The Secrets of Building Relationships, From People Who Make it Their Business to Find You One

Take these steps to find common ground with just about anyone. February 14, 2019 3 min read So much of business is developing and maintaining long-term relationships. When we spend the majority of our time at work with co-founders, colleagues and customers, you want to make sure that you are putting care into building that rapport. With Valentine’s Day in mind, we asked entrepreneurs in the industry of helping people find love and relationships for their best advice about making connections that go the distance. Talia Goldstein, the founder and CEO of the matchmaking company Three Day Rule, said that ultimately, the best business connections take time, energy and thought — just like your romantic relationships do. So how do you foster a good one? Related: From Judgy Co-Workers to Office Romances, Here’s How to Deal With 20 Tricky Work Situations “Help your connections, and do it because you genuinely […]

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The Creator of This Michelle Obama-Approved Jewelry Business Shares Her Secret to Staying Motivated

Jordan Alexander founder Theresa Bruno talks about her tough moments and the inspiration she draws from a famous ballerina. February 7, 2019 6 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me is our series in which entrepreneurs and leaders describe what has motivated them through good times and bad, and share stories of how they overcame challenges and strove to inspire others. Theresa Bruno has seen her jewelry grace the earlobes, hands and décolletage of such big-name clients as Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey and former First Lady Michelle Obama. But this jeweler’s path to such success wasn’t always one of glamour and wealth. Related: How This Fashion Stylist Launched a Successful Jewelry Startup In fact, Bruno started her line Jordan Alexander 10 years ago when the recession was at its height and people weren’t necessarily indulging in luxury jewelry.  Despite the economic downturn, however, Bruno felt compelled to create a line that was both elegant and […]

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Check Out The 2019 Super Bowl Commercials Before the Big Game

January 31, 2019 2 min read Even if football isn’t your thing and you’re mostly attending your friend’s Super Bowl party for the snacks, the time-honored tradition of watching and rating the commercials is always an entertaining way to pass the time between onion dip refills. The ads are typically hugely expensive — last year, 30 seconds of air time cost an average of $5 million — and star-studded affairs, and this year will be no different. Check out the Super Bowl commercial offerings from some of the biggest brands ahead of the matchup between the Rams and the Patriots. Related: We Solved Rampant Absenteeism the Day After the Super Bowl by Going With the Flow Doritos In which Chance the Rapper and the Backstreet Boys team up. Pepsi Steve Carell, Lil Jon and Cardi B hang out in a diner. Coca-Cola An animated ode to the soft drink. Stella Artois […]

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This Billionaire Says Silicon Valley Is a ‘Train Wreck’

Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff shared his concern about inequality in San Francisco January 31, 2019 2 min read Last week, Oxfam International released its annual report which found that altogether, the wealth of the world’s 26 wealthiest people hit $1.4 trillion in 2018, which is as much as the total wealth of the 3.8 billion poorest people. Let that sink in: 26 people have the same amount of money as 3.8 billion. The study was published ahead of the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which is attended by some of the world’s most high-profile business leaders and policymakers. In 2018, the average speaker at Davos had a net worth of $414.3 million. In an interview with CNBC at the Davos, Salesforce co-founder and CEO Marc Benioff —  who has a net worth of $6.4 billion and who was in the news in September for buying Time […]

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Need to Make a Big Career Decision? Use This 3-Step Checklist.

Gixo and Evite co-founder Selina Tobaccowala swears by it. January 30, 2019 2 min read If you’re at a career crossroads, according to Selina Tobaccowala, all you need to do is consider three things: who are the people you are going to work with, how do you feel about the product and do you care about the mission. If all those three check out, give yourself permission to take the leap. It’s the checklist she used before leaving a major role at Ticketmaster to join SurveyMonkey, and then again after the unexpected passing of her boss, SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, in 2015. It was then that she launched her second startup, Gixo. Related: Jessica Alba Shares the Routine That Helps Her Run the Multimillion-Dollar Honest Company She hadn’t worked for herself since she launched Evite as a Stanford college student in 1997. But after her losing her mentor, Tobaccowala said that […]

