Volvo’s first self-driving car has a big edge over the competition — and it’s coming sooner than you think — Kopitiam Bot

(Source: http://www.businessinsider.com) Volvo plans to roll out its first self-driving car in just four years, and the company claims it’s going to be way more advanced than what other automakers will have to offer. “The thing that is unique is that we are really trying to deploy the technology in reality. And when I say […]

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3 Keys to Determine Your Success (For Beauty, Book,Writing Bloggers & More)

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Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Dustin Meyer

-Contributor, Motivational/Inspirational Speaker, CEO & Founder of Evolutionary Mind

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3 Keys to Determine Your Success (5 min read)


There comes a time in your life where you are extremely driven, you know exactly what you want and what you have to do in order to get to that goal. Dreams and goals go together perfectly; you will have something that you always dreamed of, and a goal which you want to reach. Both are attainable, if you want it bad enough. Success comes with much more than just hard work and dedication; it takes an utter desire to succeed in which you want that more than anything else.

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Insiders tell us that Domo, the $2 billion startup that came out of nowhere, is full of hype — Kopitiam Bot

(Source: http://www.businessinsider.sg) Insiders tell us that big-data startup Domo, which burst into the public eye about a year ago with a $2 billion valuation, isn’t all that it appears to be. Domo has been called an “insta-unicorn” meaning that by the time the tech world was paying attention, investors had already poured so much money into […]

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Why Follow Your Dreams? (For Book, Writing, Journal Bloggers & More) — The Millionaire’s Digest

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Anthony Cosimini -Contributor, Aspiring Author, Freelance Writer, Motivational Speaker, Founder & Owner of Mistersherbetlemon Why Follow Your Dreams? A Quick Background Story: Ambitions form in people at a very young age. They often say a lot about what kind of person they may someday become. A good deal of these ambitions […]

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How to touch virtual objects in 2 easy steps — Have Diploma, Will Travel

A neuroscientist’s solution for VR’s next frontier Virtual reality (VR) is the next big thing. I honestly believe it will change everything the way smartphones have changed everything. What excites me the most about VR is that it lets us consume digital content without it being trapped on a screen. This means that in the (very near) future, […]

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How To Invest In A Flat Stock Market — SpiderFinance

Tim Maverick, Senior Correspondent As The Wall Street Journal recently pointed out, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Industrial Average have not hit a new high in over a year. In fact, the stock market averages are little changed from the levels of late 2014 – not a shock, considering U.S. companies have […]

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Working In SpaceX: Employees Love The Yogurt And The Free Food — My After [Corporate] Life

Find out what SpaceX employees love to eat the most. Working at SpaceX may seem like rocket science but the company has some basics covered. It’s sometimes as basic as food. While many young students, undergraduates and post-graduates would love to be interning or working in SpaceX, it pays to know what the […]

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Minimum Wage. Minimum Effort. — humor. life. brutal honesty.

Lol. Too good not to share.

I remember those days…

While I mopped up the trail of poop that ended in an explosion of sprayed excrement in the bathroom of an Annie Sez, I seriously reconsidered my future career options.

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SpaceX is about to attempt another extremely difficult landing — Kopitiam Bot

(Source: http://www.businessinsider.sg) SpaceX is planning to launch its fifth rocket of the year this Thursday at 5:40 p.m. ET. The Falcon 9 rocket will be launching out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a communications satellite called that weighs nearly 7,000 lbs. As of Tuesday afternoon, weather conditions look good for the launch. Once up, the satellite, which […]

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These Inventors Just Won $1 Million for Creating a Really Smart Toothbrush — Fortune

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. It’s five times more common than asthma and four times more common than early childhood obesity, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. A team of three innovators is on a mission to reverse that trend with an innovative gaming toothbrush called Grush. Equipped with…

via These Inventors Just Won $1 Million for Creating a Really Smart Toothbrush — Fortune

The 6/10 Law – A Growth Framework

David Cummings on Startups

Continuing with 7 Takeaways from Mike Maples on the Black Box of VC at the end of the slide deck the author introduces the 6/10 Law as a growth framework to evaluate the scale necessary to build a legendary company. Generally, the idea is that the IPO sweet spot is between years six and 10 such that a startup needs to reach a scale in that timeframe to achieve escape velocity. Here’s the 6/10 Law process:

  • Select 3 Analogous Companies (high, medium, low success) with similar business models
  • All 3 should have gone public
  • Thought Experiment:
    – Can we grow at those rates?
    – How much money did they need to raise and when?
    – When were they IPO-ready?
    – What did their businesses look like? Revenue, growth, margins, G&A, R&D, etc.

The next time you’re looking for a leadership team exercise, or a personal thought experiment, go through this process and analyze…

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Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy — TechCrunch

An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read…

via Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy — TechCrunch

What’s the the Secret to Creating Amazing Content for Your Readers…? (For Book, Travel & Food Bloggers)

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1. Radical transparency.

