February 16, 2019

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Why Your Next Startup Should Focus on Healthcare

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The healthcare job market is experiencing a boom.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare employment numbers jumped by 42,000 in January, with the industry having added a whopping 368,000 jobs over the previous year. A strong economic foundation has helped this boost, but so has availability of game-changing technology. New innovations opened up new opportunities, which in turn created more jobs.However, as the healthcare industry continues to grow, so will its expenses, which could become unsustainable if left unaddressed. This might be worrisome to healthcare workers (especially newer ones). But for entrepreneurs looking for a healthcare entry point via technological innovation, now may be the perfect time to take a chance....
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Learn How to Practice Mindfulness at Work for Less Than $40

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Maybe it's our collective response to the near-constant distractions of technology and social media; maybe its just another facet of the ongoing woo-woo wellness trend fueled by the likes of Goop and crystal-toting influencers. Whatever the reason, the ancient Buddhist discipline of mindfulness — that is, the practice of living fully in the "now" — has become a full-on cultural phenomenon as of late.And employers are taking notice.Within the modern workplace, companies' increasingly popular efforts to encourage mindfulness have been shown to boost employees' focus, empathy, and efficiency while reducing their stress levels. A variety of approaches can be taken on the corporate level in order to achieve these results: Some organizations only go as far as giving their employees time for a quick walk outside or implementing productivity tools that cut down on multitasking. Within hipper workspaces (i.e., Google, Nike, and Apple), you'll find designated wellness rooms in which employees can quietly meditate and reflect....
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Breaking Through on the PGA Tour After 187 Tries

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Ken Duke, a professional golfer on the PGA Tour, discusses overcoming surgeries on his curved spine in order to carve out a career on the golf course. Ken and host David Meltzer talk about the individuality of golf and how the sports allows athletes to let their uniqueness shine through.The pair cover topics such as hard work and consistency, as well as using your platform as an athlete to give back, like Ken does with his annual charity golf tournament. Ken also gives an in-depth look at his approach to the game of golf, particularly the importance of slowing yourself down....
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U.S. Puts Sanctions on More Venezuelan Officials

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The U.S. sanctioned the head of Venezuela’s state-owned oil giant and five top intelligence and security officials and the Trump administration said it planned to deliver 200 tons of humanitarian aid to a border city in Colombia, intensifying its effort to ratchet up pressure on President Nicolás Maduro. .
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Mexico Relocates Hundreds of Migrants From Border City

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Hundreds of Central American migrants encamped in Mexico’s border city of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, Texas, are being relocated to other cities after a group of migrants rioted earlier this week and attempted to leave an abandoned factory where they were being held.
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9 Business Ideas Under $1,000 You Can Run From Anywhere

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Looking to start a business and refuse to be tied down to an office? Turns out you can start a company from the comfort of your own home -- or better yet, from an exotic far-flung beach -- for under $1,000.How is that possible, you might ask? Technology. Maria Dykstra, co-founder of TreDigital, a digital growth agency based in Washington D.C., has built her company around technology and allows her employees to work remotely.“A lot of how we work is online,” she says. “We use Google Docs, a lot. File sharing, video sharing, conferencing, emailing.”Being comfortable with technology is incredibly important for making a digital business successful, as well as letting customers know that you are traveling....
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Commander Says U.S. Has Flexibility to Keep Some Troops in Syria

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The top U.S. commander in the Middle East said he is moving forward with plans to pull forces out of Syria, but said the military has the flexibility to leave some troops there if President Trump decides to maintain a military presence.
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Market Up as Government Shutdown Averted, but FAANG Stocks Still Down

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President Trump signed a bill to avoid another government shutdown and simultaneously declared a national emergency on the southern border to get funding for the wall. Democrat leaders promised to sue.Good news for the market. The government deal and encouraging signs on the U.S./China trade talks sent stock prices sharply higher today. Large cap multinational companies surged, pushing the Dow index up 1.74 percent. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes were up 1.09 and 0.61 percent respectively.The Entrepreneur Index™ closed the day up 0.33 percent.The technology sector lagged the broader market. All four FAANG stocks on the Entrepreneur Index™, (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google -- now Alphabet), were down today. Amazon.com (-0.91 percent) fell the furthest....
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Chinese, U.S. Trade Negotiators Inch Toward a Broad Agreement

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Negotiators made progress on a memorandum of understanding that could serve as the basis for a deal that President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping could later finalize.
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Saudi Crown Prince Pivots to Asia After Criticism From West

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is embarking on a five-country sweep through Asia to improve ties with the East as the murder of a Saudi dissident and the Saudi-led war in Yemen continue to disrupt the kingdom’s relations with Western powers.
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How to Start a Small Business Online

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There is a proven sequence of steps you can follow to guarantee your success when you're starting a small business online. I've seen thousands of people start and grow successful businesses by doing the following:Anyone, from newbie to seasoned online entrepreneur, can benefit from this process in learning how to start a business online.Related: 10 Online Invoicing Services for Small-Business OwnersMost people who are just starting out make the mistake of looking for a product first, and a market second.To boost your chances of success, start with a market. The trick is to find a group of people who are searching for a solution to a problem, but not finding many results. The internet makes this kind of market research easy:...
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This Week in Weed: High End Hemp!

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Welcome to Green Entrepreneur's video recap of the cannabis news you might have missed this week, hosted by our cannabis correspondent, Conrad Martin.Luxury retailer, Barney's has plans to open up a high-end cannabis shop inside of its Beverly Hills location. Aptly named - The High End, the installation, will offer highly-curated and priced cannabis paraphernalia and is scheduled to open in MarchRelated: How This Brand Is Making Cannabis Feel Like a LuxuryCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he'll be dispatching the National Guard to target and eliminate illegal marijuana grows in the state. Newsom cited the dangers of illegal grows including cartels, destruction of forest land, and increased fire hazards....
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3 Strategies for Charging What You're Worth Without Selling Your Soul

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Have you ever thought about what to charge for your services and felt stuck? Life and business fulfillment coach Marina Kostina helps entrepreneurs break out of their limited beliefs and align their entire business with who they are. In this video, Kostina shares three things with Jessica Abo that can help you feel more comfortable with your fees.Related: 5 Things Planners Should Keep in Mind to Create Change in 2019Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, ewitducation and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre....
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The Power of Positivity: 4 Social Media Marketing Tips to Improve Your Online Presence

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Instagram has become a business hub and marketing tool that can help you, as an entrepreneur working anywhere in the world, expand your influence far and wide. Take the example of a rabid basketball fan and amateur player I know.Related: How Positivity Makes You Healthy and SuccessfulEliot Robinson (@eliot) is a social media influencer and entrepreneur who started the online basketball community Dunk (@dunk) on Instagram. In the past year, he initiated a movement on Instagram that now involves tens of thousands of people, gathered together under the simple symbol of a ✪. Too simple to be true? It wasn't! ...
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15 Businesses You Can Start for $10,000 or Less

