Entrepreneurship Requires Working Like the Future is Already Here (Watch)

If you’re a movie buff like me, you may have thrilled to the spectacle when movies like “Star Trek” and the latest “Star Wars” hit the screen.

The exciting possibilities of a future in which intelligent robots, speed of light space ships and travel to far flung planets have all become realities are inspiring to say the least.

But as entrepreneurs we don’t have the luxury of waiting for the future to realize our dreams. Instead, the challenge is to make the future a reality today.

Business is a Wild Adventure

But of course, business is more than all this lofty stuff too. Business is also an adventure.

It’s about getting out of your comfort zone, building a team, having fun and building something that will endure for your family.

First, remember that getting into business for yourself in the first place requires leaving your comfort zone behind. You’ll have to put yourself out there to promote your business.

Nervous about meeting new people? Tough! It’s now part of your job description.

But despite all of this, you’ll have to recognize that, in most cases, you still can’t go it alone. You’ll need to find others — people with skills, integrity and the willingness to pull together as a team — to make your vision a reality.

Here at Small Business Trends, for example, it would be impossible for us day in and day out to do the work we do without a dedicated team and a larger community of freelancers and contributors, everyone of which has played a part in our success.

You also need to remember to have fun, of course. Starting a business certainly has its ups and downs. And though it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day — and even to become discouraged during the hard times — remember that those triumphs will come around too. So don’t let the challenges get you down.

Finally, if you’ve launched your business with the hopes of providing something more permanent for your family — perhaps something that can even be passed on to future generations — take pride in that.

And try to make time for them no matter how busy you get.

Work Like the Future is Already Here

Remember, how we talked about making the future a reality? Well, there are a lot of tools and resources that might have once seemed like something out of the future

But they can now help you build your business like never before.

For example, running a business might once have required a lot of overhead in terms of office space and expensive equipment to do the job right.

But today you can often run — or at least start — a small business from the kitchen table or the den using just a laptop or perhaps even a smartphone.

Once upon a time only multi-nationals could gather global teams and compete to market their products and services all over the world. Today both are possible for small businesses with the right technology.

It should be obvious from all this that business really is a great adventure. The possibilities for small businesses seem endless. All you need to do is take that first step.

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10 Tips for Using Google Slides Like a Pro

10 Tips for Using Google Slides Like a Pro

There are plenty of presentation platforms out there for large and small businesses alike. But not all work the same.

Google Slides is a dynamic, cloud-based presentation program that has started to draw in more and more business users. Yet while a vast number of workers are hopping on board in order to give Google Slides a try, very few seem to be making the most of its lengthy list of features.

Here’s a roundup 10 tips to help you defeat mediocrity and start using Google Slides like a pro.

Level Up How You’re Using Google Slides

1. Enhance Text with Drop Shadow

At the end of the day, the devil is always in the detail — and aesthetics matter. One way to draw attention to key text is to insert a drop shadow. By duplicating the content and changing the color of the text or reducing the opacity of an image and then dropping it directly upon the original, a slight shadow emerges. This drastically enhances content headers in particular.

2. Edit Using the Master Slides Tool

If you’re pressed for time, try editing a range of slides at once using the master slides tool. This also comes in handy if you’re keen on changing your entire presentation to fit a particular theme or design, and can save you the headache of changing each slide individually.

3. Use Image Masking

Google Slides includes a range of image masking settings that enable you to change the shape of an embedded photo. This is particularly helpful if sharp, boxy photos don’t complement the overall theme of your work presentation.

4. Bookmark Key Text

Big presentations require a whole lot of scrolling in order to find precisely what you’re looking for. Don’t waste all that time. Instead, you can use the program’s bookmarking hack in order to zoom instantly to various points or passages hidden within your presentation.

5. Dictate Each Slide

Sick of typing out text box after text box? Google Slides has got you covered. By enabling “Voice Typing”, you can verbally dictate text onto new slides. The feature even recognizes punctuation commands to ensure each and every slide turns out precisely the way you want it to.

6. Integrate Other Formats

Just because you’ve upgraded to Google Slides doesn’t mean all of your co-workers will. It can be a real chore co-creating a business presentation with somebody else if they’re using Power Point. Luckily, Google Slides allows you to open and edit Power Point documents without actually needing to convert it to a Google file. First, you’ll probably need to open Google Slides through Chrome and install the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides Chrome extension.

