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Nov. 29 2015 7:44 AM

What Caused Zimbabwe’s Economic Crash?

Answer by Balaji Viswanathan, MBA from Babson:

Zimbabwe and its neighbor South Africa are startling contrasts in how racial relations are managed after the end of rule by the whites. In the case of South Africa, there was more of healing lead by Nelson Mandela. In the case of Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe, it more of falling off a cliff. Both Mugabe and Mandela spent a lot of time in prison.

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Nov. 28 2015 8:32 AM

How Do Collectors Establish Relationships With Auction Houses?

Answer by Paul Denlinger, occasional buyer and seller of Chinese art, stamps, and postal history:

The direct way is usually the easiest way. That is: buy and sell art.

I buy and sell Chinese art on an occasional basis, and as soon as the major auction houses such as Sotheby's and Christie's identify you as an art connoisseur, you will make it to their mailing lists. One of the best benefits of their mailing lists is that they usually have very good art magazines that go out via email and promote upcoming sales and items in those sales.

Nov. 27 2015 8:14 AM

Will Amazon Handmade Be the End of Etsy?

Answer by Annika Schauer, Etsy app developer, founder of beeswaxwebsites.com:

I've been watching Etsy and Amazon Handmade closely over the past few months, and I definitely think that Etsy has more to lose in this equation than Amazon does. Here's some stuff I've heard from my ear to the ground. First, the obvious risks that Etsy faces:

Nov. 25 2015 7:19 AM

Why Do Actresses Make Less Than Actors?

Answer by Nina Jacobson, film and TV producer, producer of the Hunger Games movie franchise:

Q: Why do actresses make less than actors?

A: The biggest reason is that actors’ and actresses’ fees are determined based on their previous quotes. So if an actor has gotten his fee up over the years by proving his value in the marketplace, especially internationally, he will have quotes that influence what he makes on his next gig.

Nov. 24 2015 7:19 AM

How Does Going to the Gym Help in Other Areas of Life?


Answer by Nicolas Cole, bodybuilder and fitness model, nicolascole.com:



When people see me, they assume fitness is my entire life. All I do is lift weights. I'm a meathead.



What a lot of people don't know is that fitness is the rhythm and schedule upon which I build the rest of my life, my interests, my hobbies, my passions, and my career.


Nov. 23 2015 12:13 PM

How Should Parents Discuss Traumatic World Events With Young Children?


Answer by Alexandra Damsker, entrepreneur, recovering lawyer, proud lessee of World’s Greatest Kid:



Traumatic world events are difficult to contextualize for children this young. It's not on the same scale as an event that touches them personally, but it makes no impact on any larger scale (say, a pet dying or a parent or sibling being injured). Their knowledge and lasting impact depends entirely on their parents, who are their emotional models. This is not just understanding mentally what occurred, but understanding how to process things emotionally and literally understanding how to act, both privately and in public.


Nov. 20 2015 5:15 PM

Why Won’t Congress Vote on War With ISIS?

Answer by Tim Kaine, United States senator from Virginia, @timkaine:

My sense is that in both houses of Congress, there is an overwhelming majority of members who believe strongly that the United States should be engaged in some sort of military action against ISIL. Yet, despite that overwhelming consensus—and despite the constitutional demand that we should not be at war without a vote of Congress—there’s been a strange degree of silence on this issue for the past 16 months.

Nov. 19 2015 7:22 AM

How Can the New Star Trek Series Be a Success?

Answer by Ian Morgan, obsessing over Star Trek for 30 years:

new Star Trek series that can be commercially successful will have to do two things.

First, it has to appeal to fans of the “old” Trek. Goodbye J.J. Abrams-verse. Hello, Gene Roddenberry. It is a long-standing trope on Star Trek that multiple parallel universes can coexist. Just because Spock went back in time and kicked off a new timeline (that is really upsetting to most Trek fans) doesn't mean that the one that we are familiar with has gone anywhere.

Nov. 18 2015 7:09 AM

How Are Startups Able to Build Comprehensive Products With Small Teams?

Answer by Edmond Lau, engineer at Quip:

At Quip, we aspire to build a new class of productivity tool that every person at every company enjoys using every single day. When you have a small team and a bold mission, the only way to make meaningful progress is to focus on the activities that give you a lot of leverage as an engineering team.

We still have a long ways to go, but here are some of the principles and processes that I’ve seen pay off big dividends for our team so far.

Nov. 17 2015 7:27 AM

Is the Food at Fancy Restaurants Just “Hocus Pocus”?

Answer by Jonas Mikka Luster, former cook, blogger:

Oh, so much to answer.

First, you don't want to eat food made by people who “spent a day in cooking school.” You want to eat food made by people who were trained to execute the vision a head chef has for the food. Do you really think that cooks (or chefs) dance around a kitchen “creating” dishes? No, no, bunny ears, we execute them. We make the same dish hundreds to thousands of times. You don't need to be a culinary genius to follow orders. You need to have a certain ability to perform the same action over and over while bringing a baseline understanding of things to counter the fact that food isn't uniform.