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The Tetris Effect: Is Your Knee-Jerk Reaction Negative? 

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In a study out of Harvard Medical School, participants played Tetris three days in a row for hours. What happened to them afterward became known as the Tetris Effect: “For days after the study, some participants literally couldn’t stop dreaming about shapes falling from the sky. Others couldn’t stop seeing these shapes everywhere, even in their… Read more »



Macy’s Announces It Will Bring Fashion Incubator to Miami

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Macy’s, the American chain of department stores, announced today that it will bring its fashion incubator to Miami as an effort to foster talent in the city. The announcement was made by Edward Jay Goldberg, the Vice President of Government & Consumer Affairs for Macy’s during the annual Beacon Council One Community One Goal Meeting. Goldberg went… Read more »


The Thinnest, Long-Lasting Batteries You’ll Ever See

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California-based startup, Imprint Energy, is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed on commonly used industrial screen printers. The startup has been testing ultra thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices. The startup’s idea is to make these thin batteries safe for on-body applications which would be otherwise impossible with bulkier lithium-based batteries. The idea is to sell the… Read more »


Support for Startups: Tech Companies Receiving Grants

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Because they are essentially free money, grants are a godsend to fledgling businesses. Although finding appropriate grants and qualifying for them isn’t easy, you never have to worry about repaying a grant or paying interest. Typically, the government reserves grants only for businesses deemed vital to the state or country overall. Read on to learn… Read more »


Women Get Interrupted More Than Men in Meetings

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Kieran Snyder, a studio director of design/PM/operations at Amazon, wanted to test our belief that men interrupt more than women in conversations. So she spent 15 hours of meetings recording interruptions, along with the gender of both speakers. She released her informal study on her blog, and the most disappointing finding was how often women… Read more »


3 Lessons from Getting Rejected (and Then Accepted) into Techstars

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Early in 2013, my cofounders and I decided to apply to several of the top startup accelerators in the US, including Techstars Chicago, which eventually accepted us into their summer 2014 session. When we started the application process, we had no idea if we were ready, but as an academic-focused startup, we prepared as best… Read more »


South Florida Ramps Up Efforts to Teach Kids How to Code

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Miami’s entrepreneurial community recognizes the value that coding creates to individuals by creating more opportunities professionally. This summer a wave of summer coding programs became accessible for young people of all ages. These organizations aim at helping young people build the skills required to learn how to code. Coding camps are unique because it allows kids to create projects… Read more »


Being Intelligent Isn’t Going to Save Your Startup

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While a strong case can be made that the upper echelons of society many times over are led by those with the intellectual capacity to invent new technologies, uncover the universe’s deepest secrets, and make decisions on behalf of the world’s micro-societies, the notion that intelligence alone is the defining cause of such domination - isolated from… Read more »


The New Yorker Offers “Summer-Long Free-For-All” Online

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On a note to readers today, The New Yorker announced that non-subscribers will have free access to everything published in both the print and online versions. This means free access not only to new content published, but also a selection of past content based on the demand of readers. For avid readers and The New Yorker‘s… Read more »


5 BS Myths About Starting A Startup Debunked

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Having “your first” comes with plenty of unsolicited advice and a little side eye. For instance, during my first startup, my mom gave me more than side-eye. I got full-on stink eye! “YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE YOUR GOOD PAYING JOB AND DO A STARTUP?” Kind of like having kids or getting married, suddenly people… Read more »


Can Entrepreneurs Learn To Be Optimistic?

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If there is one essential quality that most entrepreneurs share, it is most likely an almost irrational sense of optimism and belief in their own abilities. Some of the best-known brands were created by people who had little else going for them other than a dream. Faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles and countless setbacks, they… Read more »


10 Traits of a Great Web Designer

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Graphic and web designers need skills that go beyond knowing the software. The technical skills an employer looks for in a graphic designer are just the beginning. To come up with good and engaging websites, today’s designers are required to possess and excel in many different skills. Web designers are traditionally expected to be good… Read more »


6 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your AdWords Campaign

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Internet marketers know that using pay-per-click (PPC) advertising is a brilliant way to drive traffic to their websites. By implementing well-placed, keyword-based PPC ads, Internet marketers can swiftly and economically produce more leads, and increase revenues in a short period of time. However, as you manage a few PPC campaigns, making silly and sometimes not-so-silly… Read more »


Combining Innovation with Business Process Outsourcing

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Image Credit: www.recruitmentagencynow.com The business process outsourcing industry is a dynamic domain which meets the challenges of a very swiftly changing technology world along with business environment. There are a few things that have changed in the last two decades though. In the early 1980s outsourcing, and more precisely offshore outsourcing, was incorporated by a… Read more »


Jamaica Launches Startup Accelerator to Attract Investors

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Jamaica in’ it easier for entrepreneurs to launch successful startups Start-Up Jamaica (SUJ) launched this week in an effort to jump-start Jamaica’s startup ecosystem. The government-led program aims to help entrepreneurs transform business ideas into effective business plans capable of attracting investors. The program is based on the Start-Up Chile model, which has successfully put Chile on… Read more »