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    • What Mark Zuckerberg And Pope Francis Talked About In Their Meeting
      This weekend, Mark Zuckerberg met with Pope Francis to discuss new ways to connect the people of the world, “alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and to communicate a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged.”It would be nearly impossible to get into a meeting like that, but miraculously we were able to find out a few things the two spoke about.Pope Francis asked Zuckerberg where he has to stick his “thumbs up” to get Google Fiber in the Vatican.Mark Zuckerberg presented a list of major websites that depend on Facebook sharing, then asked the Pope if he really wants to play God.Zuckerberg asked the Pope if MySpace went to Heaven or Hell.Pope Francis asked how Facebook knows he was just looking at those heart-shaped Fred Flare sunglasses!The Pope wanted a Pope Hat emoji for Messenger so people know “things about to get cray cray.” They banged out the first five pages of the buddy-cop comedy script they’ve been talking about for years, tentatively called “Pope As S**t.”Zuckerberg again sent a friend request to the Pope while they were in the same room together. Request was denied.Zuckerberg made a substantial offer to buy the Pope’s prayer algorithm.Pope Francis promised to send to Hell anyone of Mark’s choosing, and in return, Zuckerberg must forbid the Pope’s brother from sending Candy Crush invites.Pope Francis wondered if he could get a share on a photo of a sunset at the beach with a scripture written over it, even though it’s Comic Sans. Zuckerberg and the Pope debated the moral ramifications of a Dislike button.The Pope wanted a Pope Face Reaction emoji for Facebook posts, as a way for people to say, “I think the Pope would like this.”Mark Zuckerberg and his wife waited an hour to eat as Pope Francis needed to get his food just right for Instagram.When Zuckerberg told the Pope that he will eventually donate the majority of his wealth, which follows Jesus’ teachings, the Pope replied, “Yeah, but Jesus had superpowers, so like can he really talk?”Mark Zuckerberg asked the Pope if he’s getting into Heaven. The Pope said, “As soon as I get verified on Facebook.”  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
      - 2 hours ago, 29 Aug 16, 9:57pm -
    • The 6 Tools Every Graphic Designer Should Have
      Photoshop has its perks. But let's face it, it's massive, complicated and often intimidating for the casual graphic designer. Even with all the DIY guides and manuals available online, mastering Photoshop can be a tricky business, especially if you don't do a formal course. But why let all that keep your talent suppressed and your creativity unrecognized? Read along, for this is not another top-ten list photo editing alternatives, this is a compilation of some really innovative applications that'll help you get through your next project with ease.PicMonkeyI have tried a lot of photo editors, online and offline. There's Fotor, Pixlr, LunaPic and many more. However, none of them offer the amazingly vast set of tools and effects supplied by PicMonkey. It may not be meant for the kind of advanced graphic designing that PhotoShop can do, but if all you are looking for is to give your photography a perfect finish and some artistic expression, nothing beats PicMonkey in terms of the simplicity and uniqueness it offers. It's collection of effects is the most useful I've seen online. From the Dracula Dusk to the Graphic Novel, this photo editor offers features that make it stand out of the crowd. And guess what, the free version itself isn't bad at all!InPaintMany images that you find online are watermarked. This is often done to prevent commercial reuse of these pictures without proper permission. But what if all you want to do is turn that awesome modern art you found on DeviantArt into a tee-shirt? If a watermark or a signature is what's coming in your way, InPaint is a handy tool that helps you remove any imposing text or watermark elements from your image without spoiling its actual quality.DeviantArtWhether you are a graphic designer looking to upload your work to a platform for millions to see or one looking to derive inspiration from the works of others, DeviantArt is the largest collection of superior quality graphic design that you can find anywhere online. Most of the graphics there have copyrights attached, so be sure to ask for permission before you decide to use someone's hard work on your project.FreelancerThis is hardly a graphic designing tool. It's more of a job board for freelance workers. Why am I still mentioning this? Have a look at their Graphic Design section and you'll see why. Some of the most talented graphic designers available for hire at the most affordable rates. Whether you're looking to outsource or just cra…
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    • Why Learning a New Skill Aborad Should Be On Your Bucket List
      'Co-authored by Michelle Halpern, blogger behind 'Live Like It's the Weekend'We live in an age where everyone has an online course to offer and learning a new skill right in front of our computers is easier than ever. Getting an education this way may seem more convenient and efficient, but after a recent trip to Bali with the Institute of Code, I'm a firm believer that getting out of your environment and taking your education abroad is the best way to learn faster and get the most out of any educational experience. Here are a few reasons why you should check out options abroad next time you want to upskill or beef up your resume.Real Life NetworkingWith many courses these days, your only interactions with fellow students are digital -- in a Facebook group, online portal or webinar chat -- which can make facilitating connections a bit tricky. At the Institute of Code, I found that meeting other students in person and spending time with them not only during class, but at meals and around the pool, helped foster deeper and more meaningful relationships. As everyone at IOC works, sleeps and relaxes at the villa together, you're bound to network effectively and make friends who will stay contacts for years to come. Taking Away Routine Distractions Helps You Focus on LearningLet's face it. When you're sitting at home trying to teach yourself a new skill, and it's dinner time or you haven't been to the gym yet, other thoughts are bound to cross your mind. Going abroad to teach yourself a new skill takes you out of your daily routine so the frustrations and distractions of your life back home are able to fall away. If you can find a course that's all-inclusive like IOC, even better. We had private chefs cooking us meals, complimentary yoga courses at the villa and transportation organized for us so there was literally nothing we had to worry about -- except learning. And with that kind of focus learning comes much quicker. Shorter Bursts of Learning A physical course has a clear start and end, which forces you to get through the material in the set timeframe rather than lagging at your own pace. I loved that during each new day of IOC we could pick right back off where we left the previous day, whereas when you take too much time in between course material it's easy to forget what you previous learned and waste time refreshing or going over the material a second time.A Happy Environment Equals Easy LearningThink about your office space and how…
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    • Space: (Still) The Final Frontier of Our Imaginations
