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21 Apps to Boost Productivity and Success

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From finance to conference calls to social media, you are well-covered

No matter how you work or what type of business you run, being productive is a must. But techniques and strategies aren’t enough if you don’t have the tools needed to implement them. Fortunately, there’s an app for that!

Here are 21 apps that are guaranteed to boost your productivity, accountability and success:

1. Asana

While there are tons of different project-management apps out there, Asana is by far one of my favorites. Once set up, this app helps you reduce internal email, delegate tasks and check the status of your projects from one central dashboard.

2. Venmo

If you need to send payments quickly and securely, this is your app. With no forms to fill out and no fees for payment, Venmo is a great alternative to solutions such as Paypal.

3. TripIt

Tracking travel is important — not just for organizational purposes, but for expense and tax filing as well. TripIt succeeds in keeping all of your important information in one place.

4. Focus@Will

Distraction is a huge challenge facing most business owners, but it’s one that can be avoided. If you like to listen to music while you work, check out Focus@Will, an app that provides special playlists designed to improve focus and bolster creativity.

5. UberConference

Conference calls on the go can be hit and miss, but not with UberConference. This app lets you to see participants’ LinkedIn profiles and record your meetings so you don’t lose an important point.

6. Evernote

One of the most versatile note-taking and storage apps available, Evernote is accessible from any device. The cloud-based app allows you to store, edit and tag documents for effortless organization.

7. Square

Whether you need to take payments on the go occasionally or frequently combine work and travel, Square is the app that can make it happen.

8. Producteev

Delegation is an important part of business success, whether your team is large or small. Producteev, a powerful task management program, allows you to easily assign tasks to other team members, as well as hold them accountable.

9. FlipBoard

Staying up to date on news and industry changes is easy with FlipBoard. Don’t waste time flipping between a dozen different websites — this app summarizes your favorite feeds in one place.

10. Pocket Analytics

Every business owner should know the status of his or her business at all times, and that includes web analytics. This app provides an easy-to-read mobile overview and a dashboard that tracks multiple services.

11. Contactually

Keeping in touch with members of your network is important, and Contactually makes it easy. Allowing you to segment your contacts and assign follow-up cycles to each category, this app makes sure you never lose touch with your team or your prospects.

12. Refresh

Ever shown up to a meeting, only to be embarrassed by your lack of knowledge about the person you’re connecting with? With Refresh — which syncs with Facebook, LinkedIn and other services — you’ll have all the information about the person you’re meeting and your past interactions at your fingertips.

13. Sunrise

If you’ve got multiple calendars floating around, you need Sunrise. This easy-to-use calendar app connects seamlessly to all major calendar services, allowing you to stay on task and productive.

14. TrackMaven

Staying ahead of your competition is a challenge, but TrackMaven can help. The app can optimize your content distribution and help you identify marketing opportunities, while also tracking your competitors’ content and strategies.

15. Invoice2Go

Never forget to invoice a customer again! This app enables you to send professional-looking invoices quickly, no matter where you are, ending overlooked billing and forgotten amounts due.

16. Skitch

Skitch makes it effortless to add markup or annotations to existing content. If your job involves providing frequent feedback, this app makes it easy to give and simple to understand!

17. Mint

Proper money management is important, whether you’re saving up personally for an upcoming expense or a Fortune 500 company managing a vast number of people and resources. With Mint, you can get a quick snapshot of your financial situation any time you log in to your account.

18. EchoSign

Never find yourself scrambling for a scanner again! EchoSign lets you to sign vital business documents electronically and records your document history, making future document audits painless.

19. Hootsuite

Save time on your social media marketing efforts by managing all of your social profiles in a single app with Hootsuite. It’s an easy way to take the pain out of maintaining and updating multiple accounts.

20. Box

Box is a cloud storage system that helps you track your projects in real-time — an essential feature if you work with a remote team. Even better, the program’s responsive design allows Box to be effective no matter what device you use.

