Don’t you wish you spent more time with your email? Didn’t think so. A study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that “knowledge workers” — managers, salespeople, scientists and others whose jobs consist primarily of interactions — spend 28% of their time answering emails. This means managing your inbox can boost your productivity in a big way. […]

I’ve worked alongside a beach in Malaysia. I’ve taken yoga classes at 2 p.m. because I felt like it. And no, I don’t have a huge savings account (yet!) or a trust fund. I’m a freelancer. Two years ago, I made the leap after two incredible office jobs in the publishing world: First as an editorial […]

In the mid twentieth century, France’s colonial possessions in Africa encompassed enormous swathes of land, from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia in the northwest to Madagascar in the southeast. Fifty-some years after the final dissolution of the French empire, France’s recent military incursions on the continent are sparking speculation of a French attempt to resurrect its […]

There’s a popular myth that getting people together and sharing ideas will boost productivity and lead to innovative solutions. But this old-fashioned way of thinking about groupwork isn’t true. Brainstorming doesn’t work. Cognitive psychologist Tony McCaffrey writes in the Harvard Business Review that brainstorming actually makes people less creative than when they work alone, according to studies. So why is this brainstorming […]

When Edward Snowden spoke via teleconference last week at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, he had an unequivocal message for entrepreneurs: Tech startups should focus on building privacy and secure communication into their business models. During peak viewership, more than 40,000 people tuned in to Snowden’s live stream. Moderator (and Snowden legal adviser) Ben Wizner of […]

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to solve Europe’s biggest problems by searching for entrepreneurs with the best ideas. Bloomberg, who has pledged to give away the majority of his estimated $33 billion net worth, organizes his charitable activities under the umbrella of Bloomberg Philanthropies. The orgnanization focuses on the environment, the arts, government innovation and education. Each year, Bloomberg Philanthropies […]

When people think about St. Louis, some may think of poverty and impoverished neighborhoods. That may be the case in certain areas, but there is also a fast-growing tech scene. According to a recent report, the city’s technology jobs have increased by 25% in the past year, and tech salaries are up by 13%. “The collective energy and momentum […]

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