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Meet The Adorable Pets Of Tech's Most Influential Executives

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Even tech billionaires love their pets.

From Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, who named his dog Kamala after an obscure "Star Wars" character, to Salesforce founder Marc Benioff, who's brought his dog Koa to so many meetings he's given him the title "chief love officer," it seems that many tech executive aren't afraid to show off their adorable animal friends. 

We've rounded up some of the cutest ones here.

Tumblr founder David Karp has an incredibly animated French-English bulldog mix named Clark. Clark is internet-famous thanks to all of the hilarious photos and GIFs Karp posts of him to his personal Tumblr.

Source: Davidslog.com

 



Instagram cofounder and CEO Kevin Systrom has a golden retriever named Dolly. This adorable pup has more than 11,700 followers on Instagram.

Source: Instagram, @dolly



Not to be outdone by his Instagram cofounder, Mike Krieger has his own puppy, a 5-month-old Bernese mountain dog named Juno.

Source: Instagram, @junopup



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This South African Couple Rowed 6,600 Miles From Morocco To Manhattan [PHOTOS]

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South African rowers Riaan Manser A South African couple arrived in New York this weekend after crossing the Atlantic Ocean by rowing nearly 6,700 miles over six months, Corey Kilgannon of The New York Times reports.

Manser, a  professional adventurer who previously became the first person to cycle the entire perimeter of the African continent and circumnavigate Madagascar by single kayak, and Geldenhuys, a lawyer, guided their high-tech craft into the 79th Street Boat Basin in Manhattan on Friday after an estimated 1.8 million oar strokes.

South African media notes that Geldenhuys is now t"he first African woman to row across any ocean on the planet, and with Riaan, the first woman to row from mainland Africa to mainland North America."

“We’ve done a journey that no human beings have done,” Manser told The Times.

Here's the note they sent on Thursday night:

“Landed on Staten Island. One month at sea from Miami. We’re tired, it’s been long. We’ve almost done it. Friday we do last 25km across finish line at Statue of Liberty. New York City coming out in full force.”

Here are some photos of their arrival in New York:

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I Spent A Week Wearing A Bracelet That Told Me When To Get Out Of The Sun And I Didn't Get Burned Once

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I'm fair-skinned, and I have red hair. So when I got the opportunity to try out a bracelet that warns you when you've been in the sun too long, the Netatmo June, I jumped at the chance. 

The Netatmo June was announced at CES in January.

The bracelet is not without its flaws, but I never got burned while wearing it. So that might make it worth the $99, particularly if you're prone to sunburns.

The Bracelet

The June looks more like a work of art than a gadget that connects to your phone via Bluetooth. 

It was designed by French jewelry designer Camille Toupet, and looks like a cut diamond. It's available in gold, platinum, and gunmetal; I got to try the gunmetal one. It can be worn as a bracelet or a brooch, and it comes with both a leather strap and a silicon strap. The June slides onto the strap or onto your shirt with a little clip.

June bracelet optionsI mostly wore it with a silicon strap, which is where I encountered my first issue with the June. The strap is pretty slippery, and the device slipped off several times when I was walking or when I took off my jacket or sweatshirt. I had better luck wearing the leather strap — there's more grip there — but the silicon strap is meant for "women with an active lifestyle," according to Netatmo. It's hard to be active when you're afraid you're going to lose the device. 

Other than that, though, it was comfortable to wear. And although it looks like a piece of jewelry geared toward women, it still went with my admittedly not-that-girly aesthetic.

The Technology

The June takes a UV reading from the environment using a bunch of sensors, and then compares that to information you provide in the accompanying app.

Setting it up is easy. You answer some questions about yourself — like the color of your eyes, skin, and hair, and whether you burn easily. It then gives you a number based on the five-point Fitzpatrick scale for skin tone: 1 is so pale that you burn the minute you go outside; 5 means you have no problem in the sun.

I'm a 1 on the scale, which means my skin basically explodes when it's in daylight.

You then pair the bracelet to your phone via Bluetooth and that's it. Setting it up should take less than 2 minutes.

