Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Do You Know Who Your Best Friends Are in Business?

Some entrepreneurs act as if everyone is out to get them. I strongly oppose that mentality.
It’s wise to assume that everyone you do business with is self-interested, because, well, that’s true of people in general. Instead of living in fear that someone is going to do you wrong, a better strategy is to think about how you can benefit from the relationships you have -- especially the ones that challenge you.
Ask yourself, “What can I learn from this person? What can I learn from this experience?” You don’t have any time to waste on hate or anger. So, who are your best friends in business, really? The answers may surprise you.

Your legal team

Everyone loves to hate on attorneys, but when you need them, they quickly become your closest allies. If you have any intention of filing intellectual property, you’ll need to befriend them. Legal advice is expensive, to be sure, but it’s also priceless. Find attorneys whom you respect and want to work with.

Tax accountants

Tax advice is priceless! Hire the best tax accountant you can afford. He or she will help save you money in the long run as well as keep you out of trouble. There’s a reason I live in Nevada.

Successful friends

Surround yourself with them. Try not to be envious. Instead, focus on what they can teach you.

Your nemesis

A number-one enemy can keep you on your toes! He or she should encourage you to be more competitive, not upset you. I keep an eye on what my enemies are doing because I want to be better than them. Even if your enemy drives you nuts, don’t let yourself fester about it. You can’t control how other people feel and act.

The news

So many people complain about how the news “gets them down” and is “only negative.” Let me be frank: That perspective is ridiculous and laughable. Perhaps you need to be more selective about the media you consume -- there are a lot of different sources. Staying abreast of what’s going on in the world helps me run my business better every single day. My business doesn’t operate in a vacuum, and neither does yours.

People who disagree with you

They’re annoying, aren’t they? But you need them -- a lot. Having to defend your point of view forces you to clarify it. Are you just being stubborn, or does the person have a point? Having your mind opened to other possibilities is ultimately a good thing. Whether it’s one of your employees, a client, or a vendor: listen up.

Your customers

If you treat your customers well, they will become your army of supporters. They’ll stick by you through thick and thin. When you call on them -- to write a review on Amazon or comment on a blog -- they’ll be ready and willing to offer you their support. That is truly priceless. Ultimately, your customer service will help you keep your competitors at bay.


Each day starts anew! As far as I’m concerned, that’s a blessing. I love Monday mornings for that reason. If you didn’t like how last week went, you have the opportunity to make sure this week is different.
Who are your best friends in business?

6 Ways to Build a More Cohesive Team

As a business owner, a cohesive team of employees is imperative to your success. Team-building activities can help develop trust among your employees, and trust is critical in business because it can make your team more productive and efficient.
Appropriate team-building activities can also establish a stronger bond and ease conflicts between co-workers. This bond can help increase collaboration and communication during daily business interactions.
Here are six ways to proactively build a cohesive team and improve morale.

1. Get out of the office.

If conflicts in the office are an issue with your team, hold your activity in a neutral location. Host a field trip once or twice a year. Find a fun activity and allow your employees to interact with each other as friends rather than co-workers. For example, you could rent a theater and take your team to the movies. Or, plan a trip to a local museum, sports event, or an attraction.

2. Organize a company picnic.

When the weather’s nice, plan a business barbecue or picnic at the public park. Cater the event so no one has to volunteer to cook or clean up. Make it a family-friendly event and allow employees to bring their significant others and children. Plan activities for the kids so the adults will have time to chat and get to know each other on a more personal level.

3. Volunteer together.

Give your employees the chance to give back to your community as a group. Coordinate with a local non-profit organization to have your group volunteer. You could build a home through an organization likeHabitat for Humanity or volunteer at a local food pantry or pet shelter.
The activity will improve morale and galvanize your team. When you give freely to others, you can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and positivity. As an added bonus, offer to match employee donations to the organization for which you volunteer.

4. Hold a professional development seminar.

Invite a speaker to come into the office for a continued learning opportunity. When I conduct seminars in business etiquette, international etiquette, executive presence and presentation skills, I involve the group and encourage participation. I call this "edu-tainment."
As your employees have fun while learning, they’ll begin to form bonds and develop deeper professional relationships. Provide lunch and snacks throughout the day to keep your employees’ energy up.

