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Crew Dragon could live up to its name this spring.


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Now that SpaceX has completed Crew Dragon’s in-flight launch escape test, when can you expect a mission with humans aboard? At last, the company has a more specific answer than early 2020. Company chief Elon Musk told attendees at a post-test conference that the crewed mission to the International Space Station will likely take place in the second quarter of the year, or sometime between April and June. SpaceX was “highly confident” the hardware would be ready in the first quarter, “most likely” in February.

Related: 3 Executive-Branding Lessons We Can Learn From Elon Musk

It’s a good idea to take estimates like this with a grain of salt. Schedules for spaceflight can slip with little warning (even this latest test was delayed by a day). And there’s no denying that Musk’s estimates are sometimes optimistic — just look at how long it took Falcon Heavy to translate from a concept to an honest-to-goodness launch. The escape demonstration was the last major test before the crewed flight, though, so there isn’t as much of a chance of delays as there has been in the past.

Related: Do You Drink More Coffee Than Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Other Creative Leaders?

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You don’t need an internet connection to stream your favorite audio.


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You love to listen to your music while commuting or traveling, and streaming services make that easier than ever. However, when the connection cuts out, you’re left with silent headphones and the screeching sounds of the world around you. Don’t tether your listening experience to the internet. Audials One 2020 is the recording software for music, radio, movies, and TV that lets you take all of your audio offline.

Audials One 2020 helps you reduce data and battery usage by bringing all of your favorite audio directly to your device. It lets you find and save songs from Deezer, Amazon Music, Soundcloud, and many other portals and share them across your devices so you’ll always have offline access to a comprehensive music library. Beyond music, you can record streaming content from Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, YouTube, live streams, and more without losing quality. Love podcasts? You can record them, too. All recordings are precisely trimmed with no loss of quality in UltraHD, HiFi, or Master quality so you can enjoy as the audio was intended to be enjoyed.

Bring your listening library offline. Normally $59.90, Audials One 2020 is on sale now for just $19.99.

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It’s is more than just a better bang for your buck.


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If you live in a major city, you’ve likely been hearing the pros and cons of ClassPass for years at this point. On the plus side, it allows you to try a wide variety of workouts and studios. On the downside, the classes and times you want aren’t always available.

The thing is that ClassPass has changed quite significantly since it was first launched in 2013. Even if you tried it out in the past, you might find the experience totally different today — and for the better. Here are three reasons why it’s a better time than ever to try it out.

1. It’s good to mix up your workouts.

1. It’s good to mix up your workouts.

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Fitness trends tend to move even faster than diet trends — from spinning to barre to HIIT workouts. In reality, all workouts have their benefits and mixing it up can keep your body and mind from hitting a plateau. ClassPass has worked hard to make it easier to get the times and classes you want, so it’s totally possible to set a well-balanced, fun fitness routine week after week.

2. You can get more for your money.

2. You can get more for your money.

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ClassPass users were up in arms when the platform switched from a class-based system to a credit-based system, but we implore you to try it. Typically, you’ll find that yoga classes and other class types that don’t require individual machinery (which puts a strict limit on class size) are available for fewer credits. If you like taking these types of classes, even occasionally, you might find you’re actually getting more for your money than you did when all classes were treated equally. 

Even if you sign up for the lowest commitment plan just to take a weekly or biweekly yoga class, it may save you more than going direct-to-studio.

3. It’s great for business travel.

3. It’s great for business travel.

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Business travel is one of the biggest roadblocks to keeping up with your fitness goals — and often times, hotel gyms just don’t cut it. With ClassPass, you can actually adjust your city when you’re on travel and take advantage of classes wherever you may be. You don’t even need to spend time looking for nearby studios since you can filter by your favorite types of workouts and location.

Need a fourth reason? You can get a month free trial and prove it out yourself. Even if you’ve tried ClassPass before, you may still qualify if enough time has passed.

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Toyota just invested $349 million in the flying taxi startup Joby Aviation. The two companies say they will work together, Joby sharing its all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) expertise and Toyota lending its knowledge of manufacturing, quality and cost controls to the development and production of Joby’s future aircraft.

