Mark Hilaria

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2017’s Best and Worst Brand Names—And 3 Naming Trends For 2018

Naming a brand is one of the most important things a company does, yet many people just go with what “feels good.” Here’s who got it right in 2017, and who got it very, very wrong (looking at you, Amazon).<p>When naming is done well—be it for a business, a band, a product, or anything—it paves the way …

How To Use Color To Prove Your Point, From A Data Viz Expert

The importance of color theory is a well-explored topic in art and design. But what about when it comes to information design?<p>When working with large amounts of data, precision is key. The same is true of the art of data visualization: size, shape, shade, hue–the tiniest details of a visualization …

ICYMI, the Oxford English Dictionary added new words, and TBH, it's getting wacky

FWIW, the Oxford English Dictionary recently added hundreds of new words to its vaunted pages, and some of them — like "budgie smugglers," "butt ugly" and "Scooby Snack" — will deffo have you ROFL.<p>The newly added words, phrases and abbreviations reflect the growing influence of texting and …

Linguistics

The Truth About Authentic Leaders

Is "Be yourself" terrible advice for a leader? Bill George, the creator of the "authentic leadership" approach to management, answers critics and …

The 15 best features in iOS 10, in GIFs

The latest version of iOS is upon us.<p>Apple just released the public beta for iOS 10, which is due out this fall.<p>There's a ton of new stuff in iOS 10, …

This Is How the Smartest Entrepreneurs Lead Teams

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

A 19-year-old created a free robot lawyer that has beaten 160,000 parking tickets

The very first robot lawyer that was designed to challenge parking tickets has been wildly successful since it was launched last Fall.<p>British programmer Joshua Browder, 19, launched the beta version of the bot in London in September. In that month alone, 3,000 people used the service to appeal …

Bots

101 of the Most Fantastic Interactive Infographics You’ll Love

If you have a ton of data and you want to tell a good story, interactive infographics are a fantastic tool. They entice your audience to explore the …

Data Visualization

The Strange Power of a Medieval Poem About the Death of a Child

The medieval poem “Pearl” was written by someone whose identity we do not know, and is set mostly within a dream. Neither of these facts is unusual in medieval poetry. Authorship is often unclear for works from that period, and dreams were popular as literary devices: then, as now, dreams allow …

Literature

The trouble with big data? It’s called the ‘recency bias’

There’s a counter-intuitive downside to collecting vast amounts of information about economics and human behaviour: it can mean we ignore the lessons of history.<p>You may be familiar with the statistic that 90% of the world’s data was created in the last few years. It’s true. One of the first …

Algorithms

11 Habits of Supremely Happy People

We're always chasing something--be it a promotion, a new car, or a significant other. This leads to the belief that, "When (blank) happens, I'll finally be happy."<p>While these major events do make us happy at first, research shows this happiness doesn't last. A study from Northwestern University …

9 Bad Habits You Must Break to Be More Productive

Nothing sabotages your productivity quite like bad habits. They are insidious, creeping up on you slowly until you don't even notice the damage they're causing.<p>Bad habits slow you down, decrease your accuracy, make you less creative, and stifle your performance. Getting control of your bad habits …

IBM's Chief Innovation Officer Looks Back On Nearly 40 Years Of Breakthroughs

American industry has a rich heritage of top-notch corporate labs. Bell Labs created not only the transistor, but also other fundamental breakthroughs, such as the laser and information theory. PARC, developed much of the technology we associate with modern computers, such as the mouse and the …

Nobel Prize

5 Reasons Why You're Unhappy -- and How You Can Start Being Happy Today

So maybe you have the awesome house or apartment, a great relationship, and an amazing job. But despite the fact that everything in your life looks so great on "paper" or upon someone viewing your Facebook or Instagram accounts, for some reason, somehow your just not happy.<p>What I've come to realize …

Happiness

The one hack you need to truly stop procrastinating

Right now. No, really, don’t wait until tomorrow. This simple formula could bring you a lot more success.<p>Does this sound familiar: You start the day with a long to-do list and several deadlines to meet. At the end of the day, you’re not sure where the time went, but you definitely didn’t cross a …

