Michael Ferris

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How Zappos Uses One-Week Work Sprints To Launch Big Projects Fast

Zappos Labs launched an innovative new service in just 12 weeks by committing to flexible, collaborative chunks of work, one week at a time.<p>Zappos Labs is the small R&D arm of the online retailer, whose charter is “to explore the future of retail and build new things that are the next generation of …

21st-Century Talent Spotting

A few years ago, I was asked to help find a new CEO for a family-owned electronics retailer that wanted to professionalize its management and expand its operations. I worked closely with the outgoing chief executive and the board to pinpoint the relevant competencies for the job and then seek out …

Crispy Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Recipe

Pork is easiest to thaw when placed in the refrigerator in its original wrapping. Small roasts will take three to five hours per pound, while larger …

How Iran built a skyscraper in the middle of New York City and held onto it for decades

Give Iran credit for chutzpah: The rogue state has owned and operated a $760 million skyscraper in Manhattan for decades, thanks to front companies and offshore tax havens. Today, the US government finally seized it after a multi-year legal battle.<p>The story starts when Iran and the United States …

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Elon Musk ready to cure range anxiety with coast-to-coast Tesla road trip

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has finalized plans for his cross-country Model S road trip, coming to the conclusion that he can make the trip in six days with just nine hours spent at the charging station thanks to a newly improved network of high-speed Supercharger stations across the nation. Musk first …

The 1936 book that every business person should read

Strauss Zelnick is chief executive and chairman of the company that makes Grand Theft Auto, BioShock and other cutting-edge videogames. But he says the book that has most influenced him is Dale Carnegie’s 1936 bestseller, <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i>.<p>“The title is unfortunate because it …

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Bulbul Pebble Watches

If you're looking for a watch to suit your minimalist style, look no further than the truly-simple Bulbul Pebble Watches ($440). They have a unique, …

TiVo Roamio

For years TiVo has quietly ranked among the best DVR options money can buy, and now, with the TiVo Roamio ($200-$600), it's just gotten a lot better. …

Fallen Princesess by Dina Goldstein

Vancouver Photographer Dina Goldstein created these amazing true-to-life Disney princess portraits. See the whole set of 10 disney fallen princesess here.

After 25 years, 'Just Do It' remains iconic tagline

Dan Wieden was worried his advertising agency's proposed slogan for the burgeoning footwear giant was too unfocused.<p>Recalling killer Gary Gilmore's famous last words before he was executed by firing squad in 1977 in Utah – "Let's do it," Gilmore said – it was 11 years later when Wieden tweaked the …

Why it’s so hard to fill some jobs even when everyone’s looking for work

Skills for America’s Future, a policy initiative run out of the Aspen Institute, was created in 2010 as a spin-off of President Obama’s Jobs Council and was originally led by longtime Obama supporter Penny Pritzker. With Pritzker now installed as the new Commerce secretary, Aspen announced earlier …

Employment

How to Follow Up After Meeting Someone in Person | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This a guest post by John Corcoran.</i><p>Last year, AoM published a thorough guide on How to Network Effectively, written by Antonio. As he …

Swamp Crotch Prevention: 10 Products "Scientifically" Tested | The Art of Manliness

It’s a problem that has plagued men ever since Western society decided the male of our species had to wear pants instead of breezy togas or kilts.<p>I’m …

10 Bets You Will Always Win, Part 7

Richard Wiseman of Quirkology shares part 7 of his ongoing series “10 Bets You Will Always Win.”<p>In addition to this blog, Laughing Squid is also an …

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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

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Marijuana stops child's severe seizures

By most standards Matt and Paige Figi were living the American dream. They met at Colorado State University, where they shared a love of the outdoors. After getting married, the couple bought a house and planned to travel the world.<p>They did travel, but their plans changed when their first child was …

This Guy Left Google To Put The Power Of Big Data Into Small Classrooms

Prasad Ram (aka Pram) is founder, creator, and CEO of Gooru, “an open and collaborative online community where the best free materials for learning can be found, created, remixed and shared.” Gooru harnesses the power of data to enable personalized learning.<p>Pram used to be a big research scientist: …

20 People Injured At G2 Phone Giveaway — One Woman Brought A Spear

About 20 people were injured in a crush at an event promoting LG's new G2 phone in South Korea. At the event, the company promised to give away 100 of the new phones free. All they had to do was catch a coupon tied to a floating helium balloon.<p>As the video below shows, a bunch of people showed up — …

10-Year-Old Credits 'Mario Kart' For Helping Him Save His Grandma's Life

Did "Mario Kart" save a Colorado family from disaster?<p>According to NBC affiliate KUSA-TV, 10-year-old Gryffin Sanders, of Golden, Colo., saved the lives of his grandmother and younger brother when he took control of a moving car after his granny passed out at the wheel.<p>Sanders' 74-year-old …

6 Marketing Trends to Watch in 2013: New Research

Shares 8K<p>Are you looking for the latest marketing trends?<p>Wondering how the wide choice of devices and platforms are impacting marketers and consumers?<p>…

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Phil Mickelson makes little boy’s day

GULLANE, Scotland – Why is Phil Mickelson so loved?<p>Meet Ross Brown. Ross fell off his bike and broke his left arm, which stinks anytime it happens …

Three things you need to understand about 3D printing to talk about it intelligently

Several of the biggest brains in 3D printing joined Quartz for a discussion about the future of the technology at General Assembly in New York City on July 16. Here are the three most interesting things we learned.<p>1. Customization is effectively free with 3D printing<p>The upsides of 3D printing are …

3D Printing

Year Later, 'Aaron's Last Wish' To Leave A $500 Tip Lives On

Sunday brings a sad memory for the family of Aaron Collins. It marks one year since the 30-year-old Kentucky man died.<p>But the heart warming story of "Aaron's last wish" continues.<p>As we wrote last July, the family discovered after Aaron's death that his will asked them to "leave an awesome tip (and …

S’MOreos, A Variant on S’Mores

In 2012, Marigold of the blog Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! toasted marshmallows over her gas burner, “smooshed” them in-between Oreo cookies and then …

MORGAN STANLEY DECLARES: Tesla Is America's 4th Automaker

Last night, Morgan Stanley's Adam Jonas wrote that the debate on Tesla had changed. "The debate has moved on from questions of viability to measuring the success and sustainable competitive advantage of the business, triggering a dramatic compression of the stock's implied risk premium," he …

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