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Time Is Money: When To Delegate And Where To Invest Your Time

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:20:00 -0400

Pushing the limits of your ambition can mean working through the night after a 16-hour day, and still wishing for another week in which to get a project done. However, refusing to sensibly allocate your time will lead even the most passionate among us to burnout.

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Google, Customer Service Experts Zendesk Bring Instant Customer Support To An App Near You

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:18:00 -0400

When a customer has a problem, they want to be able to reach customer service from within the very app where the problem's occurring. To this end, customer service software company Zendesk has announced an integration with Fabric, the app development platform Google recently purchased from Twitter.

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How Daily Table Sells Healthy Food To The Poor At Junk Food Prices

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:18:00 -0400

Trader Joe's veteran Doug Rauch founded Daily Table, a non-profit that runs a discount grocery in the low-income Dorchester section of Boston. The store gets bargains on almost-expired food and imperfect produce. Rauch is fighting hunger by making healthy food available at affordable prices

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10 Great Healthy Snacks To Eat At Your DeskThe 10 Great Healthy Snacks To Eat At Your Desk10. Crudités9. Yogurt8. Almonds7. Hardboiled Eggs6. Fruit Salad5. Fruit and Nut Bar4. Artisanal Beef Jerky3. Cold Soba Noodles2. Tuna Avocado Salad1. Ants On A Log

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:18:00 -0400

To stay focused and energized while on the job, having the occasional snack is essential. We've assembled a list of 10 of the best healthy snacks to munch on at your desk. Enjoy.

It's simple, its healthy and it doesn't take much of an effort to prepare. Feel free to bring along some condiments for extra flavor, but beware that a high fat, high calorie dip can turn negate the dietary virtues of this dish.

Its easy to grab a yogurt for a quick pick-me-up, but remember that not all yogurts are created equal--some are high in sugars. Best to choose a quality organic brand.

According to, almost are the lowest calorie nut at 160 per ounce. They also contain protein and omega-9 fatty acid, the fat also found in olive oil that's associated with good heart health.

One egg has around 70 calories and is packed with five to six grams of protein. Once boiled, they're easy to bring to work for midday noshing.

Fruits are naturally high in vitamins and chopping them into a salad provides the nutrients of several varieties. Add some yogurt for another layer of flavor.

Nuts and grains mixed with dried fruit can be a satisfying snack when you're busy or on the go. Just be careful to read the ingredients list to make sure brand you've chosen isn't packed with sugar.

Jerky has gotten a bad rap over the years for being tough and filled with salt and nitrates. But these days many smaller artisanal companies are producing natural better-for-you options which provide a protein-filled snack without unnecessary additives.

Very low in saturated fat and cholesterol, soba noodles are a good source of manganese and decent vehicle for a soy-based vinaigrette.

Tune is a good source of Vitamin B6 and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Protein, Niacin, Vitamin B12 and Selenium. Avocado provides dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and Folate.

Our top healthy snack is a kid favorite. Celery is a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium and Manganese. Peanut butter provides protein and the raisins - though high in sugars - tend to bring snackers back to childhood, if only for a moment.

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Why Getting Fired Could Be The Best Thing To Happen In Your Career

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

When you love what you do, work no longer feels like a job.

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6 Honest Mistakes That Will Get You Fired1. Over-Promising And Under-Delivering2. Negativity3. Solicitation4. A Lack Of Emotional Intelligence5. Misusing Company Supplies Or Resources6. Speaking On Behalf Of The Company

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

You made an implied promise when you accepted your job. You implicitly promised that you were capable of fulfilling all of the job’s responsibilities. Accepting a job when you know you’re not qualified catches up with you. Even when you are qualified, telling your boss you’re making great progress when you aren’t or committing to a deadline you know you can’t meet makes you look bad. Don’t be surprised if you get fired for failing to do everything you said you could do.

Tips from Travis Bradberry's6 Honest Mistakes That Will Get You Fired.

You were hired to make your boss’ and your team’s jobs easier, not harder. People who constantly spread negativity through their department, complain about others, and whine that the work’s too hard or isn’t part of their job description complicate things for everyone else. Those who make their boss’ life harder are usually the first ones to go. Having to tiptoe around you so as not to dislodge that massive chip on your shoulder isn’t something he or she is likely to be willing to do for very long.

