NBA 2KTV host and Adidas-sponsored endorser Rachel DeMita has leveraged her love of basketball and media to amass a social media following, and cultivating that audience can be its own full-time job. "She generates excitement traditionally reserved for such A-listers but is also able to walk down the street unrecognized by all but her most avid fans," Joon Lee writes.
Failure can be beneficial when you learn from it, study what to do next time and come away more determined, writes LaRae Quy. Failure reveals weaknesses but also creates the opportunity for self-improvement, she writes.
Corporations considering saving on R&D by acquiring startups should think twice, writes Anne Marie Knott of Olin Business School at Washington University. She cites her research that suggests large firms generally are better at R&D, despite the many stories of small startup successes.
Audiences are more receptive to humor if it pertains to local events or the specific group you're addressing, writes Jim Anderson. That type of insight can be gained in your preparations or by observing shared experiences during your talk, he writes.
Automation will consume many low-skill, entry-level jobs, delaying the entry of young people into the workforce, writes Tristan Greene. "Young people may be better suited to learning new things, but without a place to develop and practice those skills we're going to have to come up with a new approach to developing young adults in the workforce," he writes.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., has welcomed Moke, a baby western lowland gorilla born this week. The species is critically endangered, with fewer than 200,000 left in the wild.
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes testified Wednesday that the company's proposed $85 billion merger with AT&T is necessary to remain competitive with Facebook and Google, and that the Justice Department's opposition is "ridiculous." Bewkes said: "If our channels are not in distribution, we lose lots of money [from subscriptions and advertising]."
Limited funds forced David Chang to care only about product/market fit when he opened the first Momofuku Noodle Bar nearly 15 years ago, and his journey shows the importance of knowing your craft before breaking the rules, writes Tren Griffin. "Businesses that have too much money too often charge off trying to grow the business before they have found product/market fit and then die due to premature scaling," he writes.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson met with and apologized to the two black men arrested at a Starbucks last week after an employee called the police on them. "I think there's additional training that we will take action on for store management, including training around unconscious bias," Johnson said.
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