Though it has its detractors, Google Glass has a few apps that would be perfect for small-business owners, writes OPEN Forum contributor Barry Moltz.

1. Speech Helper: Dump those PowerPoint slides and the handheld notes, and maintain eye contact with your audience. Use this small prompter in Glass to go through the presentation without either of these visual aids. Another application, Glassentation, works in a similar way.

Read the four other apps (and five apps he would like to see) on OPEN Forum.
Flickr user: lawrencegs

Though it has its detractors, Google Glass has a few apps that would be perfect for small-business owners, writes OPEN Forum contributor Barry Moltz.

1. Speech Helper: Dump those PowerPoint slides and the handheld notes, and maintain eye contact with your audience. Use this small prompter in Glass to go through the presentation without either of these visual aids. Another application, Glassentation, works in a similar way.

Read the four other apps (and five apps he would like to see) on OPEN Forum.

Flickr user: lawrencegs

Two new bills winding through Congress would allow businesses to keep writing off up to 100 percent of equipment purchases up to $500,000 per year.

Two new bills winding through Congress would allow businesses to keep writing off up to 100 percent of equipment purchases up to $500,000 per year.

wired:

If ever your favorite Hollywood characters are in need of freelance work, they’re going to need a great business card, right?.

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fastcodesign:

Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask themselves to spark creativity. Read more>

fastcodesign:

Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask themselves to spark creativity. Read more>

Before You Hire Your BFF, Read This

The familiar edict “friends and money don’t mix” exists for a reason. How many of us have heard stories of friendships gone sour after going into business together? These five steps could help you keep your friendship intact:

  1. Never do a 50/50 partnership, at least not at first.
  2. Set a clear distinction between business and personal matters.
  3. Make expectations crystal clear. 
  4. Prepare for strong emotions.
  5. Decide if it’s worth losing your friendship. 

Via OPEN Forum’s “5 Steps You Need to Take Before Hiring a Friend

Disney is celebrating the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” one of its most famous rides, this week. Talk about staying power! What makes “it’s a small world” so memorable, and how can you apply that to your brand?

3. Create repetition. Repeating the same message helps get that message into consumers’ long-term memory and makes it easy for them to recall. This ease of recall is critical since any successful brand will be remembered when a customer is ready to buy.

Via OPEN Forum’s “3 Big Branding Lessons From Disney’s “It’s a Small World’”

Disney is celebrating the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” one of its most famous rides, this week. Talk about staying power! What makes “it’s a small world” so memorable, and how can you apply that to your brand?

3. Create repetition. Repeating the same message helps get that message into consumers’ long-term memory and makes it easy for them to recall. This ease of recall is critical since any successful brand will be remembered when a customer is ready to buy.

Via OPEN Forum’s “3 Big Branding Lessons From Disney’s “It’s a Small World’

goodideaexchange:

Are You a Boss or a Leader?
“The distinction between being a boss and being a leader may seem small, but it means the world to the people who work for you.”

goodideaexchange:

Are You a Boss or a Leader?

The distinction between being a boss and being a leader may seem small, but it means the world to the people who work for you.”

fastcodesign:

Sophia Amoruso at Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored.

fastcodesign:

Sophia Amoruso at Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored.

Twitter’s got a brand new look, and fastcodesign sums it up beautifully:
After months of testing, Twitter has announced a new design that makes the popular micro-blogging service look a lot more like Facebook. But don’t let that fool you. Twitter’s as dedicated to being a digital stream of consciousness as ever. The redesign just makes it easier for others to track your thoughts. If your old Twitter was Finnegan’s Wake, the new Twitter design integrates CliffsNotes inside the text.
Via FastCoDesign: “Twitter’s New Design Looks A Lot Like Facebook, And That’s A Good Thing”

Twitter’s got a brand new look, and fastcodesign sums it up beautifully:

After months of testing, Twitter has announced a new design that makes the popular micro-blogging service look a lot more like Facebook. But don’t let that fool you. Twitter’s as dedicated to being a digital stream of consciousness as ever. The redesign just makes it easier for others to track your thoughts. If your old Twitter was Finnegan’s Wake, the new Twitter design integrates CliffsNotes inside the text.

Via FastCoDesign: “Twitter’s New Design Looks A Lot Like Facebook, And That’s A Good Thing