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Starting a business can be intimidating. Finding the right idea, dealing with the financials and getting it up and running successfully add up to more than a standard full-time gig. Simply knowing how to start a business is just the beginning. Business ventures that are lower in risk, however, take some of that worrying out of the equation, so try looking for the cheapest business to start. Enter the "$10,000 or less" business idea.Related: Is Your Career at Risk? 10 Jobs Facing Extinction.Fortunately, there are plenty of small businesses you can start that won’t break the bank. The key is to find a business you can start with your current skills and scale without a lot of initial investment. Here are 15 low-cost ideas to start a profitable business....
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10 Ways to Make Money While You Sleep

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Do you remember in the past we were warned to be careful about being in debt because interest never stopped charging us, interest never slept, never took a day off, never took a holiday. Well the reverse is true, as well.Is your money making money while you sleep? Does it sound too good to be true? Since we still live in the age of the internet, it’s not that difficult to earn extra money on the side.With that in mind, here are 11 ways that you can actually earn money while you sleep.Related: Sleep In and Make Millions: Why You Don't Need to Wake Up at 5 A.M.Perhaps the most popular way to earn a passive income is by launching your own blog. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up and is cheap to start -- just purchase your domain name and pay for hosting....
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EU's Trade Surplus With U.S., a Bone of Contention for Trump, Hits Record

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The European Union reported a record trade surplus with the U.S. last year, a development that could weigh on slow-moving U.S.-EU trade talks and comes as the Trump administration prepares to deliberate hefty tariffs on European car imports.
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How to Start a Coin-Operated Laundry

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Editor's note: This article was originally published on February 1, 2008, and has been updated. It was excerpted from our Coin-Operated Laundry start-up guide, available from Entrepreneur Bookstore.The coin-operated laundry industry has undergone a revolution. No longer dingy, unsafe, boring places that customers must endure on a weekly basis, laundromats are becoming fun and attractive multiservice centers that customers may even enjoy visiting. "The industry is now getting a facelift," said Brian Wallace, president and CEO of the Coin Laundry Association, a national association for self-service laundry owners. "There's a trend toward coin laundries being more comfortable for the customer."...
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5 Simple, Science-Backed Ways Entrepreneurs Can Connect With Gen Z

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Whether you’re prepared for their impact or not, Gen Z is already here. This group, which makes up over one-fourth of the U.S. population and includes those born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, has already begun to enter the workplace and is becoming powerful consumer group.Related: How Millennials are Marketing to Gen ZFor entrepreneurs who want their business to stick around for the long haul, understanding how to connect with and appeal to this increasingly important demographic group will be vital for future success.It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Gen Z’s marketing and media consumption preferences differ from those of the generations that have come before. This doesn’t mean they’re impossible to reach. It just means you need to alter the traditional approach to marketing -- using the following five simple ways:...
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13 Prison Slang Terms You Should Use With Co-Workers

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Prison life is hard. It requires its own language, a slang understood only by those who experience it. Do you know what else is hard? Your job. While you might not be confined to solitary, your cubicle might sometimes feel like a cell. Or sometimes, even a death sentence.When you’re at your most pessimistic and your boss is being a dick, when the co-worker next to you is about to drive you to some heavy level manslaughter shit, you need the right slang to truly articulate how horrible life can be in the cubicle cell in which you live (or, maybe it's not so dramatic and you just want to have fun)....
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NLP: What It Is and How Female Entrepreneurs Can Use It to Erase Self-Doubt and Other Obstacles

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The world of business and entrepreneurship has long been perceived as a “man’s world,” but plenty of evidence has emerged to show that this is starting to change .We're escaping the lingering remnants of the wage gap, for example, by starting our own companies. Or, we're staying put in the corporate world and helping younger women by taking on a mentoring role. This is not to say that it's all good news, of course: Many women entrepreneurs continue to face an uphill battle due to the intrinsic biases the business world has always held. And, perhaps even more important is the battle women continue to wage against their own subconscious....
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The 5-Hour Rule Used by Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Elon Musk

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You just walked in the door from an exhausting day at work. You’re hungry and spent, just wanting to catch your breath for a minute. You grab something to eat and then veg out in front of the TV. Next thing you know, you've just binge-watched five episodes of the latest Netflix show.While that’s okay occasionally -- we all need ways to decompress and shut down -- this isn’t a healthy habit. That’s why the most successful people in the world spend their free time learning.It’s not exactly breaking news. During his five-year study of more than 200 self-made millionaires, Thomas Corley found that they don’t watch TV. Instead, an impressive 86 percent claimed they read -- but not just for fun. What’s more, 63 percent indicated they listened to audiobooks during their morning commute....
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How to Make Your Wealth Last for Generations

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In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Phil Town talks about how to sustain your wealth and create a long-lasting nest egg for your family. In other words, how to build generational wealth. Town notes that wealth does not immediately translate to the next generation. Sometimes, the offspring of wealthy parents simply are not building the skillset to manage their finances wisely. If you want to build generational wealth, you not only have to build wealth, but you have to learn how to sustain it over time. Town emphasizes, to continue to build wealth, you have to importantly, not lose money....
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A Jeff Bezos Letter From 1997 About 'Reversible Decisions' Sheds Some Light on the Shock Amazon HQ2 U-Turn

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This week Amazon made the shock announcement that it was abandoning its plan to move half of its new HQ2 campus to Queens, Long Island City in New York.The decision came after hefty political opposition to the plans from politicians such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Michael Gianaris, who represents Long Island City.The political opponents of New York's HQ2 celebrated the news, and Sen. Bernie Sanders congratulated the city on "standing up" to Amazon. However, other politicians viewed the decision as a major loss, including New York governor Andrew Cuomo.Some have described Amazon's sudden change of heart as the multi-billion dollar company throwing its toys out of the pram. Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted that Amazon had walked away, "all because some elected officials in New York aren't sucking up to them enough."...
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Why Companies Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Treat Their Diversity Numbers as Trade Secrets

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In 2018, IBM’s Chief Diversity Officer Lindsay-Rae McIntyre left the company with plans to start a similar position at Microsoft. IBM, in turn, responded by taking the woman who had been one of their top female executives to court.Like many employees in the tech industry, McIntyre had a non-compete agreement IBM sought to enforce it and argued that, even if the non-compete was unenforceable, McIntyre should still be prohibited from taking the job because she would “inevitably” disclose trade secrets.McIntyre was a human resources leader with no technical training. The trade secrets in question weren’t about products or services; rather the company was concerned about their diversity data and strategies becoming known and used to Microsoft’s advantage....
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Global Tax Regulation Is Due for an Overhaul - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DELOITTE

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Industry 4.0 is changing the speed investment decisions are made. That means tax regulators and business leaders must understand how to develop and implement regulations and strategic growth plans while working with governments to create global solutions.Industry 4.0 has rapidly become a global priority for enterprises and governments alike due to multiple benefits: It can enable developed nations to reindustrialize, and it can lower the barriers to entry for developing nations.Realizing these benefits, however, necessitates a profound transformation in business models: from economies of scale to on-demand manufacturing; from standardization to mass customization; from a linear, reactive supply chain to an agile, connected organization that can anticipate and respond to changes in the market....
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TaxSlayer Offers a More Cost-Effective Way to File This Tax Season

