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How playing World of Warcraft every day for a year led Robert Hohman to found a $1 billion startup

To this day he runs his 450-person startup by day, and still personally codes for it at night. His head of engineering "puts up with me," Hohman tells us, and then explains he's still "a good software engineer."<p>When not running the company or coding the site, he's playing StarCraft with his two …

Tesla's Newly-Announced "Powerwall" Home Battery Already Sold Out Through Mid 2016

On April 30, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the Powerwall home battery system, his company's newest and highly anticipated product. It charges by using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your house in the evening. The response to the Powerwall was …

Naturally successful people do these 5 things at work every day

<b>1. They are 80 percent positive</b><p>Being blindly positive or perpetually negative can cause others to be frustrated or annoyed or to simply tune out.<p>This is why some of the best research on daily experience is rooted in ratios of positive and negative interactions. Over the last two decades, scientists …

Science says these 9 tactics will help you win any argument

We've scoured the research and compiled the following science-backed tactics that will help you win any argument.

University of California

My thoughts on the iPhone 6 Plus, five months later

I lead a mobile sedentary lifestyle. I’m not someone who travels a lot or needs to visit multiple sites during a workday. I like, as George Carlin …

What I Wish I'd Known About Running a Startup

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>I knew building a startup would be hard. I knew it would be slow. I knew we had to do lots of customer development and build something people want.<p>But there were things I didn’t know.<p>A lot of the work is actually email<p>Someone asked me recently what a …

US researching implants that'll help your body and mind heal itself

America's mad science division is at it again, this time imagining a future where your body won't need (as much) medicine to stay healthy, simply by using the resources it already has. Put simply, a person's peripheral nervous system runs the internal organs and summons the troops to fight off …

Today's #Dailychart looks at the "hype cycle" from Gartner which tries to depict the degree to which certain technologies are exaggerated. In the firm's view, innovation advances in stages: from exuberance to pessimism to adoption. Gartner assigns each an estimated time until the end of its ride. Interact with the chart and read Economist articles related to the listed technologies via: http://econ.st/1teSaD9

The 15 Most Common Presentation Mistakes

If you're not entirely comfortable speaking in public, then giving a PowerPoint in front of your colleagues or clients can be a great source of anxiety.<p>And if you're not confident as you create your slideshow, the final product can make you seem like a real amateur.<p>To help you engage your audience …

25 Business Books that You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout.This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Read to lead, right?<p>Have you visited TNW's hype-free blockchain and cryptocurrency news site yet?It's called Hard Fork.TAKE ME THERE<p>There are few better “hacks” in life than reading—distilled …

The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History’s Most Creative Minds

10 p.m. to 7 a.m.: Sleep. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Be a genius.<p>Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey’s <i>Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</i> (which we covered previously here), a new interactive …

14 Interview Questions That Are Designed To Trick You

"To uncover areas that may reflect inconsistencies, hiring managers sometimes ask these tricky questions," says Tina Nicolai, executive career coach and founder of Resume Writers' Ink.<p>Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage …

Career Development

Richard Branson's 5 Secrets To Starting A Successful Business

Today, Branson is worth $5.1 billion and is chairman of the Virgin Group, which consists of more than 400 companies around the world.<p>Eight of those companies bring in over a billion dollars in revenue annually.<p>Over the past 40 years, Branson has learned the ins and outs of business through trial …

KPCB Internet trends 2014

The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report includes:<p>1. Key Internet trends showing slowing Internet user growth but strong smartphone, tablet and mobile data traffic growth as well as rapid growth in mobile advertising.<p>2. Emerging positive efficiency trends in education and …

All The Ways Nanotech Could Fix Our Bodies In The Future

This infographic is a trip round the body illustrating where and how nano-medicine could have a role. It was created by Keithley Instruments, a …

TED founder thinks big data needs a big makeover

Richard Saul Wurman isn't a fan of President Barack Obama's push for data.gov, an online repository for big data. "That's just politicians talking," the 79-year-old TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference founder told me. "I think there will be a pushback saying, 'We don't understand all …

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, …

Public Speaking

Wally Olins, who died on April 14th, recognised two great truths about the modern capitalist economy. The first is that the most precious resource in a noisy, crowded market is people's attention. The second is that consumers are not just looking for utility in the things they buy. They are also looking for meaning http://econ.st/1if0vRd

Who will crack the code on tech for seniors?

While dozens of startups pour time and money into developing mobile health devices for the young, hale and hearty, they might be better off going …

The Need for a New IT Model: Fast IT and the Convergence of Mobility and Cloud for IoE

<b>Guess what? Convergence is happening again, and it’s happening at a faster pace with more profound implications than I have never seen before.</b><p>Those of us who’ve been in the industry a long time have seen convergence happen over the years across various technologies and areas of IT. This time, we’re …

Cisco Systems

Your connected home could one day save your life

Consider this scenario: Randall is an elderly man living alone. He's doing pretty well -- until one day he has a mild stroke. In the weeks that follow, he's not as active as usual, getting up later and not leaving the house. Motion detectors, a mattress sensor and a smart door lock in his home …

Apple luring game developers into offering iOS timed exclusives, in exchange for more prominent advertising

Back in September of last year, EA ran into a bit of controversy over <i>Plants vs Zombies 2</i>, when an exec reportedly admitted that Apple had paid the company a ton of money to delay the Android launch. Later it was reported that the unnamed executive had really said something to this effect, but it …

Microsoft's Big-Data Angle: Office as a Friendly Front-End

"Think of Office as a canvas or scaffolding from which users can access all their data."<p>Microsoft has big plans for big data and a new vision for its use that the company hopes will re-establish it as an innovator in a crucial business sector.<p>At a Tuesday event in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Satya …

Future big data analysts will know everything you did today

Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust. The failure of the much-hyped Google Flu Trends to accurately predict peak flu levels since August 2011 has heightened the concerns.<p>In my mind, there is no doubt that data …

Herding Cats

In the discussions around #NoEstimates, it's finally dawned on me - after walking the book shelf in the office - the conversation is split across a …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Creativity

8 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal How To Land A Meeting With Almost Anyone

Question: What's one tip you have for getting a meeting with a high-value individual who might be able to help your startup grow?<p>"Find somebody in your network who has a first- or second-degree connection to the person you wish to connect with. A warm intro is exponentially better than cold calling …

Entrepreneurship

The 5-Minute Warmup That Makes You Run Faster

Do this quick routine before any race so your body is at its peak to perform<p>Before any local road race, you're bound to see hundreds of runners milling around, lightly stretching out their calves, hamstrings, and quads. But traditional "static stretching"—tugging on a muscle with constant tension …

How Tesla Is Driving The New Purpose Economy

The electric car company is slowly reshaping how people think about driving. Following the same pattern can help any social entrepreneur get people excited about world-changing products. Here’s what Tesla is doing.<p>This is an excerpt from Aaron Hurst’s new book, The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire …

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Small changes. Big results.<p>Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, …