“Air transportation has been a long-term goal for Toyota, and while we continue our work in the automobile business, this agreement sets our sights to the sky,” Toyota Motor Corporation President and CEO Akio Toyoda said in a press release. As part of the deal, Toyota Motor Corp. Executive Vice President Shigeki Tomoyama will join Joby’s board of directors.

Toyota’s investment was part of a Series C financing round, in which Joby raised $590 million. Past investors have included Intel Capital, JetBlue Technology Ventures and Toyota AI Ventures.

Toyota isn’t the only automaker eyeing the skies. Hyundai is working on a flying taxi concept with Uber and has hired a NASA engineer to run its “flying car” division. Geely (the Chinese automotive group which manufactures Volvo and Lotus cars) and Daimler have both invested in Volocopter, and Rolls-Royce has its own eVTOL concept.

Joby’s aircraft is a piloted, five-seat eVTOL, with a max speed of 200 miles per hour and a range of over 150 miles on a single charge. According to the company, it is 100 times quieter than conventional aircraft during takeoff and landing and “near-silent” when flying overhead. Additional details about the prototype aircraft and production plans will be announced later, Joby and Toyota said today.

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If the car’s Sentry Mode encounters a threat, it triggers an alarm and blasts music at full volume


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A Tesla Model 3 sedan scared off two people who tried to remove its charging plug and kicked its charging port.

The incident occurred at the Park MGM hotel in Las Vegas and was recorded by one of the vehicle’s cameras. The Model 3’s owner posted the video on YouTube on Friday.

“Our model 3 was able to alert us that someone was tampering with the vehicle at 2am in Vegas,” the owner wrote, adding: “I was able to report and send this to Park MGM Security. Technology is kind of cool!”

The video begins with a man walking up to the Model 3 and attempting to open one of its doors. A second man tries to pull a charging plug out of the vehicle, also unsuccessfully. The two men kick the Model 3’s charging port before the vehicle starts flashing an orange light, then they walk away from it.

According to the vehicle’s owner, the Model 3 had Tesla’s Sentry Mode feature activated. Introduced in 2019, the feature acts as an advanced alarm system for Tesla vehicles. If it detects what it considers a serious threat, it will sound the vehicle’s alarm, turn on its touchscreen, and play music at full volume. It will then send an alert to the owner’s phone and record a video of the incident that the owner can download.

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The sustainably sourced sweet treat company cleared a new path for the ice cream truck.


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In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars and host Brittany Whitney speaks with Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream founder, Peter Van Leeuwen. 

Van Leeuwen and his co-founder had to find a way to not only produce delicious ice cream, but also navigate the world of mobile payment options and raise money to run the business. The founder discusses how on the first day of business, the truck attracted little to no attention from passing pedestrians. Little by little, the ice cream team acquired the right marketing signage, which attracted customers to take their first Van Leeuwen bite and finally make a purchase.

One lesson the cold treats founder has learned over time is to trust people. If you put faith and confidence in the people you hired to their jobs; you simply have to give them the reins and allow them to succeed. 

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Related: How These Co-Founders Turned a College Surfing Trip Into a Popular Business

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Improve your office culture and your bottom line with these great resources.


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Your company culture is the heart and soul of your organization, and it can mean the difference between dazzling success and dramatic failure.

Over the past three years, I have personally read one book a week. This is a big time commitment but well worth it. Since committing to reading a book a week, I have gotten to know a lot of the authors on a personal level. I’ve compiled a list of some of the top reads over the past six months that have helped me grow my calendar app. I’ve used their advice and it’s worked.

If you’re in need of some new ideas for engaging your team, improving communication and achieving better results overall, the books on this list will inspire and motivate you to make changes in your leadership style and organizational structure.

1. Elevate by Robert Glazer

In this national bestseller, author Robert Glazer provides an inspiring read about how you can bring out the best in yourself as well as those around you. Building on the power of a positive focus and his thought leadership as a visionary in the business world, he includes real-life lessons from numerous individuals. 

The primary aim of the book is not to just help elevate readers to achieve individual sense. Instead, Glazer goes much deeper than that. 