Whether you’re sending out emails inviting co-workers to your party or hanging up an order form for your child’s school fundraiser, you could be violating company policy. Don’t assume that you’re in the clear just because other people are doing it—this type of policy violation is what managers hang their hats on when they’re unhappy with an employee’s performance.

Everyone knows that you can get fired for being unable or unwilling to play nicely with others, but what trips up a lot of people is having a poorly developed poker face. If everyone can tell when you’re bored or irritated or that you think something a colleague is saying is stupid, this will catch up with you. Emotional outbursts, belittling others, shutting co-workers down when they speak, and just generally being a jerk are other ways a lack of emotional intelligence will leave you looking for work.

Many people don’t think twice about taking a pack of printer paper home when they’ve run out or using the company’s FedEx account to mail a last-minute holiday gift. However, in the eyes of your employer, this is stealing. Abusing company resources is a serious offense, even if the monetary value of the item doesn’t add up to much. Catching you in the act can also be a good excuse if your boss is looking to fire you. It’s a lot easier to document and justify firing someone for stealing than it is to fire them because they are just OK at their job.

This isn’t just about sending out an unauthorized press release or venting on the company Twitter account, because most people already realize that these types of things will get them fired. I’m talking about answering a question when a reporter sticks a microphone in your face or identifying yourself as an employee of the company when sharing your personal opinions online. This creates the perception that you’re speaking as a representative of the company, even when you aren’t trying to, and that’s definitely something that can get you fired.

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How To Tell Staff You're Thinking Of Selling

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:07:00 -0400

If your company has an open culture where employees are friends, how do you tell them you’re thinking of selling?

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8 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Business8 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Business1. Why are you selling your business?2. When did you decide to put your business up for sale?3. Are you and your co-owners willing to sign a non-compete?4. Who are your key employees?5. Do your key employees know you are selling your business?6. To which employee do you attribute much of your business' success ?7. Do you have an employment or non-compete agreement with your key employees?8. What is most challenging about your business?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:07:00 -0400

When reading a prospectus or offering memorandum about abusinessfor sale, it's not unusual to find multiple untruths, or even outright lies. Ask thesequestionsbefore signing on the dotted line.

The answer should be used to gauge the answers to many other questions and information shared throughout the initial evaluation and due diligence phases when buying a business. Does the answer to this question line up logically with the rest of the story?

The answer will shed light on whether this business is well-prepared for a transition or if the business owner reached burn-out and has given up.

If the answer is anything other than a resounding "yes," walk away.

If the business owner claims they don’t have key employees, you should be very concerned. A business owner who claims they have no keyemployees owns a job. It’s not a business.

  • If a business owner is reluctant to share his or her plans with key employees, the likelihood of successfully acquiring such a business is very small. Having key employees on-board and working in a supportive manner during the acquisition and transition process is imperative to its ultimate success.

Some business owners cannot recognize the contributions others have made to their business success. And others are keenly aware their success wasa team effort. The answer to this question will tell you much about the seller’s character as well as those employees you should get to know well before you make an offer to buy the business.

If a business doesn’t have some sort of formal agreement with their key employees to prevent their pre-mature departure and/or competition, the acquisition may trigger such a scenario with dire consequences to the buyer.

Many business owners are only prepared to speak about their business in a positive way when facing a buyer.This question may help a buyer uncover the whole truth.

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How A Solution To One Of Your Problems Could Be Your Next Business

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:55:00 -0400

What massive problem is holding you back, and how could your future solution benefit not only you, but a whole market full of customers willing to pay for it?

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Startup Schools: America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities1. Stanford University2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology3. University of California, Berkeley4 Cornell University5 University of California, Los Angeles6. California Institute of Technology7 Brown University8. Princeton University9 Dartmouth College10 Pepperdine University11. Yale12 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute13 Northeastern University14 Southern Methodist University15 New York University16 Clark University17 Brigham Young University18 University of Colorado, Boulder19 University of San Francisco20 Howard UniversityBaylor and Rice University Merger Talks

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:55:00 -0400

Design for Extreme Affordability challenges grad students to design lifesaving technologies and apply them to impoverished communities.

A venture accelerator is a launchpad for studententrepreneurs, including up to $20,000 equity-free funding.

Cal Berkeley’s Startup Competition has awarded nearly $1 million in prizes to budding companies.

This fall Cornell’s Entrepreneurship Summit NYC will feature Philip Krim and Neil Parikh, founders of sleep startup Casper.

Students chosen to manage UCLA’s Student Investment Fund control a $2 million portfolio.