      "Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in the glories of exploration. At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth, and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map (but they all look that) I would put my finger on it and say, 'When I grow up I will go there... True, by this time it was not a blank space any more. It had got filled since my boyhood with rivers and lakes and names. It had ceased to be a blank space of delightful mystery--a white patch for a boy to dream gloriously over. It had become a place of darkness." -- Joseph Conrad, Heart of DarknessMy fascination with the white spaces on maps began before my earliest memories-- on an adventurous family trip to see Apollo 14 launch from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A in Merritt Island, Fla., on January 31, 1971--exactly two weeks before my second birthday.My memories of that trip come from home movies shot at Cape Canaveral by my father, who had procured special tickets for our young family to watch the manned lunar mission escape Earth just a chip shot away from where then-Vice President Spiro Agnew also was observing. Perched atop my pea-green, short plastic "car seat" on the folded-flat and carpeted tailgate of our 1969 Grand Torino station wagon, I'm sure my father agreed with James T. Kirk's declaration that space was, in fact, the final frontier. At the time, our family lived in Baltimore where my father was in medical school at Johns Hopkins University. He was a resident and had provided medical services for a secretary who had access to special tickets reserved for military personnel at Cape Canaveral. Despite my mother having just given birth to my sister, Sara, three weeks earlier, we packed up the car with my older brother, Tim (age 3 1/2) and me (almost two). Seeing a launch was that important to my parents.The idea of driving more than 13 hours with two boys under the age of five and a newborn to watch a lunar mission launch seemed normal when we were growing up, because my parents just did those kinds of things. There was no age-limit to our family (ultimately of six kids) adventures. Whether bareboating in the Out Islands of the Bahamas or visiting dude ranches in Colorado. Toddlers made the same trips as teenagers. Above is footage of the Apollo 14 launch my father shot with his Super-8 camera in 1971:Happily, my father's passion f…
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    • Awesome New Company Lets Kids 'Wear Their Imaginations'
      Watch out, fashion world. This new company is giving kids the chance to design their own clothes, and the results are super stylin’. Mom and entrepreneur Jaimee Newberry founded “Picture This” ― a new service that allows kids to turn their drawings into dresses.The process is simple: Parents choose a dress size and print out the coloring book-style templates available on the “Picture This” website. Once their kids have colored and decorated the templates, the grown-ups can upload photos of the completed designs on the website and place their orders. The finished dresses arrive within a few weeks.“Picture This” was inspired by a dress Newberry made for her daughter, Zia, inspired by her artwork. In a Medium post detailing the history of “Picture This,” Newberry wrote that Zia loved the dress and told people, “I’m wearing my imagination!”“Due to the positive response and requests from Zia’s friends and classmates to also ‘wear their imagination,’ friends Ken, Igi, Stephan and I chatted about how to turn this concept into something where kids everywhere could have fun with hands-on drawing and coloring, and then see their imaginative artwork come to life in wearable fashion form,” Newberry explained.In addition to kid-sized dresses, “Picture This” also allows kids to design dresses for their dolls. And although the service currently only offers dresses, they have plans to expand the clothing options.For now, Newberry invites families to try out the service and post photos of their dresses on social media with the hashtag #PictureThis.Based on the wide spectrum of kid art in the world, it’s clear these dresses will certainly be ... unique.H/T BoredPanda -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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    • Tokyo Might Make Medals For 2020 Olympics Out Of Old Cell Phones
      It’s still four years away, but Tokyo is already dominating its upcoming Olympic Games.The host country may make all of its future Olympic medals out of gold, silver and bronze found in old cell phones and other used electronics devices, according to Nikkei Asian Review. The reality is that these awards don’t require that much metal, and Japan actually has enough e-waste to produce them. A gold medal in Rio, for example, was made of about 1 pound of silver 0.01 pounds of gold, according to NBC Montana. In 2014, Japan was able to recover about 3,452 pounds of silver from small consumer electronics that had been tossed, according to Nikkei. Using discarded electronics will help keep these toxic products out of landfills. Electronics aren’t biodegradable, and many contain noxious materials. And while they can be recycled, they’re often just illegally sent off to developing countries to deteriorate in landfills, waterways or public spaces, The Huffington Post reported in May. Determined to break the cycle, nonprofit GENKI Net for Creating a Sustainable Society organized a meeting in June for government leaders, event organizers and tech companies in Tokyo to begin formulating a plan for crafting the eco-friendly medals.GENKI’s mission is to create a zero-waste society by developing partnerships with citizens, businesses and government leaders.In Japan, about 650,000 tons of small electronics and electric home appliances are thrown out every year but very little of that is recycled. According to Nikkei, about less than 100,000 tons is collected for recycling. Now it’s just up to the groups involved to devise a way to effectively collect old electronics so they can be repurposed for the upcoming games.The problems surrounding e-waste is only going to become more concerning as the world’s reliance on such technology grows, experts point out. In 2014, there was about 46 million tons of e-waste from discarded phones, computer screen and other electronics, according to a report from the United Nations in Japan. Advocates say part of the issue is a lack of awareness surrounding the problem.“If people would be more conscious about where their electronic trash would finish and in which way they are affecting others, poorest peoples’ lives, I think they would act more carefully,” photographer Valentino Bellini, whose involved in an e-waste campaign, told The Huffington Post last year. -- This feed and its contents are the prop…
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    • Workday CEO: 10 Powerful Business Leadership Lessons
      If the problem you're solving is not hard, it's not worth doing. - Aneel Bhusri, CEO of WorkdayIn 2005, two longtime friends and software visionaries Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri decided to form a cloud-based finance and human resources startup. Duffield had founded PeopleSoft in 1987, where Bhusri served as senior vice president of product strategy. The result was Workday. Today, Workday's enterprise applications for finance and HR are disrupting the global software industry, servicing some of the largest companies in the world, including my company Salesforce. Today, more than 1,000 organizations, including Fortune 50 enterprises, are Workday customers. Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri - Founders of Workday, 2005Ray Wang, bestselling author and CEO and founder of Constellation Research, and I invited Aneel Bhusri to our weekly show DisrupTV to discuss business, leadership lessons learned during his incredible journey, as well as emerging and highly disruptive technologies in the financial and talent management industry.Aneel Bhusri is co-founder and chief executive officer at Workday. Aneel has been a leader, product visionary, and innovator in the enterprise software industry for more than 20 years. In addition to his role at Workday, Aneel serves on the boards of Intel, Cloudera, Okta, and Pure Storage. Aneel is also an advisory partner at Greylock, a leading venture capital firm that he has been associated with since 1999. DisrupTV Episode 0030 Featuring Aneel Bhusri, Steve Boese & Holger Mueller from Constellation Research on Vimeo.1. You cannot replace luck and timing From a startup to a highly successful company with a 98% customer satisfaction score, Workday has been a great success story. Bhusri and his team have a consumer internet mindset that drives the management and innovation philosophy at Workday. The same leadership guiding principles that led to Bhusri's success as a successful venture capitalists at Greylock are employed at Workday. "You can't replace luck and timing. With Workday our timing was perfect. We started in 2005 right as cloud computing was beginning to take off. Salesforce had really established this new business model and so we were very lucky that way," said Bhusri. Hard working entrepreneurs who adopt a beginner's mindset and intellectually curious tend to be more lucky and at the right time and right place. 2. Find a good mentorBhusri advises entrepreneurs to find a great mentor. "I found a great m…
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    • Digital Detox
