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Kawo Helps Brands Take Aim At Chinese Social Media

International brands with a big presence on Twitter, Facebook, and the like no longer have to be deterred by the “great firewall” of China. Newly launched platform Kawo aims to take existing promotional content and pump it into Chinese social networks–without getting lost in translation.<p>Is the …

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Infographic: The evolution of the bicycle, from 1789 to 2000 http://f-st.co/uxhvBK6

Why Silicon Valley's Work Culture Is Killing Us

<i>The following guest post is by Joscelin Cooper, a communications and public relations consultant and writer fortunate to work with companies with healthy perspectives on work/life balance. She spends a lot of time climbing things and being outdoors.</i><p>I recently interviewed with a large, global …

Reflecting on mirror neurons

<i>Chapter 11 of my book, 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know. Here's the introduction to the book, and my post about the most important idea in neuroscience</i>.<p>Summary: Mirror neurons are cells that fire during both the execution and observation of a specific action. They have been linked to …

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

The British Library’s current exhibition, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion, is a fascinating exploration of international state propaganda and its …

The problem with perfect

I'm beginning to have a problem with the concept of "perfect". I love the purry sound of it; I admire it as an aspiration – the perfect frock, the perfect day, etc – but it's become a buzzword in the beauty industry and as a result I think it's being devalued. There are more skin and hair …

Why startups rarely change the world

I’m sure nobody wants to hear this and I’ll be viciously attacked for suggesting it, but despite the constant refrain from entrepreneurs that they’re …

What Drives Employees to Work Hard?

Many assume that passionate employees accept less money because they love their jobs, but a new study indicates that they end up earning more.<p>Workers who are passionate about their jobs don't care as much about money. They'll come early and stay late, without expecting overtime pay. Right?<p>That's …

Employee Engagement

How to Deal with a Kick to the Nuts & What to Learn From It

<i>Stay Humble My Friends.</i><p>Just when you think you are crushing it, just when you think that you have it all figured out, just when you think nobody can …

The Entrepreneur’s “Not Enough” Trap–And How To Avoid it

A leadership coach for some of Silicon Valley’s top startup CEOs reveals how to hack your mind for success, satisfaction, and putting fear out to pasture.<p>As a leadership coach for some of Silicon Valley’s leading startup CEOs, I get a peek into the internal workings of some of the most brilliant …

4 Types of Basic Value Propositions

Align your business model to the real reason customers buy from you, rather than somebody else.<p>A "value proposition" is the reason that your customers buy from you rather than somebody else. According to Michael Treacy, co-author of the bestseller "The Discipline of Market Leaders," there are four …

Business Strategy

Top iPhone Cases for Entrepreneurs

The iPhone is one of the most important tools in an entrepreneur’s arsenal. Contacts, finances and maybe even your product are all stored within the …

Why slow and steady is better for a startup than growing fast

Close to 90 percent of startups fail or shut down, which is only a bit higher than the failure rate for venture-backed startups. A recent study by …

How We Created a Fake Vodka Brand to Promote Our Startup

<i>Editors note: This is a guest post by Kevin Bracken, founder of Speakeasy, a social space sharing marketplace. Whilst we by no means condone the act of selling alcohol without the legalities addressed before hand, the “hustle” in this is undeniably impressive.</i><p>The month was January 2013. We had a …

How to Think Like Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett doesn't care how well a potential business partner did in school. He looks for these three qualities.<p>When deciding whether he wishes to do business with someone (which usually involves buying that person's company), Warren Buffett says that he looks for three things:<p><b>Energy</b><br>Does the …

Warren Buffett

How Apple could destroy Spotify, MOG, Pandora, and the rest

Since I began subscribing to MOG more than a year ago, I rarely purchase music from iTunes. I have more than 15,000 songs in my iTunes collection, …

7 Things Really Persuasive People Do

Sometimes you absolutely have to make your point. Here are 7 tips on how to do it effectively with style and grace.<p>While many people don't like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade …

Self-improvement

STEM talent: It's a distribution problem

There’s a bill in Congress right now to increase the number of visas for highly skilled workers -- the H-1B visa. This is an issue that techies have …

Want To Get Ahead? Stop Talking And Listen

Yes, you have tons of exciting things to say. But you can’t learn something new without listening.<p>You can hear the prejudice in our idiotic idioms: It’s best, we’re told, to get the <i>first word</i>, the <i>last word</i>, and the <i>last laugh</i>–clearly, silence is not something we generally cherish.<p>“People abhor …

Henry David Thoreau

Pixar’s John Lasseter on Steve Jobs, Creativity, and Disney Infinity

With a major new Disney video game on the way, the legendary animator behind Toy Story and The Incredibles explains how his partner and close friend Steve Jobs inspired his work: “Everything is based on a simple rule: quality is the best business plan, period.”<p>On August 18, Disney will release</i> …

6 Digital Metrics You Should Be Watching

Many of us track page views, unique visitors, followers and fan counts. We obsess over click-through rates, bounce rates, cart abandonment rates and …

Seth's Blog

There's a debate raging in my town over whether or not to replace the existing planted-grass school football field with what used to be known as …

14 Tips to Nail Down Demographics

Having robust data about your customers (current or future) is critical to your startup's success. Good research can inform everything from creating …

Disruptive innovation is key for a sustainable economy

Disruptive innovation is in vogue – for good reason. Businesses need to stay ahead in an environment of continual evolution and change.<p>The trends of change are many and include the rise of the middle class in China and India, among other countries, the expanding set of footloose well-educated …

Innovation

Why Some Great Ideas Catch On And Others Don’t

Anesthesia caught on overnight, while antiseptic took decades. Why?<p>In 1846, a Boston dentist named William Morton demonstrated anesthesia for the first time. Within the year, it had been tested in hospitals and published in the medical community. Within seven years, anesthesia was a standard in …

Gigaom | How Justin Smith remakes media companies — and why the Atlantic will be fine without him

Advertisement<p>In a media industry fraught with failure, almost everything touched by Justin Smith has turned to gold. That’s why news of his decision …

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.<p>Eighteen months into my job …

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