re doing what we <i>should</i> be doing. And then, just like that, inspiration evaporates. Perhaps a negative comment from your boss deflated you or you’re not excited about …

The Better You Know Yourself, the More Resilient You’ll Be

When we think about “resilience,” we typically imagine bouncing back from major hardship. Management theorists have increasingly put forward a more nuanced definition, however: resilience as the ability to adapt to complex change. But in today’s world, that means the demand for resilience is almost …

These 4 AI startups are changing the way we consume information

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a watchword for scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs as of late. Some, like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, …

Artificial Intelligence

How To Make Your Kids Smarter: 10 Steps Backed By Science

I’ve explored the science behind what makes kids happier, what type of parenting works best and what makes for joyful families.<p>But <b>what makes children</b> …

In China, Amazon’s ‘store of the future’ is already open

Amazon showed off its automated Go grocery store concept at the end of last year, but a few months later postponed any actual shop openings.One …

eCommerce

3 maps that explain North Korea's strategy

Korea is a peninsula jutting southward from Manchuria surrounded by the Yellow and Japan seas. It shares an 880-mile-wide border with China and has a 30-mile frontier with Russia.<p>Korea's northeastern border is about 70 miles from Vladivostok, Russia's major eastern port. The southeast corner juts …

How to childproof your iPhone or iPad

iPhones or iPads can be childproofed to ensure it's safe for your kids. Guided Access allows you to lock your device to one specific app while Restrictions allow you to disable certain apps or websites from being accessed. Other parental control software is also available on the app store if you …

10+ Reasons Not To Trust Photos You See On Social Media

Behind the majority of great pictures there's a skilled and creative photographer, but how creative can they get? Sure, nowadays digital manipulation …

9 Fairytale Villages That Will Make You Believe in Magic

Food

Impressive 500-square-foot apartment has everything you need

It’s located in the heart of Kiev<p>It’s always fun to take a peek at how the rest of the world does compact apartments. The latest example comes out of Kiev, Ukraine, designed by local firm Martin Architects.<p>Measuring 45 square meters, or about 484 square feet, the one-bedroom appears to be a …

Why Germany Still Has So Many Middle-Class Manufacturing Jobs

Only about 1.1% of the world population is German. However, 48% of the mid-sized world market leaders come from Germany. These firms, which I call “Hidden Champions,” are part of what makes German economic growth more inclusive: by my calculations, they have created 1.5 million new jobs; have grown …

TEDx Manchester: AI & The Future of Work

TEDx Manchester talk on artificial intelligence (AI) and how the ascent of AI and robotics impacts our future work environments.<p>The video of the talk is now also available here: https://youtu.be/dRw4d2Si8LA

6 tips that interior designers never tell you before you wire money to them

We understand that interior designers don't want to give you free tips for making more of your home, as it's their livelihood they would be impacting …

Interior Design

Singapore’s 2017 Budget focuses on more funding and international expansion for startups

Photo credit: irynarasko / 123RF.The shadows of Brexit, the US presidential election result, and an increasingly inward-looking world loomed large …

Income Tax

Packing away the Legos and, with them, a piece of my son’s childhood

When my son exploded down the stairs and into the kitchen, in his typical 12-year-old way on a rain-soaked Saturday afternoon, my husband stopped him before he could run into the den.<p>“Maybe you should mention to Mom? What you’re doing upstairs?” my husband said. They exchanged glances.<p>“Why? What …

Living Rooms

You Can Now See The Most Beautiful Sights In America With This $213 Train Trip

A big adventure doesn't have to cost you a fortune.<p>If one of your 2017 resolutions is to see all of the beauty and history that America has to offer on a dime, then you're going to love this supremely affordable travel idea.<p>Thanks to a brilliant train route devised by travel expert and blogger …

You Can Improve Your Default Response to Stress

One morning while anchoring <i>The Early Show</i> in New York, one of my coanchors got mixed up and tossed the show to me five minutes before I was slated to appear for my next segment, which was covering breaking news on political corruption in Washington. The teleprompter was cued to a different story, …

18 habits of highly successful people

But that's probably not the case. While luck and genetics may play a role, there are certain learnable behaviors which make success more likely.<p>Over on Quora, there's a thread dedicated to sharing some of those learnable behaviors. We rounded up 11 intriguing ones below.<p>You'll notice that none of …

What We Learned About Management in 2016, in 19 Charts

The 1% and the Asian middle class have gained the most from globalization. The U.S. lower middle class, not so much.<p>In many cases, Millennials and Baby Boomers want the same things out of a new job. And Boomers are slightly more likely to want to work somewhere fun.<p>People who are both in demand by …

Collaborative Overload

Collaboration is taking over the workplace. As business becomes increasingly global and cross-functional, silos are breaking down, connectivity is increasing, and teamwork is seen as a key to organizational success. According to data we have collected over the past two decades, the time spent by …

The Best IKEA Closets on the Internet

As fashion girls, we might spend most of our time obsessing over current clothing trends and stalking our favorite accessories online, but we also …

Victoria Beckham

7 prefab homes that impressed us in 2016

Another prefabulous year behind us!<p>The idea that prefab homes can provide an efficient alternative to traditional construction is no longer news. Besides digging deep into all kinds of prefab dreams percolating throughout the last century, Curbed also been sharing plenty of prefab options currently …

9 Skincare Products With Over 50K Loves on Sephora

Earlier this year, we clued you in on a helpful icon located on the product pages of Sephora's website—the "loves". It's a small, red heart located …

Skin Care