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Sony made its best headphones even better

I'm not exaggerating when I say that Sony's MDR-1000X headphones are probably the best wireless noise-cancelling option on sale right now. That model took me by complete surprise last year when it sounded better and offered stronger noise cancellation than the Bose QC35. Sony is taking the "if it …

Consumer Tech

This Is the Ideal Number of Hours to Work a Day, According to Decades of Science | Inc.com

There are many open questions in science -- Are we alone in the universe? What's at the bottom of a black hole? When will I finally get my jetpack? -- but according to <i>Rest</i>, a new book by Stanford's Alex Pang, 'How many hours a day should a knowledge worker work?' isn't among them.<p>Decades of science …

Hunter Gatherers

Uber Just Released Their First Pitch Deck From 2008, and It Shows What You'll Need to Build a Billion-Dollar Startup | Inc.com

Despite its high-profile public relations meltdown over the past few months, the story of Uber's rise is still a fairy tale in the startup world.<p>In less than a decade, the ridesharing platform has become the most valuable startup in the US, with a market cap of $68 billion. But, like every great …

The 15 best business books of all time

We've gone through our existing "best-of" lists and others to determine which business histories and management and investing guides have been most critically acclaimed.<p>We stayed away from academic books and biographies, and by limiting ourselves to just 15 titles, the final list is not …

How to Learn in 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months | Inc.com

Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>If you're not clear on what you're doing, it's hard to be motivated. Which is why seemingly easy tasks, like sending a fax, could end up taking months. There's a lack of clarity on <i>how to</i> …

Know Your Language: Java Still Matters (Part Two)

Big Data offers Java a rebirth in functional programming and distributed computing.<p><i>This is the second part of a two-part Know Your Language entry on the Java programming language.</i><p>When we left off, Java was a deeply uncool programming language beyond its peak as a tool enabling early-days webpage …

Why Stackshare is quietly becoming a secret weapon for developers and Silicon Valley CTOs

On Stackshare, Airbnb lists over 50 services in its “stack,” Slack lists 24, and Spotify lists more than 31; these stacks are collections of different pieces of software that each company is using to run their operations, and range from infrastructure tools to communications tools to container …

The neverending cybersecurity arms race

The ROI for cybersecurity is undeniably evident, and companies old and new have wised up to this harsh new fact of life. According to Edgile CEO Don Elledge’s analysis on Forbes, “businesses are increasing their cybersecurity budgets at a rate of 18%; [but] data breaches increased at a rate of more …

Why Netflix Bulls Are Making A Big Leap of Faith

Netflix’s stock has been flying high for the last several years, and with the company announcing better-than-expected earnings after the close of …

'The 4-Hour Workweek' author says a 3-step process he learned from Tony Robbins drastically improved his life

In many ways, Tim Ferriss carries on a tradition well established by Tony Robbins: finding people at the top of their fields, determining what makes them tick, and then passing those insights along to a general audience.<p>After Ferriss, who wrote the best-seller "The 4-Hour Workweek," interviewed …

A famous scorecard taught at Harvard Business School can help you improve your life and relationships

I’ve always known that I’m addicted to achievement. But it’s only in the past few years that I’ve realized that can be a bad thing.<p>Every year, when New Year’s Eve rolled around, I used to set resolutions like “run 13 half-marathons in 2013” (because #medals). That particular year, I hit the goal. I …

How Amazon innovates in ways that Google and Apple can't

The Echo, Amazon’s voice-controlled speaker, was a big hit this holiday season. Amazon is keeping specific sales figures under wraps, but the company says it sold nine times as many Echo devices during the holidays as it did a year earlier.<p>It’s the latest example of Amazon pioneering a new product …

9 things your startup doesn’t need to reach $10 million in revenue

As an early stage entrepreneur, you’ll rarely be short of people offering their (often unsolicited) advice, and many of them will tell you that you can’t succeed as a startup without doing X, Y, and Z. Don’t listen to them. From my experience of bootstrapping a company to over $25 million ARR and …

