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Why Menus Suck + Other Deep Thoughts on the Food Tech Revolution, by Captain Obvious McClure

500 Hats

abstract: menus suck. we need less items, more pictures, and [just] a few recommendations. yeah, it may be hard, but still easier than ever before.

Will 2013 Be Harder For Startups Than 2012?

Feld Thoughts

tl;dr: F**k, I don’t know. I’m not in the prediction business. But plan for it. And behave accordingly. A lot of people have been talking about how 2013 will be harder for startups and fast growing companies. Counterarguments prevail as different people try to predict and justify what’s going to happen. Related articles.

How To Set Up A Stand Up Desk And Why It Could Save Your Life by Yaro Starak

Tweet. Sitting Down Is Killing You.

Business Tips For Women Business Leaders

Mike Michalowicz

Business Tips For Women Business Leaders. The business environment has changed dramatically over the last 15 years. And, I feel, it is a good thing.

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17-Point Program to Have the Best Year of Your Life

Life Beyond Code

Happy New Year. 2013 is days away. Here is a 17-point program to make it your best year. 1. It has the same effect in general. 3. Think! Entrepreneur.

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Find the Right Celebrity to Promote Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Most startups dream of attracting a celebrity endorsement, and assume that it will take their startup to the stars. Funding the relationship.

5 Things Not to Do in the New Year

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Getting rid of old habits and old ways of thinking is just as important as committing to new ones. More than half of U.S. Don't eat bad pizza.

I regret not learning some new tools sooner

The Startup Toolkit

I just made a new portfolio site with cactus , a python static site generator. Oh man — the joy! this blog) for everything I build. Crazy part?

How Not to Be Crazy Busy in 2013

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Think there's no way you can limit yourself to a standard 40-hour workweek? The author of a new book says she can show you how.

Book Notes: What Technology Wants

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Someone I respect once told me, “I have never heard an uninteresting thought come out of Kevin Kelly’s mouth.” But we should.

Where Social Media Will Go in 2013

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These four trends show just has fast technology and social media are evolving -- and how you need to respond. We need more niches.

The highs and lows of startup life

I was recently back in the UK for two weeks and had the chance to speak at an event in London about the incredible journey with my startup in the last two years. ” It is a great question and there’s certainly one moment that stands out amongst others as one of the hardest times I’ve had with Buffer. choice to raise funding.

Setting Stretch Goals: All In, All the Time

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Whatever your ambition, you have a backup plan, right? Well, throw it out. You’re probably familiar with the term stretch goals. It worked.

LinkedIn Recommendations and Endorsements

Scalable Startup

Yesterday I was checking my LinkedIn and ran across an old colleague/friends bio – Teo Yatman. It made me decide to spontaneously write an unsolicited recommendation for him (see below). I’ve only written recommendations on request in the past so this felt really fun, and a little strange to do. It will surprise them and cause good will.

How to Know If a New Strategy Will Work

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

No matter how good your team is, a flawed strategy is hard to implement. The hard, cold reality is that many strategic projects fail.

Skolkovo Under Fire; Government Innovation Policies May Be Reshaped


Skolkovo, the state-sponsored giant tech hub nearing completion on the outskirts of Moscow, has come under sharp criticism over the last several months, suggesting that government policies in support of innovation in the country could be reviewed. The next-level attack came earlier this month from Russia’s president in person.

Are You Ready For the Fiscal Cliff? 8 Must-Reads

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The fiscal cliff is looming, but there are things you can do to prepare. Here are a few noteworthy articles to peruse while Congress bickers. Worry.

Checking it Twice

Busy day, crammed full of action. Make that list, set delivery times and dates, knock it out. Map it out--from intended goal back to this moment. Set the path, make that list, get it done. Say it again, this time with feeling. Have a great day


Danny Meyer: The One Innovation Your Competitors Can't Steal

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The founder of Shake Shack divulges how he's built a moat around his hospitality business, and prevents copy cats

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I have a bunch of favorite West Wing episodes, but this one comes to mind--Season 3, Episode 16: Dead Irish Poets. Sam's former professor is dying and comes to DC to advocate for the superconducting supercollider. A key Senator is blocking the funding of the super-conducting super-collider. But the Xray's pretty good. Professor: "What?"

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Forget Resolutions: Review Your Biggest Mistakes Instead

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Every year I make mistakes. But since mistakes are learning, it's worth reviewing them to find out what you learned this year. What's yours

Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs: “Owens 4, Hitler 0”

Scott Edward Walker

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar. Cheers, Scott.

Groovy: New Communes Cater to Entrepreneurs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Forget peace and love. These communes aim to see what happens when smart entrepreneurs spend every minute together. Tie-dye is optional.

One Retailer per Category

Constantly Learning

Alex Muir wrote an article about having only one brand left in each retail category. Although Alex lives in the United Kingdom, it's a pretty interesting idea and one which has a chance of becoming true. Online retailers are preferred by consumers over the brick-and-mortar store. But as humans we still appreciate tactile sensations.

"The real problem with the interface is that it is an interface. Interfaces get in the way. I don’t."

Mark Birch

“The real problem with the interface is that it is an interface. Interfaces get in the way. I don’t want to focus my energies on an interface. want to focus on the job…I don’t want to think of myself as using a computer, I want to think of myself as doing my job.” - Donald Norman in The Art of Human-Computer Design.

"Amazon has released a large amount of data about online sales in 2012, with lots of factoids and."

Mark Birch

“Amazon has released a large amount of data about online sales in 2012, with lots of factoids and vague figures for digital downloads, purchases, and product shipments. And the biggest piece of data revealed by the company was the number of packages it sold on the peak day of 2012. On Nov. 26, Amazon sold 26.5 That is intense….

"Green Street Advisor, an analysis firm that tracks REITs, has forecast that 10 percent of the."

Mark Birch

“Green Street Advisor, an analysis firm that tracks REITs, has forecast that 10 percent of the roughly 1,000 large malls in the U.S. will fail within the next 10 years and be converted into something with far less retail. There is loads of other data in this article that paints a rather morbid picture of the future of brick-and-mortar retailing.