I had a couple issues pairing the bracelet; it wants you to keep the charging cable connected to the device when you're pairing it, even though the USB end of the charging cable shouldn't be connected to anything. It's not very intuitive, but after a bit of trial and error, I got it to connect. 

The app itself gives you an idea of what the UV index (based on the World Health Organization's UV index) for the day is. It also tells you what kind of sun gear you should bring with you, and it tells you when the sun will rise and set.

On one particular day, the UV index was 10. It told me I should wear SPF 50 and bring sunglasses and a hat with me, were I to go outside. 

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The app then tells you how much time you're outside, what percentage of sun dose you're getting if you're wearing sunscreen, and what percentage of sun dose you're getting if you forgot to put on sunscreen that day.

Based on whether you're wearing sunscreen, the app will send push notifications that tell you the percentage of daily sun dose you're receiving. It's kind of like a nagging mother in your pocket, reminding you to reapply. 

For example, I reached 80% of my daily maximum after about 30 minutes in the sun on a day where the UV index was 10. Had I not been wearing sunscreen, I most definitely would have gotten burned.

How It Worked

Overall, I was pretty pleased with how the bracelet worked, not least of which because I never got burned once while wearing it. It made me aware of how much sun I was getting; I would either reapply sunscreen, or move to the shade. 

There were a couple niggly things that were annoying when using the June, besides the fact that I was in constant fear of losing the thing. The Bluetooth connection was a bit wonky sometimes; it kept losing connection if I had my phone in my pocket. 

And the thing isn't waterproof, which is baffling. On a particularly hot day at a water park, I left the June in my bag. That defeats the purpose of having the bracelet to begin with.

But the good news is, by then I had been wearing the June for almost a week. I was so used to putting sunscreen on every 30 minutes, that I didn't even need the physical reminder.

And that's probably the best (and perhaps, worst?) part about the June: after a few days of being constantly reminded to wear sunscreen, you kind of just do it on your own, without the need for push notifications. 

Final Recommendations

If you have an iPhone, are particularly prone to getting sunburned, and don't go into the water all that often, the June is a lovely accessory to have. Just having it on your wrist is a good reminder to reapply that sunscreen, or get out of the sun altogether. 

At $99, it's a little bit on the pricey side. But it's a cool-looking and functional accessory that might be doing some good for your body.

Just make sure you don't lose it. Or get it wet.

The June will go on sale in the coming days.

SEE ALSO: Hands on with Meta's amazing 3-D glasses, which are poised to take the world by storm

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14 Mouth-Watering Korean Dishes That Everyone Should Try At Least Once

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Korean food is famous for its hearty spicy stews, bright pickled vegetables, and addictive barbecue.

But for novices, a Korean restaurant and its menu can be intimidating. Most dishes don't have names that translate into English. If you're not familiar with the names, you might make your order based on your analysis of the English ingredients and hope for the best.

The goal of this feature is to introduce you to a few popular and savory dishes so that you don't have to go into your next Korean restaurant unprepared.

Yukgaejang

Spicy shredded beef stew with scallions, onions and Korean radish.

Like most Korean stews, yukgaejang is simmered for hours, which leaves the vegetables soft and the beef fall-apart like a brisket. It's typically served with a bowl of rice that can be mixed into the soup.

Its hearty, hot, and spicy making it the quintessential Korean food. You can get it at every korean restaurant. Believe it or not, this picture was taken at a highway rest area halfway between Seoul and Busan.



Bibim Naengmyeon

Cold buckwheat noodles mixed with sliced beef, pickled radish or Asian pear, pickled cucumber and spicy chili sauce.

"Bibim" is Korean for "mixed." This popular North Korean dish can also be served with in a chilled beef consommé instead of the spicy sauce; just ask for mul naengmyun.

It's an extremely popular hot weather dish, and it'll sometimes even be served with ice cubes. Your waittress or waiter will offer to cut your noodles with her or his kitchen sheers.



Galbi

Short ribs marinated in soy sauce.

No one ever forgets about the time they got Korean barbecue and had galbi. The earthy marinade of soy sauce and garlic is balanced by the sweetness of sugar or honey. On a hot enough grill, the sear will turn into a light char that's basically candy.

