Peter Drew, Artist: Art Can Help Explain The World To Concerned People


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Peter Drew, Artist: Art Can Help Explain The World To Concerned People
Australian activist artist Peter Drew is changing the perception of immigration one poster at a time.

The MIT Startup Giving Indian Women Access To Biodegradable Sanitary Pads
What began as a class project at MIT has taken a life of its own in India as a full-on startup with the aim of bringing one million affordable, biodegradable, sanitary pads – made of banana fiber – to rural women in India.

It Pays To Maintain Trusted Relationships In Business
Based on my years of experience in both startups and large companies, trusted relationships are more the key to success than a great business model, how smart you are, or how much money you have. Aspiring entrepreneurs who struggle in a corporate environment often can’t wait to start their own company, only to find that relationships are even more critical and volatile there.

Where China Invests In America

IRS Weapons And Ammunition Spending Is Unremarkable
Concern about IRS spending on weapons and ammunition has been a “thing” of late. I’ve been trying to take a closer look and my conclusion is that it really is not much of a thing.  Tracing back behind headlines like “IRS Sure Spends a Lot of Money On Guns and Ammunition” and “IRS Spent $10.71 Million on Guns and Ammo”  and “Why Does The IRS Need So Many Guns?” brings you to a report by a group called Open The Books titled The Militarization of America.

Author And Expert Dean Graziosi: Never Ignore The ‘Loud Minority’ In PR
TV and online personality Dean Graziosi has words of advice for emerging entrepreneurs: “Never ignore the loud minority.” Every opinion holds weight.

These Stylish Office Sweatpants Have A 2000 Person Waitlist
ADAY’s designer sweatpants hope to make forays into your office wear. But could you get away with it?

No Mr. Trump, Starting A Small Business Isnt That Hard
Donald Trump says its impossible to start a small business in America. The numbers, however, tell a different story.

7 New Technologies Shaping Online Marketing For The Better (We Hope)
These seven technologies are in development or just around the corner, ready to change our industry for the better (or so we hope).

Adapting To The Changing Face Of Fraud From Phones To Online To Mobile
Fighting fraud in remote sales when a card is not present has presented problems since the days of phone sales. MacSales has been through several developments including ID theft, developing its own solutions and now relying on a fraud prevention specialist, Forter.

Trove: Shop Top Bloggers’ Latest Outfits From a Single App
Trove: a new app that lets users browse more than 200 (and counting) fashion blogs and helps bloggers disseminate their content.

Cities And Companies That Have Raised Their Minimum Wages

Does A Higher Minimum Wage Work In All Industries? One Entrepreneur Says No
Bottom line, Hull says, “While these laws may work in other industries, they don’t work in home care, and they’re affecting senior citizens adversely. A one-size-fits-all approach isn’t the answer.”

A Data Tool For Developing Your Short List Of Venture & Private Capital Firms
Do your homework to identify the best target Venture Capital or Private Equity Firms to invest in you with FindTheCompany by GRAPHIQ. What to consider to narrow your target list.

Think You Have The Next Big Food, Beverage Or Craft Beer Startup? Here’s Your Chance To Prove It
Samuel Adams Beer and Entrepreneur are looking for the next big startup idea in the food, beverage or craft beer sector. Friday is the deadline to send in your 2-minute video pitch.

What China’s US Buying Spree Means For The Future of Hospitality
The Chinese are on a US buying spree like no other.  Since the beginning of the year, Chinese investors have announced interest in, or closed on, several multi-billion-dollar deals on a variety of American enterprises, including GE’s appliance division, Strategic Hotels & Resorts (owner of numerous luxury properties here and abroad), a construction manufacturer, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Carlson Hotels (owner of the Radisson brand), Hollywood’s Legendary Entertainment Group, Google’s smart phone hardware division (Motorola) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (ultimately acquired by Marriott International after a heated bidding war).  According to CNBC, the average deal announced so far this year amounts to $1.5 billion, eight times greater than last year.

The States Where It’s Hardest To Be Part Of The 1%

Should I Go To Business School?
Without going into details, my network is decent (of course it could always be better), but that wasn’t really a motivation for me. Social status, yes, but it is worth the time and capital, not sure, there may be other more effective and original ways of getting there.

