If your email ends in @hotmail.com and you’re not “applying for a job as a historian on 1999,” it’s time to upgrade, advises HubSpot chief marketing officer Mike Volpe ’97. As part of Mashable’s new business series, Volpe highlights ten mistakes that will guarantee you not to get a second look for a position in marketing — let alone an interview. More tips: take that selfie off your LinkedIn profile, and use one social media account well rather than using multiple accounts poorly.
There’s a new reason to be proud of Maine produce: the Bangor Daily News reports that the percentage of female farm operators in Maine is more than double the national average — 30 percent compared to 14 percent nationwide. Not only that, but farming in Maine (and in New England as a whole) is growing more rapidly than in other areas of the country.
In New England, “it wasn’t uncommon for farmland to be passed down through the women,” explains Gary Keough, the state statistician for the USDA. It’s hard to tell, though, whether the recent increase means that more women are becoming interested in farming or are simply interested in becoming their farm’s chief operator.
In 2009, Bianca Forzano took a kite surfing trip around the world — and never came back. Instead, she brought her business to the beach, tapping into a profitable industry by offering kite surfing lessons in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. She found a business environment very different from desk jobs, and quickly looked to fill another niche that she saw was lacking: effective sports bikinis that could endure a good kite surfing session without causing a wardrobe malfunction. She began making them by hand, but expanded to an Italian factory when demand grew more rapidly than she had anticipated. Fast Company offers tips based off of her inspiring experience on how to get out of a job that makes you unhappy and get off the ground in a new environment.
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A new online business that matches private coaches with athletes has raised $6.7 million in a recent round of fundraising. The company, founded in 2012 by Jordan Fliegel ’08, currently pairs athletes and coaches who play team sports, but is expanding into dance, yoga and fitness.
Point Judith Capital of Boston and General Catalyst Partners of Cambridge led the new round of fundraising, according to Boston Business Journal. Sean Marsh ’95, of Point Judith, has also joined the CoachUp board. The new funding “will continue to support our core mission of helping athletes reach the next level in their training and athletic pursuits,” Fliegel said in a news release.
CoachUp serves more than 15,000 coaches and more than 42,000 athletes. Based in Boston, the company employs 18 full-time staff, and completed the 2012 MassChallenge program and the fall 2012 TechStars Boston accelerator.
Investor Stanley Druckenmiller ’75 talks about two of the investors he says still have the “guts” to make the big market calls in this clip from CNBC.
In addition to his numerous other contributions, Bill Gates offers an annual summer reading list to the world. This year’s six picks are all books that Gates read earlier this year. The topics include business, science, history — and even a novel. John Brooks’ Business Adventures also comes recommended by Warren Buffett (who recommended it to Gates himself).
Giver, taker or matcher? Most of us are said to be matchers, along the lines of “you bought last time, so I’ve got this one.” Wharton School of Business professor Adam Grant says such transactional behavior of maintaining a balance of giving and taking is a mistake in business. He says givers, by extending their contributions more widely, cultivate a broader and more diverse network. Read more.
Emil Gaal ’15 and Bridgett McCoy ’15
Big business is often blamed for environmental degradation, but two students are turning to the for-profit world to fulfill their ambitions to help the environment. This summer Emi Gaal ’15 is working for an international energy corporation — one that is building renewable energy plants. And Bridgett McCoy ’15 is working for a large commercial bank, but one founded on the mission to use “finance to deliver sustainable development for unserved people, communities and the environment.” Read the full story.
It’s easier to switch from task to task when everything is contained within a screen. Think about it: you wouldn’t drop everything and head to the grocery store each time you wanted or were out of a food item, would you? Unfortunately, switching back and forth between tasks to continuously stay connected through texts, emails, and more has a similar (although less visible) detriment to productivity. It can take as much as 20 minutes to reorient yourself to a focused task after a distraction, and allowing yourself to be casually distracted can knock you down as much as 10 IQ points. Giving yourself as little as 30 minutes of distraction-free time can make a huge impact on how much you accomplish.
Shapeways 3D printing company has increased its employee base to help with Google’s Made with Code initiative. After disclosing that a mere 30% of Google employees are female, Google has created this program to get more girls interested in science and technology at a young age. Spokeswomen include Chelsea Clinton and Mindy Kaling, as well as organizations such as Seventeen Magazine and Girl Scouts. Shapeways 3D will expand and use four of EOS’s largest 3D printers to allow daily printing of 8,000 bracelets coded by girls. Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen hopes the initiative will encourage girls to create and run their own Shapeway shops in the future.