21. IFTTT

A great app with a huge range of applications, IFTTT allows you to create programs that respond to events with a certain action. For example, the app can be used to send an Instagram post to Facebook, or to send you a text if a weather event is brewing in your area. The possibilities truly are endless.

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14 Motivational Quotes to Keep You Powerful

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And the reasons why they can actually make a difference in your life

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I once despised motivational quotes, probably because my wrestling coach liked to say, “If you’re not puking or passing out, then you’re not trying hard enough.”

(Feel free to bask in the glow of that little gem.)

Now I think inspirational quotes can be inspirational, but only if we actually apply and live those words.

So instead of just pulling together some famous quotes—besides, I’ve done that before—I’ve chosen things people told me that caused me to act differently.

I probably won’t remember what, say, Ben Franklin once said, no matter how poignant or witty, but I definitely remember what certain people said to me at critical moments in my life.

Statements like these:

1. “Only a genius can do things his own way. You? You’re no genius.”

I worked a construction job one summer and kept questioning what I was told to do. The foreman finally, in no uncertain terms, set me straight. It’s OK to reinvent the wheel, but only after you know how the current wheel works. Never assume you know better when you don’t really know anything.

2. “If you want to know how much you’ll be missed when you are gone, put your finger in a bucket of water and then remove it. The hole that’s left will be how much you are missed.”

No one is irreplaceable. No one. Not even this guy. Instead of depressing, the thought you’re professionally replaceable is liberating. You may not leave a hole, but you can leave a mark on a person, a team, or a culture that lives on after you’re gone.

You may not be missed, but you can be remembered—in the best possible way.

3. “We all have limits. Almost no one reaches theirs. You definitely haven’t.”

You could swim faster if a shark was after you. You could run faster if your child was in danger. You could work harder if the payoff was truly exceptional.

What you think you can do is always—always—less than what you can do if you really, really try. You always have a little more in you. Find your true limits and you may find that success is limitless.

4. “Unless you’re the lead dog of the sled, the view never changes.”

Following the crowd means living the same life as the crowd. You don’t want that.

5. “There are two types of pain you will go through in life: the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces, while regret weighs tons.”

(Original to Jim Rohn.) The worst words you can say are, “I just wish I had…” Push yourself to do what you hope to do so you will never have to regret not having tried.

6. “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”

(Gotta love Dean Wormer.) I haven’t overcome the stupid part, but I’m trying.

7. “The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one.”

(Original to Ernest Hemingway.) Think about easing into a cold ocean; every inch is excruciating. Dive in and it sucks big time, but then it’s over. It’s even worse to turn away from what scares you, because when you do, deep inside, a little piece of you withers and dies.

Dive in. It’s never as cold, or as bad, as you think.

8. “Today’s pain is tomorrow’s power. The more you suffer today, the stronger you are tomorrow.”

Self-pity is self-defeating. Tomorrow’s success is based on today’s discomfort. Plus, willpower is like a muscle: The more you exercise it, the stronger your will gets.

And the easier it is to call on when dedication and persistence make all the difference.

9. “Bravery means finding something more important than fear.”

Courage without meaning is just recklessness. Brave people aren’t fearless; they’ve simply found something that matters more to them than the fear they’re facing. Say you’re scared to start a business. Find a reason that has greater meaning than the fear: your family’s future, your desire to make a difference, or your dream of a more fulfilling life.

When you find a greater meaning, you’ll find the courage to overcome your fear.

10. “Do it or not. There is no try.”

(Original to Yoda, philosopher and avant-garde sentence constructor.) A boss once gave me what I thought was an impossible task. I said, “OK. I’ll try.” He explained that I would finish as long as I didn’t quit. Trying didn’t enter into it. Persistence was all that mattered.

Often someone says, “I’ll try…” because it gives the person an out. Once the person says, “I will,” his or her perspective changes. What previously seemed insurmountable is no longer a matter of luck or chance but of time and effort and persistence.

