5 way to encourage kids to be entrepreneurs

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The average millennial is often depicted as driving for Uber, making clothes for Etsy, starting a food truck and maybe a software company on the side. In other words, millennials are typically considered the most entrepreneurial generation. 

That’s why I was surprised to see that “millennials are on track to be the least entrepreneurial generation in history.” That’s what Economic Innovation Group co-founder John Lettieri told the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship last year. A 2016 survey found that while millennials admire startup founders and self-employment, they’re wary of starting businesses in a touch economic climate and saddled with financial challenges (like high levels of student debt). 

As a long-time entrepreneur and mother of four children spanning ages 6 to 15, this survey gives me pause. There’s no guarantee that any of my four kids will grow up to be business owners, though I’d love it if they did. What’s most important is that each child follows his or her passion and finds a career or purpose that’s personally fulfilling. But, if their calling is entrepreneurship, I want to make sure I’m sowing the right seeds to enable them to take that plunge.  

And I believe there’s plenty that we as parents can do to encourage kids towards entrepreneurship including these five steps: 

Provide or find an entrepreneurial example 

When I was five, my family and I immigrated to the US from Iran. Like so many immigrant families, we set up a business here. My parents opened a Persian antique store, and later my grandparents owned several restaurants in southern California. Since I grew up helping my grandparents in their restaurants, the spirit of self-help and entrepreneurship were just embedded in me. Starting a business? That’s just what people do.  
Data backs up my experience. A survey found that young people who personally know an entrepreneur showed the strongest interest in starting their own business. If you’re not an entrepreneur, don’t worry. But think about introducing your child to an ‘entrepreneur mentor’, like an uncle, aunt, close friend or neighbor who has their own business. The whole goal is to make entrepreneurship a tangible reality, rather than a fantasy. 

It’s okay to fail 

As adults, most of us understand that failure is a natural part of life. We’re always going to face a few roadblocks on the way to success. But any kind of disappointment or perceived failure can be devastating for kids. This can be particularly true for girls, as evidence shows that girls are often socialized to be perfect

As parents, it’s up to us to help our children understand that failure is not such a bad thing. Share an example of one of your brilliant failures; explain that every entrepreneur has probably had a string of miserable failures leading up to their massive success. Each attempt provides valuable experience and insight. I always remember the wonderful words of Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani and try to teach my children to be brave, not perfect.

It’s about passion, not the money 

My husband and I got lucky with our first business, but the reality is that most businesses do not make millions in the first couple of years. Starting and running a business can be a lonely, thankless, and exhausting process. If you start a business that you don’t really care about, you’ll be downright miserable in no time.   

Investor Josh Linkner said, “People who chase only money seldom find it.  A much more productive approach (not to mention a better, more humane one) is to use passion as your North Star and let financial gain become the byproduct of doing what you love.”
My husband and I try to instill in our children that they need to be passionate about what they do, whatever that is. When thinking about summer businesses, we discuss the things they like or the causes they care about, and then brainstorm together how they can turn that passion into a business concept. 

Get them started early  

I’m not saying that anyone needs to be a CEO or Shark Tank participant by the time their 19, but I believe that dabbling in early ventures will make the next generation more likely to continue that entrepreneurial streak later in life. Whether it’s just a simple lemonade stand or pet sitting business, early businesses can teach kids essential skills like self-reliance, marketing, and communication skills. And those lessons will carry over into adulthood.  

Encourage free thinking 

Children are amazing, creative and passionate creatures. And that’s exactly who we need to take over the next generation of entrepreneurship. Encourage them to share their wildest ideas with you, and most importantly, take those ideas seriously. Build out each idea: what would they sell, who would be their customers, what do those customers need. Even if they don’t launch that business, you’ll be instilling the confidence that you believe in their ideas (no matter how crazy they might sound!).

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The Commuter Diaries: 10 facts about being a commuter in New York

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New York City — what a town.

It’s no secret that living in this massive city of 8.5 million takes the kinds of guts that can withstand the occasional flat tire, stalled train, or trash-filled bike lane.

Whether you drive, ride your bicycle, or take the subway, commuting in New York presents a special set of challenges unlike anywhere else on earth. For those who don’t know what to expect when commuting in NYC, here are some facts and figures that will help set the scene. Along for the ride is restauranteur, Matty Bee, talking about what commuting means to him.  Read more…

Our friends were afraid they’d never see us again if we moved away from Manhattan, but we’re there all the time. All we have to do is go over the bridge — across the water — it’s like a beautiful little escape.

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Samsung’s next Gear Fit will track your swimming

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We liked Samsung’s Gear Fit 2, but it had its limits. You couldn’t use it to track your swimming, for starters. It’s a good thing, then, that well-known leaker Evan Blass claims to have a training deck detailing a sequel that should be unveiled at Samsung’s August 23rd event. The Gear Fit 2 Pro would look much like its predecessor, complete with that tall, curved display, but would include some big design upgrades. Most notably, it would add 5 ATM water resistance and that hoped-for swim tracking — it’ll sync up with the Speedo On app. Accordingly, the Pro switches from a snap-on strap to a watch-like buckle to prevent it from falling off in mid-backstroke.

