Joe Lombardo

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Jeff Bezos told Amazon execs to consider 3 questions before offering someone a job, and they're still spot-on 20 years later

Amazon is always looking to fill a ton of jobs.<p>But before you can land a corporate role with the online retail behemoth, you have to tick three particular boxes in the minds of the hiring managers and executives vetting you.<p>At least, that's the process CEO Jeff Bezos recommended to his team 20 …

Jeff Bezos

15 Tips For Creating A Fictional World That Actually Makes Sense To The Reader

From Narnia to Neverland, literature is filled with fictional realms. There are High Fantasy worlds like Middle-Earth or Westeros, where everything …

Creative Writing

Hidden Somewhere on Earth, This ‘Card’ Will Give the Finder Free Sports Gear for Life

The mission is to locate a wallet-sized piece of wood hidden somewhere on the surface of the Earth. It was placed in its hiding spot by two …

The 6 Best Geocaching Apps

For most people, geocaching involves using the official <i>Geocaching</i> app, listed below. However, there are several other geocaching apps that you might …

4 Camera Techniques All Beginner Filmmakers Should Know

If you're new to filmmaking, here are some basic camera techniques that you'll want to work on.In the early days of cinema, around the late 1880s, …

Cinematography

MeetFrank nets $1.1M for its passive job matching chatbot

MeetFrank, aka a ‘secret’ recruitment app that uses machine learning plus a chatbot wrapper to take the strain out of passive job hunting and talent-to-vacancy matching, has closed a €1 million (~$1.1M) seed funding round to fuel market expansion in Europe.<p>Hummingbird VC, Karma VC, and Change …

The AM1 e-bike is a minimalist bike with a boost

<b>It's already blown through its Kickstarter target, perhaps because people are realizing that this is all you really need.</b><p>There is an interesting …

According to Oprah, All Your Arguments Come Down to These 3 Questions

If the answers are no, there's likely going to be a problem.<p>Conflict is complicated.<p>Most of the time, it involves feelings that are both logical and illogical. That thing you're fighting about, whether at home or at work, is about both what's being stated and what's not being stated. It's about …

Kurt Vonnegut Diagrams the Shape of All Stories in a Master’s Thesis Rejected by U. Chicago

“What has been my prettiest contribution to the culture?” asked Kurt Vonnegut in his autobiography <i>Palm Sunday</i>. His answer? His master’s thesis in …

James A Boyle on LinkedIn: “The rise of #InfluencerMarketing &…

James A BoylePartner at Boyle Public AffairsView public profile<p>Follow<p>Sign in to follow<p>2,727 Followers<p>948Posts<br>• 3Articles<p>James A BoylePartner at Boyle …

15 Questions That Will Instantly Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

Want to sharpen your EQ? It all begins with self-awareness.<p>The decisions you make today will be heavily influenced by your emotions. Sure, hard data and rational thinking may help you reason and draw conclusions, but it's how you <i>feel</i> about those conclusions that will determine whether or not you …

Ideo redesigns the dreaded annual review

And they didn’t even make an app for that.<p>No one likes annual reviews: They’re structured, overly formal, and they make it difficult to get real feedback that you can act upon. At major law firms, which are notoriously hierarchical, reviews can be even more stilted and ineffective.<p>The multinational …

Design

Glowforge opens public orders for its desktop 3D laser cutter

Hardware startup Glowforge, which makes a desktop laser cutter and engraver for home or office use, has finally opened up sales to the general public.<p>The maker-targeted device, which can ‘print’ (read: engrave/laser cut) a variety of materials including leather, wood, acrylic, glass, and even the …

Printing

Researchers digitize writing with cheap, touch-sensitive paper

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a paper that can track touch, which, among other applications, could lead to an inexpensive way to digitize writing. They're presenting their work this week at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.<p>The paper itself is …

Nanotech

Letter Design Library Collects Beautiful Vintage Types For Your Inspiration

<b>Are you in need</b> of some vintage type inspiration? ‘The Art of Letter Design’ on Tumblr might just help you out.<p><b>The library is a treasure trove</b> of …

The four days in 1968 that reshaped D.C.

Disable animations<p>The day had been warm and breezy, with a high near 70. But the teeming intersection of 14th and U streets was tense. There had been an ugly fight there two days before. Objects had been thrown at police, and two arrests had been made. As the sun set, this cultural and financial …

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

One of the best insights on what true productivity means in the 21st century dates back to 1890. In his book <i>The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1</i>, William James wrote a simple statement that’s packed with meaning: “My experience is what I agree to attend to.”<p>Your attention determines the experiences …

Pitching an Investor? This Is Exactly How Many Slides You Should Have in Your Pitch Deck

A killer investor presentation only needs to convey these key things.<p>When I sit down with new startup founders, most ask me about one thing: raising money.<p>This is smart of them, because, as I've stated previously, fundraising needs to be one of the core competencies of any young company. Yet for …

Investing

I’m the Daughter of an NRA Member — and a Journalist

I used to avoid telling anyone about my background. I had culture shock after leaving my rural hometown for a private college on the East Coast; that …

Donald Trump

The Best Coffee Beans You Can Get Through the Mail

Going somewhere every morning to get yourself a delicious cup of coffee can add up. Go every Monday through Friday before work? Each year you’d spend …

Coffee

Research: What Happens to a Startup When Venture Capitalists Replace the Founder

Entrepreneurs often seek external capital to accelerate their growth. This is especially true in hotly contested markets where fast growth can be the difference between success or failure. And yet this outside funding may come with strings attached, which can (and perhaps should) give entrepreneurs …

I Asked a Hypnotist to Make Me a Morning Person—Here's How It Went

I can confidently say that I’m happy with most of my vices: I enjoy and appreciate the occasional cocktail, chicken tender, or Netflix binge, and at …

The "Stories" format is coming to Google search next

AMP Stories launch in developer preview today<p>Google is launching a developer preview of something it’s calling “AMP Stories,” which are two words that only make sense if you’re obsessive about what’s happening with the way we consume content on our phones. So you might be tempted to ignore the …

Hands On: Ulysses 12.3 for Mac and iOS aims to be where you do all your writing

Hands-On<p>The more technically-minded you are, and the less dependent on paper, the more you'll love Ulysses, the comprehensive writing tool for both …

Great Books

LTSE

We believe a new ecosystem reflecting this relationship is critical for the continued growth of American companies. Today's companies deserve a …

The unbeatable advantage of Apple and Amazon

There are a handful of companies that have an unbeatable advantage — the fiduciary moat.<p>In finance world, when you hire an advisor who is a fiduciary — he’s legally bound to put your financial interests ahead of his.<p>There are many paths to business success and financial models that go with it. You …

Financial Services

Here’s How to Shoot Beautiful Portraits at Home with Just One Flash (VIDEO)

If you’re a bit envious of the beautiful portraits made by pros with well-equipped studios, this tutorial is a must-see. That’s because in just six …

Why Great Experience Design Starts With A Story

Sometimes, words are worth a thousand wireframes.<p>Every experience design firm uses a set of common tools to begin the process of uncovering design opportunities. First, we perform or review user research to understand who the users are and why the experience will be important to them. Second are …