What’s the first question most people ask you when you meet? This has become the new “How’s it going?” or “How about that weather?” and it’s awful.
This story appears in the August 17, 2015 issue of Forbes. Subscribe In less than two years Slack Technologies has become one of the most glistening of tech's ten-digit "unicorn" startups, boasting 1.1 million users and a private market valuation of $2.8 billion.
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You may have heard the term ‘blockchain’ and dismissed it as a fad, a buzzword, or even technical jargon. But I believe blockchain is a technological advance that will have wide-reaching implications that will not just transform the financial services but many other businesses and industries.
This story appears in the November 29, 2016 issue of Forbes. Subscribe The hottest ticket in tech is an invitation to a banal South Florida business park, indistinguishable on the outside from countless other office buildings that dot America's suburban landscape.
The man sitting beside me is sharing the most insightful business advice I’ve heard lately. His ideas are as unconventional as the location of our conversation. We’re not in a coffee shop or a corner office. We’re in an Uber and he’s my driver.
Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today.
hatsApp cofounder Brian Acton, 46, sits in a cafe of the glitzy Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, California, and the only way you’d guess he might be worth $3.6 billion is the $20 tip he briskly leaves for his coffee.
I started Docstoc in my 20’s, made the cover of one of those cliché “20 Under 20” lists, and today I employ an amazing group of 20-somethings. Call me a curmudgeon, but at 34, how I came up seems so different from what this millennial generation expects.
There’s one thing that I do better than most people. I’m not smarter than most people. I’m not more talented. I don’t have some Ivy League education. I don’t get a lot of lucky breaks.
Google is planning to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users only, according to 9to5Google. This is despite a backlash to an announcement by Google in January proposing changes that will stop certain ad blockers from working efficiently.
ylie Jenner sits at a dark-wood dining table at her mother's home in Calabasas, California, flicking through display options for a forthcoming pop-up shop. The youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner industrial complex needs to decide how to showcase products by her Kylie Cosmetics makeup company.
This story appears in the April 14, 2014 issue of Forbes. Subscribe When Doug Leone arrived in Mount Vernon, N.Y. in 1968, the 11-year-old Italian immigrant didn't have a clue. He flunked a math quiz in school because the terms "true" and "false" bewildered him.
This story appears in the November 3, 2014 issue of Forbes. Subscribe The Cannes Lions advertising festival has become as big among the Madison Avenue crowd as the Riviera town's iconic film event is for Hollywood.
This story appears in the December 20, 2016 issue of Forbes. Subscribe It's been one week since Donald Trump pulled off the biggest upset in modern political history, and his headquarters at Trump Tower in New York City is a 58-story, onyx-glassed lightning rod.
As a 15-year-old who aspires to be an engineer, I admire people like Elon Musk.
Have you ever fantasized about quitting your job and moving to a place where it's so cheap that you barely need to work — if at all? "It’s a great idea, and it’s not that far-fetched," says Kathleen Peddicord, who has turned this fantasy into a business.
Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.'s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to attempt a somersault landing from the trapeze bar, she handed me her phone and asked me to take photos. "What's the password?" I asked. "I don't use one," she replied.
The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control.
The brain is by far our most precious organ–others are good, too, but they all pale in comparison to the mighty brain.
Breakthroughs don't change your life. Microhabits do. Benjamin Hardy compares this concept to compounding interest, and how, given the choice, most people would take $1,000,000 in their bank account right now as opposed to a penny that doubles in value over the course of the month.
While I spend my professional time now as a career success coach, writer, and leadership trainer, I was a marriage and family therapist in my past, and worked for several years with couples, families, and children.
In my new eBook, 365 Inspirational Quotes: Daily Motivation For Your Best Year Ever, I share the quotations that have inspired me as I've launched my companies, written my books and raised my children. In the spirit of self motivation, here are my top 100 inspirational quotes. 1.
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.
This story appears in the April 13, 2015 issue of Forbes. Subscribe Between the parade of wet suits and abundant seafood and yoga joints, Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles, tries to cling fast to its surf town roots. It's a tough battle.
Intuition, argues Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, is less about suddenly "knowing" the right answer and more about instinctively understanding what information is unimportant and can thus be discarded.
Unlike America's other tech giants, Amazon doesn't have a traditional campus. The 45,000 or so employees and executives in Seattle, out of 575,000 worldwide, fan across numerous high-rises downtown and in the South Lake Union neighborhood.
