Clear Deletes Dumb Tweets Before You Regret Them

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Most of us have embarrassing stories about things we’ve shared on social media, but it’s hard to top Ethan Czahor‘s. He was hired as Jeb Bush’s chief technology officer, but shortly after he got the job, journalists uncovered some old offensive tweets and he had to resign.

Now Czahor is back in the tech world (before going into politics, he co-founded Hipster, which was acquired by TechCrunch-owner AOL, and he also worked at The Honest Company) with an iOS app called Clear that could help people in similar situations. Granted, chances are you’ll never even be in the running for the job of Jeb Bush’s CTO or, I dunno, the new host of The Daily Show, but old Facebook or Twitter posts can still make you look bad, either when you’re looking for a new position or when you’re about to start the new job.


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5 Tips to Chase Your Dream While Working a Full-Time Job

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Originally posted on TIME:

I heard some pretty terrible advice the other day.

The advice came on a business podcast from a successful entrepreneur who had built a company to billion-dollar status. In this podcast, he told the audience that if you are going to be successful as an entrepreneur, you cannot have another job.


Perhaps the goal of that blog post was to scare away the wimps and whiners, but the advice was terrible nonetheless. Very few companies that enjoy incredible success today were started by people who had no other commitments. Instead, they were built in basements and garages, and while the founder was employed at another company.

Related: Itching to Start a Business? Start With These 3 Steps to See If It’s Right for You.

I spend my nine to five (and then some!) working at, while owning and managing 42 real estate units, flipping the occasional house…

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Opinion: I’ve seen the future of Apple’s online/offline retail experience, and it’s magic

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:


‘Seen’ is something of an exaggeration, but ‘had a small glimpse of’ would have made for a rather lengthy headline.

Despite the fact that I’d placed my Apple Watch order online within a few minutes of pre-orders opening, I also made a same-day appointment for a try-on. This was partly because I wanted to handle the watch right away: Apple PR does not smile on a website that consistently reports upcoming product information, so we are firmly crossed-off the list of invitees to launches. But it was also partly because I was curious how the watch would be presented by store staff.

But let me begin by backing up a step or two … 

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Why an obscure British data-mining company is worth $3 billion

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Originally posted on Quartz:

Tesco, the troubled British retail group, is starting over. After an accounting scandal, a series of profit warnings, and plunge in its share price, the beleaguered company has launched a major restructuring plan. It will not pay a dividend at the end of this financial year, it will close 43 stores, it is selling off Blinkbox (a video-on-demand service), and has appointed Goldman Sachs to find a buyer for Dunnhumby, a data analytics business.

It is the last of these actions—the sale of Dunnhumby—that is particularly interesting. Potential buyers, including WPP, the global ad giant, are already lining up to snap it up for a reported £2 billon ($3 billion). Blinkbox, by contrast, went for a piffling £5 million.

What makes Dunnhumby, a company few have heard of, so valuable? The same thing that makes Google or Facebook so valuable: data.

Long before web firms started collecting data in order to better understand their users so…

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It’s time for people operations to join the data revolution

GUEST: The world is awash with data. From optimizing supply chains to understanding customer sentiment, from tracking the spread of contagious disease to predicting churn — data and algorithms have given us incredible leverage in business and in life. Although the field of business analytics was born in the 1950s, it was only in the…

B2C becomes B2B every time someone walks into an office with their smartphone in their pocket

Originally posted on Hunter Walk:

B2C becomes B2B every time someone walks into an office with their smartphone in their pocket. It’s been amazing over the last 18 months to see Shyp make organic inroads into small businesses, retailers, marketing departments, etc not because they’ve targeted these customers or because the product has evolved specifically in their direction (more work to be done!) but because individuals in San Francisco, NYC, Miami have used the app in the personal lives. It then occurs to them that this magical service isn’t just for sending a gift or returning an ecommerce purchase but can be used for jobs big and small, one-offs or reoccurring. There’s a car dealership using Shyp to send 75+ parts per week to mail order customers. There’s a SF-based unicorn startup which did $20,000 of shipping with Shyp one week. There’s a major league pro sports team which sent expensive memorabilia to select season…

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Five lessons you can learn from Twitter’s top 1,000 users: Be a pop star, don’t live in SF

Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only — apply here. Ticket prices increase on April 3rd! So, you’ve been on Twitter for a while, or you’ve just joined (insert GIF of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo doing a happy dance). And you’re…