Rodney Black

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To Pimp a Butterfly: Kendrick Lamar's new album is perfect

When I talk about Kendrick Lamar with people who follow hip-hop, there’s always a hushed exchange that takes place. "He could be it," one of us will say. "He could," the other will reply. Like a pitcher throwing a perfect game, it’s never spoken aloud. He’s only one album in. It would be foolish to …

In Music, Uniformity Sells

More evidence that, historically, albums featuring less complex instrumentation have enjoyed greater popularity<p>Even unapologetic Top 40 hit-lovers would have a hard time denying the claim that popular music, on the whole, tends to sound pretty repetitive. This assertion feels so intuitive, that …

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2015 Travel Must Dos

2015 can't come quick enough, I am ready to go!<p>Every year around this time, many of us avid travelers start looking at destinations for the coming year. For us, this started decades ago when their Bucket Lists were just being formed; and the current process has me personally surveying a dozen or so …

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What 2015 Has In Store For Native Ads, TV And Email

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonathan Sills is a former marketing executive who is now an entrepreneur-in-residence at Battery Ventures.</i><p>Succeeding as a modern, high-tech marketer means adapting to accelerating changes in technology — whether that’s leveraging Facebook’s newest features, segmenting customers with …

Year Ahead in Tech: Expect Smarter Homes, Trackers and Hackers in 2015

This year brought us a host of new gadgets, from the Apple Watch to fitness-tracking devices. But 2015 will be the year our wearables, smart home gadgets, and phones will all begin talking to each other.<p>Some advances this past year were substantial -– others, not so much. Apple Pay wants to make it …

Ho! Ho! Ho! You should save more!

Ho! Ho! Ho! This is Santa. And I've delivered a great big stock market gain to you this year. And the year before. In fact, you've been getting honking big gains in your stocking since 2009. Sorry, you were naughty in 2007 and 2008.<p>But let's not dwell on that, or the 2005 noodle incident. All water …

There’s more to media than posting links on Facebook and Twitter

The Nieman Journalism Lab has been posting a number of great forecasts — both serious and funny — for the future of media in 2015, and I encourage …

As Comcast merger enters final phase, deal may be on thin ice

When telecom giant Comcast announced plans in February to swallow its largest rival, Time Warner Cable, the consensus in Washington and on Wall …

3 tips for choosing the right city for your startup

You’ve got your disruptive idea. You’re making the rounds with angels and VCs. But where will you launch and set up shop with your new startup?<p>A successful business can have origins in almost any location — Rogers, Arkansas, was the site of the first Walmart, after all. Strategically basing your …

18 of your favorite Chinese startup stories in 2014

The <i>Tech in Asia</i> team wrote about 200 articles about China-based startups during the course of 2014, so we thought it’d be fun to look into which of …

3 Reasons Accelerator Programs are a Must for Entrepreneurs

An accelerator program is like a boot camp for early-stage ventures. They usually last anywhere from three to six months to help accelerate a …

8 Incredible Green Spaces That Are Thriving In The Biggest Urban Jungles

Living and working within a system of architectural behemoths and concrete streets can be taxing, to say the least. And for many city-dwellers, a few patches of green can be a celebrated refuge from the urban landscape.<p>Through a study that spanned 18 years, researchers from University of Exeter …

The best iPhone apps of 2014

From SwiftKey and FireChat to Replay Video Editor and Silent Text 2: the best new iPhone apps that the App Store had to offer this year<p>• <b>The best iPad apps of 2014</b><br>• <b>The best iPhone and iPad games of 2014</b><p>The most popular keyboard-replacement app on Android made the leap to iOS in time for the launch …

Why every company needs a minimum viable product

All businesses strive to create value – they just don't always know where that value lies.<p>A minimum viable product (MVP) is the most basic level at which a product can enter the market. It's an experiment to determine if the execution of an idea has enough marginal utility to make or improve …

Websites Design: Trends and Examples

The Top UX Trends of 2014

<b>This was another big year for experience design.</b> Biggest one yet? Sure, why not. There were too many developments, surprises, and shakeups to count, …

The Top 10 Best Business Lessons Of 2014

From Netflix to Facebook, we learned a lot from some heavy hitters in 2014. Here’s the Best of the Best.<p>This year, we got down to the tough questions. Where can personal lives, family, and career intersect? How can businesses impact the world–and their bottom lines–for the better? Where do we find …

Web Design Trends for 2015

We are already nearing the end of this year and it’s time to get a revamp for your website and get it ready to face the new year with a new style.<p>As …

The best way to invest for retirement income

<i>My wife and I have accumulated a good-size nest egg that we now need to draw on to pay retirement living expenses. Can you suggest a portfolio for generating current income?</i><p><i>—K.G., Dover, Delaware</i><p>When it comes to tapping savings in retirement, many retirees fall into what I call the <b>"</b>Income Investing …

5 Tasks Entrepreneurs Should Finish Before the End of the Year

It's almost time to say goodbye to 2014. But it's also time for a few final business tasks before you ring in the new year.<p>Maybe you're working during the holidays--maybe you're not. Either way, there are some urgent end-of-year tasks all entrepreneurs should take care of. Make sure you don't drop …

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Build an E-Commerce Business. Automate Everything. Break All the Rules.

In my consulting practice, I often work with entrepreneurs who own dropship e-commerce stores and are struggling to expand. Dropshipping as a …

Entrepreneurship

FORGET GOLD: Here Are 11 Odd Items People Use To Store Their Wealth

That's what Warren Buffett said back in 1998.<p>Gold has long been considered a safe-haven investment. However, the price of gold has performed dismally in recent years .<p>For those who don't trust the conventional financial markets, there are alternative more unorthodox ways to put away wealth.<p>We put …

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Why You Should Travel Solo At Least Once

<b>"Don't be scared to walk alone. Don't be scared to like it." John Mayer</b><p>Three years ago, you couldn't pay me to travel <i>anywhere</i> by myself, and getting on a plane to go abroad solo was definitely out of the question.<p>It's funny how time changes things and us, and the things you never saw yourself doing …

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