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6 vital reasons you should write a horrible first draft

Writing flawed copy can be freeing.<p>My library of books about writing expands every year, but no author has shaped and affirmed my writing process …

Top 10 websites for Programmers to learn coding

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I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

Albert Einstein was 16 years old when he first flirted with the idea of special relativity.<p>He was a daydreamer. The pioneering theory that lead him to establish the foundation of modern physics was actually envisioned in one of his many famous thought experiments.<p>He wondered, specifically, what …

Seven Ways Not To Be A Resentful, Ungrateful, Entitled Turd

<i>“We always may be what we might have been.” ~ Adelaide Anne Procter</i><p><b>“I spend so much time and energy complaining and blaming – I mean, a lot of time and energy. It’s hard for me to imagine that it’s much fun for others to be around me. If anything does not go my way, I stew about it, find fault,</b> …

There are so few women running startups because investors keep asking them these questions

The gender imbalance in Silicon Valley is well documented. US tech companies are so dominated by men in large part because the vast majority of investment venture capital —nearly 98%— flows to firms founded by men.<p>Women are the majority owners of 38% of all US business, so it’s not a question of a …

Venture Capital

3 Steps to Better Innovation Bets

When companies develop new technologies, they can never be certain how the market will respond. That said, the future of a given technology is not as unforeseeable as it might seem. When I work with tech companies on crafting or refining their innovation strategy, I start with an exercise that …

Elon Musk and linguists say that AI is forcing us to confront the limits of human language

In analytic philosophy, any meaning can be expressed in language. In his book <i>Expression and Meaning</i> (1979), UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle calls this idea “the principle of expressibility, the principle that whatever can be meant can be said”. Moreover, in the <i>Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus</i> …

438 Free Online Programming & Computer Science Courses You Can Start in May

Five years ago, universities like MIT and Stanford first opened up free online courses to the public. Today, more than 700 schools around the world …

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss

<i>The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and left that you might not have seen.</i><p><i>Did you find any views in these articles</i> …

No-fee stock trading app Robinhood is now officially worth $1.3 billion

The Series C round was led by Yuri Milner's investment arm, DST Global, and included Josh Kushner's Thrive Capital. Robinhood's total funding is now $176 million.<p>Robinhood launched in December 2014 and quickly became a favorite among younger people looking to invest without paying $7 or more per …

The best flight search websites – tried and tested

The internet’s supposed to make things easier when comparing flights. Rather than juggle dozens of airline websites, meta-search engines do the job for you, rifling through countless prices to find the best offers. The only snag is there are dozens of such sites, too, so which should you use?<p>To …

27 Ways to Learn to Program Online

Whether you are looking to switch careers and become a full-time programmer, want to try to build a website or app on the side, or are just looking to round out your skill set, learning to code has certainly been something a lot of people have started to do lately. And while being a programmer …

Bear Is the Perfect Balance Between the Bloat of Evernote and the Simplicity of Plain Text

When it first launched, Bear was an intriguing alternative to bloated note-taking apps like Evernote and OneNote, but it was still a little too new …

Apps

Startup Lessons: Founders Tales — The Lost Art of Keeping Your Mouth Shut

Lesson #4 from the untold stories of Appirio<p><i>This post is the fourth part in a series.</i> <i>The original post sets the context, provides the disclaimers,</i> …

3 Causes of Self-Doubt and How to Conquer It for Good

<b>“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.” ~Unknown</b><p>Self-doubt and I are old friends. We go way back, to …

Which Programming Language Should I Learn First?

Dear Lifehacker,<br>With all the buzz about learning to code, I've decided to give it a try. The problem is, I'm not sure where to start. What's the best …

Leonard Cohen’s tortured love affair with Zen Buddhism

Leonard Cohen was waiting for the miracle to come, and he waited half his life away. For three decades, the Jewish poet pop star studied Zen Buddhism. At 65, he finally saw small miracles.<p>‘There was just a certain sweetness to daily life that began asserting itself,” Cohen told <i>The Guardian</i> in 2001. …

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …

Artificial Intelligence

The Binge Breaker

Tristan Harris believes Silicon Valley is addicting us to our phones. He’s determined to make it stop.<p>On a recent evening in San Francisco, Tristan Harris, a former product philosopher at Google, took a name tag from a man in pajamas called “Honey Bear” and wrote down his pseudonym for the night: …

Mobile Devices

Cognitive bias cheat sheet

Information overload, lack of meaning, the need to act fast, and how to know what needs to be remembered for later.<p>Great, how am I supposed to …

Critical Thinking

DePaul Entrepreneurship: International, Social Enterprise, Low Tech

DePaul University has always been ranked among the top entrepreneurship academic programs nationwide, but hasn’t produced as many of the high profile …

As Turkey’s coup creates a new political reality, startups turn east for growth

Turkey has been having an <i>annus horribilis</i>. For the past year the country has incurred bombings, the rise of extremists, growing authoritarianism and censorship and, this past July 15, an attempted coup on its democratically elected government.<p>Still, the country’s entrepreneurs and investors soldier …

Digital Photography

An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, …

How the startup economy is replacing the traditional resume

A group of five engineers and product people get together, raise some angel funding, build a startup, make little to no money and sell for $10 million. What just happened? Common narratives assert that it’s the tech bubble; it’s a naive acqui-hire; it’s collective irrationality.<p>Maybe it’s something …

Business Rx: The story of how one tiny start-up bested the world’s biggest federal contractors

<i>This week, the story of how a two-person operation became a government contractor. — Dan Beyers</i><p><b>The entrepreneur</b><p>John Kaufhold finished graduate school in 2000, and then began working as an industrial scientist, first at GE’s Global Research Center in New York, then at SAIC as a technical fellow, and …

A Panel of Dermatologists and Experts Think These are the Most Effective Green Beauty Products Out There

The best all-natural makeup, hair, and skin saviors on the market.<p>When ELLE kicked off our annual eco-beauty awards 10 years ago, we wanted to recognize the handful of companies that were committed to using all-natural ingredients and making the world a better place. Fast-forward a decade, and the …

Skin Care

Finally, average Joes can invest in (and lose money on) startups

New crowdfunding rules taking effect Monday will allow anyone to invest in startups — not just wealthy people.<p>The change overrides a longstanding …

38 Startup Pitch Decks From Companies That Changed The World

To celebrate the launch of my book The Art of Startup Fundraising, I thought it would be interesting to put together a blog post with a good amount …

A year investing in European startups: Here’s what I’ve learned

Last year, I moved to Europe to work in a growth stage venture capital fund. Having invested in tech companies in India and the US before, I expected the European tech ecosystem to be much smaller in comparison. However, the last year has been eye-opening. The European tech industry has more scale …

Carsharing