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By Joel Skretvedt | Things I find Interesting and Maddening....

If You Read These 9 Books on Leadership, You Probably Don't Need a Mentor

While no aspiring leader's bookshelf is complete without a copy of Sheryl Sandberg's <i>Lean In</i>, there are literally hundreds of other books on the topic …

Marketing School | Digital Marketing | Online Marketing: The One Thing That No Marketer Is Going to Tell You | Ep. #573

In episode #573, Eric and Neil explain why you can’t count on standardized techniques to grow your business. Tune in to hear why success is a numbers …

Top Seven Questions that Investors Ask Start-ups & How to Handle Them

Ensure that you spend time explaining your unique selling proposition (USP): product quality, features, positioning and of course the team's core strengths and achievements<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international …

Product Management

Why LinkedIn Groups Can Be Great for Businesses (and How to Create a Successful One)

LinkedIn Groups do not have a great reputation. Many of them are filled with self-promotion and spam rather than valuable discussions and meaningful …

Social Media

9-5 Is Out. Try The 1-6 Instead.

When are you most productive? In the morning? Afternoon? Late at night?<p>I was raised to covet the early morning hours. I’ve spent my whole life thinking I was more “accomplished” the earlier I woke up. I got this idea directly from my parents by living in a home where everyone was “up and at ‘em” by …

Time Management

21 Best Online Cryptocurrency Courses, Schools & Degrees

A cryptocurrency is a virtual currency that uses techniques for secure communication. Cryptocurrencies use a peer to peer transaction, leaving out …

10 Easy Excel Timesavers You Might Have Forgotten

Advertisement<p>Working with spreadsheets can be a time-consuming task. Even if you’re very familiar with Excel, it’s important to make sure that your …

Flipboard on Flipboard

@flipboard | Official Flipboard account<p>How the 2018 Draft Will Change the NFL<p>There’s a phrase that needs to be permanently etched into the walls at …

Is Social Media Turning Us Into Competition Junkies Or Are We Actually Having That Much Fun?

The moment I wake up, before I even drink water, I hunt down my phone. And that's when it all starts: the personal messages to reply to, the …

Social commerce, entertainment and AI: how China’s internet giants are expanding their empires

Alibaba founder Jack Ma recently predicted a future where his company could become the world's fifth-largest economy by 2036.<p>In Ma’s vision, Alibaba …

How Brands Can Leverage AI to Improve the Customer Journey

The other week, I was on Amazon looking for a present for my mother for Mother’s Day. I ended up ordering her a teapot, to make up for breaking her previous one. As soon as I completed the transaction, I decided to click back to the Amazon homepage to see what other deals I might be able to snag. …

Barnes & Noble

No, Your Phone Didn’t Ring. So Why Voice Mail From a Telemarketer?

Frank Kemp was working on his computer when his cellphone let out the sound of Mario — from Super Mario Bros. — collecting a coin. That signaled he had a new voice mail message, yet his phone had never rung.<p>“At first, I thought I was crazy,” said Mr. Kemp, a video editor in Dover, Del. “When I …

The 30 Most Important Interview Questions to Ask This Summer

While many employees are enjoying spending their PTO on vacation in a remote country or hitting the beach, many Americans are on the job hunt. No …

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

The much-buzzed-about conference generated a gargantuan list of intriguing book recommendations.<p>TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to …

Books

Google Drive now hosts more than 2 trillion files

Google Drive isn't one of them just yet. But in April, it quietly passed another major milestone.<p>2 trillion files are now stored on the file-hosting service.<p>Prabhakar Raghavan, Google's vice-president responsible for G Suite in Google Cloud, told Business Insider the stat at the Google Cloud Next …

Removed a URL from a Disavow File? Here’s How Long it Will Take to See Results

If you remove a URL from a disavow file it could take some time before you see actual results in the search results. I asked John Mueller and Gary …

Study: Mobile dominated online ad spend for first time in 2016

Dive Brief:<p>The Interactive Advertising Bureau reports total U.S. digital ad spending in 2016 reached a record $72.5 billion in 2016 per a press …

10 Tips for Increasing Your Influence

Most content on our own site and across the industry has a strong focus on influencer marketing from the brands’ perspective: why B2B brands should …

convert anything to anything

<i></i><p>218 formats supported<p>CloudConvert supports the conversion between more than 200 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet …

How to Use Content Marketing to Drive Sales Through All Five Stages of The Customer Buyer's Journey

Over the last decade, the world of (online) marketing has changed. There used to be a time when you could just advertise at random places, and you …

What Counts As a Video View on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat? The Buffer Guide to Video Metrics

In our State of Social Media report, eighty-three percent of marketers said they’d like to create more video content in 2017.<p>And we can certainly see …

The Top 8 Social Media Marketing Trends in 2017 [Infographic]

In 2016, social media continued its rise with more than 2.3 billion active users and more than 1.9 billion active mobile social users worldwide. This …

VICTORIA & ALBERT’S AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT RECEIVES 17TH AAA FIVE-DIAMOND AWARD

For the 17th year in a row, Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa has been awarded the coveted AAA Five Diamonds. There are 47 …

How to Convert Those Instagram Followers Into Customers

Instagram now has more than 600 million monthly active users worldwide–more than Twitter, Snapchat or LinkedIn.<p>According to a Forrester study, the …

The State of Influencer Marketing in 2017

Most marketers are either still experimenting with influencer marketing, or they're running individual campaigns rather than maintaining ongoing …

Mattresses, Makeup, and Meal Kits: Top 10 NYC Startups to Watch in 2017

Some of these companies are poised for a public offering; others have found success, but are now retooling their model amid Donald Trump's presidency. Remember these names in 2017.<p>This could be a watershed year for New York startups.<p>Around 54 companies in the metro area are poised to go public this …

Startups

Opinion: How to invest in the Trump era: Buy shares of private companies

An idea for investors: The next four years seem likely to favor Main Street over Wall Street.<p>Even as President Donald Trump’s economic policies are …

Investing

A VC Reveals the Metrics They Use to Evaluate Startups

<b>Susan Liu, Vice President at Scale Venture Partners:</b> … We typically look at hundreds of companies, and then we do deep dives into maybe tens, …

Building VC Relationships

A common mistake founders make is to try to meet VCs to "build relationships" a month or two before going out for a series A or series B fundraise[1] …