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Learn to Mix Product and Marketing

In order to build the best offerings for your audience, it's essential that products and marketing interact.

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Secondhand Clothing Marketplace Twice Raises $18.5M From Andreessen Horowitz

Online fashion marketplaces are picking up steam these days, quickly replacing the traditional auction model pioneered by eBay, as a way to consign, and sell your clothes. Twice, an online consignment shop for women’s clothing, is announcing a huge new investment today, raising $18.5 million led by …

Top 10 Predictions for Technology in 2014

Microsoft may get its mojo back, smartphones will get cheap, and we’re about to enter the Year of Encryption. A look at what to expect in telecom and …

The Gross Secret Behind Star Trek's Old Costumes

“[Spandex] is, on a day-to-day basis, unpleasant.” - Bob Blackman, <i>Star Trek: The Next Generation</i> costume designer

The Wisdom Of The 20-Minute Startup

New ideas come with a burst of motivation. Here’s how to test the validity of your idea before the excitement wears off.

Why You Should Help Everybody Brag About Themselves

If you want people to like you get them talking – about themselves.

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

LinkedIn: Find Influencer Content Fom the Search Box

Last October, LinkedIn launched a new initiative that allows users to subscribe to their favorite so-called “thought leaders”. The Influencer Programme rolled out with around 150 of these prominent business figures, each sharing their thoughts via long-form posts with the many millions of users on …

Social TV startup Viggle buys Wetpaint for $30M

TV startup Viggle has purchased entertainment news site and social platform Wetpaint for $30 million in cash and stock, the company announced today.<p>Viggle uses game mechanics to entice people to check-in to its service while watching live TV shows, and rewards them with stuff for incentive. …

Slice for iPad Lets You Track Your Online Purchases

US-based consumers have perhaps encountered Slice before, a service that tracks all your online purchases and pulls the information together into one place. Thus far, Slice has been available for iPhone, Android, and the Web. But from today, it’s available for iPad too.<p>To use Slice, you simply …

How Brands Can Best Partner with Tween YouTube Stars

YouTube star Blair Fowler has been a longtime fan of L’Oreal mascara, often referencing it in her beauty tutorials and other videos throughout the years. L’Oreal approached Blair to create a video about the contest they were hosting as a means of driving more engagement to their promotional contest …

Boxbee Launches A Sharing Library To Spark Peer-To-Peer Lending Of Unused Goods

San Francisco-based storage startup Boxbee was founded on the idea of using technology to change the way people thought about urban storage. By providing its users with an inventory system and an ultra-easy way to get boxes for storage picked up and delivered, the company made it so that stored …

Extole Raises $5M To Reward Customers For Promoting Products To Their Friends

“Referral marketing” startup Extole is announcing that it has raised $5 million in new funding.<p>Founded in 2009, Extole announced the appointment of new CEO Matt Roche back in April. Since then, the company has also brought on Mark Cyster as CTO and Chris Duskin as vice president of marketing — like …

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10 Thoughts That Can Super-Motivate You | Inc.com

• Motivation means choosing to do what you'd rather not do, which is why unmotivated people never get anywhere.<br>• Most people want to improve their situation but few take responsibility for motivating themselves to make changes.<br>• People can always validate the decision to avoid unpleasant work. Example: …

Motivation

Inside Coin's techie vision for the all-in-one credit card

This hardware startup's ambitious device is a .84 mm thin card that stores an unlimited number of payment methods in its dynamic magnetic stripe.<p>In a compact San Francisco office suite equipped with soldering stations and swipe-testing machines, Coin's team of seven has been working furiously to …

FinTech

This Playful Robot Will Teach A 5-Year-Old To Code

Robots Bo and Yana could help turn today’s kids into a bunch of software engineers. The bigger question: is programming a fundamental literacy skill for the next generation?<p>When former Google executive Vikas Gupta had a daughter two years ago, he wanted to get her interested as early as possible in …

iOS Apps

5 Secrets of Public Speaking From the Best TED Presenters | Inc.com

Ask just about anyone these days for great examples of public speaking and you'll hear a variation on a single thing--"Did you see that TED talk by so and so?" Powerful enough to change your life in 18 short minutes and garnering millions upon millions of views, the best TED talks are well-deserved …

Public Speaking

The 6 Types of Business Presentation Graphics You Can’t Ignore - SOAP International

Just as there are narrative features that enhance a presentation script, there are also several visual language features – business presentation …

4 Rules for Boosting Your Creativity

It’s one thing to show a few slides with some bullet points, pictures and graphs; it’s another to give a presentation. Weird, right? That kinda’ …

Creativity

Stop Stealing Dreams: Seth Godin on Education & School

The older I get the more I take to heart the old Mark Twain chestnut: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” In March of this …

Have to Give a Presentation? Here Are 8 Quick Tips To Go From Zero to Hero

You’ve heard the saying, “What’s the one thing people fear more than death? Public Speaking”.<p>That’s why so few people do it. That’s why I avoided it …

How to Pick the Perfect Images for Your Presentations

For consultants and independent marketers, the most important and often the most difficult thing is landing the gig. All other decisions and details …