What You Need to Know Today: May 12

Good evening, Early Risers




Skype Translator preview is now available. The Skype Translator preview app works in English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin for spoken word, and in 50 languages for IM conversations (TechCrunch). The preview is only available for Windows 8.1 and 10 preview users soon to be available for Mac.

This app will keep you in check. Airline pilots rely on checklists to make sure no step is missed pre-flight and pre-landing. The best way to make sure you never miss steps in your daily tasks is to create checklists. Checkli is an easy-to-use desktop app you can use to save day-to-day checklists.


[Story] British woman launches a million dollar fashion biz from her kitchen table. Julie Deane started The Cambridge Satchel Company from her kitchen table in 2008 with £600 (about $1,000). “Deane’s business plan was simple: she wanted to bring back the classic leather satchel that was popular among English schoolchildren in the 1960s, but that had fallen out of favor over the last few decades,” says Elizabeth Segran of Fast Company. Read Deane’s full story of how she scaled her business to $21M.

This is how successful people spend their lunch breaks. At every job I’ve ever worked, I noticed managers and high-level staff did 1 of 3 things during their lunch breaks. The Muse nailed this one. How do you spend your lunch breaks? Tell us in the comments below.

Personal Development

“What began in 19th-century France as a popular parlor game among the bourgeois crowd…”  In ‘93 Vanity Fair introduced the The Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire as a way of learning more about famous people of the last 50 years. Here’s a look at 31 fascinating answers to questions about life, happiness, fear and more.


A millennial idol turns 47 today. He’s known for landing the first ever documented “900” and for his licensed video game titles. What’s his name?

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