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We Need To Stop Looking For Silver Bullets To Solve Our Problems

All generalizations are false, including this one<p>In Eric Ries bestselling book, <i>The Startup Way</i>, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur explains how he helped lead General Electric's transformation from a stodgy industrial era dinosaur into a lean, entrepreneurial enterprise. Yet strangely, as Steve Blank …

Innovation

10 Horrible Habits You're Doing Right Now That Are Draining Your Energy

For most people the biggest obstacle they face is themselves, but it doesn't have to be that way.<p>Entrepreneur and Connector<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the greatest ways that you can improve your daily productivity is to cut out habits that drain your …

Self-help

This $500 Million Company Still Uses Word of Mouth Marketing. Here's Why You Should, Too

This is why you should learn from the best.<p>Do sharks ever stop swimming? Probably not, right?<p>But for one reason or another, some of us just stop working hard once we learn enough to do ok in business. Listen, if you want to be truly successful in growing your business, you <i>never</i> stop learning from …

Marketing

Atmos to announce the touchscreen that Alexa and Google Assistant have been missing

With some API magic and a few strategic partnerships, Atmos combines touch and voice in a way that goes beyond solutions from Amazon, Google, Apple, …

Automation

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

Tech companies are finding big money in smaller payments

The world’s biggest technology companies are changing how software makes them money.<p>Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have each grown their businesses on recurring payments, turning single-time customers into cash cows to be milked all year long.<p>These services are typically paid tiers layered on …

Amazon Web Services

The morning routine experts recommend for peak productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

Time Management

Facebook invented a new time unit called the ‘flick’ and it’s truly amazing

I was all set to dislike the “flick,” a time unit just recently invented by Facebook (technically the Oculus team), because I thought it was going to be something worthless like “the average time someone looks at a post.” In fact it’s a very clever way of dividing time that theoretically could make …

I Cofounded a Company and Led It to an IPO and a $2.5 Billion Acquisition. Here Are 5 Things I'd Do Differently

If you are a CEO or founder, or thinking of becoming one, don't ignore these lessons as you build your company.<p>From the outside-in, Trulia's path to its IPO and later acquisition was a smashing success. In reality, the road was fun but not without its share of major bumps along the way.<p>Now three …

According to Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, These Are the Most Dangerous and Disruptive Ideas

The greatest unfair competitive advantage for your small business is leveraging this critical shift in how you view the drivers of the future.<p>As I was growing up I'd often quip that my grandmother, who had been born at the start of the 20th Century in a Greek village and lived to nearly the age of …

Surprise: Facebook Research Shows It's Not Bad Bosses That Make People Quit, It's This

People leave managers, not companies. Right? Not so fast. Facebook research shows a different reason.<p>Raise your hand if you've heard the saying, "People leave managers, not companies." That should be the majority of us, as the research over the years keeps telling us this is a big reason for …

The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world

When you are the first person to arrive in a meeting room, do you think of it as being empty or full?<p>If you were raised in the West, a meeting room is made for people to meet. Therefore, if there are no people in that room, then of course it must be empty. As philosopher Henk Oosterling remarks, in …

Japan

Starbucks Founder Says This Is the Most Undervalued Characteristic of Leadership (Most Struggle With It)

There are a lot of lessons to learn from Howard Schultz, but none more important than this.<p>There are many entrepreneurial and leadership success stories in the world--but there may be none better than Starbucks and Howard Schultz.<p>The company's original founders created a coffee company in the …

A simple but ruthless exercise reveals who your star employees are — and who should be fired

Being a manager requires practicality bordering on ruthlessness — at least according to Patty McCord.<p>McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, from 1998 to 2012. She and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings created the company's culture deck, which has been viewed millions of times. Now she runs her own …

The Workplace

Google's Genius Productivity Hack Will Change How You Innovate

Its mantra is #MonkeyFirst<p>At Google X, the company's "moonshot factory," the mantra is "#MonkeyFirst." The idea is that if you want to get a monkey to recite Shakespeare on a pedestal, you start by training the monkey, not building the pedestal, because training the monkey is the hard part. Anyone …

