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The Hidden Dangers of Playing It Safe

Last year Dina, a CEO I’d been working with, felt that leaders on her team were playing it too safe. They weren’t finding and pursuing new growth opportunities and it was crippling the organization. She kicked off her October management team meeting, which I was attending, by reading the following …

How Tinder Is Winning the Mobile Dating Wars | Inc.com

<i>At 27 years old, Sean Rad has already been a successful entrepreneur once. In 2009, he scored his first big hit when he founded ad.ly, which helps brands land celebrity endorsements on social media. Now he's on to his second act: Tinder, which has become the App Store's fast-growing mobile dating</i> …

Startups

4 Ways to Keep Online Shoppers Coming Back for More

Expert Lars Albright says rewards are the key to getting your customers hooked. Check out why.<p><i>Every time a customer goes online, she must wade through all sorts of content vying for her attention: emails, tweets, Facebook alerts. How's a brand to stand out? Reward users, says Lars Albright, CEO of</i> …

Customers

Dark Star Safari

• <b>Author:</b> Paul Theroux<p>In <i>Dark Star Safari</i> the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and …

Attacking A $3 Billion Rent-A-Car Market

Using a business model familiar to anyone who’s done a double-take of Zipcar, India-based ZoomCar is looking to grab market share in that country’s $3 billion car rental space and just raised a wad of cash with which to start.<p>Headquartered in Bangalore, ZoomCar is a membership car rental service …

The 12 Things That Successfully Convert a Great Idea Into a Reality

How many times have you been in a meeting and someone says to you, “That’s a great idea, you should take the initiative and make it a reality.” What typically happens? Most of the time – nothing. Most great ideas remain dormant because people don’t have the courage, resources, time and/or money to …

Credit Karma Raises $30 Million Series B, Becomes More Like Mint As It Expands Beyond Credit Monitoring

Credit Karma, the free online credit monitoring startup founded back in 2008, is today announcing $30 million in Series B financing, in a round led by new investors Ribbit Capital and Susquehanna Growth Equity, with participation from existing investor Felicis Ventures. The company has now grown …

6 Things To Do In Asia Before You Die

Whether you prefer to meet a holy monkey, eat sushi for breakfast, receive a monk's blessing, helicopter over the Himalayas, or just enjoy the myriad unique views -- we've rounded up a bucket list of things to do, eat, see, shop for, and experience in the wide world of Asia.<p>Check out six of these …

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

• <b>Author:</b> Katherine Boo<p>In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels …

Top 11 Reasons Startups Succeed

Startups are literally a journey into the unknown and entrepreneurs need to be comfortable with taking on ambiguity, uncertainty and multiple challenges.<p>Unfortunately, on average, 9 out of 10 startups will go out of business, and the remaining that are able to survive and succeed are the ones that …

Top 6 Reasons Every Company Should Have a Blog

So, you have opened your own company website. Now what? Of course, all company owners want that their website rank higher in the search engines and …

Cultivating Your Concept

Some entrepreneurs are lucky. Carrying a natural flair for the eureka moment, bright ideas light up their mind like Einstein.<p>For the majority of us …

5 Reasons Businesses Should Care About Hashtags

Earlier this month, Facebook announced they were going to begin supporting hashtags, joining the ranks of Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and other networks. These are keywords or phrases with the prefix “#” in front of them (i.e., #ThankYouForReading #Forbes). Sometimes words are …

Blog in harmony with nature

Antioxidants<p>Green tea - contains a lot of substances which positively influence the brain, blood vessels and maintaining proper body mass. Green tea …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p>Get yours before it sells out.<p>8 Photos20 hours agoView More<p>School Shootings<p><i>GQ</i> Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson on all the ways Donald Trump fails …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

New Arrivals<p><i>GQ</i>’s editors pick the freshest menswear, sneakers, watches and more worth your disposable income.<p>16 Photos3 days agoView More<p>Style<p>The …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Profiles<p>Atlanta’s realest rapper doesn't say much—but when he does, we listen.<p>By Samuel Hine20 hours agoView More<p>Editors' Picks<p>Your new summer secret …

How to Write the Dreaded Self-Appraisal

No one likes review time. For many, self-appraisals are a particularly annoying part of the process. What can you say about your own performance? How can you be honest without coming off as arrogant, or shooting yourself in the foot?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b><br>Dick Grote, author of <i>How to Be Good at</i> …

Dell Outlines The Death Of The PC

The era where the PC is dominant in IT is rapidly coming to a close as we move towards a future dominated by post-PC devices such as smartphones and tablets, and if your business is reliant on the PC to keep the dollars flowing in then you’d better start working on “Plan B.”<p>The message that the era …

How Super-Achievers Do What They Do

For their new book <i>The Art of Doing</i>, Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield interviewed 36 super-achievers at the tops of their fields. They started seeing patterns emerge. These are the 10 most common practices of the highly successful.

Best Advice I Ever Got: Esteban Reyes

Most entrepreneurs are action-oriented--they like to talk and do above all else. But serial entrepreneur Esteban Reyes has closed several multimillion-dollar deals by focusing on listening.<p>I first became a start-up junkie when I co-founded Verification Bureau at age 19. It was a mortgage fraud …

Business Strategy

Need Juice? This Phone Charger Fits In Your Wallet

<b>The Pitch:</b> The ChargeCard is a super-slim USB phone charger that can fit in a wallet as easy as a credit card. The product was funded on Kickstarter, and was recently sold on the shopping site Grand St.<p><b>The Verdict:</b> Few phones have the juice to last through an entire day of even moderate usage. In …

How to eat Indian street food safely

Tucking into street food is one of the joys of travelling in India – here are some tips to help avoid tummy troubles.<p>1. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the local cuisine, especially if you’re not used to spicy food.<p>2. You know the rule about following a crowd – if the locals are avoiding a …

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