Most Korean restaurants offering barbecue will have grills built into the table. However, grilling at the table is usually reserved for larger groups.



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I Tried Out A Standing Desk For All Of The Benefits — Here's Why I Quit

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Life is just too short to use a standing desk. 

Yes, I realize the irony: I'm probably making my life shorter by sitting for a large portion of the day.

I know. That's why I tried a standing desk. And then I decided I don't care. 

When I started at Business Insider, I noticed that several people in the office use a standing desk. In fact, the New York office even has a treadmill desk (although nobody was using it when I was there). 

My first thought was how healthy everyone must be! And what great posture they all have! 

And then I read up on the subject. You burn more calories while standing. A standing desk might make you more productive. You lower your risks of getting all sorts of diseases by standing more often than sitting. A standing desk might even save your life

But after trying out a standing desk for a couple months, I quickly realized that I'd rather have terrible, hunched posture and a shorter life than stand while doing my work. 

Standing for a majority of the day makes me feel tired and is hard on my knees. I'm actually sitting at my standing desk right now as I write this, and have been for the last 5 hours. Sitting just feels better. I know that's not really ergonomically responsible for me to say. 

But that's not the desk's fault. 

I tried out the Jarvis Desk from Ergo Depot. It's a sturdy, beautiful piece of furniture that can be customized to fit your room's aesthetic. It's on the pricey side, however; the configuration I have comes out to almost $850. 

But that's because this desk is pretty awesome. The trick with standing desks, or so I've been told, is that you shouldn't just suddenly stand for 8 hours a day. You need to work up to it, get your body used to being in a position it's not used to being in for so long. 

Jarvis desk controlsThe best part about the Jarvis is that it uses an electric motor to go up and down, so if you want to go from standing to sitting, you can at the push of a button. Even better, the desk has a memory function so that you can program it to raise itself to different heights and the desk will remember. 

It also has wheels and a tray in the back that holds all your cords. As far as standing desks go, it's a Cadillac.

But Cadillac or not, I'm still not sold on the concept of a standing desk. 

I decided to take a (not so) scientific approach to using this standing desk, so I created a spreadsheet to log how many hours I was actually standing per day. As the days wore on, I noticed that although I was able to stand for longer periods of time, I actually felt worse. 

"My knees hurt," I wrote after a particularly long session of standing for 3 hours. 

"Owwwwww," I wrote after spending 2.5 hours standing around. 

And that's when I started reading articles about the risks of using a standing desk. One writer started feeling numbness in her toes and leg. And, it seems, the jury is still out on whether there really are any benefits to standing at all.

Jarvis desk sitting position

"It's a creative idea, but it's not been scientifically proven," Marc Hamilton, a professor of inactivity physiology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, told the Seattle Times. "As of now, there's really no research to show they do any good."

You benefit from a standing desk, especially from an adjustable one, because it's supposed to stimulate movementThe nice thing about an adjustable desk is that it makes moving around really convenient: push a button and you're standing at full height; push another button and you can slouch a little bit.

But maybe that's part of the problem. Sitting is just a button-press away.

I can move just as much, though, if I'm sitting. In fact, when I sit for a long period of time, I force myself to walk around the block. I sometimes — much to the dismay of everyone around me, I'm sure — do squats in one of the conference rooms. And pushups against the wall. Sitting reminds me that I'm lazy, therefore I remind myself to not be lazy. 

When I stand for too long, I forget that I should actually move. 

So here's the bottom line: If you're a firm believer in standing while working, the customizable and beautiful Jarvis desk won't disappoint you.

Especially if it turns out you'd rather be sitting most of the time anyway. 

SEE ALSO: One of the best productivity apps out there, SwiftKey, is now free

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CRISTIANO RONALDO: How The World's Highest-Paid Soccer Player Spends His Millions

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"I think that because I am rich, handsome and a great player people are envious of me. I don't have any other explanation."

That's Cristiano Ronaldo talking about why people hate him.

While other soccer players date models and appear in underwear ads too, no one's lifestyle gets under the skin of soccer fans like Ronaldo's.

He's one of the biggest stars at the 2014 World Cup, and the biggest threat to the United States in Group G. He's also one of the most polarizing players in Brazil.

