What Do the Wealthiest People Know That Others Don’t?
Answer by Ron Rule, CEO of As Seen on TV:
That big money is served in small increments. Whether that's return on investments, profits, margins on products you're selling, whatever. People who don’t understand this are always trying to double or quintuple their money in as few transactions as possible, while the largest and most successful companies and people in the world win by making “small money” over and over again.
How Do You Run a Productive Meeting?
Answer by Court Showerman, controller at Quora:
The first thing I always do before a meeting is calculate the total cost of the meeting. If the meeting is an hour, add up the per-hour salary of everybody in attendance. Take the attendees’ annual salaries and divide by 2,080 to get to per-hour cost. So now let’s assume the total cost of the meeting is $500. It is my job as the meeting presenter to get $500 worth of value from that meeting.
How Does Working on Wall Street Compare With Working in Silicon Valley?
Answer by Mira Zaslove, Fortune 500 manager:
I began my career on Wall Street and subsequently have worked for more than a decade in Silicon Valley startups.
There are three main similarities: You work with smart and engaged people, there are large potential payoffs, and the work is interesting and “sexy.”
What Does the U.S. Coast Guard Do With the Drugs It Confiscates?
Answer by Jason Wells, founder of National Advancements for Proactive Safety and former special agent:
It genuinely depends on the situation. What most people don’t understand is that the U.S. Coast Guard has the unique position of both being a military organization under the compliance of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice and serving in a federal law enforcement capacity (its jurisdiction being maritime law enforcement). “Posse Comitatus” prohibits the United States military from enforcing laws in our country, so that is why the U.S. Coast Guard is not under the umbrella of direction provided by the Department of Defense (it is under Department of Homeland Security).
What Advantages Does Hyperloop Offer Over High-Speed Rail?
Answer by Bruce Upbin, vice president of strategic communications at Hyperloop One:
There are a few: cost, speed, safety, and flexibility. Obvious caveat: Hyperloop networks don’t exist yet, and high-speed rail networks do. Advantage: high-speed rail!
Is It Better to Be a “Worker Bee” or a “Killer Bee” on the Job?
Answer by John L. Miller, software developer who has worked at Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Oracle:
Should you stay behind the scenes and work or be aggressive and self-promotional?
It all depends on your industry and your goals. I’ve worked in software at Microsoft and other large multinationals. I’ve managed individual contributors and managers of individual contributors. I’ve alternately been quietly productive and aggressive. I prefer being more visible.
Why Can’t Some People Curl Their Tongues?
Answer by Adriana Heguy, molecular biologist and genomics researcher:
Interestingly, tongue-curling ability is not solely genetic, and the genetic component may be very small. Monozygotic (identical) twins are not always concordant for tongue-curling ability, so if there is a genetic component, it’s clearly not Mendelian. In other words, it’s not a trait coded by one single gene, and it’s clearly influenced by the environment—in this case, practice. But for some reason this is one of the “myths” about genetics that gets spread around in high school, where it is used as an example of a simple Mendelian trait with a simple dominant-recessive nature.
Why Hasn’t There Been a World War III?
Answer by Balaji Viswanathan, history buff:
Primarily because of nuclear weapons. Without nuclear weapons, World War III and World War IV would have started and ended in Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, or even India.
Why Do Chefs on Hell’s Kitchen Struggle So Much Compared With the Ones on MasterChef?
Answer by Sabrina Ali, fan of Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef:
Hell’s Kitchen is a brutal, schadenfreude-inducing show, while MasterChef is more or less a feel-good show.
Why Are There So Few Conservatives in Academia?
Answer by Jordan Boyd Graber:
I'm a professor. I'm fairly centrist (fiscally conservative, socially liberal, generally pro-market libertarian), which makes me very right-wing compared with my colleagues. I would have definitely been a Republican in the past century (before the Southern strategy) and was actually registered as one until recently, partially for game theoretic reasons. At the national level, I've donated to more Republicans (Mitt Romney, John Huntsman, and Ron Paul) than Democrats (Lawrence Lessig).