Did you know the blog started life as an online ‘Dear Diary’ where early Internet enthusiasts recorded their deep thoughts or vapid ramblings? Justin’s Links, widely recognized as one of the first blogs ever, was a collection of interesting links that Justin Hall, then a student at Swarthmore College, happened to discover in the early days of the Web — sort of like an early StumbleUpon, which then turned into a personal diary that Hall maintains to this day. Read Full Story

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Sponsored Post Sponsored: You’ve worked incredibly long and hard to create your software. You’ve kept the company going through the development phase. Finally, your software is ready for prime time — and you’re ready to market it. Or maybe you’ve had a finished piece of software for a while, but want to get more financial return from it. So exactly how do you monetize your software? How do you recoup the investment you’ve put into your software, and earn from it? That’s where installCore can play a role. Read Full Story

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Word processing software is so ubiquitous these days that it’s easy to overlook one of the most powerful tools in your small business arsenal, Microsoft Word Add-Ons. Word Add-Ons, or apps as they’ve recently begun to be called, turn an everyday application into a veritable Swiss-army knife that takes your work to a whole new level while saving you both time and effort. Microsoft lists over 150 apps for Word, so we decided to dive in to discover the best ones for you to start with. Read Full Story

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What can we learn from the European Renaissance about building an economic, business, and cultural environment where innovation can flourish? Can we apply the same principles today to infuse creativity into our companies – and into our nations? Continue reading →

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Super Bowl XLIX is around the corner, with the 2014 defending champions the Seattle Seahawks pitted against the New England Patriots. In honor of the upcoming game, 5-man entertainment squad Dude Perfect created a funny video from their Stereotypes series portraying the types of people you find at Super Bowl parties. The video features all kinds of stereotypical attendees including the superstitious fans, the commercial lovers, the bitter fans, and the depressed pizza delivery man. Read Full Story

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It’s good to dream big. Growing your business, achieving more: these are things every small business owner strives for. But even the best laid plans can hit a snag and get derailed. Restaurant owner Angela Salamanca found herself in this very situation. Salamanca had the dream to expand her Mexican restaurant, Centro. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, the restaurant occupies a 100 year old building in the city’s downtown area. Read Full Story

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The dream of starting a band used to follow the basic formula. Play locally until you develop a following. Then get a manager. Then make a demo and hope someone discovers you and offers you ‘the big break’. However, with the introduction of the Internet, people can gain worldwide fame without leaving their homes. One Canadian band, Walk Off The Earth of Burlington, Ontario, recently broke the mold with their online success. They formed in 2006 and found mild success covering songs by the American folk band The Gregory Brothers. Read Full Story

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Even though the buzz in retail is all about mobile and and online shopping, brick-and-mortar stores still account for more than 93 percent of overall retail purchases made in the U.S. Clearly, consumers still prefer brick-and-mortar stores to online shopping. When online shopping offers speed, comfort and convenience, however, brick-and-mortar retailers who want to stay relevant have to ask why customers come to their stores. Below are some of the reasons — and how you can use them to boost sales. Read Full Story

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As organizations mature in their PLM implementations, they need better ways to integrate data between PLM and other systems. Integrations eliminate the need for duplicate data entry, reduce errors in data reconciliation, and enable faster data propagation between systems. These benefits help organizations make product decisions faster, using the latest valid data in their designs. Continue reading →

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Google Partners now have a new source from which to get some extra capital. Google and Lending Club have launched a low-interest loan program specifically designed for Google Partners. Right now, the loans are only available to entrepreneurs or businesses that partner with Google to offer the company’s cloud-based services like Gmail, Hangouts, Google Drive, and more to other companies. Under the terms of the partnership between Google and Lending Club, Google Partners are allowed to borrow up to $600,000 for a term of two years on the loan, Re/Code reports. Read Full Story

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