By Jennifer Miller The New York Times Tues., April 3, 2018 Over video, chat and text — though rarely in real life — digital dating coaches help you create a more attractive online profile, decipher your date’s cryptic text message and boost your confidence after an unsuccessful Tinder fling. These are not substitutes for a licensed therapist, but they’re convenient. “We strive for instant gratification,” said Liron Shapira, 30, co-founder of a chat-based Silicon Valley startup called Relationship Hero. “We give 24/7 service. If you want advice at 4 a.m., you can get it.” Like virtual brunch Online dating coaches have been around practically since online dating began, but their focus has shifted. In 2009, when Laurie Davis Edwards started a company called eFlirt Expert, her most popular offering was a dating “concierge” who would write client profiles, suggest potential matches and even respond to messages … [Read more...] about What can online dating coaches do for you in the Tinder era?
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By Reuters Too many leftovers from dinner? Vegetables forgotten in the fridge or cans gathering dust at the back of a cupboard? Instead of tossing them out, why not share them with friends and neighbors and care for the planet at the same time? That is the premise of OLIO, a mobile phone app founded in Britain and part of a wave of businesses using technology to cut waste and help the environment. OLIO is the brainchild of two women entrepreneurs aiming to tackle food waste, “one of the biggest problems facing humanity today”. Globally, one third of all food produced, worth nearly $1 trillion, is thrown away, and in the UK alone, an average family throws away 700 pounds ($945) worth of food each year. All of this is “environmentally catastrophic”, Cook said. Not only does it waste land and water to produce it, when left to rot in landfill, food waste releases methane, a greenhouse gas more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide. “That whole set … [Read more...] about Tinder for food: App shares leftovers for a healthier planet
Sheryl Sandberg has had a difficult two years. While she has been working as the chief operating officer of Facebook, which recently reported one of its strongest quarters ever, she was dealt a devastating blow. In May 2015, her husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly. He and Sandberg were on vacation in Mexico. Goldberg had gone to the gym and had a heart arrhythmia while he was on the treadmill. He fell, and by the time he arrived at the hospital, it was too late. Sandberg has had to figure out how to continue living her life, one she never would have chosen – option B. She’s had to figure out how to reconnect with colleagues and cope with the grief and anger that sometime overwhelms her. As part of her recovery she coauthored a book, “Option B,” with Adam Grant. In it, they offer researched-backed ways to handle tragedy, and Sandberg offers her own learnings. Business Insider’s US editor in chief, Alyson Shontell, sat down with … [Read more...] about Sheryl Sandberg explains how she’s coping with her husband’s death, how Mark Zuckerberg has helped her, and why ‘grief leave’ is as important as maternity leave
Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa met as MBA students at the University of Pennsylvania and cooked up the idea for Warby Parker, an eyeglasses retailer that would undercut the sale of glasses by hundreds of dollars and sell them online rather than in physical stores. Seven years later, they’re the co-CEOs of a $1 billion-plus brand and they’ve sold millions of pairs of glasses in the US. Business Insider caught up with Blumenthal and Gilboa for an episode of “Success! How I Did It,” a podcast highlighting the career paths of the world’s most accomplished people. Gilboa and Blumenthal explain: How they launched and immediately sold out of everything, with a 20,000-person wait list How they operate with two CEOs and what each one does Why they try to take 90 minutes a day to do nothing How they scaled a company to millions of pairs sold and 1,000+ employees as first-time founders Their future IPO plans (2018?) You can listen to the … [Read more...] about The founders of Warby Parker reveal how they run a billion-dollar glasses brand with two CEOs, and why Amazon won’t crush them
Over the past 30 years, the number of phone numbers people have has shrunk down to one, explains Greg Cohn, cofounder of an app called Burner. People used to have a separate work line and even an office-wide phone. For personal calls, there was always the home phone. Now many people are down to just one: their cell phone. And that’s increasingly become a problem in a world where you sell couches on Craigslist to strangers, give out your number to Tinder dates you’ve never met, let Airbnb guests staying in your home text you problems, or make a living selling crafts on Etsy. “More and more stuff is just happening on one’s phone,” Cohn said. “You might have a work phone. You might have an office phone. You might have an Etsy. It’s all of these things.” Los Angeles-based Burner is making it so you can have a phone number for each of your identities. But it’s not just a phone number like you use today. Cohn and his … [Read more...] about This startup thinks everyone who does online dating needs to be armed with a tool that drug dealers love