The U.S. economy looks pretty good except for that whole paying people thing
The U.S. economy put up another solid jobs reports on Friday, logging its ninth-straight month of adding more than 200,000 private-sector position. Wages, however, continue to lag, which means that despite things getting better, the average American is not seeing much of an improvement.
The good news is that this is the best job streak since 1995, as noted by The Financial Times, leading the U.S. unemployment rate to decline to 5.8%
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Groupon's Getaways app highlights travel deals on mobile
Groupon announced Monday a new mobile app for its “Getaways” travel offerings in the U.S. and Canada.
The daily discount company has long offered travel-related products, but the Getaways app groups all the travel deals together and makes them more searchable. In the app, consumers can browse by theme — like beach vacations or best deals under $99 — or by a specific area on the map.
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Report: Apple to open office in Cambridge, England
Apple is planning to open an office in Cambridge, England, near the world-renowned university, according to a report.
Business Weekly, a UK publication, reports that Apple is planning to open an office on 90 Hills Road there “in the next few weeks.” The space will accommodate 20 employees, but will be able to scale up to 40, according to the report. Apple reps could not be reached for comment
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By Lisa D. Jenkins Theres nothing quite like that feeling of knowing you owe the readers of your blog several hundred words and realizing youve got no idea what to write about. The realization that you can write on just about anything only makes it worse. It mires your brain in some sort of one track spiral that does nothing but turn around and around on itself. Sorry, there are no blogs coming out of the station today. So you take a walk. You open up the Google machine and surf around. YouSee Original Article
18 successful startups that seemed crazy at first
This question originally appeared on Quora.
What are the most ridiculous startup ideas that eventually became successful?
Answer by Michael Wolfe, founder of four startups and counting.
The best startups seem obvious in retrospect — this is because by the time we find out about them as users, they have already reached critical mass.
It is possible to create a good startup with a good idea, but great startups are often the result of ideas that seem ridiculous if you hear them prior to seeSee Original Article
Aereo shutters Boston office but company will remain open
Aereo is shuttering its Boston office and laying off 43 employees, according to a document sent by the company to the state of Massachusetts.
The move, first reported by Beta Boston, comes as Aereo is in a holding pattern, awaiting word on whether it could become a cable company and resume operations. The company has been reeling since a Supreme Court decision found that the company had violated copyrights by streaming live network television that had been collected by miniature antennae.
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Does your sales team enjoy your sales meetings? Or have you caught the telltale glazed eyes that let you know the stacks of work back at their desks are looking a lot more attractive than your meeting right now? Done right, your sales meetings can boost your profits, help your team bond, and bring you the insights you need to drive your business forward. So what makes for a great sales team meeting? Follow these five tips to turn your sales team meetings from boring to brilliant: 1. Keep Your FoSee Original Article
The FBI impersonated a journalist, and that's kind of a big deal
An FBI agent tells an anonymous suspect online that he is a reporter with the Associated Press. He sends a link to a fake news story, and the suspect clicks. The trap is set, and a 15-year-old accused of making bomb threats is captured.
While that kind of undercover work might seem like business as usual for the FBI, the revelation about the 2007 sting near Seattle has caused an uproar in a journalism community that already feels maligned by the government.