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Contrary to popular belief, not everyone hates dreads tax season — in fact, some people actually look forward to it. That's according to the Pew Research Center's most recent data on the matter, which revealed that just over a third of Americans like or love doing their income taxes each year.Still, that leaves the majority of us in the "dislike" or "hate" categories when it comes to doing taxes. Participants in Pew's survey who were polled as such cited a variety of reasons for their disdain, with the complexity, tediousness, and stressfulness of the filing process among people's biggest complaints. One particularly fed-up respondent put things simply: "I have better things to do."...
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How Companies Can Use Employee Data Responsibly

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In the wake of recent customer data breaches, companies are recognizing the need for more protections and transparency around the collection and use of customer data. But few have paid equal attention to the issues arising from the collection and mining of workplace data.Companies have vast amounts of valuable data on work and their workforce, and executives recognize the opportunity to use this data to improve productivity and to motivate and engage people. But employees are skeptical.We surveyed more than 10,000 workers, across all skill levels and generations, and 1400 C-level executives, in 13 countries and 13 industries. We found that more than 90% of the employees are willing to let their employers collect and use data on them and their work, but only if they benefit in some way. And they harbor serious concerns about how companies might use the data. Perhaps for good reason: only 30% of the executives whose companies use workforce data reported being highly confident they are using the data responsibly....
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Expanding the Local Talent Supply Requires Competitors to Collaborate

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I went to school in Ithaca, a beautiful city in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York with top-notch universities, but little other infrastructure to attract and grow a highly skilled workforce. After college, most of the top students in my class did what many top students from around the country do: They went to New York City to get a job. But what if more of us were tempted to stay because well-regarded companies decided to put down roots and connect with the community and the universities? There is no doubt that the complexion of upstate New York would begin to change.Related: Cities and States That Will Pay You to Move There...
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Business Teams Need Coaches Too

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Currently, only about 12 percent of business teams rate themselves as high performing. That leaves nearly 90 percent struggling or flat out dysfunctional. So, if your team is struggling, it is not alone. But it is unique.Team coaching in business is about building high performance teams using the unique strengths, objectives and challenges of the group.Related: Coaching Secrets From the Founder of IMGEvery team is its own system. It has a past, present and future, and its own strengths, weaknesses, habits, even moods. It has a set of values, a personality and certain attitudes. All of this contributes to the team culture, which has tremendous impact on team performance....
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Amazon Live Launched Its New-and-Improved Live Shopping Stream

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Amazon Live launched its new and improved live shopping stream. The live shopping stream will allow Brands, influencers, and products to drive their Live content and showcases products ranging from technology to household items. Viewers can ask hosts questions through the new app much like you would through Instagram.Bumble, the dating app that competes with Tinder, launches a feature called Spotlight. This paid feature allows users to bump their profile to the front of the queue in order to be seen by more people to up their dating game. To use the Spotlight feature, Bumble users must pay two coins. Each coin is 99 cents in the U.S. ...
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4 Ways Lying Becomes the Norm at a Company

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Many of the corporate scandals in the past several years — think Volkswagen or Wells Fargo — have been cases of wide-scale dishonesty. It’s hard to fathom how lying and deceit permeated these organizations. Some researchers point to group decision-making processes or psychological traps that snare leaders into justification of unethical choices. Certainly those factors are at play, but they largely explain dishonest behavior at an individual level and I wondered about systemic factors that might influence whether or not people in organizations distort or withhold the truth from one another....
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The Entrepreneur Behind Popchips Hopes to Have Another Hit With Rice Made From Vegetables

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Innovations that are seemingly simple usually have a lot of power. For Keith Belling, his first big hit came after he asked why chips couldn't come in a healthier, popped form. The result of that question, Popchips, became a hit snack under his leadership that is sold in more than 30,000 stores and has generated more than $100 million in revenue.Today, Belling will launch his next product, RightRice, which also stemmed from a simple question: How do you make rice healthier?"Most of the ideas that I've pursued in my career have come from solving a personal problem," Belling told Entrepreneur. "RightRice evolved from consuming too many carbs and empty calories, and eating less and less rice, one of my favorite foods. Both [Popchips and RightRice] inspired me to think deeply about the opportunity that existed and what was missing in the market.”...
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9 Reasons the Crypto Market Is Down

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Bring up cryptocurrency today, and you are likely to hear that the crypto market is down. People have finally realized that cryptocurrency has no real value -- or so the argument goes.Without going into the tenuous value of other assets, the fact that crypto isn’t backed by anything is not the real reason for today’s bear market. Instead, the crypto market is facing significant growing pains, coupled with a public opinion crisis. But when cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, investors and regulators address the following nine factors, you can expect a major market shift.Related: The Murky World of Cryptocurrency...
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Why Do Edibles Make You So Darn High?

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Chances are that you -- or someone you know -- had a really bad experience with an edible.In fact, most weed horror stories begin with some variation of, "Oh, man. One time I ate this (brownie, cookie, gummy, peanut butter cup) and I was, like, out-of-my-mind high for 24 hours." This kind of terrifying trip was immortalized in a famous New York Times op-ed by Maureen Dowd, in which she recounts a particularly horrible encounter she had with a caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar in Denver. I, too, will confess to having my own scary run-in with an edible. I'd just had surgery and was looking for something other than Oxycontin to ease the pain, so I took a pill with a high THC count. An hour later, the buzz hit me so hard that I put on my heart monitor to make sure I wasn't in cardiac arrest. ...
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Why a Stress Detox Is Vital for an Entrepreneur

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Ben Huh, the CEO of the Cheezburger Network humor websites, wrote about his suicidal thoughts following a failed startup in 2001 in an article titled, "When Death Feels Like a Good Option.” A former MySpace vice-president wrote on his website, “I was to the edge and back a few times this past year with my business and own depression. If you're about to lose it, please contact me."Related: How to Tackle Workplace Stress and AnxietyStress, depression and anxiety have become more widely recognized and discussed within the entrepreneural world. Stress is one of the greatest toxins to our body. As these toxins build up, we experiences symptoms such as extreme fatigue, low mood, anxiety, high fever, hot flashes, swelling/redness and nausea. Running a business creates emotional turbulence. Taking deliberate steps to detoxify and reduce stress are important, and often overlooked, aspects to success. Today, we are focusing on five things that entrepreneurs can do each day to reduce the stress and toxin build-up in their lives....
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AI Is Disrupting Freelancing: Here's How You Can Thrive

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Freelancers are definitely having a moment. It’s expected that by 2027 freelancers will make-up over 50 percent of the American workforce.At the same time, technology is also disrupting the landscape of work. Can you think of any industry that’s not being impacted by technology like artificial intelligence? Freelancing is no exception. I mean why spend a ton of money on a writer when you can have a robot do it for you?I know this may sound concerning for freelancers. But, you can still thrive, even in the era of the machines, by following these five simple pieces of advice.Despite the fact that 49 percent of freelancers say that AI has already affected their work, freelancers are also a resourceful and knowledgeable group -- 65 percent of freelancers report that they’re more prepared for the future then full-time workers because they’re regularly updating their skills....
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China Seeks to Woo U.S. With Promise of Big Chip Purchases