He examines how spirituality, emotional intelligence and intellectual ability provide pathways toward becoming a better person and igniting the best in those around you. As a result, he delivers the recipe for happiness, joy and satisfaction in work and life. 

Related: 4 Reasons Empathy Is Good for Business

2. Mean People Suck: How Empathy Leads to Bigger Profits and a Better Life by Michael Brenner

In Mean People Suck, author Michael Brenner challenges the idea that leaders must be “mean” in order to be authoritative and an effective manager. Instead, he introduces the idea of using empathy to connect and communicate better with your employees.

When employee engagement is low in the workplace, poor management and lack of leadership are often to blame. Negativity in company culture, poor relationships with co-workers and a boss who’s just plain mean will lead to unhappy employees, worse performance and lower profits.

Brenner uses his own experiences and challenges from his career as a corporate sales and marketing executive alongside proven research to create a guide to developing empathy in the workplace. It all comes together to better engage employees and enjoy a more meaningful career.

3. You Don’t Have to be Ruthless to Win: The Art of Badass Selfless Service by Jonathan Keyser

Jonathan Keyser is out to prove that you don’t have to be all about yourself in business but instead can excel by taking a selfless approach to servicing customers. If you doubt his claim, then you’ll definitely need to read this book.

Keyser shares how he had a job he hated in commercial real estate brokerage and how it turned him into the worst version of himself. From there, he explains how he decided to reinvent himself as a selfless leader. As a result, his brokerage firm achieved eight figures.

Related: 8 Proven Ways to Make Money in Real Estate

Keyser walks you through the transformation process in mindset, perspective and action to explain how you can become a selfless servant and leader of a company who is focused on others. Beyond business, he explains how you can be selfless in all aspects of your life without being taken advantage of or losing your own identity. 

4. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

In this follow-up to Start With Why, Sinek explores what makes a great leader and why strong leadership is the key to a happy team and a successful business.

The title of the book comes from a conversation Sinek had with a Marine Corps general when he observed the most senior individuals taking their seats to eat only when the more junior Marines had already been served. This rule extended far beyond the dining hall — on the battlefield, leaders are expected and prepared to sacrifice their own conveniences for the good of their team.

The book continues with examples from outside of the military, to businesses across several different industries. The most successful workplaces are built on great relationships and trust between leaders and their teams.

If you’re looking for how to improve your leadership skills beyond management tips and theory, Leaders Eat Last delves into human emotions and biology, and why it’s so important to create a “circle of safety” for your team to give them the confidence to flourish.

5. Non-Obvious Megatrends: How to See What Others Miss and Predict the Future by Rohit Bhargava

Every business leader wishes he or she could predict the future. You can’t, unfortunately, but you can catch a glimpse of it through Rohit Bhargava’s Non-Obvious Megatrends.

The latest installment in the Non-Obvious Trends series, Bhargava’s book explores topics ranging from gender identity to technological backlash. For each trend, Bhargava provides suggestions on how companies can capitalize.

How does Bhargava spot tomorrow’s trends before others do? Bhargava draws insights from conversations with senior executives, students and everyone in between. Having founded Influential Marketing Group, he spends his workdays advising CMOs and his remaining hours as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Bhargava’s “Global Marketing in The Age of Social Media” course is overbooked each year, while his “Non-Obvious Public Speaking and Pitching” class informs the university’s Executive MBA program.

6. Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live by Laszlo Bock

Google is not only one of the world’s most successful companies, but it’s also one of the most sought-after places to work. Google is famous for its employee perks like free gourmet food and innovative working environments, but is there more to the organization’s success? Who better to give away the secrets to Google’s success than one of its insiders?

Author Laszlo Bock was the Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google — a job role that entailed being in charge of attracting and retaining “Googlers”, and making Google win the title of Best Company to Work for more than 30 times around the world.

Related: Three Things to Learn From Google’s Workplace Culture

Work Rules! provides powerful insights into how organizations can attract talent, develop their people, improve communication, and boost motivation in the workplace. One example of Google’s innovative approach: managers aren’t responsible for hiring, firing or salary increases. Instead, these decisions are made by peer groups or independent teams.