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How to navigate risk, change and uncertainty
Most of us are “risk averse.” Consistency, reliability and “the known” are powerful mental illusions of control that most of us cling to because they lull us into a sense of security. The truth is, life is an adventure. We truly cannot control most of what goes on around us. The only TRUE control any of us have is our reaction to what happens to us. How can we cultivate comfort with risk and uncertainty in our lives? How can we learn to embrace adventure? To quote the See Original Article
Five ways to attack the hard things in your business
Running a business is an exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping, wild ride. It’s also grinding, lonely, and terrifying. And then there are days when you just have to do something hard. Hard like firing or laying off an employee, telling a client that you can’t meet their deadline, or (worst case scenario) shuttering a business. It comes with the entrepreneurial territory. There will be days when you would rather have a meteor land on your head than go to your office. I’ve had to doSee Original Article
The topic of authenticity, self-discovery and representation of our True Selves comes up frequently in any conversation about social media, whether it be among those who work within the space, or when talking with people who have an inherent distrust of the digital landscape. For those who operate within the space, being able to determine the shill from the professional is a point of not only personal preference but also professional effectiveness. On the other hand, when talking with people whSee Original Article
The timing of this book couldn’t have been better. Yes, we’ve been talking about “mobile” for a few years now, but recently Apple jumped into the fray for real, offering Apple Pay to its millions of iPhone users. This is one of the first salvos in what will become a war for your credit card. (WalMart, CVS, and others have already fired back with their own system.) And let’s not ignore Taco Bell’s “all-in” approach, launching its own unique paymenSee Original Article
Slack is now valued at more than $1 billion after launching less than a year ago
Slack Technologies is the latest startup to join the billion-dollar valuation club.
Slack, a startup that builds tools for employees to communicate and collaborate in the workplace, announced Friday that it has raised $120 million in funding at a $1.12 billion valuation. The significant valuation and funding round, which was led by Kleiner Perkins and Google Ventures, is all the more notable considering the startup launched publicly less than a year ago
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Your Instagram feed will now be filled with video ads
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a 15-second video has to be worth quite a bit more.
Instagram has launched its first video ads, adding another entry into the lucrative but increasingly crowded market
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Disney, Activision and Banana Republic are among the first companies to have autoplay videos featured on the Facebook-owned platform, according to Adweek.
Brands have already been producing videos on Instagram that are seen oSee Original Article
5 Social Customer Service Tools You Should Know About
By Diana Gomez Gone are the days of customer service phones ringing off the hook. While some people may still want to use traditional means to connect with companies, modern consumers rarely want to pick up the phone if they experience a customer-service issue. Instead, they’re turning to social media to voice concerns and ask questions, knowing that a simple tweet is often the best way to address an issue quickly and easily. Did you know that 42 percent of consumers who complain on socSee Original Article
3 Natural Behaviors You Exhibit When You Believe What You Sell
By Scott Dailey Dale Carnegie said, If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. If we truly believe in how we are meant to matter to people, we can begin to be useful to them. We can begin to persuade them. Simply knowing something, or worse, knowing what you want, will never be important enough to others to act as an instrument of persuasiveness. Because our value to others is decided by others, our ability to persuade can never be led by self-importantSee Original Article
Have a Good Business Idea?
The business world changes every day and if you want your business idea to succeed tomorrow, then you should pay attention to what’s trending today. That’s right, by keeping an eye on the current market and successful business ideas; you can make an informed decision based on changing consumer needs. When it comes to learning from current business trends, here are just a few types of businesses that are expected to grow for years to come: Accounting Whether it’s for small businSee Original Article
3 Signs an Employee Is Headed for the Door – And What to Do Next
When I first started out as a manager, if you’d asked me what one tool I’d wish for to better manage my team, I’d have told you more headcount, or maybe better access to executives. Ask me a few years later, and hands down, that item would be a crystal ball.
After one of my best employees handed me his two weeks’ notice several years ago, I asked myself if I could’ve seen it coming. Were there warning signs? Could I have prevented him from leaving if I’d seeSee Original Article
Fears can serve as a tether, keeping you tied to your past and ultimately from achieving independence. However connections can serve as anchors, or a stabilizing force, enabling you to reach higher and more fully develop your independence, even as you are tethered to others. Paradox is a trip. Over the past 4 years or so, I’ve come to increasingly realize that truth resides in both parts (many parts?) of any given equation. Non-denominationally speaking, Christ was trying to help us fiSee Original Article
Is your productivity productive?
