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Produce

In a recent episode, the men were catapulted into a lake if they couldn’t guess the conspiracy theory that the princess genuinely believed (spoiler alert: it was that planet Earth is secretly governed by a race of giant lizard-people). Then they were made to dress as birds and sproing up and down on a trampoline while a tiny jester fired footballs at their faces, all to protect a framed photo of the princess’s puppy. Next they were plunged neck-deep into puddles for not guessing which of two men was covered in tattoos of the Corrs, before being blindfolded and asked to charge headfirst into a wall. And finally, the winner was asked to belt out an abysmal karaoke rendition of Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship right into the princess’s face, instead of just saying hello to her.

You get the feeling that it took a lot of clever people a lot of time to produce something as gleefully stupid as My Little Princess. It’s as if someone made a Frankenstein’s monster of The Princess Bride, Adventure Time, Takeshi’s Castle and My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss, then lobotomised it and stood around taking pictures on their phones as it toppled down the stairs. It’s endless, compulsively inventive and brilliantly subversive.

There are some problems, of course. Not least that weird king/princess business. Although it adds a hint of tension to proceedings, inviting the female contestant’s dad along to help her find a nice boyfriend seems very odd. And then there’s the title. Somehow, My Little Princess feels like it does less for gender equality than Take Me Out, and that can’t possibly be a good thing.

But if you haven’t watched it yet – and ratings suggest that you probably haven’t – then I urge you to give it a try. It would be crime if an oddity like this slipped away without notice.

Actually

How crowdfunding is like dating.

Crowdfunding is just like dating in high school, says Candace Klein, CEO and founder of Cincinnati, Ohio-based debt crowdfunding site SoMoLend.
“Everyone wants to date the football player because everyone wants to date a football player,” she says. “In crowdfunding, donors are like that. . . . It’s important, if you are creating a crowdfunding campaign, to create the illusion of success at the beginning.”In other words, before you send out that press release, make sure you have some support. Sending out the press release with $0 toward their goal is the big mistake companies make, she explains.“You want them to log on and see you’ve actually raised money,” Klein says, adding that friends and family are a great start.

Only 30 percent of crowdfunding campaigns are successful, she says.“The largest reason for that is, a lot of project and business owners think, “If I build it, they will come.” That’s not how this works. It’s a full-time job and it takes active planning and active execution throughout the life of the campaign,” she says.

And an active social media presence.“Get five people who are very influential in social media to increase your traffic,” Klein explains.Klein, who is speaking Monday at a CED presentation titled “Tips and Tricks for a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign,” gave us an exclusive preview of her top tips for businesses embarking on a crowdfunding campaign:

“They need to understand which type of strategy they want to take with the business they have.” Klein says donation reward-based crowdfunding works best with consumer products that can be presold, and equity-based crowdfunding works well for tech companies expecting high growth but need a longer time to make profits. She adds that debt-based works well for brick-and-mortars – restaurants, gyms, that kind of thing.
“Small business owners need to understand what they have to disclose.” Klein adds that that includes a business plan and financial statements. “It’s quite a bit of information for a business owner to be comfortable with sharing.”

“Have a strong social media presence and a good group of influencers, people who have blogs that are well-read.” Part of it is having a strong support system, she says.

Video is not optional, she says. “A small business who uses video to communicate a story is about 115 percent more successful than a business who does not. Video is a very important element. It’s kind of like not having a photo on Match.com and no one wanting to date you.”As a lobbyist, Klein worked with Congress and the SEC in the writing and passage of the JOBS Act, which will be part of her talk Monday at American Underground in Durham.

Optimize

A perfect example are the integrated displays. PearsonLloyd had wanted to connect these in a center band to optimize their complexity of articulation. And while this didn’t affect roominess, the band blocked a view into the next row, cutting down on perceived space. So they abandoned the idea. The precise shape of the head/shoulder compartment was honed to accept users of multiple broadness. The lower lumbar adjustments were given massage functions (which sounds like a godsend for anyone who’s gone numb during a long flight). And even the seat textile is wholly custom, bringing in flecks of yellow to warm the otherwise silver sheen. I asked Pearson why many of these pretty obvious improvements hadn’t been made before, why if V-shaped seating is so efficient, it wasn’t simply implemented in the first place? “Simply because design and engineering knowledge evolves,” he responded. “People never arrive immediately at the optimum solution.” Which makes you wonder, with a few more great ideas, how wonderful could Lufthansa’s next new business class be?

Best

Be Open to Learning

One of the best parts about being in a relationship is that each person brings different skills and experiences to the table. While your flavor of the month might have some seriously handy Mr. Fix-it skills, you’ve got a serious love for travel. Take advantage of these differences and be open to learning. Even if you find it uninteresting…this is where the compromise comes in, remember? Besides, what happens when you’ve finally convinced your sweetie to go on a soul seeking travel adventure for once, and a pipe bursts? Avoid forking over $300 to a plumber, because your newfound “handyman” capabilities might surprise you.

Prioritize to Compromise

Sure your “friends night out” may have been scheduled since last Monday, but if your Boo had a bad day, it might be a good idea to reschedule. Maintaining a successful relationship does involve sacrifice, but those small compromises are inevitably for the best. When both parties work toward meeting each other’s needs, you learn what the most important factors are in making your relationship work. And it’s not always the big things. Trust us, running errands on your lunch break can wait. Sometimes just grabbing a quick bite with your hunny might be the first little step you need to take your relationship to the next level.

Listen, learning to compromise will ultimately open you to new experiences and change your outlook on life. If you do it right, it’ll be for the better. So learn to meet in the middle, embrace change, and discover the 50 new shades of you. Feeling extra steamy for Mr. Grey? We’ve got you covered.