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China is counting on promises of big purchases of semiconductors and other U.S. goods to ease trade tensions and persuade President Trump to extend a tariff truce and later resolve the market-rattling dispute directly with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
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Israel, Gulf States Commend Kushner's Peace Effort

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Jared Kushner said that a show of unity among Israeli and Arab officials at a U.S.-backed conference in Warsaw made him feel optimistic about prospects for peace in the Middle East.
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NATO Defense Ministers Weigh Responses to Russian Missile Threat

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NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels weighed responses to Russia’s cruise-missile deployment that may upend that INF Treaty ranging from arms controls to missile defenses and boosting the number and speed of reaction forces.
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Pope and a Trusted U.S. Cardinal Clash Over Sex-Abuse Crisis

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley has fought to bring new safeguards and severe penalties for abusers to the Vatican, but the church has moved away from talk of zero tolerance.
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Pence Accuses Europe of Busting Sanctions Against 'Murderous' Iran

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Vice President Mike Pence lashed out at Washington’s major European allies for helping what he called a “murderous” Iran escape U.S. sanctions, speaking at a global conference in Warsaw.
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Bed Bath & Beyond (Up 49 Percent This Year) Continues to Rise, but the Market Falls Flat

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A shockingly bad retail sales figure for December (-1.2 percent vs. 0.2 percent estimate), released this morning, got things off to a bad start. Stock prices and U.S. Treasury bond yields fell sharply after the market opened, as worries about the U.S. economy and heavily indebted U.S. consumers resurfaced.The retail sales data was so unexpectedly bad and so in conflict with other holiday season sales reports and economic data, that some economists think it could be wrong. Not out of the question given that the government shutdown may have affected data gathering activity at the Commerce Department....
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This Startup Raised $30 Million. Now, Its Founder Is Accused of Fraud.

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This story originally appeared on Entrepreneur en Español.On Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, a tweet that supposedly came from the employees of Mexican startup Yogome announced that its 150 workers were on the 17th floor of the iconic Torre Latinoamericana building in Mexico City being forced to sign their resignations.Soon after, Forbes Mexico published an article that claimed that the company closed its doors because one of its founders, Manolo Díaz, was accused of fraud.The news shook the entire Latin American business ecosystem, because Yogome was, for all intents and purposes, one of the most successful Mexican startups in recent years. Its story was fantastic: Manolo Díaz and his partner Alberto Colín (who seems not to be involved in the fraud accusations) were two entrepreneurs from the central Mexican city of San Luis Potosí who opened a videogame company to educate children around the globe. Less than 10 years later, their content was available in six languages (English, Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and Korean) and reached 30 countries....
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Women Bought Twice As Much Cannabis in 2018 As They Did The Year Before

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Many have called 2018 the Year of the Woman. And the cannabis industry was no exception.According to a new report by Eaze, an online market place and technology platform for legal cannabis, the number of women buying cannabis in California doubled in 2018 from the year before. "We see a strong majority of women are using cannabis for wellness reasons like personal care and improved sleep," said Peter Gigante, head of policy research at Eaze.The study also found a growth in the use of CBD products -- such as face and body creams and bath bombs -- among female boomers. The report draws on data from 450,000 customers, as well as a survey of 4,000 in California....
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4 Ways That Live Chat, as in 'Human' Chat, Still Beats Out the Bots

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The Super Bowl is always a huge event in advertising and marketing. This year, though? It was a big moment for chatbot support. Brands all across the internet, including Kia and Domino's Pizza, launched (Kia) or expanded (Domino's) their chatbot systems during American football's biggest game. While chatbots are nothing new -- they've been around since the '70s -- they became one of the hot topics in marketing in 2018. That doesn't exclude humans, however. Because another interesting dynamic that emerged during the Super Bowl was human-first messaging -- also called live chat, meaning real-time conversations between customers and service representatives using special software....
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There's a New Version of Tinder Made Just for Cattle (60-Second Video)

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Finding the right match is hard for everyone -- including cows. That why a U.K.-based company has launched Tudder, a "Tinder for cattle" that matches cows and bulls from over 42,000 farms for breeding purposes.Prime Time Sports, a sporting goods store in Colorado Springs, Colo., was forced to close after pulling all Nike items from its shelves in protest of Colin Kaepernick's taking a knee during the National Anthem. “Being a sports store without Nike is kind of like being gas station without gas,” said owner Stephen Martin.Everyone's favorite Russian falling-block-puzzle game is back! Riding the wave of popularity of battle royale games like Fortnite and Call of Duty, Tetris 99 allows, yes, 99 competitors to compete at once. The game is now available on the Nintendo Switch as a free download....
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How to Make an App When You Can't Code (a Step-by-Step Guide)

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How to Make an App: You’ve dreamed up the perfect app idea, but your amount of technical knowledge is slim to none. Now what?Coding experience isn't necessarily vital upfront when it comes to making an app, so never fear. “People … essentially use the lack of this technical talent as an excuse to not get started when, in reality, it’s sort of this chicken-and-egg situation,” says Jonathan Greechan, co-founder of and head of marketing for The Founder Institute. “A lot of people think, ‘I can’t start the business until I have the technical founder -- I can’t launch it,’ but in reality, you won’t find the technical founder unless you start building out the business.”...
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Achieve Your Dreams With This One, Very Simple Thing

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In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mike Phillips talks about how to make your dreams and passions a reality. You can do so by doing just one thing: Taking action.Phillips stresses specificity when establishing your goals. When you take action, you will always be met with an end result, but the quality of that result will line up with how specific are you in your goal. If you want subpar results, then set unclear goals. Be wary of the influence of others' opinions. Phillips stresses that you shouldn't be stopped by others opinions if you are passionate and eager about your goals. The perfect plan, if never executed, will never see results. To truly see progress and achieve your goals, you have to take action!...
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Read Amazon's Statement on Why It Is Pulling Out of Planned HQ2 in New York City

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Amazon released the following statement on Thursday, Feb. 14:After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City....
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5 Ways to Take Control of Your Money in 2019

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2019 is the year that you are going to get your financial life together -- finally! No more excuses, the time is now. Sure, budgeting sucks. But guess what? So does being broke. This is the year that you are going to reclaim your financial destiny once and for all.Instead of being freaked out by getting your financial you-know-what together, make a plan. Here are some things to get you started:In order to take control of your money this year, you have to know where you’re starting from -- that means getting the full picture of your assets (what you have), your liabilities (what you owe), and all of your monthly expenses (yes, even your $5 subscriptions that you often forget about.) I even have a worksheet to help you do so here....
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Stand-Up Comedian Chris Distefano's Journey From Physical Therapist to Professional Joke Maker

