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These Ex-Googlers Got Their First Customers Milliseconds After Launching Their New Business

They met while both working for Google's Search Quality team in Dublin. Wiese started out fighting web spam, and then moved on to click spam with the ad traffic quality team. Szymanski spearheaded the company's webmaster outreach in Europe.<p>They often teamed up during their respective seven-plus …

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25 Business Books that You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout.This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Read to lead, right?<p>There are few better “hacks” in life than reading—distilled knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in just a few hours.<p>The problem is that many …

Awesome Google Features You May Not Have Known About

For example, did you know that Google can guide you through your wedding?<p>From the silly to the useful, these Google features (which we picked out of this great Quora thread) will make you love Google even more than you probably already did.

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11 Sneaky Psychology Tricks Restaurants Use To Make You Spend More Money

Eating out is such a common activity, we don't really think about the work that goes into creating a fine dining experience.<p>Yet behind the scenes, …

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Try to Kill Your Startup Before You Start

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a growth consulting, advisory and executive staffing firm based in Chicago.</i><p>I recently had the pleasure of sitting on an investor panel with Joe Dwyer, a partner at Founder Equity Fund and good colleague of mine. He made a …

X-Ray Gun Can Search for Drugs, Money, Weapons

We may not have x-ray specs — but now we have have the world's first handheld x-ray gun, which enables police to search for explosives, guns and …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

My Year At A Standing Desk And Why I’ll Never Go Back

Fast Company Web Producer Cia Bernales made the switch to a standing desk a year ago. She shares why she’s never going back to a regular office chair and how her posture got a new angle.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>It all …

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公司請你來幹嘛? (句句令人震撼,不看有點遺憾!)

公司請你來做什麼?<br>請你來是解決問題而不是製造問題<br>如果你不能發現問題或解決不了問題,你本人就是一個問題<br>你能解決多大的問題,你就坐多高的位子<br>你能解決多少問題,你就能拿多少薪水<br>讓解決問題的人高升,讓製造問題的人讓位,讓抱怨問題的人下課<p>【問題就是你的機會】<br>1、公司的問題:就是你改善的機會;<br>2、客戶的問題:就 …

The Devil and the Art Dealer

It was the greatest art theft in history: 650,000 works looted from Europe by the Nazis, many of which were never recovered. But last November the world learned that German authorities had found a trove of 1,280 paintings, drawings, and prints worth more than a billion dollars in the Munich …

Yelp Reviewers Say These Are The 100 Best Restaurants In America

The team at Yelp said they used a technique based on the Wilson Score to compile this year's rankings, taking into account both the restaurant's star rating as well as number of reviews to see which places were really the post popular in the Yelp community.<p>The No. 1 restaurant in America this year …

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The 4 golden rules of setting up a great website

The role a website can play in helping a company outperform its local rivals is widely understood. But for many business owners and entrepreneurs, …

Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule–How To Really Improve At Any Skill

The popular 10,000-Hour Rule claims that it takes 10,000 hours of working at a skill to become an expert. But research suggests that to become awesome at a skill, it’s not about quantity of time spent, it’s about quality.<p>If you’ve spent any time wondering at what makes people successful, you’ve …

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100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

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What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier

There’s more to the mood-boosting properties of exercise than endorphins.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s …

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This 14-Slide Pitch Deck Helped Publishing Startup Contently Land $9 Million

Co-founder Shane Snow says the fundraising process took two months, but his team networked for a number of months with investors before the round was raised. His advice to other entrepreneurs who are trying to raise money is to focus on telling a story with your pitch deck.<p>"The story is the most …

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8 Business Travel Packing Hacks

As a corporate "downsizer," his life revolves around airport terminals and hotel suites as he criss-crosses the country firing people and giving motivational speeches on how to rid yourself of relationships and possessions that are holding you down. In other words, how to pack light.<p>For business …

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Here's How To Undo A Sent Email In Gmail

When you send a no-take-backs email — maybe an admission to a secret crush, or accidental reply-all — there's an instant pang of regret. It feels like there's no going back.<p>Meet Gmail's Undo Send feature, a lifesaving little hack buried in the Gmail Labs settings. It gives you a 30-second window to …

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10 Things To Do At Work At The Start Of 2014

A couple of weeks ago I laid out 13 tips for wrapping up 2013 and preparing for the new year at work. My expert sources suggested that you complete outstanding projects, establish new goals, reflect on accomplishments, get organized and tie up loose ends–among other things.<p>Now, as you return to the …

The Big Chill-Out: How Meditation Can Help With Everything

Changing the way your genes express themselves, coaxing you to actually understand yourself, and finally letting you really relax: Meditation is well worth getting familiar with.<p><i>Are tweets, statuses, pins, pokes, and pixels dominating your life? This week, as part of our #unplug series, we’re</i> …

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The First 7 Weeks Of 2014 Could Change Your Life - The Choice Is Yours

It’s a brand-new year and now is the time when everyone is resolving to improve something about themselves. Rather than making a big resolution with no concrete plan on how to make it happen, why not start taking steps to change your heart instead? If you can change your way of thinking, you’ll be …

This App Builds A Personalized Annual Report Showing Your 2013 Email Habits

We've previously profiled Tout, an essential tool for anyone who wants to kick up his or her email game a few notches.<p>Our two favorite features of Tout are that it lets you schedule emails to be sent in the future and will also tell you if someone opened your email and how long it stayed open.<p>If …

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Former Windows Leader Steven Sinofsky Presents 10 Mega Trends In Tech For 2014

Sinofsky is one of the smartest people in tech. He's currently working a partner with venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, and as an executive in residence at Harvard Business School.

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The Ten Golden Rules on Living the Good Life

What is good life? What is happiness? What is success? What is pleasure? How should I treat other people? How should I cope with unfortunate events? How can I get rid off unnecessary worry? How should I handle liberty?<p>The answers to all these questions are condensed in a little book, The Ten Golden …

OTL: Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building - ESPN

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Analytics issue on newsstands Feb. 22. SUBSCRIBE TODAY »<p><b>CHARLOTTE, N.C. --</b> Five weeks before his 50th …

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Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …

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