      On my family adventure this summer, I gave into the unreliable cell reception throughout several national parks from Yellowstone down to The Petrified Forest...and UNPLUGGED.Surrounded by travelers armed with selfie sticks and eyes glued to their phones rather than the extraordinary sights right in front of us, I looked up. I took a breath and paused. I sat still on the top of mountains and at the bottom of canyons. I relaxed and felt totally and completely on vacation.Source: Lori Axler, Grand Prismatic SpringI managed to suppress my FOMO temporarily on some "must read" articles about the latest nutrition and parenting trends. I most definitely missed milestones in the lives of my friends, their kids, and their pets. But what did I gain? For one thing, I was able to avoid the relentless stream of political updates. But even more gratifying was achieving clarity, focus, and some time to appreciate being present in the moment. By disconnecting, I was able to connect with my husband, kids and our amazing surroundings without any distraction. I listened and discovered my daughters' enthusiasm for exploring other parts of the country. I noticed their fascination with seeing new landscapes unlike anything they had ever imagined!According to CNN, Americans spend at least eight hours a day staring at a screen. And more than one-third of smartphone users get online before they get out of bed (I'm guilty). We have become obsessed with constantly checking for the latest and greatest deals, or making sure we don't fall behind in the continuous stream of updates and posts. But do we actually benefit from all of this information? Does it fill a gap in our lives to feel connected to people, places, and things since we can't physically be there? We know we need to set boundaries for kids by restricting their screen time on electronic devices, but we are the ones setting the example. The negative psychological, social and cultural impact is real for all of us. As the owner of digital marketing agency, I am too addicted to technology to go on a significant hiatus. But in an effort to achieve a better work/life balance, I have set a goal to spend one hour a day with the whole family off the electronic grid, reconnecting in a group activity over exercise, a board game, or a cooking project. Research indicates that the more time you spend disconnected from social media, the better your mood, relationships, and overall health. The University of California, San Die…
      - 6 hours ago, 29 Aug 16, 5:39pm -
    • Martin Shkreli Will Need Ointment After This Sick Burn From Colbert
      On Friday’s show, Stephen Colbert addressed the controversy of EpiPen, the medical device used to treat severe allergic reactions, which was driven up in price dramatically by pharmaceutical company Mylan, resulting in a large consumer backlash and claims of price gouging.Colbert likened it to another instance involving entrepreneur and pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, who increased the price of an AIDS drug over 5,000 percent.After showing Shkerli’s photo on screen, Colbert pulled out an EpiPen and this tweet was born.Douche allergies are no joke, y’all. #LSSC— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 27, 2016 Martin Shkreli tweeted back, in the tone-deaf manner which we’re all very accustomed to at this point. Suck a dick?— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) August 27, 2016 Good one.The next morning, Colbert replied from his personal Twitter account, and laid down a devastating mic-dropper.Depends, how much are you marking them up?— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) August 27, 2016 Oooooooh, good thing no one’s inflating the cost of Neosporin out of your price range, Shkreli, because you just got BURNED. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
      - 6 hours ago, 29 Aug 16, 5:12pm -
    • The Holy Braille Tablet Could Totally Change How Blind People Consume Information
      -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
      - 6 hours ago, 29 Aug 16, 5:11pm -

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    • Earthquake Monitoring: For the People
      What makes a great startup? Simply put, people. To steal from Abraham Lincoln, "[Startups] are of the people, for the people and by the people." Without people, startups don't serve a purpose. One of the reasons startups fail is that they forget this simple concept. Your customers are people. You're co-founders are people. Your investors are people. If you have a mediocre team, you will end up with a mediocre startup. So how do you get better people on your team? In response to this question, I give you three words; inspiration, perspiration, and expectations. At Zizmos we focus on these three words. They are ingrained into our thought process. They dictate how we work, plan and succeed.InspirationEveryone loves to feel inspired to do more. We humans love to rally around a worthy cause. Zizmos started with an inspiring goal, "We save lives and property during and after earthquakes using tech already built into most phones." If you don't live in earthquake country, perhaps this doesn't inspire you. But most likely you know someone in California, Oklahoma or Missouri whose life is important to you. Simply put, people are inspired to help their loved ones. That is why Zizmos exists. We can detect earthquakes with an app running on your phone and alert your neighbors, your coworkers and your husband at work before they feel the shaking start. Our team is inspired to work harder because we want to save lives. Our customers are inspired to work with us to save lives. Yes, our investors want a profit, but they also want to invest in their family's safety.Perspiration We've all heard Edison's quote, "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration." Startups are nothing if nothing is accomplished. It takes lots and lots of hard work to get a startup like Zizmos up off the ground. We wrangle in funds from investors, talk to tons of people about what they want and need, build out new technology and get some sleep on occasion. Without inspiration, we wouldn't put in the long hours and pay ourselves pennies on the dollar. The perspiration wouldn't happen if the inspiration weren't there. Our leaders work both harder and smarter, which inspires everyone else to work harder and smarter. We harness the hard work of volunteers because the public is inspired to help us solve the "Earthquake Problem."ExpectationsAnyone can come up with an inspirational goal. For example, we'd love to work on immortality. T…
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    • Tackling Malaria Through Innovation
      The ability to create innovative products is essential for improved living. One of the most compelling challenges we face is malaria. About 3.4 billion people - half the world's population - are at risk of malaria. In Africa, a child dies every 2 MINUTES from malaria. In addition to deaths, the social and economic costs from the illness are huge, estimated at $12 billion a year in Africa alone.It is my pleasure to note that Target Malaria is nominated for the "Moonshot" award by Wired. Target Malaria is a not-for-profit consortium aiming to reduce the population of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes in sub-Saharan Africa. By reducing the population of malaria mosquitoes, they can reduce the transmission of the disease. You can vote here to support them and other innovators in this category (second award grouping).Innovation is something that should be encouraged and celebrated in every sector. The Wired Audi Innovation Awards promote teams and individuals striving to break down barriers in whatever sector they're working in. In February 2016, scientist Astor Teller laid out the principles of the "Moonshot" philosophy. A moonshot, he said, should be firstly about solving "a huge problem in the world that affects many millions of people" - like malaria. Second, a moonshot should not settle for half-baked measures: it has to provide a "radical solution" that can do away with the problem for good. The last criterion, Teller explained, is the reasonable expectation that technology can actually solve the problem. Moonshots should be as much about pragmatism as they are about dreaming. Target Malaria incorporates all of this criteria, and excels in its field. Not only is this a cutting-edge research project, but it also has the potential to save millions of lives. Specifically, the Target Malaria team is researching approaches that can reduce the numbers of mosquitoes that spread malaria. By reducing the population of the malaria mosquito, (a very specific beast called Anopheles), they are able to combat transmission of the disease. Their strategy relies on reducing the number of female malaria mosquitoes. Only female Anopheles gambiae transmit the disease, and a reduction in the number of females limits reproduction and the future population size, therefore dropping the transmission of malaria. This approach is expected to be complementary to other mosquito control methods, easy and inexpensive to implement, because the mosquitoes themselves do the work o…