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8 of the Coolest Projects to Come Out of X, Google’s Moonshot Factory

From giant internet balloons to self-driving cars, check out these amazing innovations. January 23, 2019 4 min read Since 2010, Google has dedicated resources to Moonshot projects, forward thinking endeavors designed to solve the world’s biggest problems. So what has the Alphabet-owned company been cooking up? To start, it’s not entirely a surprise that a division with an emphasis on science fiction is intent on making robots a reality. Not much is available to the public on this particular area, but according to the X website, “teams are investigating how machine learning can be used to teach robots new skills that will enable them to reliably perform useful tasks in unstructured environments.” (Alphabet formerly owned Boston Robotics.) So all in good time, we suppose. Read on for some of the most intriguing projects being worked on in X, the Moonshot Factory. Related: These Are the 10 Highest Paying Jobs at Google […]

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‘The People at Facebook Live in Their Own Bubble’

Early investor Roger McNamee explains his concerns about the platform’s trajectory. January 18, 2019 5 min read By now we all know the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s rise from his Harvard dorm room to becoming a 23-year-old billionaire. But how the past couple of years have played out, particularly the handling of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, has given Roger McNamee, an early investor in the company and former mentor of Zuckerberg, some pause. McNamee, the founder of venture capital firm Elevation Partners and co-founder of equity firm Silver Lake Partners, penned an essay for Time Magazine about his unease and suggested solutions for how to make Facebook and other Silicon Valley players more accountable as they grow. “My early meetings with Zuck almost always occurred in his office, generally just the two of us, so I had an incomplete picture of the man, but he was always straight with me,” […]

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Jack Dorsey Reveals His Biggest Regret About Twitter

But he wasn’t clear about what he’s doing to solve it. January 18, 2019 5 min read Jack Dorsey said a lot about Twitter’s biggest priorities in an interview published yesterday, but little of it made sense. Sitting down with The Huffington Post, Dorsey had a wide-ranging conversation with reporter Ashley Feinberg about what he was doing to make the platform safer for users in terms of both harassment and the spreading of misinformation. “I mean that we weren’t expecting any of the abuse and harassment, and just the ways that people have weaponized the platform. So, all that is horrible,” Dorsey said when asked whether there was a use of his platform that horrified him the most. “And you know, we feel bad about that and we feel responsible about it. So that’s what we intend to fix.” But in reading the rest of his responses, the actionable things that […]

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We Don’t Know How Much Screen Time Is Too Much Because the Science Isn’t Totally There

A new study says that the way that the effects of screen time have been studied has lead to a lot of conflicting answers. January 15, 2019 3 min read Ahead of last fall’s rollout of Apple’s Screen Time feature, which shows you just how long you’ve spent staring at your phone, CEO Tim Cook revealed that he had been testing it out. It had inspired him to make some changes, particularly when it came to cutting down on the amount of notifications he was being bombarded with. “I think it has become clear to all of us that some of us are spending too much time on our devices,” Cook said in conversation at Fortune’s CEO Initiative conference in San Francisco. “And so what we have tried to do is then think through pretty deeply well, how could we help with that? Because honestly, we have never wanted people […]

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The Founder of Meditation App Simple Habit Shares How She Finds Joy Amid Stress

Yunha Kim shares how she keeps wellness a priority while she grows her company, which recently closed a $10 million series A funding round January 11, 2019 1 min read Yunha Kim is the founder of the meditation app Simple Habit. Since launching the stress relief and wellness platform in 2016, the company has grown to serve more than 2.7 million users, received the 2018 Google Play Award for Best well-being app and in November 2018, she raised $10 million in Series A funding.  Check out the full conversation below and find more episodes of How Success Happens here. Read_more Related posts: This Boutique Fitness Co-Founder Uses These Four Simple Words to Find Inner Calm Amid the Storm Does Meditation Make You More Productive? These 5 Entrepreneurs and CEOs Think So. Pinterest Co-Founder Shares the Simple Step He Took to Transform His Communication Style How to Beat Stress and Boost Happiness (Infographic) […]

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The ‘Millennial Betty Crocker’ Founder of a Baking Empire Shares Her Recipe for Staying Resilient

