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Suicide in Ciudad Juarez: Where life has little value

<b>Ciudad Juarez, the border city in northern Mexico which between 2008 and 2011 had the dubious reputation of being the murder capital of the world, has seen its homicide rate fall since 2012. But as Irene Caselli reports, the city's high levels of violence have had long-term psychological effects on</b> …

4 Ways to Improve Your Strategic Thinking Skills

If you’ve ever received feedback that you “need to be more strategic,” you know how frustrating it can feel. To add insult to injury, the feedback rarely comes with any concrete guidance on what to do about it. One of my coaching clients, Lisa, a vice president of HR, was in this situation and …

What Makes Great Salespeople

What behaviors drive successful salespeople? Last year, research by my people analytics company VoloMetrix identified three things that were highly correlated with top performing reps: More time spent with customers; larger internal networks; and more time spent with managers and senior leadership. …

Jabra’s Sport Pulse and Coach running headphones take big steps

TThe Bluetooth workout headphone field is as wide as it is colorful. It’s one that Danish wireless headset maker Jabra has been involved with for some time now, with its simply named Sport line. The company’s latest two entrants up the ante, bringing new fitness tracking metrics and coaching to the …

How Your Morning Mood Affects Your Whole Workday

Have you ever thought about what happens to your employees right before they get to work? Sometimes we all wake up on the wrong side of the bed and just find it hard to get our bearings. At other times, we might start out fine, but have a horrible commute or a screaming match with a teenager just …

Mom's Instagram artwork shows the love between fathers and daughters

“It’s hard being a single father raising a daughter,” Reddit user ClosingDownSummer wrote last week when sharing a watercolor from the Instagram account of a Russian artist who goes by the name of Soosh.<p>Soosh, who is a mother of a 9-year-old son, Frol, lives in southern Ukraine near the city of …

Lessons learned after shutting my IoT startup

After 5 months of toiling 14-hour days, making a hardware IoT product from scratch and spending thousands of dollars of OPM (other people’s money), I …

The Revival of a Salesman: The Importance of Sales and Strategy to Business

Moto Hint Bluetooth Earbud Finally Gets It Right

You can look and feel good while making hands-free calls, but it'll cost you.<p>If you’ve ever seen someone talking to himself before realizing he’s actually on a phone call using a Bluetooth headset, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.<p>I mean that literally: You can’t see this thing I’m about to describe — …

Loopd Launches Location-Tracking Tools For Conferences, With Backing From Tim Draper And Marc Benioff

If you’ve ever finished a busy day at a conference — either manning one of the booths or just as a regular attendee — and then found yourself struggling to remember who the heck you actually talked to, a startup called Loopd may be able to help.<p>The company is officially launching its …

Product Psychology Explains How To Get Users Hooked On Products Designed Around Habit And Context

Last year, tens of thousands of hackers signed up to receive Hack Design, a newsletter teaching the principles of design so that those used to focusing on how things work behind the scenes could start at a point that also considers aesthetics and user-friendliness.<p>Today, a group of product-focused …

The Top LinkedIn Tricks for Outfoxing your Competition

Most professionals I run into consider LinkedIn to be a place to connect with other humans, not companies. But, as my friend Mitt used to say: corporations are people, too.<p>Go to the Interests tab, click on Companies, and you’ll see a list of companies you’re already following. If you want to add …

What you need to know about Google's battle with Oracle over Android

Two of the world's most powerful companies are engaged in a legal battle that has its roots in the world's most popular mobile operating system: Android. Google is playing defendant, while Oracle is laying claim to a crucial set of code in the foundation of Android. Doesn't ring any bells? That's …

Can iBeacons Be Used To Help The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transport?