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    • The Importance of Digital Marketing for Storage Companies
      "Without web storage, the advancement of web technology would be obsolete. When we develop smart applications for our clients, we rely on web storage to secure key data that keep our apps operating quickly and seamlessly." Dr. JeffIn a world fueled by consumerism and impulse buying, there is a growing need for storage services. All across the world, companies involved in storage are competing against each other. With so many storage companies around, it is difficult to choose the right company. This is a major concern for all the digital storage companies. If you are the owner of a storage company and you need help in becoming more recognized to gain clients, then finding an agency that offers digital marketing solutions is what you need. By doing this, you make it much easier for your business to move ahead of the competition.Why You Should Apply Digital Marketing Solutions to Your Storage CompanyThese are some of the proven results of digital marketing solutions: #1. Get Listed on Search EnginesWith a good combination of search engine optimization (SEO), pay per click (PPC) and map listings, a good digital marketing solution will help you rank on the top pages of local searches for relevant keywords such as "storage companies" in your preferred area.#2. Increase in Target Prospects/ClientsA good digital marketing solution will help drive targeted visitors to your storage website which equals to more profit for you.#3. Accurately Measure Return on Investments (ROI)Digital marketing solution also helps you to accurately measure and monitor your marketing budget thereby reducing bad decisions from your part.Hiring a self-storage marketing agency also means hiring a team you can trust and work with. It will take a bit of time and messing around to find out if they are quite the right pick for you, but look out for their mannerisms and how enthusiastic they are about offering solutions.The main thing that you need to look out for is having an agency who understands your local SEO terms. Your goal is to have access to major keywords and search terms as this will help grow your business in the most natural way which is effective in the long term.A good digital marketing agency should be able to give you access to a range of ideas developed around your business needs. They should be able to give clear examples within and outside your business that makes selecting their team the best option for you. But if they can't do this, yo…
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    • This Man Made An Airbnb For Refugees Looking For A Place To Stay
      Amr Arafa is trying to create a home away from home for some of those who need it most.The 34-year-old has built a site, which is still in development, called EmergencyBNB. It works like Airbnb, except instead of linking travelers with hosts who have unoccupied rooms for rent, it connects refugees and victims of domestic violence with people in the United States willing to open their homes for a few days for free. “It is time that the sharing economy is considered as a means of helping others and not just as an economic opportunity,” Arafa, a Harvard University graduate, told Street Sense, a Washington, D.C., publication written by people who are or were previously homeless.EmergencyBNB is not about the government giving you a place to stay. It’s about the fact that your neighbors care about you.”Amr Arafa EmergencyBNB is still in its early stages. Arafa, who lives in Washington, D.C., is working on building up a roster of hosts before putting them in touch with people who need places to stay. No one has booked a room through the site yet. But Arafa hopes that changes soon.“EmergencyBNB is not about the government giving you a place to stay,” he told The Washington Post. “It’s about the fact that your neighbors care about you.”Arafa began experimenting with this model in his own home. He allows people experiencing a crisis who need immediate accommodations to stay at his studio apartment for a few days. He lists his D.C. home on Airbnb for $10, the minimum amount the site allows, and asks that only refugees or victims of domestic violence contact him. Once a guest shows him documented proof of their situation, he welcomes them into his place and reimburses the $10 when they arrive. Arafa, who leaves his apartment whenever it’s booked, tries to make his guests feel comfortable in his home. According to reviews left on his Airbnb page, Arafa offers fresh sheets and towels, checks in on guests regularly and has even driven one person to an embassy to do paperwork.“He will restore your faith in humanity,” a former guest wrote on his Airbnb page. “I plan on paying it forward and hope whoever stays there next will do the same.”In 2005, Arafa emigrated to the U.S. from Egypt and had to deal with a string of strict immigration visas, one of which would not allow him to return home after his father’s death, he told City Lab.Last year he obtained his green card and began hosting people in need.“It star…
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    • FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems
      The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
      - 10 hours ago, 29 Aug 16, 2:00pm -

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    • Computers Are For Girls, Too
      I remember three things about my first computer science class in college. First, improbably, the professor was named Ramm, as in "random access memory." Second, the class was about processors, and I only had a vague idea what a processor was. Third, it was the last computer science class for most of my female classmates, who quickly decided they'd rather major in something else.I never would have guessed that my time as a computer science student would turn out to be pretty much the high water mark for women in the field. The percentage of computer science majors who are women has gone down from 37 percent in 1984 to just 18 percent today. In other words, on average my daughters are half as likely to major in computer science as I was 30 years ago. My daughters are half as likely to major in computer science as I was 30 years ago.But the young women in this video are defying these odds -- they're pursuing careers in computer science and dismantling stereotypes about the field. I love hearing them talk about the sense of empowerment and joy that coding brings them. Kimberly got a standing ovation from her high school English classmates when she demonstrated a book review app she made. Kayla is preserving and sharing the rich history of her community with an app that customizes multimedia walking tours. Courtney helped design the landing legs on a rocket when she interned at SpaceX!The gross underrepresentation of women in computer science is not just a problem for the girls who are left out. It's a problem for all of us, because we're not benefitting from the creativity girls have to offer. There's a mountain of research showing that diversity makes for better companies and better products -- that we're more innovative when we work in teams with different kinds of people -- yet the gender diversity in tech has been getting worse for decades.One reason why is that somewhere along the way, society decided that computers are for boys. Or, as Aishwarya says, "guys in hoodies." And this toxic stereotype becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, virtually guaranteeing that computer science is indeed a male-dominated field.First, since girls aren't supposed to be into computers, they aren't exposed to computer science when they're young, and even if they are, they often aren't encouraged to pursue their interests in the field. That helps explain why only 22 percent of the high school students who take the AP computer science exam today are girls. Kayla…
      - 6 days ago, 23 Aug 16, 8:42pm -
    • 37 Times Donald Trump Should Have Apologized