He earned $44 million last year, making him the ninth highest-paid athlete on earth.

Source: Forbes



He recently signed a contract that'll pay him $23 million per year until 2018 — making him the world's highest-paid active player.

Source: Marca



He makes almost that much ($21 million annually) in off-field endorsements.

Source: Forbes



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Here's Why You Shouldn't Wear Shorts To Work

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J. Crew short suitShort suits for women dominated the runway at New York Fashion Week last September.

Since then, J. Crew, Topman, Asos, and Barneys have introduced the world to the men's version of this trend. 

Sylvie di Giusto, a personal branding strategist at Executive Image Consulting, says people are always "looking for things to wear during the summer that are more comfortable in terms of the heat."

But, she says, the short suit trend isn't necessarily the best one to follow.

"Corporate America is not the place for professional experiments," di Giusto explains. "It's still very traditional and just not the place to try out new fashion trends."

This applies to both men and women, Di Giusto says. "I always recommend women to avoid distractions at any price. People should look at my face or focus on my skills and talent — not look at my legs." The length of one's bottoms is a sign of respect for the occasion and the audience. Wearing shorter clothing may indicate a lack of professionalism toward coworkers and clients, she says. "The more you deal with other people and their money, the less skin you should show."

The biggest problem with the trend, she says, is that it doesn't allow you to "tell a clear story." She says your clothes can say a lot about you — "and in the workplace, I want people to tell a consistent story, whether it's that they're trustworthy, reliable, fun, or approachable." The problem with short suits: they blend two stories at once. 

Shorts can also be expensive and not always worth the investment. High quality short suits range from $400 to $900. "I would rather have people invest the money in a good [pants] suit so they can wear it for a long time," she says. "If you invest your money in this trend now, then in two years everyone will see it and think, 'that's so 2014.'"

However, shorts may be more appropriate in some industries than others, says Jacqui Stafford, author of "The Wow Factor: Insider Style Secrets for Every Body and Every Budget." "If you are in a more creative field, like fashion or media, then your dress code will be more lenient," she says. "However, if you are working in banking and consulting, it's best to be avoided altogether."

If you determine that shorts are perfectly acceptable in your particular workplace, Di Giusto recommends that they not be shorter than two fingers above the knees. For women, she also advises against pairing shorts with other feminine clothing, such as pantyhose, sleeveless shirts, tops with deep necklines, or open-toed shoes.

For men who feel a strong desire to wear shorts: make sure you establish it as a consistent "stand out piece," or your "signature look," she says. "If what you want to be known for is wearing shorts every day at work, then I would say go for it, because you're telling a consistent story for who you are and what makes you different."

Men also need to consider what they pair the shorts with. Stafford says if you pair them with a grey fitted jacket or a nice cardigan, "you'll be able to offset the casualness of the shorts." Di Giusto also recommends pairing shorts with a dress shirt, tie, and oxford shoes. However, in most cases, the only occasion she thinks shorts are appropriate is casual Friday.

Di Giusto says if you decide to indulge in this trend, you also need to have good looking legs. "If you decide to reveal them in an office environment, I would at least make sure those legs are well-groomed, toned, and nice to look at," she concludes. 

SEE ALSO: The 'Short Suit' Is Finally Going Mainstream

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13 Photos Of The Stylish Rio Hotel Where England's Team Is Staying During The World Cup

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When they're not on the field, the members of England's football (soccer) team will be living in paradise at the Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro, a stylish hotel in Rio's São Conrado beach.

The hotel offers beautiful views of both the ocean and the mountains, which England's football team will be able to admire from their private balconies.

The Royal Tulip also has two tennis courts, a gym, and a sauna.

The Daily Mail reports that the Royal Tulip will have increased security during England's stay. However, the team is only taking up two floors of the hotel, and other guests are allowed to mingle with the players.

 

The Royal Tulip has 17 floors and 418 apartments.



There are incredible views of the mountains and ocean.



Each of the apartments is spacious and bright, with plenty of seating to accommodate visitors.



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Now There's Even More Reason To Hire A Hamptons Driver

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If you're headed up to the Hamptons this summer, it might be a good idea to hire your own driver.

