Energy Efficiency Ideas For Businesses | The Startup Magazine

Business people often say that it is necessary to spend money in order to make money. However, there are certainly some areas in which savings are especially appreciated and needed. In terms of the overall balance sheet, spending money on some green energy strategies can be hard to swallow in the short term, but beneficial in the long run.

It is not surprising that numerous business owners feel nervous out making major outlays in this realm and question whether the instant hit to capital funds are worth any savings generated down the road. Though it is likely that case that doing so will in fact produce financial gains in the future, knowing how to finance these upgrades often proves challenging.

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Stan Lee: Marvel Comics legend dies aged 95 | BBC News

American writer and former president of Marvel Comics Stan Lee has died at the age of 95.

In 1961, Lee created The Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics, and went on to create titles including Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.

The legendary comic book author died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a family lawyer.

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The SBA and PROdnose – The Wisdom and Musings of Jim Ely, SBA pro

prodnose

PROD-nohz

verb intr.: To pry.

noun: A prying person.

After Prodnose, a pedantic and nosy character, who appeared in the newspaper columns of J B Morton in the Daily Express.   J B Morton wrote under the pen name Beachcomber.  Twenty years before the word appeared in his column, the poet Dylan Thomas once wrotein 1934:  “I want you to think of me today … singing as loudly as Beachcomber in a world rid of Prodnose.”

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TIP OF THE WEEK

SBA 7(a) loan approvals for the fiscal year ending September 30th totaled $25,372,457,900.  That’s 0.3% less than the prior year.

Being a prodnose about this, I calculated the correlation coefficient between SBA 7(a) loan volume and GDP for over six years using the Microsoft CORREL function.  It came out to a statistically significant 0.86.

That would imply the economy won’t continue to grow as rapidly as it is now.

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Are Workers’ Perks Good for Productivity, or a Flashy Waste of Money? Two Experts Weigh in | Inc.com

Axe-throwing classes. Onsite barbershops. Free gym memberships and catered lunches. Do they bond workers to a company and boost productivity, or do they blow resources in a very colorful way? To find out, Inc. called on two noted thinkers on the topic, who espouse thought-provoking–and vastly different–answers to the question.

What explains the rise of perk culture?

Jody Thompson: We like to see people in the workplace, so we provide amenities and spend money on making the office nicer. But work isn’t somewhere you go. It’s something you do.

Phil Libin: There’s a tendency for tech companies and startups to look at all aspects of work-life balance, and create programs that increase productivity and retention.

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My new Writing Room / Sanctuary. Features a monster desk! | IKEA Hackers

I’ve recently taken up writing again, but I needed a nice quiet place to do that – and a place that makes me feel peaceful and happy. We decided to fit out a spare junk room into a writing room, a functional working space.

First, we painted it a lovely pale blue and then decided to make a monster desk out of METOD kitchen cabinets. It was put together over a few weekends – but really probably you should allow two solid days to do this properly (not counting the work to glue up the pinboard).

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Here’s what Samsung’s wacky folding phone looks like in action | TechCrunch

As rumored, Samsung showed off a prototype of a folding display today. Folded, it’s a smartphone. Unfolded, it’s a tablet. Neat!

Less neat: The company sort of went out of its way to not really show very much. A prototype was onstage for about 45 seconds, and it was deliberately backlit to be intensely silhouetted. They “disguised the elements of the design” to keep secret whatever secret sauce they have.

Finding that clip of the prototype folding/unfolding means digging through Samsung’s two-hour developer keynote, so we went ahead and GIF’d it up for you.

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Google ‘Arbitration Optional’ Harassment Plan Limits Groups | WIRED

GOOGLE ANNOUNCED CHANGES to how it will handle claims of sexual harassment among employees, including making arbitration optional for individual harassment and sexual assault claims. While additional transparency and protection for workers is a sign of progress, the change is incremental rather than transformative, because Google’s arbitration provision still prohibits collective action. Harassment claims will no longer be forced into private arbitration, but only individuals can now bring their claims before a jury.

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Bad News Day for Bitcoin: It’s Destroying the World and Bank Accounts | Entrepreneur

Even though cryptocurrencies technically have no physical presence, they really do a make a impact on the environment — and even could affect the amount of money people have in their accounts.

From January 2016 to June 2018, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education in Cincinnati monitored how much energy it took to mine Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero on a daily basis.

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5 Principles of Personal Growth that Every Entrepreneur Should Adopt | Getentrepreneurial

Entrepreneurship is about creating and growing a business, but don’t let that concept consume you. If you want to be an effective entrepreneur, boss, leader, teammate, and visionary, you can’t be content to only make changes and spark growth in your business—you have to make changes and spark growth in yourself as well.

Your personal growth is what’s going to equip you to carve a path to success:

  • You’ll gain knowledge to make better decisions.
  • You’ll develop skills to expand to new areas.
  • You’ll earn experience to apply different perspectives and engage your creativity.
  • You’ll transcend your business, so that when your business is sold (or when you depart some other way), you’ll be able to do even more in your next venture.

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Waze’s New Audio Player Aims to Make Your Commute More Bearable | Digital Trends

Waze already offers Spotify integration but the popular navigation app has just announced the addition of more streaming services as part of the launch of a new audio player.

In a bid to make your commute a little more bearable, Waze is adding support for Pandora, Deezer, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Scribd, Stitcher, and TuneIn, giving you easy access to more music tracks, podcasts, audiobooks, radio shows, and news.

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