act as if

Rarely in business does everything work out as planned.

That doesn’t mean it’s pointless to have a plan in the first place. But adaptability is also a necessary part of any successful business or career.

It’s that quality that Becca Brown has used to become successful in two separate careers — the first with Goldman Sachs and the second as founder of Solemates, a line of women’s shoe care products.

Brown says that the best piece of advice she ever got — a simple three words — came from a college lacrosse coach: “Act as if.”

Brown explained to Business Insider:

“It’s a mentality, a state of mind, a perspective. Things are not always going to go your way in business, in your career, and in life. There will be setbacks and disappointments, and you may be tempted to get down on yourself, but you have to act as if — as if it didn’t happen. As if it didn’t faze you. As if things had gone your way.”

At the time the advice wasn’t in the context of business, it certainly applies. Whether your marketing plan isn’t gaining the results you expected or an employee issue is slowing down operations, you have to keep going.

The advice can be especially useful as far as marketing or customer-facing operations are concerned. When your business has setbacks or struggles, it is absolutely necessary to take note of them and make changes or adjustments moving forward. But your customers don’t need or want to be apprised of all your internal happenings.

When you act as if whatever unexpected struggle or surprise hasn’t fazed you, you continue to put out the same products, service, and image that your customers have come to expect. And if you are able to learn from the struggles or even maybe see a silver lining in some of the unexpected things that come your way, they could even prove to be beneficial over time for your business. You just have to be willing to adapt.

So far, the advice has definitely worked out for Brown’s business endeavor. Solemates currently has products in more than 3,000 stores around the world. And the company sold several hundred thousand heel guards, its signature product, last year.

Image: Solemates

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google nexus 5x

Rumors have been circulating and speculations abound but now the anticipation is over. Google has finally revealed the newest phones in its Nexus lineup. And they’re available for pre-order starting today.

At Tuesday’s live Google event the company gave the unveiling of its newest smartphones, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

The Nexus 5X is the smaller and less expensive of the two. The 5X will come with a slightly bigger screen than its 5-inch predecessor, upgrading to a 5.2-inch full HD display. A 12.3-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera round out what you might notice on the outside of the phone.

On the inside, there is a Snapdragon 808 processor and 2GB of RAM. Storage options start at a 16GB version, but you can choose to upgrade to 32GB if you have more storage needs.

For those who prefer a larger and more beefed up Nexus model, there is the Nexus 6P.

Even though this is the larger of the two new Nexus phones Google announced, the display gets a bit of a downgrade in size from the previous Nexus 6 model. The Nexus 6P comes with a 5.7-inch screen, compared to its predecessor’s 6-inch display.

Despite its smaller size, the Nexus 6P boasts a few upgrades to its appearance from the previous model, such as a more sleek body design with a flat metal back. Google says the Nexus 6P is the first full metal body Nexus phone.

Other specs for the Nexus 6P include a 12.3-megapixel rear-facing camera with 8 megapixels on the front camera. Under the hood, the Nexus 6P boasts a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor.

The 6P also comes with larger storage options than the 5X, with the base model sporting 32GB of storage. The Nexus 6P will run the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

One upgrade included in both the 5X and 6P is a fingerprint scanner that Google has dubbed the Nexus Imprint. Located on the back of the phone however, the placement might not seem very intuitive for a fingerprint scanner.

Google claims the placement is to better align with how you naturally hold a phone. Supposedly, this will make it easier to tap the scanner to unlock your phone or perform various other tasks that might use the technology.

Both phones are available for pre-order starting today in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Japan. Pricing for the Nexus 5X will be starting at $379. The Nexus 6P will start at $499.

Image: Google

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Tasty Startups: Feastly

 

feastly landing

 

The Craving it Satisfies

A marketplace for meals beyond restaurant walls

 

Why it has a winning recipe

I read recently that the some 1/3 of the US workforce now works freelance. (I tried to find the source again, but only came up with a list of articles that put the figure between 30-40%). That high number blew my mind. No doubt part of what has enabled this rise of the freelance economy is the simultaneous growth of platforms where workers and hirers can connect.

 

Chefs are no strangers to working for themselves. The majority of chefs I’ve met have dreamed of going it alone. In the past, their options might have been limited to opening a catering service or working as a private chef. Technology is finally catching up to give them the same resources other freelancers have enjoyed.

 

Feastly is a marketplace that connects diners with chefs looking to turn up the burners outside of the restaurant kitchen. It’s a place where foodies can book a spot at a table in more intimate settings, namely the homes of chefs.

 

Supper clubs, closed-door dinners, pop-up restaurants, food trucks – a chef can go anywhere these days and still command a following. Feastly makes it even easier for them to keep cooking as they like, while giving foodies the opportunity to enjoy home cooked-style eating with pros.

 

Call it a peer-to-peer platform, call it a culinary fad, call it what what you will: I say the popularity of this hybrid dining experience – part restaurant/part dinner with friends – is a joy to watch unfold. Before the regulators ruin all the fun (did you hear about Airbnb charging tourist taxes in Paris?), don’t miss out on these movable pleasures while they’re around.