A Tough Reality Most Entrepreneurs Don’t Understand

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Movie Review: Tom Ford frames stories within stories in the postmodern Nocturnal Animals

“I’m too cynical to be an artist,” muses a character at around the midpoint of <i>Nocturnal Animals</i>, the second feature by the fashion designer Tom Ford, …

Captive: Netflix's big-budget answer to Crimewatch

Back in September, Netflix announced a long-term plan to fill half of its catalogue with original programming. This perhaps explains its feverish efforts in recent years to make big-budget versions of every TV format under the sun – with the possible exceptions of home shopping and crime scene …

Archives

La La Land sees Old Hollywood magic giving way to modern melancholy

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone play aspiring artists caught between their own romance and love of their art.<p><i>La La Land</i> opens with a large-scale song-and-dance number on a Los Angeles freeway. Young people aspiring to a life in show business, but currently just stuck in gridlock, climb out of their …

How a strange cooking show with Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart became a surprise TV hit

SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Productions was the mastermind behind "Jersey Shore," the show that broke an MTV ratings record when it was viewed by nearly 9 million viewers in 2011.<p>It's a different time for TV, but "Martha & Snoop" is doing well for VH1. It debuted to 3 million total viewers, according …

What Is The Difference Between Deep Learning, Machine Learning and AI?

Over the past few years, the term “deep learning” has firmly worked its way into business language when the conversation is about Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and analytics. And with good reason – it is an approach to AI which is showing great promise when it comes to developing the …

Machine Learning

To Champagne or Not To Champagne

We look at eight Champagnes to celebrate the holiday season (including our third-ever 100-point bottling), and eight not-Champagne sparklers that may …

Wine & Spirits

How to sharpen (and hone) your knives to get ready for holiday cooking

Don't lie to me. Look me in the eyes, and tell me the truth: Who was president the last time you sharpened your knives? One of the Bushes? Harry Truman? Even if it was Barack Obama, I'll bet it was long ago enough that your blades could use a little powder on their noses, if you know what I</b> …

Knives

5 Habits I Had To Abandon As CEO As My Startup Scaled

If you’re not careful, what helped get your company off the ground may prevent it from reaching new heights.<p>Of all the challenges I’ve faced as the head of a startup, learning how to let go of things while growing fast has been one of the toughest. In the early stages, every founder is a master of …

5 TED Talks Every Business Owner Needs to Watch

When you’re running a small business, the last thing you need is to waste time watching videos online. That is, unless those videos might help your …

Interactive quiz: Do you really know what an ETF is?

If you’re reading this, you probably know something about exchange traded funds (ETFs)—a widely used investment product whose assets have grown tenfold over the last 20 years to over $3 trillion globally<b>.*</b> ETFs have a lot in common with a more familiar vehicle—mutual funds: both offer access to …

1,884 Startup Founders Say This 1 Thing Is More Important Than Making Money

Serving customers? Becoming rich and famous? No, these are not the only reasons why startup founders do what they do.<p>Entrepreneurs start businesses to make lots of money and change the world, right?<p>Not exactly, says a new survey of 1,884 company founders conducted by marketing automation firm Drip, …

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Mobile Application

Most modern people would find it difficult to imagine their day using the smartphone «just for calls». Most mobile devices jumped far beyond the …

These 15 delicious (but complicated) recipes are well worth your time

"I spent forever on this recipe. It was so hard. I loved it!"<p>…said no one ever.<p>That's because we praise speed, efficiency, and ease, but guess what: …

13 Red Flags That Will Get Your Pitch Rejected Every Time

Investors are people too. A positive first impression can quickly turn negative if you innocently seem to violate business basics while profiling your new venture.<p>After listening to hundreds of startup pitches, and reading even more business plans, most new venture investors develop their own …

10 Success lessons from Chris Gardner – “From Homeless To Millionaire” for entrepreneurs

Share90<p>Tweet<p>Share349<p>+15<p>Shares 444<p>The life of Chris Gardner is one made for the big screen. From single father without resources, living on the …