7. Undo Changes

If you or a colleague have made some major changes to a presentation, you can always go back to a previous version. Google Slides maintains an extensive revision history that enables you to see all previous changes made to the document. It also tells you which user made the changes, and allows you to instantly restore your presentation to a previous version.

8. Embed On Your Website

If you think consumers or members of the public will be interested in your business presentation, you can easily embed it onto a page of your website. The process works slightly differently for each site — but if you’re hosted on WordPress, you can find detailed instructions on how to embed your Google Slides presentation here.

9. Create a Shared Folder

If various team members are creating Google Slides presentations on your company’s behalf, you can upload company stock images onto Google Drive for shared access. Simply create a new folder on Google Drive and then share with all of the colleagues you’d like to be able to access those images. From there, your whole team can swiftly drag and drop company logos and stock images into presentations without needing to be connected to your intranet.

10. Project Using Chromecast or AirPlay

Once it’s time to present your work, you can turn heads and make life far simpler by going completely wireless. If you’ve got access to your Google Drive on an Apple device, you should be able to project directly onto a compatible television. Likewise, you should be able to project your Google Slides presentation from any Android device using Chromecast.

Those are just a few tips to help you get started. But there are dozens of unique features Google Slides has to offer, and the best way to learn more about them is by diving in head first and playing around with the program itself.

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Nintendo Launches NES Classic Edition With 30 Built-In Games Like Mario, Pac-Man

Nintendo Launches NES Classic Edition With 30 Built-In Games Like Mario, Pac-Man


  • Nintendo’s next console is a revamped NES
  • It will be available in November
  • Don’t expect an official India release

Hot on the heels of what seems to be a bonafide hit inPokemon Go, Nintendo has announced that its iconic home console, the NES or Nintendo Entertainment System will be reintroduced for sale this year. Dubbed as The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition it comes with 30 games, HDMI support, and a controller. It will cost $59.99 (around Rs. 4,000) and will be available from November 11 in the US. An international release date has not been announced.

“We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.”

What’s interesting is its games can be played with a second player by attaching a controller. There will be a standalone NES Classic Controller for sale at $9.99 (approximately Rs. 620). You can also use the Wii’s Classic Controller or the Wii U’s Classic Controller Pro. When a Wii Remote is attached,the NES Classic Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii system. In a welcome addition, each game has multiple suspend points unlike their initial releases, allowing you to come back at a later time.

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition appears to be the company’s much delayed reaction to emulators on Android and PC and with a slew of classic games for it already available on the Wii and Wii U, many hardcore gamers would simply not see the appeal. However the larger, mainstream audience would as the entry barrier towards experiencing some of Nintendo’s greatest hits will be significantly reduced. Speaking of which, each console comes with the following games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber Kid
  • Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C (also known as Super Contra)
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Don’t expect it to hit India officially anytime soon. Nintendo does not have an official presence, but do expect independent stores to import their fair share even though similar devices from Mitashi exist.

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Joe Root an Inspiration For Blockers Like Me: Alastair Cook

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Joe Root smashed 254 while Alastair Cook equalled Don Bradman’s record of 29 centuries.



  • 1Alastair Cook scored his 29th Test century
  • 2Joe Root smashed 254, his highest score in Tests
  • 3England defeated Pakistan by 330 runs to level the series 1-1

Alastair Cook said batting with Joe Root encouraged “blockers like me” togo for their shots after England’s senior batsmen dominated Pakistan’s attack in a crushing second Test victory at Old Trafford.

England beat Pakistan by 330 runs on Monday, winning with more than a day to spare as they levelled the four-Test series at 1-1 following the tourists’ 75-run success at Lord’s.

Cook and Root scored 506 runs between them for just twice out at Old Trafford.

After England captain Cook won the toss, they did the bulk of the damage in a huge first-innings total of 589 for eight declared.

Man-of-the-match Root made a Test-best 254, while left-handed opener Cook’s 105 extended his England Test century record to 29.

With vice-captain Root promoted up the order to number three this series, the pair shared a second-wicket partnership of 185.

Then, after Cook decided against enforcing the follow-on, they piled on the runs again in England’s second innings.