      Yesterday, Donald Trump read the following off a teleprompter in Charlotte, North Carolina:Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain.It's a clever line. Hats off to Donald's speechwriter. But that's all it is: a line from a teleprompter.For most of us, an apology involves looking someone in the eye and taking responsibility for what you did. But Trump didn't even bother to tell us what he regrets saying or who he regrets hurting over the past year.Here's the truth: over the past year, Donald Trump has tried to insult and bully his way to the White House. He has fabricated lies and invented bizarre conspiracy theories to stoke racial animus and divide the American people. He repeatedly made racist remarks about a federal judge's heritage and attacked a Gold Star family because of their faith. He has preyed upon the most vulnerable and disparaged our men and women in uniform in his power-hungry quest for the presidency.Even after winning his party's nomination, he has acted more like a Bully-in-Chief than a future leader of our country.In Trump's warped world, it might be enough to vaguely say that you have regrets. But Trump owes the people he has attacked and bullied so much more than that. He needs to explain exactly what he regrets--and then sincerely apologize to the individuals, families and communities to whom he has caused personal pain.Here's where he could start:1.Slandering Mexican immigrants: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." [Campaign kickoff speech, 6/16/15]2.Criticizing former POW Sen. John McCain: "He's not a war hero. He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured." [Politico, 7/18/15]3.Criticizing Fox News host Megyn Kelly: "I have no respect for her...You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." [CNN, 8/7/15]4.Calling children of immigrants "anchor babies" [Fox News (reported by CBS), 8/19/15]5.Questioning then-opponent Ben Carson's religion: "I just don't know about" the Seventh-Day Adventist church [Washington Post, 10/25/15]6.Mocking a disabled reporter: "'I don't know what I said. I don't remember!' He's going, 'I don't remember!'" [South Carolina rally, 11/22/15]7.Claiming…
      - 10 days ago, 19 Aug 16, 9:24pm -
    • 5 Ways To Increase Your Chances Of Surviving A Plane Crash
      The odds of getting into a plane crash are low. Very low. In fact, your odds are only 1 in 8,357 of dying in an "air and space transport incident," as the National Safety Council calls it. In fact, you are more likely to die from a lightning strike than to face an aircraft evacuation. But, the reality is, every time you strap yourself to the seat in a metal tube as it hurls itself through the air, you are facing the possibility of an emergency evacuation.Recent events such as the crash of Emirates flight 521 are a reminder that as safe as air travel is, quick thinking flight attendants and a competent flight crew can mean the difference life and death. Long lines, tight spaces, and elbow rubbing with strangers is now the norm when it comes to air travel. Although packed planes only add to the chaos during an evacuation, with a little foresight and these tips, you will find yourself better prepared in the unlikely event of an emergency.1. Keep your shoes on during take-off and landing.Taxi, take-off, and landing are the most critical phases of flight. They are so crucial that flight attendants and pilots are prohibited from communicating with each other unless they are discussing an issue related to the safety of the flight. It is okay to slip your shoes off during flight, but putting your shoes back on prior to landing will prevent you from having to run barefoot across a jet-fuel soaked tarmac. 2. Do not drink or take medication to help you relax.Sometimes nerves, the desire to start vacation early, or down right fear of flying will cause a passenger to drink alcoholic beverages or take a prescription medication to ease the stress of air travel. And while a cocktail is alright, keep in mind that your blood will be thinner at the high altitude even after cabin pressurization, and this can make the effects of alcohol feel more pronounced. When it comes to prescription medications, make sure you discuss your travel plans and anxieties with your doctor. The chances of surviving a plane crash hinge on two things: the ability of the flight attendants to get the exits open and your ability to get yourself to the exit. Make sure you are sober-minded enough to think clearly and move quickly.3. Consider the type of aircraft.Every type of aircraft is different. Even if you fly all the time, you are more than likely flying on different types of airplanes and sitting in different seats each time you take to the sky. Every time you get on a plane, take a…
      - 18 days ago, 11 Aug 16, 9:11pm -
    • Driving Growth Through Inclusive Entrepreneurship
      This week we recognize August 4th as Startup Day Across America, a time to celebrate entrepreneurs and the jobs they create. It's also an opportunity to reflect on the challenges that our entrepreneurs face and explore solutions to allow the best and brightest minds to succeed. Our country's entrepreneurial spirit and innovative minds are the lifeblood of the American economy.Our country's entrepreneurial spirit and innovative minds are the lifeblood of the American economy. America's startups are the driving force behind new job creation in the United States. In fact, companies less than one year old have created an average of 1.5 million jobs per year over the past three decades, fueling both local and national economic growth. From Uber to ZocDoc, startups are behind the technologies and services now a part of the daily lives of many Americans. And these companies no longer exist solely within Silicon Valley -- in fact, Texas ranks fifth highest on the Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship.While the United States continues to provide exceptional opportunities for private organizations to innovate, more can be done to ensure all entrepreneurs, especially immigrant founders, are set up to succeed in America. Representing the public and private sectors, we see this need firsthand. Congressman Castro's San Antonio is one of the top 10 U.S. cities in overall startup activity, and Unshackled Ventures works within our current system, investing in 16 teams with founders born in six different continents. More can be done to ensure all entrepreneurs, especially immigrant founders, are set up to succeed in America.Without the necessary support, too many innovators will give up, and too many brilliant ideas will remain unexplored.As a starting point, we must encourage an inclusive, collaborative entrepreneurship pipeline, so that all aspiring innovators across the country have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and compete with larger corporations. When the playing field is level, the best ideas will win.We must also connect aspiring innovators with the tools and resources they need to build a startup. In some cases, the resources are already there, and it is simply a matter of linking entrepreneurs to the right network.Unfortunately, some of the country's most promising entrepreneurs are still struggling to break through. This is particularly true for the U.S. immigrant population. In addition to the challenges of the entrepreneurial j…
      - 25 days ago, 4 Aug 16, 12:34pm -
    • 7 Principles Of Life That Everyone Knows, But Only A Few Follow
      Early 2015 I was pretty frustrated with my career. Just a year earlier I said goodbye to my entrepreneurial aspirations and took a job at an IT-research firm in London.Normally, that's a good thing. The pay was good, so were the benefits, and I had great colleagues. But it wasn't for me  --  I felt like I gave up entrepreneurship.And on top of that, my personal life wasn't great either. My girlfriend and I decided to end our relationship. And in that same week, my grandmother, who I loved dearly, passed away suddenly.I felt a lot of things. But mostly, I was felt like I didn't understand life. Have you ever thought about it? What is life? What are you supposed to do? It's not like babies are shipped with manuals that teaches them to be awesome human beings.For the first time in my life, I started looking for answers because I was tired of just living/existing without purpose. When I went back to Holland for the funeral, I also caught up with one of my mentors. The last time we spoke was over a year ago  --  before I moved to London.I told him the whole story, and he said: "Even though there's no right or wrong way to live your life, there are certain universal principles that lead to a happy, wealthy, and healthy life."Naturally, I asked him, "What principles?"In a Mr. Miyagi way he said: "I think you know the principles. Everyone does. But 99% of all people don't do what they know."That's about the best, and most bad-ass pieces of wisdom I've ever heard in my life.People hardly do what they say. That was also the story of my life. So for the next year or so I spent thinking, reading and researching to find the principles my mentor was talking about.I asked myself: What are things that people talk about, but they never do? Here's what I came up with until now.1. No Strain, No GainWe often talk about doing all kinds of crazy shit -- climb mountains, run marathons, skydive, start businesses, travel the world, write books, record albums, make movies, the list is endless. Just think about what's on your bucket list for a second. Now, can I ask you one thing? Why haven't you done those things? Don't shy away from hard things. Instead, train yourself to become a person that can endure difficulties.The answer almost always comes down to this: It's hard.Well, I hate to break it to you, but life is SUPPOSED to be hard!That's probably the most valuable lesson I've learned. Don't shy away from hard things. Instead, train your…
