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This Supermarket's Way of Selling Bananas Is Pure Genius

Whoever came up with this needs to be promoted.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>There comes a moment in every person's life when they say to themselves: "Why have I been doing things <i>this</i> way all my life?"<p>This is what many people …

Selling

Advocates condemn psych techniques used to keep kids online

CHICAGO (AP) — Children's advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry's practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens.<p>The advocates, citing research that links excessive use of social media and video games with …

Social Media

Employers Embrace Apps That Let Them Pay Daily

For Shaahir Liles, it’s like having payday every day. An assistant manager at a Wendy’s in Towne Lake, Ga., Liles says he’s less stressed out since …

Apps

Everyone should be reading “The Attention Merchants” this summer

Reading this book changed the way I think about life, work, and technology. It’s our first-ever Fast Company summer book club pick.<p>We live in a time when too many things claw for our attention: pinging notifications on our phones, the endless luring scroll of social media, the proliferation of …

Kim Kardashian

With new tech coming online, cities need a department of urban testing

The design and operation of cities is the province of urban planning. But an explosion of startups in cities means a lot of new products and services for urban areas. The problem is, we don’t really know how people are going to use these new products and services.<p>“The company launched a trial …

Santa Monica

Even raises $40M to transform the working class to the savings class

The working class of the United States doesn’t get many breaks these days. It’s not just a function of low pay and long hours, but also the incredible uncertainty of income and expenses that makes surviving week-to-week so challenging. One in five Americans have a negative net wealth, even in an …

Employment

The Best Websites for Finding a Private Campsite

The sharing economy of Uber and Airbnb has come to camping. These sites connect you to private lands where you can camp.<p>1. Tentrr<p>Ideal for new campers, or folks looking for built-in comfort, Tentrr sites include a 10-by-12-foot canvas tent with a queen-size cot, fire pit, drinking water, sun …

This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head

Good robot<p>Back in school, I remember learning that plants are “heliotropic,” meaning they grow toward light. I always found this oddly touching, as if those green tendrils stretching out to the sun proved the plant was yearning to live. And why not? That is why they do it.<p>But what if plants could …

Robotics

Simple math shows how scooters could make big money

The newest scooter unicorn is Lime, which Monday (July 9) announced $335 million in new funding at a $1.1 billion valuation.<p>The round was led by GV, Alphabet’s investment arm, and included a “sizable” contribution from Alphabet frenemy Uber. That brings total venture funding to scooter companies to …

Santa Monica

Afraid To Mess Up? Why You Often Just Need To Wing It!

When was the last time you decided to wing it?<p>Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, credits Amazon’s explosive growth with his high-velocity decision making. In his annual letter to shareholders, he shared his approach:<p>Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you …

Self-improvement

40 books, TV shows, and movies for people who care about the future of tech

• <i>1984</i>, in which “Big Brother” and the “Thought Police” use surveillance and manipulation to maintain power. • <i><br>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, in which a trusted computer malfunctions in a malicious way. • <i><br>A.I. Artificial Intelligence</i>, in which post-climate change humans create advanced robots capable of thoughts …

Singularity

A two-day crash in Zimbabwe's mobile money system shows the vulnerabilities of going cashless

Harare, Zimbabwe<p>Although mobile money has become the leading transaction platform in Zimbabwe, its weaknesses came into focus this week after the dominant EcoCash network in Zimbabwe went down for two days, and left many consumer businesses floundering in an already difficult economy.<p>EcoCash, which …

FinTech

Startups Front Cash to Homebuyers in Bidding Wars

The most active real estate broker in the Pacific Northwest this year is a former Microsoft Corp. program manager who used to work on Bing. Tushar …

Real Estate

12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels that you should check out this July

Distant planets, fantasy adventures, and more to add to your reading list<p>Robots are a regular staple in science fiction, from Isaac Asimov’s book <i>I, Robot</i> to the latest episode of <i>Westworld</i>. So while I was at an event in Boston, I picked up <i>Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and</i> …

WTF is dark pattern design?

