Michael Blow

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The Real Reason Unlimited Vacation Policies Work

<i>Mike Volpe is the CMO of Hubspot.</i><p>At most companies in the United States, vacation starts in the most unrelaxing way possible: permission slips. Accruing enough time to go on vacation then having to ask for permission to do so feels more like a fifth grade field trip than a grown-up getaway.<p>Still, …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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The Volkswagen XL1 Is The Most Efficient Car Ever

Drive more than 500 miles on two gallons of fuel<p>For years, automakers have worked to push fuel economy beyond 100 miles per gallon. Reaching that mark typically meant three things: cutting weight, maximizing aerodynamics, and improving powertrain efficiency. In 1999, Volkswagen engineers got close …

UPS Delivery Trucks Save 10 Million Gallons of Gas Every Year by Not Making Left Turns

(Photo: zyphbear)<p>Making a left turn on a 2-way street in the United States can take a while. Those few extra seconds add up for a company like UPS, …