When what you want to do really matters, never say, “I’ll try.” Say, “I will,” and keep that promise to yourself.

11. “Stop waiting for the ‘right time.’ Success is a numbers game: the number of times you take a shot.”

You’ll never create the perfect business plan, never find the perfect partners, the perfect market, the perfect location, but you can find the perfect time to start.

That time is now.

Talent, experience, and connections are important, but put your all into enough new things and some will work. Take enough shots, and over time you’ll grow more skilled, more experienced, and more connected. And that will mean a greater percentage of your efforts will succeed. Take enough shots, learn from what didn’t work, and in time you’ll have all the skills, experience, and connections you need.

Ultimately, success is all about taking your shot, over and over again. Sometimes you may win, sometimes you will definitely lose, but the more things you try, the more chances you have of succeeding. Put the power of numbers on your side. Take as many shots as you can. There’s no guarantee of success, but when you don’t take a shot, there’s a definite guarantee of failure.

12. “Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other guy to die.”

The same holds for bitterness. And jealousy. And dislike. Let it go. If you don’t, the only loser is you.

13. “The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.”

(Me.) People say they go the extra mile, but almost no one actually does. Most people think, “Wait, no one else is here. Why am I doing this?”

That’s why the extra mile is such a lonely place. That’s also why the extra mile is a place filled with opportunities. Be early. Stay late. Make the extra phone call. Send the extra email. Do the extra research. Help a customer unload or unpack a shipment. Don’t wait to be asked; offer. Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do—especially if other people aren’t doing that one thing. Sure, it’s hard.

But that’s what will make you different—and over time will make you incredibly successful.

14. “It’s just a flesh wound.”

The Black Knight never gives up.

And neither should you.

This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article above was originally published at Inc.com.

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Microsoft’s Crazy New Tech Totally Explains Why It Bought Minecraft

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The $2.5 billion acquisition makes more sense given the HoloLens

Microsoft’s whopping $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang, the game maker behind Minecraft, left a few analysts scratching their heads last year, but that was before they had laid eyes on — or in — Microsoft’s HoloLens, an augmented reality headset that can transform Minecraft’s virtual worlds into eye-popping 3-D holograms.

Microsoft offered a second demonstration of the game in holographic form at its annual Build developer’s conference this week. It revealed how easily players can take a landscape or a building they’ve already designed in the the game and convert it instantly into a 3-D floating hologram. Microsoft employees showed how one such design, a replica of Seattle’s Space Needle, made the leap to 3-D without a hitch, enabling them to scale the hologram to any size, turn it in the air and rest it on a real-world shelf, Business Insider reports.

The demonstration showed how Microsoft could convert Minecraft’s die hard fan base into HoloLens addicts. With more than 100 million active users, each with their own pre-fabricated designs, that’s a mighty big pool of potential customers for the new platform. Little by little, Microsoft’s vision for the $2.5 billion Minecraft acquisition is snapping into focus.

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The 9 Books Every Leader Should Read

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There are more than a million business books in print, and thousands more published every year. But what if, for some reason, you were only allowed to read nine books about managing people? (Why nine and not 10? I’ll explain at the end of the post.)

After giving it a lot of thought, here are the nine that I would recommend:

The Effective Executive

Subtitle: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

Author: Peter F. Drucker

Why it’s a must read: This book is literally definitive in the sense that it definesmanagement at the executive level so clearly that most other serious management books takes this book’s concepts for granted. The Effective Executive also rejects the concept that an executive should encourage a personality cult among employees and the press. For Drucker, management means getting things done without grandstanding or being concerned about your public visibility.

Best quote: “Men of high effectiveness are conspicuous by their absence in executive jobs. High intelligence is common enough among executives. Imagination is far from rare. The level of knowledge tends to be high. But there seems to be little correlation between a man’s effectiveness and his intelligence, his imagination, or his knowledge. Brilliant men are often strikingly ineffectual; they fail to realize that the brilliant insight is not by itself achievement. They never have learned that insights become effectiveness only through hard systematic work. Conversely, in every organization there are some highly effective plodders. While others rush around in the frenzy and busyness which very bright people so often confuse with ‘creativity,’ the plodder puts one foot in front of the other and gets there first, like the tortoise in the old fable.”

