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The main serial killer of startups and SMEs is a bad execution. A business without a plan is like a ship without navigation systems. Eventually, it …

12 Reasons To Visit San Francisco Once In Your Lifetime

San Francisco, one of America’s most vibrant cities, lures individuals across the world because of its appealing beauty. Therefore, millions of …

Your Self-Consciousness Is Killing Your Creativity (And What to Do About It)

Self-consciousness is the enemy of all creative expressions.<p>We are all naturally creative. The human race's creative power is distributed in all of us, not concentrated in selected few. Every object or product you know today, however old or new, however simple or sophisticated, holds the stories of …

8 Habits of Happy, Healthy, and Successful People

Simple behaviors that are committed to over time can yield enormous results.<p>According to Harvard psychologist Shawn Achor, happiness and success cannot be pursued directly. Instead, these things are organic byproducts of quality habits and vision. As Aristotle put it, "To be excellent we cannot …

I Moved to San Francisco, and My Dating Habits Did a 180

Context, timing and money matter, no matter how often we tell ourselves they don’t<p><i>By Nadia Ibanez</i><p>Like many people living in a major metropolitan …

Relationships

Tech Starting To Feel Silicon Valley’s Housing Crunch As Residents Leave Region

SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley’s housing problem, growing cost of living and unbearable commute times are finally starting to push techies away from …

Five Weekend Getaways Just a Quick Flight from San Francisco

When you have an “I need to get on a plane” moment but don’t want to go too far<p><i>By Bridget Veltri</i><p>The Bay Area is a pretty great place to live, but …

San Francisco: Build More Housing, Assholes

Another week is here, and with it, another story about the affluent, techie-infested caricature that San Francisco has become. Hey, assholes: step …

Blame Zoning, Not Tech, for San Francisco's Housing Crisis

Wealthy districts work hard to prevent new housing from being built in their neighborhoods.<p>For San Francisco’s many discontents, tech is a boogeyman, an “inescapable” presence, per <i>The New York Times</i>. But the tech monster is only an agent of chaos. The real fright-feature is the lack of housing. And …

Housing

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10 ways traveling will make your 20s more difficult

“SELL YOUR STUFF, TRAVEL THE WORLD!” You may see this advice coming at you rapid fire off of your social media feed. But if you get rid of all your …

Let unfettered writing pour out of you in Flowstate

When it comes to prewriting, nothing beats a distraction-free interface. A very common writing exercise is to just let the words flow, but many …

5 Reasons To Develop An Attitude Of Gratitude

<b>Thanksgiving is just ahead. Every year, this is the time when we pause to give thanks and be grateful for all that we have. But why not make</b> …

Trippy Networks: How LSD Changes Consciousness

<b>LSD is known to cause changes in consciousness, including “ego-dissolution”, or a loss of the sense of self. Despite a detailed knowledge of the</b> …

How To Get Involved In The Psychedelic Renaissance

<i>The following first appeared in the MAPS Bulletin:</i><p>Psychedelics have recently reemerged in mainstream culture, with novel scientific research and …

Consciousness

What I Learned From Interviewing 163 Entrepreneurs About Failure

<i>This post is co-authored by Dorie Clark and Matthew Turner.</i><p>We always hear about the success stories. Mark Zuckerberg launching in his dorm room. The WhatsApp guys selling for $19 billion. Uber disrupting the taxi industry, and pretty soon everything else. But along the way, even the most successful …

Entrepreneurship

Use this trick to see a map of everywhere Google knows you've been

Luckily, there's an easy way to see exactly what Google knows about where you've been, and you can even see a map of past locations you have visited.<p>This all depends on whether you have enabled two settings tied to your Google account: location reporting and location history. Of course Google lets …

Apps

A day of in a life of product manager

<i>Mike Fishbein does content marketing at Alpha UX. You can connect with him @mfishbein or via his personal site, mfishbein.com.</i><p>An article ion The Next Web captured the essence of product management so well that it left one commenter exclaiming, “Finally I can point people to an article when they ask …

Interview with Janna Bastow, Co-Founder of ProdPad and Mind the Product - Daniel Elizalde

<i>Janna Bastow is an internationally recognized leader in Product Management, and the co-founder of ProdPad, a cloud-based software for Product</i> …

Product Management

Mobile game revenues set to overtake console games in 2015

The mobile video game industry continues to ride a growing wave of free-to-play and casual game successes such as Supercell’s <i>Clash of Clans</i> and Rovio …

Usability Testing on Mobile Devices

When it comes to repeatedly creating exceptional user experiences, there are few tools in the UX practitioner’s toolbox as critical as usability …

UX Design

8 Amazing All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts

How does an all-inclusive resort for under $100 a night sound? Now, imagine eight of them along Mexico’s Riviera Maya, where infinity pools and …

Caribbean

Here’s Your Focus for the First 30, 60, and 90 Days as a Startup Product Manager | Inc.com

<i>Answer by Rian van der Merwe, Product Strategy & Design, on Quora,</i><p><b>30 days: Understand the product, the market, and the culture</b> The goal of the Product Manager is <b>to deliver measurable business results through product solutions that meet both market needs and company goals</b> (see The Importance of …

Product Manager Shortage: Suddenly Sexy

At the moment I post this, there are 1839 open product management jobs in San Francisco/Silicon Valley. (<i>Check here</i>.) My inner optimist and pessimist …

Next for iPhone Has You Swipe to Discover Indie Musicians

Music discovery is a problem, especially for independent artists that don’t have a massive marketing machine backing them. In many ways, finding an artist that you connect with is a lot like starting a relationship, so it’s only natural that two Tinder veterans would take the same discovery dynamic …

The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute

Given Google’s recent purchase of a building on the Embarcadero and the city’s move to effectively block Pinterest from relocating its headquarters into a specially-zoned building in the design district, I wanted to point out a few things.<p>San Francisco is now at record employment levels after …

How to build your own Game Boy with a Raspberry Pi and a hot glue gun

Buying a Game Boy from Goodwill is something of a risky proposition. It's not so much the $5 it might cost you, but the unknown condition of the 25-year-old handheld.<p>That didn't stop a blogger who goes by "microbyter," who overcame the damage caused by an exploded battery in a secondhand Nintendo …

Pixar Cofounder Ed Catmull on Failure and Why Fostering a Fearless Culture Is the Key to Groundbreaking Creative Work

<i>“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before,”</i> Neil Gaiman urged in his commencement-address-turned-manifesto-for-the-creative life. <i>“The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them — especially not from yourself,”</i> philosopher Daniel …