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Go inside a bonkers Los Angeles mansion that was just listed for $150 million

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A mansion that was just listed for an eye-popping $150 million looks more like a high-end resort than a home where someone could live full-time.  

Located in the ritzy Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, the home was built on speculation on the same lot where Barbara Streisand's "Mon Rêve" estate once stood. 

The new structure covers a whopping 38,000 square feet and has 10 bedrooms and 20 full baths. Additional amenities include private hiking trails and a movie theater complex with its own guest valet entrance. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, it was developed by Gala Asher of Dream Projects LA, who purchased the land from tech entrepreneur David Bohnett for $13.25 million in 2014. Streisand's original home was demolished shortly after she sold it to former music exec Les Bider in 2000. Bider then sold the empty lot to Bohnett. 

Let's take a look inside one of the most expensive homes currently listed for sale in the US. Ginger Glass of Coldwell Banker Previews International has the listing.

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The massive home can be found on Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills, one of Los Angeles' most exclusive neighborhoods. Walt Disney, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, and Elvis Presley all called Carolwood home at one point, according to a press release from listing agent Ginger Glass.



The home is set behind a gate, at the end of a private road.



Heavy vegetation adds to the secluded feel.



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This startup wants to fix a major problem with the highly unregulated supplements industry

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Let's face it: Most supplements are a little bit sketchy. It's not just that many of them don't actually contain what they say they do — the science on their alleged benefits is also mixed at best.

But a startup called Elysium Health is trying to change that with a new kind of supplement. The company is the brainchild of former Sequoia partner Eric Marcotulli, former JPMorgan vice president Dan Alminana, and MIT professor Leonard Guarente.

The team emphasizes, first, that their products contain what they're supposed to (that is to say, no extra materials that have nothing to do with the supplement), and second, are tested for safety and efficacy.

The company focuses on supplements, which traditionally can include everything from your daily multivitamin to the bottles of unpronouncable ingredients lining the shelves of your local health food store. Since they aren't designed to treat a specific disease or ailment, they typically aren't regulated in the same way as pharmaceutical drugs.

Business Insider sat down with the New York-based Elysium team, which is now a little more than a year into producing its first product, to learn more about their plans.

The goal: Improve cell health

Elysium's first product is called Basis. It aims to boost the levels of a specific protein called "nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide" (NAD), found in cells. Some studies in mice and yeast suggest that boosting NAD levels may help prevent aging-related decay in important structures in our cells called mitochondria. 

"NAD governs communication between the nucleus and everything else in the cell, as well as how the cells communicate with one another," said Marcotulli. As we age and NAD levels fall, "the ability to communicate appropriately also drops." In other words, it's like being on the end of a choppy phone line; the less you can hear, the more likely something will get lost in translation and go awry.

There haven't been any studies of Basis and NAD in people just yet, but Elysium is currently recruiting volunteers for a human trial.

Marcotulli and Alminana heard about the possibility to work with NAD through Guarente, who's been studying aging and NAD in particular in his lab at MIT.

Back in 2000, Guarente wrote a paper which concluded that NAD helped power special proteins called sirtuins.

"For 20 years or more we'd been studying proteins called sirtuins," he told Business Insider. He wanted to see how these proteins potentially affected aging and overall health. "Along the way, different kinds of natural products had appeared, which could affect the activity of these sirtuins."

Basis

Basis_2Guarente and his research team ultimately decided on two naturally occurring compounds. The first was pterostilbene, a type of micronutrient called a polyphenol that's present in tiny amounts in almonds, grape leaves, and blueberries. The second was nicotinamideriboside, a form of vitamin B3 that's also found in trace amounts in yeast-containing foods and milk-derived products like cheese and yogurt.

Elysium hopes that by combining these compounds and providing them in larger quantities than the trace amounts found in food, they could help the body make NAD. 

