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On getting smacked with the reality of “I’m Different”

There’s an expression in Spanish that I once heard: “<i>Soy ni de aquí, ni de allá</i>,” meaning “I’m from neither here, nor there.” Welcome to the life of …

10 Must-Follow YouTube Channels for Hair Tutorials

Hollywood stars seem to have it all — fun jobs, great wardrobes and, of course, fabulous hair. Whether it’s a fancy updo at a gala or something quick and simple to sport around town, their looks always seem effortlessly glamorous. But when it comes time for the rest of us to try and recreate those …

Hairstyling

Data Driven: What Amazon's Jeff Bezos Taught Me About Running a Company

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My experience with Jeff Bezos changed me forever.<p>In 2003, Amazon hired me directly out of Stanford. I initially turned down six separate offers until management coaxed me into running the company's Customer Behavior Research …

Jeff Bezos

7 Secret Eating Habits of Charismatic Leaders

There's no single secret to becoming a great leader, but looking to the habits of leaders past is a great way to gain insights about how leaders function.<p>Even outside their areas of expertise, charismatic leaders often demonstrate qualities of their own commitment to greatness. Here's a look at …

Charisma

How to Get People to Follow You Anywhere

It doesn't matter if you are a thought leader or a team leader, if no one follows you'll get nowhere fast. Here Inc. columnists share how they get people to follow with minimal effort.<p>Despite the old adage, if you want to get something spectacular done, you most likely can't get it all done …

Entrepreneurship

4 Reasons to Start a Business in Your 20s

Here's why techies continue to follow in the footsteps of Zuck, launching a business right out of school.<p><i>In</i> The Tech Entrepreneur's Survival Guide<i>, founder Bernd Schoner reflects on his experience starting up ThingMagic, an early RFID company, during the dot com bust. In the following edited book</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Peter Thiel on Success, Uber, and When He'll Care About Bitcoin

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel recently took to Reddit to answer anything. Here's what he had to say.<p>Venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has been on a little bit of a media tour this week (after all he does have a new book to promote). No one's complaining, though, since it's hard …

Silicon Valley

The Lipstick Shades Bazaar Editors Can't Live Without

Bazaar editors share the one lipstick shade they're constantly re-applying.<p>Just like a fabulous pair of shoes, there's nothing a great lipstick can't fix. It can transform your look from day to night, take attention away from that little blemish, or simply brighten your face. In honor of National …

Product Hunt: The App That's Grabbing the Startup World's Attention

With a new app, $1 million in funding, and high-profile users like Mark Cuban, Dennis Crowley, and Anil Dash, Product Hunt may be the best place to keep your finger on the pulse of the tech world.<p>If you're a techie and you build stuff, you likely know Y Combinator's Hacker News, a crowdsourced …

Startups

9 Habits of Remarkably Persuasive People

You don't have to be born with an incredible power of persuasion. Here's how you can develop that vital skill.<p>Show me a successful person and I'll show you someone incredibly good at persuading other people.<p>Oh, I know: "Persuasion" implies manipulating, pressuring, cajoling … all the used-car …

Self-improvement

2 Most Important Pieces of Presentations: Have a Take and Don't Suck

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your name has been called. An idea needs a champion and the organization has turned to you to deliver the hard-hitting message. It’s true -- you are not an experienced public speaker and you have some serious misgivings about …

Public Speaking

How to Build a Startup in 10 Days

Tiago Paiva and Cristina Fonseca spent 10 nights coding to create Talkdesk, a call center platform that now brings in several million dollars a year.<p>In 2010, Tiago Paiva had just graduated from Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal with a master's degree in computer science, and was working for …

Startups

Is it really healthier to live without shampoo?

When I was a teenager in the early 90s, there was a definite trend adopted by a specific type of hippy student I dated, who told themselves and those around them that hair was "self-cleaning". For weeks, even months, they would refuse shampoo, resulting in hair that emitted cheap cider and bong …

Taylor Swift Knows What She Likes! The Star Dons Another Matching Set in N.Y.C.

