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Godspeed John Glenn: Astronaut, Senator, American Class Act

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:58:00 -0500

Anyone can ride in a spaceship or serve as a politician, but class is rare. Glenn had class -- something that seems sorely lacking in this crassest of American eras. Cartoon by Ted Rall.

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Will A One-Party Government Bring Prosperity To Small Business?

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:51:00 -0500

On January 20, 2017, the Republican Party will take control of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the presidency for the first time since 2006. What could this mean for the U.S. economy and for U.S. small businesses?

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What You Didn't Know: Leaders Are More Stressed Than Everyone Else

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:40:00 -0500

Depression is a serious clinical issue that warrants serious treatment. But by embracing these three behaviors, we can increase our resilience and brace ourselves against it.

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Can In-Store Video Help Or Hurt The Customer Experience?

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:21:00 -0500

Using video to improve the in-store customer experience sounds promising. But one expert cautions it must be done right else risk alienating customers.

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Consumer Customer LoyaltyCategories Where Customer Loyalty is on the DeclinePaper TowelsFacial TissueLaundry DetergentPasta SauceFruit JuiceSoupShampoo ToothpasteMouthwashOver-the-counter medicine

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:21:00 -0500

When times are tough (hint: they’re tough), consumers make tough decisions in every aisle. Do you buy the brand you love the most or whatever’s on sale? But all bargain-brand decisions are not created equal—turns out we’re more likely to go “buy down” on certain products over others, whether it’s on sale products or generic “private-label” brands. Surprisingly, the place we’re most often willing to make the trade-off is the one most likely to affect our health.

Customer loyalty decline 2008-2011: 1%
Generic market share: 41%

Customer loyalty decline 2008-2011: 8%
Generic market share: 30%

Customer loyalty decline 2008-2011: 9%
Generic market share: 6%

Customer loyalty decline 2008-2011: 10%
Generic market share: 25%

Customer loyalty decline 2008-2011: 12%
Generic market share: 17%

Customer loyalty decline 2008-2011: 12%
Generic market share: 12%

Customer loyalty decline 2008-2011: 12%
Generic market share: 3%

Customer loyalty decline 2008-2011: 12%
Generic market share: 1%

Customer loyalty decline 2008-2011: 14%
Generic market share: 21%

Customer loyalty decline 2008-2011: 17%
Generic market share: 34%

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Florida Medical Marijuana Sales Could Rival Colorado By 2020

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:55:00 -0500

Marijuana businesses may be salivating over the huge opportunities of the California market, but Florida may give the state a run for its money.

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How to Qualify for a Small Business Loan: The Three C's

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500

Even if a business doesn’t meet the traditional lender’s criteria, it doesn’t mean that all is lost and there are no options available. Alternative lending can offer opportunities a traditional lender may not have access to – even for high-risk businesses.

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This Is What I Watch on TV to Become a Better Entrepreneur

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500

I watch a lot of TV. And I mean a lot. I probably average 5 hours every day watching TV, which might be more than a lot of people. Wherever I am, wherever I go, the TV is on. I’m not always glued to it, but I am watching it [...]

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Three Things Every Entrepreneur Needs To Do This Holiday Season

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:49:00 -0500

The Holiday season can be crazy, but entrepreneurs should make sure to set aside time to reflect on the year and plan for the future.

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AthloTech's IoT Gear Could Help Young Soccer Players Up Their Game

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:23:00 -0500

VideoSource: iStock Devon McKenney gets your attention with the opening to his pitch. “I am a huge part of the problem with youth sports,” he says with what seems at first to be arrogance. “I’m a hell of a soccer coach, and all of you would want your kids to work with [...]

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For Trump, Incredible Tax-Free $3.7 Billion Sale Would Be Tax Savvy

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:09:00 -0500

Will Trump step down or step back from his empire to take office? He may even sell out, aided by a tax-free law that is a boon to his rich Cabinet picks too.

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Three Steps To Jumpstart Your Site Traffic In 2017

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500

This year, we witnessed plenty of changes in areas ranging from social media to gaming. Here's how to leverage them in the New Year.

Building Your Consulting Practice Through Inbound Marketing

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:50:00 -0500

Reciprocity is simple: do good things for prospects, and they’ll do good things for you.

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IRS Coinbase Summons What Are You Going To Do When They Come For You ?

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:48:00 -0500

When was the last time you had to give up the name of your first pet or whatever so they would reset your password to something or other? If it is less than a year ago, then bitcoins are probably not for you.

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Estate Planning Tip: Creditor Protection for IRAs & Beneficiaries

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:45:00 -0500

Tax deferral isn’t the only benefit IRAs offer. One potential benefit offered by IRAs is creditor protection in the event of a bankruptcy. But when you pass away, are your IRA beneficiaries protected from bankruptcy?

The Best-Paid Internships In The U.S. [Infographic]

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:54:00 -0500

Many people hoping for a well-paid internship try their best to land something in tech. Silicon Valley is renowned for its well-paid internships but according to new data from CB Insights, finance will trump tech for internship compensation in 2017. Two Sigma investments, a hedge fund based in New York, [...]

