Monthly Archives: March 2012

Weekly Economic Update | LAEDC


Where to get startup cash now |

Starting out, the three founders of The Extraordinaries didn’t have much cash or an idea that was fleshed out enough to approach investors with. To fund their site, which connects mobile phone users with quick “micro-volunteering” opportunities, they took a different tack and applied for social entrepreneurship grants and competitions.


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Empire State Building Accorded LEED Gold Certification|

The renowned Empire State Building has been accorded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification. The new laurel makes one of the tallest buildings in the world more inspiring in terms of eco-friendliness.

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On the horrors of getting approval for an ice-cream parlour in San Francisco | Boing Boing

Ms. Pries said she had to endure months of runaround and pay a lawyer to determine whether her location (a former grocery, vacant for years) was eligible to become a restaurant. There were permit fees of $20,000; a demand that she create a detailed map of all existing area businesses (the city didn’t have one); and an $11,000 charge just to turn on the water.

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Shoe Dating Pairs Men and Women Up Based on Footwear |

Men who seek love help from Shoe Dating are asked to choose a pair of shoes they would like their prospective dates to wear. When a woman strolls into Shoes Shoes Shoes and chooses that particular pair,

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Managing Employees: 5 Scary Small-Business Mistakes |

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Yes, your employees can make or break your business, but battling zombies can be easier than managing people.

When ‘Giving Your All’ Gets You Nowhere

Case in point: I received an email recently from an employee who wanted to know how to turn down a “promotion” that meant doing two jobs without a pay, title, or bonus increase. She wrote:

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Pop-up store sells chocolate for good deeds, not money |

The price of chocolate

 Chocolatier Anthon Berg recently enabled customers to pay with a good deed, rather than cash, at a pop-up location called The Generous Store.

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Boy Says Teacher Taped Him to Chair, Let Kids Push Him | NBC New York

…she took some tape, stretched it across his chest, “and then she wrapped it around the chair, and again, and she bit it off and she stuck it to me, and she didn’t take it off of me,” Cuffee said.

His classmates then began pushing him around, he says.

via Boy Says Teacher Taped Him to Chair, Let Kids Push Him | NBC New York.

Death By iPad | Peter Mehit

I think iPads are really cool. I like that they’re instant on, broadband connected and can deliver the world to you in a compact little package that is easy to use and carry. They are well made, reliable and look really cool. There is no question that they represent a huge change in how information and entertainment is accessed, opening up a deeper internet experience for millions of people. Like all technology, however, there is the other side, the unintended consequences.

The more ubiquitous the iPad is becoming, the more demands there are on our already short attention spans. I was attending a meeting about positioning your business for angel investors. I was a tad late, and entering from the back of the room, my attention was drawn not to the presentation at the front of the room, but to the sea of little illuminated rectangles in front of most of the participants. It stunned me so much that I stood and watched as the contents of the screens changed faster than the presentation. This was not lost on the presenter who looked defeated at the end of his time.

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She’s a Sens fan, her girlfriend’s a Leafs fan and their marriage proposal during NHL game was adorable VIDEO | Puck Daddy


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