• Weird Facts About 5 of the World’s Most Famous Logos [Link]

    We love when brands have a great logo, but many times the stories behind the logo are even more interesting than the logo itself. But with so many iconic brands existing long before us, the origins of their logos often remain unknown. But now the truth is out! “TM: The Untold Stories Behind 29 Classic Logos” tells us the stories behind those instantly recognizable logos. Get a sneak preview with these 5 tales from branding lore.

  • In 1987, Apple Made A Video Of Their Predictions For 1997. They Were Way Off.

    Apple was king of the computing market in 1987. 3 years earlier, they released the Macintosh to great acclaim and soon enough was dominating the desktop publishing world. CEO John Sculley had recently deposed Steve Jobs and it looked like the company could do no wrong. High on hubris, they produced this video depicting their vision of 1997. But the reality was quite different. In Apple’s vision of 1997, they owned most of the computing market. But what were they really like at the time? Pretty much at the bottom! PCs were dominating and Apple was doing so bad that they actually purchased NeXT, the company Steve Jobs started after he got the boot, and brought back Jobs as an adviser. The next year, Jobs would release the iMac and the company would start the turnaround that led to their current success. Obviously this video is supposed to be comedic, but it’s even funnier looking back at how things actually turned out. But hey, that VistaMac II would have been pretty rad, right? 

  • Don’t Listen To Random Dude On Facebook, The ALS Association Is Using Money Wisely

    By now everyone knows about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and what’s there not to love? Tons of money is being raised for a great cause AND we get plenty of entertaining viral videos. But there’s always someone who isn’t happy. In the last couple days a video has been shared thousands of times on Facebook featuring a man who did a little research into the ALS Association and decided that they, and all nonprofits, are nothing more than money-grubbing organizations out to line their own pockets. And he’s totally wrong. We’re not going to share his video because we don’t want to spread of misinformation, but we will give you some real facts. The ALS Association is currently funding around 100 research projects and last year spent $7 million, or 27% of expenses, on research. But research isn’t their only interest. They also work in educating the public and advocate for those suffering from the disease. It was the work of the ALS Association that allows servicemen with the disease to qualify for healthcare and disability benefits through Veterans Affairs. It’s important to know where your money is going and to research charities. There are some bad people out there, but more »

  • 10 Ways To Get Rich According to Warren Buffett

    When it comes to financial advice there is no one more esteemed and educated than Warren Buffett. He is considered to be the wealthiest investor of our generation and is also a really nice guy, pledging to give away 99% of his wealth to philanthropic causes. One question he repeatedly gets asked is ‘How Can I Get Rich?’ and from his writings and interviews we present to you 10 Ways To Get Rich According to Warren Buffett.

  • Larry Ellison’s Billionaire Lifestyle Is Even More Incredible Than You Think

    August 17 marks the 70th birthday of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, the third richest man in the United States and the fifth richest man in the world. With a net worth of about $50 billion, Ellison is not far behind Berkshire Hathaway bigwig Warren Buffett, but their lifestyles couldn’t be more different. Whereas Buffett prides himself on his frugal lifestyle, living in the same Omaha house for over 50 years, Ellison buys up mansions like a middle-aged spinster buys cat food. When Bill Gates is flying to Africa to cure malaria, Ellison is flying one of his military jets to a cash-strapped country to purchase more military jets. We can’t criticize Ellison. It’s his money, he can do what he wants with it. And let’s face it, we all fantasize about what we’d buy if we were billionaires, and malaria cures and stucco houses in Omaha don’t make for great fantasies. So let’s take a look at the life of Larry Ellison, a billionaire who lives like a billionaire.

  • 9 Times Richard Branson Took Terrifying Risks To Hype His Companies

    Richard Branson may be the most exciting, daredevil entrepreneur the world has ever seen. And he’s gone to some amazing lengths to bring attention to his companies and causes over the years – doing things most of us would never consider. 9 Things You Will Never Hear Richard Branson Say Why are some people more successful than others? Why some feel accomplished while others feel like they are stuck in career rut? The answer is – their vocabulary. Though, granted, your vocabulary is heavily dependent on your mentality and the way you see your life, both personal and professional. We envy Sir Richard Branson for his tenacity and go getter attitude so we are certain these are 8 things you will probably never hear him say and the reasons why that’s the case:

  • The Insanely High Costs Of Being an Early Adopter

    We’re a competitive species and not just in displays of physical or mental ability. We even compete to have the latest and greatest of every product that hits the market. Thanks to quality of life increasing while production costs decrease, more people than ever are now able to take part in the fun competition of commercialism. But long before the days of every poor sap being able to line up and buy their annual iPhone, there was a time when the newest high-tech gadgets would make John Pierpont Morgan himself think twice before handing over a sack of cash. Were they worth it?

