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I dropped by MSNBC​ again to provide advice every small business owner needs!
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I would have freaked the f*%& out too.
When you look in the mirror you expect to see your reflection staring back at you. However what would you do if you saw something else?
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This Is What the Next 5 Years of Virtual Reality Looks Like: 
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I'm still waiting for the first year of VR.
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Hell froze over -- I just wrote my first piece for TechCrunch. :)



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12 proven tips for becoming a more captivating presenter!
Here are some proven tips to make your next speech more attention-grabbing.
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Friends,

Last year, my partners Matt, Mazy and I invested in a startup called Shots. Most people know it as the selfie app backed by Justin Bieber, but it has become so, so much more. 

Now, after its $8.5M Series A and growth to 5+ million users, I want to talk about the reasons why Dominatefund​ backed this company, and how its mission to prevent bullying and promote positivity resonated with us.
Here's why my partners at DominateFund and I invested in Shots and why we believe it is destined to become a major social network.
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WORMHOLES. ARE. AWESOME.
These hypothesized passageways have the ability to provide a shortcut through spacetime...
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Interesting. Freaky but interesting..
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The cosmos is beautiful...
The universe will never cease to amaze, and these stellar supernovae shots from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center serve to prove that fact...
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This is so cool.
It once accommodated up to 20,000 people, and it's got over 15 stories.
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Remember Lycos?! The 90s web portal is now selling jewelry and wearables!

I'm not shitting you.
Lycos, the search engine and web portal that you may remember from way, way back, is not only still around, it's actually launching a pair of wearables today. Simply called the Band and the Ring,...
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Some tips for captivating the attention of your users, customers and investors. :)
A few weeks ago, I spoke at The Startup Conference in Redwood City, CA, where I gave an international audience of entrepreneurs, investors and executives a preview of my new book Captivology. In it, I discussed the psychological triggers that entrepreneurs can use to captivate users, ...
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You've been drinking your coffee wrong, according to science:


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Is it the certain bean or the methods that are in the air I had time to study I spent it grinding and pressing instead slippy rabbits Turtles are not the Tortise, Sir. 
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  • DominateFund
    Co-founder & Managing Partner, 2012 - present
  • CNET
    Colunist & Commentator, 2012 - 2013
  • The Peep Project
    Co-founder, 2012 - 2012
  • Mashable
    Editor-at-Large, 2008 - 2011
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Introduction

Ben Parr is an award-winning journalist, author, entrepreneur, investor and expert on attention. Through his unique experience as a leading technology writer, venture capitalist and prolific public speaker, Parr has coached dozens of young startups and Fortune 500 corporations on how to get attention for their products. He was named one of the top ten tech journalists in the world by Say Media and named to the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30.

Parr is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of DominateFund, a venture capital firm that invests in and accelerates the growth of early-stage technology, software and product startups through its expertise in strategic celebrity partnerships, press, marketing, customer and user acquisition and viral products.

Parr is the author of Captivology: The Secret Science of Capturing People's Attention, due in 2014 from HarperOne/HarperCollins. His book dives into the science of attention, why we pay attention to certain people, products, companies and ideas, and how to capture and retain somebody's attention. He has interviewed dozens of “Masters of Attention” for his book, including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh, Entourage’s Adrian Grenier, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and the Mythbusters, along with leading researchers such as Dr. Michael Posner and Dr. Adam Gazzaley.

Previously, Parr was the Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, where he wrote more than 2,400 articles on social media and technology, managed Mashable’s editorial team, and interviewed everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Mark Zuckerberg. He also served as Columnist and Commentator for CNET. Parr’s work has been featured in a variety of media, including CNBC, CNN, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and The New York Times. 

Parr is a graduate of Northwestern University, majoring in Science in Human Culture and Political Science, and minoring in Business Institutions. He is based in San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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    Science in Human Culture, Political Science, Business Institutions, 2004 - 2008
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Former Mashable editor still trying to raise a VC fund, but now with a different pitch.

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Bing Launches Cool App For Sharing Locations & Planning Group Events...
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Bing has launched "We're In," a new app for Windows Phone that lets a group of friends coordinate their plans by sharing their locations.

Social Media News and Web Tips – Mashable – The Social Media Guide
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Social Media news blog covering cool new websites and social networks: Facebook, Google, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube. The latest web technology news, via RSS

HOW TO: Conduct Live Polls via Twitter and SMS
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Pearltrees Visualizes How You Organize the Web
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This post is part of Mashable's Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups. If you would like to have your startup considered f

Facebook Testing Feature to Reduce Email Notifications
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Facebook has begun testing a new feature that lets active users group their email notifications into summary emails.

Facebook Testing Feature to Reduce Email Notifications
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Facebook has begun testing a new feature that lets active users group their email notifications into summary emails.

Google Adds Friend Annotations to the +1 Button
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Google is making the +1 button more social with the addition of friend annotations.

Flashback: Google's Sergey Brin Isn't the Real Google Guru on "To Tell t...
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Google co-founder Sergey Brin appeared on "To Tell the Truth" in 2000. The results are hilarious.

Microsoft Prepares Windows 8 for Battle Against the iPad
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Windows 8 is Microsoft's attempt to create a single OS for PCs and tablets. Will it be enough to slow down the iPad, though?

Facebook Faceoff: "Like" vs. "Become a Fan"
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The debate between “like” and “fan” is the subject of this week’s Web Faceoff, our weekly poll series pitting two web apps against each other.

Google Responds to Google+ Account Suspension Controversy
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Google has made a public statement about the recent wave of Google+ account suspensions designed to enforce its "common name" policy.

What Can Social Media Tell Us About American Society? [INFOGRAPHIC]
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What can social media tell us about American society? This infographic thinks it has the answers.

Madden NFL Makes Its Debut on Facebook
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Electronic Arts’ wildly successful Madden NFL franchise has made the leap from the Xbox to Facebook.