London-based digital design studio ustwo is working on a project with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) to determine whether iBeacons/Bluetooth Low Energy beacon technology can be used to help visually impaired individuals navigate public transport by mapping their location …

This Guy Tracks Everything About Himself And Puts It Up Online For Everyone To See

Software developer and designer Anand Sharma started tracking everything about himself in March, including how many steps he takes in a day, the distance traveled, how he traveled there (bike, walking, plane, etc) and even how many GitHub commits or Instagram uploads he’s made throughout the …

Hangouts Now Works Without Google+ Account, Becomes Part Of Google Apps For Business And Gets SLA

Say what you want about Google+, but it incubated two great products at Google: Hangouts for video meetings and Google+ Photos. While Photos is still deeply integrated with the social network, Hangouts is starting to grow up and it’s shedding some of its Google+ past today.<p><b>Update</b>: <i>Google had given</i> …

Has Apple just killed Estimote?

As noted by @Securifi and re-reported by multiple sources this weekend, Apple have applied for FCC certification of their own iBeacon hardware.<p>While …

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Quantifind Raises $12M To Translate Social Media Data Into Sales

Quantifind, a marketing analytics startup led by former physicists, is announcing that it has raised $12 million.<p>The company describes this as a strategic funding round, led by Comcast Ventures and Iris Capital. Existing investors AME Cloud Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners also …

Designed For A Different Runner, Tracksmith Launches With $1.6 Million

Tracksmith, a new running apparel company, has raised $1.6 million in its first round of institutional funding to bring modern technology and classic styling to running gear.<p>The company’s mission, envisioned by Matt Taylor and Luke Scheybeler, is to re-connect the sport to its storied past while …

Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle

Despite Aereo’s trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world.<p>A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of raising $50 million to fill that void. The startup is called Kumo, and it’s still in stealth, so details …

Square Now Works With IFTTT

Imagine a Venn diagram with two big circles: “People who use Square”, and “People who use IFTTT”.<p>If you sit in the overlap between the two — Hurray! Today is your day. Square now plays friendly with IFTTT.<p>If you’re left wondering WTF IFTTT is, here’s the tl;dr: IFTTT (short for If This Then That) …

Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Tracker, Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

When I first took a look at Sense, a smart sleep sensor launching today on Kickstarter, it reminded me of two things. Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and Google’s old, discontinued Nexus Q product.<p>“Those are two of my favorite things,” said James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who went on to found a …

The Emotional Boundaries You Need at Work

To develop meaningful and mature relationships at work or at home we need to develop <i>two</i> filters. The first filter protects you from other people. The second filter protects other people from you.<p><i>Filter 1: protect yourself from others.</i> I once worked with a manager who gave blunt feedback in …

Sense sleep sensor monitors your zzz's and wakes you up at the best time

You're lucky if you can sleep easily and wake up feeling refreshed all the time -- some people need a bit help to get a good night's rest from apps and gizmos, like this new device called Sense. The gadget, which looks like a crystal ball with rubber bands, acts as some sort of a bedside sleep …

Tyba: a Fresh Take on Startup Recruitment in Europe

Tech startups can be among the most innovative places to work, but ironically startup recruitment itself is often free of any notable innovation. Job hunters often end up on basic jobs boards that don’t tell them much about the companies behind the vacancies. Tyba is setting out to change that, in …

10 Things No One Tells You About Long-Term Travel

This article describes 10 lesser known realities of long-term travel and challenges the common view that travel lets you escape from responsibilities.

Ex-Microsoft VP's stealth Internet-of-things startup Tyto raises $7M

Tyto Life, a “stealth” startup that loftily aims to “improve human experience related to the Internet of Things,” has raised a $7 million funding round.<p>The new capital, announced in a public SEC filing, follows a previously raised round of more than $15 million in the last year. According to the …

iWatch Will Prove Apple As A Luxury Brand And A Brand Powerhouse

Two recent developments suggest that Apple will use and extend its brand power as the primary engine of adoption for its forthcoming iWatch. The first is the launch of the first smartwatches with the new Android Wear OS highlighted at Google I/O. Although many early reviewers have complained of the …