“Does it generate revenue?” This is one of the questions that floated around the room during our Genius Shared retreat in Chicago a few months ago. We were discussing goals, productivity, and action plans (things that send a tingle up the spine of every productivity nerd). But many of us forget to apply the “does it generate revenue” test to our actions. If you’re running a business, this has to be the litmus test for everything we do during working hours. Not thSee Original Article
Technology is one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy. In fact, there’s a talent shortage in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, which means that of the predicted 1.4 million STEM jobs that will be available by 2020, there will be a shortage of talent for about 1 million positions — or 70%.
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Millennials have proactively — and pragmatically — sought experiences thaSee Original Article
What is the biggest dream you have for yourself? Is it to travel the world? Is it to be the first person in your family to attend college? Or it is to get a big promotion at work or even start your own business?
For many of us, these dreams remain just dreams. But for others, these dreams are fuel to build a better life or career. In a recent Mashable Spotlight piece, writer Gili Malinsky chronicled New York food vendor Thiru Kumar, better known as the Dosa Man, who opened a tiny food cart in See Original Article
The Wrong Way to Handle a Bad Fit
By Lisa D. Jenkins Near where I live, theres a small independent boutique thats always drawn my interest. The clothes in the window arent something youll find on the rack in a mainstream big brand store so I was excited to step in and check things out. The clothes on the inside matched the promise of the storefront; the cut and quality of clothing had me really excited to do a bit of shopping. As I browsed and added things to my dressing room, I talked with the owner about her choice oSee Original Article
Building Your Brand By Building Guest Post Relationships
By Diana Gomez The internet is a great place to build a community. Take an aspiring musician, for example. If she performs for only 15 people at Open Mic Night at The Lazy Dog Café, that doesn’t mean she’s not being heard. Music fans get the latest news and tips on “what’s hot” by reading popular digital magazine sites and blogs. If she sends her latest mp3 to a few popular sites, and one posts a favorable review, her fan base increases. They “like” herSee Original Article
The NYC Cook Who Turned a Tiny Food Cart Into His Biggest Dream
NEW YORK, New York — On a hot Friday afternoon, a herd of customers flank both sides of the food cart, waiting on their South Indian fare. The phone rings loudly with takeout orders. Yet New York food vendor Thiru Kumar calmly shuffles between tasks, giving everyone due attention.
Better known as the Dosa Man, Kumar opened his tiny world-renowned cart, NY Dosas (a dosa is a South Indian crepe), in 2001. Soon he amassed a cult following; local and international patrons visit year-round toSee Original Article
Recruiters Are From Mars, Job Seekers Are From Venus
In the midst of the job search, it feels like you’ve been waiting forever to get a call back from your recruiter. After you finally get the nerve to call, you hear, “We’ll keep your resume on file.” Does that mean the recruiter will call you as soon as a position opens up? Or is he just being nice?
There’s a communication problem between job seekers and recruiters that often leaves both parties confused and frustrated. Optimistic job seekers are up for trying anything, but reSee Original Article
For me, fall signals the beginning of the new year. When I was a little kid, it was the return to school, which meant new friends, new classes, new teachers…but for me, especially, a brand new notebook. The fresh pages beckoned, awaiting the baptism of ink, streaming from my pen. I am an office supplies addict. I could roam around an office supply store quite happily for hours, comparing pens and paper clips. Anyone one else suffer from this same addiction? As a native Iowan, I also vieSee Original Article
4 Ways Employers Can Use Social Video to Attract Top Talent
Welcome to the rise of online video everything
We use videos to share the important moments of our lives, to challenge our friends to donate to a worthy cause or even to find great new hire. According to Shutterstock and comScore, 190 million Americans watched an average of 397 million online videos in the month of January alone. Increasingly, we are moving from a culture of passive observers to one of active participants. In fact, 46% of online adults have become content creators, posting phoSee Original Article
News on Wednesday that a second health care worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola has further raised fears of an outbreak in the U.S.
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Two-thirds of Americans are worried about an Ebola epidemic in the U.S. and more than 4 in 10 are “very” or “somewhat worried” they or a close family member might catch the virus, according to a new poll from Washington Post-ABC News.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the risk of See Original Article