According to The Southampton Press, police departments across Suffolk County have announced a concentrated crack down on drunk driving and boating. This is the third summer of the East End DWI Task Force, which has seen 364 DWI arrests and several for boating while intoxicated.

Related businesses are looking to cash in on the problem, to the annoyance of some Hamptons police. The designated-driver service Main Street Drivers has partnered with a local defense attorney Eddie Burke Jr., who specializes in DWI arrests, Page Six reported.

The promotion used signs sporting “Hire a Sober Driver Tonight, not a Good Criminal Defense Attorney Tomorrow,” and similar slogans around the Hamptons. Although it was approved by local officials, some cops still objected that it violated town codes.

It's a pretty clever campaign, because it's likely you'll end up needing either one or the other. Hopefully Burke doesn't get too many calls, but if bad decisions are made, at least you have some back ups.

Stay safe, everyone.

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Golfer Hunter Mahan Just Listed His Mansion In An Exclusive Dallas Neighborhood For $9.5 Million

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Hunter Mahan and his wife Kandi recently listed their 16,655-square-foot house in The Creeks of Preston Hollow, a gated community in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas for $9.5 million, according to culturemap Houston. 

The five bedroom, six full and two half bathroom house also has an indoor basketball court, an Infinity Edge pool, a 12x16 golf simulator in Mahan's "man cave" and a "grill room."

There's a 12-car garage, an elevator, a full outdoor kitchen, and a private guest house. The Creeks of Preston Hollow, the gated community, also has unique access to two separate private jet ports located nearby. 

The 16,655-square-foot mansion sits in an exclusive gated community in Dallas.



The study is home to many of Mahan's trophies and golf bags.



This sitting area is one of several on the property.



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24 Incredibly Impressive Kids Graduating From High School This Year

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Before queuing up "Pomp and Circumstance," let's take a moment to recognize the best and the brightest high-school seniors in the U.S.

All of these wunderkinds — including an Olympic athlete, a cancer survivor, a researcher, a Thiel Fellow, a self-published novelist, and a musical darling who's been admitted to all eight Ivy League schools — show that age has no bearing on what people can accomplish.

Based on reader nominations, local news stories from around the country, and word of mouth, we found the most impressive students graduating from high school this year.

Kate Avino built an online magazine with a team of 30 writers.

High school: Indian Hills High School, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

What makes her impressive: Avino founded Her Culture magazine so that women around the world would have a place to read about and share experiences, lifestyles, traditions, languages, and customs. She created the website — which has articles, online forums, and a blogging platform — in two days.

Magazine issues are published twice monthly and have featured prominent women such as Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Congolese women's-rights activist Neema Namadu. Her Culture partners with organizations like World Reader, Hello Perfect, MissHeard Magazine, and Molly & Fox magazine, to help advance Her Culture's mission.

Avino writes for The Huffington Post and Chelsea Krost and is a member of the National Association for Professional Women and the International Women's Association. At school she is the editor-in-chief of the newspaper and the yearbook.

Plans for next year: Avino will be attending New York University in the fall, majoring in media, culture, and communications and minoring in entrepreneurship. She says she plans to continue working with Her Culture and "kick-starting other magazines to spread women's empowerment."



Ryan Betz completed a half-marathon in all 50 states.

High school: Park Tudor School, Indianapolis, Indiana

What makes him impressive: When he was a freshman, Ryan Betz sat at the kitchen table one day with his mom and racked his brain for a way to give back to the community, which had given him so many opportunities for success. They decided he should run a half-marathon in every state to raise money for charity.

Over the past four years, Betz has run 655 miles and raised $40,000 through his website, ryanrunning.com. He created an endowment allowing inner-city students to attend Park Tudor High School, Betz's private college-preparatory school, tuition-free.

He's talking to Guinness World Records for verification that he is the youngest person to achieve this feat.

Betz averaged one half-marathon a month — running up a mountain in Hawaii, limping through a trailer park in Kansas with a broken toe, and exploring corners of the U.S. that he never expected to visit. "The smaller, more obscure states showed me how truly awesome America is," Betz says.