5. Make it personal.

There are many professional activities that allow employees to get to know each other personally. Teach your team about themselves and each other through tools that improve interpersonal communication.
Ask an expert in workplace personalities to facilitate a talk about how to communicate more effectively. The DISC personality profile assessment, for example, can reveal why you communicate the way you do and how you can communicate with others more effectively.

6. Start a “lunch and learn” series.

Give employees the opportunity to speak to their co-workers during a “lunch and learn” event. Put a signup sheet in the breakroom and invite your staff to educate the entire team on an aspect of their job or something they’re passionate about. Reserve the boardroom for an hour and ask employees to bring lunch from home.
It’s a great way for everyone to learn more about each other. As your team practices giving presentations in a low-pressure environment, they’ll become more comfortable at public speaking. That's a useful skill for client meetings.
Whatever team building exercises you choose, make it a habit. Whether you decide to host a team activity once a month or once a year, make it a priority. Remember, the quality of your programs is more important than the quantity.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

What is a Pimple: Mechanics of Acne Prone Skin

Hormonal changes cause oil glands in the skin to produce more sebum (skin’s natural oil)
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Because of over-production of sebum, skin cells stick together

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Due to this stickiness, dead skin cells cannot be shed

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This clogs the openings of oil glands (pores) in the skin

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These clogged pores become breeding grounds for acne bacteria

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Bacterial infection results in swelling around the pore

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This red, swollen pore is a pimple

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Products that are comedogenic block pores, resulting in pimples

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Products that are non-comedogenic do not block pores

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50+ Hidden Triggers of Acne in Your Daily Routine