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In a way, every standup comedian is an entrepreneur. Especially when starting out, comics must be their own writer, director, manager, agent and booker.Brooklyn-born Chris Distefano -- who burst onto the scene on MTV’s Guy Code -- has now been at it for over 10 years. His first hour-long special, Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist, premiered in January on Comedy Central, and his weekly interstitial series, Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano, was just extended for a new batch of episodes. Additionally, he recently signed an overall deal with the network that includes a second hour-long stand-up special, an animated series and an unscripted series. ...
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The Secrets of Building Relationships, From People Who Make it Their Business to Find You One

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So much of business is developing and maintaining long-term relationships. When we spend the majority of our time at work with co-founders, colleagues and customers, you want to make sure that you are putting care into building that rapport.With Valentine’s Day in mind, we asked entrepreneurs in the industry of helping people find love and relationships for their best advice about making connections that go the distance.Talia Goldstein, the founder and CEO of the matchmaking company Three Day Rule, said that ultimately, the best business connections take time, energy and thought -- just like your romantic relationships do. So how do you foster a good one?...
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13 Ways We Justify, Rationalize, or Ignore Negative Feedback

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Everybody loves feedback . . . as long as it’s positive.But most of us dislike negative feedback so much that we’ve even changed the name — it’s not negative, it’s constructive.Still, it’s an irreplaceably valuable gift.We need to know when we are doing things that don’t land the way we planned. When our impact veers from our intention. And the best — often times the only — way to discover that gap is through feedback.That said, chances are you fight against it.It doesn’t feel good to be told you missed the mark. And, since feedback often uncovers our blind spots, it’s especially jarring because, in many cases, we thought we were doing a good job. So we don’t immediately or intuitively agree with the validity of it (we tend not to believe things we can’t see ourselves)....
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How This College Dropout Created a Fast-Growing But 'Culture-First' Hollywood PR Agency

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In the Women Entrepreneur series My First Moves, we talk to founders about that pivotal moment when they decided to turn their business idea into a reality -- and the first steps they took to make that happen.When Tess Finkle launched her public relations business in Hollywood at the age of 21, she had no master plan. In fact, she had no plan at all-- only a hunch that she could hustle her way to success and deliver results on her own better than she could at a large PR agency, like the one where she’d spent the previous two years.So, hustle she did. And, after branching out on her own, Finkle slowly built a client list, leveraged those relationships to achieve some business successes and along the way accepted some forms of payment she now admits were "questionable."...
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How You Can Master Link-Building in 2019. Big Benefits Will Result If You Do.

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Do you want your website to be found by more people on the web? If the answer is yes (and I’m pretty sure it is for most website owners), link-building is definitely a skill you’ll want to master this year. In fact, according to a 2015 survey conducted by Moz that voiced the opinions of some of the smartest search marketers out there, links play the biggest role of all search-engine ranking factors.But first, what is link-building?Related: What Google Doesn't Want You to Hear About Link-Building for SEOSpecifically, it's the process of adding hyperlinks you've acquired from other websites to your own website. These links are like streets that allow users to navigate between pages on the internet. The goal, of course, is to have as many “streets” (links) on the web as possible so that you can lead people straight to your website. Link-building not only helps more users discover your site on the web, but helps Google determine how a page on your site should rank in its search results....
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5 Secrets to Scaling Successful Events

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Over the last four years, City Summit & Gala events have featured billionaire speakers like Sir Richard Branson, John Paul DeJoria, Brian Smith and Jeff Hoffman, to name a few. Some of the world's top celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, James Cameron and Charlize Theron have also been in attendance. The goal of these events is to inspire and educate entrepreneurs and innovators alike to take their businesses and ideas to the next level. This year, for its fourth annual Oscars after-party event in February, organizers are honoring Golden Globe-winning actor Colin Farrell with the City Summit & Gala's 2019 Inspiration Award....
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Will an Ice Cream Company Based on New York City's Serendipity Be Able to Compete Nationwide?

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How much does an iconic brand name matter when competing in a crowded category? The owners of New York City's famous Serendipity 3 -- which boasts of famous customers such as Andy Warhol, Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey and featured heavily in a 2001 romantic comedy of the same name -- will found out.Late last year, the owners (a group of investors purchased the restaurant and its assets in 2018) of the 65-year-old dessert establishment introduced a line of ice cream pints to New York City 7-Eleven stores. Now, the products will be rolled out nationwide. Mark Smolin, CEO of Serendipity Brands, is banking on the brand's iconic status and "premium" ingredients to compete with the likes of Häagen-Daz and Ben & Jerry's....
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To Get Companies to Take Action on Social Issues, Emphasize Morals, Not the Business Case

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More employees are asking their companies and leaders to tackle important social problems.If you are an employee who wants to create social change from within your organization, what is the best approach? Conventional wisdom is clear on this one: make the business case. Convince management that addressing the issue will help the company’s bottom line. We’ve seen the business case for a plethora of social issues: increasing diversity, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, corporate volunteering programs, reducing poverty, and treating employees well.Yet some have questioned whether we always have to make the business case. For example, don’t many organizational leaders want to improve society as an end in itself? Research also shows the business case can activate a leader’s “economic schema,” or a tendency to make decisions solely from an economic viewpoint, which can lead to less compassionate behavior....
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9 Tips for Starting a Business in a Crowded Digital Marketplace

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Many successful entrepreneurs were inspired to start their businesses after noticing a hole in the marketplace that needed to be filled, whether it was Bill Gates creating an operating system for home computers, Pierre Omidyar starting an online auction site, or Elon Musk building a reliable electric car.But what happens when you want to jump feet first into a marketplace that’s already crowded? We spoke to the entrepreneurs behind a wide-ranging group of successful companies in some of the most competitive digital spaces -- from butchers to home brands to eco-friendly cleaning products -- to get their insights into what makes a business that lasts....
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Is Your Integrated Marketing Campaign Truly Integrated? - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM QUAD

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By Joel QuadracciIntegrated marketing is one of the most touted phrases in today’s multi-channel world. If you Google it, 600 million+ results pop up in less than a second. Twenty years ago, the phrase referred to unifying different marketing disciplines (advertising, PR, direct mail, etc.) to serve one strategy. Today, most use it to describe online and offline channels working together to create a seamless consumer experience.So everyone talks about it and tries to define it, but does it exist?The truth is, not really – at least not the way it should, and can. We all know that in today’s disrupted marketing landscape there are more places than ever to spend dollars, and the pressure to create campaigns that integrate multiple channels and then deliver stellar results is unrelenting. But the typical way of planning and executing a campaign remains very dis-integrated....
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Learn How to Apply Math to Important Business Decisions, for Less Than $10

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Your teachers and professors were pulling your leg when they promised you'd use algebra, geometry, and calculus post-graduation.The biggest issue with the way most of us were taught the more complex branches of math (and therefore find them useless now) is this: we were shown how to use them, but not why we should use them. Take trigonometry, for instance. If your experience with it is limited to assignments that required you to measure a two-dimensional triangle's angles, it makes sense that you find it irrelevant now. But if you knew how to apply that knowledge to, say, the construction of your new roof or a pilot's descent onto a runway, you might be singing a different tune....
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Research: Women Are Winning More Scientific Prizes, But Men Still Win the Most Prestigious Ones

