Parneet Gosal

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20 Common Things People Realize When They Quit Drinking Alcohol

Of all the culturally conditioned behaviors we’ve mindlessly adopted, alcoholism is one of the most curious. We know it is highly detrimental to …

Alcohol

Growing up poor taught me that good opportunities aren’t enough to guarantee a better life

Last month, on my way to a friend’s new apartment in San Francisco, I listened to an episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast called “Carlos Doesn’t Remember.” I quickly found myself in tears. The protagonist’s story was my story; it was my co-founder’s story; and it may be your …

Middle School

Men in Iran are standing up to the 'morality police' by wearing hijabs

The "morality police," or religious police, have been enforcing strict religious dress codes on women ever since the end of the Iranian Revolution in 1979.<p>Iranian women are required to wear the hijab, or headscarf, or be subjected to fines or imprisonment— and now men in Iran are standing up to say …

Feminism

How to Start a $100k Blog with $0 in Startup Capital: 7 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Secrets

Every founder knows (or should know) that having a quality blog is integral to a startup’s success. Not only is it an effective way to build your …

5 daily 20-minute habits that will make you a happier person

Despite the differences in what defines happiness for each person, there is consistency in actions you can take to increase your happiness.<p>In the guest post below from my friend and colleague Neil Pasricha, he shares 5 simple but powerful actions you can take to get started right now.<p>Neil is the …

Happiness

Intralist Is A Site For Everyone Who Just Can’t Get Enough Top Five Lists

Lists! Everybody loves ’em, right? I mean, even if you pretend that you don’t, I’m guessing you find yourself furtively clicking on “top five” or “top 10” articles every once in a while. So what about a site that’s built entirely around lists? That’s Intralist, in a nutshell.<p>John Jaxheimer …

The Biggest Startup Meltdowns of 2015

Amid skyrocketing valuations and fears of a tech bubble, in 2015 some startups fell to earth in a much more old-fashioned way: They made big mistakes.<p>It's tempting to think of Silicon Valley as one big bubble right now. <i>Isn't Snapchat overvalued?? Shouldn't Uber be minting money by now? What's the</i> …

San Francisco

3D printer for kids looks like a helmet, cheaper than an iPhone

While popular among designers, the commercial 3D printer space has, so far, failed to capture much mainstream attention and instead seems to occupy a …

How to Be Happy and Grateful: 6 Sacred Secrets Shared by Grandmothers, Mutants and Cajuns (and Proven by Scientists)

<b>Choose to be grateful. It will make you happier.</b> This was the premise of Arthur C. Brooks' <i>New York Times</i> article that ran Saturday, Nov. 21. In this piece, Brooks cites scientific research that suggests some of us are hard-wired to feel grateful.<p>We, the happy souls who tend to find the good in the …

Happiness

The 25 Best Inventions of 2015

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American women start their own businesses because they have no other choice

Call it a calculated risk: Camilla Ley Valentin, the mother of two little girls, earned three times her husband’s salary when she decided six years ago to leave her corporate job in Denmark to start her own business. It was also the start of the Danish financial crisis.<p>But neither financial nor …

Entrepreneurship

Self-driving cars may already be obsolete before they get here

In 10 years, there's no question that driverless systems will be ubiquitous, but self-driving cars will not be, Ian Pearson, a futurologist, told …

Another $1 Million Crowdfunded Gadget Company Collapses

Remember the Robotic Dragonfly? The little drone was an early crowdfunding success story, netting over a $1 million in pledges on Indiegogo in 2012. At the time, it was one of the first crowdfunded gadgets to raise more than a million dollars. The project promised a tiny robot that can fly like a …

The High Cost of Instagram Modeling

Australian Essena O’Neill caused a stir when she quit her Instagram modeling career and lambasted the vainglorious “industry.”<p>I found Essena …

How This Harvard-Based Startup Is Quickly Turning Into the Modern-Day Version of Consumer Reports

When Momchil Filev learned that more than $40 billion of durable goods are returned every year by buyers who are not happy with their purchase, he saw an opportunity. This is the story of BestReviews, the startup that he co-founded as a solution to that problem while he was a student at Harvard …

Harvard Business School

Condoms and conflict: imams defy Taliban to spread contraception

Clerics face death threats for promoting family planning in country where one in 50 women dies of causes related to pregnancy<p>On a crisp autumn morning in northern Afghanistan, a group of imams in elegant turbans and with cultivated beards listen to a seminar about the merits of a lubricated …

Inbox by Gmail will read your emails and type out replies for you

Shutterstock<p>You may not know it yet, but Google’s artificial intelligence algorithms are already changing your life.<p>For now, AI is still a discreet, almost invisible presence running on Google’s vast neural networks, helping with things like returning the best answers to your confusing questions, …

Artificial Intelligence

Salesforce billionaire and angel investor Marc Benioff says unicorn startups are 'making a huge mistake'

So he told attendees Tuesday at the Fortune Global Forum conference taking place in San Francisco.<p>"Marissa and I are part of a dinner group. And every month we have dinner with a dozen entrepreneurs," he says.<p>"And if you ask me why I would take time to do that, it's because I love it. I love …

Venture Capital

Skype’s co-founders are building small robots that deliver groceries for less than $2 a pop

It might not be long before your groceries are delivered by a robot that found its way to your house on its own.<p>Starship, a new startup founded by one of the co-founders of Skype, Janus Friis, and one of its original developers, Ahti Heinla, aims to use small, self-driving robots to deliver …

Robotics

Flirt now, or hold your peace: Another dating app has begun expiring new matches after 24 hours of silence

Tinder took a big, clumsy swing at the dating industry three years ago and won, luring millions of new users into the world of online dating. Hearts were broken. Men ran wild. Then, agile, enterprising competitors came in to pick up the pieces. They offer people what Tinder, the “hookup app,” can’t …

Relationships

If the passenger in the seat next to you buys a snack or a movie, you probably will too

If the passenger sitting next to you on a flight buys a snack or a movie, does that make it more likely that you, too, will buy something?<p>Yes, says Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Pedro M. Gardete. He examined what’s known as social effect—when our behavior is influenced by the …

In-flight Entertainment

Instagram Hits 300 Million Monthly Users To Surpass Twitter, Keeps It Real With Verified Badges

It’s no fad. Just nine months after hitting 200 million users, Instagram now says 300 million people use its photo app every month, with 70% of them coming from outside the US. That makes Instagram officially bigger than Twitter, which had 284 million active users as of six weeks ago.<p>Instagram’s …

Colombia Is One Of Latin America’s Most Promising New Tech Hubs

Ten years ago, the idea that Colombia would become a burgeoning hub for any dynamic industry beyond its notorious drug trade would have struck most observers as far-fetched.<p>As recently as the turn of the century, conventional wisdom had it that the tropical, Andean nation was on the verge of …

Facebook's 'Newspaper' Ambition Could Be Trouble For Media

The huge social network has become a key source of news for many users, as part of a dramatic shift in how people get information in the digital age.<p>Company founder Mark Zuckerberg told a forum in early November that his goal is to make Facebook's news feed "the perfect personalized newspaper for …

News Industry

7 key things you need to know about an accelerator like Techstars

My startup, Final, was lucky enough to take part in this year’s Techstars Boulder program. Along with learning that a diet consisting only of free coffee and Cosmo’s pizza gives your skin a weird tint, here are some key takeaways from my experience with one of the top tech accelerators.<p><b>1. Getting</b> …