Sangeet Paul Choudary

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These 12 Banned Hashtags Tell Us What Instagram Is Afraid Of Becoming

Why does Instagram do this? App stores like the one on the iPhone have pretty strict rules about pornography and obscene content. Blocking hashtags that Instagram users use to post such naughty images helps keep Instagram in line with Apple's rules.<p>Here are 12 examples of hashtags that Instagram …

Weight Loss

Assessing Zuckerberg’s Idea That Facebook Could Help Citizens Re-Make Their Government

Mark Zuckerberg has a grand vision that Facebook will help citizens in developing countries decide their own governments. It’s a lofty and partially attainable goal. While Egypt probably won’t let citizens vote for their next president with a Like, it is theoretically possible to use Facebook to …

Seeking Success In A Finite Number Of Hours A Day

We all have a finite number of hours in a day – 24 to be exact. What we choose to do with those hours is of the utmost importance. We can waste our time, or we can use our time to improve ourselves and our lives. I have always felt passionate about the importance of reading books that can help us …

How Facebook’s Shared Photo Albums Impacts Other Startups. Hint: Doesn’t.

Today Facebook announced the ability to add contributors to a photo album, allowing groups to curate together. As happens whenever …

This man thinks big data and privacy can co-exist, and here’s his plan

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>If you’re in the tech industry, particularly the U.S. tech industry, then you’re probably not a big fan of European privacy …

One Quick Way To Construct Better Criticism

Here’s a hint: it’s about people.<p>Given poorly, criticism tends to lead to the criticized parties involved feeling like crap–and the criticizer looking like a jerk (or worse).<p>If you’re a psychologist, you’d call it <i>reactance</i>. If you’re a regular person, you’d call it a <i>dick move</i>.<p>let’s <b>deconstruct</b> …

Leadership

How To Non-Sleazily Break Into The Conference-Speaking Circuit

How do writers actually get paid? By giving talks. How do thinkers launch a brand? By giving talks. How do you break in? By reading this article.<p>Opportunities, it has been said, don’t float down from the sky; they’re attached to people. Which is why speaking gigs–and the potential connections and …

Public Speaking

How Big Power Companies Are Trying To Quash The Disownership Economy

Entrenched industries have never liked the sharing economy. Solar leasing company Sunrun has faced more hurdles than most from big utilities.<p>Entrenched industries are working tirelessly to save you from the new products and services you want. As established companies stifle innovation in industries …

Google Wants To Be Your Dictionary

You’ve long been able to use Google to make sure that word you want to use actually means what you think it means, but the search engine just got one step closer to replacing your dictionary. From now on, Google’s word search results will include synonyms, sample sentences, and some description of …

Language

Why Yahoo and Apple Want Foursquare’s Data

Foursquare is often lauded for its powerful location data. But why is it seemingly so valuable to companies like Yahoo and Apple?<p>This week, BuzzFeed reported that Yahoo was in talks with Foursquare about a possible data-sharing deal. The news comes just months after Apple senior VP Eddy Cue was …

Four Square

5 Things You Don’t Realize About How You Spend Your Time

Getting more out of every day with the help of productivity apps, Tibetan Buddhism, and simulating the workflow of an ER.<p>In his book <i>Wait</i>, Frank Partnoy gives us a question to preface any decision we make: <i>What time-world are you living in?</i><p>Why? Because decisions, like fruit, ripen at different times: …

Productivity Apps

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

Becoming and staying productive isn’t about hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. It’s about self-care. Here are daily to-dos to get you started.<p>It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d …

Time Management

How To Organize Your Day For Success

The most successful people are immersed minute-to-minute in the way they become successful. With small scheduling tweaks, could we all do the same?<p>Author-entrepreneur David Kidder gave <i>Inc.</i> a definition of success that we can all act upon:<p>(Success is) when you have discovered your innate gift or …

Success

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Productivity

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner On The Value Of Under-Scheduling

Strategic thinking doesn’t find itself. It needs time–about 30 to 90 minutes–and space. LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner shows us why.<p>Jeff Weiner is a busy dude.<p>As the CEO of LinkedIn, he has a constant pull of to-dos, and as leaders often do, he has days of meeting after meeting after meeting. Realizing he …

Leadership

Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert? What It Means For Your Career

Extroverts are outgoing and introverts are shy, right? Not exactly. Truly understanding each personality type–and which one you are–can help you manage a vast range of experiences.<p>Here is something that hit me recently: For a long time, I had a certain idea about what makes an introvert or an …

Behavioral Sciences

The One Easy Daily Habit That Makes Life More Awesome

Life happens whether we are mindful of it or not. So start a journal, remember the moments that you never want to forget, and improve, well, just about everything in the process.<p>Twenty years ago, I picked up what turned out to be a stubborn habit.<p>During a particularly angsty time in seventh grade, …

Trail Running

The Unspoken Key To Finding Meaningful Work

You can’t land a job you love if you don’t know how to describe it.<p>Here’s an interesting question: Why are the nation’s highest-achieving undergrads flying to finance and consulting?<p>As Cal Newport observes, the majority of Dartmouth’s five valedictorians are choosing those two sectors, while 36% of …

Work-life Balance

Why Your Emails Get Replies (Or Don’t)

Why do some of your messages get prompt replies and others vanish into the aether? As Anna Codrea‑Rado contends at <i>Quartz</i>, the details are in the attention.<p>Recapping a Carnegie Mellon University study, she observes that :<p>… people are more likely to respond to information requests–whether important …

Productivity

What Is The Value Of Happiness?

For newly minted ice cream company founder Elena Pallotta, it’s priceless. Here’s why she replaced concerns about money with freedom and independence–and found her entrepreneurial passion along the way.<p>I recently attended the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network annual, global meeting, held this year …

Entrepreneurship

How Delusion Makes You More Productive

The first step to getting something done is deluding yourself into thinking you can do it.<p>How do you get something massive done–like building a business or writing a book or learning how to dance–when you’re not sure if you can make it happen? A.J. Jacobs has the hack: self-delusion.<p>Jacobs, whose …

Writing

Wait, What’s That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

If you’re experiencing an attention deficit, you’re far from alone.<p>Try this: Count your exhalations–1, 2, 3–all the way to 10. See if you can get to 10 without thinking about lunch or laundry or deadlines or dates.<p>Unless you’ve trained your attention, it’ll probably start to wander–which, new …

Mindfulness

5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome

Because if you make enough money, people call you “eccentric” instead of “crazy.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for jobs, but pursue careers.<p>Thing …

Success

Defry Your Burnt Brain: 4 Quick Ways To Unplug In The Afternoon

Because there are better solutions than 5-Hour Energy drinks.<p>Like bunnies, humans need rest: especially after spending the morning sandwiched between meetings, spreadsheets, gossip, and starving for an actual sandwich. By the time we reach 2:55 p.m, we’re fall-out-of-our-chair exhausted.<p>This leads …

GIF Animations

How You Can Conquer Any Deadline

<i>Editor’s Note: This video is featured on our list of the most valuable, blunt, and slightly unconventional business lessons of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>For George Lois, meeting a deadline is simple. Show up, sit down, and get it done. That’s it.<p>“Don’t say no,” he says. “Say now.”<p>While …

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