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5 Reasons Why Most People Never Discover Their Purpose

Living and working with purpose is a process of self-discovery--and one most of us never let ourselves undergo.<p><i>"The deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than himself."</i> Soren Kierkegaard<p>After my last post on How to Know if You're Working (and Living) with Purpose, I had the opportunity …

Can you imagine a world without shops or factories? Global Business presenter Peter Day believes that, here, in 2013, we are in the middle of a revolution so great it could turn our old familiar world upside down. Click the link to read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23990211

A huge solar farm with molten salt storage is ready to go live in Arizona

After almost three years of construction, $2 billion in funding, a controversial Department of Energy loan guarantee, and 2,000 jobs created, a large …

Writing a Business Plan? Don't Forget About Marketing

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For those who dream of escaping cubicles to pursue a passion, drafting a business plan is the first step. One of your plan's most critical elements is your marketing strategy. Too often, people don't think through that all-important …

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Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

<b>2 preamble issues having read the comments on TC today:</b><br>1: I know that the prices of startup companies is much great in Silicon Valley than in smaller …

Putting an End to the Dark Ages of Local Businesses

It’s stunning to me how quickly we take for granted certain conveniences in our lives that go from Eureka to minimum expectation.<p>Take OpenTable.<p>In …

Paging Dr Siri: how your iPhone can diagnose disease

The iPhone is the device that can do almost anything and now it can be transformed into a tool to monitor your health and diagnose illnesses<p>It has already replaced the need to carry diaries, bus timetables, books and cameras while also allowing users to do their shopping on the move.<p>Now the iPhone …

Four Tips for Better Strategic Planning

<i>This post was coauthored by Logan Chandler.</i><p>No great strategy was born without careful thought. That’s why the process of planning a strategy itself is an important vehicle for setting priorities, making investment decisions, and laying out growth plans. But for many companies, the activity has …

Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online

Ev Williams has figured out the internet.<p>That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he …

Why We Think B2B Crowdsourced Logistics Will Be a Big Hit

Six months ago Upfront Ventures announced its first Partner hire since 2007 — Greg Bettinelli. I wrote about him here.<p>More importantly, he has just …

Every startup founder should read this breakdown of why Sonar failed

Location-based service Sonar is dead. Long live Sonar.<p>The news was conveyed in a post on Medium by former co-founder and CEO Brett Martin in which he shared lessons learned about the location-based service. Once aimed at competing against the likes of Highlight, Banjo, and others, Sonar faded into …

Don’t Be Boring: How To Write A Cover Letter That Can Get You The Job

If you want to land a gig, you have to prove it on the page. Let’s see how to do that by examining Slate editor Katherine Goldstein’s hiring pain points.<p>“Many young people seem to have no idea how to apply for a job,” laments <i>Slate</i> editor Katherine Goldstein.<p>Whenever an entry-level gig opens up, …

How This Guy Convinced People To Give Him Millions Of Dollars To Bet On Risky Startups

But how do VCs themselves get the millions of dollars they use to invest?<p>The truth is, the first skill a new venture capitalist has to utilize is <i>not</i> an ability to invest in great startups.<p>Before a new VC can invest in anything, that VC has to convince people sitting on huge piles of money to part …

He’s Electric — Will A Revolutionary Black Box Turn Dale Vince Into Europe’s Elon Musk?

Dale Vince sits in a spartan office in the corner of Ecotricity, one of the UK’s few green energy electricity networks, and taps away on an Apple Mac at his standing desk. The office is bare, other than a normal desk, a couple of chairs and a Union Jack flag hung on the wall. But the Union Jack is …

The 20 Hottest Startups in Israel

The Israeli startup scene needs little introduction. Tel Aviv is rapidly becoming one of the most innovative tech hubs on the planet, vying with …

Ansa Is A Messaging App That Lets You Talk Off The Record

Ansa is a new breed of messaging app, one that allows you to be yourself. Whenever you don’t feel like sending messages that will stay on your friend’s phone, you can go off the record. Every message will be deleted 60 seconds after reading it. This is just one of many privacy features that will …

35 Questions That Will Change Your Life

<i>“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”</i> – Voltaire<p><i>“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.”</i> – Carl Sagan<p><i>“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”</i> – Ayn Rand<p>As I turn 35 and think of my life so …

Making Awesome People Happy at Work (and Stopping Them from Quitting)

<i>Taro Fukuyama is a co-founder and CEO of AnyPerk. He’s a Y Combinator graduate and hustled his way to be the first Japanese team ever admitted into the program. He once founded a company in a Taco Bell parking lot.</i><p>It’s fairly common knowledge that happy employees are simply better at their jobs. No …

Mindsy Wants To Be The Netflix Of E-Learning

Launched publicly last month, Mindsy is a new UK startup that’s building a Netflix-style service for consuming e-learning content, specifically online video courses. Instead of selling individual courses as per sites like Udemy and Skillshare, the company is repackaging some of the same premium …

You're heading out with your friends to the cinema, and there's some discussion over which film to see. You decide to convince everyone that the latest thriller is the best option, but how do you go about persuading the group? Over this coming week, Comment is free will run a series on how to argue in the spirit of ancient Greek philosophers. Click on to find out more about the art of rhetoric & democracy of argument, unless you're still not convinced? http://t.gu.com/oGJXv Photograph: Cine Text/Allstar

Apple Falls Behind Samsung In Global Internet Usage On Smartphones, Pointing To A Low-Cost iPhone Challenge

StatCounter — the research group that tracks Internet usage by browser, platform and device, among other things — has released some numbers that indicate that while Apple continues to keep its traditional lead as the most-popular brand for mobile Internet browsing in certain markets, globally, …

Leaders Don't Fix Problems, They Turn Them Into Opportunities

There's a difference between fixing a problem and refashioning the problem into something that reaps rewards later on.<p>It’s easy to fire the sour employee who brings others down and difficult to turn the employee into a friendly one. It’s easy to ask an angry customer what you can do to make him or …

5 TED Talks for Job Search Inspiration

Let’s face it: Job hunting is kinda boring at best, grueling and soul crushing at worst. Sometimes you need a little lift when you’re perpetually …

‘Star’ Coursera prof stops teaching online course in objection to MOOCs

In an about-face highlighting the ongoing debate surrounding massive open online courses (MOOCs), a professor held up as a “star” in online learning …

10 Inglorious Years of Bootstrapping: Lessons Learned

<i>Note: I was holding off on posting this because I wanted to wait for our redesign to be finished…but alas, it is taking much longer than we thought</i> …

How Amazon Is Tackling Personalization And Curation For Sellers On Its Marketplace

When it comes to personalization, Amazon has been one of the pioneers in mining and using data to create a more curated e-commerce experience for consumers. But by now, nearly all e-commerce companies and marketplaces have caught on and are using more personalized recommendations to enhance the …

Should Startups Focus on Profitability?

Should Startups Focus on Profitability? An Important Trade-off to Understand<p>There are certain topics that even some of the smartest people I talk …

The Pitch Deck That Helped A Startup Land $6 Million From The Founders Of Dropbox, Yelp, Box, Yammer, And Gmail

His investors list reads as a who's who of Silicon Valley:<p>Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Yammer CEO David Sacks, Box CEO Aaron Levie, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, SurgarCRM CEO Larry Augustin, Zuora CEO and former Salesforce CMO Tien Tzou, Facebook VP of Partnerships Dan …

New Suspension Generates Power From Bumps and Curves

Every time your car bounces or sways, energy is being lost to the ether, and two companies have developed a way to harness that energy to boost fuel …