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When Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize for her research on economic governance in 2009, it was the first (and so far, the only) time a woman won a Nobel for economics. That prize has existed for nearly 50 years.We don’t do a great job of recognizing women’s contributions to science and innovation. Only two women have won the Nobel for physics in the nearly 100 years it has been conferred. The most prestigious prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal, has had just one female winner: the late Maryam Mirzakhani. And evidence suggests female academics are also less likely to receive grant funding due to gender bias....
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16 Tips to Succeed With Organic PR Outreach

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Recently, business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan nominated one of our clients for their award of excellence. Interestingly, they called the PR company instead of the client, which shows there was a direct relationship between the nomination and the PR efforts.Public relations is an essential part of marketing for any company because it brings visibility and credibility to your business. Getting featured in top-tier outlets with millions of readers per month not only boosts your website traffic, but also lets people learn about you from a neutral perspective. This can mark the difference between acceptance and failure....
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A Former Model's Journey to Cosmetics Entrepreneurship

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Ashley Peterson, former model and founder of Elizabella Cosmetics, discusses the insights she’s gained about growing a business from her experience launching her first entrepreneurial venture. She covers topics such as balancing a startup business with a busy family life, creating sustainable growth without over-extending and overcoming a fear of the unknown as a first-time entrepreneur.Peterson and host David Meltzer discuss the role that mentorship plays for entrepreneurs, future plans for the expansion of Elizabella’s product lines, as well as how she can effectively scale the business moving forward. They also share their thoughts on the importance of building a strong personal brand as the leader of an organization....
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Could Superman Be the Hidden Secret to Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed?

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Many entrepreneurs, start-up founder and those who want to start businesses, have habitually discussed the feeling of imposter syndrome, insecurity or not feeling like they are cut out to be an entrepreneur. These feelings are completely normal. Even history greats have felt this way at some point in time. What you never really hear about industry legends is the backstory. There have been many people in history, like Martin Luther King Jr., who have tapped into the characteristics and traits of their favorite heroes in order to move past the resistance and step into the reality they desired to create....
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How to Approach an Office Romance (and How Not To)

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Lots of people meet their partners at work, and yet dating someone in the office is often frowned upon. Some companies even have explicit policies against it. So what if you and a colleague have been flirting and might want to explore a relationship? Should you steer clear? Should what’s right from a professional perspective override what’s best for your personal life?What the Experts Say There are perfectly good reasons why coworkers fall for one another, says Art Markman, a professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. “You spend a tremendous amount of time at work and, if you put people in close proximity, working together, having open, vulnerable conversations, there’s a good chance there are going to be romantic relationships,” he says. Research shows that we also tend to fall for people who are similar to ourselves, says Amy Nicole Baker, an associate professor of psychology at University of New Haven and author of several papers on workplace romance. And “the more familiar you are with the person, the more likely it is that you’ll become attracted to one another,” she says. If you’ve become romantically interested in a colleague, proceed carefully. Here are some things to think about....
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Why Is Your Veterinarian Still Reluctant to Discuss CBD With You?

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Advocating for your pet’s health can be a real challenge. Animals instinctively hide their pain (a carry-over survivor skill from the wild), often making that initial clinical diagnosis difficult and consequently the treatment protocol too.The good news is CBD is a non-toxic, non-pharmaceutical alternative that can bring relief for many ailments that plague our pets. The bad news? Pet owners across the country eager to broach the subject of BD with their veterinarian continue to be met with silence -- despite numerous trial studies and mounting anecdotal evidence demonstrating the efficacy of CBD oil to rapidly improve the conditions of pets suffering from anxiety, inflammation, seizures, and chronic pain while boosting the pet's immune system....
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5 Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

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So you didn’t follow the Elon Musk path of creating a computer game at age 12 or cold-calling a corporate banking maven to snag a paying internship? You can still become a compelling, talked-about entrepreneur if you follow a few best practices.Entrepreneurship begins not just with a dream, but also with the motivation to back it up. To offer a domestic parallel, we all know the apartment dweller who always thinks about how life will change “when I own my own place” -- a place that will never exist because he can’t muster the energy to toss his recyclables in the bin down the hallway.Don’t be that guy: Take the initiative to realize your dreams and join the founders’ ranks. You can start by learning from successful leaders who’ve gone before you....
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Corporate America Needs Understand These 4 Keys to Working With Millennials

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We’ve all heard about (and many of us have had) negative experiences when trying relate with the millennial generation. There is much talk about how scary it’s going to be working with these millennials. Many worry what will happen to our economny and corporate cultture.Millennials have a bad reputation as entitled, lazy, self-obsessed, fame-obsessed whiners who are allergic to hard work but expect to be disproportionately rewarded for very little effort. A 2013 article by Joel Stein in Time magazine gave us these statistics:Chris Tuff, a current researcher who wrote an enlightening new book called The Millennial Whisperer, claims the ideas we hold of our millennials is all wrong. He brings a fresh new perspective teaches us that corporate America simply needs to understand what motivates our millennials and how to utilize these motivations to inspire this generation to perform. Tuff offers us the following key points to help leaders to understand and work with millennials....
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Why Did This German Olympian Help Jesse Owens While Hitler Watched?

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In 1936, Carl Ludwig “Luz” Long was an Olympian who embodied the very ideal of the Nazi party. A tall, blue-eyed and blond 21-year-old, Long at the time held the European record for the long jump and was expecting -- along with his country’s leaders -- to win a gold medal in the upcoming Berlin Olympic games.Long would eventually fight with the German army against the Allies during World War II and meet his end after receiving fatal wounds during the Battle of St Pietro in 1943.But that was in the future. For now, Long would be facing a different kind of enemy: am African American named Jesse Owens who personified the very antithesis of Hitler's white, supreme-race theory. Owens would ultimately make history at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals, breaking or equaling nine Olympic records and setting three new world records....
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Battle to Oust Islamic State Takes Toll on Syrian Civilians

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Thousands of Syrians fleeing a U.S.-backed battle against Islamic State have faced near-freezing temperature to find safety in a camp with too few tents; at least 35 children and newborns have died, mostly due to hypothermia, according to the United Nations.
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U.S. Accuses Ex-Intelligence Officer of Spying for Iran

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A former U.S. counterintelligence officer was accused of providing Iran with information about highly classified U.S. programs after defecting there.
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European Union Agrees to New Copyright Law

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The bill is aimed at reining in tech giants and throwing a lifeline to news publishers. It is expected to be formally approved by mid-April, after which EU governments will have two years to include it in their national laws.
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Venezuela's Maduro Shows No Sign of Leaving. Now What?

