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An NPR host who’s interviewed thousands of people over 45 years has the only icebreaker you’ll ever need, and it’s just 4 words

NPR radio host Terry Gross has a go-to icebreaker that’s only four words long and can help you navigate potentially awkward situations. Asking someone to “tell me about yourself” is an effective icebreaker because it won’t make your conversation partner uncomfortable or self-conscious, Gross told The New York Times. Etiquette […]
An NPR host who’s interviewed thousands of people over 45 years has the only icebreaker you’ll ever need, and it’s just 4 words
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IGNITION 2018: Hear from Match CEO Mandy Ginsberg on the $12 billion online dating market that she’s tasked with defending from Facebook and Bumble

The online-dating market has been expanding exponentially in recent years, but it has yet to realise its full potential. There are nearly 600 million single people using online dating services worldwide, and that number is expected to grow to a staggering 700 million by 2020. Industry experts predict the sector […]
IGNITION 2018: Hear from Match CEO Mandy Ginsberg on the $12 billion online dating market that she’s tasked with defending from Facebook and Bumble
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An army vet and CEO says the advice his dad gave him at age 13 about ‘résumé piles’ helped him get into business school, start his own company, and decide who he’ll hire

Being different from everyone else in some capacity means you’ll fare better in grad-school admissions, job hunts, and life in general. That’s according to Nick Black, the founder and CEO of GoodUnited. “Life’s about résumé piles,” his dad advised him, meaning you want your résumé in a different pile than […]
An army vet and CEO says the advice his dad gave him at age 13 about ‘résumé piles’ helped him get into business school, start his own company, and decide who he’ll hire
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A basic military technique I learned in a 3-day training for journalists heading to war zones could save your life

I recently completed a three-day training for journalists and aid workers heading to dangerous places. As Business Insider’s international correspondent, I’m regularly travelling the world. Over the course of the training led by Global Journalist Security, trainers put attendees in scenarios simulating active-shooter situations, kidnappings, and a war zone to […]
A basic military technique I learned in a 3-day training for journalists heading to war zones could save your life
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The dean of Duke Fuqua looks specifically for candidates with ‘triple threat capabilities’ that don’t come naturally to everyone

Bill Boulding is the dean of DukeUniversity Fuqua School of Business. He said he’s looking for students who display “triple threat capability leadership,” meaning they’re smart, sensitive, and decent people. But these abilities don’t come naturally to everyone, so Fuqua has to be selective in whom it admits. At Duke […]
The dean of Duke Fuqua looks specifically for candidates with ‘triple threat capabilities’ that don’t come naturally to everyone
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‘It is just hell’: 7 regular people who spent 2 months undercover at an Arizona jail were horrified by the disturbing reality of life behind bars

“60 Days In” is a documentary series that follows seven undercover inmates at a jail in Pinal County, Arizona. The undercover inmates – all law-abiding citizens – were booked under fake charges and false identities. They were exposed to brutal violence, racism, drug use, and harassment throughout their 60 days […]
‘It is just hell’: 7 regular people who spent 2 months undercover at an Arizona jail were horrified by the disturbing reality of life behind bars
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482 hiring managers looked at nearly 20,000 résumés and found the classic advice to limit your résumé to one page might be wrong after all

Most résumé coaches will tell you your résumé should not exceed one page – especially if you’re an entry-level worker. But new research from ResumeGo seems to contradict that notion. The résumé-writing service found that job recruiters were more likely to prefer two-page résumés over one-page résumés – even for […]
482 hiring managers looked at nearly 20,000 résumés and found the classic advice to limit your résumé to one page might be wrong after all
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A 3-year-old shape-shifting startup founded by a Vice alum is betting on viral Asian hip-hop stars to be the future of the entertainment industry

88Rising is an innovative new entertainment company for the social-media age, combining a record label with a creative agency, a house for web-video production, and an artist-management agency. The company, which features hip-hop stars such as Rich Brian, Joji, and the Higher Brothers, was founded by Sean Miyashiro to “celebrate […]
A 3-year-old shape-shifting startup founded by a Vice alum is betting on viral Asian hip-hop stars to be the future of the entertainment industry
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Starbucks’ former HR exec says a job candidate’s answer to a simple interview question predicts success better than their entire resume