      - 26 days ago, 3 Aug 16, 5:31pm -
    • Understanding Trump
      There is a lot being written and spoken about Trump by intelligent and articulate commentators whose insights I respect. But as a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon. This perspective is hardly unknown. More that half a million people have read my books, and Google Scholar reports that scholars writing in scholarly journals have cited my works well over 100,000 times. As a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon.Yet you will probably not read what I have to say in the New York Times, nor hear it from your favorite political commentators. You will also not hear it from Democratic candidates or party strategists. There are reasons, and we will discuss them later this piece. I am writing it because I think it is right and it is needed, even though it comes from the cognitive and brain sciences, not from the normal political sources. I think it is imperative to bring these considerations into public political discourse. But it cannot be done in a 650-word op-ed. My apologies. It is untweetable.I will begin with an updated version of an earlier piece on who is supporting Trump and why -- and why policy details are irrelevant to them. I then move to a section on how Trump uses your brain against you. I finish up discussing how Democratic campaigns could do better, and why they need to do better if we are to avert a Trump presidency.Who Supports Trump and Why Donald J. Trump has managed to become the Republican nominee for president, Why? How? There are various theories: People are angry and he speaks to their anger. People don't think much of Congress and want a non-politician. Both may be true. But why? What are the details? And why Trump?He seems to have come out of nowhere. His positions on issues don't fit a common mold. He has said nice things about LGBTQ folks, which is not standard Republican talk. Republicans hate eminent domain (the taking of private property by the government) and support corporate outsourcing for the sake of profit, but he has the opposite views on both. He is not religious and scorns religious practices, yet the Evangelicals (that is, the white Evangelicals) love him. He thinks health insurance and pharmaceutical companies, as well as military contractors, are making too much profit and wants to change that.…
      - 38 days ago, 22 Jul 16, 7:45pm -
    • Between The Parades
      On public holidays, Americans salute their military. This Fourth of July will be no exception. In big cities and small towns across America, families will line the streets to watch Fourth of July parades, and sports stadiums around the country will bring veterans of all ages to center field, lighting up the skies with fireworks and paying homage to our military heroes. Then the fireworks will be over, the parades will have passed by, and most Americans will return to their daily activities, with little attention paid to veterans and families until the next parade.With less than one percent of American having served on the battlefield, most don't have personal connections to those who have served. And hundreds of thousands of those who have served are coming home: some 250,000 men and women in uniform are now transitioning each year to civilian life. Veterans and their families want a return to normalcy when they return home. But the military culture that serves to protect men and women while in service does not mesh with nor well- prepare them for civilian life. For far too many, their new neighborhoods are foreign, their families are estranged, and they are out of sync with what used to be home. Ask veterans what they want and most will say that a return to normalcy starts with meaningful employment. American corporations and small businesses have admirably set significant targets for hiring our returning veterans and veteran unemployment continues to fall. Yet 50 percent of veterans leave their jobs within a year and 65 percent do so within the first two years. Forty seven percent of post 9/11 veterans report they are not working in their preferred career field. San Diego's Operation REBOOT started by the National Veterans Transition Services, has become a model for how to help veterans achieve what they are looking for. The focus is not just on hiring but on finding the right fit. REBOOT personnel understand both the military culture from which veterans are emerging and the civilian culture that they are about to enter. At the heart of REBOOT's Centers for Military and Veteran Reintegration is a free, three-week workshop, designed to holistically address transition from military to civilian life. Going far beyond typical career transition programs, participants are given in-depth re-socialization training that culturally prepares them for civilian life after the military. They also undergo career assessments to help determine what…
      - 57 days ago, 4 Jul 16, 4:05am -
    • Stop Playing Games With The Pentagon Budget
      Defending the United States and its allies is serious business. That's all the more reason Congress should stop playing games with Pentagon spending. A good place to start would be to put aside proposals to add billions to the department's already ample budget. The Senate took a step in the right direction earlier this month when it beat back an amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that would have added $18 billion in Pentagon spending beyond the amount agreed to in last year's bipartisan budget deal. A good place to start would be to put aside proposals to add billions to the department's already ample budget. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has shown no such restraint. During the consideration of the defense authorization act, House Armed Services Committee chair Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) pushed through a proposal to steal $18 billion from the war budget and use it to pay for pet projects that the Pentagon hasn't even asked for, like 11 additional F-35s and 14 more F/A-18s. This raid on the war budget is fine for Lockheed Martin and Boeing, the builders of the F-35 and the F-18. But what happens when the war budget runs out of funds to support the troops in the field? Thornberry's answer is to let the next administration worry about it. The House inserted a $16 billion raid on the war budget in its appropriations bill, setting up a fight over the issue in the House/Senate conference committee on Pentagon spending that will convene later this year. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has denounced Thornberry's maneuver in no uncertain terms, calling it a "terrible distraction" that "undercuts stable planning and efficient use of taxpayer dollars, dispirits troops and their families, baffles friends, and emboldens foes." To add insult to injury, Thornberry and his colleagues claim that they are robbing the war budget because there are insufficient funds for readiness -- the training and maintenance activities needed to sustain our armed forces. Yet an analysis by the Project on Government Oversight has found that the net result of Thornberry's proposal would be to cut operations and maintenance - the funding source for readiness activities -- by over $11 billion. Advocates of higher Pentagon outlays claim that the rapid pace of change in the world -- from the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino to the continuing threats posed by ISIS and Russian aggression in Ukraine -- has rendered last year's budget deal obsolete. T…
      - 73 days ago, 17 Jun 16, 12:23pm -
    • Finding A Business Idea You Love By Trial and Error