  • Burger King Is Run by Children [Link]

    Daniel Schwartz, the current CEO of fast food giant Burger King is just 33 years old. And he’s not the only young ‘un on the board. The chief financial officer is 28 and the head of investor relations is 29. Conventional wisdom in business holds that the wisdom and experience that comes with age is key, but Burger King is changing the rules. How is it working out for the company and should others follow suit?

  • The Career Paths Of 5 Serial Entrepreneurs [Infographic]

    Are you working on your one big idea, putting all your hope into succeeding from that one single thing? Well that’s probably not the best approach. Out of the 1426 billionaires in the world, 960 are self-made. And of that 960, 830 made their fortune from multiple business ventures. Look at Richard Branson, whose Virgin brand produces records, flies people around the world (and soon into space, too), and sells cell phones. And he’s not alone. Look at the career path of Branson and 4 of his contemporaries in this infographic and start looking for opportunities wherever you can.

  • Nothin’ But Net … Worth [Infographic]

    Professional athletes make a ton of money, there’s no denying that, but despite the high salaries, 60% of NBA players go broke after their basketball careers end. The smart players invest their money while they’re making the big bucks so they can still collect a paycheck after they retire. Sure, it’s no surprise that big name former players like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson are still making plenty of dough, but you don’t have to be a superstar to make a fortune from investing. Just look at Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman. Who? A dude who turned $4 million from 12 years in the NBA into $400 million, that’s who.

  • You’ll Never Guess How These 10 Companies Got Their Start

    As more and more corporations combine into giant conglomerates that make every product imaginable, it’s sometimes hard to imagine where they got their start. Many of the biggest companies around today got their start many years ago operating in businesses that have little if anything to do with what they are today. Looking through this list, it’s obvious that if you want your business to survive and thrive, you must be willing to adapt.

  • The Makings Of A Great Logo [Link]

    A well-designed logo is one of the most important aspects to having a successful business. The logo is often the first thing a potential customer sees and it’s often what they remember about your business. Logos set the tone for your company, so you’d be wise to be careful when it comes to designing one. Here are six questions to ask yourself when your designing your company’s logo to help steer you in the right direction.

  • Did You Notice These 15 Companies Changed Their Logos This Year? [Link]

    Netflix was in the news last week when the company was found to be using a new logo on ads for upcoming original programming. The new design opts for a minimalist approach, like so many other brands have done, eliminating shadows and cutting down on spacing. But Netflix isn’t the first company to change its logo this year. Here are 14 others you may have missed (probably because so many logos are beginning to look the exact same).

  • 9 Things You Will Never Hear Richard Branson Say

    Why are some people more successful than others? Why some feel accomplished while others feel like they are stuck in career rut? The answer is – their vocabulary. Though, granted, your vocabulary is heavily dependent on your mentality and the way you see your life, both personal and professional. We envy Sir Richard Branson for his tenacity and go getter attitude so we are certain these are 8 things you will probably never hear him say and the reasons why that’s the case:


    Chances are, you’ve never heard of Tencent, but that’s all about to change. The Chinese tech giant is like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Zynga, and Uber all wrapped in one and it’s looking to expand outside China’s borders. Tencent was recently valued at more than $139 billion on the Hong Kong stock exchange, and with recent investments in Epic Games and Riot Games, it’s on its way to becoming a tech contender in the West. But how does it stack up with its Silicon Valley competition?