Plans for next year: Hoping to earn a college track scholarship, Betz will compete next year as a postgraduate at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, to beef up his transcript and run faster times.



Saira Blair is on her way to becoming the youngest person to ever serve in the West Virginia Legislature.

High school: Hedgesville High School, Martinsburg, West Virginia

What makes her impressive: Saira Blair turns 18 — the legal voting age — in July, but she's already defeated a two-term incumbent in the primary election for the West Virginia House of Delegates.

"I was surprised that the people in my community understood that someone as young as I am could share their conservative beliefs," says Blair, who characterized herself as a pro-life, pro-family, and pro-jobs fiscal conservative on her campaign fliers. "You don't have to wait until you're 40, 50, or 60 years old to recognize the social and economic benefits of conservative principles."

When Blair decided to run for office, she set out to make a more business-friendly West Virginia. "You can get a good education in W.V. if you choose to. What is difficult to get is a good paying job," says Blair, describing students as "our greatest export."

If elected, she plans to address that issue through tax reforms, judicial reforms, and reducing government bureaucracy.

Plans for next year: Blair plans to double-major in economics and Spanish at West Virginia University this fall. She will appear on the ballot in November, facing off against Democratic candidate Layne Diehl.



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$300-An-Hour 'Summer Planner' Aims To Get Teens Into College

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Forget run-of-the-mill college counselors who make big bucks helping high school students get into their dream schools.

Now there are experts who help motivated (and moneyed) teens find fulfilling summer activities  the kinds that lend themselves to college application essays.

The New York Post spoke with one such expert, Jill Tipograph, a "professional summer planner" at Everything Summer, whose services cost around $300 an hour. 

“In terms of writing his college essays, it was pretty much a slam-dunk,” New Jersey mom Marla Isackson told The New York Post. Isackson said she hired Tipograph to plan two trips to China for her son, who now attends Yale. “We made an investment in our child. It was important to us, and it was our priority," she said.

 

Tipograph's business appears to have aged with her clients: In 2004, The New York Times wrote about her as a "personal shopper" for sleepaway camps.

“The service is for parents that are discerning,” Tipograph told the Post. “They seek guidance for their children so they can develop in the most appropriate manner, like a tutor or a specialist or a vocal coach.”

But there are some detractors. The New York Post spoke to NYU's dean of admissions, Shawn Abbott, who said, “If one can’t figure out how to spend his/her summer in a meaningful way, I worry about what is in store for that person when they arrive on a college campus, when they will be faced with far more opportunities and choices that require independent thinking."

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A Powerful NYC Real Estate Family Is Providing 19 Startups With Free Workspace In Midtown Manhattan

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A new tech incubator has come to New York City, and unlike other accelerator programs, the 19 lucky startups chosen to work at Grand Central Tech aren't charged an equity fee — or even rent. 

The effort is made possible by the Milsteins, a powerful and controversial family of real estate moguls who were responsible for developing many parts of Manhattan in the late 20th century. The name has left its mark on the city, from the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the Museum of Natural History to the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace at the Lincoln Center. 

Now the family has turned its attention to Midtown.

Grand Central Tech cofounders Matt Harrigan and Charlie Bonello met Michael Milstein, son of billionaire banker Howard Milstein, last summer, when they were running a startup accelerator program through their alma mater, Regis High School on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Michael liked the accelerator model they had adopted, and he eventually worked out a deal to let them build a similar program in a 10,000-square-foot space in the building his family owned across the street from Grand Central Station. The space had recently been vacated by Facebook. 

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"The Milsteins' goal is to build a hub for technological innovation in Midtown Manhattan, and they're hoping that this space helps encourage that,"  Harrigan said to Business Insider. "So much tech has moved downtown, but it doesn't get much more convenient than being located directly across the street from Grand Central. I think up until now, Midtown has suffered from an image problem with the younger population, and that can be overcome with efforts like Grand Central Tech."

It would be an understatement to say the competition to get free workspace at Grand Central Tech was tough. More than 400 companies applied, and only 19 were ultimately accepted. 