Asking interview questions about challenging work experiences can help discern whether a candidate is willing to learn from their mistakes. That’s according to Traci Wilk, senior vice president of people at The Learning Experience and former HR exec at Starbucks. Wilk wants to see evidence of a “growth mindset,” or […]
Starbucks’ former HR exec says a job candidate’s answer to a simple interview question predicts success better than their entire resume
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Here’s how much each airline charges for checked bags and carry-ons

Every airline has a different policy for luggage fees. Some airlines, such as Southwest, allow passengers two free checked bags, while budget airlines such as Frontier and Spirit charge for checked bags and even carry-ons. We compared the luggage-fee policies of eight US airlines. Every airline has a different policy […]
Here’s how much each airline charges for checked bags and carry-ons
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The CEO and cofounder of a shaving company that’s raised nearly half a billion dollars started scheduling personal time on his calendar after an important realisation

In the midst of running Harry’s, a razor company, cofounder and co-CEO Jeff Raider schedules personal time. At times work is all-consuming for Raider, and he realised setting aside time was important for his psyche, his ability to work in the long run, and his family. Scheduling personal time helps […]
The CEO and cofounder of a shaving company that’s raised nearly half a billion dollars started scheduling personal time on his calendar after an important realisation
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A former Facebook employee who’s now the president of Nylon Media says a corny poster he saw in the Facebook office taught him how to stand out at big companies

Nylon Media‘s president, Evan Luzzatto, who worked at Facebook from 2011 to 2014, says a motivational poster taught him to go beyond designated work responsibilities and help where help is needed. According to Luzzatto, the poster said “Nothing is somebody else’s problem.” “Even if it has nothing to do with […]
A former Facebook employee who’s now the president of Nylon Media says a corny poster he saw in the Facebook office taught him how to stand out at big companies
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A CEO who got his big break by cold-calling Goldman Sachs as an ‘introverted and self-conscious’ 19-year-old says he still approaches life and work the same way

Two nonprofit founders cold called their way into a Goldman Sachs-sponsored conference 14 years ago. Once there, they pitched anyone they could find and sat in on a panel presentation. They ended up landing meetings with some executives and getting their support. One of the founders, who was 19 at […]
A CEO who got his big break by cold-calling Goldman Sachs as an ‘introverted and self-conscious’ 19-year-old says he still approaches life and work the same way
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The 15-year-old book CEO Satya Nadella handed his execs to start defusing Microsoft’s toxic culture explains exactly how the words we use can get people on our side — or turn them against us

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella asked members of his executive team to read the book “Nonviolent Communication” after he took over in 2014, in an effort to change the company’s culture. At the time, Microsoft was known for having a culture of hostility, infighting, and backstabbing. The book describes how people […]
The 15-year-old book CEO Satya Nadella handed his execs to start defusing Microsoft’s toxic culture explains exactly how the words we use can get people on our side — or turn them against us
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BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says within the next 5 years all investors will measure a company’s impact on society, government, and the environment to determine its worth

BlackRockCEO Larry Fink said at the New York Times Dealbook Conference that within five years, all investors will be using ESG (environmental, social, and governance) metrics. In January, Fink wrote in his annual letter to CEOs that all companies must outline their purpose. Fink explained his prediction is based on […]
BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says within the next 5 years all investors will measure a company’s impact on society, government, and the environment to determine its worth
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A startup founder who built a mock set in his backyard to practice his ‘Shark Tank’ pitch ultimately turned down a Shark’s offer — and Amazon later acquired his company for $1 billion

Jamie Siminoff appeared on “Shark Tank” in 2013, pitching his startup, Doorbot. In the months leading up to the taping, Siminoff practiced constantly, using the mock set he’d built in his backyard and fielding potential questions from friends. Ultimately, Siminoff rejected an offer from Kevin O’Leary and left without making […]
A startup founder who built a mock set in his backyard to practice his ‘Shark Tank’ pitch ultimately turned down a Shark’s offer — and Amazon later acquired his company for $1 billion
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Critics of universal basic income argue giving people money for nothing discourages working — but a study of Alaska’s 36-year-old program suggests that’s not the case