The One Minute Manager

Authors: Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

Why it’s a must read: The One Minute Manager, along with The Greatest Salesman in the World, is the best of the “teach through parables” style of business book. The advice it offers is mostly common sense, but it’s laid out in such easily understood terms and actionable advice that it makes common sense into something that’s uncommonly valuable.

Best quote: “The managers who were interested in results often seemed to be labeled ‘autocratic,’ while the managers interested in people were often labeled ‘democratic.’ The young man thought each of these managers–the ‘tough’ autocrat and the ‘nice’ democrat–were only partially effective. ‘It’s like being half a manager,’ he thought. He returned home tired and discouraged. He might have given up his search long ago, but he had one great advantage. He knew exactly what he was looking for. ‘Effective managers,’ he thought, ‘manage themselves and the people they work with so that both the organization and the people profit from their presence.'”

Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel

Subtitle: A Guide to Outwitting Your Boss, Your Coworkers, and the Other Pants-Wearing Ferrets in Your Life

Author: Scott Adams

Why it’s a must read: Adams’s earlier book, The Dilbert Principle, outlined the absurdity and inconsistency of the business world. This book goes deeper into management and decision making, explaining why everyone’s experience at work differs so greatly from the idealized picture that’s provided in books like The Effective Manager and The One Minute Manager. If you’ve got a sense of humor, this book will definitely make you laugh, but it will probably be the uncomfortable laugh resulting from seeing a bit too much of your own inner weasel.

Best quote: “There’s a gigantic gray area between good moral behavior and outright felonious activities. I call that the Weasel Zone* and it’s where most of life happens. (Note: *Sometimes known as Weaselville, Weaseltown, the Way of the Weasel, Weaselopolis, Weaselburg, and Redmond.)”

The Age of Unreason

Author: Charles Handy

Why it’s a must read: Every book you’ve read about the digital age, disruptive innovation, massive change, etc., is based on this book. This was the first book to really nail the fact that what we now call the Mad Men era was disappearing and that we were about to slip into a crazy period where none of the old rules work and nothing makes much sense. It’s a quick read and some of his observations are dated, but it’s really amazing how much he got right and how much later business writers have stolen his ideas.

Best quote: “We are now entering an Age of Unreason, when the future, in so many areas, is there to be shaped by us and for us–a time when the only prediction that will hold true is that no predictions will hold true; a time, therefore, for bold imaginings in private life as well as public, for thinking the unlikely and doing the unreasonable.”

The Art of War

Author: Sun Tzu

Why it’s a must read: This book is usually read as if it were a collection of fortune cookie proverbs. That misses the point, though, because this book is actually a philosophy of life that extends to every type of leadership. It’s one of those books that you can read 50 times and get something different with each successive reading. The edition that I’ve linked into the heading above is not just a beautiful work in the art of publishing but also contains the best commentary and notes, all of which can deepen your understanding.

Best quote: “Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.”

Don’t Bring It to Work

Subtitle: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limit Success

Author: Sylvia Lafair

Why it’s a must read: If you’ve ever wondered why the people you work with behave in such strange ways, wonder no more. As this book clearly explains, whatever happened or is happening in their family is reflecting and repeating itself at work. What’s truly valuable about this book is that it identifies the personality types that cause problems and then explains exactly how to use and redirect the problematic behavior so that it serves the goals of the team.

Best quote: “Once you learn how people’s past family life and their work behaviors connect at a core level, you’ll know where performance problems originate and conflict starts. Then you’ll gain skills to do something about it. The reason most organizational programs abort is that they fail to deal with our life patterns, which are at the foundation of workplace anxiety, tension, and conflict.”