Miss Jones Baking Co. founder Sarah Jones spent years trying to convince a manufacturer to help her create a flagship product. Now it’s sold nationwide. January 10, 2019 6 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also sharing stories of how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. Five years elapsed between when Sarah Jones came up for the idea for her organic baking line and when she finally left her job to run her Miss Jones Baking Co. full time. Multiple media immediately dubbed her “the Millennial Betty Crocker,” not just for her relative youth (she’s about to turn 34) but for the fact that her millennial peers tend to flock to pre-prepared, pre-diced food. What Jones wanted to add to that trend was baking products that are actually healthy. Her specific […]

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How The Founders of This Healthcare Startup Raised More $91M Their First Year in Business

January 10, 2019 1 min read Zachariah Reitano and Saman Rahmanian have had quite the year. In October of 2017, with their co-founder Rob Schutz, they launched their technology healthcare company Ro. By handling everything from an online diagnosis to delivering your medication, they hope customers will be able to take better care of themselves if they aren’t thrown by what can be a difficult process. Their first vertical Roman, focuses on men’s health and the second, Zero aims to help people quit smoking. While growing their company from 5 employees to 100, they also met a major funding milestone, closing an $88 million dollar series A round in September of 2018. So what’s next?  Check out the full conversation below and find more episodes of How Success Happens here. Read_more Related posts: What Pig Poop Taught Me About Growing a 20-Year-Old Business How I Started a Business and Had a Baby […]

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Harley-Davidson Unveils First Ever Electric Bike (60-Second Video)

Here are three things entrepreneurs should know today. January 8, 2019 1 min read In Las Vegas, Harley-Davidson unveiled its first ever electric bike, which can be pre-ordered now. It will start shipping in the fall with a price tag of $29,799 dollars. And in other CES news, Hyundai revealed the Elevate, the first ever walking car. With its robotic legs, it wouldn’t be out of place on the set of Star Wars, but the company says it designed it to be able to help first responders handle rough terrain.   At the end of the day on Monday, for the first time, Amazon became the most valuable publicly traded US company, with a valuation of $797 billion dollars, unseating Microsoft for the top spot. Read_more Related posts: Harley-Davidson’s First Electric Motorcycle Arrives in August for $30K Harley-Davidson Is Hiring Interns to Ride Across America This Summer Why Hire Summer Interns? […]

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4 Entrepreneurial Lessons From the 2019 Golden Globes

Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh hosted the lively awards show. January 7, 2019 5 min read The Golden Globes are known for being the freewheeling, slightly drunken start to Hollywood awards season. But amid the glamour, memes, occasionally left-field wins and the good natured hosting of Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh — who was awarded for her best actress performance in Killing Eve during the course of the evening — there were a few key moments that entrepreneurs can be inspired by. 1. Use your platform. We’re all familiar with the awkward moment when the orchestra plays off a winner whose speech is running long. But rare is the moment when the music stops based on the strength of what’s being said. Regina King, who is a TV director in addition to being an actress and producer, won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for […]

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Bill Gates Reveals His Ultimate Measure of Success — And How Warren Buffett Helped Him Realize It

It’s not about net worth or name recognition. January 4, 2019 3 min read Perhaps it’s unsurprising, but Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates — who was unseated from his top spot on the world’s richest billionaires list by Jeff Bezos in part because he has given much of his fortune to others through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — doesn’t measure success by the amount of money he has. Reflecting on what he learned in the last year, Gates wrote on his Gates Notes blog about how the questions he is asking himself now that he is in his 60s are quite different than the benchmarks he set for himself when he was a twenty-something entrepreneur just starting out. In the early days of Microsoft, Gates writes that his main question would be, “Is Microsoft software making the personal-computing dream come true?” But since then, while he continues to look […]

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WW (Formerly Weight Watchers) CEO Mindy Grossman Shares Her Key to Business Success

