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0 Have you ever had a day when you wished you had a partner to share the ups and downs of running your own business? With my last company, I remember having days when I felt like it was me against the world-and the world was winning. Without partners to commiserate with, I often felt alone. That is, until I set up an advisory board. I used my advisory board as part business guide, part support group.
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Jackson Lowen for The New York Times Fan Bi, 22, with workers in a Shanghai factory. He is chief executive of Blank Label, a start-up that lets customers design their own shirts on its Web site. But what about those times when you get a hankering not to wear the same thing that 10,000 other men are wearing? Or when you wish you could have the fabric, collar, pockets and lining you’ve always wanted — not what some fashion buyer has chosen for this season?
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There are a variety of ways to raise money online for a cause from a group. For example, PayPal offers a easy way to collect money from a variety of people. But if you want to create a online destination for campaigns with social features, PayPal may fall short. This is where GoFundMe comes in.
Everyday objects with their own IP addresses may soon be the norm. This communication of objects with the Web is the latest version of a still-idyllic new vision of technology that claims it will improve our lives .