Business as a practice is constantly concerned with envy. You see the Apples, Microsofts, Googles, and Amazons of the world, and wish your company could grow into something as massive and impressive. What’s the secret to their success?

The fact is that there are countless individual factors that play a role in determining any company’s success or failure. That said, there are certain secrets to success which every successful company shares.

  1. Gaining an Advantage

It shouldn’t be too much of a “secret” to suggest that for your company to get ahead, you need an advantage of some kind. …

The online world has transformed the way we date people. The same is true for its revolutionary matchmaking effects on how we make and sustain client relationships. Basic dating insights can help you better foster a personal connection with clients — and here’s how.

Wooing Clients

You may not be bringing them chocolate or flowers, but you’ll still need to “woo” a client to win their short-term interest before you can count on their long-term loyalty. Try to connect with one or more of their personal interests. Before your first meeting, prepare and try to find a specific point or…

For as much as we like to imagine the world of software development as one of utter logic and reason, it’s hardly immune from unfounded and often harmful myths. These offenders are among the worst and should be avoided at all costs.

  1. More People Means Faster Development

One member of a team of programmers is pregnant, and she asks her friends for advice. The manager overhears and suggests getting three developers to help the pregnancy go “three times as fast.”

That popular programming joke shows the inherent absurdity of this myth. Having more people doesn’t always mean something gets done…

The essence of successful capitalism is and always has been a matter of personal choice. There is a reason thinkers such as Adam Smith and Alexander Hamilton linked capital and democracy in their Enlightenment-era treatises on both topics. Free markets depend on consumers being free to “vote with their dollars.”

Today, for all capitalism’s many questions, consumers have more potential choices than ever. That means that even the slightest turnoff can send would-be customers hunting for another choice instead. There are literally hundreds or even thousands of other companies out there likely to do what you do and offer what…

Whether you’re trying to get a report done, conduct a Skype call with interview candidates or colleagues, watch Netflix, browse social media, or do any number of tasks we do daily, chances are you’ll need your laptop, tablet, or similar device to do it.

As such, when our laptops run into trouble, it can disrupt our entire day. That’s why you’ll want to do a bit of self-diagnosis and use this guide to sort out some of the most common laptop problems.

Fan Is Running Too Loud and Overheating

You’re sitting there, minding your own business, when suddenly the fan…

There are many ways to frame business. You can see it in a purely transactional fashion, as an outgrowth of necessity, or as a means of enrichment. However, business is often at its best when we view it as an exchange between two or more parties in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Before you buy, sell, or even think about the bottom line, business is about building bridges, relationships, and ultimately, trust.

Here are a few ways you can build relationships with your clients.

Get to Know Your Clients

Getting to know your clients is the first step to strengthening your…

Most people would agree that we are now in a new age of technology. With advances happening on an almost continual basis, it’s vital for businesses of any industry to maintain relevance by staying current with the latest trends.

There are many online resources that offer reviews and articles about the goings-on in the world of tech. Entrepreneurs should set time aside each day to familiarize themselves with the digital landscape. ARSTechnica is a news site that publishes reviews on hardware and software, as well as articles on science and technology. Another great online source is TechCrunch. Aside from all…

Happy clients and customers are the heart of a successful business. If a company fails to maintain quality communication with their clients, the relationship can suffer. This will ultimately impact overall business success.

Luckily, technological advancements have provided us with tools that can help streamline client communication.

If you want to try something new that could save even more time, consider an AI meeting scheduler . The technology is able to communicate with clients on your behalf and coordinate schedules to find a time that works for both parties involved.

Regardless of how a meeting is scheduled, it’s important to…

It always seems that a computer freezes right as you are doing your most important task and just won’t budge no matter what you do. Whether your laptop is moving at a snail’s pace or is entirely unresponsive, here’s how you can address the issue and prevent reoccurring in the future.

Give it some time.

When you are performing a CPU-intensive task, such as 3D rendering, video encoding, or data mining, it will take your computer a minute to process the request. This can easily be mistaken for your laptop being frozen when, in reality, it’s not. …

Of all the things that have gotten people talking the past few years regarding technology, few surpass AI and energy efficiency on the list. Artificial intelligence can be found in more and more industries and is often seen as an integral aspect of business. With more ways to power businesses and environmental factors playing a larger role in the minds of employers and employees alike, we are quickly coming into an age where these two technological behemoths meet.

AI is engrained in so many technologies including those that power your smartphone, Uber, a flight’s autopilot, and voice-activated assistants like Google’s…

Peter LaGow

Peter LaGow is a Bellingham, Washington-based professional with experience in business operations and technology. Learn more @

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