The Entrepreneurship Club hosts boot camps and takes students on field trips to Silicon Valley.

VC-backed custom T-shirt platform Teespring was started by two seniors.

Princeton hosts an annual startup competition and has a network of more than 10,000 entrepreneurial graduates.

Spawned numerous iconic franchises, from Dr. Seuss and Mother Jones to BLACKprint, an Afrocentric media platform.

Hosts an annual Business Plan Competition with theGraziadioSchool and offers a Microenterprise program that serves underprivileged LA residents.

At Tuna Tank a student audience votes on business pitches using a mobile app.

The School of Management has eight Entrepreneurs in Residence, all successful business leaders.

It has partnered with more than 100 startup employers to connect students with six-month, full-time co-op experiences.

An arts-entrepreneurship program is geared toward increasing the chances of making a living in the arts.

It has a 6,000-square-foot lab for student entrepreneurs that features co-working spaces, an event space and a fabrication lab.

An entrepreneurship class recently inspired Rebecca Liebman to create LearnLux, a leading interactive website that teaches financial literacy.

Its Mobile App Competition, which recently awarded student developers nearly $16,000, is just one of many annual startup contests.

Its Center for Law, Technology & Entrepreneurship teaches crash courses on pitching to angel investors.

The cofounders of Starbucks met at this school, and the coffee giant’s green logo is a nod to the university.

It has 10,000-square-foot of space on campus set up for a Technology & Innovation Hub.

New students and their parents walk outside Lovett Hall during an orientation tour on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2009. Rice University President David Leebron said the merger of his university, the highest-ranked in Texas by U.S. News & World Report, with Baylor College of Medicine would help it compete with schools such as Harvard University, Stanford University and Yale University. Rice and Baylor have been in formal merger talks since March. Photographer: Craig Hartley/Bloomberg

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After Cashing Out Of The Permian, This Oil Tycoon Is Reinvesting In Ayn Rand

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:40:00 -0400

“What’s happened over the last 8 years is right out of Atlas Shrugged,” says Bud Brigham. Really?

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Maria Sharapova's comeback in ten picturesShe's back!Big serve, laser-like focusA nervy startBack in the spotlightThe last match before the banThe bomb shell press conferenceFashion appearanceBusiness as usualNew York Fashion WeekBack on court

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:40:00 -0400

Maria Sharapova screams with joy after winning 7-5, 6-3 against Italy's Roberta Vinci at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. "It’s the best feeling in the world," she said in the on-court interview. "I’ve been waiting for this moment a long time.”

On the brink of retirement at the start of 2016 following a string of injuries, Sharapova seemed to have benefited from the long lay-off as she fired 39 winners, including 11 aces, past Vinci and seemed in very good shape physically and mentally as she saved 5 of 6 breakpoints against her.

Although Sharapova had beaten Vinci easily in both previous matches they played, she had a nervous start to her first official match on the women's Tour since January 2016. But after dropping the first two games, she regrouped and went on to clinch a hard-fought first set, 7-5 against former U.S. Open finalist Vinci.

Maria Sharapova enters the court for her match against Italy's Roberta Vinci at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany to loud cheers from a sellout crowd on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. It was Sharapova's first match after a 15-month doping ban, and was a global media event with 200 reporters credentialed and millions of television viewers around the world.

After losing in straight sets to her long-time nemesis Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals onJanuary 25, 2016, Sharapova tested positive for the banned heart drug meldonium. She would not play again until April 26, 2017.

When Sharapova's press team called a news conference in Los Angeles March 7, 2016, most observers were expecting the five-time major winner to announce her retirement after a string of injuries. But Sharapova shocked the sports world by announcing she had tested positive for meldonium, a heart drug she said she had been taking for over a decade for various health issues and hadn't realized had been added to the banned list as of Jan. 1.

Almost two months after her Los Angeles press conference, Sharapova attends a fashion gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

With some of her biggest sponsorships now on hold, the world's most marketable female athlete goes ahead with the launch of a chocolate line under her Sugarpova brand at the Chicago Sweets & Snacks Expo on May 24, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

After being provisionally suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation in June 2016, Sharapova spends the summer honing her business skills by going to Harvard Business School and interning at the NBA. She also attends New York Fashion Week in September, sitting front row with Vogue Editor Anna Wintour and Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles.