The full extent of the software upgrades isn’t available, but the new wristwear should also support offline Spotify playback. So long as you have a pair of Bluetooth headphones, you won’t need to bring your phone to get a soundtrack for your gym sessions. GPS tracking was already included in the Fit 2 and should carry over here.

There’s no mention of pricing, not to mention whether this will replace or complement the Fit 2. The Pro badge suggests that it could be sold alongside the earlier wristwear, but nothing mentioned so far would explicitly justify a price hike. There’s only a few days until the reported launch, though, so it won’t take long to learn whether or not the new model is within your budget.

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The Justice Department demanded over a million IP addresses from an anti-Trump website and a web-hosting company is fighting it

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trump inauguration protestA web-hosting and domain registration company is fighting a Justice Department warrant for records from a website that helped organize protests against President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

According to DreamHost, the Justice Department has filed a motion to compel the company to release 1.3 million visitors’ IP addresses from disruptj20.org, a website belonging to a group of activists "building the framework needed for mass protests to shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump."

In addition to visitor logs, the Justice Department has demanded contact information, emails, and photos, DreamHost said in a blog post.

As DreamHost noted, the Justice Depcartment’s request raises alarms because the information could potentially be used to identify people who were exercising their Constitutional right of free speech to protest Trump.

"That should be enough to set alarm bells off in anyone’s mind," the web-hosting company said on its blog. "This is, in our opinion, a strong example of investigatory overreach and a clear abuse of government authority." 

The Justice Department’s warrant argues that officials could seize all information relating to violations of Washington D.C.’s code that stemmed from the riots that ensued during the day of Trump’s inauguration, according to The Hill. More than 200 people had been indicted on felony rioting charges in connection to the riots in downtown D.C., CNN reported. 

The Justice Department has since called DreamHost’s reluctance to surrender its records "misguided" and that it lacked sufficient basis. The agency also argued that DreamHost’s concern for users’ privacy "lacks merit."

"Internet users have a reasonable expectation that they will not get swept up in criminal investigations simply by exercising their right to political speech against the government," DreamHost wrote. "We intend to take whatever steps are necessary to support and shield these users from what is, in our view, a very unfocused search and an unlawful request for their personal information."

A court hearing between DreamHost’s counsel and the Justice Department is set for August 18 in D.C.

SEE ALSO: Conservatives are trashing Jeff Sessions’ controversial asset-seizure program

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Meet the smart vibrator that wants to help you get better at getting off

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Ever wished you could put a FitBit in your most private part? 

Meet the Lioness, the first smart vibrator to hit the market. It’s mission, in addition to doing the thing a vibrator usually does, is to help women understand how their bodies respond to pleasure. Basically it’s a wearable for your vagina. 

It’s the brainchild of Liz Klinger, who first introduced it as part of an Indiegogo campaign in April 2016. The company hit their $50,000 goal in just three days, proving there is, in fact, a demand for these kinds of insights. Now the vibrator is officially shipping, and you can get yours for $229.

The Lioness looks like a pretty standard vibrator on the outside, but inside it has four sensors that measure temperature, the force of muscle contractions, and track the movement of the device. 

When you’re done with your session, you can sync the Lioness with its app (available for iOS and Android). It then provides you with easy-to-read visualization of what was happening to your body while you were busy getting off. 

So, yes, essentially it gives you a map of your orgasm. You can also tag each session with different terms so you can track how your health, sleep, alcohol consumption, mood, etc. affect your experiences. 

Why exactly would you want access to this kind of information, aside from the fact that it’s just plain fascinating? Klinger told Mashable that the main goal is to help women to understand how their body responds to sexual stimulation and what works best for them. 

This is particularly clutch for women who’ve had issues with their sex drive or with not achieving orgasm. The orgasm gap is a real thing, and it refers to the fact that women are much less likely to reach climax during sex. 

The end goal is to be able to give concrete feedback about what they can do to maximize their pleasure. With feedback from a gadget like the Lioness, women can see for themselves what does and doesn’t work. 

Even in beta testing, it’s already providing interesting data about the different varieties of orgasm—some have a single, more intense release, while others experience a climax as smaller waves. 

To aid in that quest, the data collected from individual vibrators is being pooled to try to observe larger patterns. Don’t worry, thought, it’s anonymized and the company has taken pains to ensure your most intimate data is as secure as it can be. 

While similar wearables already exists for men, data like this for women was previously only available from equipment in sex research labs, which you’re not going to end up in just on a whim. 

So, the fact that it’s now within reach of a large swath of women could have a big impact — even if it is a costly gadget. And if you’re personally eager to up your orgasm game, this could be a valuable tool.

Go ahead and have some fun while gathering data about yourself — it’s for science. 

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Another Milestone for Bitcoin

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Bitcoin soared past $4,000 for the first time on growing optimism faster transaction times will hasten the spread of the cryptocurrency.