This $48 Home Security Camera Can Tell Friends And Family Apart From Intruders

Security cameras are quickly becoming a smart home staple in many family homes. However, many affordable cameras can’t tell apart your family and …

Where Do Ideas Come From? A Short Film by Andrew Norton Tackles the Nature of Inspiration | Colossal

<p>This new short film from filmmaker Andrew Norton tackles the nebulous origins of inspiration. Does a good idea strike like a bolt of lightning, or …

How to Manage Someone Who Thinks Everything Is Urgent

We’ve all been in situations in which we couldn’t wait for a slow-moving or overly cautious employee to take action. But at the other extreme, some employees have such a deep need to get things resolved that they move too quickly, or too intensely, and make a mess. They may make a bad deal just to …

A Navy SEAL's 15 Pillars of Resilient Teams

Resilient organizations last long and navigate change better than anyone else. Here are 15 reasons why.<p>One of our SEAL brothers was shot 27 times before proceeding to dispose of the four attackers surrounding him. He then walked himself to the medevac helicopter. Resilient teams are made up of …

Leadership

Google Spent Years Studying Effective Teams. This Single Quality Contributed Most to Their Success

What matters isn't so much who's on your team, but rather how the team works together.<p>The best companies are made up of great teams. You see, even a company full of A-players won't succeed if those individuals don't have the ability to work well together.<p>That's why not too long ago, Google set out …

Top Ten Podcasts Every Marketer Should Listen to

Dedicate yourself to learning in 2018.<p>As marketers, we live busy lives. We're under pressure to learn as much as we can as quickly as we can so that we can ride trends and help our brand to reach as many potential customers as possible. The problem is that as marketers we are also busy creatures …

The TED Talk I Can't Stop Watching

This incredible TED Talk from Brené Brown will reframe your approach to life - and work.<p>The first time I watched, it struck me like a thunderbolt to the soul.<p>It cuts directly to the core of humanity, business and life.<p>I've been watching it every day, and picking up new nuggets each time.<p>It's a TED …

Public Speaking

Ways to Train Your Brain to Get What You Want

In April 2015, I got serious about my goal to become a professional writer.<p>In April 2015, I got serious about my goal to become a professional writer. I had written an e-book, <i>Slipstream Time Hacking,</i>and was anxious to know how to traditionally publish it. At that time, I had just barely put up my …

Self-improvement

How to Learn the 1 Skill That Comes Naturally to Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Nikola Tesla

The authentic way to discovering your true north.<p><i>Through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do this will be amazingly</i> …

Self-improvement

Why Introverts Make the Best Entrepreneurs

There's the idea that you have to press palms and schedule meetings from sun up to sun down to get your business's product or service in front of people. It's not true.<p><i>What advice would you give to a shy introvert on how to hustle in business? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and</i> …

Personality

Want to Become a Multimillionaire? Do These 14 Things Immediately

Don't just wait around and wish for luck--become the kind of person equipped with the skills and abilities to do brilliant things.<p>"The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire." </i> …

Self-improvement

Bluetooth is getting a big upgrade to make it better for smart homes

Yay, another smart home standard<p>There’s a long-running fight between wireless standards to be the one and only to connect all the smart devices in your home. And with an upgrade today, Bluetooth is making a good case for itself.<p>Bluetooth SIG, the group that oversees the Bluetooth standard, is today …

How to Increase Your Sales Using These 8 Google Analytics Reports

Google Analytics provides hundreds of different metrics.But that’s also part of the problem: There’s too many!You’d need days or weeks to completely …

Analytics

Here's Why I Disconnect for 25 Hours Each Week

There's no tweeting, snapping, posting, or sharing, but I view Shabbat, and its associated laws, as a wonderful gift.<p>It's Friday night. The sun is setting. It's time to turn off the laptops and put all work aside. For the next 25 hours, all our family's electronic devices are going to be …

Shabbat

11 Things Every CEO Must Know About Disruption

At this very moment you are either disrupting or being disrupted!<p>The first thing to remember about disruption is that it's a two-way street. Either you are the disrupter, or you are being disrupted.<p>This means I mean that if you aren't making things happen for you, or your company, then someone is …

Innovation