The Prince

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli

Why it’s a must read: This is a book of bad advice. It was supposed to be “how-to” guide for leaders in Italy at a time when every city was fighting every other city and the entire region was full of mercenaries, inquisitors, and other unsavory types. Why do I include it? Simple. This book accurately predicts the decisions of a sociopath in a management role. As such, it’s perfect defense against predatory competitors and allows you to keep one step ahead.

Best quote: “And here comes in the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps be answered that we should wish to be both; but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Subtitle: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

Author: John C. Maxwell

Why it’s a must read: Sometimes it seems like everyone in the management consulting business has a list of principles, habits, laws, rules, and so forth that explain everything you really need to know. What’s funny about all those books, though, is that they’re all valid! Leadership is such a complicated phenomenon that it’s possible to describe it in hundreds of different ways. That being said, this book (of all the other books of this type) is the easiest to read, with techniques that are easy to apply. (Note: In this category, I went back and forth between this book and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. But 7 Habits gets a little preachy, so I finally settled on this book.)

Best quote: “Instinctively, successful people understand that focus is important to achievement. But leadership is very complex. During a break at a conference where I was teaching the 21 Laws, a young college student came up to me and said: ‘I know you are teaching 21 Laws of Leadership, but I want to get to the bottom line.’ With intensity, he raised his index finger and asked, ‘What is the one thing I need to know about leadership?’ Trying to match his intensity, I raised my index finger and answered, ‘The one thing you need to know about leadership is that there is more than one thing you need to know about leadership!'”

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Author: Dale Carnegie

Why it’s a must read: The writing style is a bit corny and the anecdotes incredibly out-of-date, and yet it’s a well of wisdom that has yet to run dry. Everyone I’ve known who has read this book cover to cover (and made the effort to implement its lessons) has been successful, if not in business then in their personal life. This book has been a bestseller for decades and is likely to be a bestseller for decades to come. There’s so much in this book that for the quote, I just plucked out one that’s helped me in my interactions with colleagues and family members.

Best quote: “Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment.”

Why Only Nine?

I was going to make this a top 10 list but then it occurred to me that every reader probably has a favorite that’s helped them to be successful but that is not on this list. If that’s the case with you, leave me a comment or send me an email. I’d love to know what’s working for you.

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This Free Music Site Is Shutting Down Forever

Grooveshark folds following legal pressure from record labels

In the heyday of too-good-to-be-true free music streaming services, Grooveshark was one of the most popular. But on Thursday, the company said it was shutting down completely.

In a post on Grooveshark’s website, the streaming platform’s leaders apologized “without reservation” for offering free access to songs without securing licenses for the music from rights holders. The company is shuttering its site and deleting all music from its servers as part of a settlement reached with the major record labels.

Grooveshark users uploaded millions of songs to the website over the years and were able to stream them on-demand. The company’s business model drew the immediate ire of the music industry. A group of major record labels sued Grooveshark for copyright infringement back in 2011, and last week a New York federal judge ruled that the streaming service could be liable for more than $700 million in damages.

Grooveshark had tried to argue that its service mimicked YouTube, a platform where users upload unlicensed songs constantly. But YouTube has protocols in place to flag copyright-infringing content. Meanwhile, courts found Grooveshark was compelling its employees to upload popular songs to fill out the service’s catalog.

The death of Grooveshark illustrates how much the digital music landscape has changed this decade. Piracy has been tamped down considerably, while the most popular on-demand streaming service, Spotify, is owned in part by the record labels themselves. But with megastars like Taylor Swift and record label executives questioning the value of Spotify’s free, ad-supported tier, the days of easily accessible (and legal) free music could be numbered.

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Music Streaming Website Grooveshark Shuts Down

The music stops for the pioneering website

The online streaming website Grooveshark lost its battle with the music industry on Thursday, shutting down immediately as part of a settlement agreement.

The company was been being sued by a slew of record companies, including a $15 billion suit from Universal Music Group.