 

At the moment, most of the seats up for grabs on Feastly are located in the usual spots – San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C. – but here’s hoping more cities join up soon. The secret is already out. We know what’s been going on behind closed doors. It’s time for people to find each other and connect across smaller tables over lovingly prepared food.

 

Have a look for yourself, feasters and hospitable chefs, at eatfeastly.com.

 

Tweetable

Where we’re going, we don’t need restaurants. Your key to the closed-door dining movement is @eatfeastly

 

Photo Credits

Feastly

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duckduckgo business rankings

DuckDuckGo didn’t want to wait for laws or others to change their policies. From the get-go, this search engine was created to value your privacy, provide instant answers, and less spam.

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that doesn’t track your browsing and activity.

Its privacy policy is plain and simple: “We don’t collect or share personal information.”

When you search at DuckDuckGo, it doesn’t know who you are, so there is no way to tie your searches together. Additionally, it doesn’t store or log your searches and  cookies are not used by default.

When asked why someone should use DuckDuckGo over Google or Bing during an interview with Search Engine Land, the company’s CEO Gabriel Weinberg said:

“We focus on smarter answers, less clutter and real privacy. We believe a significant percentage of people would like private alternatives where they can get great service without being tracked — in other words, where they can get the benefits of privacy without any sacrifice in quality.”

As its popularity continues to increase, small business owners with a Web presence may wonder how does DuckDuckGo rank sites? And the answer pretty much depends on what you are trying to achieve, but good SEO practices apply.

According to the company:

“Ranking is a bit opaque and difficult to discern/communicate on an individual query basis because of all the various factors involved (and which change frequently). Nevertheless, the best way to get good rankings (in pretty much all search engines) is to get links from high quality sites like Wikipedia.”

Even though it doesn’t have the billions of searches Google has daily, DuckDuckGo has at least 10 million searches daily as of June 2015. And those are potential customers your small business can reach.

Having quality links, quality content, using hyperlocal keywords and being mobile ready with a responsive website are all important, if you want to rank well with DuckDuckGo or any search engine.

Speaking of mobile, the company just announced it is the default search engine in Adblock Browser on iOS and Android. Adblock is the leading free app that lets users set filters to block all unwanted elements. This includes ads, malware, pop ups, auto-play videos and more.

Apple has been making news on this front by providing ad blocking features on iOS9. The company also made it much easier to install an ad blocker for Safari, its default Web browser.

The interest in privacy by consumers is growing, which has led DuckDuckGo and AdBlock, both partners with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), to promote the new “Do Not Track” (DNT) standard for Web browsing.

The new implementation of the DNT will give users a clear opt-out form so they can avoid being tracked. Although many Web services have said they are committed to the new changes, it is a voluntary policy.

Image: DuckDuckGo.com

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“I would like to allocate more time to dating, though. I need to find a girlfriend. That’s why I need to carve out just a little more time. I think maybe even another five to 10 — how much time does a woman want a week? Maybe 10 hours? That’s kind of the minimum? I don’t know.”

 

landing

 

As this famous quote from Elon Musk demonstrates, the wealthy have the same problems as everyone else when it comes to romance… and a few others that come only with achieving millionaire status.

 

For starters, millionaires have to worry that the people who show interest in dating them are after their wealth instead of their genuine love. How shall we say, there’s no shortage of gold diggers out there – very cunning and well practiced ones.

 

What’s more, for most people, it takes an incredible amount of work to become incredibly successful. Those in the top economic echelon often reach their lofty height at great personal sacrifice. Reread the Musk quote if you need to – millionaires simply lack time to date and therefore haven’t developed successful dating skills.

 

MillionaireMatch is dating site that tailors its services to the particular challenges this elite group faces in the dating game.

 

MillionaireMatch, naturally, can help millionaires meet one another. The service goes to the trouble of certifying millionaires to shut the door on frauds and cheats. The site is open to anyone, but for those that want to date within the rich club, MillionaireMatch looks out for them.

 

As one might expect, MillionaireMatch delivers premier customer service, providing clients with the following exclusive benefits and more:

  • Assistance with creating and maintaining profiles
  • A personal dating assistant
  • Email or phone interview to determine specific wants and needs, and to account for any special circumstances
  • Weekly personal follow-ups
  • Weekly potential matches based on requests
  • Confidentiality requirements

 

Here is how the website describes its business: “For well over a decade, we’ve been serving a very exclusive, elite clientele of rich and attractive men and women, CEOs, pro athletes, doctors, lawyers, investors, entrepreneurs, beauty queens, super models and Hollywood celebrities who are all seeking millionaire dating opportunities and a serious, long-term relationship.”

 

Sorry, but those in the hunt for a sugar daddy or mommy will have to turn elsewhere. MillionaireMatch counts nearly 2.5 million singles as members – and well-heeled members can pull the service up on their Android and iOS mobile devices when their jet-setting itineraries allow them a free moment.

 

Belong to the ultra-successful but haven’t hit pay dirt in the love department? Meet fellow millionaires and your soulmate on millionairematch.com (and, no, you won’t be charged a fortune – signup is free!).

 

Photo Credits

MillionaireMatch | Kuznetcov_Konstantin/Shutterstock | Minerva Studio/Shutterstock

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