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How to Speak Like Your Graphic Designer

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Graphic design is all about communicating and solving problems through creative imagery and formatting. These days, everything is done using specialized computer programs and tools. Designers work with digital images more than anything else, and these images come in all kinds of formats with their individual pros and cons. To really connect with graphic designers,… Read more »


How to Track Down a Great Speaker for Your Next Event

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There are many key elements to a successful business conference. The venue, the food, and the purpose of the conference are all important. But there is one part of a conference that can create more buzz and can be more important than all the other things: the choice of a guest speaker. A great guest speaker can… Read more »


GE, Local Motors Launch FirstBuild Micro-Factory in Louisville

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General Electric, Local Motors and University of Louisville have joined forces to open the FirstBuild Micro-factory. The micro-factory will be a place for “online and local community members to design products and help solve engineering challenges that will fast-track community driven innovation to market.” The opening of the FirstBuild Micro-Factory follows the announcement that GE partnered with Local… Read more »


Now You Can Sound Drunk When You’re Actually Sober

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When I first heard about Drunk Post translator, a hack created by Zantherus Community that translates otherwise sober-sounding text into drunk-sounding text, I really didn’t get the point. We want technology to help us NOT text when we are drunk, not the other way around. But I gave it a try anyway, by translating a quote by Steve… Read more »


Your Startup Needs More Conflict

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At its most dangerous, a lack of conflict can be deadly. Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers blames the crash of several airplanes on deferential “cockpit culture,” where copilots were too afraid to speak up about signs of danger. For startups, a lack of conflict can be deadly in a different way: deadly for your company. If… Read more »


Fired from His Startup, Marc Barros Turned to Blogging

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Hunter Walk’s blog, reposted with permission.  I first “met” entrepreneur Marc Barros via his blog One Entrepreneur’s Perspective, which contained a solid string of posts analyzing why GoPro succeeded while his action camera startup Contour struggled. As we got to know each other IRL, I was excited to hear about his… Read more »


41 Startup Guys Show Us What They ACTUALLY Wear to Work

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This Monday, Banana Republic pretty much stunned the world with the unveiling of its Startup Guy line of clothing. While it seems that Banana Republic no longer has the line featured on its website, the collection of looks displayed on Monday were replete with perfectly tailored chinos, exposed ankles, and  crisp, chambray button-downs. While it’s… Read more »


EveryoneOn Partners with Sprint to Bring Internet to 50,000 Students

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EveryoneOn, a nonprofit devoted to closing the digital divide, is working with Sprint to provide low-income students across the country with affordable home broadband. The D.C.-based organization is working with the telecommunication company to implement their commitment of providing high-speed wireless broadband service for up to 50,000 students at schools across the country starting this… Read more »


#TBT: “No Brandcuffs, No Brandcuffs, No Brandcuffs”

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During a conversation I had earlier this week with Alex Taub, he made a reference to a particular video that I apparently missed the boat on. I can’t even recall what we were talking about at the moment, but all I can remember is he responded, “Well…yes and no, and yes and no, and yes and no.”… Read more »


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 »