fastcompany:

A Dutch designer imagines a better way to brand the Korean giant.
For 21 years, the Samsung name as served as the company logo, occasionally superimposed over a wobbly blue oval. It’s the kind of logo that’s fine on washing machines and televisions, but incredibly boring on something personal, like a smartphone. Never is this more apparent than when compared to the branding of Samsung’s arch-enemy in Cupertino, which is simply the silhouette of an apple.
Regardless, Samsung sells more smartphones and tablets than even Apple does. Doesn’t it deserve branding just as good?
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fastcompany:

A Dutch designer imagines a better way to brand the Korean giant.

For 21 years, the Samsung name as served as the company logo, occasionally superimposed over a wobbly blue oval. It’s the kind of logo that’s fine on washing machines and televisions, but incredibly boring on something personal, like a smartphone. Never is this more apparent than when compared to the branding of Samsung’s arch-enemy in Cupertino, which is simply the silhouette of an apple.

Regardless, Samsung sells more smartphones and tablets than even Apple does. Doesn’t it deserve branding just as good?

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The Anatomy of a Credit Score

phroogal:

A credit score is derived from a complex mathematical model considers the many types of information that can be contained in a credit file.

US Teens Just Average When It Comes to Financial Literacy

theungenue:

In the race for financial literacy, American teens are falling behind.

In the first ever large-scale study of financial literacy among teenagers, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that U.S. students ranked ninth out of 18 surveyed countries, placing the United States squarely in the middle of the pack.

How to Learn Anything For Free

forbes:

Now more than 70% of students graduate with loans and outstanding student loan debt totals $1.2 trillion—more than auto and credit card debt. Though it’s difficult to pinpoint the link, some researchers are already finding hints of a drag on the overall economy.

forbes:

Elite universities like Harvard, Stanford and others on the top of the FORBES list exist in their own orbit – they admit students without factoring in need, their multibillion-dollar endowments providing generous grants for the middle-class and poor. (Get into any Ivy League school with a family income of less than $60,000 and you can pretty much expect a free ride.)

Then there’s the rest of American higher education.

cnbc:

Welcome to the mall of 2039: It’s nothing like today.

Full-body scanners? Digital shopping carts?  Mobile checkout? It’s all included in the retail package of the future.

Innovation is pushing retail into a digital age, with stores adopting new technologies in order to streamline customer experiences. Knowing personal information about shoppers makes it easier to market to each person’s specific needs. Data analytics will play an increasingly significant role in shaping retail strategy.

Even grocery stores will go digital, experts predict, giving customers the ability to walk into a store and purchase products tailored for their personal needs. For example, one intel futurist said, a grocery store would know if someone walked into the store with a nut allergy, and would adjust that person’s food options to exclude nuts.

What do you think of the mall of the future? Would you give up more information in exchange for a better retail experience? 

- Illustrations courtesy of George Kavallines-

forbes:

College can be fun… thinking about how much money you owe after those four years is not.

With over 70% of recent graduates in student loan debt, we run through the facts to help students consider the bottom line of their biggest investment.

dietcokeandasmoke:

mintcoast:

Quote by Chuck Palahniuk. Made my mintcoast.

booooom

Should You Be Paid For Your Social Media Posts?

fastcompany:

A new social media platform aims to subvert the traditional model by paying users for their updates. But what’s the value of what people put on the Internet?

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phroogal:

Tips to Save Money at the Movie Theater
Watch the Matinee ShowsGo to the movies early in the day and save. I recently went to the movies to watch an 11:15AM showing and paid $7 compared to $12.50. Theater matinee times vary so check online.
Skip IMAX and 3DMany movies offer 3D or IMAX versions that can add to the price of the movie ticket anywhere from $2-4 more. Some movies are definitely worth watching in 3D or IMAX but if given the choice I prefer not to wear glasses. I actually can’t recall the last movie I watched in 3D or IMAX. I enjoy special effects but I really don’t need objects that look like they are flying towards me.
Use DiscountsMany theaters offer discounts for students, the military and seniors. Many of these discounts aren’t available online. You’ll need to purchase tickets at the box office and show proof, such as a military or school ID, to save.
Buy Tickets at Costco or Sam’s ClubThese bulk discount retailers offer savings when purchasing a set of tickets. For example, purchasing 4 Gold Experience tickets for an AMC theater will cost $33.99 or $8.50 per ticket.
Buy Tickets in BulkYou can purchase movie tickets in packages of 50. Bulk ticket rates reduce the cost per ticket to $8.00 however you must pay the larger expense upfront. You can purchase tickets in bulk with AMC, Regal andCinemark.  . Additionally, many larger companies and corporations offer employees discount shopping programs that include the ability to buy movie tickets in bulk. Reach out to your human resource department for more details.
Up to 15% off Regal Cinemas gift cards
Buy at the Box Office or Theater KioskBuying tickets online through a 3rd party provider may be convenient but the convenience can cost you an additional $1 to $2 per transaction.
Check on Groupon or Living SocialThese deal sites offer specials or reduced movie ticket rates. You might find a deal with a major national theater chain however access is limited to a specific theater. A slightly longer drive might be worth the tickets savings.
Buy Gift CardsPurchase gift cards online through gift card exchanges like Raise and score a discount. For instance, $100 AMC gift card will cost you $82.90. Now you have $100 to spend at the movie theater. You’ll still pay full price for the movie ticket but the savings essentially gives you one or two free movies. Use the gift cards in addition to any student, military or senior discounts that are available.
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phroogal:

