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This Quick Video Guide Shows You How to Cook Perfect Pasta

We've talked about cooking pasta perfectly several times, and while it's not rocket science, there's definitely a difference between al dente and …

Minimalist Posters That Reduce Your Favorite Movies To Basic Shapes

Graphic designer Michal Krasnopolski creates 22 movie posters that are head-scratchingly metaphorical.<p>In the future, when the history of the Internet is taught alongside social studies and algebra in middle school, there will be a brief, marginal mention of minimalist posters and how they, for a …

Graphic Design

Facebook's Chat Heads May Eventually Make VoIP Calls

Following Facebook’s Thursday announcement of the Facebook Home software, I reached out to the company to find out how it would be leveraging technologies like Voice over IP (also known as VoIP), which is increasingly supplanting the traditional public switched telephone network.<p>Earlier this year, …

Facebook Begins Big Ad Blitz To Tout Its New Android “Home”

Although Facebook Home won’t be available for another week or so, the social network has begun a major ad campaign pitching customers on its new …

Tap Into Y Combinator's Contrarian Thinking

As an investor, I've learned some fascinating lessons from some of the world's fastest growing marketplaces. Take a page from Airbnb, Tutorspree, and FlightCar.<p>To create something entirely new--something that the world has not seen before--requires contrarian thinking.<p>Peter Thiel, a co-founder of …

Startups

4 Ways to Keep Online Shoppers Coming Back for More

Expert Lars Albright says rewards are the key to getting your customers hooked. Check out why.<p><i>Every time a customer goes online, she must wade through all sorts of content vying for her attention: emails, tweets, Facebook alerts. How's a brand to stand out? Reward users, says Lars Albright, CEO of</i> …

Customers

A Commencement Speech for Entrepreneurs in the Class of 2013

Forget the long-winded speeches and pointless anecdotes. Tom Searcy's advice for the new crop of graduating entrepreneurs is short and sweet.<p>Tis the season for the drudgery of graduations. No offense to the graduates, but most graduations are 90 seconds of interest, (the march across the stage by …

Entrepreneurship

The Magic of Structured Procrastination

Are you a procrastinator? We've got some good news: The trick to being productive is to keep putting things off.<p>Mark Twain famously said, "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow just as well."<p>But often there's a price to pay for procrastinating. Suddenly, there's too …

Procrastination

Does Your Start-Up's Name Sound Like a Piece of Ikea Furniture?

Before you settle on a name for your company, check out these very simple yet brilliant thoughts on naming. Also, take the Ikea challenge!<p>As George Eastman, the founder of Kodak and godfather of the nonsensical naming trend said, "A trademark should be short, vigorous, incapable of being …

Startups