As they evaluated applications, Harrigan and Bonello made an effort to avoid selecting companies that would be in competition with each other. That means the selection of companies runs a fairly wide spectrum, from a startup working on a children's coding platform to another developing new techniques for treating water.

They'll all benefit from the programming Harrigan and Bonello have arranged, from consultations with tax and advisory firms to meetings with lawyers and a panel of advisors. 

grand central tech"Because we take no equity from the companies, we've attracted a more mature set of startups, who are a little farther down the line. They may have already raised an initial round of funding; they may have already started a company," Harrigan said. "Several of our founders have already successfully started and sold companies, and they're not particularly attracted to the standard accelerator model where you have to give up so much of your company just to get in the door."

This startup community is also decidedly more diverse than others. According to Harrigan, half of the founders in Grand Central Tech are minorities or women. 

"One of our objectives is to widen the aperture as far as who gets access to the tech community. Right now it still feels a bit tucked away and a bit of a boys' network," Harrigan said. "These are concerted efforts to make sure this is a more comprehensive tech system that we're building here in New York." 

The Milsteins have allowed Grand Central Tech to use their space for free under one condition: at the end of the year-long mentoring program, graduates are expected to move to another Milstein-owned space on the 16th floor of the building, where they will have to pay rent. 

"Each of our companies here has committed to taking space up there, provided they can afford it and it doesn't impede their ability to run their business," Harrigan said. "We think that's a fair trade for the free space."

That 45,000-square-foot office will eventually accommodate up to 60 startups, according to Harrigan.  Companies who haven't graduated from Grand Central Tech's program are also welcome to apply for space.

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The Heads Of New England Boarding Schools Are Making More Money Than College Presidents

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New England boarding schools are know for educating some of the world's wealthiest and most powerful families: Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush both attended Andover, JFK and Ivanka Trump graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall, Jordan's King Abdullah went to Deerfield, Mark Zuckerburg and RFK to Phillips Exeter ... the list goes on.

But what is perhaps less well-known is that the headmasters and headmistresses of these prestigious secondary schools are raking in the dough, too.

GoLocal used federal tax data submitted to the IRS to determine the average yearly compensation of 99 New England boarding school heads. On average, the headmasters and headmistresses of the country's most prestigious prep schools earn around $420,000 per year, compared to the $410,523 earned yearly by college presidents. According to GoLocal, 28 of New England's headmasters and headmistresses earn annual compensation that place them in the 1% of all Americans (>$385,908). The average tuition at these schools is around $52,720 per year, and the average student body size is just 460 students.

Here's the list of the 10 highest paid headmasters and headmistresses:

1. Jay S. Stroud (Tabor Academy), $822,011

2. Thomas K. Sturtevant (Northfield Mount Hermon), $703,217

3. Charles Cahn III (Suffield Academy), $664,679

4. Todd B. Bland (Milton Academy), $635,392

5. Robert Henderson (Noble and Greenough), $581,493

6. Barbara L. Chase (Phillips Academy Andover), $579,042

7. Richard B. Commons (Groton School), $576,698

8. Margarita Curtis (Deerfield Academy), $555,823

9. Alex Curtis (Choate Rosemary Hall), $537,310

10. Katherine G. Windsor (Miss Porter's School), 517,373


Check out the yearly compensation of all 99 heads of school at GoLocal.com (via Boston.com).

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16 Photos That Show Why Singapore Has The World's Best Airline

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Singapore Airlines took the top spot on our list of the Best Airlines In The World.

The list ranked the best major international airlines for flying economy class, based on two categories: the quality of the in-flight experience and the on-time delays.

Last year, I flew economy class from New York City to Singapore (with a stop in Frankfurt) on Singapore Airlines, and saw for myself why the airline gets rave reviews.

What really helps the airline stand apart is not the seats or the food or even the entertainment (though it has all that), but the service. People who work for the airline are trained to treat passengers with respect and care — something that's increasingly unusual these days.

We thought the day-long trip to Singapore would be unbearable. But even in economy class, it was surprisingly pleasant.

Disclosure: Our trip to Singapore, including travel and lodging expenses, was sponsored by the Singapore Tourism Board.

From the moment I stepped on the plane, flight attendants greeted me by saying "Welcome aboard" before guiding me to my seat.