What if everything you’ve been taught about time management has been wrong? You were told to keep a task list for your “to-dos” and your calendar for phone calls and appointments. Meetings at work, doctor’s appointments, kids’ dance recitals and soccer games.
You've likely heard that multitasking is problematic, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time.
Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people.
This story appears in the October 24, 2017 issue of Forbes. Subscribe
The market for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is flourishing. Beyond the hype and the heightened media attention, the numerous startups and the internet giants racing to acquire them, there is a significant increase in investment and adoption by enterprises.
Two years ago John Schnatter fancied himself untouchable. He was CEO of Papa John’s, the nationwide pizza chain he founded, and served as its ubiquitous TV pitchman. The business had grown to 5,000 stores and $1.7 billion in revenue, and his fortune tallied some $950 million.
When it comes to great ideas, theft is no sin. During Google’s first year, investor John Doerr pitched the idea of using an organizational system called Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) for goal setting.
People who are controlled by their emotions typically have something in common: they tend to only do what feels most comfortable. In other words, their emotions are organized into “feels good” and “feels bad,” not "feels good" or "does good."
This story appears in the April 30, 2019 issue of Forbes Magazine. Subscribe merging from the financial crisis in 2009, Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz laid out their campaign to take on Silicon Valley.
Election 2016 has prompted a wave of head-scratching on the left. Counties Trump won by staggering margins will be among the hardest hit by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Millions of white voters who supported Donald Trump stand to lose their access to health coverage because of their vote.
I don’t blame anyone who has become frustrated and disillusioned with the working world. It is a huge disappointment to grow up and realize that most of what we’ve been taught about how to be successful is bad advice.
I recently laid out the year’s most oddball interview questions. The Glassdoor list included queries from companies like Google, Bain & Co., and Amazon, which are notorious for their perplexing and unusual job interview questions.
A few years ago, I began to intentionally wear the same outfit every day—a dark grey T-shirt and khaki pants. At first, I tried it just as a one week experiment. I wanted to see what people would say and how I’d reflect on this experience.
Secret #1: They focus on minutes, not hours. Average performers default to hours and half-hour blocks on their calendar. Highly successful people know there are 1,440 minutes in every day and there is nothing more valuable than time.
As a writer, I’m fortunate to connect with authors and experts all over the globe who have vitally important messages to share.
You attended the party of a long-time friend and ran into a lot of people from high school that you hadn’t seen in years. During chit-chat over appetizers and drinks, you could feel the friendly competition heating up.
Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.
Three weeks ago, I wrote a post about the top ten lessons Steve Jobs could teach us. He's irreplaceable. We'll never see anyone else like him. Edison, Einstein, Henry Ford... he has left an indelible mark on our society in the last 35 years and for many more to come.
Our brain is not designed to create happiness, as much as we wish it were so. Our brain evolved to promote survival. It saves the happy chemicals (dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) for opportunities to meet a survival need, and only releases them in short spurts which are quickly metabolized.
I spoke to Dan Ariely, the author of Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter, about why he decided to focus on money for his book, why the world of personal finance is illogical, why people make irrational financial decisions, some of the h
What do you do when you're fed up with your job and always living for the weekend? If you're this young Boston couple, you decide to save more than two thirds of your income so you can retire to a homestead in the woods of Vermont before your 35th birthdays.
Sometimes science jibes with ancient wisdom on simple but deceptively powerful things. Case in point: walking. A wealth of research bolsters the Zen of putting one foot in front of the other, with stronger science than any supplement marketer or brain trainer could hope for.
An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write, or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills. UNESCO estimates that the world will need 1.6 million more teachers globally, a number set to double by 2030. Enter Elon Musk.
This story appears in the March 23, 2015 issue of Forbes. Subscribe By Ryan Mac, David M. Ewalt and Max Jedeur-Palmgren
The science of breathing stands on quite ancient foundations. Centuries of wisdom instructs us to pay closer attention to our breathing, the most basic of things we do each day. And yet, maybe because breathing is so basic, it’s also easy to ignore.
A secret about success is that it is just as much about what you give up as what you gain.
This story appears in the June 29, 2017 issue of Forbes. Subscribe LIKE AUTUMN LEAVES, sponsored Cadillacs, Ferraris and Maseratis descend on the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, in September for the Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational.