Six days after a Swiss sports court reduced her two-year ban to 15 months, Sharapova returns to the tennis court at a charity tennis event hosted by singer Elton John in Las Vegas in October 2016. Sharapova called the CAS verdict, which said she wasn't an intentional doper, "one of my the happiest days." Here she is with in Las Vegas with John McEnroe.

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Inspired By Indiana Jones, Graduate Hotels Remakes A Berkeley Landmark

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:00:00 -0400

Talking to Graduate Hotels hotelier Ben Weprin about his smart collection of college properties

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How To Run A Successful Meeting That Isn't A Time Suck And Doesn't Feel Like 'Groundhog Day'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:15:00 -0400

Unproductive, hours-long meetings are the bane of most businesses around the world. There’s a better way.

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Mind Your Business Podcast: When You Can't Afford To Pay What Job Candidates Demand

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:40:00 -0400

Jay Goltz, who owns a picture-framing shop and a home-and-garden store, takes questions from business owners and talks about life in the trenches.

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Adventures In Data Storytelling: Three Key Traps To Avoid

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:59:00 -0400

Data stories are powerful vehicles for sharing insights to influence change. However, not all data stories are effective and may exhibit flaws that limit their effectiveness. This article explains how data stories are formed and highlights three common data storytelling traps to avoid.

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Three Things To Keep In Mind When Dealing With A Challenging Client

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:39:00 -0400

Every business encounters difficult clients from time to time. Here are three things to keep in mind when dealing with them.

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The Hard Rules Of Hardware: How To Approach A VR Hardware Startup Even When The Odds Are Against You

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Despite an uprising of hardware startups, recent events have reconfirmed the risk and difficulty of succeeding in that space. While corporations have resources, Chinese startups ramp up fast, and investors turning away, how can any VR startup compete when the stakes are so high and chances so low?

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6 Ways To Be Sure People Won't Misjudge You

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Feeling misjudged by others is one of a leader's most common frustrations. But the source of being misunderstood is often their own actions. Learning how others experience and hear you is key to avoiding their misjudgment. Knowing your triggers and values helps ensure your actions and words match.

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'It's OK To Be Late' And 3 Other Signals You Might Accidentally Be Sending

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:30:00 -0400

Manager behavior matters -- make sure that the signals you send are setting the expectations you want.

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How The Siblings Behind African Garment Startup Aso Dara Are Building Their Business On Instagram

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:30:00 -0400

The siblings who cofounded Aso Dara are building their African headwrap and choker business on Instagram one photo at a time.

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6 Storytelling Lessons For Any Leader to Use Around Their First 100 Days

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:45:00 -0400

Harnessing storytelling as a vital business competency in the early days of any new senior role, with an eye toward creating a steady cadence of interaction with key publics, is vital.

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The Best Leaders Know How To Pick Their Battles (And Win The War)

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:31:00 -0400

You are building or losing trust and credibility every day. Therefore, you must really know which decisions are worth imposing your will on—and which ones aren't.

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From Mars To Showers - How A Swedish Startup Is Targeting Water Buyers With Space Mission Tech

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:38:00 -0400

Preserving water is an imperative for scientists planning a possible Mars Mission. A Swedish startup - Orbital Systems - is using space age tech to preserve water on earth. But can it find a market?

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If Any Chinese Car Company Will Take On The World, It's This One

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:20:00 -0400

Seven years after taking over Volvo, Geely is leveraging targeted investments and technology to lead Chinese automakers onto the global stage.

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How To Find And Hire The Right Talent For Your Small Business, Part 1

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:09:00 -0400

4 ways to improve how you attract, find, and filter potential talent for your organization.

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What's Your Entrepreneurial Quotient? The Magic Number Far Too Many Companies Overlook

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0400

So what’s the proper ratio of entrepreneurs in a company? Is it one entrepreneur for every 10 employees? For every 100?

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From Higher Education To VaynerMedia, This Latina Has Always Championed Elevating Diverse Voices

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:30:00 -0400

Maribel Lara makes up one-fourth of the Office of the CEO at VaynerMedia, but before her time there she learned the importance of hustling, prioritizing yourself and being proud of your roots.

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Changes In Legal Delivery Parallel The Retail Industry's Metamorphosis -- Here's Why.

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:15:00 -0400

Law firms would be wise to look at retail to see where their business and delivery models may be headed.

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How The Sprinkles Cupcakes Entrepreneur Is Reinventing Pizza

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:51:00 -0400

After creating the cupcakes craze, Sprinkles founder Candace Nelson turns to pizza

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