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10 ways to stay happy when traveling solo

I recently wrote a post called ‘Why I travel solo’. In it, I talk about being scared, lost, uncomfortable and vulnerable — and how important this is …

Watch: Designer Ji Lee Creates Witty Images Out Of Simple Words

<b>Designer Ji Lee,</b> former creative director of Google and current creative strategist at Facebook plus Instagram, is the brainchild behind the ‘Word as …

Crunch Report | Facebook Launches ‘Watch’ for Original Shows

<b>Today’s Stories</b><p>Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows<br>• Coinbase raises $100M at a $1.6B valuation amid explosive growth<br>• Consumer Reports pulls Microsoft Surface recommendation, citing high breakage rates<br>• 500 Startups’ Australia accelerator program is axed by its partner before it even …

How to Grow Your Personal Brand Online

Do you ever think about someone like Oprah Winfrey and wonder, “<i>How did she do it?”</i>What did she do to become such a prolific personality?And she’s …

How three beauty ecommerce sites integrate editorial content

(*By this I mean opinion-focused writing such as tips and advice, as opposed to marketing copy for the purposes of promotion.)While branded blogs …

Marketing

16 Free Tools for Facebook Marketing

Recently, in “30 Facebook Tools for Business,” I listed Facebook’s free and low-cost tools for businesses to promote their brands and reach …

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business

A lot of people don’t know whether or not they’re actually ready to take the leap into entrepreneurship. It can be hard and impossible to have …

The 7 Most Active VCs In Ecommerce

<b>The 7 Most Active VCs In Ecommerce by PitchBook</b><p>Walmart’s announced $3.3 billion acquisition of Jet.com marks the largest-ever purchase of an …

Why Subscription Commerce Is Taking Center Stage

With so many different variants in ecommerce, it can certainly be difficult to keep track of them all. These span the gambit from conventional ecommerce to social commerce, omni-channel and also subscription commerce, to name a few. But the last one on this list is taking center stage, and there …

Why It's So Hard to Make a Profit in E-Commerce

Image source: The Motley Fool.<p>It's become clear to retailers big and small that e-commerce is the way of the future.<b>Amazon.com</b>(NASDAQ: AMZN), the undisputed leader in online shopping, continues to tighten the screws on brick-and-mortar players, having already leveled sectors from bookstores to …

Future Of Retail: Artificial Intelligence And Virtual Reality Have Big Roles To Play

From artificial intelligence to virtual reality, emerging technologies are rewriting the retail playbook at a rapid pace, suggests J. Walter Thompson Intelligence in a new report called Frontier(less) Retail.<p>Launched in collaboration with WWD, the report explores the idea that brands and retailers …

The impending online shopping split: buy boutique or buy Amazon

It’s been a rough couple of months for Amazon competitors. First Canada’s Shop.ca declares bankruptcy and essentially has a fire sale, then Jet.com, which accumulated big funding and big hype pre-launch, is apparently in talks with Wal-Mart re: an acquisition.<p>A Wal-Mart exit isn’t the upstart …

6 things you never knew about Alibaba

Alibaba might be the darling of China's tech scene, but the firm comes from scrappy, humble beginnings and struggled with plenty of obstacles on its way up.<p>A new book by former employee Porter Erisman, "Alibaba's World," explores how the small Chinese startup blossomed into an e-commerce giant.<p>Here …

China

Instacart grocery delivery likely coming to Twin Cities in a few weeks

The grocery delivery firm has emailed folks in the Twin Cities saying they will launch here in a couple weeks.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul

Chinese traffic-straddling bus hits wall of criticism

<b>Last week, a futuristic traffic-straddling bus, raised over the road so cars can drive underneath, was road-tested in China. There was great excitement about this possible solution to traffic woes, but questions are now being asked about whether the project is feasible or even real.</b><p>The idea of a …

Transportation

From billions to rebellions, Indian startups saw it all in 2015

Twenty fifteen can be described as the year when the Indian startup ecosystem grew out of infancy and started teething—which, of course, led to some pain.<p>From soaring valuations and huge funding rounds to mass layoffs and rebellious entrepreneurs, this year was packed with action for the world’s …

Startups

How to Decrease E-mail Overwhelm in 2016–The First Step

<b>“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” <br>– Henry David Thoreau</b> I’m often asked how to handle e-mail …

E-Mail

Vegan Persimmon Butternut Squash Soup – Secret Power of Persimmon

<i>Vegan Persimmon and Butternut Squash Soup! A creamy, sweet yet smokey, butternut squash soup recipe with the addition of Persimmon and it’s amazing</i> …

Vegan

New 2015 projectors from Sony, JVC, and Epson feature brighter images, lasers and 4K

At the CEDIA Expo last week, Sony, Epson and JVC all announced new projectors. Some are shipping now, some are shipping soon.<p>Sony has new lower- (note the "-er") priced 4K projectors, and JVC is back after a brief hiatus with brighter faux-K projectors. Epson has a bevy of 1080p projectors with …

What Happens When You Stop Eating Meat

Five percent of the US population is vegetarian. Another 2% is vegan. The former group doesn’t eat meat or fish, while the latter group eats no …

Holistic Medicine

20 Recipes to Celebrate Pumpkin Season

We know you can't escape pumpkin in the fall, from the piles of pumpkins outside grocery stores to the towering cans of pumpkin purée inside. And …

Recipes

HugeDomains.com - CookingHomeFood.com is for sale (Cooking Home Food)

Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of it's …

23 Simple Design Tips That Will Make Your Home Less Stressful

Please check all stress and angst at the front door.

26 Complete Proteins to Lose Weight and Build Muscle

There’s no denying that our culture is <i>obsessed</i> with eating protein. So it should come as no surprise that vegans and vegetarians are constantly …

Nutrition