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Venezuela’s opposition and its U.S. backers figured President Nicolás Maduro’s regime would crumble quickly after Washington threw its support behind a plan to sap his military support and spur his exit. It hasn’t happened that way.
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Pentagon Chief Tries to Reassure NATO Allies

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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan began two days of meetings with NATO allies who are unsettled by President Trump’s mixed messages on the alliance and the breakdown of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty.
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Government Shutdown and Trade Talks Still in Limbo but Market Up Slightly

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Relatively positive signals on the U.S.-China trade talks helped the major indexes post small gains. Chinese President Xi Jinping will reportedly meet with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Beijing and yesterday President Trump said that he would consider extending the Mar. one deadline for new tariffs to take effect in order to close a trade deal with China.The Dow and S&P 500 indexes were up 0.46 percent and 0.3 percent respectively while the Nasdaq Composite index rose just 0.08 percent. The Entrepreneur Index™ closed the day down 0.02 percent....
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Business Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide

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A business plan is a written description of your business's future, a document that tells what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business strategy, you've written a plan, or at least the germ of one.Business plans are inherently strategic. You start here, today, with certain resources and abilities. And you want to get to there, a point in the future (usually three to five years out), at which time your business will have a different set of resources and abilities as well as greater profitability and increased assets. Your plan shows how you will get from here to there....
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8 Great Ways to Make Money Without a Degree

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According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, only 46 percent of college students actually finish their degrees. Research also shows that college graduates ages 25 to 32 earn $17,500 more annually than their non-degree-holding counterparts. But, given the crushing cost of student debt and a slowly recovering job market, is a college degree really worth it?Related: Do You Really Need a College Degree These Days?Certainly, anyone with a formal education should value his or her training, but that doesn’t diminish the wealth potential of ambitious non-degree holders. PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel thinks good ideas and work experience outweigh education. In fact, the Thiel Fellowship offers a $100,000 grant to college dropouts and those who delay formal education to become entrepreneurs....
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As Brexit Deadline Nears, EU Loses Confidence in May

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As the clock ticks down on the U.K.’s planned departure from the European Union, EU leaders are still waiting for a signal from British Prime Minister Theresa May on the next steps in negotiating a critical divorce deal.
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How Constant Reinvention and Risk Taking Leads to Success

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Walking into most coworking offices, you’ll see an obligatory beer tap and perhaps a dog or two wandering the halls. Not so at Ignitia Office, a coworking space located in Brooklyn. The only thing you’ll find on tap is Kombucha, and they have a strict no-dogs policy. The setting is as unique as one of the co-founders, Josh Bobrowsky.For starters, Bobrowsky has a law degree, and he played high-stakes poker to pay tuition for undergrad and law school. When he moved to Texas, he discovered networking was done at the shooting range as opposed to a golf course. So in order to build his network, he spent months learning how to fire a shotgun. He eventually quit his job at an oil and tech VC firm so he could focus on raising enough capital to open Ignitia Office along with his co-founder, Stephen De Rosa. This involved driving from Texas to New York with no job, no apartment and no safety net if things didn’t work out....
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Medicare for All, plus Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amazon HQ2, Marie Kondo, Toys, Spotify and Podcasting, and More

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Listen and subscribe to this podcast via Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSSYoungme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai debate Medicare for All and ask whether the U.S. healthcare system is broken. They then offer quick takes on everything from Amazon’s latest HQ2 news, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s influence, Marie Kondo, the toy industry, Spotify’s aggressive push into podcasting, and more!Download this podcastSome recent picks:You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak7defbd345ab67a28a2d815f0d05ec10f').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy7defbd345ab67a28a2d815f0d05ec10f = 'harvardafterhours' + '@'; addy7defbd345ab67a28a2d815f0d05ec10f = addy7defbd345ab67a28a2d815f0d05ec10f + 'gmail' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text7defbd345ab67a28a2d815f0d05ec10f = 'harvardafterhours' + '@' + 'gmail' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak7defbd345ab67a28a2d815f0d05ec10f').innerHTML += ''+addy_text7defbd345ab67a28a2d815f0d05ec10f+''; . You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA....
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Our Digital Lives Don’t Need to Make Us Unhappy, Unhealthy, and Unwise

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Fifty five years ago this month, America reached a hazardous milestone: “peak tobacco.” Men and women that year smoked more cigarettes than ever before recorded—523 billion of them. Only after four decades of slow decline – and millions of smoking-related deaths – did American culture reluctantly jettison tobacco as a symbol of social status.Today we see another precipice on the horizon, with potentially catastrophic effects on human health. Historians and clinicians may someday call this moment “peak content.” American adults now spend over 11 hours per day listening to, watching, reading or generally interacting with media—sometimes longer. That’s more time than we spend eating and sleeping. From YouTube videos to viral tweets, we are ingesting a huge volume of media, and it has consequences....
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Cannabis Is Emerging As an Entirely New CPG Category

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A benefit of being on the road is the perspective that I gain from speaking to cannabis entrepreneurs from around the globe. Watching brand-new businesses emerge from each wave of legalization is truly exhilarating. Of all the creative, innovation-driven new markets, food + beverage shows by far the most potential for cannabis entreneurs.We've seen remarkable growth in this category since the widespread legalization of hemp-derived CBD in the United States and Canada. As more consumers discover and enjoy the supplement-like benefits of CBD and THC, more are requesting sippable, snackable products....
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How Becoming an Entrepreneur Helped Me Overcome Suicidal Thoughts

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The artillery was still dropping as I ran up to Sgt. Young Min Dillon’s position. I heard he was hit and arrived just in time to share the last moments of his life. That was 1991 in Iraq. I feel fortunate to have been there and at the same time, it haunts me every day because it should have been me. At least that’s how I feel and that is where my doc says “it” all started with my Combat PTSD.Veterans are an interesting demographic. We volunteer to do things most people don’t or won’t. Once we enlist, we are told what to do and when to do it. The basics are taken care of so that we as soldiers, marines, airmen and seamen can hyper-focus on our one task at hand. We become part of a massive team effort. In the military, no one needs to say a word: who you are, what you have done, where you served, how long you served and what you accomplished is all seen on your uniform....
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AI Opportunities Abound, If You Know the Unexpected Places to Look

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Almost 90 percent of Americans currently use at least one device, program or service that features an artificial intelligence (AI) component, according to a recent Gallup poll. AI is also viewed as a way to enhance productivity and efficiencies in a variety of business settings; that's why most current work in AI is focused on direct consumer services or manufacturing, warehousing and fulfillment.Related: 5 Ways in Which Digital and Artificial Intelligence are Changing Work DynamicsYet AI's its potential applications go well beyond this narrow view. Nearly every industry, in fact, could benefit from utilizing AI, and those possibilities have barely been realized. This untapped potential creates the following wealth of opportunities for entrepreneurs, especially those willing to travel unexpected paths....
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A Quick Primer on Managing Your Web-Development Tasks

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Early in the life of your startup, perhaps when that venture is still just a side project, you need to get serious about the design of your website or app(s). And you can expect that task to be a financial drain. Building a great interface isn't all that different from building a house: It has to be done by a great designer or coders; and those professionals' labor doesn't come cheap.Related: Learn About Wireframes Before Hiring a Web DeveloperHowever, there are ways you can reduce costs and the amount of time that designer or coder spends on your project. Here are the typical stages of a web-development project and how you can reduce costs at each step....
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Are Entrepreneurs Doomed When it Comes to Finding Love?