This is a checklist of 50+ triggers in your day-to-day life that could be worsening your acne without your knowledge. This is not to say that you cut out all of these triggers from your routine. This checklist is to help you rule out all the major triggers that contribute to your acne on a daily basis.
  1. Shaving creams for men – often contain hair softening comedogenic emollients.
  2. Aftershave lotions – contain alcohol that can irritate skin, causing more acne.
  3. Perfume sprays – contain oils and alcohol, spray can accidentally reach acne prone areas.
  4. Deodorant / anti-perspirant sprays – the same stuff that prevents odour and sweat can also cause acne.
  5. Using dirty wrist bands to wipe sweat on face – germs build up with each swipe.
  6. Pet dog licking you face – need we say more? (hint: saliva and germs)
  7. Swimming pool water – Chlorine and suspended impurities can irritate and clog pores.
  8. Sitting near burning oil lamps – wall plugins with perfumed oils can deposit oils on your skin.
  9. Car perfumes – car plugins with perfumed oils can deposit oils on your skin.
  10. Cell phones – keeping the cell phone close to your jawline can lead to irritation acne.
  11. Pillows – if pillow cases are not changed regularly, germ build up can cause acne.
  12. Hair oil – hair oil can slowly and invisibly trickle down to acne prone areas of face and neck.
  13. Hair conditioner – silicone and oils in hair conditioners can cause acne.
  14. Hand creams and lotions – contain thick emollients that reach your face when you touch it.
  15. Body lotions – same logic as for hand creams and lotions.
  16. Fumes from frying stuff in the kitchen – oily fumes from cooking with a frying pan can deposit on skin.
  17. Lip balms – lip balms contain emollients that can trickle down or rub off and cause chin breakouts.
  18. Eye creams – often contain comedogenic ingredients that can travel or rub off on acne prone areas of the face.
  19. Hand wash liquids and soaps – can leave a film of irritants and comedogenic substances on hands which can then rub off on acne prone areas.
  20. Touching your face out of habit – resting your chin on your hands or resting your face on your palms can transfer dirt and germs on to the face.
  21. Helmets – can lead to acne on the forehead due to friction and accumulation of sweat.
  22. Dandruff – can lead to pimples on the forehead.
  23. Rim of your eye glasses (spectacles) – The part that rests on the bridge of the nose can accumulate sweat and dirt that can clog pores.
  24. Dairy items – although controversial, milk and dairy products have been reported to aggravate acne. Maybe cut out dairy for a couple weeks and see if it helps your acne.
  25. Sugar – although controversial, sugary food items have been reported to aggravate acne. Maybe cut out sugar for a couple weeks and see if it helps your acne.
  26. Sweat – sweat due to exercising, walking in the hot sun or from anything else can cause acne. Use a paper napkin to wipe sweat and wash face at the first chance.
  27. Liver overload – there is not enough science to back it up, but this is a theory prevalent in Ayurveda.
  28. Hormonal – puberty, PMS, pregnancy, menopause, PCOS can all cause and worsen acne.
  29. Stress – being under long periods of extreme stress can take a toll on the skin in the form of acne.
  30. Thick creams – time to ditch that old jar of Charmis / Nivea / Pond’s Cold Cream. Thick creams form a layer on the skin and their comedogenic ingredients clog pores to worsen acne like there is no tomorrow.
  31. Towels – Like pillow covers, towels need to be washed regularly to prevent germ build up.
  32. Hair creams – Like hair oils they can trickle down invisibly to the forehead and jawline.
  33. Hair sprays – often alcohol and comedogenic ingredients, spray can accidentally reach acne prone areas.
  34. Grease from pollution – if you commute on a two-wheeler in a polluted city, you are reaching home with a layer of grime and grease that can worsen acne.
  35. Using face cleansers with pore clogging ingredients.
  36. Facials at a beauty parlour – taking skin care advice from your beautician bent on selling facial packages and creams in jars may not be the best thing you do for your face.
  37. Dirty shower head – often overlooked and far-fetched perhaps, but a clean shower head is a good thing for your whole body.
  38. Not removing makeup completely – using a face wash to remove makeup is not enough. A non-comedogenic makeup remover (our pick: Johnson’s Baby Oil) can take off every last trace of makeup.
  39. Not washing hands properly after eating greasy food – using paper napkins to wipe hands after a meal instead of washing them with soap leaves greasy residue on hands that can then reach the face.
  40. Using contaminated makeup brushes / sponges – makeup brushes and sponges need to be washed after every single use.
  41. Unhygienic jars of creams – dipping your hands into a jar of cream for every use is unhygienic.
  42. Roller ball pimple treatment creams – for the same reason, using roller ball pimple treatments is unhygienic.
  43. Trying out products at makeup counters with their contaminated brushes / sponges – if there was a sin against your skin, this would be it.
  44. Steaming the face too often – hot, moist air from the steam can lead to inflammation of the skin and block pores further.
  45. Harsh scrubs – can cause irritation and thicken the skin, leading to more acne.
  46. Using body soap on face – a common practice, but unfavourable when it comes to an acne prone face. A mild face wash is a safer option.
  47. Using anti-bacterial soap not meant for acne prone skin on the face (Dettol / Lifebuoy) – assuming that an anti-bacterial soap will help acne prone facial skin is a mistake. Such soaps can be harsh and are otherwise loaded with pore clogging ingredients not suitable for the face.
  48. Certain nutritional supplements can increase oil secretion in the skin and lead to more acne and pimples.
  49. Body-building supplements used to add bulk to the body can increase testosterone, an androgen majorly responsible for causing acne.
  50. Eating too much heat-inducing food – not enough science behind it, but it is generally believed that spicy foods or heat-inducing foods can aggravate acne.
  51. Using the wrong products for home remedies – even if you are using the right home remedies, they may not be in the purest form – example bottled honey may have preservatives that can aggravate your acne.
  52. Sleeping with your face resting in your palm – a common practice, but hands can transfer oils and germs to the face.
  53. Taking skin care advice from well-meaning relatives and clear-skinned friends – that auntie who told you to use Pears soap for your face, didn’t know any better.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Most shocking things you definitely didn't know about INDIA

  • The Tirupati Balaji Temple and the Kashi Vishwanath Templeboth, receive more visitors than the Vatican City and Mecca combined.

  • India has more mosques (300,000 mosques) than any other nation in the world.

  • Sthambheshwar Mahadev: About 40 miles from Vadodara, in the small town of Kavi Kamboi of Gujarat, is the Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple. As can be seen from the picture, this temple of Lord Shiva remains mostly submerged during high tides and can only be visited during the low tide hours.                  

  • Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore has written the national anthems of both India and Bangladesh –Jan Gana Mana (India) and Amar Sonar Bangla (Bangladesh). The original song of Sri Lanka's National Anthem was also written and tuned by Tagore.

  • Old Monk is the largest selling dark rum in the world..Owned by Mohan Meakins Ltd., Old Monk has also been the biggest Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) brand for many years. Produced in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, it is available in all parts of India and the world, including places like Russia, the USA, the UK, Japan, the UAE, Estonia, Finland, New Zealand and Canada. 

  • These are African-origin Indians living here for the last 500 years. They are collectively referred to as Siddis. They came to India as slaves of Arabs and Portuguese merchants. Siddis are largely concentrated in parts of Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

  • The Taj Mahal is taller than the Qutub Minar. Because it's a minaret, it is tougher to believe that it is taller than the Qutab Minar. The Taj Mahal stands at 243.5 ft. while the Qutab Minar is at 239 ft.

  • India controls the highest battlefield in the world,the Siachen glacier, at 16,404.2 ft above mean sea level.

  • A sugar company Andhra Sugars Ltd supplies rocket fuel to ISRO. The company has started supply of liquid hydrogen and cryogenic fuel to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • In a certain region in West Bengal, cows need a photo ID. To prevent Indian cattle being smuggled along India's border into Bangladesh, authorities have come up with a solution to issue photo ID cards for cattle
  • Today, India has the world’s largest school in terms of students, the City Montessori School in Lucknow. It has more than  45 thousand students.

  • Lonar Lake, a saltwater lake in Maharashtra, was created by a meteorhitting the Earth and is one of its kind in India. 
  • Magnetic Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference. However this is due to the  layout of the surrounding land which produces an optical illusion, making a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope.

  • Chail in Himachal Pradesh is the highest cricket pitch in the world. It is situated at an elevation of 2444 meters (above the sea level).

  • The first Granite Temple of the world, the Brihadeswara Temple is situated in Tamil Nadu. It was built during the 11th century, in only five years.The temple is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The world’s largest film studio is Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad

  • The Grand Anicut Dam or The Kallanai dam in the state of Tamil Nadu was built over 2000 years ago and is still standing .The dam was originally constructed by the Chola king Karikalan around the 2nd Century AD and is considered to be one of the oldest water-diversion or water-regulator structures in the world which is still in use.

  • India’s first rocket on cycle and a satellite on bullock cart:

Friday, 8 May 2015

The basic principal on which RISE ALL FOUNDATION works.. EXPLAINED!

Just read the full thing....
If we want to bring actual change.. then we need to provide knowledge to young souls who will grow up and shape their own future..There are schools for the rich but no schools for the poor ..The poor on the other hand work throughout the day in order to support their families...
So sending them to school would be pointless as they might not be able to feed themselves while doing that, and they won't go either in the first place..
on the other hand if you just give a person something, he/ she will ask for it again..and wouldn't try to earn it the next time either...
So we can't directly give the money to them for them to prosper..
What we can give them is the knowledge we possess in order to make them smart enough to tackle the world better than they can now..
So..we are good people..everyone has some good in him/her. But they also have responsibilities to fulfill..They can't leave their own lives and go and teach people as we have to take care of our own selves..
But we do have one day which we can give them..
It isn't much right?

So what to do about the whole above mentioned problem?

Suppose there are 3 volunteers... A, B, C. On the first day...A & B go to take a class teaching a predetermined topic...for example tenses of English subject.
So on the 2nd day.. B & C will go to teach...So now..B on his first day as a teacher learned about the surroundings..as well as the course and the students etc. whom he has to teach the next day..with C.. C will also get acquainted with the surroundings and will teach his part of the subject on his 2nd day(which is actually the 3rd day in actual sense).
Now suppose we have 100 volunteers... A, B, C, D, E, F, ....etc...
and they give classes in pairs of 2.. AB, BC, CD, DE...and so on..
So, if we have 100 volunteers, then B's chance to teach will only come once in 100 days..while 100 classes would have been conducted by then..

Benefit to the volunteers for doing this is ...