7. An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Lisa Laskow Lahey and Robert Kegan

Your organization is only as good as the people in it. This book explores what can happen when companies invest in their culture and every one of their people, not just those with obvious potential.

After investigating three leading companies identified as “Deliberately Developmental Organizations,” or those at which development is built-in to daily working life and culture rather than reserved for one-off training programs, the book presents several ways in which your own organization can model this highly successful approach.

The winning formula includes providing a safe and supportive environment for growth, making sure each individual identifies their own growing edge and building development into your organization’s daily routines and procedures.

8. Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean by Kim Scott

Along the same lines of reducing aggression in your management style for better results, Radical Candor provides you with advice on how to be a “kick-ass boss without losing your humanity.”

This book advises leaders to move from a position of control to one of collaboration, building a supportive feedback loop that’s designed to deliver better results and invest in employee development.

Radical candor boils down to two key concepts: care about your people on a personal level and challenge them directly. Beyond this, Scott identifies three key principles for managers to build better relationships with their employees: make it personal, get stuff done and understand why it matters.

9. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Good management is all about helping every member of your team to reach their full potential. Sometimes those with the most potential aren’t the ones self-promoting their skills and vying for your attention, but the quiet individuals who remain in the background.

In Quiet, Cain takes us on a journey inside the mind of an introvert and shows us how much they’re often undervalued in the workplace and elsewhere. With examples of some highly successful introverts, she identifies some common traits of this personality type, and how they can be recognized.

This is not just a book written for introverts (although if you class yourself as one, you’ll find much value in it.) Leaders and managers can also learn how to get the most from their most introverted employees and understand that working in a team isn’t always the way to get the best out of everyone.

10. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

Online retailer Zappos has featured as an example of excellent workplace culture in many other books, so there should be no surprise in seeing a book written by Zappos CEO in this list.

In Delivering Happiness, Hsieh reveals the secrets of an organization that’s not only hugely financially successful (Zappos was bought out by Amazon in a deal worth $1.2 billion), but also frequently named as one of the best companies to work for.

The company culture of Zappos not only had the effect of creating a workforce of incredibly engaged and happy employees, but this also translated to amazing customer service and happy customers. Zappos is a great example of how to achieve success by aiming to make those around you happier rather than more productive.

11. Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization? by Aaron Dignan

Aaron Dignan, founder of New York-based consulting company The Ready, distills his years of experience working for companies including Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and Airbnb in Brave New Work, demonstrating how organizational change can lead to massive results.

The book lays out an inspirational blueprint for the future of work and encourages the reader to abandon old and inefficient ways of working to discover the true potential of your people and business.

The theory laid out in Brave New Work is backed up with fascinating examples of organizations that have embraced change: a bank that abandoned traditional budgeting went on to outperform its competitors for years to come, and a business that canceled a monthly meeting saved an estimated $3 million a year.

12. Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths That Will Help You Succeed by Tilman Fertitta and Jim Gray

Also known as the Billion Dollar Buyer, author Tilman Fertitta is an entrepreneur who turned one restaurant into a global hospitality empire worth billions. Now, he’s sharing how you can do the same with your business in this actionable book. 

Over the course of 30 years in business, Fertitta has gone through the challenges and failures to get to the successes. What’s gotten him through are a set of principles that he has adhered to and that have shapes his company, which includes Landry’s Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Morton’s Steakhouse, The Chart House, Rainforest Café and more than forty restaurant concepts as well as five Golden Nugget Casinos. Plus, Fertitta is the sole owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets.   

The book will teach you six key action items.

13. What ’80s Pop Culture Teaches Us About Today’s Workplace: 10 More Iconic Movies, Even More Totally Awesome Business Lessons by Chris Clews and Diane Franklin

This newly released sequel continues to explore more about how the pop culture of the 1980s impact our business culture today. While it may be hard to imagine that a decade that had such questionable taste in fashion could teach us anything, fortunately it’s not about the clothes but more about the 1980s movies. 

Besides providing a nostalgic look back at some of the most iconic movies in history, the book is chock-full of movie quotes, scenes and more that relate to the workplace and how we interact and understand each other. 

