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Mac user? These 10 tricks will help you get more out of your machine

Mac users often know the ins and outs of their gear – after all, we’re generally talking about a passionate bunch who love their machine – but like most technology, it’s estimated we only use a small fraction of what a Mac can do.<p>If you’re like most, you stick to what you need, and don’t venture …

Operating Systems

We Just Witnessed One of the Biggest Indictments You'll Ever See of a Country's Health Care System

Warren Buffett has long decried the ballooning cost of health care as a “hungry tapeworm on the American economy,” eating up the country’s wealth …

Health Care

Ten Skills Every Manager Needs -- But 90% Of Managers Lack

Dear Liz,<p>I’m the Training Manager in a great firm. I have developed and delivered customer service training, communication skills training and several other courses, but now I have a new and bigger challenge. My CEO asked me to develop an in-house leadership development program. I’m very excited …

Employee Engagement

Raise softly and deliver a big exit

In the world of venture capital, the prospect of a successful “exit” looms large in the minds of investors. A VC’s business model is less about the money that goes into a startup than it is about what comes out. It’s true that most companies fail to exit gracefully, and of those that do, …

Venture Capital

Here’s the Trump Tax Loophole Your Accountant Can Blow Wide Open

If exploiting a tax loophole is as much an art as a science, then the tax planning profession is poised for a creative renaissance.<p>The inspiration is …

Finance

The Chrome Extensions We Can't Live Without

Nearly two-thirds of internet users turn to Chrome for their browsing needs, but far fewer take full advantage of its available extensions, the …

Google

The 3-Minute Rule: What A Hollywood Producer Can Teach You About Pitching Your Business

As an entrepreneur, having laser focus within the operation of your business is a must. You’ll spend hundreds, if not thousands, of hours developing skills and knowledge that by virtue of necessity make you an absolute expert in your field. But unfortunately for most companies, that expertise alone …

Entrepreneurship

The Best Digital Marketing Tools On the Web

Having the right tools for the job is essential to success. But how do you know which tools are right for you? There are hundreds if not thousands of …

8 Lending Terms That Every Entrepreneur Must Know

The more you understand the lexicon of small business loans before you start your search, the better you'll be able to secure the right loan for you.<p>Co-founder and CEO, Fundera<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you’re just beginning your hunt for business financing, …

Personal Finance

You Can't Do Everything, and If You Try to You'll Do Even Less

Whatever you choose to do, you are by default choosing not to do something else. Getting used to that is part of becoming a leader.<p>It's almost a badge of honor amongst entrepreneurs to claim that one has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I remember …

Google's new browser experiment lets you learn about basic AI

Just how does machine learning work? You’ve probably read a primer or two on the subject, but often the best way to understand a thing is to try it out for yourself. With that in mind, check out this little in-browser experiment from Google named Teachable Machine. It’s a perfect two-minute summary …

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

In rural Mecosta County, Mich., sits a near-windowless facility with a footprint about the size of Buckingham Palace. It’s just one of<p>Nestlé’s …

Snorkeling

The Best Hoodie Is as Cool as It Is Cozy

Your hunt is over: Best Stuff is GQ’s destination for finding the perfect version of whatever you need, like the best hoodie money can buy right now. You can thank us later.<p>GQ's Favorite<p>John Elliott Raglan Sleeve Hoodie<p>>$198, buy now at Revolve<p>The concept of a "best" hoodie is new. Just a few years …

11 Research-Backed Hacks to Improve Self-Confidence

Confidence is not a reflection of what you can or can't do. It is merely a belief of what you can or can't achieve.<p>Self-doubt kills more dreams than any failure ever will, and the only way to battle it is with rock-solid confidence.<p>Confidence is not a reflection of what you can or can't do. It is …

10 Proven Ways to Make Millions on Social Media

Sales and marketing is a numbers game. With 2.5 billion people online and more added every day, are the numbers working for you?<p>Entrepreneur and Connector<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Marketers go where the people are, and marketing dollars follow. Last year, for the …

Marketing

Want to Increase Your Traffic Conversion Rate in Just Minutes? Try These 3 Tools.

With the help of the latest apps, increasing your ecommerce business's conversion rate isn't nearly as challenging as it once was.<p>You may already be driving a high volume of traffic to your ecommerce website. Unfortunately, many ecommerce business owners find that most of this traffic doesn't …

5 Instagram Hacks Big Brands Are Using To Grab Users’ Attention

Looking for Instagram hacks? Look no further than the big boys on the block.<p>It’s always smart to keep an eye on your competitors and even smarter to …

Silicon Valley’s It sneaker company raises $17.5M

The it shoe for Silicon Valley techies just raised $17.5 million from a host of investors — fortifying its plan to open retail stores and to expand …

Every Person Should Do These 8 Things Before 8 A.M.

Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams.<p>Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. If you have a full-time job and kids, it's even harder.<p>How do you move forward?<p>If you don't purposefully carve time out every day to progress and improve -- without …

Self-improvement

In 2 Minutes, the Secretary of Defense Showed the Difference Between True Leadership and Just Being the Boss

This was an impromptu speech. It can teach you a lot.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>When corporate types use military terminology, it slips past the pathetic and into the risible.<p>When executives talk about killing the …

James Mattis
Viral

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

Goal Setting

Beginner Guitarist's Guide To Music Theory. Part Two - Extended Chords [Lessons]

<b>For Beginners</b>: In part one of this series we looked at how triads are constructed. If you did the assignment in part one, you will be well equipped …

Rich guitar licks

Texan, guitarist, producer and Eric Clapton band-mate Doyle Bramhall II brings his band to The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley on …

Guitar

Blue intro Raspberry Studio recording system

01_blue_raspberry_studio_3qtr.jpg All-in-one package offers USB mic plus recording and mastering softwareRenowned microphone makers Blue have today …

Audio Recording

3 Amazing - and Free - Marketing Tools for Small Businesses

These free tools can help you boost your efficiency, streamline your workflow, and gain real, actionable data so you can take your company to the next level - whatever that may mean to you.<p>Recently, I spoke at Inc's GrowCo conference on social media strategies for any business or budget. With so …

Marketing

Musicians Institute Launches Online Courses Taught by Music Legends

The prestigious Musicians Institute, established in 1977 in LA and built on the idea that musicians should teach and learn from other musicians, is …

Guitar

Learn Something: How to Master Jazz Guitar as a Rock Guitarist

jomatami<p>Ultimate Guitar<p>jomatami<p>[+] bio<p>UG News editor since early 2013. King Crimson fan. I handle the 'news' around here.<p>Posted Jul 07, 2017 …

5 Fast Minor Blues Licks That Make You Sound More Advanced (With Tabs) [Lessons]

<b>For Beginners</b>: The blues scale, a simple six note scale that is incredible expressive. On this lesson I will teach you five licks extracted from the …

Master the modes with this in-depth guitar lesson

<b>The subject of modes crops up time and again among guitarists wishing to inject new flavours into their solos.</b><p>The main challenge is learning a bunch …