I believe the teachers are the most confident people on earth... They present a presentation in front of 60 people..for 60 mins...60 times in a semester...
So the volunteers will gain confidence..they ll get a taste of whats it like to do some good.
Plus i believe, if you tell a person that ICE on ARCTIC is melting... he will say ok.. But if you show him that ICE on ARCTIC is melting.. He ll probably say OMG.. and might do something about it in future.
So its social work simplified and social service providers put in mass production.
Now...What do you think about this idea?

Thursday, 7 May 2015

NASA'S Ten-Engine Electric Plane completes successful flight test: 9 Interesting facts

NASA is making headlines recently with their potentially game-changing emDrive propulsion system. The emDrive has gathered a lot of discussion, and a lot of controversy. But NASA has a lot more going on than innovative space travel designs, and one recent test flight showed that the thinkers at NASA are still working on innovative designs for flight systems that operate in Earth's atmosphere.
NASA has developed and successfully flight tested a battery-powered plane with 10 engines, GL-10 which can take off and land like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft.
The Greased Lightning or GL-10 prototype successfully transitioned from hover to wing-borne flight during several test flights.
Some interesting facts about Greased Lightning 10 (GL 10):
1. The hybrid diesel-electric tilt wing aircraft, Greased Lightning 10 (GL-10), is a remotely piloted, ten engine aircraft that can take off and land vertically, and then rotate its wings for forward flight

2. It has eight electric motors on the wings and two electric motors on the tail
3. It weighs a maximum of 62 pounds (28.1 kilograms) at take-off and has a 10-foot wingspan
4. The GL-10 type of system has been developed before in full size, in the form of a piloted aircraft like the V22 Osprey, but it's never been done before in a small, remotely-piloted aircraft
5. The GL-10 could be used for small package delivery or vertical take-off and landing, long endurance surveillance for agriculture, mapping and other applications
6. A scaled up version is also under development which is much larger than what is being tested now that would also make a great one-to-four person size personal air vehicle
7. The advantage of the GL-10, besides its versatile vertical take-off and landing ability, is its noise or lack of it
8. The aircraft is designed to complete several vertical take-offs and landings during its mission with a loiter endurance of 24 hours in the forward flight mode
9. The GL-10 is going to be the centrepiece of an exhibit showcasing some of NASA Langley's UAV research

How much does it cost to climb Everest?

