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5 Common Sales Call Mistakes To Avoid

As a sales rep you spend all day on the phone selling to prospective customers.<p>However, what if you’ve been making the same mistakes since your first …

5 LinkedIn Lead Generating Activities To Fill Your Sales Funnel

Have you been successful at generating leads via LinkedIn?LinkedIn is one of the most used and effective platforms for B2B marketing and lead …

Marketing

10 Ways to Prospect Effectively with Senior Level People

1. Don’t ignore the gatekeeper. Treat them the same way you would the senior level person you are trying to reach. Ask the gatekeeper the same …

Thought Leadership

The 50/15/5 Guide: A simple approach to budgeting

Not sure where to start with budgeting? Take a look at how the 50/15/5 principle could work for you.<p>THE BACKGROUND:<p>A few months ago, I came home from …

This is when startups lose control, according to one CEO

Startups need to bootstrap, says Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie. If they can.<p>He means use alternate sources of funding than direct investment, such as self-funding, getting grants, debt factoring, or even borrowing.<p>Most startups lose control of their companies the moment they take money from a venture …

Venture Capital

How Facebook Helped A Solo Entrepreneur Create Two Million-Dollar, One-Person Businesses

Justin Goff, 31, has created two million-dollar businesses with no employees other than the owners—an eBook company and an online health supplements store. The secret of this entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio has been mastering Facebook marketing.<p>His skill at scaling revenues at these ultra-lean …

Business Strategy

Google’s buy button could give Amazon a run for its money

Amazon is the undisputed leader in online retail, but Google’s introduction of its own buy button on mobile may give the eCommerce giant something to worry about.<p>Google’s plan, revealed last week, is to provide buy buttons to those who search for products on mobile devices. Buy buttons will be …

The best YouTube ads of the decade

In addition to giving the world a wealth of cat videos and a new generation of celebrities, the massive video-sharing site YouTube also created a burden for ad agencies – suddenly, marketing executives everywhere were demanding to "go viral."<p>Google Inc. is promoting the 10th anniversary of …

Advertising

You Need an Innovation Strategy

Despite massive investments of management time and money, innovation remains a frustrating pursuit in many companies. Innovation initiatives frequently fail, and successful innovators have a hard time sustaining their performance—as Polaroid, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, and …

Innovation

Pharmacy Startup PillPack Could Change The Way America Takes Its Medicine

<b>A tiny New Hampshire startup is revolutionizing the way millions of patients take their daily medicines–and threatening the business model of titans like CVS and Walgreens in the process.</b><p>Allen Pittinger-Dunham, 51, has been taking HIV medicines since 2003. A few years in, his viral counts started …

Pharma

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Neuroscience

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

Creativity

Your Creative Calendar: 73 Things To Do, See, And Hear This April

Get ready to say goodbye to Mad Men, welcome back Toni Morrison, and get Furious again, as your Creative Calendar for April ushers in spring.<p>It’s no longer April Fools’ Day, so you can trust that there are no hilarious pranks in this month’s entertainment forecast. Let’s leave the pranks to …

Light bulb set to be graphene's first commercial consumer application

In two claimed firsts, researchers at the University of Manchester have produced both the first commercial application of graphene and the world's …

Engineering

Robots push iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to the edge

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge isn't even on sale yet but that's not stopping people from putting the company's latest flagship to the test.<p>While we've …

Apple just bought a tiny database company called FoundationDB

We've reached out to Apple and FoundationDB to confirm. Neither company has posted anything official about the acquisition yet, but CrunchFund — the VC company cofounded by Michael Arrington, the guy that founded TechCrunch — was an investor. So TechCrunch's scoop seems solid.<p>And given Apple's …

Startups

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The Stretch That Eases Back and Knee Pain

Stiff hip flexors are bad news for your back. The muscles are attached to your pelvis, so when they’re tight, they tilt your pelvis forward. That makes your butt stick out and your spine curve into a backwards “C,” jamming your vertebrae together, Gaddour says.<p>And if your quads are tight, they’ll …

Lennar Homes for Sale in Denver, Colorado

Denver has the largest city park system in the nation, which makes it a great place to buy your next new Lennar home, so you can enjoy the great …

No inventory? No problem! Dropshipping offers retail without storage

Tapiture, a Pinterest competitor, doesn't just show you stuff you might like. In many cases, it lets you buy that stuff as well.<p>Aside from some …

Forge, the sketch app for brainstorming, lands on iOS

Drawing apps for iOS are easy to come by, with Paper by FiftyThree or Adobe’s Sketch being the most notable and identifiable apps. Those ask that you …

Apps

How-To: Upgrade the SSD in your MacBook Air or Retina MacBook Pro, boosting size & speed

Over the past two weeks, I’ve written about the (surprisingly easy) process of adding solid state drives (SSDs) to radically speed up older iMacs, and the varied challenge levels of adding SSDs to older Mac Pros, Mac minis, and non-Retina MacBooks. Today’s guide looks at the <b>easiest SSD</b> …

How to transfer photos from your Mac or PC to your iPhone and iPad

Confused about how to sync your Mac or Windows PC photos to your iPhone or iPad? We've got you covered.The Photos for Mac app and iCloud Photo …

The 10 Best Steve Jobs Quotes

Steve Jobs was a lot of things. CEO. Inventor. Genius. Perfectionist. Visionary. But perhaps what we'll remember him most fondly for was his words. …

San Francisco

15 interview hacks to land the job

Hacking an interview isn't about being able to answer questions properly. It's about ensuring you're being asked proper questions.<p>In the posts listed below I've made the case that the best jobs are in the hidden job market. Unfortunately, too many job seekers waste their time in the public job …

Employment

Common interview questions and how to answer them

If you need to prepare for an interview, check out our experts' advice on how to reply to 10 of the most frequent questions • How to prepare for weird interview questions • Why should we hire you? How to answer the dreaded question<p>For even the most competent job hunter, interviews are tough. While …

Job Interview Questions: 5 Things YOU Should Ask

You might be the one getting interviewed for a job or internship, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be asking some questions too. Asking these …

Employment