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How Dennis “Thresh” Fong Went From Pro Gamer To Entrepreneur

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:51 GMT

The first professional gamer (who played against Elon Musk as a teenager) explains how he leveraged his eSports skills into a multimillion-dollar empire.

Twenty years ago, before anyone imagined eSports becoming a global billion-dollar industry, the Guinness Book of World Records anointed Dennis Fong as the world’s first professional gamer.

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A Higher Minimum Wage Is Not Doing The Bad Things Critics Said It Would Do

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:42 GMT

Data from Seattle is proving that higher wages aren’t reducing the number of jobs and that paying workers fairly could save companies money and the headache of recruiting efforts.

The city of Seattle is in the process of gradually phasing in a $15-per-hour minimum wage: It has now reached $13 for workers at large companies and will move up to $15 in 2021 for all workers. As the wage rises, the city is providing a lot of data on the effects of the policy, and that data is continually proving helpful to activists as they work to raise the wage in other cities, states, and nationally (and embarrassing to the economists who sounded alarm bells about how damaging a living wage would be for the city).

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This Outdoor-Gear-For-Good Company Proves You Can Be A Benefit Corporation From Day One

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:00:46 GMT

“If there’s an investor that won’t invest in me because I founded a benefit corporation, that’s not the right investor for us.”

Davis Smith knows what he’s doing when it comes to e-commerce. A 38-year-old serial entrepreneur, he founded, and later sold, an online pool table retailer straight out of business school; that venture lead him to cofound Baby.com.br, Brazil’s largest baby care retailer, for which he raised over $40 million in venture capital funding.

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About VidCon

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:10:28 GMT

Your favorite YouTubers, Instagram stars, and internet aficionados are gathering in one place this month. To do what, you ask? Let us break it down for you.

Before the media and technology calendar has even reached its halfway point, the year has typically already seen its fair share of can’t-miss events, such as the Consumer Electronics Show, SXSW, and Cannes Lion. And seeking to become a larger industry player in 2017? VidCon.

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This New Meal Kit Delivery Service Isn’t For Tired Home Cooks–It Fights Hunger

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:30:53 GMT

The Fed40 program will deliver 40 days of a simple meal for free, to help the 13% of Americans who are unsure where their next meal might come from.

In early June, a nonprofit called Feeding Children Everywhere launched its own meal kit delivery service, dubbed Fed40, bringing a simplified version of the pre-portioned cooking craze free to impoverished families. Users can access a Fed40 app or go online, enter their address and how many family members live there, and receive 40 shelf-stable meals within one business day.

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VR For The Masses? That’s YouTube’s Goal With A New Format And New Tools

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:15:19 GMT

The company announced its 180-degree format, VR180, and a series of compatible cameras, both designed to make VR more accessible to mere mortals.

YouTube thinks that immersive videos are the future, and that as viewers’ appetites for them grow, creators will respond to meet that appetite.

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After Uber, Here Are 5 CEOs We Can’t Believe Still Have Jobs

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:00:24 GMT

Sure, Travis Kalanick was ejected from the driver’s seat this week, but why are these bosses still at the wheel?

With Travis Kalanick finally booted from Uber, we thought it was time to put some other CEOs on blast who have, improbably, escaped the same fate. Perhaps, like us, you forgot some of these folks were still clutching the reins of their respective companies. After all, the Teflon CEO was supposed to be a thing of the past: Over the past 15 years, investors and boards have wielded more power, especially after the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which sought to protect investors by ensuring accurate financial reporting.

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The Most Charitable Cities In America

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:00:40 GMT

A new report looks at where nonprofits are raking in the most donations–and what they’re doing with them.

Nearly one-third of Americans don’t trust charities to spend their donations wisely. But new research by nonprofit evaluator and watchdog Charity Navigator proves such feelings generally unfounded, at least among the largest and longstanding cause groups operating within America’s major cities.

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My Company Tried Slack For Two Years. This Is Why We Quit.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:00:36 GMT

This remote company decided real-time communication was holding it back. So it built a new tool from the ground up.

Three years ago, our remote company joined Slack. Until then, we had relied on a mix of email and an internal tool called Wedoist for all our communication. But our steadily growing team based across several time zones made it hard to stay on the same page and feel cohesive.

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The Low-Tech Skills I Look For In Every Data Scientist I Hire

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:00:25 GMT

A former Yahoo exec who’s now MasterClass’s operations chief explains why adaptability matters as much as technical chops.

Hristo Gyoshev is hiring data scientists right now, but he isn’t just looking for people with advanced technical know-how. It takes more than that to land a job offer.