gh-altitude mountaineering is a pay-to-play game. If you’re going to attempt to climb Mount Everest you're going to shell out a minimum of $30,000. Most western guiding companies charge around $65,000, and if you’re going all-out on a private expedition with an imported chef and constant access to Instagram, your trip might run as high as $100,000.
The median cost hasn’t changed much over the years, despite more technology and rescue options, additional guide services, and increased government regulation. Many operations that were charging $65,000 in the ‘90s are still selling trips at that same rate in 2013. Cheaper expeditions have increased their prices due to legislation from the Nepalese government that mandated how much Sherpas and porters have to be paid, and there are more “budget” Sherpa-guided operations available, but, for the most part, Everest might be one of the few places in the world that has escaped inflation.
There are some fixed costs that every climber has to pay, regardless of how they climb or who they climb with. Climbing permits, issued by the Nepalese government, cost $70,000 for a party of seven, or $25,000 for an individual climber. Every group pays camp fees, like a garbage and waste deposit, and pays a local government liaison to stay in camp with them. “They’re there to make sure that if you’ve got a permit for Nutpse, you’re not climbing Everest,” says Gordon Janow Director of Programs for Seattle-based Alpine Ascents, which has been guiding Everest trips for 15 years.
At Base Camp, all the teams combine forces to pay for the camp doctor and to pay Sherpas, commonly called Icefall Doctors, to set the fixed ropes, so that the equipment that everyone uses to traverse the Khumbu Icefall is in place.
Then there’s gear, and getting to Base Camp, which is pretty consistent, price-wise, across the board. For instance, oxygen costs $500 a bottle, and climbers typically bring 6 bottles; a yak to transport your gear to Base Camp will run you $150 a day.
Because of that, Everest season is a boon for the local economy. “About $3 millions comes in to the Nepalese economy through permits,” says Alan Arnette, a journalist and climber who runs a detailed blog following each Everest season, “And I bet half of that again goes to the tea houses, the local guides and food, heli companies, and hotels in Kathmandu.”
Some of that is regulated. Because a percentage of the money from the permit goes to keeping Everest and the surrounding areas clean, and having local representatives in place to monitor the teams, the government pays local workers as do the climbing groups. The Nepalese government has mandated a minimum wage for Sherpas, but Janow says that Alpine Ascents, and many of the other western groups, will pay their crew more than that to assure that they have the same local teams in place year to year.
That wage range is a significant cost factor. The biggest monetary variable is which group you chose to climb with, and how they run their operation. Smaller climbing  teams with higher guide-to-client ratios, and larger support systems are more expensive.
Lower budget companies tend cut costs by having smaller staffs, which drops their overhead. They also can keep costs low by hiring local base camp staff instead of flying teams in, and then not paying those people very much “It used to be that you only had western guides. Guides from Europe, New Zealand and the U.S. were the only ones that had the skills to fix ropes and trained in medicine, but now the Sherpa community has improved their skills,” Arnette says.
Western guides are more expensive—Janow says they pay their guides $20-50,000 for the season—and the higher budget companies also shell out for things like customized weather forecasts. Janow says that they bring a backup for all of their gear and mechanical systems to basecamp, and that they also have a deep staff. “To keep it running smoothly we want to always have someone available to heli someone out, or deal with anything like that. So there’s always a backup manager on,” he says.
Then, there are extravagances, like a personal film crew, or elaborate meals, which some crews deem necessary to keep climbers, who typically loose their appetites at altitude, eating. “If all you want to eat is dal bat, that’s pretty cheap,” Arnette says. “But some guides will fly in steak, others will have beer and wine, a lot of people have sushi. Jagged Globe prides themselves on having a chef from Europe.”
Even in a highly planed environment like Everest, where logistics teams work all year to make sure expeditions go smoothly, there are some uncontrollable variables. “There’s a sliding scale of everything,” Janow says. “You’ve got these general ideas of how it going to work, but then you never know. This year I have over $10,000 in freight, just paying airlines. Last year I had a $4,000 Wi-Fi bill.”

