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The Top TED Talks of 2014

By | Dec 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

TED has come out with a 2014 “Year in Ideas” video, highlighting the top TED talks and topics of 2014. Some of the tech- and business-related talks include: Edward Snowden: Here’s how we take back the Internet Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward…

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What Does it Mean for a Drone to be Athletic?

By | Dec 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Buffalo, New York was absolutely drilled by a massive snowstorm at the beginning of November; it held humans indoors, and stranded others, for days as the snow piled up foot over foot. There was however one sector of the population that could get outdoors,…


Your Startup Needs More Conflict

By | Jul 25, 2014 at 11:17 am

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…


You’ll Never “Make It”

By | Apr 21, 2014 at 9:07 am

Success researcher Richard St. John wants everyone to avoid an all-too-common problem: success-to-failure syndrome. In his book 8 to Be Great, he identified the eight characteristics of successful people: They focus on passion, not money. They work, but have fun: they’re …


Don’t Judge Struggling Entrepreneurs So Harshly

By | Apr 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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…


Why You Should Take a Sabbatical

By | Dec 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Stefan Sagmeister is a designer. His studio has created a glass coffee table filled with hundreds of compasses, which swing about wildly when you set down a special magnetic cup. He designed t-shirts featuring wild dogs from Indonesia that attacked him, featuring the vengeful…


3 Tips to Get More Work Done from Jason Fried

By | Oct 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

According to 37signals cofounder Jason Fried, the reason we don’t get work done at work is because of interruptions. To understand why interruptions at work are so toxic, Fried explains in his 2010 TEDxMidwest talk, we just need to think about sleep. Sleep has stages:…


Simon Sinek: Your Marketing Is Backwards

By | Sep 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm

There’s a reason that 250,000 people descended on Washington, DC, on an August day in 1963 to hear Martin Luther King speak. And it has a lot to do with the fact that King said, “I have a dream” – not “I have a…


Why Our Ideas about Work and Happiness Are Backwards

By | Sep 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Happiness researcher Shawn Achor starts off his TEDxBlomington talk, “The happy secret to better work,” with a story about a unicorn. When his sister was five, she fell off the top of a bunk bed in the midst of an intense game of war…