Although some research on pterostilibene and nicotinamide riboside has already been conducted, showing everything from their bioavailability (their ability to be absorbed by the body) and safety to some potential anti-aging qualities (at least in rats), Elysium still has to show that their formulation also has all of these qualities. For that, they are conducting a study with the primary goal of examining NAD levels in the blood. If the supplement is successful, the amount of NAD should be higher in people taking it regularly than in the people taking a placebo.

The trial for Basis is forthcoming and the study is currently recruiting, according to ClinicalTrials.gov.

The first year

Basis costs about $50 per month if you choose to pay as you go, while a one-time bottle will set you back $60. You can also subscribe for a half or full year, which costs $45 or $40 per month, respectively.

At about a year into their development, Marcotulli said Elysium's customers are in the "tens of thousands."Marcotulli said they've retained about a third of the customers who've been with them since February 2015, when they launched Basis. The groups of people sticking with Basis who started a few months later are even larger, he said, because Elysium sold out for about 10 weeks toward the beginning, which he said probably turned a fair number of people off of the product. 

Elysium is testing five more products and plans to investigate others focused on improved overall health and wellness.

"The concept of the company is that there are a lot of natural products out there," Guarante said. "We want to be able to recognize when there's something that's discovered in medical research that has the potential for benefiting human health, and make that available as quickly as possible in a way that's safe."

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An Indian man nailed it when Kate Middleton and Prince William asked about how to help the world's poorest children

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a New Delhi charity that supports street children. While they were there, they talked to one of the charity's trustees, Sanjoy Roy, about what the world should know about the kids he's trying to help.

His answer nicely summed up the importance of helping the less fortunate.

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Ex-Ivy League admissions officers dissect an essay that got a girl into 5 Ivies and Stanford

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High school senior Brittany Stinson recently shared with Business Insider a humorous admissions essay that got her into five Ivy League schools and Stanford.

That essay — which got her into University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Cornell, and Stanford — went viral.

In the essay, Stinson reflected on her inquisitive personality, told against a backdrop of her childhood trips to Costco.

In light of how successful that essay was, we asked five former Ivy League admissions officers for their feedback on what Stinson got right.

Their expertise is as real as it gets, with collective experience working in admissions offices at Cornell University, Columbia Business School, Dartmouth College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, The University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.

They also all have ties to the online platform Mentorverse, which connects students with mentors who can guide them through a successful college application process.

They prefaced their remarks by clarifying that an admissions essay on its own cannot achieve an acceptance into an elite school, and that stellar academics and other extracurriculars must accompany an essay.

That said, the overwhelming feedback about Stinson's essay is that it truly stood out, both in writing quality as well as intrigue. The experts said they were drawn in by the impulse to keep reading and unlock the story Stinson was trying to tell.

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Nelson Ureña is a co-founder and mentor of Mentorverse who worked in the undergraduate admissions office at Cornell University. He begins by saying he likes Stinson's choice of employing "media res" to start her essay, meaning she starts in the middle of a scene.

Nelson Urena"This is a great way to hook the reader and force them to read more," Ureña said. "As I read next couple of sentences her story slowly comes into focus as if the imaginary pupil in my minds eye dilates to adjust for lighting; a picture begins to emerge."

That developing picture also drew in David Jiang, former assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth College.

“As an admissions officer reading hundreds of applications and essays in a short period of time, it takes something unique or memorable for an application to stand out at the end of the day," Jiang said.

"What makes this essay memorable is the way she frames her main idea," he continued. "As I read through the opening paragraph describing a 2-year-old flying through Costco looking for free samples, I am compelled to read further in order to figure out, ‘Where is this essay going?’"

Ureña also noted that he immediately connects with the story, as would any other reader who has ever been inside of a Costco. The essay locks you into a shared experience.

"With no other information about Brittany, after reading this personal statement I want to learn more about this inquisitive, witty, astute and eloquent young woman," Ureña said.

