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Blanche Garcia of Hotel Impossible

Blanche Garcia of Hotel Impossible

Listen to Blanche Garcia Live on the Philippe Matthews Show! Can’t See Radio Player Click Here Competition is fierce in the hotel business. Online review sites can kill a business’ reputation with one bad review. Staffs are untrained, surly or ...

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LinkedIn Co-founder Wants You to Invest His Money

The LinkedIn co-founder is lending $1 million to struggling entrepreneurs around the world and you can help decide who gets it. Want to lend money to a struggling entrepreneur in a developing nation without using any of your money? I did, and for a little while longer, you can too.

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Tony Hsieh’s Excellent Las Vegas Adventure

In which our hero, flush with $400 million from the sale of his company, attempts to reinvent his city, Zappos-style. "You can't tell anybody about this." Tony Hsieh takes a shot of vodka, and then he tells me a secret, eyes wide, voice rising. He wears, as he almost always does, a navy T-shirt that bears the logo of Zappos.com, the online shoe retailer he helped start in 1999, that he has run as CEO since 2000, and that he sold to Amazon.com for $1.2 billion in 2009.

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No Vacancy at the Hotel Brodsky

By the time Norm's new hotel opens, it will have been booked for the next three years, and therein lies an important lesson for any entrepreneur. The news from Tioga, North Dakota, is that Black Gold Suites—the new hotel I'm building there (see "Black Gold for You and Me," September 2011)—will open on March 1. But don't bother trying to get a reservation: By then, we'll have been booked up for the next three years

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This Week In Bots: I Compute, Therefore I Am

Floppy Starfish Bot Soft-shelled robots have popped up from time to time, but none perhaps have been as amazing as this new innovation from Harvard . It's a super-floppy starfish-esque robot that can crawl, maneuver, and wiggle its way along the ground...and can also squirm its way into tight spaces and even through tiny holes. Just like the worms of your squirmiest nightmares! Enjoy! [youtube QpnLj-rzjIo] The robot is just five inches long, pneumatically powered and was designed to replicate the motions of a real sea creature

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New Unmanned Drone Fits In The Palm Of A Hand

One of the smallest unmanned drones in the world has the diameter of a Frisbee, fits in the palm of a hand, and looks like a miniature Star Wars X-wing. The SQ-4 UAV isn't just a tiny surveillance vehicle; it's also on the cutting edge of the new wave of nanodrones

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Forget Gender Roles

Daytner Construction founder Theresa Daytner grew up spelunking with her geologist mother, and visiting her hairdresser father at a beauty salon. Today her husband works for her fast-growing contracting firm

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This Week In Bots: Animaltastic Innovation

AlphaDog If Boston Dynamics' BigDog quadruped robot gives you the willies with its amazingly animal-like skills at tromping across difficult land at speed, then don't watch the video of BD's newest iteration of its military assistant robot, AlphaDog. [youtube SSbZrQp-HOk] BigDog was really the development prototype for AlphaDog, suffering from an enormously noisy engine and fairly limited operating range and payload powers. AlphaDog, on the other hand, is closer to a production dog droid that could actually accompany troops on the battlefield: It's quieter, can carry 400 pounds and run 20 miles without needing more gas, versus BigDog's 340 pounds and 12-mile range.

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What 9/11 Taught Us About Designing Skyscrapers

A new, safer model of skyscraper rises from the site of the attack. Photo by Ofer Wolberger The offices here at Fast Company enjoy a most remarkable view. From our aerie on the 29th floor of 7 World Trade Center, we look out over the New York harbor, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the occasional jetliner floating down the Hudson.

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How A Pharmaceutical Giant Is Battling Malnutrition On The Ground In Haiti

Abbot could have just given money to Partners In Health and called it a day. Instead, they've been on the ground helping to build a factory to make hunger-destroying peanut paste. All too often, corporate philanthropy involves dropping a wad of money on some organizations doing work on an issue that the corporation "cares" about, and then saying goodbye.

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