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Amazon, homebuilder introduce an entire Alexa-driven community north of Atlanta

Outfitted with a suite of Amazon products, these homes seek to keep homeowners VERY connected at all times<p>In a new partnership designed to create a “smart home lifestyle,” Amazon and homebuilder Lennar have come together to launch Amazon Experience Centers, home communities outfitted with …

10 Things The Best Innovation Executives Should Do For You

Here is what the best innovation executives do to build a culture of innovation and deliver outstanding financial results.<p>McKinsey & Company surveyed 2,240 executives and asked how important is innovation to them. 84% responded that innovation was <i>extremely</i> or <i>very</i> important to their companies' …

Innovation

We Don’t Need More Mousetraps!

Imagine an island country where the only industry is making mousetraps – let’s call it Mousetrapia. And the people that live there are incredibly …

Are You Solving the Right Problems?

How good is your company at problem solving? Probably quite good, if your managers are like those at the companies I’ve studied. What they struggle with, it turns out, is not solving problems but figuring out what the problems are. In surveys of 106 C-suite executives who represented 91 private and …

Management

3 Ways You Are Pissing Off Your Employees (And What to Do About It)

According to this study of 482 executives, professionals, and managers, they are working an average day of 13.5 hours and blaming YOU! Here's why...<p>An international study by the Center for Creative Leadership titled, <i>Always On, Never Done?</i>, which surveyed professionals, executives and managers in …

Employment

Bringing design sprints and product development together

We have what we’d like to think is a pretty badass product development process at New Haircut—and we keep it that way through constant and obsessive …

Sony Xperia Touch Projector Computer

It can throw your favorite shows and games up on the wall at sizes of up to 80 inches. But the Sony Xperia Touch Projector Computer does far more …

Google Play

This portable projector streams cinema quality video wirelessly from your phone

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If You Want To Build An Innovative Culture, You Need These 4 Things

We tend to think innovation is about ideas, but it depends on people even more.<p>fIn the late 1960's, Gary Starkweather had a serious spat with his boss. As an engineer in Xerox's long-range xerography unit, he saw that laser printing could be a huge business opportunity. His manager, however, was …

Innovation

Why You Must Defy Steve Jobs To Raise Startup Capital

To collect investor capital you must know your potential customers. And since he disdained customer research, you won't be able to get that check unless you defy Jobs.<p>As a startup investor, I have seen many business plans. But almost all of these plans come across to me as semi-jokes because they …

Customers

Engage Users Along Their Journey

There’s a new book out, and the story behind it is all about storytelling. Take a look at this short excerpt from Donna Lichaw:Whether you plan for …

Complete Beginner’s Guide to Analytics

There’s no one magic way to create an experience that will be universally and automatically loved. That’s not the goal—rather, we seek to create …

How to Grow a Small Startup Business From 0 to 5 Figure Months in 100 Days

Being a CEO for over 10 years and managing couple different companies after getting my MBA definitely taught me a thing or two about the business world, but putting the so called safety of the corporate world and biweekly paycheck behind me and taking on the competitive business arena as an …

Why I Challenged My Kids to Start Companies Before College

When our two daughters finished their high school studies, my wife and I made them a deal: we would pay for college, but first they each had to run their own business for at least a year. In our view, this was an important entrepreneurial track to their education. They needed to know how the world …

Entrepreneurship

Web Design Trends 2016

What we should STOP/START doing<p>Nothing is more satisfying then starting a fresh new year. It presents us with the opportunity to break old habits, …

4 things to consider before adopting a design trend

From the moment we’re old enough to dress ourselves, we’re influenced by trends in every aspect of our lives: in the clothes we wear, in the food we …

32 Healthy High-Fiber Breakfast Ideas That Will Keep You Full

By now it’s not news that breakfast does a body good, replenishing energy, kick-starting your insulin response, and even preventing heart disease.<p>But …

Healthy Eating

Designing Case Studies: Showcasing A Human-Centered Design Process

Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. Sent 2× a month.<br>You can unsubscribe any …

UX Design

Product Design Principles: How Does Your Product Stack Up?

18 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

Web Design

A serial startup employee explains 4 key steps to building a $1 million business in under 48 hours

We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.<p>It would be the first of many.<p>The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, general partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered …

Exclusive Interview: Stephen Covey on His Morning Routine, Blogs, Technology, GTD and The Secret

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” <b>– Stephen Covey</b><p>It’s such a thrill to share with you this …

Time Management

36 Cool Photography Tuts and Articles That Will Rock Your Week

As another wonderful week passes us by, Toad Hollow Photography has been looking everywhere online for the very best links to tutorials, special …

9 Features Every Photography Website Needs Now

Do you typically update your photography website on looks alone? Silly snapper! There is so much more to consider when putting together your website. …

7 Tips for Photographing Kids

This is not an article about taking 'portraits' of kids - rather it's about photographing kids as they are in all their movement, fun and true …

How to Photograph the Milky Way in 12 Steps (With 6 Epic Examples)

I don’t recall ever meeting anyone who claimed to not be fascinated to some degree by the night sky. There’s just something hypnotic about gazing …

4 Must-Read Books on Storytelling

Stories are the way in which we teach moral lessons, keep an audience engaged in what we're saying, and convince others to pursue a course of …