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Considering that tomorrow is Valentine's Day, chances are that a gnawing question is eating at you and at many of your fellow overachievers. That question: Can entrepreneurs find love? Or, will our gravestones read “Founder of …” instead of “beloved husband/wife”?Related: In a Relationship With an Entrepreneur? Here Are 10 Things You Should Never Say.Witnessing yet another entrepreneur couple, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, take a nosedive, it’s normal to ask ourselves, “What hope do I/we have if the biggest players and their relationships are falling apart?”My own response is, “Don’t give up!” There’s still hope for your own power-couple love story to blossom. You just need a road map on how to thrive in business and your relationship as an entrepreneur. Read on!...
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Don't Forget About the Paperwork -- You Need Proper Documentation to Run a Successful Business

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In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Peter Voogd talks to Randall Pich about his journey through entrepreneurship as the CEO of Live Fit Apparel. Voogd asks Pich what he would recommend to a young entrepreneur, one who is just starting his entrepreneurial journey. Voogd asks if there are any particular roadblocks young entrepreneurs should look out for that perhaps only come with experience and time. Pich talks about the importance of being decisive and organized in your hiring. Moreover, your management should be organized and executed smartly, as well. With job titles and paperwork, you must make sure that you are covering your tracks with official documents....
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Rumor: Apple AirPods 2, AirPower, New iPads to Arrive March 29

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March 29 might be an exciting date for Apple fans.Apple is planning to release its second-generation AirPods along with new iPads and the long-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat that Friday, according to 9to5Mac, which cites Greek site iPhonehellas.gr.iPhonehellas.gr says Apple plans to start accepting pre-orders on March 22 with an official launch a week later. But as 9to5Mac notes, iPhonehellas.gr "does not really have a past reputation," so to take its predictions with a grain of salt.Meanwhile, well-known tech leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @onleaks on Twitter) said today he heard from a "seemingly reliable source" that the new AirPods won't make their debut until this fall....
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Jack Dorsey Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is 'Mastering' Twitter, but Elon Musk Is His Favorite Tweeter

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was interviewed by Recode's Kara Swisher on Tuesday over -- you guessed it -- Twitter.Swisher pressed Dorsey to give specific answers to her questions. After quizzing him on tech responsibility, Donald Trump, and abuse on his platform, Swisher asked Dorsey who he thinks the most "exciting influential" person on Twitter is.Dorsey's answer: Elon Musk.Musk himself chimed in, evidently flattered. "Thanks Jack, Twitter rocks!" Musk tweeted, followed by a string of seemingly random emojis.While many of Musk's tweets are irreverent or showcase his love of technology, the "ups and downs" Dorsey refers to can have real ramifications. Musk's penchant for Twitter became notorious last year after he tweeted "funding secured," prompting the SEC to slap him and Tesla with $20 million fines....
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Research-Based Advice for Women Working in Male-Dominated Fields

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When it comes to gender equality in the workplace, organizations are keeping a slow — and I do mean slow— and steady pace.In 2018, 26 years after the first “Year of the Woman” in 1992, a historic 102 women were elected to the House of Representatives. However, they still represent less than 25% of the total number of elected officials in the chamber. A record 248 women were appointed board directors among some of the most prominent companies in the U.S., but they make up just 31% of total new board directors selected last year. And while Donna Strickland became the first woman in 55 years — and the third woman overall — to win the Noble Prize in physics, women are still grossly underrepresented in many STEM fields and are more likely to face gender discrimination on the job....
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Instagram Engagement Pods -- Should You Use Them?

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Ever since Instagram switched its feed from chronological to algorithm-based, content creators have been forced to find new and -- ahem, creative -- ways to beat the algorithm. Because Instagram now serves posts it deems relevant and engaging based on a multitude of factors, people are trying to inflate engagement on their posts in hopes of being picked up by the algorithm.Related: 4 Ways to Grow an Authentic Instagram Following in 2019One creative way is Instagram engagement pods.Pods are groups of Instagrammers who get together to like and comment on each other’s posts. It's pretty important for a new post to get likes and comments as fast as it can to demonstrate its worthiness of more exposure. If you have a group of people engaging with your post as soon as it goes up, you are giving a head start to each post....
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Master the Art of Public Speaking for Less Than $20

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If you've ever been recruited to deliver a public speech, someone likely gave you a particular tip before you got behind the podium: Picture your audience in their underwear to make your stage fright disappear.Did the person who shared that advice have good intentions? Yes. Is it bad (and somewhat icky) advice that only made you feel more uncomfortable onstage? Also yes.When it comes to doling out public speaking advice, few of us can produce something that's actually constructive: "Look at your audience's foreheads, not eyes"? They'll definitely notice, and they'll assume you're insecure. "Begin your remarks with a joke"? Attempting to land a quip when you're already nervous sounds like a recipe for disaster....
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How to Orchestrate Change from the Bottom Up

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Organizational change is difficult, no question about it. It’s challenging to get people who are set in their ways to go about their jobs differently. So what types of interventions might actually change people’s behaviors in ways that make change more palatable?To answer that question, I conducted a two-year ethnographic study of the primary-care departments in two U.S. hospitals. The hospitals were part of the same parent organization, did similar work, and employed doctors and clinical staff with similar backgrounds. In addition, both hospitals had received grants of $750,000 to implement a change within their organizations: patient-centered medical home (PCMH) reforms that are being rolled out across the United States. PCMH requires primary-care doctors to change their daily work practices by moving from reactive care to prevention (vaccinations, pap smears, mammograms, colonoscopies, and so on) and by using evidence-based guidelines to treat patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes....
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Amazon Is so Powerful That Big Companies Are Producing Exclusive Brands Just for the Site

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Search for "sugar" on Amazon and the top results will show cane sugar from 365, the in-house brand of the Amazon-owned Whole Foods, followed by a zero-calorie sweetener from Sugarly Sweet. Both are tagged "Our Brand," but the latter is the product of Equal.This new product is part of a push called Amazon Accelerator to have more brands that are sold exclusively on the ecommerce site."Amazon Accelerator creates new opportunities for suppliers and offers a way for them to launch brands directly to (and exclusively for) Amazon customers," according to a statement from Amazon. "Participating suppliers develop and produce brands and products of their choice, and Amazon then makes those brands and products available to customers."...
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A Childhood Memory Helped This Founder Find Her Passion

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This story appears in the January 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »My younger sister, Lauren, and her boyfriend, Leonard, were college students with bright futures ahead of them when they both died in a car accident in 2007. As I grieved, I tried to make sense of the loss. And that led me to this thought: I’m going to do what I want now. This might be my only chance. Life can be so short.Trouble was, I wasn’t sure what I really wanted. I was a 24-year-old tech consultant, which I didn’t love. So I quit to learn design, which I was more passionate about, and eventually became a senior-level designer for Apple and then Yahoo. But even then, there was something missing. I wanted to feel like I was doing meaningful work....

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