For the average person, the act of planning involves creating a list of action items. If you’ve been around the block a few times, you are wise enough to want names and dates connected to each of those action items. With a good solid list in hand, you probably feel ready to plunge ahead.
Recently, the folks at Google published their findings from a two-year study they conducted on remote work. The company is certainly in a good position to study this, as a full 30% of the meetings held there involve at least two time zones.
David DiSalvo , Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. While 2016 saw its share of chaos, it also produced some outstanding brain science and psych research.
In the spring of 2012, Shane and Jocelyn Sams, now 38 and 36 respectively, were Kentucky schoolteachers each making $38,000 a year. Shane was a high school social studies teacher and football coach, and Jocelyn was an elementary school librarian. They were also young parents.
The value of cryptocurrencies skyrocketed in 2017 to more than $600 billion, minting scores of crypto millionaires.
This story appears in the September 2, 2013 issue of Forbes. Subscribe An entrepreneur as professionally careful as the Dread Pirate Roberts doesn't trust instant messaging services. Forget phones or Skype.
Allen Walton, 27, lives a life many Americans can only dream of: He is on track for seven-figure revenue in a business that has been a one-man show until very recently, when fast-growth made it necessary to hire someone to answer the phones. Walton manages his year-old online store, SpyGuySecurity.
Probably at our workplaces we have all heard many times that “no one is irreplaceable”, though it is more likely to hear it more often in big corporations where people are still considered as “positions”.
If you want to change your life, you have to first change the way you think about your life — not the opposite way around. It's not that "magical thinking" will be responsible for your personal revolution. Rather, the way you think governs the way you behave.
Most guests on Seven Seas Navigator may not find anything unusual about the distinguished-looking man who eats alone every day, at lunch and dinner, at the same corner table of the Compass Rose dining room.
uccess Street in North Charleston, South Carolina, might be the most misnamed place in America, a path through a weedy, desolate neighborhood with 20% unemployment and a 40% poverty rate.
Here’s that rare Steve Jobs story, one that’s never been told, about the company that got away.
This story appears in the May 31, 2019 issue of Forbes Magazine. Subscribe
Nearly three hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin came up with an approach to changing habits that has yet to be surpassed. A young adult seeking to straighten out his act, Franklin developed a list of thirteen virtues, jotting down a brief definition of each.
These days, it’s almost a badge of honor to find ways to balance the chaos of our fast-paced lives. We feel accomplished for having emerged from under multiple deadlines and major challenges while finding time to live a seemingly impressive life.
Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to define. Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it’s taken ahold of you. Unhappiness is lethal to everyone around you, just like second-hand smoke.
This story appears in the September 2, 2013 issue of Forbes. Subscribe Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasn't had much time to himself.
I was the Controller, reporting to the CFO. The job itself was fine. My problem was the COO, who was not even my boss.
What are some daily good exercises to practice self discipline? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. What are some daily good exercises to practice self discipline?
It reminds us of tweets, texts, emails, the endless stream of interesting articles on Facebook, those viral videos we can’t help but click on, the numerous phone photos and videos we take, Secret posts, fleeting Snapchat photos and more.
Every time you go shopping, you share intimate details about your consumption patterns with retailers. And many of those retailers are studying those details to figure out what you like, what you need, and which coupons are most likely to make you happy.
When I wrote my first article on billionaire bunkers years ago, I never would have imagined how quickly our world was changing. Our lives are in a constant state of flux, the political situation aside, our earth is rapidly changing.
Earning money while you sleep? Not really. Other than inheritance or winning the lottery, there are really no effort-free ways to make money. On the other hand, there are several ways that you can earn passive income. To be clear, these are not zero effort undertakings.
On December 15, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things debuted on Netflix. The film follows The Minimalists Joshua and Ryan on their 10-month book tour across the U.S. while interspersing interviews with other well-known thinkers in the simple living space.
By Chris Fralic, Partner at First Round Capital in New York. Email is broken. Do you know anyone who loves email? I don’t - it can be frustrating and it doesn’t scale well, and there aren’t enough hours in the day to process it all.
If you’re a freelancer, or if you want to become one, chances are your services are in demand. Freelancers now make up 35% of the U.S. workforce and companies are always looking to outsource and work with them to meet their business goals.
Imagine sitting in a room with 108 millionaires and being able to pick their brains for three days. What would you ask them?
Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale. • Since 2000, 6 million hectares of primary forest have been lost each year.