Startups Weekly: The world is eating tech | TechCrunch

You could almost hear the internet cracking apart this week as international businesses pulled away from Hong Kong and the US considered a ban on TikTok. Software can no longer eat the entire world like it had attempted last decade. Startups across tech-focused industries face a new reality, where local markets and efforts are more protected and supported by national governments. Every company now has a smaller total addressable market, whether or not it succeeds in it.

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How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything | WIRED

MANY PEOPLE COMPLAIN about having a terrible memory. Shopping lists, friends’ birthdays, statistics for an exam—they just don’t seem to stick in the brain. But memory isn’t as set in stone as you might imagine. With the right technique, you may well be able to remember almost anything at all.

Nelson Dellis is a four-time USA Memory Champion and Grandmaster of Memory. Some of his feats of recollection include memorizing 10,000 digits of pi, the order of more than nine shuffled decks of cards, and lists of hundreds of names after only hearing them once.

But with a little dedication, Dellis says that anyone can improve their memory. Here are five steps to follow that will get your filling your head with information.

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The Entrepreneur’s Playbook Always Shifts | Entrepreneur

Jonathan Boos is the founder of Würkin Stiffs, which sells shirt collar stays with embedded magnets. Boos talks with #ThePlaybook host David Meltzer about developing his collar stays, growing his business, the lessons he learned from his experience on Shark Tank and how he’s helping his retail partners right now.

Boos talks about sibling rivalry with his twin brother, growing up in his family’s business and early work experiences in the auto industry. He speaks about the inspiration that led to his invention of the magnetic collar stay in 2005.

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Practicing Empathy As A Leader | Getentrepreneurial.com

Empathy As A Leader Posted by Min Tang in Communication Skills Empathy is the foundation for connecting with others, and connecting with others is an essential part of entrepreneurship. As John Lennon once said, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

Entrepreneurs know that reality better than anyone. So much of entrepreneurship depends on people: your team, your customers and audience, your competition. You can’t build the next Apple or Amazon without thousands of people — or even millions — helping along the way. If those people are only strangers to you, simply dollars and cents, you’ll likely never reach your goals or be as successful as you could be.

Empathy can help business leaders in all sorts of situations, whether they’re looking for the next big idea, struggling to find a target market or simply looking for more ways to grow.

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Gensler upcycles an old warehouse into creative offices in Austin | Inhabitat

At the heart of East Austin, an old and uninviting warehouse has been transformed into a creative office building fittingly dubbed UPCycle after its site-sensitive design approach that includes the reuse of the entire building. Gensler led the renovation and updated the space with an additional 16,000 square feet of mezzanine area as well as energy-efficient improvements including new insulation and high-efficiency mechanical systems. The industrial character of the original building has been retained and celebrated as part of an overarching goal to preserve a piece of East Austin history.

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Triangular Fish Farm Nets | CoolBusinessIdeas.com

In recent years, fish farms have increasingly started using underwater ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) for cleaning the nets that enclose their fish pens. A relatively new one, the StealthCleaner, has a unique triangular form factor.

Manufactured by Norwegian ROV company Kystdesign, the StealthCleaner is connected to a surface-located support vessel or shore-based control station via a power/communications umbilical cable.

Utilizing real-time feeds from four onboard cameras (which are assisted by LED spotlights), the operator starts by remotely piloting the ROV through the water, over to the pen. They then guide it back and forth, in successive passes along the net.

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How to group stream Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, and more with your friends | Mashable

Maybe your state is staying closed. Maybe it’s opening back up, but you still don’t feel safe going out. Either way, movie nights with friends are still vital and most of the major streaming services have official and non-official solutions to facilitate them.

We’ve done a good deal of group streaming coverage at Mashable since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and the space has evolved greatly in just a few months. Arguably, the biggest developments have come from the streaming services themselves. Six months ago, the idea that Hulu and Amazon would officially let users join a remote watch party might have seemed unthinkable. Now, it’s a reality born from unfortunate circumstances.

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Americans are using more plastic during the pandemic. He wants to change that | CNN

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, local governments and big companies quickly changed their tune on reducing single-use plastics. They started prohibiting cloth totes in grocery stores and rejecting reusable coffee mugs at cafes. They embraced disposables once again, seeing them as the safer, more hygienic option.

Maine delayed its plastic bag ban from April 2020 to January of next year. San Francisco in March instructed businesses to bar customers from using their own bags, mugs or other reusable items in order to promote social distancing. Meanwhile, Starbucks (SBUX) stopped allowing people to use their own mugs, and McDonald’s (MCD) decided to close self-serve soda fountains as it reopens its doors.

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Workplace Thermostat Wars (and How to End Them) | Business News Daily

The office temperature debate is nothing new. Everyone works better at their preferred room temperatures. But how you decide to raise this issue with your office managers or enforce your own thermal comfort matters to the productivity and morale of your workplace.

The debate as old as HVAC

The conversation around the temperature in the office can echo “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” – some like it hot, some like it cold, and some are just never satisfied. It is impossible to please everyone, but most employers and employees agree that a concerted effort to accommodate as many people as possible goes a long way.

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How To Develop A Strong Goal Setting Mindset | Life Hack

When you are feeling stuck with your goals, many solutions come to mind. Perhaps you need to read some books or consider other strategies to complete your goals. But another avenue to consider is to develop your goal setting mindset.

Like with everything in the self-improvement world and beyond, mindset matters. How you view your problems and your overall belief and thinking process can dictate many things. Some are more direct while others we won’t see further down the line.

With this in mind, here are some things you can consider when you are developing or growing a goal setting mindset.

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