Last week, I crashed a Ducati Superbike. How I reacted to this unfortunate event taught me a lot about myself.
A few weeks ago I bought a Ducati 1098S.
After half a year of riding the BMW R1200S, I found out something interesting about myself: a) I liked the sports riding position, and b) there’s nothing quite like a Ducati.
I was surprised to see how much I liked the sports riding position. At the age of 40, it still doesn’t hurt my back or wrists. …
In a nutshell, Twisted Road is a website that lets you rent out your motorcycles to other riders, or rent a motorcycle from a fellow motorcyclist.
The first reaction any of you might have to renting out your motorcycle to others is: NOT MY BABY! And with good reasons. I’ll address some of those below (see the section on the community).
But first, a brief history of Twisted Road.
Sign up to Twisted Road with this link and get your first day’s rental free. (I also get $25 credit, but you’re the winner here!)
In this review of Twisted Road…
I have a confession to make: I started writing this article on Hooshmand.net a long, long time ago, well before we reached even a tenth of our current traffic. Because I knew that if I started writing it like we had already reached this goal, I’d begin to act in all the ways necessary for it to happen.
And it did. This month we passed 100,000 monthly page-views on our website launched in late 2018, Discover Discomfort. This is a notable milestone for any blog, especially ours, where we didn’t start with any blogging experience, nor a razor-sharp focus. …
My partner (in many things) Jo Hyun is launching a new business, called “ The Salon Startup”. I wanted to analyse her startup process to show what it takes to open a new business online.
If you’re super keen to find out what the business is, Jo is going to teach independent salon owners (who are already skilled in some aspect of cosmetology) the basics of establishing, building, and growing a business. In other words, if you’re a pro at eyelash extensions, nails, or hair, then she’ll help you be a pro at getting customers, keeping them, and growing your…
But SEO is really quite easy: it’s about thinking and communicating like a human.
In this guide…
This article originally appeared on Hooshmand.net.
SEO, in one short sentence, is as follows:
“A search engine-optimised website is fast, attractive, and rich in relevant, interesting content.”
This is true whether you’re talking about search-engine optimisation for a website, a video, an…
And if this is news to you, well, here’s a little colour for next time you visit somewhere like Singapore, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines, where English is both the primary official language and a social lingua franca, or even Uganda, China, India, where anyone who’s gone to school speaks English well — sometimes to an academic level.
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Apart from England and the former British colonies, many African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries use English as the…
On a private travel forum, there was a long thread in which women of varying ethnicity were talking about how difficult it is to travel while being black, Asian or some other ethnicity. They were saying how they found it hard to get service at restaurants or by taxis, how people would stare at them or would use local language racial slurs from afar — often enough that they’d learn them.
One woman talked about being arbitrarily shamed at Laotian border control for having tattered local currency, as if that wasn’t a common occurrence. “Black people never have money. If…
This is one thing everyone I’ve spoken to in the “marketplaces” industry agrees on:
It’s really hard to hire operations talent.
I learned long ago that there are only two priorities for high-growth online businesses that take up 90% of management’s time: a) sales (growing gross bookings) and b) recruiting.
In recruiting, there are two kinds of people marketplace companies need: engineering and operations.
It’s the need for operations staff that makes marketplace companies distinct…
Here it is again:
“Don’t solve problems. Listen, and help people.”
In my years of experience in many companies and many roles (including, for credibility’s sake, Lyft, Groupon, Bain, Accenture and a bunch of others as clients), nothing has served me better than that sentence. It has become my credo.
My early career as a suited consultant taught me about scientific management-style problem solving: Ask questions, form a hypothesis, gather data, design the solution and then pitch it to everyone, until the executives, clients and implementers all agreed.
It was hard work, and felt good, but didn’t necessarily create lasting…
There are informal economies filling gaps between reality and public or commercial services in every society.
New York once had its black cabs to fill the void between people who needed jobs and those who couldn’t get a taxi. India has “tiffins”, a system of local women preparing and distributing home-cooked meals for hungry workers. And in South Africa, unregistered money lenders known as “mashonisas” remain a popular source of credit.
But there’s nothing I’ve seen yet like Cairo’s “garbage people”. The Zabaleen (زبالين), derived from the word for “garbage” (zibaela, زبالة), are Cairo’s informal garbage collection and disposal system…