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Tell Better Stories In 2014: Storytelling Insight From Margaret Atwood, Ricky Gervais, And Many More

The audience Q&A is very much a part of most directors’, writers’, and other artists’ live appearances. In just about every case, someone from the audience will ask the same question, and the artist will sort of cringe internally, even though he or she probably expected it. That question is “Where …

Head Of The Class: Co.Create’s Top Master Classes Of 2013

In its second year, the Master Class series at Co.Create continued to explore the many ways in which creative people at the top of their fields do what they do. Some folks we spoke with explained, top-to-bottom, exactly how they pulled off one particular project, while others offered lessons on how …

Android Co-Founder Rich Miner on How He Is Spending Google’s Money

Rich Miner set out a year ago to make sure that Google Ventures had its hand in more mobile deals.<p>And it’s fair to say that is happening. Among its …

Dizzying Pics of Hong Kong's Massive High-Rise Neighborhoods

When you first see Michael Wolf’s photography, it takes a second to realize what you’re looking at. The multi-colored patterns look almost like an …

Breakthrough: Scientists build a beating mouse heart with human tissue

In a major scientific first, a team of developmental biologists has built a functional mouse heart from human tissues. The results herald a future …

Tencent: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Tencent’s WeChat messaging app is so popular that it has more users than there are smartphones in China. It has 980 million active monthly users as of January 2018. (Some people have multiple accounts, and some users are outside the country.) That’s because the app is far more than just a social …

Safaricom: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Ideas<p>IdeasThis lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years<p>IdeasGamers are becoming a powerful source of philanthropic donations<p>IdeasWhat if economic growth isn’t as positive as you think?<p>Entertainment<p>EntertainmentFCC chairman Ajit Pai has “serious concerns” over Sinclair …

Splunk: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Ideas<p>IdeasThis lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years<p>IdeasGamers are becoming a powerful source of philanthropic donations<p>IdeasWhat if economic growth isn’t as positive as you think?<p>Entertainment<p>EntertainmentFCC chairman Ajit Pai has “serious concerns” over Sinclair …

Student website Chegg files for IPO to raise $150M

Chegg, a Silicon Valley company that wants to be a digital one-stop shop for students, is on its way to an IPO.<p>On Wednesday, the Santa Clara, …

Facebook’s trillion-edge, Hadoop-based and open source graph-processing engine

People following the open source Giraph project likely know that Facebook (s fb) was experimenting with it, and on Wednesday the company detailed …

The Key To Getting Meetings With Insanely Busy People

Here’s a hint: It doesn’t involve the words “pick your brain.”<p>Steve Blank is a popular dude: He came to Silicon Valley in 1978 and has been part of the entrepreneurial hustle since then, though he’s now turned from running companies to teaching at Stanford and other techy schools. As you may …

Why 80 Percent Of Your Emails Are A Total Waste

Thinking twice before you press “send” can save your organization literally thousands of hours each year, a recent study shows.<p>If the execs at your company are pouring out emails, the organization will soon be drowning–or so reports the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>It goes like this: A study by the …

7 Lessons from Building a $15-Million-a-Year Lifestyle Business

Next post How Far Should You Go to Make a Sale in Your Copy? Previous post How To Write High-Converting Headlines<p>Related Posts<p>The Art of Hiring Talent<p>…

Dear Jeff Bezos, Here’s What I Saw as an Analog Nobody in the Mailroom of the Washington Post

Dear Jeff,<p>While it might seem an awful cliche, the fact of the matter is — if you go back to a time long before the commercial Internet existed, and …

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Kivo Uses Git To Make Collaborating On Documents Easier, Starting With PowerPoint

Most collaboration software these days seems to focus on real time, but Kivo, a new Y Combinator-backed startup out of the accelerator’s current class, is taking a different approach.<p>Co-founders Zefi Hennessy Holland (CEO) and Leo Anthias (CTO) argue that most people still work on a draft-based …

Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller – review

Is there any foodstuff as dodgy as olive oil? Human beings have been defrauding and occasionally poisoning one another with the stuff – or simulacra of it – since the beginning of cooking. You may fairly picture a Sumerian house-spouse 5,000 years ago frowning at an amphora and saying: "The guy …

Crossbar says it will kill the $60B flash memory market with Resistive RAM, which stores a terabyte on a chip

Crossbar announced today a new kind of memory chip that can replace flash memory, one of the fundamental building blocks of digital electronics, in a number of of applications.<p>The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip startup is debuting Resistive RAM, a technology that can store a terabyte of data on a …

Will Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley Finally Get It Right?

After 10 years, eight South by Southwests, two startups, and zero dollars in profit, will Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley ever find his way?<p>It’s 2 a.m. and Dennis Crowley is wired.<p>We’ve just left Foursquare’s South by Southwest party at the Hype Hotel, a warehouse-size space in downtown Austin where …

The List Of Things You Can Get Through Amazon Now Includes Fine Art

Amazon has a new art market place. Amazon Art is an online retail space dedicated to giving consumers access to real artwork. At launch, it will offer roughly 40,000 pieces from 150 galleries and dealers, with the art itself coming from about 4,500 different artists.<p>The online retail company, which …

Do You Need a Résumé in the LinkedIn Era?

Now that LinkedIn has become the standard place to present your professional history and credentials — not to mention the fastest way to check somebody else’s — the humble résumé has lost its once-hallowed position as the canonical version of your professional identity. Your LinkedIn profile should …

Tunisia's Ennahda leader offers referendum

Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party leader Rachid Ghannouchi has raised the prospect of a referendum as a<br>way out of the country's political crisis, but has also warned against the opposition’s efforts to topple the government.<p>Ghannouchi raised the prospect of a referendum on the functioning of some …

In Orwellian Egypt, a state of denial rules | US & Canada

A society in which important actors live in denial of each other's interests and legitimacy is a society threatened by the abyss. There is ample evidence of this destructive phenomenon through the history of the Middle East, as elsewhere.<p>One of the biggest casualties of the phenomenon of Arab …

Iranians under the Islamic regime: more or less religious? | Iran

Millions of Iranians, like Muslims around the world, are preparing for Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. At the same time, critics and pundits are engaged in a popular debate over the contemporary Iranian society: Are Iranians, after three decades of living under …

Honduras: Where the blood flows and the rivers are dammed | Latin America

It is all too easy for one’s eyes to glaze over at the headlines of yet another murder in Honduras, the country that earned the dubious moniker of the world’s murder capital. Forty-nine year-old Tomas Garcia was shot dead on July 15, just one of thousands of victims. Violence marches on unabated as …

Jeff Bezos buys the Washington Post and the media industry goes back to the future

It’s hard to think of a recent media-industry bombshell larger than the one that the <i>Washington Post</i> dropped on Monday afternoon: the 136-year-old …

40daysofdating: An awesome new kind of long-form story telling

What do two designers — one a man, another a woman — both friends based in New York do when they have continued relationship problems and a tough …

Quartz joins the wave of media entities trying to rethink how reader comments work

While many media players seem to have turned their backs on reader comments, or handed them over to Facebook or other third parties, there is also a …

Google Ventures tops the list of most active corporate VCs since 2012

Plenty of companies want to build venture capital arms to invest in the hottest technology trends and find the best new companies: The number of …

Why Jeff Bezos Bought the Washington Post

There are fewer visionaries in the technology industry than the mythos of Silicon Valley would have one believe. But Jeff Bezos, the founder and C.E.O. of Amazon, and now, the owner of the Washington <i>Post</i>, is one of them. His purchase of the <i>Post</i>—and assorted other, smaller properties with it—for two …