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

6 Hard Truths About Being a Millennial Entrepreneur

Call it entitlement, call it independence: Millennials want to be a generation of entrepreneurs.
Roughly two in every three Gen Y-ers have aspirations of going into business for themselves. About 18% of them are actually doing it, according to a new report from Babson College that found entrepreneurship across all ages is on the incline. (Meanwhile, just 13% of millennials are interested in climbing the corporate ladder.)
Millennials fit into the role of a self-starter easily for a number of reasons; we’re digital natives, with heady career dreams and a job market that has taught us to think outside the box — because we might not be hired within it very quickly.
Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as packing your bindle and moving to a garage to found your startup. Even Gen Y-ers who aren’t keen on starting their own businesses are facing insurmountable financial obstacles, including ridiculous student loan debt and low or no credit scores.
Kavita Shukla
Kavita Shukla, who invented paper that keeps fruits and vegetables fresh in her 20s, began by distributing her product at a local farmer’s market. (Photo courtesy of Kavita Shukla)
I talked to a number of young entrepreneurs to find out what it really takes to be your own boss. From veterans (or as inveterate as you can be at 30) to others just starting in the game, these millennials busted some myths and offered a few hard truths about the field.
1. You Don’t Have To Be Unique, Just First and Best
This is what I learned from David Yarus, the founder of JSwipe, a fast-growing Jewish dating app with more than 165,000 users in 70-plus countries. (His title is also technically CEO, but he says he feels a bit awkward using that in a company with less than 10 people.)
Yarus got the idea for JSwipe several years ago at 27, when he started using existing (and nascent) dating apps like Tinder.
“For myself, Judaism plays a large role in my life, I’ve always known that I want to date and marry Jewish,” Yarus told me. “Accordingly, Tinder is an incredible tool, but it wasn’t as efficient or effective for my personal needs as I needed — and, I know, that my peers and community needed. I think any Jewish millennial on Tinder thought of it. It’s not like I’m the only person that said ‘This should exist.’ It’s just that we did it well, we did it quickly.”
2. You Don’t Have To Quit Your Day Job (Yet)
Kavita Shukla was in her mid-20s when she first started selling Fresh Papers — sheets that keep vegetables and fruits fresh for two to four times longer.
“We really didn’t know how to do it,” Shukla admitted. “We were in a couple of local farm stands and we were going to the farmer’s market ourselves — we literally had a stall on the side of the road in Cambridge. And then when we heard from Whole Foods, we were still making Fresh Paper in the kitchen of my studio apartment. So it was this very low budget operation where it was mostly us working to make it. We’d make Fresh Paper overnight on Fridays, and then go early Saturday morning and sell it.”
It paid off. Within several weeks of first offering samples to stands at her local farmer’s market, Shukla and her business partner were able to quit their day jobs and live off the profits.
3. But Don’t Burn Bridges When You Do
You could miss out on your first business partner.
Yarus was dreading telling his CEO he had decided to quit his job in marketing to start JSwipe.
“I had my dream job, I loved the company I worked for, I loved the people I was working with,” he told me. “I had incredible respect for them and they had incredible respect for me — and the conversation of leaving was a scary one.”
And a fortuitous one. As soon as Yarus told his CEO his plans for what was next, his boss offered to help him out.
“When I had the conversation about where I was going and what [I] was doing, his first response was ‘How can I help? How can I get involved? I want to be part of this. I believe in you,’” he told me.
That was how JSwipe got its first investor — and chairman.
4. An Idea Is Meaningless Without Something to Show For It
This is according to Jay Roth, a newly minted millennial entrepreneur who is the process of launching GenYrator, a crowdfunded business accelerator specifically for millennials, with his partner, Sean Nasiri.
Roth is a numbers man. He enjoys the nuts and bolts and legalese of putting together a business, he told me, and was quick to stress the importance of a plan behind the passion, especially if you’re thinking about approaching investors.
“There are so many entrepreneurs out there and so many startups out there, they put together a business plan or they put together a deck with a few pieces of information, they think they’re ready for $100,000,” Roth said. “That’s not the case at all. You need to go out there and create at least a minimum viable product, and once you have that, that’s when you can really start to go out and talk with investors.”
5. Don’t Bring Credit Card Debt Into the Equation
It can be the death knoll of a startup, according to a 2009 study from Monmouth University that found every $1,000 in credit card debt increases the probability a business will close by 2.2%.
Josh Hix and Nick Taranto had to navigate the tricky straits of their personal finances when they founded Plated, an online service that delivers fresh groceries and chef-designed recipes, three years ago. Both were in their late 20s. The idea was there: Their busy cohort needed an easy way to eat healthily and inventively. The money, though, hadn’t yet materialized, with Hix and Taranto burning through their personal savings on a previous endeavor they had realized wasn’t a good idea.
“By the time we got around to [Plated], we really liked working together and we had really complimentary skills, but we were basically out of money,” Taranto told me. “So we started this on credit cards and liquidating 401(k)s and IRAs, and both of us had a ton of business school debt still. So not a great place to be financially.”
“It’s safe to say we had every financial roadblock there is,” Hix added.
Theirs was a long road to funding — they pitched some 150 people, Hix said — “all this crazy, sexy food tech stuff was not happening back then.” The two found success when a college buddy of Taranto’s recommended them to a former boss who had had a similar idea for a company. The boss ended up investing the $400,000 that got Plated off the ground.
“Getting a second job is an absolute must; you have to be able to support yourself, you have to be able to support the company’s finances to a point,” Roth told me.
Additionally, you need to be frugal — and strategic — about the expenses you bring into the business.
“You don’t have any extraneous expenses, no one’s on salary … you should try to partner with someone who can contribute just a little capital up front,” Roth said.
6. If People Aren’t Taking You Seriously, It’s Probably Not Because Of Your Age
Here’s some good news: Almost none of the entrepreneurs I talked to said they had any trouble getting taken seriously because of their age.
“Age is definitely not a barrier,” Taranto told me. “And in many cases, it’s probably an asset.
Yarus also said he hasn’t had much trouble navigating the space as a relatively young founder — in fact, he said, the millennial mindset is in increasingly high demand as Gen Y buying power increases.
“The millennial and technological disruption will eventually — sooner or later — hit every space,” he told me. “And it’s important if you are a brand or an organization or a product or a service, that no matter how strong you are, if you haven’t begun to challenge your truths or rethink your ideas and offerings, then someone will sneak up quickly behind you, and before you know it you will be outdated.”