If you’re a UX designer you won’t need this article to tell you about dark pattern design. But perhaps you chose to tap here out of a desire to reaffirm what you already know — to feel good about your professional expertise.<p>Or was it that your conscience pricked you? Go on, you can be honest… or, …

How To Know If You Should Try To Raise Venture Capital

There’s no denying that the prospect of raising millions of dollars from investors can be very exciting for a first time entrepreneur. But you can save yourself a lot of time and headache if you understand that only certain types of businesses should even attempt to pursue venture capital …

Frost’s formula for sustained success: People before profits

How has Frost Bank maintained its stellar reputation year in and year out? By emphasizing long-term relationships, never compromising on its …

Bank reputations fall for first time in five years: 2018 survey

Bank reputations are backsliding as consumers look for evidence of good corporate citizenship. But new data shows that a highly visible and vocal CEO …

Want Some New Books for Your Summer Vacation? Bill Gates Recommends You Pack Any of These 5

This summer's recommendations by the billionaire founder and philanthropist tackle some big questions.<p>Bill Gates is a voracious reader of massive proportions. According to an interview he had with the <i>New York Times</i>, he devours about 50 books per year.<p>Unlike the one or two books I pack when …

Here are some Marketing Tips for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur you need to be the master of all arts, checkout how to do the marketing right.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>When you decide to jump out of the box and explore the …

Marketing

America’s system of tipping at restaurants defies all economic logic

Tipping is terrible. It’s bad for all but the highest-paid servers. The American public seem to be increasingly disillusioned with it, too: According to a 2017 YouGov poll, 44% of Americans are in favor of doing away with tipping altogether and paying waiters higher wages instead, while 36% want …

Tipping

Why you should stop using product roadmaps and try GIST Planning

Over the years I created my fair share of product strategies, roadmaps and project gantts. I don’t do them anymore. I found a better alternative …

Blockchain browser Brave starts opt-in testing of on-device ad targeting

Brave, an ad-blocking web browser with a blockchain-based twist, has started trials of ads that reward viewers for watching them — the next step in its ambitious push towards a consent-based, pro-privacy overhaul of online advertising.<p>Brave’s Basic Attention Token (BAT) is the underlying …

James Hansen wishes he wasn't so right about global warming

NEW YORK (AP) — James Hansen wishes he was wrong. He wasn't.<p>NASA's top climate scientist in 1988, Hansen warned the world on a record hot June day 30 years ago that global warming was here and worsening. In a scientific study that came out a couple months later, he even forecast how warm it would …

Climate Change

Ten Agile Axioms That Make Managers Anxious

<i>“If at first an idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it.”</i> —Albert Einstein<p>In June 2018, a time when “Agile at Scale” is emblazoned on the front cover of Harvard Business Review, the management journal with quasi-papal status, the era when managers could confidently ridicule agile management …

Innovation

Without a Doubt, the 9 Best Documentaries on Amazon Prime Will Change Your Life

If you're a regular MyDomaine reader, you've no doubt noticed I've been watching a lot of documentaries lately. In the past few months, I've scrolled …

What makes a country good at football?

ON A sunny Saturday afternoon, within kicking distance of Uruguay’s national football stadium, 14 seven-year-olds walk onto a bumpy pitch. They are …

Soccer

India’s love for jugaad is destroying its cities

Look closely in almost any direction across the urban vista and you will see something which is not supposed to be there. An <i>istriwala</i> doing the neighbourhood’s ironing at a makeshift stand, often on the footpath, a rogue tea stand, or a pavement barber lathering the whiskery chin of a customer …

India

California’s new solar mandate for homes is hastening the inevitable grid “defection day”

Utilities love solar, as long as they own it. The idea of customers generating their own solar power, and selling it back to the grid, strikes fear into big power companies.<p>Their panic likely just ticked up a notch. On May 9, California’s energy commission unanimously adopted a measure making solar …

Solar Power