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Microsoft Launches New Branded Podcast On How The Future Of Tech Is Decided Today

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:47:21 GMT

The podcast “.future” is a partnership with Gimlet Creative, the company behind other branded podcasts for Virgin Atlantic, eBay, and more.

As the popularity of podcasts continues to grow, more marketers are considering and investing in the medium, beyond the host reading out their brand name during an ad break. Increasingly, it’s the brands themselves backing podcast production, with Slack, Spotify, eBay, and more among them. Now Microsoft has joined the fray with a new podcast called .future (dot-future), that aims to tell stories about growing technologies that touch our everyday lives–from the cloud, to gaming, to health–and how the decisions being made today will affect our lives in the future.

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“Bajillion Dollar Properties” Creator Kulap Vilaysack Wants To Be the Asian Shonda Rhimes

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00:59 GMT

The comedy scene veteran and first time show runner is off to a great start.

For a long time, Kulap Vilaysack wanted nothing more than to be a star. Now she has her sights set on something else.

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How GitHub Employees Use GitHub For Projects Beyond Coding

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00:26 GMT

Hubbers found that their online tool, designed for managing large software projects, works for any collaborative process.

You may not know about GitHub if you’re not a programmer. To those in the software business, GitHub or rival products like Atlassian Jira, are essential for dividing up coding tasks among team members and tracking what everyone is working on. Inside the San Francisco company, its 600 employees, nicknamed Hubbers, have found other uses for their online service—managing not only code but any collaborative projects, such as legal documents or HR policies. “We’re going to treat legal issues like bugs in the code,” says Julio Avalos, GitHub’s general counsel and chief business officer.

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8 Ways To Make a Great First Impression During A Job Interview

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:00:36 GMT

Hiring managers reveal what always impresses them, and what will ensure you’ll never get an offer, no matter how qualified you are.

Forming a first impression of someone takes seconds, and that can feel impossible to nail when you’re in a job interview. Luckily, most hiring managers take more time to form their opinion. A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology found that the first 15 minutes are when an impression is made during an interview, and that’s enough time to connect and sell yourself.

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Why The Military And Corporate America Want To Make AI Explain Itself

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:00:10 GMT

Understanding why AI makes certain decisions—and why should we trust them—is beyond most humans’ grasp. But experts are developing a system to explain it in simpler terms.

Modern artificial intelligence is smart enough to beat humans at chess, understand speech, and even drive a car.

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My 400-Person Company Has A Great Work Culture, And We All Work Remotely

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:00:49 GMT

FYI, IBM.

Here’s a thought experiment: Think of the two cultures of Los Angeles and New York City. Got a mental image of both? Great. Now try to strip out everything geographical—major landmarks, local weather, and so on. What are you left with?

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Now You Can Add Realistic, 3D Holograms To Your Photos And Videos

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:22 GMT

With Holo, a new iOS and Android app from 8i, users can choose from hundreds of high-quality holograms of characters like Spider-Man to incorporate into their videos.

Don’t be surprised if over the next few days you start seeing videos of your friends posing with a very realistic-looking Spider-Man in your social feeds.

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MailChimp Wants To Solve Every Small-Biz Marketing Challenge (Even Snail Mail)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:51 GMT

A company that made its name helping small businesses with email is staking its future on the “small business” part of that proposition.

MailChimp did not start out as an enterprise obviously destined to help millions of small companies market themselves via email.

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Cities Full Of Autonomous Vehicles Could End Up Less Machinelike–And More Human

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:29 GMT

Can artificial intelligence let us put people first?

Less than a decade ago, the concept of autonomous vehicles roaming streets and highways seemed nothing more than a moonshot. Today, we now have Uber and Google and NuTonomy and Tesla testing and tweaking their tech in the race to take driverless vehicles mainstream. While most trials are successful, there have been enough accidents for consumers and policy makers to worry that public safety and solving traffic congestion is taking a backseat to rapid-fire innovation.

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These Yoga Pants Are Reincarnated From Coffee Grounds And Crab Shells

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:28 GMT

The yogawear company RumiX makes every piece of clothing it sells from materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill or the ocean.

For many yogis, achieving balance has to do with much more than just nailing the one-legged tree pose. It often has to do with more existential questions of being at one with the earth, which means protecting its future. This was certainly true for Melissa Chu, who grew up in the Bay Area, where everyone recycled obsessively and looked for ways to cut down their carbon footprint–when they weren’t off at a meditation retreat, that is. “Climate change was an ongoing topic of conversation,” Chu says.

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