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Politics In The Age Of Technology-Enabled Campaigning

Technology has fundamentally changed the practice of political campaigning. Gone are the days of whistle-stop tours and speeches by train. They have been replaced by targeted ads and social media platforms that influence with precision and by political affiliation.<p>Technology can also introduce …

Voting

Don't Waste Time On A Startup Business Plan -- Do These 5 Things Instead

Traditionally, startup businesses draft a business plan for three specific reasons: to articulate their vision for the business, to document how they plan to solve key challenges, and to pitch their business idea to potential investors.<p>But what if I told you that business plans for startup …

Entrepreneurship

Learn How To Start Your Own Podcast Like A Pro For Less Than $50

10:24 AM 08/13/2018<p>Love great educational and entertainment content? Then you’re most likely listening to a podcast or two. If you like the medium …

Pitch Deck Template: Exactly What To Include

What exactly do startup entrepreneurs need to include in a pitch deck that leads to a successful fundraising round?<p>Throwing together a dozen slides with a couple of bullet points in exchange for landing millions of dollars in startup capital may not sound that challenging. Yet, with thousands of …

Investing

How to Write the Perfect Business Plan: A Comprehensive Guide

Thinking of starting a business? Here's the best step by step template for writing the perfect business plan for your startup.<p>Maybe you think you don't need a step by step guide to writing a great business plan. Maybe you think you don't need a template for writing a business plan. After all, some …

These are the books that early Facebook investor Marc Andreessen thinks everyone should read right now

Silicon Valley investor and once-prolific tweeter Marc Andreessen is back on Twitter with a new avatar — it's a bald Charlie Brown clutching a book — and a summer reading list.<p>Andreessen, cofounder of buzzy venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, abruptly left Twitter in the fall of 2016, …

Peter Thiel

They are the champions

They are the champions<p>They are the champions<p>In the face of fear and anger, two young transgender athletes fight to compete in the sports they love.<p>| …

LGBTQI

We Depend on Plastic. Now We’re Drowning in It.

Planet or Plastic?<p>The miracle material has made modern life possible. But more than 40 percent of it is used just once, and it’s choking our waterways.<p><b>If plastic had been invented</b> when the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England, to North America—and the <i>Mayflower</i> had been stocked with bottled water …

Waste Management

19 Data Science Tools for people who aren't so good at programming

Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient: $15,076 For 4 Tiny Screws

Sherry Young just wanted to be able to walk without pain.<p>About three years ago, she began to experience sharp pain in her left foot. Her big toe had become crooked and constantly rubbed up against the adjacent toe, making it painful to run, walk or even stand. "I could not walk without intense pain …

Health Care

Why A Giant Health Insurer Is Diagnosing America With Loneliness

This morning, Cigna, the $42 billion (sales) insurance giant, released a survey of 20,000 people conducted with polling firm Ipsos with which it’s diagnosing America with a new ailment: loneliness.<p>The big question: Can your health insurance company make you feel less lonely?<p>According to the poll: …

Citizen Zuck: The making of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

<i>"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up." <br>-Pablo Picasso</i><br>(Listed on Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook profile under "Favorite Quotes")<p><b>There's a story</b> about Mark Zuckerberg visiting his hometown of Dobbs Ferry, New York: A few years ago<b>,</b> he and his wife, Priscilla …

How the World's First Loneliness Minister Will Tackle 'the Sad Reality of Modern Life'

Tracey Crouch knows what it’s like to feel frighteningly alone. After giving birth to her first child, Freddie, in 2016, the British lawmaker says …

Public Health

Style Is an Algorithm

No one is original anymore, not even you.<p><i>The message of many things in America is “Like this or die.”</i><p><i>— George W.S. Trow,</i> <i>Within the Context of No Context</i><i>, 1980</i><p>The Seeing Robot<p>The camera is a small, white, curvilinear monolith on a pedestal. Inside its smooth casing are a microphone, a speaker, and …

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains his famous one-character emails, known to strike fear in managers' hearts

• <b>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos still personally reads customer-complaint emails sent to him, even though he doesn't reply to many of them, he said during an onstage interview Friday.</b>• <b><br>Often he'll forward those emails to the executives in charge, with a single character: a question mark.</b>• <b><br>The manager who</b> …

