Meet the artist leaving positive notes to strangers around London

Artist Andy Leek leaves notes to strangers around London to brighten up their day.

He started the project 3 years ago after a career in advertising and after recovering from a mental health problem.

“I had a very long commute and I realised that was probably my only chance to make art,” he told Business Insider. “So I started off trying to make a difference for one person every day by leaving cards with positive notes to strangers on them in copies of the Metro and leaving them on seats for random people to find.”

At the bottom of each note, Andy signs off with his Instagram handle. He gained such a big following that 9 months later making notes became his full-time job.

He now makes, posters, paintings, and picture frames. Prices can go from £14 to just under £1,000.

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Craig from Craigslist thinks he has a solution to ‘fake news’

Business Insider spoke with Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, about a solution to “fake news.”

Newmark believes that there are too many unreliable news outlets who are poor at identifying trustworthy news.

Newmark’s project aims to reduce bot networks that propagate fake news, identifying the trustworthy networks and leaving consumers with only reliable information.

Do you think this will solve the problem?

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Craigslist founder Craig Newmark explains why he chose philanthropy over an IPO

Business Insider spoke to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Craig Newmark: In my first year or two in San Francisco, a lot of people helped me acclimatise myself to the town.

They helped me understand what neighbourhoods were good and maybe where to shop. I got a lot out of it.

Early ’95, I decided I should give back, started a simple mailing list, it succeeded via word-of-mouth. I had to call it something at some point, was going to call it “San Francisco Events”.

Jim Edwards: How many people were on the email list at its height?

Craig Newmark: Well at that time, around 250 people. People around me though told me that I had invented a brand – Craigslist – they explained to me what a brand is, and I’m being literal here.

They were right, so that worked for a while. But by the time the end of ’98 came around, people helped me understand then that I needed to make it into a real company or it would fail.

I decided to monetise as little as possible, partially because of that Sunday school lesson: “Know when enough is enough.”

VCs and bankers at that point told me I should do the usual Silicon Valley thing and make some billions. But no-one really needs billions of dollars except to give away.

Jim Edwards: So you have no regrets about not doing the whole VC thing?

Craig Newmark: No, I’ve no regrets not doing my own IPO. I plan to give away a great deal more money to charity, I’ve already committed to do so, and trying to figure out how I – as an amateur philanthropist – I’m trying to figure out how I can do that most effectively given the realities of this time.
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KPMG’s US CEO Lynne Doughtie says you need to do these 3 things before making work decisions

Business Insider UK spoke with Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO of KPMG US at Davos about dealing with making tough decisions as a leader.

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Alyson: Being a CEO comes with a lot of responsibility, just tough decisions sometimes you have to make – it’s not all glory, at all, it’s a lot of work.

One tough decision you had to make that you got wide praise for was last year, there were six executives who had found some insider information at KPMG; they learned that an audit was gonna happen. And you made the prompt, quick decision to fire all six of the executives.

How did you make that decision? I mean, it was widely praised, but I’m sure it couldn’t have been easy?

Lynne: No. And I think all leaders at some point in time you’re gonna face tough decisions. And I think it’s really important that…you know, the way I approach that – and I think others should as well – is you have to seek the facts.

It’s not something that you do in isolation. It’s getting the perspectives, seeking the truth, and I think it’s also looking at the core values of what you as a person, and as a leader stand for, and what your organisation stands for. And there are certain things that are zero tolerance. It doesn’t mean that you want bad things for people, but there are consequences. You have to set the tone for the organisation.

And so I think as any leader or future leader approaches those tough decisions, it is important that others are involved, but sticking to what you know is right, from your own core is important. Then also, usually if it’s a really tough one, you’ve got to be decisive and move quickly. Finding that right balance of seeking the facts, moving quickly, getting to the right answer can be tough; but it’s something that others are watching, and it’s important that you set the example for your organisation.

Alyson: I think the decisiveness is really important if you can’t waffle, once you make a decision you just have to own it and lead into it.

Lynne: Exactly. And also, look, leaders aren’t perfect. You’re gonna make some mistakes and it’s owning those mistakes as well. And that kinda gets back to the authenticity, and real. And it’s just being very transparent about: “here’s what I thought through, here’s the decision that’s in the best interest of our institution.” And explaining that and then moving forward.

I think when you do that you get to the right answer.

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Here’s the painstaking, 2-week process that goes into making masks for the Carnival of Venice

Business Insider UK visited three different workshops to see how the masks are made for the world famous Carnival of Venice.

The traditional masks are made in papier maché and are decorated with things like gold leaf, feathers, or gems.

The Carnival of Venice began in the 12th century, it bloomed during the Renaissance period but was disbanded during the late 18th century.

The festival was restored in 1979 and has grown in popularity since then.

Watch the video to see how the masks are made.

Special thanks to workshops La Bottega dei Mascareri, Magie di Carnevale, and Ca’ Macana.

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This BBQ shack is giving huge meat platters away for free to promote Monster Hunter: World

This BBQ shack is giving away food for free!

It’s part of a promotion for the launch of the video game ‘Monster Hunter: World’. They wanted to pay tribute to the game by cooking food in ‘monster’ proportions, and are roasting half a cow at a time as well as serving pork and lamb.

Guests can try out the game while eating enormous platters of meat. You track and hunt monsters, looting them for items which will allow you to progress through increasingly difficult hunts.

The popup is open at London’s Flat Iron Square, but be sure to catch it quickly as it’s only open until January 28th.

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Donald Trump apologises for retweeting anti-Muslim hate videos from Britain First

US President Donald Trump has apologised for retweeting a string of anti-Muslim hate videos posted by the British far-right.

Trump used an appearance on UK television channel ITV to acknowledge that Britain First, the party whose deputy leader he hugely amplified by retweeting three posts, were “horrible, racist people.”

He told Piers Morgan, the host of ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” and a personal friend, that he had known little about the group and was willing to apologise for the incident, which took place in late November.

A clip of the exchange was aired on Friday 26th January, and it is due to be broadcast in full on Sunday 28th at 10 p.m. UK time.

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Sir Martin Sorrell: We need a soft Brexit and an end to uncertainty

Business Insider UK spoke with Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, at Davos about the possibility of a soft Brexit.

The biggest issues facing British businesses is uncertainty, Sorrell says.

Businesses might increase variable costs, instead of fixed costs, to improve market share and sales.

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Undercover footage from inside secretive Presidents Club Charity Dinner

Financial Times reporter Madison Marriage took a secret camera inside London’s Dorchester hotel as part of an exposé on the event, where hostesses were asked to wear revealing clothes. Some have said they were groped and propositioned by attendees.

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It took two cranes to recover a crashed plane in Turkey

Transport officials on Thursday recovered a plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 had 168 people on board when it skidded off the runway at Trabzon Airport on Saturday.

It stopped at an acute angle only a few metres away from the Black Sea.

All passengers and crew were evacuated and no one was injured.

Turkish media reported the pilots of the plane as telling investigators that the right engine experienced a sudden surge of speed that forced it to swerve to the left.

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