Tips to Save Money at the Movie Theater

Watch the Matinee Shows
Go to the movies early in the day and save. I recently went to the movies to watch an 11:15AM showing and paid $7 compared to $12.50. Theater matinee times vary so check online.

Skip IMAX and 3D
Many movies offer 3D or IMAX versions that can add to the price of the movie ticket anywhere from $2-4 more. Some movies are definitely worth watching in 3D or IMAX but if given the choice I prefer not to wear glasses. I actually can’t recall the last movie I watched in 3D or IMAX. I enjoy special effects but I really don’t need objects that look like they are flying towards me.

Use Discounts
Many theaters offer discounts for students, the military and seniors. Many of these discounts aren’t available online. You’ll need to purchase tickets at the box office and show proof, such as a military or school ID, to save.

Buy Tickets at Costco or Sam’s Club
These bulk discount retailers offer savings when purchasing a set of tickets. For example, purchasing 4 Gold Experience tickets for an AMC theater will cost $33.99 or $8.50 per ticket.

Buy Tickets in Bulk
You can purchase movie tickets in packages of 50. Bulk ticket rates reduce the cost per ticket to $8.00 however you must pay the larger expense upfront. You can purchase tickets in bulk with AMCRegal andCinemark.  . Additionally, many larger companies and corporations offer employees discount shopping programs that include the ability to buy movie tickets in bulk. Reach out to your human resource department for more details.

Up to 15% off Regal Cinemas gift cards

Buy at the Box Office or Theater Kiosk
Buying tickets online through a 3rd party provider may be convenient but the convenience can cost you an additional $1 to $2 per transaction.

Check on Groupon or Living Social
These deal sites offer specials or reduced movie ticket rates. You might find a deal with a major national theater chain however access is limited to a specific theater. A slightly longer drive might be worth the tickets savings.

Buy Gift Cards
Purchase gift cards online through gift card exchanges like Raise and score a discount. For instance, $100 AMC gift card will cost you $82.90. Now you have $100 to spend at the movie theater. You’ll still pay full price for the movie ticket but the savings essentially gives you one or two free movies. Use the gift cards in addition to any student, military or senior discounts that are available.

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forbes:

A free movie theater. A 25 person hot tub and spa with a lazy river and whirlpool. A leisure pool with biometric hand scanners for secure entry. A 50 foot climbing wall to make exercise interesting. A top-of-the-line steak restaurant with free five course meals.

This isn’t a list of items from a resort brochure — they’re facilities you can find on a college campus.

fastcompany:

Don’t stay in denial, or blame others—learn from the tough times these entrepreneurs experienced when their startups fell flat.
Choosing to leave behind the regular paycheck and benefits to build a venture from the ground up is a huge risk.
It’s risky because it’s hard work, there are no guarantees, and 95% of startups fail, based on research by Shikhar Ghosh, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.
With the odds against you, entrepreneurs feel like they’re literally pushing against the tides every day so when companies fail, the price, which can include financial ruin, utter embarrassment, and even mental collapse, is a hefty one for the founders.
We spoke to four entrepreneurs to explore what they learned from this mourning and accepting period, how they picked themselves up and moved on to become the success stories they are today:
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fastcompany:

Don’t stay in denial, or blame others—learn from the tough times these entrepreneurs experienced when their startups fell flat.

Choosing to leave behind the regular paycheck and benefits to build a 
venture from the ground up is a huge risk.

It’s risky because it’s hard work, there are no guarantees, and 95% of startups fail, based on research by Shikhar Ghosh, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.

With the odds against you, entrepreneurs feel like they’re literally pushing against the tides every day so when companies fail, the price, which can include financial ruin, utter embarrassment, and even mental collapse, is a hefty one for the founders.

We spoke to four entrepreneurs to explore what they learned from this mourning and accepting period, how they picked themselves up and moved on to become the success stories they are today:

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