Jeff Bezos

The Incredible Success-Boosting Benefits of Being Annoying

Starting a company takes grit and tenacity. And those qualities can manifest themselves as obnoxiousness. That's not a bad thing.<p>Ran Ma was a couple years out from studying biomedical engineering at Northwestern University, where she'd become adept at prototyping medical projects, when she decided …

The youngest person to travel to every country on earth has launched a 'travel Tinder' that lets people swap homes for $1 a night

The youngest man to travel to every country in the world wants to make conquering the globe easier for everyone else — and he swears it has nothing to do with making money.<p>29-year-old James Asquith, a London banker who had visited all 196 countries by the age of 24, recently launched Holiday Swap, …

Your Abs Will Be Sore For Days (Maybe Weeks, TBH) After This Wall Workout Challenge

Newsflash: sculpting your midsection doesn't have to entail repetitive crunches and mind-numbing planks. It can actually be a — dare I say it? — <i>fun</i> process. Case in point: Jeanette Jenkins's latest ab workout challenge.<p>The celebrity trainer, who works with stars like Pink and Alicia Keys, just …

YC-backed Playbook wants students to make plans online, hang out offline

Social planning apps have yet to take the world by storm. A handful of these apps tried and failed years ago, and even Swarm decided to ditch that methodology and focus on location logging.<p>But a new Y Combinator-backed company seems to be picking up traction. And shockingly enough, the winning …

In a Gun Control Vacuum, Social Enterprises Must Step Up

(Image by AK Rockefeller/Flickr) Permission Details DMCA<p>- Advertisement -<p>What's the difference between a social entrepreneur and a politician? The …

Guns

A 15-year-old Syrian boy is tweeting heartbreaking videos of Eastern Ghouta under attack from furious Russian and government airstrikes

15-year-old Muhammed Najem, who lives in the heavily bombarded area of Eastern Ghouta in Syria, first tweeted in early December 2017.<p>"I am Muhammed Najem I am fifteen years old I live in the eastern Gouta," Najem tweeted on December 7. "I will convey to you all the events which is being commited by …

Robinhood rolls out zero-fee crypto trading as it hits 4M users

Coinbase has some serious competition. Today, Robinhood starts rolling out its no-commission cryptocurrency trading feature in California, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana and New Hampshire. Users there can buy and sell Bitcoin and Ethereum with no extra fees, and everyone can track those and 14 …

Riot Blockchain's CEO is pushing back against critics and trying to convince the world his company is serious about crypto (RIOT)

• <b>Riot Blockchain, one of the first companies to pivot to blockchain and see its stock skyrocket, has been accused of fraud.</b>• <b><br>In an interview with Business Insider, CEO John O'Rourke denied the accusations and outlined Riot's plan to fully realize its pivot to cryptocurrencies.</b><p>When Bioptix, a …

How Blockchain Can Truly Revolutionize Higher Education

Back on the Chain Gang by The Pretenders has always been one of my favorite 80s songs. In fact, in the band my friends and I put together in law school, it was our best cover.<p>These days, it seems like we’re all back on a chain gang of sorts: blockchain. For the last few years, I’ve done my best to …

Where Corruption Is Raging Around The World [Infographic]

Transparency International released its 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index on Wednesday, finding that most countries around the world are making little or no progress in ending corruption. 180 countries and territories were ranked on perceived public sector corruption on a scale of 0 to 100. The …

Ivory Coast

Forget Bitcoin, It's All About The Blockchain

Bitcoin gets headlines. I see them too. I admit it grabs attention, but the substance is blockchain technology. That’s why it’s critical to get familiar with blockchain technology. To do so, start here:<p><b>Blockchain is a public distributed ledger.</b> Throughout most of history, we’ve been living in a …

Blockchain

Here's Why Litecoin Is Up 32% Today

The “silver” of cryptocurrencies is now the fifth-largest by market cap.<p>The cryptocurrency market is having a generally positive day on Wednesday, …

Shop less, mend more: making more sustainable fashion choices

The fashion industry is one of the world’s most polluting. Our new series <b>Life Swaps</b> looks at how to live more sustainably and buy more ethical clothing<p>Every day, most of us dress ourselves in items churned out by what is arguably the world’s second-most polluting industry.<p>Reportedly topped only by …

Sustainable Fashion