If you are a movie nut and a business owner or leader, you’ll enjoy this book’s references to movies like The Outsiders, The Princess BrideCaddyshack and more. Even if you didn’t grow up in the 1980s, this book’s lessons about human nature will resonate with you.

14. Culture Is the Bass: 7 Steps to Creating High Performing Teams by Gerald J. Leonard

Music already serves as a relatable metaphor for so many things in life, so it makes sense that this newly released book uses music to explain how to develop high performing teams for your company. Leonard sees the creation of high-performing teams has the pathway to an effective project management culture that delivers a symphony of balance, unified vision and harmony for an organization. 

He shares seven key principles based on his experience as a professional musician, culture change expert, and certified Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP).  The seven-step process includes tips on enhancing leadership skills, thriving in a difficult workplace, eliciting productive feedback from others and reclaiming your time from tasks that otherwise waste that valuable resource.   

15. Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform For Change by Marc Benioff and Monica Langley

Written by the founder and co-CEO of Salesforce, this new New York Times bestseller guides you through the ways you should proactively seek out change as your primary business purpose and vehicle for innovation and growth. Besides change, the visionary Benioff explains how values need to define your business culture because these are what shape your business purpose.

To explain what he means, Benioff provides a behind-the-scenes look at Salesforce and its core values, which include trust, customer success, innovation and equality. He goes through each value to illustrate how it is a clear component to the organization’s culture and how it drives the change necessary to keep the company relevant and competitive.  

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In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy talks about what it takes to craft a vision for the future. What steps define individuals who can create clear goals and those who can still afford to improve their leadership skills?

He notes that leaders who have the capacity for great vision are able to explain their goals in clear and concise terms to their employees. If you want to become a strong leader as well, consider these tips:

  • Motivate people to give their best. Qualitative advice often offers the most value.
  • Keep your cool. Stay calm and collected!

Click the video to hear more from Brian Tracy. 

Related: 5 Reasons Your 2019 Goals Failed

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Get familiar with the world’s leading photo editing software for less than the cost of a movie ticket.


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Looking for a creative career change? Graphic designers are in greater demand than ever as brands get more creative to differentiate themselves in a supersaturated market. As such, designers and photographers enjoy unparalleled flexibility while still commanding a great paycheck.

Joining their ranks doesn’t mean enrolling in art school, though—you just have to learn the tools of the trade. The Photoshop Master: From Beginner to Photoshop Pro can get you started, and it will only cost you about as much as your usual lunch order, just $11.99 today.

This four-hour course takes you on a deep dive into the world’s leading photo editing software, Adobe Photoshop. It’s a step-by-step guide to mastering the most important tools and functions so you can edit photos, design layouts, create designs for web pages, and much more. You’ll discover how to customize the program’s layout and feel comfortable navigating through the Photoshop interface before graduating into a basic retouching section. From there, you’ll delve into more advanced concepts like creating web files, cutting objects, and working with functions and other advanced tools.

It’s an A-to-Z guide to working with the world’s leading photo editor boiled down into just four hours of instruction. Normally $200, Photoshop Master: From Beginner to Photoshop Pro is on sale now for just $11.99.

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Shave a few strokes off your golf game with PhiGolf.


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They say as much business is done on the golf course as in the board room. That may be an exaggeration, but it’s no secret that having a low handicap could help you in the business world. Want to improve your stroke but don’t have all the time in the world to hit the links? Check out PhiGolf, the mobile and home smart golf simulator.

This ingenious creation combines the arcade action of games like Golden Tee with state-of-the-art sensor technology so it feels like you’re really golfing in your living room. With the integrated swing stick, this immersive game emulates your real swing so it feels like you’re really teeing off. The system is easy to set up anywhere you have a screen — just download the WGT Golf app to set up the photorealistic simulations of real, famous golf courses. You can play alone, use the swing trainer to iron out the kinks in your swing, or grab some friends and play a round together. It’s like having a Top Golf setup in your home or office — no nets or balls needed.

Start shedding strokes. The PhiGolf WGT Edition is on sale today for $200 with the use of promo code “GOLF20” at checkout. 

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