A Growing Number of People Are Getting Rich Selling T-shirts Online — With No Overhead, No Inventory, and No Investment

Nearly every night after dinner for eight straight months, Glen Zubia brewed a cup of coffee, turned on heavy metal music, and made T-shirts. On Mondays he did research, scouring the Internet for funny slogans, like the one where Santa Claus asks, “Where My Ho’s At?” On Tuesdays and Wednesdays …

Pew: Social media still growing in emerging markets but stalled elsewhere

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s (so far) five-year project to expand access to the Internet in emerging markets makes plenty of business sense when you look at the latest report by the Pew Research Center — which shows social media use has plateaued across developed markets but continues to rise in the developing world. …

Customer service chat for your eCommerce store — what to consider

  Businesses have always been looking for ways to please their customers. In 1868, Watkins Liniment became the first company  to offer a money-back guarantee. In 1887, Coca-Cola offered the first discount coupon. And more recently, in 1998, Jeremie Miller invented Jabber/XMPP, the open-source technology that most live chat platforms …

Best practices for using images on eCommerce product pages

There are several best practices to keep in mind when planning out the images for your eCommerce product pages. One of the most important tenets to keep in mind is that your customers can’t pick up your product and hold it in their hands, so you need recreate the “real …

Managing the Expenses Associated with an Exchange Traded Fund

Almost all investments come with certain expenses attached to them. The task of every good investor is to minimize those expenses, while maximizing returns. This is why having a diverse portfolio is usually a good way to go. Within that, you will want to consider the value that exchange traded …

The mere expectation that we check emails outside working hours harms our wellbeing

Employer expectations of work email monitoring outside of normal working hours are detrimental to the health and wellbeing of not only employees but their family members as well. A new study suggests that employees do not need to spend actual time on work in their off-hours to experience the harmful effects. …

The problem with predictions, the cult of Facebook, WeWork woes and some other stuff

If it makes you feel better about Blue Monday (today – ‘officially’ the year’s glummest day), it also marks the closure of the Predictions Window in my view. If somebody still has an unpublished list of forecasts for the coming year on their specialist topic, they’ve missed their chance. At …

Travel forecast: What the travel industry can expect in 2019

There have been some major upheavals and changes in the travel industry in the last two years. New regulations were implemented; new stricter regulations were proposed, but avoided; and new technology is making life easier in the world of plane and car travel. As someone who writes about the travel industry …

LinkNYC’s 5 million users make 500,000 phone calls each month

In 2014, in a bid to replace the more than 11,000 aging payphones scattered across New York City’s pedestrian walkways with more functional fixtures, Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a competition — the Reinvent Payphones initiative — calling on private enterprises, residents, and nonprofits to submit designs for replacements. In …

Juji is an empathetic AI chatbot that holds personalized conversations with people

EXCLUSIVE: Artificial intelligence researcher Michelle Zhou has created a chatbot called Juji with a cheerful personality to hold personal conversations with people. The chatbot has the ability to listen and respond empathetically in conversations with humans, prompting the humans to chat for a longer time than usual. Zhou believes this …