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Why This Airbnb in Iceland is Made For the Outdoor Adventurer

Located in Vaðlaheiði, this airy, modern Airbnb overlooks a beautiful fjord and mountain ranges where guests can enjoy an endless variety of outdoor …

So You Want to Quit Your Job and Travel the World?

I quit the cubicle life to travel the world. You can too, but is that the life you really want?<p>My post-college life started off just the way my advisor told me it was supposed to -- working an awesome job in the coolest city in the world. Right?<p><b>Wrong.</b> The truth is, three years later, I'm sitting in …

7 places to visit in The Hague from Escher museum to Peace Palace | CNN Travel

What It's Really Like to Be a Hotel Social Media Manager

Travelers take it for granted today that they can reach out to their hotel, anywhere from the airport to under the covers of the hotel bed, and …

This Crucial Market Research Can Help Your Company Shine

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Running a small business, among other things, takes focus. For many, this involves focusing on their product and their customers. But their focus shouldn’t end there. They should focus on their surroundings -- the market in which they …

Customers

The Power of Shutting Down Your Senses: How to Boost Your Creativity and Have a Clear Mind

I used to think sensory deprivation was just a crazy torture method that no one in their right mind would opt-in for, until I stumbled upon some …

Meditation

Your Brain on Story: Why Narratives Win Our Hearts and Minds

789<p>SHARES<p>Of course the narratives got the nods. They do for a reason.<p>The recent Pulitzer Prize awards and finalists in journalism announced last week …

Google Loon project to lease internet balloons to wireless carriers

In June of last year Google unveiled Google Loon, a project that will use hot air balloons to deliver broadband and wireless services to under-served or emergency prone areas. Project Loon will use hot air balloons 49 feet wide stationed 12 miles above the planet, above the range of commercial …

PBS Kids Gives Parents an App to Monitor Children's Screen Time

The app lets parents see what their kids are up to on the PBSKids.org website.<p>Managing children’s screen time has been a perennial concern for parents — even back when there was only one screen in the home to monitor.<p>PBS Kids has applied a contemporary solution to this familiar parenting challenge: …

Game of Thrones boost to economy in Northern Ireland

Fantasy drama series Game of Thrones is providing an unexpected economic boost in Northern Ireland.<p>Filmed at studios in Belfast, and on locations across the area, the show is part of a big growth in the arts and entertainment industry there.<p>BBC chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym reports.

Northern Ireland

The Newest Piece Of The Sharing Economy: A Subscription Service For Washing Machines

The problem is a lot of us can’t afford expensive washing machines, and we take the cheap way out. And that results in more profits for cheap-machine …

Sharing Economy

Leave the Past Behind: How to Stop Self-Sabotaging Your Entrepreneurial Dreams

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Human beings are hard-wired to protect themselves from pain. As a young child you learn to test the temperature of your food before taking a big bite. Early civilizations learned the hard way to stay close to the village after dark, lest …

Entrepreneurship

Enjoy the Ride: How to Deal With the Mental Burden of Entrepreneurship

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you are expected to respond to numerous pressures with grace, confidence and a smile. That’s the psychological roller coaster of being an entrepreneur. It has lots of scary turns and drops, but the fun moments make you …

Entrepreneurship

Workers Without Borders: Managing the Remote Revolution

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many managers dread the thought of managing a virtualized workforce out of fear of losing the ability to track employee progress. But that doesn't have to be the case. By establishing core values, like clear and frequent communication, …

Project Management

Writing Social Media Guidelines for Your Company? Tread Carefully.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The general framework for how businesses should set up social media policies is still under construction as an increasing number of cases come under scrutiny by the courts and regulators. Presently, a company needs to keep in mind a …

Social Media

Follow Chipotle's Lead and Create a Content Marketing Calendar

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the third article in the series, "Content Marketing Like the Big Brands," in which marketing master Jim Joseph discusses ways that small to medium businesses can create compelling content for their customers to generate</i> …

Marketing

Professionalism: A Luxury for Corporate America, a Necessity for Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a corporate trainer I’ve witnessed one too many texting obsessed meeting participants, received more than my share of typo riddled emails and witnessed jaw-dropping workplace faux pas like leaving snuff spit cups on break room counters …

Entrepreneurship

Panera Gets Serious About Tech, Says Its Future Depends On It

Panera 2.0 sounds more like a software upgrade than a sandwich chain revamp. In reality, it's a little bit of both.<p>Panera Bread executives on Tuesday revealed a program of tech upgrades for its restaurants that emphasize mobile ordering and include fast-lane kiosks reminiscent of grocery stores' …

Customers

The Hashtag: The Search Bar for the Social Web (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If there is anything that the growth of Google has taught us, it is this: the internet highly values organization, aggregation and search. It’s still mind boggling that a simple search box and a back-end algorithm turned into one of the …

Social Media

How To Ask Questions That Uncover Your Company’s Values

Are your personal values engrained in the identity of your entire organization? Let’s find out.<p>Defining your company’s vision is no easy task. How can you possibly condense what you do in your 60-hour weeks with your entire team and the grand vision behind it into a short and sweet sentence? You …

5 Things Customers Don’t Want to Hear…EVER

November 25, 2013<p>Share<p><i>Tara Hunt is the author of “The Whuffie Factor,” and is a contributor to the HootSource blog. This post originally appeared on</i> …

Customer Experience

10 Awesome Infographics to Guide Your Marketing Plan for 2014

Infographics seem to be getting more and more popular lately. They’re certainly fun to look at, and they convey useful information in a format that’s …

The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2013

It started with a gap in the market.<p>Technology writing comes in many forms. It can be long and lyrical a la The New Yorker. And it can be bite-size — …

Startups

Why People Buy Perception And Not Reality

03<p>Dec<p>“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ~ Albert Einstein<p>It was well past 5pm and we were still at the office debating …

Customers

The Small Startups Riding on Airbnb's Big Business Coattails

Companies that assist Airbnb hosts are springing up in the Bay Area, piggybacking on the hospitality service’s popularity.<p>Some assume all the duties …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Speedboat

2014 Trend: Sharing Economy Turns from Disruption to Collaboration

<i>Early in January we released our big report, “14 Global Trends That Will Define Travel in 2014,” outlining the major trends that will define travel</i> …

19 Hints to Airbnb's Strategy to Become the Asset-Light Global Hospitality Brand

In a few years of its existence, Airbnb has risen to be a top 15 online travel booking site globally.<p>It is only a matter of time before it uses that …

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Apricot and Candied Fennel

8 Servings<p>Buttermilk lightens the traditional all-cream panna cotta base—without sacrificing lusciousness.<p>March 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 envelope unflavored powdered gelatin (about 2½ tsp.)<p>2 ¾ cups heavy cream, divided<p>⅔ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar<p>3 cups buttermilk<p>¾ cup dried apricots, preferably …

18-Year-Old Photographer’s Spectacular Conceptual Self-Portraits

Eighteen-year-old Laura Williams joins the ranks of fellow young, extremely talented photographers such as Alex Stoddard and Kyle Thompson in creating spectacularly surreal and expressive self-portraits. The Cambridge, England native's photograph entitled <i>Invisible</i> recently went viral, with over …

Photography