Like most airplanes, you have to walk through business class before entering economy. It's easy to get jealous of the large, comfortable reclining seats and private pods.



Even in coach, the seats were fairly spacious. Each passenger gets a nice fluffy pillow and fleece blanket.



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12 Houses That Are Straight Out Of 'Lord Of The Rings'

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6_81316054_2_1368232621There are a ton of homes on the market that would make any sci-fi fan jump.

Our friends at Estately helped us find a handful of houses currently for sale that look straight out of "Lord of the Rings."

They range from sprawling landscapes and castles to cottages that could have been plucked from The Shire.

This California house has an intricately carved "dragon" staircase.

Address: South CoastCalif.

Price: $4.75 million

Aside from the carved redwood Dragon staircase, this ocean-view home features curved redwood walls, a stone fireplace, stained glass, and guest cottages.



A forest-themed bathroom will make you feel like you're wandering the woods of Lothlórien.

Address: ParklandFla.

Price: $2.7 million

This custom-built residence sits on 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens complete with lighted tennis court and rock pool with fountains. It also comes with a home theater, re-claimed wood beams & trusses, and a handpainted bathroom with a bronze sculptured sink.



This castle has pointy towers and property with waterfalls and lakes.

Address: Cornwall, Conn.

Price: $8.85 million

This 8,412 square foot house has 7 beds and 7.3 baths. The property includes a fortress-like wall, guest cottage, pool, and as plenty of land with trails, lakes, and waterfalls.



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The Controversy Over LG's New Jersey Headquarters Is Coming To A Head

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LG's plans to build a new global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey have caused quite a bit of controversy over the past two years. Opponents argue that the building's proposed height of 143 feet will make it significantly taller than the other buildings in the area, creating an unwelcome distraction from the natural beauty of the green cliffs known as the Palisades. 

Though the area's current zoning laws limit building height to 35 feet, LG obtained a variance in 2012 that essentially cleared the way for construction on the building to begin. The state's Superior Court initially upheld that decision, but it's currently up for appeal, according to NJ.com.

The argument over the building's height continues to heat up, as local and state government officials voice their opinions on how tall LG should be allowed to build.

Earlier this month, a bill to limit building height to 35 feet within 2,000 feet of the Palisades was advanced from the state's Senate Environment and Energy Committee. According to NJ.com, the bill would create a "preservation zone" from Fort Lee to the state's border with New York and would apply retroactively to any building that didn't have a completed foundation by May 1. 

LG is currently in the demolition phase of its 490,000-square-foot construction project. 

lg palisadesThe state Senate isn't the only government entity to ask LG to reconsider its plans. Last week, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli wrote in a letter to LG that criticism from environmental and civic groups had created a "potential for reputational risk." 

DiNapoli is a trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, whose portfolio includes a $10 million in LG stock. 

In the letter, DiNapoli asked LG to reconsider a design that would fit better with the natural landscape. 

"While I acknowledge that such a modification could increase the cost of the project, such a compromise could potentially save the company a substantial amount of money over the long term, when weighed against the potential for reputational harm and protracted legal expenses," he wrote

Preservationist group Protect the Palisades is circulating a petition to preserve the hills' natural appearance. They've come up with renderings of how they imagine the area will look if other buildings of similar height were to be built near the Palisades. protect the palisades

The National Trust for Historic Preservation also added the Palisades to its list of America's Most Endangered Places this week.

LG spokesman John Taylor has said that the company would be willing to negotiate the building's design. 

"We've listened to concerns and are open to dialogue with the community," Taylor said to Business Insider in May. "There's been a lot of unwillingness on the other side, which is frustrating."

In a press conference last week, Englewood Cliffs Mayor Joseph Parisi urged opponents of LG's proposal to reach a compromise with the company. If LG decides to leave the city, it would cost Englewood Cliffs an estimated $2.5 million in tax revenue. 

"I want everyone to have an agreement of what the building should look like," he said. "Remember, they can always say, 'We’re out of here.'"

SEE ALSO: LG's Plans For A New US Headquarters Are Causing A Lot Of Controversy In New Jersey

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