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11 habits of ridiculously likable people that you can teach yourself

  • People inevitably ignore innate characteristics (intelligence, extraversion, attractiveness, and so on) and instead focus on qualities that are completely under people's control, such as approachability, humility, and positivity.
  • People like to know you're listening, and something as simple as a clarification question shows that not only are you listening, you also care about what they're saying.
  • Using an enthusiastic tone, uncrossing your arms, maintaining eye contact, and leaning towards the person who's speaking are all forms of positive body language that high-EQ people use to draw others in.
  • Research shows that people feel validated when the person they're speaking with refers to them by name during a conversation.
  • If you want people to like you, smile at them during a conversation and they will unconsciously return the favor and feel good as a result.

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Term Sheet -- Wednesday, May 22

  • That’s what TransferWise co-founder and chairman Taavet Hinrikus said in an interview after being asked about his IPO plans.
  • TransferWise, which offers a cross-border money transfer service, announced a new $292 million secondary round that values the company at $3.5 billion.
  • The sale allows early TransferWise employees and investors to cash in on some or all of their stake.
  • TransferWise, which now has 5 million customers in over 170 countries, its transfer fees are typically well under 0.5%, while a fifth of its transactions take place in 20 seconds or less.
  • Profits are coming both from its traditional money transfer business, and from its newer business products.
  • Polina Marinova produces Term Sheet, and Lucinda Shen compiles the IPO news.
  • Send deal announcements to Polina here and IPO news to Lucinda here.

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“FOOD: Bigger than the Plate” leaves you wanting more

  • Entitled “FOOD: Bigger than the Plate”, it features more than 70 installations by artists, designers, scientists and chefs, divided into four sections: “Compost”, “Farming”, “Trading” and “Eating”.
  • Where before people had been aware of the waste they and their food produced, returning its nutrients (and less beneficial byproducts) to the soil, a culture of “flush and forget” permanently changed attitudes towards waste.
  • The projects featured in this section offer ways to restore the cycle—used coffee grounds from the V&A’s café make for nutritious soil beds, which grow mushrooms then used in café meals; an Italian dairy farmer turns the 150,000kg of manure produced every day by his 3,500 cows into a terracotta-like material for bricks, tiles and tableware.
  • On to “Farming”, and “Our Daily Bread”, a 13-minute film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter and Wolfgang Widerhofer, looks at industrial food production and high-tech farming.

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Self-driving cars have to be safer than regular cars. The question is how much.

  • Human-controlled driving in the US today is already a relatively safe activity, though there is obviously a lot of room for improvement — 37,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, and road incidents remain a leading cause of death.
  • The family of a man killed while driving a Tesla in 2018 sued the automaker earlier this year, saying that its autopilot feature was at fault, and the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report that Tesla’s autopilot was active in a fatal Florida crash in March.
  • As RAND researcher Blumenthal explained, crash testing under the National Highway Traffic Safeway Administration’s practices focuses on vehicle impact-resistance and occupant protection, but “there is a need to test what results from the use of software that embodies the automation.” Companies do that testing, but there’s no broad, agreed-upon framework in place.

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There is an emerging debate about whether the Warriors are better without Kevin Durant, and it could impact a massive offseason

  • The Warriors' surge has coincided with Kevin Durant going down with a calf injury in Game 5 of their second-round series against the Houston Rockets.
  • An NBA coach told Business Insider that the Warriors aren't a better team without Durant, but they're forced to play differently, which creates a different challenge for opponents.
  • The Ringer's Bill Simmons argued on his podcast that Curry is playing more care-free without Durant — reacting more and thinking less about making sure the ball gets spread around evenly.
  • After beating the Rockets in the second round, the Warriors all made a point to note that they need Durant back during this postseason run.
  • If he leaves for an Eastern Conference team, the West may be wide open (yes, the Warriors look good now without Durant, but could it be sustained over an 82-game period?) and there would be a new contender in the East.

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Career experts say asking these 8 questions at work will show your CEO that you're a born leader

  • Business Insider asked Taylor and Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of " The Humor Advantage," for some examples of questions that meet these criteria.
  • Two, it shows that you have leadership potential because you're putting yourself in your CEO's shoes: What might they need from you?
  • This question would be an appropriate follow-up if your CEO has just mentioned something about expanding overseas or another big company change.
  • This way, Taylor said, you're showcasing your ability to tap into emerging talent for existing company needs.
  • Kerr said you're demonstrating concern for your entire company, as opposed to your team alone, which means you're thinking like a leader.
  • You can pose this question to your CEO when the company is embarking on a major change or new project, Kerr said.
  • You might not want to ask this question in a company-wide meeting, Kerr said.

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Beto O'Rourke to headline CNN town hall amid new push to reach national audience

  • But O'Rourke, stung by a Vanity Fair cover immediately before his launch, stayed away from nationally televised town halls and interviews during the first two months of his campaign.
  • He took questions from reporters who attended his campaign events and did interviews with local outlets in the early-voting states.
  • He raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his campaign -- about the same as Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic race's top-two polling contenders (though O'Rourke's fundraising pace slowed compared to Sanders' in the weeks that followed).
  • In an effort to rejuvenate his presidential campaign -- which hasn't yet benefited from the kinds of viral moments that catapulted him into the limelight as a Senate candidate last year -- O'Rourke recently began participating in nationally televised interviews.

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Have smartphones really destroyed a generation? We don’t know.

  • Several researchers I spoke to — even those who believe the links between digital technology use and mental health problems are overhyped — all think this is an important question worth studying, and gathering conclusive evidence on.
  • These surveys — like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System — weren’t designed with the sole intention of studying digital technology use and teen mental well-being.
  • In a 2017 study, Twenge and her colleagues found a troubling correlation across a couple of these surveys: Adolescents who spend more time on social media and electronics seemed to be at a higher risk for depressive symptoms and suicide-related outcomes.
  • The researchers could, at the end of the study, see what role technology use plays in influencing mental health and brain development during these formative years.

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HQ Trivia aims for comeback with new cash prizes and a new host

  • Its founding CEO died and it parted ways with longtime host Scott Rogowsky last month.
  • Before every game, the host will announce the cash prizes you can win if you get to a certain question.
  • HQ now enables players to control the questions and direction of the game.
  • In Season 4, HQ will occasionally survey the audience to let them pick question themes.
  • Measurement firm Sensor Tower said that HQ Trivia was installed by just 560,000 new users last quarter, which was down close to 91% from the first quarter of 2018 when the app added approximately 5.9 million first-time players.
  • Rogowsky parted ways with HQ Trivia last month, and now he is the co-host of DAZN’s ChangeUp. Rogowsky said he tried to stay on part-time as a host at HQ Trivia, but he said that wasn’t part of HQ’s plans.

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Democrats, America is ready for a gay president

  • Instead, it was about electability and whether the country was ready for an openly gay president.
  • For all of the chatter about downplaying identity politics in the hope of rebuilding the blue wall in the Midwest, it has been my experience that despite the fact Buttigieg is a fairly successful elected official from the Midwest, it is precisely his identity as a gay man that gives many Democrats the greatest pause.
  • Buttigieg's policies may have helped revitalize the downtown area, improved infrastructure and brought tech jobs to an area that was heavily reliant on the auto industry, but it would not be unfair to characterize his time as mayor as not being overly beneficial to minorities.
  • Yes, there is a legitimate question about whether or to the country is ready to elect a gay president.

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