Yan Huang is an award-winning marketer, interactive designer, business consultant, speaker, and the founder of Gray Hat Web, a Los Angeles design and marketing agency. He has 14 years of experience creating and marketing websites, and has worked with Inc. 500 and Fortune 500 companies. Yan is an entrepreneur at his core and his passion lies with online marketing and web design. Yan has founded or co-founded several successful websites with an emphasis on online marketing, web design, and business development. Read more

The 8 Best Monthly Fashion Subscriptions that Deliver to Your Door

The 8 Best Monthly Fashion Subscriptions that Deliver to Your Door

When it comes to subscription services, odds are you’re aware of the seemingly endless array that fall into the beauty and lifestyle realm (BirchBox for beauty samples, BarkBox for doggie treats, and HelloFlo for that-time-of-the-month essentials.) However, we’ve been seeing a serious influx of fashion-based monthly services lately, all of which seem focus more on the element of surprise—new presents every month!—and the idea of small luxuries.

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The Top 5 Career Mistakes Creative People Make

The Top 5 Career Mistakes Creative People Make

Most creatives start their journey in business something like this:
1. They get good at their craft.
2. They build a website.
3. They set up their social media profiles.

And then… they wait for clients to hire them.

As good as we are at making our art, creative folk miss one of the most important requirements for running a business: representing ourselves.

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The 6 People You Need In Your Professional Network

The 6 People You Need In Your Professional Network

We all know how important networking is for our careers. Building and maintaining strong relationships is critical to your professional success, whether you’re measuring salary growth, promotions or job satisfaction over time. But before you rattle off how many “friends” you have on your favorite social media site du jour, know that not all contact lists are alike.
You want to assemble a diverse group of talent, dubbed “social capital” by the researchers who study this sort of thing, in order for your network of friends to really have an impact on your success. As with friendships, it’s the quality not the quantity that counts. So, who’s essential to your contact list? Here are the six most important kinds of people you need to know.

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7 Tips For Getting Along With Anyone

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Remember your kindergarten report card, when you were evaluated on things like your ability to follow directions, name the colors, and sing the alphabet? It also included an early assessment of a skill that would influence your success for the rest of your life: the ability to “play well with others.” The criteria were pretty basic at the time: share, wait your turn, don’t hit or yell, help when someone is struggling. As you grow up, many of the same basic principles apply, but situations can be much more complicated for adults to play well together and still achieve desired results.
Context and personal needs often create internal conflict when trying to weigh the needs of the few against the good of the whole. And as a leader, sometimes you have to make a conscious choice to make others unhappy. Still, with a little finesse, you can meet objectives and still all play in a happy sandbox. You may not satisfy everyone all of the time, but then working together to resolve conflicts, rather than just being pleasant all of the time, can make a team stronger.

Here are seven ways to apply what you learned in the playroom to the boardroom and beyond.

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7 Hilarious Email Signatures to Inspire Your Sign-Off

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There’s prime real estate at the bottom of every email you send. Signatures — those few lines tacked onto the end of your messages — are often a missed opportunity to show how clever you are.

We mostly use email signatures in a professional manner, from stale quotes to “think of the environment before printing this email.” Instead, why not spice up your sign-offs with some humor to get a giggle out of your reader?

Check out these seven funny email signatures for some inspiration.

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15 Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do


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Highly confident people believe in their ability to achieve. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else put their faith in you? To walk with swagger and improve your self-confidence, watch out for these fifteen things highly confident people don’t do.


Highly confident people take ownership of their thoughts and actions. They don’t blame the traffic for being tardy at work; they were late. They don’t excuse their short-comings with excuses like “I don’t have the time” or “I’m just not good enough”; they make the time and they keep on improving until they are good enough.

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Technical Breakdown of Why Edward Snowden Says Drop Dropbox, Use SpiderOak

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Edward Snowden announced during the interview with the Guardian that he recommends everybody stop using Dropbox. He recommends using SpiderOak instead.

I am switching over myself after his revelations.

While most of the official news sources state it is due to a “lack of security measures”, here is a technical breakdown of the reason:

1. While Dropbox does establish a secure connection using SSL though port 443 (standard HTTPS port) for the transfer and synchronization of your files, your files remain unencrypted on their servers and accessible by their systems administrators or anybody that is able to get into their system by legit (ie. government) or illegit (ie. hackers) means.

SpiderOak uses port 443 to establish the SSL connection as well -which makes sense because most firewalls have the HTTPS protocol added as an exception so it wouldn’t get blocked – but the key difference is that the information once it is stored on SpiderOak’s servers are encrypted blocks of data, inaccessible even by their systems administrators without your password.

2. The second reason why Dropbox isn’t that secure is because Dropbox allows you to connect through an SSL proxy, meaning that you establish an SSL connection to a 3rd party server and the 3rd party server connects to Dropbox through an SSL connection. If the proxy server is compromised, they can then strip the SSL from the session and sniff it.  SpiderOak will reject SSL proxy connections. It must be connected through them directly.


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