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Apple's $1,000 iPhone Taught Us A Very Important Business Lesson

The surprising reason why it might just work for them.<p>Everyone is going crazy over Apple's new iPhone --- for better or for worse. Now, whether you like Apple or not, we can all agree that the price of the newly released iPhone is quite the shocker. That might turn off some customers, but I will …

Customer Service

Why You Can Focus in a Coffee Shop but Not in Your Open Office

A few years ago, during a media interview for one of my books, my interviewer said something I still ponder often. Ranting about the level of distraction in his open office, he said, “That’s why I have a membership at the coworking space across the street — so I can focus.”<p>While I fully support the …

The Workplace

One of the most successful Kickstarter projects of all time is now on Amazon

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>When you think about successful Kickstarters, card games or movie reboots probably come to mind, not showering systems.<p>But Nebia smashed …

Shopping

Here's how easy it is for anyone — including Russian operatives — to target you with ads on Facebook

• <b>Three media agencies modeled the cost of using Facebook to reach voters in Wisconsin and Michigan with the intention of swaying their vote.</b>• <b><br>The estimates range from as little as $50,000 for issue-focused ads to over $283,000 depending on a number of factors including intensity.</b>• <b><br>The agencies used</b> …

Advertising

Sheryl Sandberg Mastered 3 Presentation Skills in 3 Minutes. And You Can, Too

Being a memorable, persuasive speaker requires building connection, being current and boosting credibility.<p>When it comes to making a persuasive presentation, there are several elements that are core to making it a success. As Aristotle said eons ago, persuasion requires appealing to ethos (trust), …

Sheryl Sandberg

The Nobel physics prize goes to the spotters of gravitational waves

WAITING for a Nobel prize can be time consuming. Since 1985, more than half of the prizes in physics have been awarded for work done more than two …

Physics

10 Ways Universities Can Improve Entrepreneurship Education

Nowadays, global business changes at such a stunning pace, entry-level professionals barely have time to acclimate themselves to a new company, a new competitive environment, or new operational requirements. The challenges faced by young workers include lack of experience, a complex corporate …

Entrepreneurship

Pessimism and optimism on Germany after its election

Germany from different anglesPessimism and optimism on Germany after its election<p>WONDERING what to make of the German election? Really, it is simple. …

Germany

Alexa, Bring Me a Shake Shack Burger. New Amazon Partnership Means This Could Work Soon

Partnership with delivery service Olo sends GrubHub shares plunging.<p>"Alexa, bring me a burger and fries from Shake Shack."<p>"OK, ordering."<p>It could happen sooner than you may think.<p>If you live in one of 20 American cities, including Seattle, New York, Atlanta, Tampa, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, …

Shake Shack

8 Invaluable Business Lessons Learned From 8 Years Of Running My Own Business

If you've ever want to run your own business but have been too worried to take the leap, I was too. Here are eight of the most important things I've learned in my eight years running my own thing.<p>I started my business eight years ago. I told my wife that we'd make this a year by year thing fully …

Poor Body Language During a Presentation? This App Will Give You a Helping Hand

Vocalytics analyzes your body language during a presentation and makes helpful suggestions.<p>I stood stiffly on stage at a writing conference quite a few years ago. With over 800 people in attendance, and my own understanding of how to speak to a large group a little sketchy, I clicked through a few …

German politics is about to tip rightwards

The next BundestagGerman politics is about to tip rightwards<p>A CERTAIN sort of Anglo-Saxon commentator is permanently convinced that Germany is about …

Germany

Will AI Result in Mass Unemployment or a New Middle Class? | Luis Perez

How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business | Achenyo Idachaba

The water hyacinth may look like a harmless, even beautiful flowering plant -- but it's actually an invasive aquatic weed that clogs waterways, …

Nature

Cars of the future: tech and apps will make you ride not drive

The three pillars of Merkelism

How to understand Angela MerkelThe three pillars of Merkelism<p>ANGELA MERKEL is the longest-serving head of government in the EU. When she became …

Germany

BBC World Service - The Why Factor, What Do You Do?

When we meet someone and ask them what do you do – what are we really hoping to find out about that person? David Baker explores why we ask ‘what do you do?’ and finds out what happens when you decide you won’t start a relationship with a question about work. Why do we believe that our jobs are the …

Science

What machines can tell from your face

THE human face is a remarkable piece of work. The astonishing variety of facial features helps people recognise each other and is crucial to the …

Economics

Why Angela Merkel deserves to win Germany’s election

TO HER many fans, Angela Merkel is the hero who stands up to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, and who generously opened her country to refugees. To …

Germany

How to use Evernote to organize your life

Never forget the important stuff<p>Finding a great note-taking app is like finding the perfect pair of jeans. They’re hard to come across, but once you do, you’ll always stick with them. The same goes for the best smartphone apps. Some people might still prefer the old, foolproof method of taking …

Evernote

Germany’s TV debate was a missed opportunity

Merkel v SchulzGermany’s TV debate was a missed opportunity<p>PERHAPS the problem was the format. Germany’s main television broadcasters had proposed …

Germany

What Amazon Hides: 5 Apps to Show Deals and Discounts to Save Money

Amazon is where we usually spend our money, so that’s where we should most look to save it. But did you know that there are plenty of deals and …

Why do some companies ban certain words?

Can banning some corporate terms and replacing them with buzzier or more positive-sounding alternatives do any good?<p>Apply for a job at Davio’s, a small chain of Italian-style steakhouses in the US, and you’ll never hear one extremely common workplace term: employee. That’s because CEO Steve …

Language

When the manager is a millennial

Kerri Rogan manages a 16-strong, predominantly male team. Many of its members are in their 40s and 50s and have a high level of technical expertise. …

What are algorithms?

ALGORITHMS are everywhere. They play the stockmarket, decide whether you can have a mortgage and may one day drive your car for you. They search the …

Economics

Masters of Scale — WaitWhat

I’ve Interviewed Over 300 Entrepreneurs–Here’s Their Most Counterintuitive Advice

This podcast host shares four of the most surprising things she’s learned by speaking to hundreds of startup founders.<p>Three years ago I started a startup podcast because I thought founders were crazy. Why would a sane person willingly endure such intense risks? Part of my curiosity was personal: As …

Success

On almost every indicator, Germany’s south is doing better than its north

Explaining the Munich miracleOn almost every indicator, Germany’s south is doing better than its north<p>GERMANY'S north and south have always been …

Germany

Donald Trump's $20 Trillion Problem