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The Design Sprint — GV

The sprint gives teams a shortcut to learning without building and launching.<p>The sprint is a five-day process for answering critical business …

UX Design

Junk Explained: Here's Everything Jacqui Lambie Doesn't Know About Sharia Law

The concept of Sharia law has once again grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons, with public fears of the unknown being amplified lately by …

Religion

9 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Design Thinking

How Lippincott, the branding and strategy firm behind Coca-Cola’s swirl, Starbucks’s logo, and Samsung’s global identity, fuses creativity and analytics.<p>I lead an unusual company. Lippincott, part of the highly analytical management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, is the creative force behind the …

Lean Startup Meets Design Thinking

How We Redesigned Our Product in Less Than a Week

<i>Bastiaan Janmaat and Mike Dorsey are co-founders of DataFox, a predictive intelligence company reinventing the way investors, analysts, and business development professionals research and track technology companies.</i><p>Time is often the scarcest resource for a startup. When you’re building a complex …

9 New Business Books to Read in October | Inc.com

Looking for your next inspiring read? Here are nine new books coming out next month that will help broaden your thinking and bring you--and your business--new ideas to consider.<p><b>1. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (October 7</b><b>th</b><b>)</b><p>Atul Gawande is a practicing surgeon and a staff writer for <i>The</i> <i>New Yorker</i>. His …

George Washington University

28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People

Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.</i><p>He's also …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

How to Be Productive and Effective: 10 Lessons from Great Leaders

Productivity is not about getting things done. Productivity is, in fact, about getting things done efficiently and effectively. Let’s face it, this …

Motivation

PayPal adds new accelerators, incubators, and Braintree features to Startup Blueprint program

PayPal is sweetening the pot for its ambitious startup initiative.<p>Today at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, Paypal announced that it’s adding a new round of incubators and accelerators to its Startup Blueprint program, which waives up to $50,000 worth of PayPal processing fees for selected …

Google shuts down Bufferbox delivery service to work on Google Shopping Express

Google is focusing its shopping efforts. After purchasing Canadian startup Bufferbox back in 2012, the company has decided to shut down the Amazon Locker-like service this April. Bufferbox let users ship items directly to publicly-accessible lockers — a convenient option for accepting deliveries if …

Hiring? Why Myers-Briggs Tests Are a Bad Idea | Inc.com

Hiring employees is one of the most difficult actions you can undertake. You work with little data and usually have to make a relatively quick decision that will have major implications for your company and cost you significant amounts of money on an ongoing basis. Few other things can improve or …

Myers-Briggs

Is Your Innovation Problem Really a Strategy Problem?

Sometimes, the problem that we think we’re solving isn’t the real problem that we face.<p>I was running a workshop with a multinational engineering firm when I ran into a perfect example of an air sandwich, which illustrates this point. This dangerous obstacle to innovation is described by Nilofer …

25 tips and tools to make Google Drive better

25 tips and tools to make Google Drive more powerful and productive<p>Google Drive is a lot of things: It's a cloud-based storage service, it's an …

Google

Verizon iPhone users can now get in on the NFC payment action

iPhone users on Verizon Wireless can now use the Incipio Cashwrap NFC case for iPhone that allows them to make payments with the ISIS Mobile Wallet …

OpenTable Now Piloting Mobile Payments In San Francisco Restaurants

OpenTable is taking its restaurant reservations service into a new vertical today, the company says: mobile payments. According to a post on the OpenTable blog, a pilot program is currently underway in San Francisco which allows diners to not just book a table, but also pay for their meal right in …

Netflix takes on $400 million in new debt to fund original content and European expansion

Cheap money makes it easy for Netflix to get aggressive with its growth plans<p>In the battle between Netflix and HBO, things are continuing to heat up. In its most recent quarter Netflix pulled way ahead of HBO in terms of its number of US subscribers, and saw shows like <i>House of Cards</i> pick up the …

Read Satya Nadella's first letter to employees as Microsoft's CEO

CEO calls for focus as he warns that "our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation."<p>It's official, Satya Nadella is Microsoft's next CEO, and on his first day on the job he's sent a letter to the whole staff. In the letter, Nadella speaks of what he thinks makes Microsoft a …

YC-Backed DataRank Raises $1.4M For Its Online Analytics Platform For Brands

Recent Y Combinator grad DataRank, which helps companies track online conversations related to their brands and perform other competitive analysis, has closed on $1.4 million in seed funding, the team is announcing today. The funding is led by New Road Ventures, and also includes participation from …

Wayfair said to be raising $150M to change the way you furnish your house

The battlefields for beds and bath towels is getting fierce.<p>Home goods giant Wayfair is raising a $150 million round with a valuation of $2 billion, according to a report in Reuters. This news comes just one day after rival One Kings Lane announced closing $112 million in new funding at a valuation …

Apple Said To Be Focusing On Health With iOS 8 And iWatch, Following Exec Meeting With FDA

Apple’s plans for iOS 8 focus on redefining health tracking via mobile devices, according to a new report from 9to5Mac, which has a terrific track record when it comes to rumors it has sourced itself. The report details a new marquee application coming in iOS 8 called “Healthbook” that monitors all …

Airbnb Is Testing Out An Affordable Cleaning Service For Hosts In San Francisco

Peer-to-peer lodgings marketplace Airbnb has been focused on finding ways that it can help its hosts improve the quality of experience for guests that stay in their homes. As part of this effort, the company is trialing a low-cost cleaning service for some hosts on the platform.<p>According to an …

California threatens to shut down coding bootcamps

Coding bootcamps are scrambling to figure out how they can save their programs, after a California regulator slapped them with cease and desist letters ordering them to shut down, pay a $50,000 fine, and offer refunds to past students. The problem, according to the California Bureau for Private …

How iOS 7 Helped Me Kick My Jailbreaking Addiction

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

He was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek – and the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. In this exclusive extract from his new book, Luke Harding looks at Edward Snowden's journey from patriot to America's most wanted<p>In late December 2001, someone calling themselves …

Feedback Loop: Pebble apps, music services, Google happenings and more!

<i>Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There's so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need to be shared! Join us every Saturday as we</i> …

Mobile Commerce: Does Your Company Need It?

Also known as m-commerce, mobile commerce is about the explosion of applications and services that are becoming accessible from Internet-enabled …

Successful Entrepreneurship Is Not About Winning A Popularity Contest With Venture Capitalists

Entrepreneurs are inventors and athletes in one. They are inventors because they need to see the marketplace like nobody before them has seen it, understand all the market dynamics, and invent a product or service that enhances people’s lives. They are also athletes, because once they have come up …