Customer Success: The Elusive Metric Most Companies Completely Biff
Irrespective of your products’ value prop, if your customers’ accelerate the achievement of their goals by deploying of your solutions, you can be assured that your own success will follow.

How To Stop Feeling Like An Impostor

Imposter Syndrome Is The Real Fraud: Here’s How To Stop It
When I was a kid, I thought I could do anything. I was going to be the next Nadia Comaneci when I did gymnastics, the next Chris Evert when I played tennis and the next Vivian Leigh when I watched old movies with my sister. I grew too tall for gymnastics and my silver screen ambitions faded like Scarlett O’Hara’s “velvet-curtain” dress. But tennis was different; with tennis, I lost my confidence. By the end of junior high school I quit the tennis team, convinced I wasn’t good enough. Enter Impostor Syndrome: the feeling that any day you’re going to be found out for being a fraud — that you have no idea what you are doing.

Under 30 Summit: Ashton Kutcher Just Kicked Off Greatest-Ever Competition for Young Entrepreneurs
As Justin Timberlake might ask, what’s better than $1 million for a young entrepreneur? How about $1 million from the golden boy with the Midas Touch, Ashton Kutcher, and a host of other heavyweight funders.

23 Cartoons About Tech And Your Life

Keep Calm And Play ‘Pokémon GO’
News stories about the augmented reality game continue to crowd the headlines. Why, it’s as if nothing else in the world is going on at all. Cartoon by Andy Singer.

Collective Disruption: How Corporations & Startups Can Co-Create Transformative New Businesses
In today’s Modern Customer Podcast we learn from Michael Docherty, the author of Collective Disruption: How Corporations & Startups Can Co-Create Transformative New Businesses.

3 Tips For Stardom From The YouTube Video Blogger Making Six Figures Traveling The World
There are huge hurdles to becoming a YouTube star like Nadine Sykora, who pulls anywhere from tens of thousands of views to hundreds of thousands for her travel videos.

‘Robot Lawyer’ Now Provides Legal Support To Homeless
The DoNotPay chat bot, created by 19-year-old Joshua Browder from London, gained international attention in recent months for helping citizens overturn more than 160,000 parking tickets.

Sick Of Rip Off Car Rentals? Ridelink Is Reinventing How To Rent A Vehicle
Sick of bad service and rip-offs when renting a car? One of the final bugbear industries is finally starting to see disruptive players. Ridelink is one new startup – bringing a P2P rental model to the industry.

Trump Nation: Does Income Inequality Now Define The U.S. Economy?
In many ways, Steve Schwarzman, the cofounder of the private equity fund Blackstone represents the new breed of titans in the modern U.S. economy. An ambitious financier from a middle class family, Schwarzman has become a multi-billionaire while paying laughably low taxes thanks to the so-called “hedge-fund loophole.” He took his company public and netted a $677 million payment and stock worth $8 billion. (Forbes currently calculates his net worth to be around $10.2 billion.) Around the same time of Blackstone’s IPO, Schwarzman was pilloried in the press for his lavish parties and multi-million dollar spree of personal real estate acquisitions. Asked about his notoriety, Schwarzman explained, “No thinking person wants to be reduced to a caricature. We went public in June, 2007, at the top of a giant bull market, with a society undergoing rapid change. Globalization. Job dislocation. Middle-class anxiety. Private equity is seen as a symbol of the people who are prospering from a world in flux. That’s a lightning-rod situation.” But despite the chaos of the 2008 financial crisis and the flash-bang rise of the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements, the dynamics of the new U.S. economy didn’t really face intense public scrutiny until the start of the 2016 presidential election cycle. In a recent article I explained, “Donald Trump’s strident rise to the crest of the Republican Party in the U.S. has drawn attention to a fervid current of popular frustration that until recently has laid latent in U.S. society. Trump’s emergence, however, does not come as a surprise to anyone who has studied the underlying demographic and economic shifts that have taken place in the U.S. over the last 30 years.”

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