Want to really blow people away? Give them your secrets! The idea of radical transparency is to give all the secrets away that all the big names don’t want others to know. Besides, readers only want to come back if your content is worth their time.

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Internet firms ‘hot target for private equity’ — Kopitiam Bot

(Source: http://www.straitstimes.com) Almost a third of the private equity deals in South-east Asia last year were in the Internet sector, a new report has found. Research from management consultancy Bain & Company showed that investments in Internet-related firms grew rapidly last year, accounting for about 30 per cent of deals done in the region. The […]

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Do Sanders Supporters Favor His Policies?

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nytimes.comBernie Sanders is widely credited with pulling Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party to the left on major issues like health care, trade, financial regulation and the minimum wage. Now he says he will battle all the way to the convention on behalf of “people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change.” But the premise animating that battle — that Mr. Sanders’s surprising success in the primary race is because of his liberal policy positions — may be familiar and comforting, but it is greatly exaggerated.

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Here’s How The U.S. Government Treats Whistleblowers — SpiderFinance

Submitted by Michael Krieger of LibertyBlitzkrieg Here’s How the U.S. Government Treats Whistleblowers What is it about whistleblowers that the powers that be can’t stand? When I blew the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program, I was derided in many quarters as a traitor. My detractors in the government attacked me for violating […]

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What the money folks are saying about startup funding right now — Kopitiam Bot

(Source: http://www.businessinsider.com) There’s a lot of noise about what’s happening the private startup market. It’s easy to just say X and Y are happening and read the headlines. Today, I got an email from Industry Ventures (IV), which acts as an LP into various VC funds and invests in “special situations.” They’re not known to […]

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Here’s What You’ll Pay for Gas This Memorial Day Weekend — Fortune

Gas prices during the busy Memorial Day weekend will likely be the lowest since 2005, according to the latest projections from the American Automobile Association. A gallon of gas now averages $2.28 compared with $2.71 at the same time last year. Still, current prices are the highest they’ve been so far this year after increasing…

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How Email Is Killing Your Creativity — Fortune

Indeed…

MPW Insiders is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: How do you encourage creative thinking within your organization? is written by Beth Monaghan, CEO of InkHouse. When’s the last time you had a great idea while you were staring at your…

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IBM’s Watson Enrolls In Cybersecurity School — SpiderFinance

IBM recently announced that Watson, its cognitive computing system, will undergo cybersecurity training at eight universities during a year-long research project starting this fall. IBM states that students and faculty will participate in research to train Watson in “learning the nuances of security research findings and discovering patterns and evidence of hidden cyber attacks […]

via IBM’s Watson Enrolls In Cybersecurity School — SpiderFinance

What Will Be Announced At Google I/O 2016? Here’s What We Expect — TechCrunch

One day a year, Google gathers all sides of the industry to show off everything the company has been cooking up for the past twelve months. From all new Android to automated automobiles, it’s the day they unveil everything they’ve worked so hard (with varying degrees of success) to keep secret. Tomorrow is that day…

via What Will Be Announced At Google I/O 2016? Here’s What We Expect — TechCrunch

How Angel Investors Help Startup Firms — VC Experts Blog

By Marianne Hudson, Angel Capital Association Executive Director The Angel Capital Association has appreciated the work of leading academics on assessing the impact of angel investors on promising entrepreneurs. A recent blog by Laurent Blasie in the March Digest of the National Bureau of Economic Research does a particularly good job of summarizing the study: Firms […]

via How Angel Investors Help Startup Firms — VC Experts Blog

SocialRank, the startup that analyzes your followers, adds premium features and pricing — TechCrunch

SocialRank is a startup that helps brands, agencies and celebrities understand their social media followers — not just in aggregate, like most social analytics services, but on an individual level. Today it introduced more features as part of a new SocialRank Premium plan. As a refresher: SocialRank helps customers find things like their “most valuable” followers…

via SocialRank, the startup that analyzes your followers, adds premium features and pricing — TechCrunch

Here’s What Happens When You Let Your Team Have Fun — Fortune

The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: How do you keep your team motivated? is written by Ray Carvey, executive vice president of corporate learning and international at Harvard Business Publishing.…

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Why You Should Never Just Have Lunch With Your Mentor — Fortune

MPW Insiders is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: What is the most common mistake new hires make? is based on an interview with Raquel Oden, a managing director and market executive for the New York 5th Avenue office at Merrill…

via Why You Should Never Just Have Lunch With Your Mentor — Fortune

The Folly of Indolence — Cogitandi Libere

6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, 8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. 9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep— 11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man. Proverbs 6:6-11 (NKJV) Indolence1: Habitual laziness; sloth. Definition of Indolence by The Free Dictionary↩

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AT&T Bets on Entertainment to Keep Its Network Busy — Fortune