      by Eleni Gianopulos"I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun."Thomas A. Edison's quote reminds me of my father. Sitting around the dinner table with my family when I was growing up, my dad always admonished us to "Find something you love to do!"I eventually found what I love, though the route to starting my business was not exactly straightforward. Along each step of the way, I learned something that could benefit any entrepreneur, and maybe help you reach your goals a little quicker. Here's a quick tour of my journey and highlights of the lessons I learned from each experience. College degree, what's next? I graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in psychology only because I held the most credits in that department. While I loved the psychology classes, I didn't want to work in that field. I didn't do well in school, nor did I really apply myself. Unfortunately, the gap year wasn't in vogue then, because I definitely would have benefited from one. I was jealous of friends and family members who had clear career visions. They knew exactly what they wanted to be or do from day one and plowed straight ahead toward their goals. (Though I have since learned that didn't mean their journeys were any easier than mine.)Takeaway: Don't be too hard on yourself. The stress and worry will cloud your judgment and get in the way of listening to your inner self about what is best for you.New York City callsI didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew exactly where I wanted to live! I moved to New York and got a job at in the jewelry department at Bloomingdale's. This felt comfortable because I'd held odd jobs since high school. The jobs I had growing up, while completely unrelated to the business I would eventually start, helped me understand hard work. I baby sat often, worked as a PeeWee golf attendant, was hired as a seasonal employee to wrap presents during the holidays (in a liquor store, of all places), and took part-time jobs in college at both a gourmet kitchen shop in Dallas and as a sales associate at a specialty stuffed animal store. I enjoyed working while in college in Dallas - certainly more than studying! And I was introduced early on to some very basic business practices: sales, month-end inventory, employee shift schedules and the absolute importance of reporting to any job on time. Takeaway: No job is too big or too small. Learn as much as you can, whatever you are doing. One day you wil…
      - 75 days ago, 15 Jun 16, 7:05pm -
    • 4 Ways You Didn't Know Your Small Business Can Benefit From Online Auctions
      If there's one thing that most consumers who are online are busy with aside from work-related matters, it's browsing and shopping at online auctions. And why not? The feeling and satisfaction you get when you find great deals and awesome bargains is just simply unbeatable. For this reason, it will be wise for small business owners to take advantage of this opportunity and to utilize online auction sites to the benefit of their small business.1. Reduce your costsJust because you have the funds for buying equipment, tools, and business supplies does it mean that you'll automatically go to retail stores and get what you need from them. Before you make a purchase, why not search the web first to see if there's anything available at online auctions? You'll never know if there's another business or company who have posted their equipment and/or supplies online for a lesser price. If there is, it's always worth putting a bid because if you get it, it will mean lower costs for your small business. It's one of the best ways to save!2. Sell excess productsIf you have excess products sitting around your store, office, or home unsold, you can sell them through online auction sites so you can still earn some money from them. The profit you'll get may be a little lesser but that's better than earning zero, right? On the other hand, if people bid for your products for a higher amount, then that would mean huge and extra income for your business. Either way, it would be a win for you. 3. Test price range for newly launched products You may be working on a new product and you're not sure yet about the price you'd sell it for. What you can do is to try selling it first in a number of online auctions. Let's say that you've put it up for bidding in five sites. Check how much people bid for your product then compute for the average. The answer is the most reasonable price you can sell it to the rest of your customers. 4. Sell your productsSo you have a website for your business and that's mainly where your customers purchase the product that you sell. However, if you don't get that high number of visitors to your site, it could mean lesser profit for you - something which online auction sites can help you with. Because most of them receive more visitors and hits, you can benefit from their audience reach when you sell your product through them. Imagine if you sell your product in more than 20 sites aside from your small business website (and your physical store…
      - 75 days ago, 15 Jun 16, 5:47pm -

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    • Why Entrepreneurs Make the Worst Significant Others
      1) You will need to adopt a new languageEntrepreneurs all use a mystical tongue of venture capital and startup lingo. This means you will be need to be able to decipher statements such as: "I just 5 at a 40 pre from a16z and Sequoia."Translation: I raised a bunch of money at a good valuation from cool people."We're doing a bridge note to get from our A to our B."Translation: We raised money, now we are raising more money before we raise even more money."What CSR model works best for a SaaS company?"Translation: How can a company that sells software subscriptions to companies seem like it cares about people?2) Chances are they will not make time for youLori Greiner from Shark Tank once said that entrepreneurs work 90 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week. When you launch a company it becomes your life because until you get big you obsess over making it big. Once you are big you obsess over staying big. There is never an end point. If you complain, you will likely get an answer that resembles Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network telling off his ex-girlfriend.3) You will need a higher alcohol toleranceEntrepreneurs are notorious alcoholics for throwing elaborate launch parties, drunk coding, and overall attempting to live obnoxiously. Most hangout sessions will be equipped with craft beer, meet-and-greets with wine, and parties with handles of Grey Goose. Overall, you get it that entrepreneurs don't have the best livers.4) Random people will become celebritiesIf you are lucky enough to bump elbows with the founders of Atlassian, Docker, Oculus, etc. you have just met the second-coming of Jesus in your S.O.'s eyes. People with 400 Instagram followers will be treated with the social influence level of Kendall Jenner. Metrics of coolness will root back to valuations, user metrics, press, and other factors that land on the list of least sexy cool things ever.5) Egos will be the normEveryone in entrepreneurship thinks they are either Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, or Steve Jobs or some mutant of the three. It is the sad truth. 1,000 downloads on the app store and a small check from a name brand dude automatically makes people think they are killing the game and living the first 30 minutes of their soon to be released blockbuster entrepreneurial movie plot.6) Networking events will become date nightSTAY AWAY FROM EVENTBRITE! Eventbrite is the cemetery filled with the corpses of networking events whose notifications will con…
      - 82 days ago, 8 Jun 16, 11:01pm -
    • Reality Check: Small Businesses Must Be Using Social Media
      Image source: PhotoDuneAccording to the 2016 Small Business Technology Impact Study, small business owners should have a business website and social media involvement if they want to be successful. The study, which was conducted by Time Warner Cable Business Class, examined the ways in which consumers decide which businesses they'll choose to buy from."It's no secret that small business owners are hungry to get a prospect's attention, while keeping their current customers coming back for more," said Chase Sagum, CMO at BestCompany.The study will be eye-opening to small business owners who take it seriously enough to ramp up their online presence to help them connect with consumers.The 2016 Small Business Technology Impact Study FindingsSmall businesses need to have a solid online presence if they expect to be successful. 36% of people surveyed in the study indicated that they might choose not to do business with those small businesses that have no website. This is true for many industries.Small businesses need to be active on social media. It's crucial to respond to critical reviews to keep customers. The study found that close to one in five respondents will avoid small businesses that are unresponsive to critical comments about the business.The age of your customers should determine the ways you communicate to them online. The survey indicated that millennials typically want to know who the owner of a business is, more so than older customers. 73% of people in the 18- to 34-year-old segment want to see a business owner's photo with the company's history on its website. 63% of people 55 and older feel that the owner's photo and company's story is important.Keeping data safe plays a big factor in customer retention. A high majority of the survey respondents - 79%, in fact, - indicated that businesses need to do whatever it takes to protect the financial data of its customers.Further complementary findings were uncovered in the 2016 Small Business Marketing Trends Report, which was conducted by Infusionsoft and Lead Pages. Some of the most noteworthy findings of this survey include:Small Businesses Still Lacking Digital MarketingMany small businesses are surprisingly lacking in digital marketing. The Marketing Trends Report found that almost 1 out of 5 small businesses had no plans to invest in digital marketing of any kind in 2016.Many of them have a hard time charting their return on investment. Almost 50% of respondents of the Sm…
