Laurent Bertrand

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Britain’s secret wars | Ian Cobain

For more than 100 years, Britain has been perpetually at war. Some conflicts, such as the Falklands, have become central to our national narrative, but others, including the brutal suppression of rebels in Oman, have been deliberately hidden<p>In the months after the surrender of Japan on 14 August …

South-east Asia

19 Podcasts Worth More Than an MBA

These business podcasts can hone your business skills without forcing you to spend months in a B-school classroom.<p>Summer's here and with gas prices at historic lows, you'll probably be spending more time driving than usual, especially over the July 4 holiday.<p>Since the kids and the spouse will be …

Social Media Marketing

21 places to learn critical skills that will change your life

But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and professional, say researchers. It makes communities more productive and innovative, and gives employees the ability to cope with constantly changing workplaces.<p>Lifelong learning helps us stay sharp as we age, and is also important for …

Learning

You Don’t Own Anything: Apple Edition

“The software is functioning as intended,” said Amber.“Wait,” I asked, “so it’s supposed to delete my personal files from my internal hard drive …

Apple Music

Science Is Not A Democracy, And Can Never Be One

When it comes to a wide variety of issues — the safety of GMOs, the efficacy of vaccines, the veracity of human-caused climate change, air and water pollution, or nuclear power — many of us have opinions that are based on fear or ideology, rather than on what the science says. In many cases, we …

With Trump As Its Nominee, The GOP Is No Longer A Conservative Party

Last night, by winning the Indiana primary and forcing Ted Cruz to drop out, Donald Trump effectively clinched the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. This has led some Republican hands to reconcile themselves to Trump as their best hope to defeat Hillary Clinton. But a party that willingly places …

Diablo Technologies Makes Memory Cheap With Memory1

Diablo Technologies is spruiking a new kind of memory.<p>Diablo’s new product, Memory1, is a larger, cheaper form of main memory that uses flash storage instead of DRAM to provide a cheap-and-deep option for in-memory applications.<p>The explosion in interest in data and analytics in recent years has …

Big Data: A Game Changer In The Retail Sector

Drones zooming through the skies to deliver us packages that we haven’t even ordered yet – a (somewhat clichéd, already) vision of how technology, Big Data and analytics will impact the retail landscape in the near future.<p>But flights of fantasy aside, the way we buy and sell is evolving rapidly. …

How we scaled data science to all sides of Airbnb over 5 years of hypergrowth

Five years ago, I joined Airbnb as its first data scientist.<p>At that time, the few people who’d even heard of the company were still figuring out how to pronounce its name, and the roughly seven-person team (depending on whether you counted that guy on the couch, the intern, and the barista at our …

Data Science

This Is The Quickest And Easiest Way To Uphold Your 'Workout More' Resolution

There's an app for that — and it's the best one we saw this past year.<p>Originally envisioned by a personal trainer and an exercise physiologist , the 7-minute workout app builds on new research suggesting that short spurts of intense exercise can provide long lasting benefits comparable to longer, …

Exercise

Creating Customers for Life: 50 Resources on Loyalty, Churn and Customer Retention

This story originally appeared on Help Scout<p>Earning customer loyalty is an uphill battle, but it is always worth the effort.<p>You've seen the data: the Harvard Business School report that showcased how, on average, increasing customer retention rates by 5% increases profits by <b>25%-95%</b>.<p>Much to …

Customer Experience

To Solve Big Problems, Assume Everything Is Wrong and Ask Dumb Questions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What does it take for a computer hacker to solve a CAPTCHA (those garbly letters on website forms that make you prove you’re a human)? Apparently, just a little bit of porn.<p>When CAPTCHAs became popular in the early 2000s, they created a …

Academic Research

Advisors Shouldn't Talk To Millennials The Same Way They Would With Others

<b>Advisers Need To Adjust Their Strategies In Order To Connect With Millennial Investors (Vanguard)</b><p>Conversations about financial planning with millennials are going to differ from the ones had with older generations. Millenials are less and less likely to follow "school-work-family-retirement" …