There has been a fair amount of confusion over AT&T’s strategy to extend its network both to outer space (with the purchase of DirecTV) and south of the border (with the acquisition of two Mexican wireless services) last year. Neither play was as simple as adding more paying customers, although that didn’t hurt. Instead, the…

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Political Click Bait Articles: What You Should Know to Avoid Malware| By |Kyle Cebull

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As the election looms closer and we find more and more political posts all over Facebook, Twitter and even in our inbox, users are engaging more and more with click-bait articles as they try to determine who they’ll ultimately cast their vote for. While your employee’s political affiliations and votes may not matter to your organization, what they click on during a social media session does. Hackers love to use hot topics and trends to target your users with malware and attempt to infiltrate your network. Here are a few things you should know about the threat landscape with regard to click bait malware and the election and steps you can take to avoid infections:

Understand how things have changed since the last election.

As you probably know, elections only happen every 4 years. Consider the last election and how technology has evolved since. Malware engineers are getting smarter and…

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Why You Should Consider A Broker While Buying A Business

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Many entrepreneurs believe that buying an existing successful business with trained employees, having an established customer base and existing “cash flow” is better than starting a new business. Buying the perfect business starts with choosing the right type of business. The best place to begin is by looking at an industry with which you’re quite familiar and which you understand well. Think long and deep about the types of businesses in which you are interested and it should match your skills and experience. Consider the size of business you are looking for, in terms of its employees, number of locations, franchises and sales.

Getting the services of a business broker is one of the best ways to find businesses for sale. You can save your precious time, can get best deals, and negotiations. Many business brokers are hired by sellers to find potential buyers and to help negotiate deals. While many…

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Four ways African countries can ensure digital innovation benefits the entire population — TechCrunch

When Rwanda’s socioeconomic turnaround is discussed, the country’s disciplined approach to economic growth and commitment to avoiding the pitfalls of corruption are usually highlighted. However, while these components certainly played a significant role, another key factor in Rwanda’s transformation is often overlooked. Read More

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This Is Why Most Companies Go out of Business — Fortune

The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute answers to timely questions about entrepreneurship and careers. Today’s answer to the question “What are some tips for maintaining a successful startup?” is written by Andy Lark, CMO of Xero. Startups are funny things. No…

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Accion Systems raises $7.5 million in Series A to accelerate production of miniature space thrusters — TechCrunch

Accion Systems, the company developing miniature space propulsion systems, has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding led by Shasta Ventures. RRE Ventures, Founder Collective, and Slow Ventures also participated in the round. The company had previously raised $2 million from seed funding and $6.5 million from partnerships with the Department of Defense. While perhaps…

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15 Years to Achieve the 5 Year Plan

David Cummings on Startups

Recently I was talking to an extremely successful entrepreneur about the early days of his software company. After asking a few questions he said, “It took us 15 years to achieve our original five year plan.” Wow, that quote really stuck with me. How many entrepreneurs make a long-term plan and actually achieve it? How many entrepreneurs have the staying power to go 15 years?

Here are a few thoughts on the idea of 15 years to achieve a five year plan:

Entrepreneurs would do well to build a…

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Here’s Why Alibaba’s Accounting Is As Alarming As Enron’s — Fortune

Jim Chanos, the hedge fund manager who was one of the first to detect problems at Enron, says the accounting at Alibaba Group is as problematic as the now-defunct, corrupt energy company. Chanos specializes in short selling, or betting that certain stocks will go down. Chanos says that Alibaba baba , like Enron, uses off-balance-sheet…

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7 Tips for Building Your Business While Working Your Day Job (For Beauty, Travel, Book Bloggers & More!)

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1. Commit yourself to your dream.

Having the desire for something to work vs. committing to it are vastly different. When you commit to your dream, you are making a binding obligation to see it through to success. It means you are “all in,” you find solutions when faced with obstacles and you don’t quit, no matter what. Make that pledge to yourself, and then tell the people in your life.

2. Set daily goals.

Take small, measurable action steps each day toward your business, understanding there will be times when it seems like you are making no progress at all. Much of the work, in the beginning, will be tedious day-to-day tasks. Realize it is all part of building your business. By taking steps each day, which includes doing the mundane, you will start seeing results. The more progress you make, the more confidence and determination you have to keep moving forward.

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Amanda’s 3 “Golden Rules” of Business

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Recently, a friend of mine invited me to give a lecture as a guest speaker for a business class she was attending. The requirements: have a background in team management, be able to convey a personal brand (including business cards and a website), and discuss three “golden rules” that students could take to heart during their business education and subsequent careers.

I love talking about editorial management since it’s a cornerstone of my own career, but the challenge here was in connecting my expertise with ideas about general business practices in a broader sense.

My Background

I have years of experience managing writers and editors in the content marketing field and often in production-heavy environments. Because of the way the industry has continued to evolve, a greater emphasis has been put on creating higher quality content—and lots of it!

(which is…

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