Cook made an unbeaten 76, which included a 55-ball fifty — the fastest of his Test career — while Root was 71 not out in a total of 173 for one declared.

“(Joe) is a world-class player, and it was a great innings — one of the best I’ve seen — to really set up the game for us,” said Cook.

“One thing he does very well is keep the scoreboard ticking over, so blockers like me get carried away,” added a self-deprecating Cook.

Cook and Root’s run spree on Monday — they added 75 runs in just nine overs before the declaration — left Pakistan needing a massive 565 for victory.

James Anderson, returning to England duty on his Lancashire home ground after missing the first Test with a shoulder injury, scuppered any slim hopes of a shock win for the tourists by promptly reducing Pakistan to 25 for two.

Pakistan were eventually dismissed for 234, an improvement on their meagre first-innings 198.

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Ben Stokes is in doubt for the third Test after suffering a calf injury.


Stokes doubt

The only downside for England on Monday was when all-rounder Ben Stokes went off midway through his sixth over with a right calf injury that will be scanned on Tuesday.

But Cook said Stokes, returning to England action for the first time since injuring his left knee in the Sri Lanka series opener in May, was a “fairly big doubt” for next week’s third Test at Edgbaston.

In the meantime Cook was delighted by the way England had upped their game after being well below their best at Lord’s.

“It was us showing the standard of cricket we can play,” he said.

“We didn’t do that at Lord’s. We didn’t bowl as well as we could (there), certainly didn’t bat as well as we could, and dropped too many catches.

“We put most of those things right in this game.”

For Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, this was a chastening defeat.

“Our batting was a big disappointment,” said Misbah. “To get 198 and 234 on a good pitch — you can’t take that.”

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah took 10 for 141 at Lord’s but only managed figures of one for 266 at Old Trafford.

Misbah, at a loss to explain the discrepancy, said: “It was maybe tiredness, a lot of overs — I don’t know.

“It was a big difference. But he is a strong character, and before the next Test he will analyse what went wrong — and come back.”

Another concern for Pakistan was the form of openers Mohammad Hafeez and Shan Masood.

Not since 1996 have a Pakistan opening pair recorded a fifty stand in a Test against England in England, with Hafeez and Masood’s best so far this series the 38 they managed in the first innings at Lord’s.

Pakistan have three ‘reserve batsmen’ in their squad in Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan and Sami Aslam.

They will hope to press their case for a Test call-up in a two-day tour game against Worcestershire starting on Friday.

“It’s a chance for us and them at Worcester,” said Misbah.

“Some of them (the current top order) are getting starts but not converting those starts into bigger innings.

“We need to make it big and that’s what we’re missing,” he added.


PS4 Neo Does Not Mean Regular Upgrades Like PC or Mobile: Sony

PS4 Neo Does Not Mean Regular Upgrades Like PC or Mobile: Sony



  • Sony’s upgraded PS4, the PS4 Neo will not replace the existing PS4.
  • The PS4 Neo doesn’t mean yearly console upgrades.
  • PS4 and PS4 Neo will share the same software.

A week ago, Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios insisted that your PS4 will not be obsolete when the PS4 Neo, its beefier iterative variant hits the shelves.

“PS4 is PS4 new high-end PS4 is still PS4 so you know the life-cycle is not going to be shorter,” Yoshidasaid at the time.

It appears that Andrew House, President and Global Chief Executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment shares the same sentiment. According to DualShockers, during the company’s investor day in Tokyo, House explained the difference in user mentality wherein mobile users upgrade hardware every one or two years, but in the console business the upgrade cycle is at least five or six years.

Don’t expect a successor to the PS4 Neo or the company to follow the path of regular upgrades akin to mobile or PC markets. Furthermore, the PS4 Neo doesn’t signal a change in hardware generation either.

Nonetheless, due to technology evolving as fast as it does there’s potential, he claimed. This is why the latest and greatest is introduced in the middle of the PS4’s lifecycle. But in order to keep existing consumers from bewilderment, Sony plans to keep what is referred to as a “one console world” with the same software for both.

This should come as a relief for many an existing PS4 owner and those looking to buy it what with Sony having a wealth of bundles available. It’s also a smart move considering over 40 million PS4s have been sold, the last thing Sony want to do is anger existing users.

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