With automated manufacturing -- The increase in automation over the last five years has already resulted in a consulting team that’s lean and mean. We almost exclusively spend our time on work that requires extensive knowledge and expertise because business processes within the IoT handle most of our everyday administrative, financial and organizational tasks. We’re excited to continue on this path.

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Article: The Best Travel Hacks I Learned While Flying Around The World in 8 Days

My most recent business trip took me around the world in just eight days. I traveled nearly 35,000 miles, visited three continents and spent over 88 hours on airplanes. Needless to say, I picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. Knowing top travel hacks can help you stay healthy, productive and sane during a trip, and allow you to conduct business successfully from the moment you arrive. … Read More

Article: The Personal Trait You Must Have to Get an Investor’s Money

You may think that brilliant ideas are what what get investors to say "yes," but that isn't the case. I've raised millions for my startup. I've also listened to pitches as an investor. Having been on both sides, I've noticed definitive ways that you, as a founder, can separate yourself from the pack. The most important thing to an investor is having a sense of confidence in you as a founder and … Read More

(Literally) bite your tongue. -- "The fastest way to become a better listener is to stop interrupting people when they speak. When you stop interrupting others, they feel safe expressing their opinions," says Andrew Thomas, co-founder of SkyBell Doorbell, a smart home security company. Thomas has a unique tactic that has helped him kick the habit of interrupting: "To stop interrupting others, I literally bite my tongue (with my mouth closed) and count to three after the speaker finishes a sentence. Then I let go and say something."

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Tailor the Message to Different Personas -- Interactive media should be created to meet the unique needs of each type of customer who buys your product. For example, we tailor messaging to moms with images and video that speaks to their unique needs, which is different than the messaging we use for seniors. We call these “personas,” and interactive media will convert at a higher rate when it’s customized for the audience who sees it.

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Article: Win the Weekend and Start Your Week Off Right

You rarely, if ever, hear a successful entrepreneur say "I'm glad it's Friday." The life of an entrepreneur never stops. Every day is Tuesday. It's easy to fall into the belief that we must work 24/7. I'm all for hustling, but working all the time is a recipe for burnout - which doesn't actually help you or your business. One way to avoid burnout is to use weekends to refuel and prepare your … Read More

Article: 6 Ways to Be More Charismatic and Likable

Becoming a more likable and charismatic person can advance your career and your business in ways that technical skills and intelligence alone cannot. Everyone has the ability to be likable, but like any other skill, charisma needs to be honed. Adopting the traits of likable people helped me to produce more sales, create a better culture and establish a stronger network. Becoming more charism … Read More

Dr. Wayne Dyer -- My life changed after I started listening to "Making Your Thoughts Work for You" by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Rooted in Taoist concepts, this content covers the power of our thoughts and how our thoughts shape the world around us. It helped me become aware of self-limiting beliefs and how much they were holding me back. I now use the power of thought to create the life I want. It's a complete game-changer.

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Eat a high-fat, high-protein breakfast. -- We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Andrew Thomas, co-founder of smart video doorbell business SkyBell Doorbell, has taken this adage to heart by customizing his breakfast to increase his focus. "One big thing I did to vastly improve my productivity throughout the day was optimize my breakfast. I now eat a high-fat, high-protein breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up, along with green or pu-erh tea," says Thomas. "My cognition is noticeably better after cutting carbs in the morning, and I much prefer how green tea's caffeine has a more gradual decline than coffee. I also make a vegan protein shake with MCT oil."

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Two Is the Sweet Spot -- Based on experience, I recommend two co-founders. Three could work, but one must be a technical co-founder who can build the product. Any more than three is not desirable. After three, the dilution will really affect the individual equity ownership of the partners. Two is a great sweet spot, and you can hire other key people with incentive packages.

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