Monday, 4 May 2015

2016 Honda Civic Is simply a piece of Art!!

From the looks of the recently unveiled Honda Civic Concept, which previews what the 2016 production model will look like, the Civic appears to be moving beyond its boring ways to rekindle the excitement it once elicited from driving enthusiasts.
The most noticeable change for the better is that the new Civic does not look like a jellybean. Honda has finally dispensed with the so-called “cab forward” design used on Civics for nearly a decade. This design puts the base of the windshield practically over the front wheels, similar to on a minivan, and is said to increase interior space. But most of that increase comes in the upper dashboard area—which isn’t useable space.
By contrast, the base of the 2016 Civic’s windshield is pulled farther back behind the front wheel—like on Civics from the 1990s—to create a more upright windshield and a much longer hood. From the side view, the Civic Concept, which debuted at the New York International Auto Show, looks like a scaled down Honda Accord Coupe—and that’s a good thing.
The Honda Civic Concept is very close to what the production Honda Civic Typer-R will look like. (Credit: Honda)
The Honda Civic Concept is very close to what the production Honda Civic Typer-R will look like. (Credit: Honda)
The second biggest change is that the high-performance Type-R version of the Civic will finally be offered in the United States. This legendary model—whose performance far exceeds that of the more common Si version, currently the sportiest Civic offered in the U.S.—has long been available overseas. But Honda has deprived American enthusiasts of it ever since the model was first launched in 1997.
No further details have been released on the Civic Type-R, but Honda did say that the 2016 Civic will be the first to offer new turbocharged engines as part of the automaker’s suite of Earth Dreams Technology, aimed at increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. For Honda to offer turbocharged engines is kind of special, because the automaker has thus far not done so (except in the Acura RDX for a brief time).
The base Civic will come with a 1.5-liter VTEC turbo four-cylinder engine with the choice of a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. Honda says the latter has been improved to be more responsive than previous versions.
The 2016 Honda Civic will also be available in more body styles in the U.S. than ever before. These include a sedan and coupe, both previously offered in the U.S. Newly added will be a five-door hatchback. The Si will remain available as well.
Honda is finally bringing the legendary Type-R version of the Civic to the U.S. for 2016. (Credit: Honda)
Honda is finally bringing the legendary Type-R version of the Civic to the U.S. for 2016. (Credit: Honda)
The Honda Civic Concept features aggressive styling, with deep air inlets and outlets in the front and rear bumpers, and a large wing at the back. It gives a good idea of what the new Type-R model will look like. All Civics will share the concept vehicle’s “flying H” front grille, as Honda calls—a look that has already been given to the latest Honda CR-V and Pilot crossovers.
The new 10th-generation Civic is the most U.S.-centric Honda Civic ever. Honda’s Los Angeles studio led the design, while engineering was centered in the company’s Raymond, Ohio vehicle development center.
Furthermore, the North American version of the Civic Sedan will be produced in Greensburg, Ind., and in Alliston, Ontario. The Civic Coupe and Si models also will be manufactured in Alliston. The VTEC turbo engine will be produced in Anna, Ohio. Other engines will also be produced in Alliston. The continuously variable transmission will be produced in Russells Point, Ohio.
The 2016 Honda Civic goes on sale this fall, so the wait won’t be long. Given Honda’s past product cadence, we can expect to see production versions of the new Civic break cover in the next few months. But as with the concept’s unveiling in New York, there won’t be much fanfare leading up to it.
The Honda Civic is one of the best-selling cars in America. The current version, which launched as a 2012 model, has sold more than 300,000 units in the past three years, according to Honda.
The judging by this concept car, the 2016 Honda Civic will abandon the bland looks of its predecessor. (Credit: Honda)