According a notice posted on the company’s website, they must also wipe clean any records of copyrighted material, hand over their online and mobile platforms, and surrender their patents and intellectual property.

Grooveshark also issued an unequivocal apology.

“Despite our best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service. That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.”

A March 25 ruling by a U.S. Federal Judge granted EMI Music North America a motion for summary judgement on claims Grooveshark had violated its copyrights, a decision that could have found the web company liable to pay upwards of $420 million.

Grooveshark was founded in 2006 by three college students at the University of Florida and for years has been a thorn in the side of major record labels who claimed the website was illegal.

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LinkedIn Shares Have a Bad Day at the Office

The career networking website reported a strong quarter, but investors sent its stock tumbling

LinkedIn’s first-quarter revenue gained 35%, edging Wall Street’s expectations, but the career networking website’s weak outlook for the current quarter spooked investors and sent shares tumbling more than 25%. Here are the key points from Thursday’s earnings release.

What you need to know: LinkedIn’s first-quarter revenue grew almost 35% year-over-year, to $637.7 million, with help from each of its three businesses: job listings, marketing and premium subscriptions. Analysts had forecast revenue of $636 million for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters.

Job listing sales increase 36% to $396 million, or more than 60% of the company’s overall revenue. The marketing unit’s revenue improved by 38% year-over-year while revenue from premium subscriptions rose 28%.

LinkedIn also said Wednesday that its loss grew to $42.6 million, or a negative 34 cents per share, from a $13.5 million loss during the same period last year.

Those numbers reflect “a solid quarter,” according to a statement from CEO Jeff Weiner. “During the quarter, we maintained steady growth in member engagement while achieving strong financial results,” Weiner said.

The big number: Despite beating Wall Street’s revenue predictions, LinkedIn saw its stock plummet roughly 25% in after-hours trading following the company issuing a disappointing outlook for the current quarter. LinkedIn said it expects second-quarter revenue between $670 million and $675 million, while Wall Street analysts had been expecting revenue to easily top $700 million in the current quarter.

Chief Financial Officer Steve Sordello said Thursday blamed some of the expected shortfall on fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. Sordello also cited unspecified “adjustments to our operations” as well as the after-effects of LinkedIn’s recent $1.5 billion acquisition of video tutorial website Lynda.com.

What you might have missed: CEO Weiner detailed the continued growth of LinkedIn’s subscription base, which grew another 23% in the first quarter to reach 364 million members. The company also bragged about the rapid growth of its mobile users, noting that mobile visits to LinkedIn represented more than half of the site’s traffic in the first quarter. During the quarter, the company introduced the Android-based LinkedIn Job Search app.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

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Why Investors Say Warby Parker Is Now Worth $1.2 Billion

Warby Parker founders David Gilboa (L) and Neil Blumenthal attend the 17th Annual ACE Awards in New York City on Nov. 4, 2013.
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The startup launched in 2010

Add hip eyewear startup Warby Parker to Fortune’s Unicorn List: the company has raised a new funding round of $100 million that pushes its valuation over the $1 billion mark.

The new valuation of $1.2 billion, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes after a round led by T. Rowe Price, the publicly traded money management firm that had revenues of nearly $4 billion last year. T. Rowe Price has invested recently in other notable tech “unicorns” including Flipkart and Lookout. The founders of those two companies—Sachin and Binny Bansal and John Hering, respectively—have all landed on Fortune‘s 40 Under 40 list in the past few years.

We named David Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, the Warby Parker founders, “Ones to Watch” in 2012.

Warby Parker launched in 2010, selling designer eyeglasses for under $100, with a “one for one” model that the founders said was directly influenced by Toms and its founder, Blake Mycoskie. Toms began in shoes but soon launched additional product lines with the same one-for-one model, including eyeglasses and sunglasses—which makes it a Warby competitor. (In an interview with Fortune last year, Mycoskie said that the Warby founders reached out to him for guidance before they launched, but because Toms was already planning its eyewear line, he couldn’t respond or help them.)