  • The Hottest Pictures On…eBay? [10 Photos]

    The secret of selling on eBay revealed! Other motorcycle part sellers hate him. What does “babenotincluded” do to make a ton of money on the auction site? It’s simple, really. All you need to be a successful seller is competitive pricing, accurate and detailed descriptions, pictures of the product from various angles, and barely-clothed babes handling your wares. And it really works! I don’t even own a motorcycle or know what any of this stuff is, but I’ve been ordering all morning. By the end of the day I’ll have enough stuff to open my own eBay store. Now I just need to get some models. Check out more great deals on motorcycle parts (and photos, if that’s you’re thing, you dirty devil you) at eBay.

  • How Twitter Has Changed Over the Years in 12 Charts [Link]

    It’s hard to believe that this summer will mark 8 years since Twitter first debuted. In that time, there have been many changes in how users behave. For instance, the average number of tweets increased drastically for years then leveled off and began to fall, now staying at about 20. Where people tweet from, what they tweet about, and how often they change their handles has also changed over the years. Check out these 12 charts and see how the history of Twitter sums up.

  • Evolution Of Famous Logos [Infographic]

    Track the evolution of some of the most recognizable brand logos of the last century with this infographic. Sure the simple, dignified minimalism ever-present with today’s logos is better than some of the busy of the 40s, but the Microsoft should have stuck with their 1981 logo. The font looks like something off an old videogame, maybe “Micrsoft: Clippy’s Voyage” for the Atari 2600. The rundown of the worst logos at the bottom is pretty entertaining, too. What were you thinking, Kidsexchange??

  • 27 More Honest Company Slogans

    We are huge fans of Clif Dickens’ Honest Slogans and we know you are, too. Here’s the latest batch he’s created since we last featured them. Keep up with all the latest from Honest Slogans on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. What’s your favorite of the new batch?

  • Insider’s Look at Google’s Quirky Amsterdam Headquarters [8 Photos]

    D/DOCK recently refurbished Google Amsterdam’s 3,000 square meter office and the results are incredible. Since Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin started the company in a garage, the designers felt it would be fitting to give the entire space a garage aesthetic. Of course, there are also nods to the Dutch throughout the office, including a cargo bicycle reception desk and ceiling tiles resembling syrup waffles. To ensure everyone in the office is in their best shape, there is a gym and meditation. Or you can just use the desk bike at your workstation. For more info on the project, check out D/DOCK.

  • Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint [Link]

    What’s the newest trend in meetings headed by scientists, CEOs, and generals? Surely it involves some new technology, right? Actually speakers are now leaving technology out of their presentations. More and more professionals are realizing how stifling PowerPoint slides can be when presenting ideas, often times limiting 2 way interaction with their audience. CERN, Amazon, and the Pentagon have all found that by getting rid of PowerPoint presentations, the bond between speakers and their audiences is strengthened. If only someone came to this realization before the importance of the inane slide presentations was forced on us throughout our schooling.

  • Deep Elm Records Introduces Name Your Price Downloads

    For almost 20 years, Deep Elm Records has been putting out some of the biggest releases in Indie music, with artists like Appleseed Cast, Moonlit Sailor, Camber, and Lights & Motion calling the label home at some point. Since 2008, Deep Elm has been a strictly digital label and previously allowed every new downloader 99 free songs. Today Deep Elm announced a “name your price” plan for their entire catalog, over 200 albums, yet again proving themselves innovators. There is no minimum and in their press release they fully expect that some people won’t or aren’t able to pay. All they ask is that you at least spread the word about the label and the bands, knowing that word of mouth is their best exposure. In fact, Deep Elm’s roster is made up entirely of bands who were fans themselves, submitting their albums to the label for distribution and never having to sign any sort of multi-album contract. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Deep Elm and start downloading. Try to throw this great label a few bucks and be sure to spread the good word.

  • The 25 Highest Rated Companies to Intern For, According to Past and Present Interns

    Glassdoor recently did a review on the happiest places to work for in the world and now the’ve just released a study showing the best places to intern. The list was based off of a current and former intern review from January of 2013 to 2014. Facebook and Google were among the top two, fighting neck and neck every year for the top of the intern food chain. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s rating review doesn’t count. That movie was fictional.