Peter Thiel Reveals The Worst Investment Decision He's Ever Made

Questions ranged from asking whether his Thiel Fellowship has been a success (answer: yes) to who his favorite rap artist is (answer: Ben Horowitz, who is known to love rap and hip-hop music).<p>Some questions, however, actually were in regard to his business acumen. Reddit user papabearshoe asked, …

How to Make the Most of a First Meeting With an Influencer

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business owners understand the importance of consistently meeting new people but very sharp professionals are intentional with their networking. They care more about the quality of people they are spending time with. We all believe your …

Why Most Companies Never Hire the Perfect Person for the Job

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Jeff Haden, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>Want to hire superstars?<p>Trying to find the “total package” is the last thing you should do. Literally (and not in the teenage use of literally) the last …

Employment

Should I Hire a Contractor or an Employee?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Hiring the right person for the right job, whether a contractor or an employee, is a task that all employers will find themselves doing again and again.<p>Here are some typical questions that might arise in handling staffing issues at …

Small Business

5 Presentation Tips From the World Champion of Public Speaking

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Public speaking can be terrifying for many people simply because they're not accustomed to having a room full of people paying attention to their every word and action. There are also plenty of people brimming with self-confidence who, due to a lack …

Public Speaking

Improve Your Sales Team's Performance by Mastering These 5 Fundamentals

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>Every sales force is made up of the typical bell curve comprising of A players, B players and C players. Eighty percent of the revenue is generated by the A players (who usually represent around 20 percnet of the sales force). They seem to figure out how …

Salesforce

4 Ways to Build Your Business Being Nice to Strangers at Parties

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you're determined to drive explosive growth at your business, stop hiding in your office like a mole, playing the latest version of Black Ops in the dark.<p>Smart CEOs think like tigers: They hunt at night—making the most of parties and …

CEOs

Why Apple employees learn design from Pablo Picasso

When Apple employees go to the tech company's super-secretive course on How Apple Does Things , they're treated to this famous series of drawings by Pablo Picasso:<p>The first drawing is a hooved, horned, and muscled life-like representation of a bull.<p>The last is just a few lines, though definitely a …

Pablo Picasso

Here's What To Do If You Are Hit By Tear Gas

I've always described breathing in CS as feeling like getting kicked in the chest by a donkey. It hurts, and it will take effect quickly. Tear gas also results in a whole lot of mucus flowing from your nose. Breathing in tear gas can even induce vomiting. Your first reaction should be to …

Scientists Program Largest Swarm of Robots Ever

Alone, the simple little robot can't do much, shuffling around on three vibrating tooth-pick legs. But working with 1,000 or more like-minded fellow …

The Odd Work-Break Ratio That's Great for Productivity

Everyone has <i>that</i> person in the office. You know, the one who always seems to get way more done than everybody else, but who never seems stressed or …

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Washington University in St. Louis

Singapore startup ecosystem and entrepreneur toolbox - Jun 2014

Parents, you’re paying for college wrong

When Junior’s college tuition bill comes, parents may want to rethink how they’re going to pay it.<p>According to Sallie Mae’s “How American Pays for …

No C Players in Leadership Positions, Please

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most great CEOs are constantly looking for talent, not to mention developing and retaining it. It is not at all unusual for CEOs to spend 65 percent to 75 percent of their time on these critical people-related issues.<p>Great CEOs interview …

Leadership

Swings In Oxygen Levels May Have Stalled Evolution Of Life On Early Earth

One of the biggest riddles in Earth's history is why animals did not evolve after a spike in oxygen levels approximately 2.3 billion years ago. Instead, despite what scientists had thought was a period of relatively high oxygen, the evolution of life on Earth stalled for what is dubbed the ‘boring …

The 6 PR Tips Every Startup Should Employ

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Today there are more than 30 <i>startups</i> in the United States, Europe and China that are valued at $1 billion or more and that number is expected to increase. With 100 million startups opening up each year and 472 million entrepreneurs …

Social Media