What You Need to Know Today: June 10

Here’s what happening today



Tony Stark whiteboard coming to a boardroom near you. In January Microsoft unveiled the Surface Hub – an 84 and 55-inch touchscreen tablet designed to change how businesses run meetings. You can buy one for a cheap $19,999. What you haven’t heard is the story of the creator of Microsoft’s monster touchscreen and the secret factory outside Portland that will provide jobs to Americans. Read the full story.

Best time to buy gadgets this summer. If a $20k tablet is a little out of your price range Kiplinger Personal Finance has put together a list of the best times to save on electronics this summer. From laptops to smart watches, consult this list before splurging on your next gadget.


Children of controlling parents make for ruthless entrepreneurs. “Growing up, we didn’t have much control over our decisions, which in turn, made us subconsciously detest controlling environments…So, we choose a path of entrepreneurship, which allows us to have control over what we want to do, when we want to do it and, most importantly, how we want to do it,” says Sarah Anton, editor of www.fitrepreneur.com. Read Sarah’s 5 reasons why children of controlling parents make for ruthless entrepreneurs.

The shared economy and hitchhiking. “Dating back to the Depression and World War II, it used to be very normal to see someone sticking their thumb out and pick them up,” says Alan Pisarski. Hitchhiking was something my parents might have done in their youth, but not something we do now, or at least the conventional way. UberPool, Lyft Line, CabCorner, are all forms of hitchhiking our shared economy (millennials) are adopting. What’s fascinating is the underlying truth why we do it, “…hitching a ride always seemed pretty dangerous to me. If it hadn’t, I doubt I would’ve done as much of it.” Of course ridesharing offers many benefits (save money, the environment, convenience), but it also satisfies a deep desire to destroy monotony. Read: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Danger.

+  If you ever feel like catching a train like a hobo, read this.

Personal Development

First time Bonnaroo tips. Tomorrow the four-day music and arts festival Bonnaroo kicks off on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. If you’re a first timer, here’s the best tips to survive the roo.

Step-by-step guide to making the perfect hamburger. Yesterday it was swimming, today it’s your grilling skills…I’m typically not a fan of “burger hacks” but this is one to try. Michelin three-star chef Heston Blumenthal spent six months using science to create the “perfect hamurger.” Here’s what happened.

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