Her essay contains a certain likability, Ureña notes, a quality also admired by Dr. Aviva Hirschfeld Legatt, a mentor and an adviser of Mentorverse, and former senior associate director of admissions at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

"From the undergraduate committee perspective, students who stood out had only one thing in common: likability," Hirschfeld Legatt said.

"By the end of the committee discussion, admissions officers would be most excited to admit (and eventually meet) students whose essays could illuminate the unique identity of the person behind the application," she continued.

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Ureña also liked Stinson's broad and evocative vocabulary. "I also notice the strong verbs Brittany uses; if you go back and highlight all of the verbs in this essay you will notice they are all well chosen to express not only an action but also an emotion: charged, rampaging, widened, sliced, sprinted, touch, taste, stick, explore, scour, whisked, scaled, survey, towered, navigate and she used the correct 'lay,'" he said.

His one piece of constructive feedback would be not to overdo some of the verbose descriptors. "Personally, I would advise Brittany to use less adjectives and adverbs for purposes of word economy and ease of reading, but it isn’t a huge deal in this case," Ureña noted.

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Hirschfeld Legatt also noted Stinson's ability to tell a compelling story. "Brittany’s strongest asset in her essay is her voice — she is clearly an insightful, creative, and funny young woman," Hirschfeld Legatt said.

"A particularly memorable line that I find to be both thought-provoking and funny: 'If there exists a thirty-three ounce jar of Nutella, do we really have free will?'" she continued.

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Marisa Zepeda,a mentor for Mentorverse who has served the admissions offices of MIT and Yale University, felt the crux of Stinson's storytelling came together in the fourth paragraph.

Marisa Zepeda"While there is quite a bit of build-up in this essay, which Brittany is able to pull off because she is a good writer, things really come together for me in the fourth paragraph," Zepeda said.

‘"I adopted my exploratory skills, fine tuned by Costco, towards my intellectual endeavors …’ In this paragraph, Brittany shares that she is someone who isn’t afraid to try new things and has a genuine love of learning, which is exactly what all schools — not just the highly selective ones — are looking for in an applicant,” Zepeda continued.

Of course, admissions essays are highly subjective, and one that stands out as stellar to one admissions officer may not seem as noteworthy to another.

Brittany StinsonLamin Kamara, who has worked in admissions offices at Columbia University’s Business School, Hamilton College, and New York University, liked Stinson's essay, but thought it had room for improvement.

"Though I don’t think this is one of the best essays I’ve seen, I do like the link that Brittany tries to make between intellectual curiosity and her curiosity for shopping," Kamara said.

"I do think there was an opportunity missed here to tell us much more about herself," he continued. "I can only assume that the rest of her application is truly stellar, because based on this essay alone, I do not see anything that screams admit.”

Indeed, Stinson is expected to the valedictorian of her Concord High School class in Delaware, and she has been first in her class every year in high school.

Like another female student who had Ivy League success this year, Stinson is also a girl who's immersed in science. This past summer she participated in a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Science, Technology Engineering, and Math (STEM) program where she took courses in astrophysics and science writing.

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We tried the cookie dough cups that are blowing up on Instagram

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Mdoughw's cookie dough cups are all over Instagram.

The decadent treats are made in Miami, where the anonymous baker is based, but can be shipped anywhere in the country.

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Go inside a $2.7 million Los Angeles home with an incredibly chilling past

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The Spanish-style mansion at 2475 Glendower Place in Los Angeles is a gorgeous residence. With beautiful views, a glass conservatory, formal dining room and library, breakfast room, and third-floor ballroom and bar, it's easy to see why its current listing price is $2.7 million.

But there's something the listing won't tell you, a dark secret known by many who live in the area.

The home has, in fact, been uninhabited since the 1959 murder-suicide that occurred in one of its four bedrooms. Dr. Harold Perelson, a cardiologist who lived in the house with his wife and three children, was the alleged murderer — killing his wife with a ball-peen hammer, attacking his daughter, and finally taking his own life.