  • The 2014 Google Tracker—Everything We Know Google Is Working On This Year [Link]

    Yesterday we shared a video that showed you just how big Google is through all of their acquisitions through the years. With Google’s recent purchase of AI firms like DeepMind Technologies and robotics firm Boston Dynamics, you just know there are big things in the works. From health research to artificial intelligence to automobile automatons to Android developments, Google has a lot in store for 2014. With the Google tracker, you’ll get all the info you need on this year’s innovations and inventions from our Google overlords.

  • NASA Bets On Private Companies To Exploit Moon’s Resources [Link]

    With an ever disappearing federal budget when it comes to science and exploration, what is NASA supposed to do? How about partner with private firms to mine moon rocks? The President may have said that we as a country won’t return to the moon, but that can’t stop private sector money to finance lunar missions to get whatever is hiding up there. I’m guessing cheese. Lots and lots of delicious moon cheese.

  • Just How Big is Google? Huge. Google is Huge. [Video]

    With Google acquiring more and more tech companies, their presence is becoming ever more ubiquitous. With their current forays into artificial intelligence and robotics, are we getting closer to a Terminator-esque Skynet situation? Probably not. But this video presents the facts about Google’s many business acquisitions and the reasons behind them without falling into David Icke “lizard people” territory. There may be many questions as to the tech giant’s ultimate goal, but one thing is for certain: Google is huge.

  • Why It’s So Hard to Measure Online Readership [Link]

    Remember when all it took to impress people about how many visitors your website received was a counter at the bottom of your GeoCities page? In these days of analytics, your total amount of visitors means bupkis. Find out the difference between all the current metrics, such as uniques, page views, time spent, and shares and mentions and the pros and cons of each along with ways they are manipulated. I propose that we RSVLTS add a broken counter GIF to the bottom of our homepage. Then people will know we get a lot of visitors and we’re super popular.

  • The CVS Phase Out of Tobacco Sales Makes Both Fiscal and Physical Sense [Link]

    CVS has announced that they are going to stop selling tobacco products in all of their stores, which accounts for $2 billion in sales. But is this decision as bad for business as that number would lead you to believe? With only a 15% margin, CVS isn’t losing as much as you think. And with all the space taken up by tobacco products now available for high margin items like health products, this could end up being a brilliant business move for the company. Will other stores follow suit?

  • Inside Google’s London Super Headquarters

    Google’s new super headquarters in Central Saint Giles, London is a mix of beautiful patterned padded walls and submarine style doors. The space includes a 160,000 sq ft, a “secret garden” balcony space, a large Town Hall room for meetings and press gatherings, gym, showers, dance facilities, bike parking, 1250 desks and 1250 meeting chairs/collaboration seats, tons of eco-friendly and/or reclaimed materials, and panoramic london skyline views. Penson Group, the architecture and interior design firm was the brain behind the office identity. Design: PENSON Group Photography: Martin Varsavsky

  • A Look At Cisco’s New San Francisco Headquarters [24 Photos]

    San Francisco-based interior design firm Studio O+A recently designed the new offices at Cisco’s 110,000 square feet facility in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. The studio began by asking employees what they liked about their old office location. Overwhelmingly, the answers were natural light and collaborative spaces. Studio O+A had no trouble utilizing natural light thanks to the new office’s floor-to-ceiling windows. The enormous size of the office also allowed for a variety of informal and formal meeting spaces both indoors and outdoors. There are also chalkboards, whiteboards, and corkboards throughout the facility because you never know when inspiration will strike. What’s that? You need a break from your stressful day at Cisco? Just hop on your bike and take a ride through the office and maybe stop into the lounge and play a ditty on the piano. Oh, you don’t work there? Sucks to be you.

  • Fascinating Starbucks On Canal Street In New Orleans [5 Photos]

    At the corner of Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans’ French Quarter, Starbucks has opened a new store with an old look. The designers tried to imagine what the store would look like if it was owned by an early 1900s Louisianan merchant. The front room would have been the storefront with floor to ceiling shelves like general stores of old while the back room resembles where the merchant would have lived, with schoolhouse chairs surrounding a 12-foot community table. Most people aren’t aware of the popularity of chandeliers made from an assortment of trumpets, trombones, and euphoniums at the turn of the century, but the ever studious Starbucks designers were sure to include a perfect replica. Unfortunately they forgot the traditional woodwind lamps made from old clarinets and cor anglais. Maybe next time, Starbucks.