      - 87 days ago, 3 Jun 16, 2:29pm -
    • Arianna Huffington to Hunter College Grads: To Create a Better World, Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First
      I had the great privilege of joining Arianna Huffington, HuffPost's editor-in-chief, at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony of my alma mater, Hunter College. Arianna gave the keynote address and was given the President's Medal by Hunter College President, Jennifer Raab. During the ceremony, I was reminded why Hunter holds such a unique place in my memory. Hunter is truly one of the most diverse academic institutions in America, and fosters a message of tolerance and academic prosperity across many disciplines. Listening to President Raab's remarks, I was taken by the range of academic and personal triumphs made within the graduating class of 2016 -- many through extreme adversity. I was again made grateful that I was able to have an academic experience in New York City, enriched by a kaleidoscopic student body. Arianna's speech eloquently echoed Hunter's motto, which I remember was prominently emblazoned on the wall of our campus in Manhattan. Mihi Cura Futuri: The care of the future is mine. It is my job to remember that our collective future begins with my personal choices. You can read Arianna's entire speech below:President Raab, CUNY Board of Trustees member Brian Obergfell, CUNY Vice Chancellor Gillian Small, Hunter administration, faculty, staff, and above all, the graduating class of 2016 and their proud families, I'm deeply honored and grateful to be sharing in such a special moment in your lives, and especially honored to be at Hunter. And congratulations to valedictorian Sarah Soo-Hoo, a double-major in economics and biology -- that's quite a combination. Sign me up for whatever startup you end up launching. Though I was especially impressed to learn that you were raised in New York City and somehow became a golf champion. Anyone that can do that certainly has a bright future ahead of them. This is such a unique place, and one that reflects the great city it serves -- a place where people from different countries, different traditions, speaking different languages, come together, united in a desire to better themselves, and the world. As an immigrant myself -- I know it's hard to tell since I have lost every trace of my Greek accent -- I of course feel completely at home here.I'm proud to be at a place where nearly a third of undergraduates were born overseas, where nearly 40 percent speak a native language other than English, where about a third are the first in their families to go to college, and where almost 20% of you are gradua…
      - 88 days ago, 3 Jun 16, 1:32am -
    • Overtime Pay Gives Working Families a Boost
      The new mom in Columbus, Ohio who wants to grow her family, yet is falling behind even though she and her husband are working harder than ever.The single mom in Tucson, Arizona who is an assistant manager at a sandwich shop, who said, "It requires a lot of time away from my son and at times I find it not worth it."I hear these stories far too often from Americans across the country who feel that they are not being paid fairly for a hard day's work.Today, more women are entering the workforce than ever before, and currently make up over half of it. As our workforce transforms, our workplace policies should also adapt to reflect the demands our 21st century economy places on our families. That's why President Obama has taken action on paid family and sick leave for working families, supported equal pay for women, called for raising the minimum wage, and for affordable childcare.This week, he took another step forward: The Obama administration is updating overtime regulations to ensure that millions more workers are paid fairly for their hard work.Overtime protections are a fundamental part of being a worker in America. If an employer asks you to put in extra hours at work, your employer should pay you extra, too, regardless of whether you receive an hourly wage or a salary. Otherwise, after putting in a hard day's work, you should be able to go home and spend time with your family.Yet over the past 40 years, overtime protections have eroded as a result of inflation and the efforts of lobbyists to maintain the status quo.In addition, our workforce is much different than it was four decades ago, and our overtime rules have not been updated to reflect our 21st century workforce.Today, working moms and dads now have more demands on their time, with all parents working in more than six out of ten households with children.As of 2011, 40 percent of American households with children had a working mother as the sole or primary breadwinner. And nearly two-thirds of those households are led by single mothers.There could not be a more critical time to make sure our overtime protections match our changing workforce and empower working women. When we invest in the Americans who account for half of our workforce, we grow and strengthen our economy for everyone.Raising the overtime salary threshold -- which goes into effect December 1 -- will protect a woman's right to a fair workweek and require that most women are paid for every extra hour they w…
      - 19 May 16, 3:51pm -
    • Q&A With Edward Rhodes: Crowdfunding vs. Delaware
      A few words with Edward Rhodes of MCP Corporate Advisors.What are the drawbacks or raising capital online?The biggest challenge with respect to raising capital online is making your project stand out from the pack. Unfortunately, Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the other sites lack the kind of search mechanism that can separate the really good investment opportunities from the poor ones. Consequently, the overwhelming majority of good projects don't get viewed by interested investors. If you weren't an investment banker, would you do it?I would if I had the type of project or funding requirement that falls below the radar of traditional institutional investors and/or high net worth investors. Crowdfunding is not perfect but it can work. How do you feel about small businesses raising capital?This is a great time for small businesses to raise capital. Companies that can make a product or provide a service that fills a need or reduces costs to the end customer can thrive in this global economy. However, not all of these emerging companies will be able to raise initial capital from a group of investors, a commercial bank or even crowdfunding. The vast majority of these firms will have to bootstrap themselves to a certain level, i.e., achieve a level of revenues and clients before they will be able to attract outside capital. Sure, it's difficult, but it can be done. Do you feel they have to be organized in Delaware to scale?No, the company can be organized anywhere. Many firms organize in Delaware because of the state's attractiveness for business and the significant amount of case law with respect to business operations and dispute resolution. Tell us how your business relates to capital raising?At MCP Corporate Advisors, we are a one-stop for small and emerging businesses. We prepare business plans (with rigorous market research), financial projections and presentations for a flat fee that put these firms in a great position to get funded. In addition, we can raise debt or equity capital from our network of funding relationships on a success fee basis. Anything else you would like to share?Yes, this is a great time to start or grow a businesses. Just remember that there are no magical shortcuts to success. Obstacles can be overcome with the right approach. I tell my clients to use the DOE approach: Discipline, Organization and Execution. If you can put those things together success will follow. -- This feed and its contents are…
      - 16 May 16, 1:19am -
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