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Blaze Pizza

<b>Headquarters:</b> Pasadena, Calif.<p><b>Founded:</b> 2011<p><b>Slogan/Motto:</b> "Custom Built. Fast-Fire'd."<p><b>Restaurants:</b> 2<p><b>Restaurants forecast by year-end:</b> 15<p><b>Why they're hot:</b> Custom-built pizzas on scratch-made dough cook to bubbly perfection in 2 minutes over an open flame. Upcoming openings will bring Blaze …

This Is How You Turn a Sunday Indulgence Into a Healthy Breakfast

Is there anything better than rolling out of bed on a Sunday, leaving your pajamas on, turning on your favorite playlist, and fixing yourself a cup …

Does the Gates’ Letter 2017 answer Warren Buffett’s questions?

Melinda and Bill Gates have made an annual tradition of publishing their thoughts on their work in global development, the challenges they face, and …

The 40 Most Frequently Asked Job Interview Questions

Job interviews can be stressful. The best way to prepare for a job interview is to anticipate—and prepare for—the questions you are most likely to be asked.<p>So instead of stumbling through a job interview trying to answer questions you didn’t anticipate, check out this list of frequently asked job …

Success Through the Positive Self-Interview

How Talking to Yourself (Really!) Can Help You Do Great Things<p>One of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to write was the writing sample I had to …

The Recruiter Said 'They Like You -- But They Want Someone Less Ambitious'

Dear Liz,<p>I have just concluded a seven-week interview process and I’m feeling bitter.<p>When the recruiter first called me, he was excited about the “perfect match” between my background and the job spec he was trying to fill.<p>I had a phone screen interview with the VP of HR, “Rachel,” and then I had a …

Globalization Doesn't Make as Much Sense as It Used To

Since its founding, America has swung from protectionism to free trade. What’s next?<p>A large number of American voters are tired of globalization—that much is clear. With Donald Trump calling for the abandonment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (or, more commonly, NAFTA) and Hillary …

Globalization

The Tax Code for the Ultra-Rich vs. the One for Everyone Else

It’s as though there’s a separate set of laws for people with extreme amounts of wealth.<p>The revelation of details from Donald Trump’s 1995 state tax returns created exactly the political firestorm that it merited. Before they came to light, the Republican presidential candidate’s flimsy excuses for …

Keep Your Old Phone Number by Porting It to Google Voice

If you have a new phone number but you don’t want to let go of your old one, How-To Geek suggests a smart solution: port the old one to Google Voice …

Want to Work Smarter, Not Harder? 10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Productive

Of course you do. So here's how.<p>I absolutely believe in the power of hard work. Like Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>That's basically my mantra: I may not be as talented, or educated, or …

Productivity

7 Brain Hacks That Will Make You a Lot Smarter

To stay ahead in life, you need to be a constant learner. These hacks will help you pull it off.<p>Our world is evolving quicker than ever.<p>To stay competitive in business and ahead of the game, it's increasingly important to continually learn new skills and information. That's why mega-moguls like …

Productivity

Top 10 Smart Alternatives to TED Talks

TED talks are great, but there’s a point where they all seem too similar, or are just taxing to muddle through. If you’d still like to enjoy a smart, …

How to Travel Like a First-Class Pro: The Best Earphones, In-Flight Face Masks and More

As New York Fashion Week came to a close yesterday, a mass of models, editors, and street style stars hopped a fleet of jet planes to London for the next wave of Spring 2017 shows, kicking off a few whirlwind weeks of frequent flights. Given the sheer number of hours clocked in on the road, it’s no …

8 Secrets of Great Communicators

Great communication skills are a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Here are eight proven strategies that will improve yours today.<p>When it comes to communication, we all tend to think we're pretty good at it. Truth is, even those of us who are good communicators aren't nearly as good as we …

Public Speaking

Tips For Moving Abroad

Moving from the U.S. to another country? Fantastique! Magnífico! You are beginning a great adventure. But of course, first you need to get there with all of your belongings. Whether you are single, or moving a family and pets here are key factors and to-dos to manage when moving abroad.<p>First, I am …

Grilling Meats and an Increased Cancer Risk

Does eating grilled meat raise your risk of cancer? Is there anything you can do to reduce your risk (without giving up grilled meat?)<p>The …

How to Beat Procrastination

Procrastination comes in many disguises. We might resolve to tackle a task, but find endless reasons to defer it. We might prioritize things we can readily tick off our to-do list—answering emails, say—while leaving the big, complex stuff untouched for another day. We can look and feel busy, while …

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What Listening to Music at Work Does to Your Brain (It's Pretty Amazing)

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.<p>When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press Play, …

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25 Cheap And Easy DIYs That Will Vastly Improve Your Home

It's the sacred place where you hang out in your pajamas and binge-watch TV shows. Doesn't it deserve better?

The focus on Bitcoin misses the real digital revolution

You had to wire the money through a mainstream financial service, like Western Union or a bank. That meant paying high fees and waiting up to several days for the money to arrive.<p>A radically new option arose in 2009 with the introduction of bitcoin. Bitcoin makes it possible to transfer value …

Waterless toilet turns waste into clean water and power

With every flush, this toilet creates water and electric power for those who need it most.<p>The "Nano Membrane Toilet," developed by a group at Britain's Cranfield University, received a grant during the second round of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. This …

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The Great Grammar Debate: 5 Books on How to Write ‘Right’

If, as Oliver Kamm writes in his new book <i>Accidence Will Happen</i>, “learning rules of language is part of what it is to be human,” then arguing over what those rules are, and if they matter, is most certainly another part. Can you start a sentence with ‘hopefully?’ Is confusing ‘it’s’ and ‘its’ an …

I built an online business that earns up to $24,000 a month — here's the best advice I can give you

Being an entrepreneur, particularly being an Internet entrepreneur, is hot right now. Everyone fantasizes about quitting the 9-5. But what does it really take to start your own business?<p>I've done it, and here's the best advice I can give you:

5 Proven Ways to Be More Productive

Want to know how to be productive? Create goals, make a plan and execute. We all know this is a good idea… and it never, ever seems to work.<p>It’s like …

Time Management

11 Gadgets Gear Patrol Staffers Can’t Live Without

We have a deep affection for tech in all its forms (even our toothbrushes). Each year at WWDC time, or when Google’s I/O is streaming, our heart …

The 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Decision

Moving to a new city. Asking for a promotion. Starting a side hustle. Hunting for a different job. Trying online dating. Breaking up with your …

Cognitive Technology: What It Is And Why Marketers Should Care

At IBM’s recent Amplify conference, there was a heavy focus around cognitive technologies, an emerging area that integrates data mining, pattern recognition and natural language processing to mimic the way the human brain works. To better understand what it is and why CMOs should care, I consulted …

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How to Tell a Cohesive Career Story When You’ve Done a Little Bit of Everything

A decade ago, if you looked at my resume, it would just look like I’d thrown random job titles on a page. I’d done so many different things that it …

Need to Drive Innovation In Your Organization? Let the Women Lead

The women are underrepresented in leadership roles is a fact that continues to hold true well into 2016. Though there has been an overall increase in diversity across many different industries, there is a considerable number of companies who either have no women in top leadership positions or …