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The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss “Everyone’s looking for rules to follow, and the sooner you realize there aren’t any, the better art can be.”– Jerrod Carmichael Jerrod Carmichael is pushing the boundaries of comedy with his groundbreaking work in stand-up, television, and film. Now just 29 years old, what this driven North Carolina native has accomplished is mind-boggling, and 2017 is going to be his biggest year yet. Jerrod stars in the hit NBC series The Carmichael Show, which he also writes and executive produces. Love at the Store is the funniest standup special I’ve seen in many years, and it’s the reason I reached out to Jerrod. In the summer of 2016, Jerrod reprised his role as ‘Garf’ in the Universal comedy sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising opposite Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Jerrod recently announced his upcoming authorial debut with an as-yet-untitled memoir. Please enjoy my wide-ranging conversation with Jerrod Carmichael! Want to hear another episode with a standup comedian?

10 Biggest Entrepreneurs of 2011 Embed this infographic on your site! <a href=" src=" alt="10 Biggest Entrepreneurs of 2011" width="500" border="0" /></a><br />From: <a href=" Do a quick search for important entrepreneurs. Do you see any wrinkles on those faces? Matt Mickiewicz, 99designs Co-Founder—27 Years Old Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowski, Dropbox Founders, 28 and 25 Years Old Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Instagram Founders—25 and 27 Years Old Hussein Fazal and Kristaps Ronka, AdParlor Founders—29 and 24 Years Old Alexa Andrzejewski, Soraya Darabi, and Ted Grubb, Foodspotting Founders—27, 27, and 29 Years Old Jason Baptiste and Andres Barreto, Onswipe Founders, 25 and 24 Years Old Siamak Taghaddos and David Hauser, Grasshopper Founders—Both 29 Years Old Matthew Corrin, Freshii Founder—29 Years Old

YACHT WORLD Kaizen - A Lean Manufacturing Technique Throughout this site you will find references and resource material about the kaizen strategy. Another form of lean manufacturing, kaizen endorses general overall improvement through gradual daily change and modification. What Is Kaizen? Kai is an idea of change or the action to correct — Zen means "good" "Kaizen is the means to achieve a corporate strategy, not the strategy." - Masaaki Imai Kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy focused on making constant improvements. Having first been introduced in Masaaki Imai's 1986 book, Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competitive Success, the Kaizen philosophy has been adopted by countless businesses throughout the world. The Kaizen Facility The kaizen facility operates on the notion that every individual and his or her ideas are an asset to the company. An environment where mutual respect and positive recognition are fostered will prompt open communication.

Part-time businesses Eco-friendly coffin start-up secures £50,000 Arts Council grant The Last Wish Company secures funding following participation in ‘Spark Up’ accelerator… Read more Twitter marketing start-up raises £150,000 through SETsquared pitch process Mercia Fund Management backs TorqBak following tech incubator investment showcase… Read more Public transport planner Citymapper raises $10m Balderton Capital leads Series A backing of popular app… Read more “No evidence” of RBS closing down small firms for profit, report finds Clifford Chance investigation follows allegations of fraud in November… Read more Diary of a start-up: Contracts, moving offices and a crowdfunding campaign In his latest diary instalment – the founder of Bikmo shares a month of firsts and seconds, including tips on saving cash with a DIY office fit and why crowdfunding offers more than just investment…

29 Ways to Collect Email Addresses for Your Business Looking for ways to grow your list of newsletter subscribers? There are a ton of ways to get people to sign up for your weekly or monthly email marketing campaigns. I’ve put together a list for you to read, so you have heaps of options for growing your list. Include a link to your newsletter sign up form in the main navigation bar of your website and/or blog. (Or better yet, include a sign up form in the main navigation bar).Create a “sign up” call to action on your Facebook business page.Create enticing visuals encouraging people to sign up for your list, and post them on social media channels (especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn).Attend or exhibit at a trade show or networking event and bring a newsletter email sign up clipboard or book. If you’re tech savvy, bring an iPad or mobile device with you. Bonus: Optimize your site for appropriate SEO keywords, and ensure your business is on appropriate online listings. Have any additional ideas? © 2016, Janine Popick.

41 questions every business leader should ask (The Invisible Thread) Change is the only constant in the world, there’s no doubt about it. Today more than ever, businesses must face – and effectively manage – rising change and complexity. Uncertainty is everywhere we look. From marketplace shifts to surprise disruptions, managing this new reality is not an easy task. If you think about our organizations today, they are all part of a dynamic business network of relationships with customers, partners and suppliers that shape the way we do business. Consumer expectations are escalating and competitors and partners of any size can arise from anywhere around the globe. Bottom line is that the time is up for sitting on the sidelines. As you consider the processes that make your business run, here are 41 key questions you should ask yourself: Does your organization change effectively when it needs to? Tags: ceo business-agility featured business-leader change cio questions agile cto complexity it-leader

Quick Practical, Tactical Tips for Presentations In the past I’ve given some tips for handling meetings effectively, covering topics like: - How not to let your meeting go down a rat hole; - Dealing with the elephant in the room; - Dealing with skeletons in your closet; - How to make meetings discussions, not “pitches” - A tale of two pitches (I eventually invested in the first company that pitched) Today’s post is a subtle one about positioning yourself in a presentation. This might be a VC meeting but also might just be a sales or biz dev meeting. It’s any meeting where you are in a small room and are being called on to present on some form of overhead slides 1. Sit closest to the projection screen – Many times a week I have entrepreneurs who do presentations for me and often I’m with some or all of my colleagues. If you look at Diagram A above you’ll see that the presenters are sitting at the opposite end of the table from where the screen is. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. So, there you have it.

RBC - Salle de presse L'Indice PMIMC RBC des directeurs d'achats de l'industrie manufacturière canadienne met en évidence un fort ralentissement de la croissance de la production et des nouvelles commandes en janvier Le 1er février 2012 — La production et les nouvelles commandes n'enregistrent que des hausses modérées en janvier, comme l'indique l'indice RBC des directeurs d'achats de l'industrie manufacturière canadienne (indice PMIMC RBC), une étude mensuelle menée par la Banque Royale du Canada (RBC) en partenariat avec Markit, l'un des plus importants fournisseurs d'information financière au monde, et avec l'Association canadienne de gestion des achats (ACGA). L'indice PMI RBC constitue un indicateur avancé complet des tendances du secteur manufacturier canadien. D'après l'indice PMI RBC, la conjoncture s'est améliorée en janvier dans le secteur manufacturier canadien, les entreprises signalant une nouvelle augmentation de la production et des nouvelles commandes. Voici les faits saillants par région :