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Greg Voakes
A former Social Media consultant at AOL, Greg regularly contributes written work as well as Data Visualizations (Infographics) to publishers all across the Web.

Entries by Greg Voakes

The Painful Truth About Office Back Pain

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Let's face it. Work can be a pain. Between deadlines, abrasive coworkers and budget cuts, the full-time office life often threatens to squelch even the cheeriest of employees. Now new research is proving what many of us have suspected for years -- work can be a literal pain, too. Back...

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Happy 25th Birthday, Web! Here's What You've Taught Us

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:09 PM

The Internet just turned 25-years-old, a milestone in what's arguably the most revolutionary invention of our time. From archaic dial-ups and angsty Myspace profiles, to viral YouTube videos and celebrity Twitter feeds, the last quarter century has been quite the ride. It is interesting, however, that billions of internet users...

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Southwestern Droughts Driving Artificial Grass Markets

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Mega-droughts in California and other Southwest regions of the United States have been getting worse, and locals are determined to do something about them. Although there is much ongoing, inconclusive debate over what is causing the droughts, many residents of dried-out areas recognize the need to find man-made...

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A Practical, Holistic Approach to Complete Wellness

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Did you make any New Year's resolutions? Be honest. Are you still on track?

The strong-willed among you may still be striding towards your goals, but the overwhelming majority rush into promises that are doomed to failure because: A) we pick on the most difficult part of our life to...

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Business Sales to Continue Booming Through 2014

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Small business owners who have been waiting for the perfect time to sell may be seeing that time. Small business sales in 2013 were up 41.7 percent from the previous year, and that boom is expected to continue, according to the BizBuySell Insight Report published on Wednesday.


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Small Business Guide to Surviving Employee Vacations

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 4:25 PM

While the holiday season is good for employees morale as they took time off work, for small business owners it can be quite the obstacle.

Larger businesses have plenty of employees who can pick up the slack when another employee decides to go traveling for vacation, but a small...

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Maverick Hedge Funder Jeffrey Epstein Funds the First Humanoids in Berlin

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 2:43 PM

There is a virtual new world in Berlin that is one step closer to replicating the human mind. Thanks to funding from a maverick New York science investor called Jeffrey Epstein, virtual and robotic models of the human brain are moving away from traditional algorithms with deterministic pathways, towards...

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How Small Fees Add Up to Big Problems for Small Businesses

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 7:37 PM

Running your own business can be an exciting, profitable, and liberating venture. But as great as being a business owner can be, it also comes with its fair share of risks.

While you may ideally grow your business into a major contender some day, for the first few years...

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How Pixel Union Built a Business on Tumblr Themes

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 7:17 PM

It's no secret that Tumblr, everyone's favorite microblog and social media duo, has seen huge successes since its initial 2007 launch. As it stands today, there are over 44.6 billion posts spread across 102 million different Tumble pages -- and that number continues to grow. While individuals have capitalized on...

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Five Bad Habits of Freelance Writers

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Working under the stress of deadlines, from the comfort of your own home, as a struggling freelance writer might cause you to develop a lot of bad habits that are likely to hurt your freelance career. Here are five bad habits freelance writers often let themselves slip into. Avoid these...

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Pay-Later Gift Cards Cut Waste Using App Store Logic

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 2:09 PM

The gift card industry continues to grow steadily with a projected worth of over $120 billion in 2013. According to industry experts, at least $10 billion dollars will be wasted this year on unclaimed gift cards -- 8 to 19 percent of all prepaid gift cards are never used.


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Five Tools Every Project Manager Needs

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 6:08 PM

Project managers become highly successful through a combination of leadership qualities, excellent communication skills, and a little help from some top-notch project management tools.

Whether you're new to the project management space or you're simply looking for some updated, innovative ways to change things up for your team, there's...

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The Importance of Getting Sleep in College

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 7:06 PM

Adequate sleep is one of the most important things for good health. Sleep allows the brain to rest and recharge itself, so that the mind is alert and ready for the next day's activities. Lack of sleep can cause mood swings and zoning out.

Sleep plays an important role...

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4 Important Things Startups Overlook in Their Company Growth

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 10:49 AM

You've seen the success stories -- hopeful entrepreneurs launching the ideas they've been so passionate about for years. Success strikes often in the valley, but not all startups have had the opportunity to hit it big when it comes to grabbing the attention of Fortune 500 companies acquiring little products...

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WATCH: Multilingual Customer Service Freefalls From the Sky

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 4:08 PM

Look! Up in the sky! It's customer service.

You don't normally associate humor with business software, but social and cloud computing juggernaut Salesforce has just launched a Web campaign last week -- and it's funny. Salesforce has created Labs -- an absurd, fictional lab "high atop...

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WATCH: Star Wars vs. Justin Bieber Mashup

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 7:37 PM

Remember Teddie Films? They were the guys behind the Kesha/Star Wars mashup that went viral not so long ago? As it turns out, they're back with an all new Star Wars parody called "Droidfriend." And before we go any further, I can say without hesitation that it's actually...

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Protecting Your Identity in a Digital World

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 12:39 PM

Are we worrying about theft for all the wrong reasons?

Property theft can have it's share of devastating losses, but we usually focus on the physical objects we own, not our private and personal data that could potentially ruin a good portion of our lives, should it falls into...

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British Food Myths and the 'Summer of Sport'

(324) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 5:45 PM

A summer of sport is being celebrated across the pond in the UK. Why? Because like Lord Alfred Douglas talking about a his forbidden love (and the people of the wizarding world talking about Ralph Fiennes) they're not permitted as a nation to name the thing they're really...

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StartupBus: 72 Hours From Stranger to Startup on the Road to SXSWi

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 2:21 PM

Watch a team of aspiring tech industry moguls build a mobile app on a bus on a cross-country roadtrip destined for one of the biggest conferences in the technology industry.

The StartupBus competition is an annual rite of passage for the technology industry. Strangers in 11 different cities board buses bound for the SXSWi conference. Buspreurs have 72 hours to pitch, build, and launch startup businesses. Venture capital veterans crown the winner after a pitchathon at SXSW.

Photo by Michael Tapp

StartupBus is the fruit of a wild idea from founder Elias Bizannes. The founder of StartupBus came up with the idea at a San Francisco bar with colleagues also headed to SXSW. The idea caught fire on the Web and multiple high-profile tech blogs published posts about the idea. Almost overnight Bizannes had people from around the country asking to board his StartupBus. Fast-forward three years later and buses from 11 different cities are packed full of eager tech nerds, who don't even know each other, are moving towards SXSW at 75 miles per hour.

Why would someone board this crazy bus? StartupBus is like a 48-hour film festival for the tech industry, on wheels. Buspeneurs crank it out within arguably the worst working conditions: hashing it out with strangers, absurd deadlines, cramped quarters, and shoddy Wi-Fi. Participants experience the life-span of working at a startup compressed into three blurry days.

StartupBus isn't just a hackathon on a Greyhound bus. It's also a self-starter alumni organization that's isn't only about who you know. It's built on ambition, ingenuity, and rest-stop hot dogs. StartupBus might not yield the next Instagram, but it just might build the ecosystem for...

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A Startup Called 'ViralGains' Pushes for Online Video Advertising With Branded Viral Videos

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 12:05 PM

Boston-based startup ViralGains wants to provide solutions for brands and advertising agencies spread their video content online.

CMOs of brands and advertising agencies appear to gradually be adopting viral videos as a part of their marketing strategy. The question of viability and ROI is often referred to in the...

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