Procrastination

Three Ways To Become A Learning Machine

I smile whenever I look at my university diploma hanging on the wall, because everything I learned then is no longer relevant now. Does it means that we should stop wasting all this energy, time and money on university? Not really: Rather, as soon as we complete our “formal studies,” we need to …

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Uses And Misuses Of 'Big Data': A Conversation

The organizational theorist Geoffrey Moore once argued that “without big data, you are blind and deaf and in the middle of a freeway.” But without human intelligence, all the data and machine learning in the world won’t set you free. Moore’s freeway analogy is in fact more apt than he knew.<p>In 2011, …

Big Data

The key to happiness at work isn’t money–it’s autonomy

When I was around 10 years old, my stay-at-home dad went back to work. For the next few years, he switched jobs a lot. For a while he took portraits in a photography studio; another time, he managed a bookstore. He told me more than once that he was looking for a job with plenty of autonomy. He was …

Employment

24 Things You Need to Do to Heal Your Life From Anxiety

1. The opposite of addiction isn't sobriety, it's connection. The same is true for anxiety. Anxiety is being disconnected from the present moment, other people, or yourself. Usually all three. You must reconnect with your life.<p>2. You must give yourself permission to want what you really want. There …

17 Essential Skills You Must Have to Succeed

To accomplish anything requires a certain skill set--and some of those skills apply to any endeavor. Here are 17 basic skills you should have if you want to be successful.<p>Knowing how to do things, being self-reliant and confident, are key to a productive, effective, and successful life.<p>But to get …

Are You Ready For The Next Big Innovation In Workplace Productivity?

In “Why Is Productivity So Weak? Three Theories” from <i>The New York Times</i> on April 28th, the author’s “depressing scenario” suggests that innovations in technology (such as a computer on every desk) and management techniques (such as outsourcing noncore functions) have been fully implemented across …

6 Storytelling Ideas For Video Marketing

Wanna use videos on your social media to attract more customers? Keep reading.<p>Telling an awesome story to convert leads into clients has become the norm. No one wants to just see the promo "buy buy buy!" anymore. It's all about the currency of emotional connection. If you can get your viewer to …

Marketing

Data Storytelling: The Essential Data Science Skill Everyone Needs

Once your business has started collecting and combining all kinds of data, the next elusive step is to extract value from it. Your data may hold tremendous amounts of <i>potential</i> <i>value</i>, but not an ounce of value can be created unless insights are uncovered and translated into actions or business …

How 'Maintainers,' Not 'Innovators,' Make the World Turn

We need more stories about the labor that sustains society, a group of scholars say.<p>New technologies and their inventors are often celebrated as society’s heroes. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Larry Page: These are all contemporary “innovators” whose “visionary ideas” and “creative leaps” led …

Innovation

11 daily habits keeping you from getting rich, according to a man who spent 5 years studying millionaires

Author Thomas C. Corley spent five years studying the lives of both rich people (defined as having an annual income of $160,000 or more and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million or more) and poor people (defined as having an annual income of $35,000 or less and a liquid net worth of $5,000 or less).<p>He …

Study Skills

5 types of emotional intelligence all great leaders have mastered

The ability to be perceptively in tune with yourself and your emotions, as well as having sound situational awareness can be a powerful tool for leading a team.<p>The act of knowing, understanding, and responding to emotions, overcoming stress in the moment, and being aware of how your words and …

Emotional Intelligence

Neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don't know what they're talking about. Don't trust them.<p>Actually, don't trust …

Wikipedia At 15: The Struggle To Attract Non-Techy Geeks

For more than a quarter of people around the world, for as long as they've been alive, there's always been Wikipedia. This week, the online crowd-sourced encyclopedia turns 15.<p>It's come a long way: With some 35 million articles, Wikipedia speaks hundreds of languages and cites 80,000 volunteers …

Wikipedia