The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola (via instapaper)
White Roofs – New York’s temperature is continuing to rise which pushes up energy use and energy prices. Since the sun is attracted to anything black, the folks at NYC °Cool Roofs had a great idea: let’s paint the roofs white. Painting the roofs with their special reflective white coating helps lower air pollution (by reducing power demand), extends the life of roof surfaces (by reducing wear and tear from heating and cooling), and reduces the internal building temperatures by up to 30%. Pretty “cool” idea if you ask us. The team has already covered over 5 million square feet of roof and has no plans of slowing down.
The hardest part of the sabbatical was not being able to use email as a distraction when faced with a task I did not want to do.
This list isn’t for everyone, but I try to forward these to every company I work with/start. It’s not that each company has to be the same, but it is to illustrate that you can’t be afraid of standing for something. Standing for a certain set of values — even if they can be perceived to be extreme. Whatever you believe, believe it to the extreme. It makes the hard times go by easier and keeps the good times in perspective.
Very high IQ Strong sense of purpose Relentless focus on success Aggressive and competitive High quality bar bordering on perfectionism Likes changing and disrupting things New ideas on how to do things better High integrity Surrounds themselves with good people Cares about building real value (over perception)
Frustrated with poor results, he decided to go off script. He started spending one-on-one meetings talking to his reports about their lives, instead of their tasks, and productivity shot through the roof. “When you sit across a table from someone, ask them ‘What’s going on in your life?’ That will always remove more hurdles than asking them ‘What’s blocking you at work?’” he said.
We’re a generation that talks about sex comfortably and easily, but money is a different matter. (Would You Rather: A date see you naked, or a date see your 2013 tax return?)
As of the end of last year, IAC said it hosted 30 million active users among its dating properties, 3.4 million of which are regular paid subscribers. The Match Group is now responsible for about one quarter of IAC’s overall revenue.
Yahoo plans to scan the emails of its Yahoo Mail users to see what apps they are buying. Then, in the same way that Pandora recommends new songs based on the songs its users like to listen to most, Yahoo will recommend new apps for that Yahoo Mail user.
people say “it doesn’t hurt to ask” precisely when it does hurt to ask.
Excessive amounts of capital lead to a lower average fitness because fitness, from a business standpoint, has to be cash-flow profitability or the ability to generate cash flow.