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3 Important Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn from 'Game of Thrones'
January 7, 2015

There's a lot that real-life startups can take away from the Emmy-nominated fantasy series. The acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones provides interesting commentary on the modern state of politics and warfare. But speaking as the founder of an online folder printing company, I’ve noticed that the show also demonstrates some valuable lessons for first-time entrepreneurs.

(Reader beware: This article contains several spoilers.)

Teen Claims Oakland A's Stole His T-shirt Design
January 7, 2015

There was at least one person from Oakland not "stOAKed" that the Oakland Athletics were in the playoffs. That would be 16-year-old Ryan Frigo, who claims the Major League Baseball team stole the phrase from his clothing company, according to the East Bay Express.

Frigo has been selling T-shirts, hoodies, beanies and other items of clothing featuring the "stOAKed" brand—intended, he said, to stoke civic pride in Oakland—since 2012, according to the newspaper. And yet somehow, that exact phrase ended up on the officially-licensed T-shirts sold by the A's to celebrate their playoff run.

How To Boost Your Productivity in 2015
January 7, 2015

These productivity techniques will keep you on track and happy all year long. Get ready to dominate in 2015 with these helpful hacks!


1. Turn off alerts.
It's terribly tough to get into your zen zone when your phone is buzzing every few minutes. Depending on how chatty your phone is, you may get notifications for everything from emails to retweets. It's essential you shut these notifications off! Trust me, you'll see efficiency skyrocket once you tell your phone to shut its blabbering mouth.

Polyconcept Announces Sale of ADM Business Division
January 6, 2015

Polyconcept, the promotional products company and parent of Polyconcept North America, announced that the management team of its ADM division has successfully completed the acquisition of its business.

Tweeting With the Enemy—3 Tips for Interacting With Competitors on Social Media
January 6, 2015

What do massive credit card debt, mystery fridge meat and your competitors have in common? None of these things will go away if you ignore them. Turning a blind eye to the actions of competing companies in your industry is a great way to get caught off guard and you'll miss out on valuable insights that can help your company thrive.

Just as your company is constantly evolving, so are the other businesses within your industry. Ignoring their activities, both online and off, can have dire consequences. Leverage social media to bolster your competitive edge with these three tips.

The Story of the First American City to Ban Plastic Water Bottles
January 6, 2015

If you're thinking about stopping by Concord, Mass., you'll want to bring your own reusable bottle. The historic town, which is the birthplace of the Revolutionary War and the home of famous thinker Henry David Thoreau, has a ban on the ubiquitous water receptacle.

In Jan. 2013, Concord became the first city in the nation to ban this plastic menace, a charge led by octogenarian Jean Hill and her activist partner Jill Appel.

A documentary of the battle, "Divide in Concord," premiered in July 2014. Proponents of the ban wanted to curb waste and fossil fuel use.

Will All the Wearables Hype Crash and Burn?
January 6, 2015

If you've heard it once in high tech, you've heard it a thousand times: the hype machine. Companies desperate for the unyielding growth demanded by the industry's investors seize upon a new product category and ride it to victory. Or into a ditch of disappointment.

It's happened many times. The so-called paperless office of the 1980s. Pen-based computers in the 1990s. Revenue-less Internet companies at the end of the '90s and beginning of the 2000s. There were Windows Vista, Net PCs, push technology and smart appliances.

Sometimes trends fall short because the underlying technology falls short or because no one...