February 2014

6 Ways To Use Less Energy To Get More Donefastcompany.com

Happy Friday! Today, do the hardest things on your list first. 

Getting lost in email or mindless tasks can suck away much of your energy. It’s also a great way to avoid tackling the tough projects. But ultimately, when you’re not focusing your greatest energy on your most important tasks, you’re wasting it. He’s a big proponent of doing the most challenging,most important things first-thing in the morning when you’re rested and less prone to distraction.

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Microsoft Injects $15M Into Foursquare, Strikes Licensing Deal For Location Datafastcompany.com

 “This is a big deal for us,” says Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley. “If anything, this [deal with Microsoft] will illustrate how companies can improve existing products with Foursquare data. It’s a starting point.”

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6 Social Media Tips That Will Improve Your Marketingfastcompany.com

Over the last few weeks, we collected a number of awesome tips to post on social media that didn’t quite all fit together. So we thought, why not creating a list of unique tips, that might not have that much in common, but are hopefully still very useful for you!

So, here we go, a list of six rather random social media tips to help you improve your marketing today.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Hacker. Dropout. CEO.fastcompany.com

"I’m here to build something for the long term," Zuckerberg said. "Anything else is a distraction."

February 4th, 2014 is Facebook’s 10th anniversary. Read our 2007 cover story on Mark Zuckerberg and the social network’s beginnings.

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Can China Wash Away Smog With Giant Showerheads?fastcoexist.com

Giant sprinklers, attached to skyscrapers, that can wash pollutants out of the air. “Water should be sprayed into the atmosphere like watering a garden.”

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“First thing always is always believe in the product or the project. Most of the times when a guy says ‘hey give me a million, I’ll turn it into five,’ that shit never happens like that. A lot of times you have to believe in the product. For example, this company I’m working with, TIP Solutions, their whole thing is about building call management technology for smartphones. For everybody. Because we’ve all be on a call on a cellphone looking for a way to improve people’s mobile communication. When I saw this company I’m like ‘yeah, everybody would like that.’”Shaq’s 5-minute guide to entrepreneurship
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January 2014

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How To Land A Job Before It Gets Postedfastcompany.com

"I went to work for a startup where the job I took was never posted," John Gannon writes at the Daily Muse. "I interviewed with the CEO of one of the most successful open source software startups—for a job that didn’t technically exist yet."

How does such surreptitious serendipity happen?

Because there’s a “hidden startup job market.” 

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Why I Turned Down Apple For A Startupfastcompany.com

On Sunday nights, will you dread going back to work on Monday? In three years, will you want to be at the same company? These are all small, but important things. When ‘work doesn’t seem like work,’ quality of life soars.”

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We have a toxic relationship with failure. From an early age, we are taught in school that mistakes are bad. Mistakes on papers and tests are marked with a red pen and points are taken off. As a result, school teaches us to avoid mistakes rather than to make mistakes and then learn from them.

Failures are actually brilliant opportunities to learn. It is often easier to diagnose what went wrong after a failure than to figure out the key elements that lead to a success. By avoiding failure, then, we are removing an important tool from our mental toolbox.

What Steve Jobs can teach us about coping with failure
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“Geniuses produce a lot of crap before they get to the good stuff.”Get creative
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The Secrets of The Best Public Speakersfastcompany.com

American culture places a premium on the ability to speak confidently before a crowd. Career counselors will tell you it’s a sure path to professional success. Compelling speakers can achieve positions of power and wealth.

"Think of it like a planned conversation. You know where the conversation’s going…but you’re loose enough in the moment to make it up a little bit as you go along. You want to have 80 percent of it prepared and allow 20 percent to be spontaneous.”

How celebs and politicians manage to deliver smooth and seemingly spontaneous performances

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5 Common Mistakes You’re Making With Your Email Signaturefastcompany.com

"Unless you have a retail store or office, it doesn’t make sense to put physical address in your signature. Include one or two social icons but not all of them. The more choices you offer, the less likely any of them will be clicked.”

Keep it simple

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You've Got Issues--Fast Company's Experts Will Solve Themfastcompany.com

Introducing Fast Company’s new advice column, As FC! We’ve assembled a group of experts from all aspects of work-life and we’re confident that they can answer any issue you throw at them.

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T-Mobile Wants To Do For Bank Accounts What It's Doing For Phone Contractsfastcompany.com

"Millions of Americans pay outrageous fees to check cashers, payday lenders, and other predatory businesses—just for the right to use their own money," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere in a press release. “Mobile Money shifts the balance of power for T-Mobile customers and keeps more money in their pockets.

T-Mobile is getting into the banking business

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