The largest digital tender jumped to a peak of $4,187 Monday, a gain of nearly 17 percent since Friday, after a plan to quicken trade execution by moving some data off the main network was activated last week. The solution — termed SegWit2x — had been so contentious that a new version of the asset called Bitcoin Cash was spun off earlier this month in opposition.

The split grew out of the tension between growing demand for the virtual currency and some of the design features that had fueled that popularity — the decentralized verification procedures that ensured against hacking and government oversight. While this month’s confrontation ended up as little more than a speed bump in bitcoin’s more than 300 percent rally in 2017, concerns remain around the capacity to increase transaction volumes.

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The Definitive Report About the Best Times to Post on Social Media [Infographic]

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We’ve all been there: You read a study and learn a new best-practice, only to see another study that contradicts the first one.

Bang your head against the keyboard no more. Marketing calendar company CoSchedule has compiled various reports about the best times to post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Google+ into one helpful infographic.

The infographic also provides tips for each of the social media platforms, as well as tips on how to apply all the findings.

Some highlights:

  • Posting on Facebook at 3 PM will get you the most clicks, but a 1 PM post will get you the most shares.
  • B2B Twitter accounts perform 16% better during business hours, and B2C accounts perform 17% better on weekends.
  • LinkedIn is still considered the professional social media, but the best times to post are before and after work.

To get the whole picture, check out the infographic. Just tap or click to view a larger version:

Laura Forer is the manager of MarketingProfs: Made to Order, Original Content Services, which helps clients generate leads, drive site traffic, and build their brands through useful, well-designed content.

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Alternative Medicine Doesn’t Work for Cancer Treatments

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You have, as of today, a one hundred percent chance of dying. But a lot of people would like a little more time to do things, like eat interestingly-shaped pastas, or play catch with their grandchildren. That makes sense. I’d also like to do those things. But sometimes, our pursuit to eat lots of pasta or die trying leads some of us to make decisions that don’t actually help—like taking alternative, instead of conventional, cancer treatments.

A team of Yale researchers had seen data about folks who opted for alternative medicine in lieu of the peer-reviewed stuff, but noticed there wasn’t much research to actually compare the outcomes. The researchers found data on 280 patients who made the choice, and compared them to 560 relying on the usual treatments. Overall, those taking conventional treatments were more likely to survive the five years after treatment.

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“Improved communication between patients and caregivers and greater scrutiny of the use of [alternative medicine] for the initial treatment of cancer is needed,” the study’s authors wrote in the paper published last week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The researchers sifted through the United States’ National Cancer Database to find folks who opted for at-home cancer treatments from non-medical professionals and refused the conventional treatment for four cancers: breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal. They also found matching cases to compare, based on diagnosis, race, insurance type, cancer type, and when they were diagnosed. After crunching the numbers, the researchers found that those who opted for alternative medicine treatments alone were more than twice as likely to be dead before the end of the follow-up period.

These results held for colorectal, lung, and especially breast cancer, where over 75 percent of patients receiving standard medical treatment were alive after 5 years, but more like a third of those who opted solely for alternative treatments made it that far. The results were unclear for prostate cancer, which was unsurprising as the disease tends to progress more slowly, write the study authors.

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This study isn’t perfect, of course—the whole thing is based on observational data, not patients recruited and closely watched. The team didn’t know exactly what alternative treatments the folks took, and there were several other sources of bias. The survival rates of those taking alternative treatments could be too high, since those turning away from conventional medicine tended to skew younger and wealthier.

Before you get upset, please realize that this study is only focusing on those who opted solely for alternative treatments, not those who supplemented their cancer treatment with other things. Of course, there are problems with the way cancer is treated today, cancer is terrible, no one wants to die. We all want to try anything that will help. There’s no problem with that.

Foregoing the actual treatment for a disease in favor of a treatment not proven to work, though, will only lead to heartbreak.

[JNCI]

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“Dear President Trump: What The F**k Business Is Venezuela Of Ours?”

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Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

Dear President Trump, forgive my harsh language, but since you and your staff can use harsh language, why can’t anyone else?

That’s a minor question. Since you are busy, I prefer an answer to this question: What the F Business is Venezuela of Ours?

I ask because you stated: “We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary.”

Dear President Trump, here are some additional questions that I am sure are on the minds of nearly everyone familiar with the story.

Ten Questions for Trump

  1. Are you willing to “own” the problems in Venezuela?
  2. What does “necessary” mean?
  3. Did US nation building in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan work?
  4. Did not Vietnam turn out OK starting the moment we left?
  5. Did the US intervene to stop hyperinflation in Zimbabwe? Argentina?
  6. Are there not more repressive regimes in Africa?
  7. What’s different about Venezuela?
  8. By any chance is this about oil?
  9. Other than oil, what the F business is Venezuela of ours?
  10. Regardless of your threats and concerns, when has US nation building ever worked?

I thank you in advance for your answers.

Bonus Question

Dear Mr. President, I almost forgot: How do you propose we pay for a military solution in Venezuela?

I voted for you and would appreciate some answers.

Unless you can provide answers, I strongly suggest we do not need another quagmire, we cannot afford another quagmire, and we should stay the F* out of it.

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