The Alaska Permanent Fund is tied to oil revenues and worth $US65 billion. It has made an annual check of $US1,000 to $US2,000 available to virtually every citizen since 1982. The fear that giving people regular, no-strings-attached payments might discourage them from working is common among opponents of similar programs. […]
Critics of universal basic income argue giving people money for nothing discourages working — but a study of Alaska’s 36-year-old program suggests that’s not the case
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Silicon Valley parents are so panicked about kids’ screen time that they’re having nannies sign ‘no-phone contracts’ and posting photos of rule-breakers online

Silicon Valley parents are growing increasingly concerned about the effects of technology on kids’ development. According to The New York Times, some are asking their nannies to sign contracts guaranteeing zero screen exposure for their kids. Others are secretly snapping photos of people who look like nannies using phones near […]
Silicon Valley parents are so panicked about kids’ screen time that they’re having nannies sign ‘no-phone contracts’ and posting photos of rule-breakers online
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A Palestinian-American billionaire says the biggest challenge facing his $1.4 billion luxury city in the heart of Palestine nearly bankrupted the project — and it’s still not over

Rawabi is the first planned city in the West Bank built by and for Palestinians. The $US1.4 billion project is the brainchild of Bashar al-Masri, a Palestinian-American billionaire. Masri hopes the city can form the economic backbone of the nascent Palestinian state. Masri told Business Insider that the biggest obstacle […]
A Palestinian-American billionaire says the biggest challenge facing his $1.4 billion luxury city in the heart of Palestine nearly bankrupted the project — and it’s still not over
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A Palestinian-American billionaire built a $1.4 billion luxury city from scratch in the desert to be a ‘Marshall Plan’ for Palestine’s economy

Rawabi is the first planned city in the West Bank built by and for Palestinians. The $US1.4 billion project is the brainchild of Bashar al-Masri, a Palestinian-American billionaire. Masri hopes the city can form the economic backbone of the nascent Palestinian state. I found the city to be beautifully constructed […]
A Palestinian-American billionaire built a $1.4 billion luxury city from scratch in the desert to be a ‘Marshall Plan’ for Palestine’s economy
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‘She just threatened me to take more vacation!’ The story of a Netflix employee whose boss insisted he take 2 weeks off holds an important lesson for any company

Many American workers don’t use all their paid vacation days, if they’re granted vacation days at all. Two Netflix recruiters revealed on the podcast “We Are Netflix” that, at their company, employees are often encouraged to take more vacation if they have been in the office too long. Netflix is […]
‘She just threatened me to take more vacation!’ The story of a Netflix employee whose boss insisted he take 2 weeks off holds an important lesson for any company
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After a disastrous Uber ride last year, the company’s chief economist examined the economics of apologies — and discovered there’s something more important than ‘I’m sorry’

A team of economists studied how Uber customers respond to different types of apologies after they have bad experiences with the company. The idea for the study came when one of the researchers, who was Uber’s chief economist, had a terrible Uber ride and noticed he never received an apology. […]
After a disastrous Uber ride last year, the company’s chief economist examined the economics of apologies — and discovered there’s something more important than ‘I’m sorry’
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‘We believe we will prove them wrong’: Billionaire AOL founder Steve Case says scepticism around his ‘Rise of the Rest’ project reminds him of AOL’s early years

Steve Case is the billionaire founding CEO of AOL and the head of Washington, DC-based venture-capital firm Revolution. AOL was the leader of the first wave of internet companies, and Case says we are at the start of “the third wave,” where what’s essentially an “internet of everything” will transform […]
‘We believe we will prove them wrong’: Billionaire AOL founder Steve Case says scepticism around his ‘Rise of the Rest’ project reminds him of AOL’s early years
Tech

Stephen Hawking’s warning that genetically altered superhumans could wipe out the rest of us doesn’t mention a likely characteristic of the future elite

The Sunday Times published an excerpt from Stephen Hawking’s posthumously-published book “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” in which the esteemed scientist warned that genetically-enhanced humans could become a dominant overclass. This is a concept that has been explored in science fiction, and emerging technologies combined with rising inequality could […]
Stephen Hawking’s warning that genetically altered superhumans could wipe out the rest of us doesn’t mention a likely characteristic of the future elite
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