Month: July 2017

It takes physical effort, technology and the right mindset to effectively manage everything there is to do. LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman explores his philosophy on how to scale a business … I have never worn as many hats as I do now as the founder and CEO of Due. That’s because I’m overseeing its growth and development, marketing, business strategy and daily operations while…

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The ability to translate between languages quickly and inexpensively opens vast new possibilities. Behind-the-scenes technology is not usually the sexy stuff that makes big headlines. Unless you are the IT guy in the back room, this kind of difficult-to-explain stuff is not the leading topic of discussion at your dinner party. Neural Machine Translation (NMT) is different. Few things on the horizon currently have as much importance or…

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There was a time when a company’s success came down to its experience, size and scale. Not anymore. Today, you can be a completely new entrant to the market, a small, nimble startup like Airbnb once was, and still sweep away the larger, more established competitors before they even know it. This is the reality of the digital age. Every day, there are new technologies…

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Ever compared yourself, as an entrepreneur, to the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés? Maybe you should start. In my work as an executive coach, and in the sales training I do, I encourage clients to play Texas Hold ‘Em poker. I do this for one simple reason: The game is more about reading people than reading cards. You read people and bet on yourself. Sounds a lot like entrepreneurship, doesn’t it? The most…

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Here is some inspiration that might help you to develop your own WOW factor. Before you dive in, ask yourself this: What are you doing to make your customers say WOW? If you find it difficult to answer this question, your business might be missing out on the opportunity to keep your customers coming back for more. According to the Chron, “The “WOW” factor is a…

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Business leaders need to use this core mentality to foster growth. In the 1920s, the Hawthorne Works in Chicago commissioned a study to test the productivity of its workers on the factory floor. Would the employees work differently in more or less light? The answer? They became productive in more light . . . and less light. Productivity, it seemed, had nothing to do with the amount…

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First piece of advice: Start with a story about vulnerability. It makes you relatable and trustworthy in the eyes of your audience. Selling today is all about giving back to your customers, and customers prize transparency. One of the ways I give back to my community — and strive to be transparent — is through public speaking events. What’s more transparent than what you can see…

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It’s more effective than sitting quietly. It’s great when science gives credence to the things you already do. The latest example of this in my own life comes in the form of a new study that backs up what I and other scientists already know: Playing video games helps you relax. Research led by Michael Rupp, a doctoral student in human factors and cognitive psychology at the University…

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A FICO study found that public records of adverse civil judgments are too often wrong to rely on when calculating credit ratings. Being a successful entrepreneur can mean enduring insults from competitors and even lies from jealous peers. Once you climb to the top of your industry, though, this doesn’t bother you. When you’ve established a good reputation, those people can’t really hurt you. However,…

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Take control of the little things that can either stall or fast-track a fledgling career. When college graduates begin their career, most begin with a blank resume, limited relationships and an uphill battle to success. Sure, maybe some of them attended top-tier universities, took business classes or landed stellar internships during their college years. But, in many ways, graduation is like hitting reset as they enter the real world….

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