Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires

More and more companies, government agencies, educational institutions and philanthropic organisations are today in the grip of a new phenomenon. I’ve termed it ‘metric fixation’. The key components of metric fixation are the belief that it is possible – and desirable – to replace professional judgment (acquired through personal experience and …

The war for talent is over and we need to face up to new opportunities and challenges

The ‘War for Talent’ is a concept which has dominated the industry for the last twenty years and has shaped how many organisations view talent acquisition around the world. But perhaps this war is already over. As initially reported by McKinsey & Company in 1998, the war for talent explored the …

Jeff Bezos Announces $97.5 Million in Grants to Help Homeless People

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday announced that 24 organizations working to help the homeless will receive a combined $97.5 million in grants from his Day One Fund, CNBC reported. The $2 billion fund launched in September and included two separate funds: the Families Fund and the Academics Fund. The …

It's slow cooker season: Save $49 on this 3-in-1 model by Cuisinart, on sale at Walmart

Some of the best things are worth waiting for.  That’s especially true when it comes to food. After all, do you really want to know what pulled pork tastes like when it’s been rushed? (Here’s a hint: it’s not very good.) SEE ALSO: 9 of the best travel coffee mugs …

Bitcoin sinks below $4,000 as the crypto market takes another hefty beating

As we hang out with family and friends this holiday season, it’s interesting to look back on the Bitcoin mania that we endured one Thanksgiving ago. Aunts and uncles asking about internet money as you passed the mashed potatoes while trying to explain the concept of decentralization in a way …

MySpace reborn! Facebook will let you pin song clips to your profile

Facebook will let friends learn about you by streaming clips of your favorite songs from your profile in a throwback to MySpace Music. You’ll be able to choose tracks to add to a revamped Music section of your profile that now actually plays songs instead of just showing what artists …

Riskified prevents fraud on your favorite e-commerce site

Meet Riskified, an Israel-based startup that has raised $64 million in total to fight online fraud. The company has built a service that helps you reject transactions from stolen credit cards and approve more transactions from legitimate clients. If you live in the U.S., chances are you know someone who …

Scientists make artificial Martian dirt, will sell it to you for $20

Scientists don’t expect to get their hands on Martian soil anytime soon, so they’re making their own. Created by University of Central Florida astrophysicists, this red soil, called Mars “simulant,” is designed to give researchers a useful approximation of the actual, far-off extraterrestrial soil. This might be especially relevant for …

How to simplify online scheduling with Microsoft Bookings

Customers are the lifeblood of any business. This is especially true for small businesses that offer a service based around appointment scheduling — such as hair studios or those in the door-to-door sales industry. If you run a similar business, you’ll need a highly efficient way of moving potential customers …

5 ways to wow with customer service on social media

As a small business owner, you know how important it is to show your guests excellent customer service, but did you know that consumers’ high expectations also carry over to your social media presence? Droves of customers are turning to social media to effectively get their problems resolved. Time is …

New US report says that climate change could cost nearly $500B per year by 2090

A new report from the U.S. government on the impacts of climate change on society indicates that unless action is taken, climatological events could cost the country nearly half a trillion dollars annually by 2090. The National Climate Assessment is a Congressionally mandated report on the impacts of climate change and …

Gillette's heated razor is giving shaving a huge comfort upgrade — Future Blink

Gillette, known for giving the masses a variety of razor options, has developed a heated shaver that looks to be a dream to us. While similar innovations have been attempted in the past, none have appeared to be as successful. Most agree that the secret to Gillette’s success lies in …

How to choose the best website builder for your business in 2019

Editor’s note: This post was updated on January 11, 2019. Websites are a must-have asset for any small business. They’re like a full-time employee for marketing, sales and support who works 24/7/365 without taking any vacation time or sick days. But while that sounds great, there’s one little challenge that gets …

Prepare everything from coffee to hot cocoa with this Cuisinart coffee brewer on sale at Walmart

Most mornings, you may only need a single cup of coffee to get started, so you’ll just want a single-cup brewer. But if you’re having family over, or need to pull an all-nighter, a full pot of coffee is more likely what you need. And while there are plenty of …

Local Business Listings: The easier way to manage your online business listings

With all the social media outlets and ways to manage your online business listings available nowadays, marketing your business online is becoming easier and more accessible. And, to make things even more seamless for business owners, many of these types of sites will automatically gather your business information and list your …

Bessemer Venture Partners has a brand new $1.85B fund

It was once unusual for venture capital funds to cross the billion-dollar threshold. Now, multiple billion-dollar fund announcements in the same week is nothing to gawk at. Bessemer Venture Partners, an investment firm founded more than 100 years ago, is the latest to complete the fundraising circuit. The firm has brought …