Like a handful of other businesses that began with a web-only model but have since opened brick-and-mortar shops—dress rental site Rent the Runway, for example, or pants retailer Bonobos—Warby eventually began opening up store locations (its flagship location is in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood) and now has 12 of them in the U.S., with plans to open eight more this year.

In June of last year, the company announced it had given away one million pairs of eyeglasses, meaning it had also sold one million pairs.

Blumenthal and Gilboa have described their company to Fortune as more than a consumer brand. Blumenthal said he believes that investors look at the company “through the lenses” of social enterprise and e-commerce company, as well. “What they’re finding,” he said, “is our metrics and performance is best in class in each category.”

Achieving a billion-dollar valuation after five years puts Warby Parker at about the average compared to young companies that reached the milestone very rapidly, like one-year-old Slack and three-year-old Tinder, and others that took longer to get there, like Shazam, which has been around since 2002, and Quickr, founded in 2008.

Warby Parker still is not profitable, but says that its sales are growing each year.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com.

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Why Microsoft Thinks Your Phone Could Be Your Only Computer

It's working on a way to make phones run like desktops

Can a smartphone satisfy all of your computing needs? That was the pitch Microsoft made during its Build developer’s conference on Tuesday, and it’s not so far-fetched as it sounds.

On stage at the event, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore plugged a Windows phone into a large screen display. On the small screen, he opened a mobile version of a PowerPoint presentation, but on the large screen, that same presentation was transformed. Menu options that would normally appear in the desktop version of PowerPoint suddenly appeared at the top of the screen. The “universal app” detected the display’s expansive canvas and packed it with new features. In essence, the app ran two independent displays from one device.

Microsoft calls this screen-splitting feature a “continuum,” and it hints at a future where a smartphone can in essence become a wide range of devices, from the tablet to the laptop to the mighty desktop computer, depending on what it’s connected to. And if a phone can truly can match these devices, feature for feature, who needs all of that costly hardware? The smartphone could pack the only processor you need.

It’s a neat trick, but Microsoft will first have to convince consumers to switch to Windows phones. That could be a hard sell after 97% of mobile phone buyers have already committed to Android and Apple devices. Not even current Windows phone users will be able to take advantage of this new feature — the screen-sensing technology relies on a new smartphone processor that Microsoft is developing in conjunction with Qualcomm. It could be a game-changing technology for mobile phones, assuming Microsoft can push its way back into the major leagues.

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HBO and Showtime Made An Unprecedented Move to Block Illegal Mayweather-Pacquiao Streams

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John Gurzinski—AFP/Getty Images WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao pose during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It sued piracy sites days before the match aired

HBO and Showtime are seeking an injunction to stop multiple websites from illegally streaming Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight for free.

The two premium cable networks filed a lawsuit in California federal courts this week against the owners of boxinghd.net and sportship.org. The sites had been promoting the fight with teasers such as “Watch Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Online Free” and countdown clocks ticking down the hours until the the bout begins.

Watching the fight legally costs up to $100 through pay-per-view on TV. The bout is expected to attract around 3 million TV customers.

Read more: How to Watch the Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight, Including Free Pay-Per-View

In addition to stopping the websites from streaming the fight, HBO and Showtime are seeking damages, attorney fees and the websites’ profits, even though the fight hasn’t actually aired yet. Neither network has a history of going after piracy sites, TorrentFreak notes.

“BOXINGHD.net and SPORTSHIP.org are promoting unauthorized free streams of our intellectual property,” the two networks said in a joint statement. “As content creators and distributors, we believe that combatting piracy and stopping content theft is crucial to maintain our ability to provide our customers with world-class programming like the Mayweather-Pacquaio fight.”

On Thursday morning, neither boxinghd.net nor sportship.org were accessible. The sites had removed all references to free streams of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight by Wednesday afternoon, according to Deadline.

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