Infamous for its chilling story, the house has remained somewhat of a time capsule. While it's been used as storage for some of its more recent owners, only one family is rumored to have lived on the property since the incident. If the rumors are true, they fled in the middle of the night on the anniversary of the killing.

Just before the house went on the market, photographer Alexis Vaughn was able to go inside the property and take a few images of its interior. Below are 14 images that Vaughn told us she hopes "transports my viewers there."

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The house was originally bought by the Perelsons for $60,000 in the 1950s.

Source: Medium



At that time, the house was described as a "delightful 12-room home, with terraced lawns, artistic gardens and a magnificent view," according to a recent article by Jeff Maysh on Medium.

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It was at 4:30 a.m. on December 6, 1959, when Perelson attacked his wife with a ball-peen hammer to the head. Because of the trauma, she asphyxiated on her own blood.



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We tried the churro ice cream cone that's all over Instagram

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An ice cream cone is usually the least exciting part about eating ice cream.

That's not the case at NYC dessert cafe ChikaLicious. The cafe is serving a churro cone that's filled with vanilla soft serve and a variety of toppings.

Story by Sarah Schmalbruch and editing by Jeremy Dreyfuss

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Oracle is donating $200 million to Obama's program to teach kids computer science (ORCL)

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Oracle on Wednesday announced that it was joining President Obama's Computer Science For All program by committing to spend $200 million in donations and technology in the next 18 months.

The White House announced the program last January. The goal is to turn computer science into a regular subject taught at American schools from kindergarten through high school.

The plan called for a $4 billion budget for states and $100 million budget directly for school districts to train teachers and give schools the tech and resources they need.

$135 million in computer science funding came from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Corporation for National And Community Service (CNCS).

But the President has also called on tech companies to step up with donations of tech and money.

Companies including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Qualcomm all said they would increase their existing investment in CS education as part of the program. Salesforce.org, the philanthropic division of Salesforce.com, announced a new $16 million commitment to donate to CS and STEM education.

The Cartoon Network launched a $30 million campaign to encourage young people to code and Code.org said it would train 25,000 additional teachers this year.

Oracle's $200 million donation isn't all cash. The company is giving away curriculum, professional development for teachers, software, and certification resources. Plus, Oracle will spend more than $3 million on nonprofits focused on teaching girls and other underrepresented populations to pursue STEM and CS degrees.

Companies have a vested interest in supporting training programs for kids. In addition to helping grow a generation of qualified employees, the sooner these companies can expose kids to their own sets of technologies, the more likely they will become lifelong users of their tech.

In any case, education is Oracle CEO Safra Catz's philanthropic passion. Last year, Oracle announced it was building an entire high school on its massive Silicon Valley campus, a project that was her idea.

The company also has Oracle Academy, a program that teaches computer science to kids in schools in 106 countries. Oracle says today's donation means the company expects to reach another 232,000 students in the US to teach them math and coding skills

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Tinder has a bizarre new way to send a date to your coworkers using LinkedIn or Slack — here's what it's like

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Last month, Tinder confirmed that it was testing a "share button" that would let you send someone’s Tinder profile to a friend.

The idea was that you could play matchmaker, Tinder said. Once you sent the profile, your friend would have the opportunity to swipe “yes” or “no” on the profile, and wait and see if they got a match.

Now this button has appeared in the wild in New York City, and there's already at least one strange integration with another service: work-chat program Slack. Slack is a red-hot $3.8 billion startup that is replacing email as the primary mode of communication in many workplaces (including Business Insider). One of the draws of Slack is that it makes chatting with your coworkers feel relaxed and informal — enough that you might want to set them up on a date?

Tinder's share button integrates with a bunch of apps (like iMessage) — though not Facebook Messenger, Apple's email app, or the original Facebook app — but Slack is the funniest. LinkedIn comes in a close second.

