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Quarterly Closes in on 50 Curators as Site Gets Cooler by the Second (or Quarter!)

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Imagine getting home from a long day at work, after a traffic-jam-infused commute, to find a neatly selected care package from the ever-so-”Happy” Pharrell Williams, or the “bizarre” Andrew Zimmern, or human daredevil Tim Ferriss. I mean, how cool would that be!?! Well, if you haven’t heard by now, that’s exactly the type of experience… Read more »


The Knight Foundation Grants $60,000 To Spur Angel Investment Series In South Florida

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The Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research announced today its plan to launch a series of angel investor seminars dedicated to teaching participants about angel investing. The nonprofit will work with various research universities in Florida to help foster the community through the creation of new companies and jobs. The John S. and James L…. Read more »


How Machine Learning Can Improve Customer Interaction

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The one thing most businesses strive for is to make sure their customers are happy. In the past, the approach to this was fairly simple, engaging the customer through cheerful face-to-face interaction and seeing to all their needs personally. But as technology advances, more and more business dealings are taking place online, away from the… Read more »


4 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Avoid

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Repeating someone else’s mistake can be worse than making a mistake of your own. After all, plenty of entrepreneurs have come before you, so why not learn from both their successes and mistakes? Over the years, I’ve learned a lot through trial-and-error as an entrepreneur. Take some advice, from one entrepreneur to another: learn from… Read more »


6 Marketing Trends to Keep Your Eye On Now

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In the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion of mobile devices, meaning that entrepreneurs and small businesses have whole new fields in which to ply their craft and attract new customers. Innovations are happening on a daily basis with each year allowing for more improvements and new ideas. This year has been no exception,… Read more »


Spincard, The 6 Digit Pin To Your LinkedIn

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Sometimes, you can’t put a face to a name after a business meeting? Don’t worry, the majority of us – 98 percent to be exact – can’t remember a person’s name, but can easily point them out in a crowd. With that in mind, co-founder Anthony Montalbano and his team developed Spincard, a mobile app that… Read more »


13 Tips for a Better e-Conference

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As technology continues to advance, it is becoming increasingly common for businesses to conduct some, if not most, of their meetings online. Whether it is to connect with people in the same building, across town, or even in another country, web conferencing is a useful concept for many businesses. Here are some tips to help… Read more »



Leadership is Situational, Integrity is Not

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A few years ago I attended a workshop called Situational Leadership by the great Paul Hersey. He’s the guy who wrote the book on situational leadership. I was really looking forward to the workshop because another lecturer in the class was Marshall Goldsmith (his website is filled with lots of great resources), often considered to… Read more »


Watch Sheryl Sandberg on the Colbert Report [VIDEO]

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On Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert – who was in the news this week for replacing David Letterman – welcomed Sheryl Sandberg to the Colbert Report. The COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, Sandberg laughed her way through the interview and managed to get her points across without seeming too serious. They talked about… Read more »


Don’t Judge Struggling Entrepreneurs So Harshly

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If your startup is failing, struggling, or just taking a long time to get off the ground, your self-esteem might be taking a hit. But it shouldn’t, says entrepreneur and philosopher Alain de Botton. In a TEDGlobal talk called “A kinder, gentler philosophy of success,” de Botton outlines the societal factors that are ganging up… Read more »


The Real Takeaway from France’s Work Email “Ban”

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Despite what you may have read this week, France did not categorically ban work email after 6 pm. But they did teach us a lesson, if we’re open-minded enough to hear it: work-life balance isn’t just about the rules we have in place. A labor agreement was signed between some French employers and two workers’… Read more »



6 Mantras for Work-Life Balance

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The web is full of tips for work-life balance, some of which I’ve written myself and will be writing. And while we need tactics and tricks for negotiating the blurry lines between work and play these days, sometimes work-life balance is a mental thing. Sometimes work-life balance comes down to the way you feel. Two… Read more »



5 Accelerator Programs to Help You Launch Your Startup

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Startup founders often debate whether to give up equity to join an accelerator. And even if they do apply, acceptance rates – between 1 and 3 percent – are notorious for being more competitive than Ivy League schools. If you are one of the lucky few accepted into an accelerator, the main benefits include gaining… Read more »