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December 4, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Toy company helps girls discover a love of engineering
    There weren't many other women in Debbie Sterling's engineering courses while she was attending Stanford University, and the lack of gender parity in technical fields eventually led her to start a toy company called GoldieBlox. "I'm creating a toy company that teaches little girls what engineering is, making it fun and accessible the way Lego and Erector sets have done for boys for over 100 years," she said. Her company's first product was funded on Kickstarter and is due to ship early next year. TheDailyMuse.com (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Why good bosses don't get impatient
      
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    Good leadership includes the ability to control the things you are able to while not worrying about things beyond your influence, John Baldoni notes. "We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond to it," Baldoni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Finance & Growth 
  • New accelerator seeks to boost media entrepreneurs
    Partners including public media organization KQED and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation have banded together to start Matter Ventures, a startup accelerator with a focus on media companies. Participants in the program will be given $50,000 and have access to mentoring from KQED. "As this new media world evolves we're going to need more innovation around ... how these productions can be distributed in the most effective way across these multiple platforms," KQED board member Mark Perry said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • It's time to take a hard look at your business
    It can be a good idea to take a step back from your business and think about the direction your company is heading, Steve Strauss writes. Among other activities, you might want to determine where most of your company's revenue is coming from, update your business plan and look for opportunities to try new things. USA Today (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How all that coffee could help your health
    Research indicates there might be a host of health benefits associated with drinking coffee. Drinking coffee might help to relieve pain, lower the chance of developing diabetes and decrease the incidence of depression, studies have shown. However, one study suggested there might be a link between drinking a lot of coffee and glaucoma. The Atlantic online (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Medical maladies could be a sign you're overstressed
    If you're suffering from stomach problems, losing your hair or experiencing tightness in your muscles, it could be because you are stressed. You shouldn't ignore these symptoms; stress can increase the chance you will suffer from serious conditions such as a heart attack or stroke. The Huffington Post (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Evolution counts as innovation
    Innovation doesn't need to produce totally new ideas; sometimes it's enough to refine existing concepts or products. Instead of trying to create a product the world has never seen before, it's important to produce something that will meet the market's needs. B2C Marketing Insider (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Single-platform publications probably have no hope
    The Daily, an iPad-only news publication launched by Rupert Murdoch, failed to gain traction. Insiders and experts point to numerous problems with the publication, which ranged from frequent crashes to the limited size of the market it was targeting. "This was a bold move, an emotional move, but not a prudent business move," media consultant Elizabeth Osder said. TheWrap.com (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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What I tell patients is, if you like coffee, go ahead and drink as much as you want and can."
--Dr. Peter Martin, director of the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University, as quoted by The Atlantic online
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