Here's what it's like to use the Tinder to try and set up a coworker:

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Here is the Tinder share button, which has popped up in New York City.



When you click it, you see a list of apps you can share to, including Slack. You can also share through text message.



Once you tap Slack, here's what pops up. I can send this potential match to anyone I want on Slack. Do I want to share this profile with my entire Business Insider tech team?



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An inside look at how J.K. Rowling turned rejection into unprecedented success

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JK Rowling

On a delayed train journey from Manchester to King's Cross station in London, the characters Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger came "fully formed" to the mind of a young temp named Joanne Rowling.

In the six tumultuous years following, she would imagine an entire magical world of witches and wizards, assume the pen name J.K. Rowling, and publish "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," the first novel in the now beloved "Harry Potter" series.

Rowling has since become the UK's best-selling living author, and her books have brought in more than $25 billion and sold more copies than any other book series — but not before Rowling had to overcome the hardships of rejection and being a single mother living on welfare.

Here's an inside look at how Rowling went from living on welfare to becoming one of the world's top-earning authors:

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Born in the southwest of England, Rowling grew up along the border of England and Wales with her mother, father, and sister. She's said that she had always known she would be a book author. "As soon as I knew what writers were, I wanted to be one. I've got the perfect temperament for a writer; perfectly happy alone in a room, making things up." She wrote her first book (about a rabbit named Rabbit) at age six, and when her mother praised her work, she says she "stood there and thought, 'Well, get it published then.'"

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Rowling's teenage years weren't particularly happy, she told The New Yorker, claiming she came from a difficult family and saying her mother's 10-year battle with multiple sclerosis took a toll on her and the family. "You couldn't give me anything to make me go back to being a teenager. Never. No, I hated it," she told The Guardian.

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Rowling said she "couldn't wait to get out" of her house. After studying French and classics at Exeter University, she went to work for Amnesty International in London as a researcher, among other jobs. It was during this time on a train journey from Manchester to her job in London that she began writing her "Harry Potter" series.

Source: The Guardian

 



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25 crazy sneaker designs that Nike thinks could be the future of footwear

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By all accounts, Nike is a major innovator in sneakers and sportswear.

And if their new exhibit at the Milan Design Expo 2016 is any indication, they got there through some pretty out-of-the-box thinking.

Starting with the company's proprietary "Flyknit" shoe upper — a kind of stretchy woven fabric that allows the foot to flex and expand in the shoe — the company has envisioned what could make up the bottom of the shoe in the future.

And the answer ranges from hair curlers to a map, and includes everything in between.

Called "The Nature of Motion," the exhibit is meant to "manifest the previously unimaginable" to find out what the future of athlete footwear really could be.

In 2020, when you're wearing sneakers with cat whiskers on it, you'll know where that idea come from.

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The synthetic "whiskers" on this design were made by a 3D printer, and can act as "sensors" that "augment an athlete's senses."



This shoe was dipped in many layers of PU foam, which will never fully compress no matter how hard the athlete runs. It eliminates the feel of the impact of the foot on the ground.



A "gliding convex outsole" on this shoe uses natural momentum to launch runners forward.



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The 5 favorite airlines of wealthy people around the world

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When the wealthy are looking to fly, Singapore Airlines and Qantas Airlines are their preferred carriers, according to a new report from New World Wealth, a ratings, surveys, and statistics provider that specializes in the global wealth sector. 

The report is based on interviews with 800 high-net-worth individuals. New World Wealth made use of its proprietary database of over 150,000 high-net-worth individuals from around the world to conduct the survey.

One name notably missing from the favorite airlines mix: the uber-luxe Emirates Air, known for its plush first-class cabins always pushing the boundaries of luxury. 

"Maybe it was just a question of not as many high-net-worth individuals flying on the Emirates routes," Andrew Amoils, head of research at New World Wealth, told CNBC News. 

Below, find the top five favorite airlines of wealthy jetsetters.

