GoDaddy is hiring grand-daddies

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Remember that movie with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway called “The Intern?”

It was a warm and touching story about how a hard-driving, successful small business owner (Hathaway) hired an out-of-work middle aged guy (guess who?) as an intern and he not only helped her business, but he taught her a few lessons about life. The movie even got a 7.2 on IMDB, which isn’t too shabby. Read More…

Your employees are now officially allowed to complain about your business on Twitter

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Thinking of reprimanding or terminating an employee because he bad-mouthed your company on social media?  Not anymore, you can’t, according to this report from Eater.com. Read More…

Which industry is most profitable? Just ask your accountant.

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

I’m a Certified Public Accountant. And yes, we deserve the abuse we get. We’re boring. We’re conservative. We’re not exactly the life of the party.  But guess what? We know how to make money.

Don’t believe me? Then just ask the people at Sageworks. According to this report, the data-gathering firm has put together its’ annual listing of the most profitable industries. And the most profitable industry for the 12 months that ended June 30th is…accounting.  That includes public accounting firms, tax preparation companies as well as bookkeeping and payroll service firms too. Read More…

Could Bookstores Be The Next Start-Up Boom?

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(This post originally appeared on Inc.)

According to recent data released by research firm Statistica, the bookselling business is on a rebound. After a number of years in decline, sales picked up in 2015 (a 1.9 percent increase from the previous year) and the trend continued into the first half of 2016 with revenues up another 6.1 percent. Is this as fluke?

No, it’s not. The bookselling business is back. The number of independent booksellers has increased 25% since 2009, according to the American Booksellers Association. And it’s all thanks to small business. Read More…

Driverless Cars in Pittsburgh, Tattoos Control iPhones and Other Small Business Tech This Week

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(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 –Uber is now offering free rides…but with no driver.

Uber will officially become the first company to use self-driving cars commercially. The ride-sharing service will offer the autonomous vehicles for taxi rides later this month in Pittsburgh. The rides will be free. But you will have an additional passenger: an Uber engineer just to make sure things go OK. Pierogis are not included. Uber also announced this past week that it was purchasing a company that makes technology that powers self-driving trucks.

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Now you can order food with a selfie

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Can we get even more lazy? Can things become even more convenient? That’s the challenge many small businesses are facing in these days of same-day delivery, Netflix, Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexi.  So, in the never-ending quest to make life easier, two American entrepreneurs will soon be using selfies to deliver food to hot and hungry beachgoers in New York’s Rockaway Beach,reports The Times in London. Read More…

What The #PhelpsFace Was Really About (And Why No One Wants To Admit It)

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(This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post)

Michael Phelps has not only been crushing it in Rio, but he’s also been destroying the internet. That’s because of a viral photo of him taken right before a race he was about to swim. The #PhelpsFace has been trending on Twitter and has been the subject of thousands of hilarious memes.

So what does this picture show? Concentration, some think. Determination. Focus. Maybe he’s just angry with himself for firing off a tweet that had a typo in it, as someone pointed out. Or that he put coffee in the filter, but forgot to start the timer, a journalist suggested. Or, we hate to admit, it could’ve been something darker.

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