Monthly Archives: August 2021

FreshBooks reveals common invoicing mistakes of the self-employed during the COVID-19 pandemic | The Startup Magazine

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many self-employed individuals struggling to keep on top of all areas of their business, from new health and safety procedures to completing basic admin tasks. With these additional burdens, it’s no surprise that occasional invoicing mistakes can start to creep into invoicing documents.

Twyla Verhelst, Head of FreshBooks Accountant Channel at leading online accounting software provider, FreshBooks, reveals the most common invoicing mistakes the self-employed have made since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your Invoices Do Not Include Payment Due Dates

Without specific payment dates on invoices, many of those who are self-employed may unintentionally send out “open invoices”. If there’s not a definitive payment timeframe, invoices are at risk of being ignored or forgotten about. Add in the use of vague language or jargon and this can potentially lead to confusion over the specified payment date.

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Afghanistan: US orders civilian jets to join evacuation | BBC News

Commercial planes will be used to help with the evacuation of people from Afghanistan, the US says.

Eighteen aircraft will transfer people to third countries from safe sites outside Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.

Many thousands of Afghans are crowded outside Kabul airport, desperate to flee the country after the Taliban swept to power on 15 August.

President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the US had evacuated nearly 28,000 people in the past week.

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How 2 College Friends Grew the No. 1 Fastest-Growing Private Company in America to $50 Million in 4 Years | Inc.com

In the early 1990s at UC Davis, students Ranil Piyaratna and Geetesh Goyal became friends–and then proceeded, for years, to not go into business together.

Goyal attended dental school before finding he was more interested in filling positions than in filling teeth. He and Piyaratna reunited to solve workforce problems for life-science companies. They founded Atomic Staffing, which became, in 2010, Neozene. Then CEO Goyal and CFO Piyaratna saw opportunity: If they built high-quality pipelines, they could deliver “human capital” to a broader range of businesses. “We could have delivered on 10 times the business we had,” Goyal says. “And I was pretty confident my recruiting methodologies could transfer across industries. If a client has a critical need, it doesn’t matter if it’s in software, hardware, agriculture, shipping, or logistics. It was like, ‘We can solve it!’ So we cast a wider net.”

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Ample raises $160M to scale its battery swapping service | TechCrunch

San Francisco-based Ample has raised a $160 million Series C to scale its battery swapping service, the largest round yet for the 8-year-old startup that wants to completely rethink how we use electric vehicles.

Ample’s approach is relatively straightforward: Cars equipped with the company’s modular battery pack can drive into one of Ample’s automated charging pod locations and swap out their depleted batteries for ones that are fully charged. The swapped-out batteries are then recharged in the pod and ready to be reinserted into another vehicle.

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The T-Mobile Data Breach Is One You Can’t Ignore | WIRED

NOT ALL DATA breaches are created equal. None of them are good, but they do come in varying degrees of bad. And given how regularly they happen, it’s understandable that you may have become inured to the news. Still, a T-Mobile breach that hackers claim involved the data of 100 million people deserves your attention, especially if you’re a customer of the “un-carrier.”

As first reported by Motherboard on Sunday, someone on the dark web claims to have obtained the data of 100 million from T-Mobile’s servers and is selling a portion of it on an underground forum for 6 bitcoin, about $280,000. The trove includes not only names, phone numbers, and physical addresses but also more sensitive data like social security numbers, driver’s license information, and IMEI numbers, unique identifiers tied to each mobile device. Motherboard confirmed that samples of the data “contained accurate information on T-Mobile customers.”

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9 Simple Ways to Transform Your Morning Routine and Boost Productivity | Entrepreneur

Tim Ferriss makes his bed, meditates, does push-ups, writes in his journal and drinks water.

Gary Vaynerchuk’s morning ritual takes three hours to complete.

The way you start your morning often dictates how the rest of your day goes. Smart entrepreneurs know they need to take advantage of this important period of time to maximize their energy levels, maintain focus, increase their productivity and prime themselves for a busy day.

Consider adopting any or all of the following nine morning ritual strategies for a more productive day.

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Minka Solar Pods provide versatile off-grid work or chat hubs | Inhabitat

The worlds of business and leisure are changing at an exponential rate, and keeping up with the times means making space for slowing down. London-based design studio Duffy London understands the need for comfortable and functional gathering spots with off-grid functionality as an alternative to the local coffee shop or boardroom for small get-togethers.

Building on the prior success of its indoor Japanese-inspired Minka Pods and Retro Pods, the company has released the outdoor-only Minka Solar Pods, which are designed to break up open spaces with cozy seating for up to four people.

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Student-Design Home-Fire Suppression Device | Cool Business

Most of us can’t afford homes with fire-extinguishing sprinklers built into the ceiling … and that’s where FACE is designed to come in. It’s a self-contained, heat-activated fire suppression device that’s mounted in the user’s home, wherever it’s most likely to be needed.

Its name an acronym for Fire Activated Canister Extinguisher, FACE was invented by San Francisco high school student Arul Mathur. He tells us that he was inspired to create it after moving from New Jersey to California, where he discovered firsthand just how much of a threat fires pose to people’s dwellings.

“I heard about the hundreds of thousands of people who evacuated their homes every year to flee from wildfires, but I never thought that I could be one of those people,” he says. “Finally, in the summer of 2019, a wildfire threatened to force my family to evacuate our home. At that moment, it became personal. I knew that I needed to do something about it.”

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T-Mobile is investigating a reported data breach. It sounds real bad. | Mashable

T-Mobile customers may want to brace for some bad news.

The mobile service provider is investigating a reported data breach that may have exposed the private info of more than 100 million people. The would-be perpetrator is apparently trying to sell off a portion of the data, Vice noted in a Sunday report.

The site spoke with the anonymous author of a forum post offering up roughly one-third of the T-Mobile USA customer data in exchange for 6 bitcoins (worth a bit less than $280,000 as of Aug. 15). While it could all be BS, Vice was able to look at samples of the data and confirm that the seller has “accurate information on T-Mobile customers.”

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The new $2.6 million Lamborghini Countach is a hybrid – CNN

Lamborghini has unveiled a brand new $2.6 million supercar with a very familiar name: the Countach.

The original Lamborghini Countach, unveiled as a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971, made the Italian automaker world famous. The new Countach, unveiled at an event during Monterey Car Week in California Friday, celebrates the 50th anniversary of that debut.

In many regards, the new Countach is a direct descendent of the original. It has a V12 engine, directly behind the two seats. And, like every Lamborghini sports car since the Countach, it’s shaped like a low-profile wedge.

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