How a pro does it — My friend Rachel made $1,000 an hour negotiating a new job

[I was featured on Yahoo Finance and the Huffington Post. New readers, click here for a 1-page introduction / list of my most popular articles.] Here's what my 25-year-old friend Rachel just negotiated: "I got a 28% raise in base salary which comes out to more than $1000/hr based on how much time I spent. Plus stock options, which at ...

What happens when a coffee shop gets too popular?

I ran into an interesting situation last weekend and I'm curious to know what you think. Budding entrepreneurs, here's your chance to come up with a brilliant solution to a business problem. First of all, if you disregard my 8 Stupid Frat-Boy Business Ideas post and start a coffee shop, you may one day encounter this problem. It's a good ...

Measure yourself using the same techniques the Fortune 500 uses

[RSS readers: Click here to see the embedded spreadsheets in this post.] I have a very attractive single female friend who's convinced that she needs to lose weight to get a boyfriend. I took one look at her a few months ago and said, "You're crazy." She looked great. Despite my comments, she decided to spend the last six months ...

How I gained 5lbs in one week

I love making bets with delusional people. This usually means my younger brother or my female Indian friends, who insist, implausibly, that they're not getting married until their thirties. Listen -- I have two Indian sisters. I know how quickly things change when you get to be of "marrigeable age." No, I don't care if you've never had a relationship. ...

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Why doesn’t someone make politics accessible?

No, this isn't a stupid frat-boy business idea. I previously wrote about how voting is a failure of the last mile and a simple way to dramatically increase voter turnout among young people. Yesterday, in the Washington Post, I read this article about how young people still don't know how democracy works. I know I don't completely understand it. This ...

This week I’m writing email tips — what do you want to see?

What kind of emails tips do you want me to write about this week? Ever since college when I started emailing CEOs and random people I saw in magazines/newspapers/online to take them out to lunch, I realized I was a little weird. But I also realized I had learned how to write an email to get Very Busy ...