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How Blockchain Is Poised to Disrupt the Gig Economy

The next several years will see rapid adoption as market-shifts in employment continue.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There is much debate these days as to whether the gig economy is growing or shrinking, but most agree it’s still massive and, importantly, …

Gig Economy

A new study compared formal and informal communication at work and the results aren't fun

For decades now, the trend in business is toward informality. We refer to bosses by their first names, casual Friday is also observed Monday through Thursday, and rigid rows of cubicles have been replaced by laptop-using workers sprawling on couches.<p>That drift has taken place in communication style …

Management

Everything we know about human evolution may be wrong

The idea goes that modern Homo sapiens — that’s us — evolved as an isolated community in Africa some 500,000 years ago. We then upped tools and …

Prehistory

The Ugly Side To Today's Low Unemployment Rate

This economic cycle is really setting records. We’ve had almost 10 years of U.S. economic growth, the unemployment rate is at a 30-year low (it is expected to go lower), and every few days I hear someone in the administration bragging about how well the economy is performing.<p>I’ve lived through five …

Employment

What’s the point of doing UX?

<i>From a business perspective, differentiation is one of the primary reasons for investing in UX. If your products and services stand out from those of</i> …

UX Design

These 2 brothers each launched $1 billion companies in their 20s — now, Justin Kan says that their success came from how they did chores as kids

• <b>Justin and Daniel Kan launched Twitch and Cruise, respectively, while in their 20s. Each brother later sold his startup for around $US1 billion.</b>• <b><br>The</b> …

Startups

There's a Digital Apocalypse Coming. Take Notice Before It's Too Late

If you work at a digital agency, you need to read this.<p>Some say that before an earthquake, dogs act funny. They tense up. They bark at nothing. They seem afraid, because they can sense something is coming.<p>People, unfortunately, aren't blessed with the same capabilities. And in the agency world, it …

Profit

The Best UX Tools For User Research And User Testing [2018 Edition]

There are a lot of UX tools out there. A LOT. It is nice to have multiple options, but it can also be a pain when it comes to choosing. Just as an …

UX Design

6 trends that are changing the face of UX

When I started my UX career, the iPhone didn’t exist. I was wireframing screens for car navigation systems using PowerPoint. User experience …

UX Design

Why Design Thinking is failing and what we should be doing differently

I have and always will be an avid supporter of the design thinking methodology. I have held talks and workshops about Design Thinking & Lean UX on …

Design

Two Harvard alums built a payment app so people can pay for rent, tuition, and even taxes with a credit card

Move over Venmo and Apple Pay— there's a new payment app in town and it's called Plastiq.<p>"Plastiq is bill pay with benefits," cofounder Eliot Buchanan told Business Insider. "Our service makes it possible for business owners and savvy consumers to use a credit card for virtually any expense that …

Personal Finance

Conversational UX Design : An Introduction

Conversational user experience (UX) design has recently become a central part of discussions throughout the tech community. Web developers and …

Chatbots

These 100 Companies Are Leading the Way in A.I.

Whether you fear it or embrace it, the A.I. revolution is coming—and it promises to have an enormous impact on the world economy. PwC estimates that …

Why you don’t need a representative sample in your user research

<i>Engaging a representative sample of participants in user research sounds like a good idea but it is flawed. It requires lots of participants, does</i> …

How to Advocate and Evangelize User Experience

It’s getting better and better but, still, how many times have you had to justify why user experience matters and what it actually means? To be …

The New Ecommerce User Experience: Changes in Users’ Expectations

<b>Summary:</b> Today’s online shoppers expect options for fast shipping and quick purchasing, seamless transitions between stores and the web, accurate and …

eCommerce

Infographic: Design Thinking Is Improving Customer Experience and Getting Results for Brands

Designers are increasingly being offered seats in the boardroom, helping brands tell compelling stories and reshaping their business models. …

Customer Experience

The Slow Pace Of Digital Transformation

Last year a report by SAP highlighted the poor state of digital transformation efforts around the world. It found that 84% of companies regard digital transformation as crucial, yet just 3% have actually finished any company-wide effort.<p>“Digital transformation is no longer a choice, it’s an …

Innovation

I've spent thousands of hours studying successful people — and they all approach life with the same mindset

<i>The following is an adaptation from Alex Banayan's "The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Career":</i><p>For the past seven years, I've been studying success obsessively.<p>I've spent thousands of hours researching, poring over hundreds of …

Amazon Sellers Say The Tech Giant Is Crushing Them With Competitive Pricing

“It’s like trying to open up a convenience store next to Walmart and trying to do business against them."<p>Amazon’s third-party marketplace and its millions of sellers across the world have grown into a billion-dollar sales stream for the company since the marketplace first launched in 2000. But as …

A Software Tester's Guide To Usability

By Claire Reckless<p>A Holistic Look At Usability Testing<p>Usability is an important quality to consider when building software for your users. An …

7 Sales Enablement Tools Everyone Is Talking About

Sales enablement tools can improve the performance of your sales department, enhance productivity and boost your revenue.76% of marketers responsible …

Microsoft to buy GitHub, a platform for software developers, for $7.5 billion in stock

Microsoft on Monday announced plans to acquire software developer platform GitHub in a deal valued at $7.5 billion.<p>GitHub was valued at $2 billion in …

Satya Nadella

The Year’s Most Interesting Complicated Watches

<i>Originally published by Hodinkee.</i><p>There are plenty of times and plenty of places where you want a simple watch. Often that's the right tool to get the …

This Limited Edition Watch Combines Timeless Design With Durable Materials

You could get an ordinary, utilitarian watch that does its job — or you could get a watch that tells the time and is completely unique in design. The …

Contributors | The Next Web

All stories in Contributors<p>How I got $1M investment in a currywurst queue<p>You can’t build an empire alone. You need partners, team members, customers, investors, and other people to help you. But it’s hard to get to some people. Extending your network with the right investors, customers, or future …

How to Find the Holy Grail of Product-Market Fit

Even if you have the greatest product in the world, if it doesn't sell or scale, it is worthless.<p>9 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every entrepreneur believes they have <b>the</b> product that is going to revolutionalize the world, worthy of venture capitalists bathing …

World's First 3D-Printed Concrete Housing Project to be Built in Eindhoven

The Dutch city of Eindhoven is to host the world’s first commercial housing project based on 3D-concrete printing, with the first of five planned …

New Technologies Won’t Reduce Scarcity, but Here’s Something That Might

In a book titled <i>Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?,</i> MIT scientists Henry Lieberman and Christopher Fry discuss why we have wars, mass poverty, and other social ills. They argue that we cannot cooperate with each other to solve our major problems because our institutions and businesses are saturated …

4 Reasons Why Introverts Make Great Leaders

Leadership is about solving problems and making decisions. You don't need to be the life of the business party to do either one.<p>Whether in business or in life, we look to our leaders to teach us, guide us, and help us make sense of everything. Therefore, most successful leaders have a strong sense …

Leadership