It starts with building an extraordinary team. January 3, 2019 4 min read Over the course of her career, Mindy Grossman has worked to develop some of the world’s biggest brands, such as Ralph Lauren, Nike and HSN. Today, as the President and CEO of WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Grossman leads a global team of 18,000 employees as she works to help WW users make healthy changes in their lives. Now, thanks to a recent auction through CharityBuzz that earned more than $1 million, Grossman, along with her Chief Technology Officer Michael Lysaght, are ready to hear the next big business idea in a private lunchtime pitch session. Read on for more insights from Grossman. How do you start your day?With coffee and my daily briefings — The Bloomberg Open, Fortune CEO Daily, TheSkimm, WWD The Essentialist, New York Times DealBook, Wall Street Journal’s The 10-Point — all with CNBC […]

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Take the Energy of NASA’s Record-Breaking Mission With You Into 2019

January 2, 2019 3 min read At 12:33 a.m. EST on New Year’s Day, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft performed the most distant flyby by any spacecraft ever. The mission was to capture images of Ultima Thule, an icy minor planet in the Kuiper belt, which is believed to date back to the beginning of the solar system. Ultima Thule is a nickname for the world — it’s technically classified as 2014 MU69 — which aptly means “distant places beyond the known world.” It is 20 miles wide, and based on the photos the spacecraft has transmitted back 4 billion miles to us here on Earth, is kind of shaped like a giant jelly bean or a bowling pin. First image of #UltimaThule! At left is a composite of two images taken by @NASANewHorizons, which provides the best indication of Ultima Thule’s size and shape so far (artist’s impression on right). […]

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Warren Buffett Has The Most Expensive Stock of 2018. Here Are the Top Finance Stories of the Year.

From mergers and acquisitions to IPOs, here is a snapshot of the year in finance. December 31, 2018 1 min read Hi, I’m Nina Zipkin and here are three of the biggest finance stories of 2018. In acquisition news, Keurig Green Mountain bought of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group for $26.6 billion in January, and T-Mobile purchased Sprint for $58.7 billion in March. Eventbrite, Docusign, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Dropbox and Spotify were among the more than 170 companies that went public this year, with Spotify having the highest offer at $9.2 billion. On Wall Street, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway was the most expensive stock of the year, trading at a lofty $315,000.00 a share as of the beginning of December 2018. Read_more Related posts: Bill Gates Reveals His Ultimate Measure of Success — And How Warren Buffett Helped Him Realize It Starbucks Says Straws Suck and Zuckerberg Bumps Buffett. 3 Things […]

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She Wouldn’t Let a Year of No’s From Investors Slow Her Down. Today Her Company Has Raised $95 Million and Serves 4 Million Customers Across the Country.

Dia & Co co-founder and CEO Nadia Boujarwah says the conviction she had to create a fashion experience that would be worth the money and time of plus size women like her, got her through the toughest moments. December 21, 2018 4 min read Today, ecommerce plus size fashion and styling company Dia&Co has raised $95 million, has a base of 4 million customers across 50 states and has a staff of 750 employees in four offices in New York, L.A., Dallas and Indianapolis. But four years ago, when Nadia Boujarwah launched the business with her co-founder Lydia Gilbert, she had zero retail experience. So what gave her the confidence to launch? Boujarwah said that it was the potential of who their idea could reach — the 67 percent of women in the U.S. who wear a size 14 and above who retailers largely ignore — that helped her take […]

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Watch James Corden Celebrate the Holiday Season with Everyone From Migos to Paul McCartney

‘Tis the season for the ‘Late Late Show’ host’s Christmas Carpool Karaoke. December 21, 2018 1 min read In what is becoming an annual Yuletide tradition, the year’s final installment of James Corden’s massively popular Carpool Karaoke segment sees the Late Late Show host and his famous passengers partake in a rousing rendition of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” with gifts, decorations and ugly sweaters included. Related: The Red-Headed Bully From ‘A Christmas Story’ Is Now the CEO of a Stock Market for Sports Fans Check out the video to watch Corden and a bevy of iconic musicians — including Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande, Cardi B, Michael Buble, Migos, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Christina Aguilera and Paul McCartney — close out 2018 with some Christmas cheer. Read_more Related posts: Holiday 2018 Spending Could Top $720 Billion. Here’s Other Eye-Popping Numbers You Need to Know. How to Win Some Local Customers Back […]

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