Thomas Edison

Why you should switch to LED lightbulbs right now, before the law requires it

When Jason Chroman relocated from San Francisco to the suburbs, he and his family moved into a bigger, newer house. It was all very exciting until their first electric bill arrived. “The house was maybe 30 percent bigger, but the electric bill was something like 200 percent more,” Chroman said. So …

Lifestyle

57 LAW OF ATTRACTION TIPS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SERIOUS ABOUT ABUNDANCE

<b>If you get one thing out of this blog post,</b> <b>get that manifesting abundance does not have to be hard</b>. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as you’ll soon …

Self-improvement

The story behind a street magician who wows people on city streets

If you don’t stop to see Jon Jones plying his trade in Swansea then you are quite literally missing a trick.<p>While there is no shortage of buskers in …

Geraint Thomas

Why Are We Ashamed to Call ‘Get Out’ and ‘The Shape of Water’ Horror Films?

It was supposed to be the year horror finally got some respect.<p>While 2017 brought some stylish small films (“It Comes at Night,” “Raw”) and a megablockbuster (“It”), the real reason for optimism was “Get Out,” Jordan Peele’s trenchant indictment of liberal white orthodoxy told in the language of a …

The Arts

The Trait That Made Elon Musk and Steve Jobs Fearless--and How to Cultivate It

Your ability to innovate has a lot to do with the power of early wins--and a few good hero stories.<p>When Elon Musk found out that NASA had no intentions of going to Mars, he decided to invest $100 million of his own funds to develop reusable rockets; if NASA was not going to bring humanity to Mars, …

Nikola Tesla

The Biggest Electric Vehicle Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Shenzhen’s BYD, which started as a battery company, is a giant in China—and its ambitions are increasingly global.<p>BYD isn’t well-known outside of its home market, China. But it’s the world’s largest maker of electric vehicles–sorry, Tesla–and is growing rapidly and expanding globally.<p>Seeded with …

Warren Buffett

Chief executive opens the door to GE breakup

Could the sun finally be setting on the General Electric empire?<p>Chief executive John Flannery Tuesday raised the prospect of ending GE’s long life as …

Jeff Immelt

GE's Impending Breakup's Underlying Root Cause: The Need For A Single Overarching Strategy

GE has failed the cocktail napkin test. If you can’t explain your strategy to someone on the back of a cocktail napkin, it’s too complicated. The best performing organizations have a single, overarching strategic posture that everyone in the organization understands. More complicated organizations …

Entrepreneurship

Lights Out

If you’re a CEO trying to figure out where the next killer technology will emerge to upend your business model and how to respond, here’s a small comfort: Your problem isn’t new.<p>Consider Thomas Edison. His goal in perfecting the electric bulb wasn’t to bring light where there was darkness, it was …

Ms. Marvel #26 review: The improbable return of the Inventor

Image by Marvel Comics<p>The greatest super villain Jersey City has ever known is back. Yet can Kamala’s friends hope to match wits with the Inventor in …

Comics

GE weighs a breakup of iconic U.S. conglomerate amid insurance problem

General Electric is weighing a breakup of the iconic U.S. conglomerate familiar to generations of Americans for everything from home appliances to insurance, healthcare, and more.<p>GE CEO John Flannery on Tuesday told Wall Street analysts in a special conference call that the embattled giant is …

Money

Ford Will Launch 40 Electrified Vehicles by 2022

It's a big increase from Ford's previous goal.<p>Ford<p>Stephen EdelsteinView Stephen Edelstein's Articles<p>twitter.com/SAEdelstein<p>Ford will launch 40 …

Electric Vehicles

Monday links

On Jan. 15, 1919, Boston’s 2.3 million gallon molasses flood killed 21 people.<p>Napoleon’s Heirs Include a Wall Street Banker, the Founder of the FBI …

Conservative View

The Leadership Model Used By Steve Jobs, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison

If you’re an individual contributor who also manages the work of other employees, you’re what is called a Player-Coach. It’s a very different kind of leadership model than what usually gets talked about, although ironically, Player-Coach is one of the most commonly employed leadership …

Psychology

An Einstein for the Subways? A Lawyer Suggests a ‘Genius’ Fix

It has been about a month since Craig Avedisian was declared an almost-genius, a finalist in a “genius challenge” contest with a $1 million prize. Whatever else is going on in the right and left hemispheres of his brain, the designation has not sunk in yet, he said.<p>“Here’s a guy, a solo lawyer, who …

New York City

The Three Stumbling Blocks to a Solar-Powered Nation

Every hour, the sun bombards the Earth with enough light to satisfy our energy needs for a year, but there are barriers to our solar-energy future<p>As a fraction of our energy mix, renewables in general and solar power in particular are growing faster than ever. What seemed like an impossibility just …

Clean Energy

Shedding some light on light

Today's topic is going to be light, as in "illumination," not as in "frivolous." But first, a story about how I came up with this topic.<p>I want to …

Engineering

Untitled Art Fair Reflects (and Projects) the Bay Area's Growing Art Scene & Favors Content Over Sales

Since SFMOMA’s reopening and the subsequent opening of the gallery conglomerate Minnesota Street Project, there has been a noticeable push to …

Culver City

Dialight needs a lightbulb moment to restore fortunes

Will the last one to leave Dialight turn out the lights? The quip might be expected to apply to an old-fashioned maker of energy-guzzling …

Why making mistakes is actually good for business

What do potato chips, Post-It Notes, pacemakers, penicillin, and Silly Putty all have in common?<p>They were all created by making mistakes. In fact, in …

Leadership

The Top 5 Classic Self-Help Books

Every year there are dozens of self-help books published in the US. Some are read and soon forgotten and eventually go out of print while others go …

Wealth

All Entrepreneurs Face Failure But the Successful Ones Didn't Quit

Fear of failure is natural. In entrepreneurship, overcoming your fears is essential.<p>Everybody enjoys a success story. Vicariously living out our fantasies through those who achieved success gives us hope it will happen to us. But, listening to these stories doesn't do us any favors because those …

Success

Fruit Cocktail Club stirs up historical views of Saratoga

It’s a fact most South Bay old-timers know but newbies and transplants may find unfamiliar: Long before the birth of Silicon Valley, the region used …

Santa Clara

5 Ways for Teachers to Nurture the Creative Genius in Their Students

Is genius born, or is it made?<p>A recent fascinating study addressed this timeless question and reveals that people are born creative. NASA scientists …

Creativity

Friday links

Director John Ford’s WWII-era movies made for the pre-CIA OSS <i>How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines</i> and <i>Sex Hygiene</i>.<p>Why Can’t I Take an Orange Through …

Conservative View

A Retrospective of 2017’s Articles

<i>This article was originally intended for publication late in the year it reviews, but, as they [1] say, the best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang</i> …

Big Data

Do Audio Books Count As Reading?

I never had been much of a reader. In elementary school, the monthly stack of books I checked out from the public library consisted of how-to-draw …

Lifestyle (Canada)

Calestous Juma died on December 15th

COLLEAGUES said he tweeted more than any professor they knew, and Calestous Juma’s tweets covered a swarm of things. Income inequality, and a …

Africa

1 Simple Habit Practiced by Tim Ferriss That Can Transform Your Career in 2018

A lifelong habit practiced by luminaries from Leonardo Da Vinci to Oprah Winfrey can help you transform your career<p>For over 16 years, I wrote a journal in first, second and third person, taking on the roles of colleagues, clients, and even friends to help me better understand their perspectives. I …

Psychology

Full transcript: Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord on Recode Decode

Her new book is called “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.”<p>On this episode of <b>Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher</b>, Patty McCord sits in the red chair to talk about her new book, “Powerful.” As the head of human resources at Netflix, McCord was responsible for the company’s …

Mike Pence