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This Is How Billionaires Do Their Christmas Shopping

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:05:00 -0500

Meet the luxury personal shoppers stuffing billionaire stockings with one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts.

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Nine Extravagant Tech Toys On Billionaire’s Christmas Wish ListsThe luxury Burning Man mobile, $3.1 millionThe 24-Carat Drone, $25,157Starpool Zerobody bedRJ X Pokemon Watch, $20,000 TBDHTC Vive Virtual Reality Bundle, $1499Zafirro Iridium Razor, $100,00011 Ravens Luxury Ping pong table, $26,000 - $48,000The June Toaster Oven, $1495Volume Holographic Viewer, $999

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:05:00 -0500

Now this is how billionaire burners can experience the Burn. The German built eleMMent palazzo Superior motorhome is a hotel on wheels, with a dedicated Sky Lounge for outside viewing and luxury leather seats -- the type found in the business class section of planes. Other features include a rain shower, ambient light control, two widescreen televisions and a towel dryer.

Drones are big news this year, and now you can fly a luxury version of DJI’s popular Phantom 4 model with this 24-carat gold plated multi rotor. The specs are the same, the bling is what makes this version stand out.

Life can be very stressful sometimes, so take the weight off with the Zerobody floating water bed. It offers all the benefits of an immersion tank; strain off your joints, full body support and a space for your mind to recharge with a major plus point; you don’t get wet! Price on request from Starpool.

This mechanical watch combines Romain Jerome’s luxury design with nostalgia with an official hot yellow Pikachu on their watch face. Pikachu can be seen peeking out at you, and this includes a hand painted lightning bolt, 20 of these have been created, total, so this truly is a ‘gotta catch them all’ exclusive.

Consider this the virtual reality starter kit of your dreams. Everything is included, from anHTC Vive headset, controllers, right down to a computer capable of running your setup. Get ready to enter the future of gaming.

One blade to rule them all... The razor body is made fro[...]

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How Holiday Marketing Uses Christmas Feels To Get You Buying

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 04:56:00 -0500

The holiday season means something different for marketers. It still represents is a time to understand how festive feelings translate to consumer buying decisions. These are five psychological principles that make a strong festive marketing campaign

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The Millionaire Anti-Apartheid Activist Who Could Become South Africa's Future President

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 04:36:00 -0500

Mathews Phosa, South African Lawyer, multimillionaire businessman and political activist speaks about ANC's failure and reiterates why he wants President Jacob Zuma resigns

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Why Asia's Healthcare Companies Are So Behind The U.S.

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 04:26:00 -0500

Why does it seem like there's such a shortage of unicorns in Asia's healthcare as compared to the e-commerce, food, or fashion industries? Especially when healthcare is something that people would never ever sacrifice nor compromise?

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Is Bitcoin Better Than Gold?

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 03:33:00 -0500

Bitcoin has been beating gold by a big margin so far this year. The digital currency has more than doubled in value, while the yellow metal has gained 8.73 percent; and both assets outperformed the S&P 500 and the twenty-year US Treasury bonds. Fund YTD Performance SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE:GLD) 8.73% Bitcoin Investment Trust Shares [...]

Health Tech 2016: A Year To Recalibrate

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0500

Among the key health technology lessons that 2016 has reinforced: biology is fiendishly complex; data ≠ insight; impacting health–whether making new drugs or meaningfully changing behavior – is hard; and palpable progress, experienced by patients, is starting to occur (and is tremendously exciting).

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Three Ways SBA Nominee Linda McMahon Can Boost Small Business

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:32:00 -0500

A former professional wrestling executive is an out-of-the-box choice for SBA Administrator. Then again, we should not be surprised; since Donald Trump has been so unconventional as both a candidate and as President-elect.

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Why Donald Trump's Twitter Tirades Are Causing Conflict Among Journalists

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:56:00 -0500

Journalists are debating whether and how Donald Trump's tweets should necessarily be covered as serious news, even if they are spoken by a future President of the United States. - Cartoon by Ted Rall.

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Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:56:00 -0500

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Accountable Versus Responsible

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:01:00 -0500

In any value exchange between two people, each is responsible for his or her own actions, and for agreeing that he or she can be held accountable by the other. Sadly, this is often misunderstood.

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In Defense of Millennials

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:43:00 -0500

At 42, I’m the old man at my company. Our 39 other coworkers are all millennials. Millennials take a lot of heat. They are thought to be entitled, needy, and lazy…for starters. Never mind that these critiques come from the generations that gave us massive federal debt, a monstrous recession [...]

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Why Accountability Is Critical For Achieving Winning Results

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:42:00 -0500

As mentioned in previous articles, I have been conducing interviews and performing research for my new book that focuses on culture and change management. I have gathered so many interesting perspectives on leadership, the importance of culture for achieving better results and driving change that I feel compelled to share [...]

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3 Ways You Can Hack Your Way To Success In 2017 From Growth Hacking World Forum

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:33:00 -0500

Growth Hacking is an increasingly common term - here's what is produced when a lot of them get together...