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Month: July 2015

How to download Windows 10

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A simple guide to downloading and installing Windows 10 on your Microsoft device

Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 10 is being rolled out to users across the world, with Insider programme members being the first to receive the upgrade. Here’s how to download and start using the new software.

In order to run Windows 10, users need a PC or tablet with a 1GHz processor or faster, 1GB of RAM and 16GB hard disk space for 32-bit machines or 2GB and 16GB for 64-bit machines, a DirectX 9 or later graphics card with a WDDM 1.0 driver and an 800 x 600 display or better.

Unlike with previous versions, there will not be a separate Windows Phone 10 operating system. Instead, Windows 10 will be used across all Microsoft devices, including PCs, tablets and smartphones – as well as the Xbox games console and Microsoft’s holographic headset, HoloLens.

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5 Ways to Innovate With the Power of Fashion

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This Fashion Thinking framework will unleash all kinds of ways to anticipate the new and remix the old.

As Coco Chanel famously remarked, "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."

Unfortunately, that statement is much more obvious to those working within the fashion industry than those outside of it. Remember that steely calm reprimand that Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly character gave to Anne Hathaway’s Andy Sachs’ character in The Devil Wears Prada belt scene? Never before had someone undressed a person’s underestimation of fashion’s complexity and infrastructure so succinctly by explaining the origins of a cerulean- not blue- sweater.

Fashion has an innovation agenda and can positively influence product development, organizational design and service delivery. I along with two colleaguesJohanna Blakley (Managing Director at the Norman Lear Center), and Valerie Jacobs(Vice President of Trends at LPK) have dug into this phenomenon and developed a framework where we consult non-fashion firms to think, behave and strategize much more like fashion firms. We call it Fashion Thinking. Fashion Thinking is a lens and a framework using technology, story, experimentation and open-sourcing to add meaning and value to the functional and experiential aspects of products and services.

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How to Cope With the Stress of Being a New Mother and an Entrepreneur

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For women entrepreneurs on the cusp of success, the notion of starting a family can be overwhelming. According to The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute, women will generate over half of the 9.72 million new small business jobs expected to be created by 2018. So how will those who choose to be mothers manage life both at home and on the job?

I connected with Sashka Rothchild, founder and CEO of Standbuy, a crowdfunding platform for people going through cancer treatment, to learn how she balances being a new mother and a social entrepreneur.

Rothchild founded Standbuy after losing her mother to brain cancer. She launched Standbuy to provide a focused, supportive, and easy-to-use platform that would allow others to focus on healing instead of worrying about financial issues. Through her personal and professional experiences, she learned how simple strategies can ease the stress of taking on the world with baby in tow.

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10 Bad Habits That Make You Look Really Unprofessional

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These rules are so straightforward and simple, and they enhance your credibility. Why do so many people ignore them?

Picture this. I was at a networking event last winter. It was cold outside, but quite warm in the room. Most of us balanced winter coats and heavy bags. I made small talk with a few other people, when a new guy approached the group.

“Damn, you guys are carrying a ton of sh*t,” he said. “You know, you can check your sh*t for free at the coat check.”

Boom! Instant credibility suck. I get that he was trying to help us, but none of us paid him any mind after that introduction.

It’s not really just that the guy swore; most of us are pretty immune to that these days. It’s that three of his first 22 words were curses (assuming you count “damn” as a curse). That’s just lazy, as if he couldn’t be bothered to come up with better descriptions of all the things we were carrying. Instead, he went with the barnyard default, and that made him seem unserious and unprofessional.

(Just off the top of my head, since I’m sure some of you are about to ask what he could have called the things we carried instead: coats, bags, laptops, stuff, purses, briefcases, jackets, coats, gear, kit, pouch, totes, baggage, portage, luggage, junk, tunics-heck, call my a bag a man-purse, if you want to at least score a C-minus joke).

The truth is, nobody’s perfect. We’re all prone to semi-conscious verbal foul-ups that make us look totally unprofessional. That’s why we all need a reminder now and then. Here are 10 examples of similar things to avoid.

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Don’t Lose Your Best Employees Because of These 7 HR Blunders

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Don’t lose your best employees to your biggest competitors because of HR mistakes.

Every company has its star employees–the ones who’ve been there through thick and thin, who show up early, stay late, and even work their off days when necessary. You might think these employees are as committed to your company as you are, but if they’re not treated properly, they could walk straight out the front door.

Below are a few of the biggest reasons the best-of-the-best in your business might decide to look elsewhere for employment. Consider them carefully, and if there’s any chance your top performers may be experiencing these challenges, nip them in the bud before you lose your best workers.

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3 Tips for Renting an Apartment While Starting Your Own Company

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Starting a business is expensive enough. Here's how to avoid hemorrhaging even more money if you're simultaneously hunting for living space and building a startup.

As business owners know, starting up is a costly project, and even more so if you’re trying to find an apartment within your budget at the same time.

To top it off, rent is on the rise. The median asking rent for apartments in the U.S. was $799 in the first quarter of 2015, an uptick from $766 in the same quarter of last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. General wisdom holds that you should channel no more than 30 percent of your net income into housing.

If you’re your own employer, there are additional challenges to consider. You’ll want to keep good proof of payment, for instance, in lieu of a regular paycheck, such as previous pay stubs and tax returns.

Blake Pierson, Chief Product Officer at media platform RentPath, sought an apartment during the early stages of his venture. For the first few months, he had to live with his co-founder Doug Wormhoudt — something he doesn’t recommend others doing. “Living with your co-founder will make you feel like you’re bringing work home every night, and inevitably, you’ll end up talking about work,” he says. “Space and perspective are just as important to grinding it out. Many times, that’s where your best ideas will come from.”

Luckily, if you keep a few key tips in mind before firing up Craigslist, you’ll have a much easier time with the process.

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