Taylor Swift continued her fashion domination in New York City yesterday, wearing (you guessed it!) another matching set. The singer-turned-actress …

Drinking Smart: How To Imbibe On A Diet

Registered nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed tells us what we should (and shouldn't) be ordering at the bar<p>For most of us, a quick drink after work or a catch up over a glass of wine is something to be enjoyed. However, sometimes that one glass can all too easily turn into two or three, and we …

10 Things You Should Never Say To A Shah Rukh Khan Fan

For Indians, Bollywood isn't just a film industry. For us, it's an intrinsic part of our lives. And thanks to social media, now, Hindi film stars are …

Watch Out Google Glass, Smart Shoes Are On The Way

In India, you’ll be able to wear technology somewhere completely different: On your feet. Lechal is the world’s first interactive haptic feedback …

Google Glass

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven't stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they've become a genre of their own.<p>It’s 10:44 am on a Tuesday, and I’m lounging at home in my pajamas, sipping chamomile tea. I am, at the same time, taking a class at Harvard. Professor …

OkCupid Lied To Users About Their Compatibility As An Experiment

<i>Updated with additional details about the experiment via Christian Rudder.</i><p>Ever since the big kerfuffle over Facebook’s emotion manipulation study — and the defense that this happens all over the Web all the time — we’ve been wondering what other experiments we may have been part of without knowing …

Sleep sensor breaks through $1m on Kickstarter

<b>A 22-year-old British entrepreneur's new sleep-tracking kit has cracked $1.3m (£809,000) in its first week on Kickstarter's crowdfunding platform.</b><p>James Proud launched his product, Sense, on 23 July with a goal of raising $100,000 within 30 days.<p>But it passed the $1m-mark on Sunday, and has been …

Here’s how Twitter is rethinking its product—so that more people actually use it

Twitter is simple, in theory, but it is also deceptively complicated. As a result, most people who see tweets or visit Twitter’s site don’t get hooked. On the company’s earnings call today, CEO Dick Costolo said the true size of Twitter’s audience—the number of people who visit Twitter every month …

Social Media

Three's smartphone app for calling and texting over WiFi now available

Three and EE jostled for attention last month when they announced, on the same day, their customers would soon be able to make calls and send texts over WiFi connections. While EE is working on a fancy system the user will be all but oblivious to, Three's following O2's lead with an app that does …

Why $10 billion isn’t a crazy valuation for Snapchat—and may turn out to be a bargain

Snapchat is raising a new round of funding that could value the company at $10 billion, Bloomberg reports, citing sources. This is a significant increase in theoretical value, since Snapchat reportedly turned down a $3-billion buyout offer from Facebook last year. And it puts Snapchat in some …

Venture Capital

15 Real Tech Company Interview Questions You Will Probably Be Asked (And How To Answer Them)

The question was: You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?<p>Answer: Lots of variants but one is that you jump …

SocialRank Adds New Twitter Analytics

Twitter analytics service SocialRank, which was launched in February by two ex-Dwolla staffers, has undergone a significant upgrade in order to help brands and companies get more value and insight from their social media.<p>The original version of the service helped brands — and, in fact, any user — …

How many of Twitter’s active users are actually human?

Twitter’s user growth isn’t as strong as it seems.<p>Investors have decided, for better or worse, that the best measure of Twitter’s potential is how many users it adds every three months. The stock jumped more than 20% after the company reported it had 271 million monthly active users (MAUs) at the …

Social Media

Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS

<i>Timeful</i>, described as "the first intelligent time manager" for mobile devices, is a new iOS app designed to help users manage their lives by combining a time management app with a calendar, a to-do list, and habits. <i>Timeful</i> aims to provide a personalized experience that encourages people to commit …

Y Combinator-Backed ListRunner Eliminates Hospital Paperwork

A majority of a doctor’s time is spent jotting down notes about a patient for the next doctor on duty over and over again with a pen and paper, according to Dr. Jeeshan Chowdury. His new Y Combinator-backed startup, ListRunner, promises to eliminate this paperwork with a mobile app.<p>You’d think this …