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5. Air France

Air France is all about catering to customers willing to spend: this fall, the airline launched a new service in the form of first-class pods called "boudoirs." The suites come with Michelin-star food service, a personal closet, complimentary Givenchy toiletries, and furnishings in high-end materials like wood, suede, and tweed. A privacy curtain seals passengers off from the rest of the plane. The cost? About $8,560.



4. Lufthansa Airlines

Lufthansa offers the usual first-class amenities: personal entertainment systems, lie-flat beds, luxury toiletries, and the like. But the biggest perk might be a decadent caviar service and wine selection curated by renowned sommelier Markus Del Monego.

 



3. Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines offers a "Sky Suite" decorated with woodgrain interiors and leather seating. Retractable privacy partitions, 23-inch personal TVs, and meals prepared by Michelin-starred chefs make the experience top-notch.



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Here's where the name 'Rolex' really came from

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Rolex is a storied brand — one of, if not the most notable in the watchmaking world.

So it's surprising how relatively little there is to know about the beginnings of the 100-plus-year-old brand. Even something as simple as where its name came from is shrouded in confusion.

Rolex, for its official brand story, plays it pretty simple. According the brand's official website, founder Hans Wilsdorf wanted his new brand of watches to have a short name that could be said in any language.

Most importantly, he wanted something that looked good on the watches themselves, and that was symmetrical in capital letters.

"I tried combining the letters of the alphabet in every possible way," Wilsdorf supposedly said, according to Rolex. "This gave me some hundred names, but none of them felt quite right. One morning, while riding on the upper deck of a horse-drawn omnibus along Cheapside in the City of London, a genie whispered 'Rolex' in my ear."

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If that seems incomplete to you, you're not alone. Adding a bit of color to the story is an essay in NYU's Stern Business School newsletter that claims that Wilsdorf also thought "Rolex" seemed like an onomatopoeia of a watch ticking.

So, basically it doesn't really mean anything. (Some have suggested that it's short for "horological excellence," but there's no proof that Wilsdorf ever claimed that.)

It also hides the brand's English roots, as the brand began in London in 1908 and moved to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919. 

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'Help! My mentor blew me off and I don't know what to do'

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ashley lutz ask the insiderAsk The Insider columnist Ashley Lutz answers all your work-related questions, including the awkward, sensitive, and real-world ones. Have a question? Email asktheinsider@businessinsider.com.

Dear Insider, 

I had a call scheduled with a person whom I admire, and whose career trajectory is something I'd like to learn more about. After reaching out, she made some time for me in her schedule for a phone call. The last correspondence I had was with her assistant who asked me for my number so this person would be able to reach me, which I took to mean that she would be the one to call me. 

The time for the phone call came, and the actual call did not. Since she's doing me the favor of talking to me, I don't want to to nudge her — maybe she is busy and will call me soon. I also do not want her to think I am the one skipping town on our call. It's been 20 minutes — when is an appropriate time to follow up with someone who missed an appointment?

Sincerely,
Blown off by a mentor

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Dear Blown Off,

This is a tricky one. Because you were already the initiator here, you probably feel like you're prodding if you follow up again. 

But this person you admire is probably happy to talk to you. She had her assistant contact you, and was planning on the call. She's the one who screwed up. You didn't do anything wrong.

If I were you, I would follow up with the assistant as soon as you can and say you never received the call at the agreed-upon time. Ask to reschedule.  

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If you don't hear back, follow up again. If you STILL don't hear back, go straight to the person whose work you admire. Reiterate that although you've had trouble connecting, you'd love to hear about her career trajectory. I'm sure she will schedule a new time. 

If not, there are probably more reliable mentors out there. 

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Ashley Lutz is a senior editor at Business Insider answering all your questions about the workplace. Send your queries to asktheinsider@businessinsider.com for publication on Business Insider. Requests for anonymity will be granted, and questions may be edited.

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