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25 Incredibly Useful Websites Every Entrepreneur Should Bookmark

25 Incredibly Useful Websites Every Entrepreneur Should Bookmark

As a budding entrepreneur, you will come across thousands of sites while you search for the information that you need to start and run a successful business. While some of these websites are one-shot deals, a number of them will become favorites that you visit over and over. Here are 25 websites every entrepreneur should bookmark. These are sites that will prove incredibly useful to you as you change the world. These sites will provide priceless tools, strategies and inspiration for you ranging from marketing, information for starting up and building soulful businesses.

1. Entrepreneur

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    Tagline: Start, Run and grow Your Business:

    Why You Should Bookmark: This Entrepreneur Magazine companion site does an excellent job of living up to its name. It is a must read for any and all entrepreneurs. This site is packed with tips, tools and strategies for starting, running and growing your business. Its many segments run the entire gamut of business life from finance to franchising to growth and strategy. Its entrepreneur section caters to entrepreneurs from every walk of life including young entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurs and coaches.

    Must Read: 10 Lessons every entrepreneur must learn

    2. Wall Street Journal

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      Why You Should Bookmark: This website for the renowned business and financial news giant, The Wall Street Journal, has an entrepreneurship segment which has a rich offering to the entrepreneurial community. Covering a wide range of topics from financing to franchising to management, The Journal touches on every facet of the entrepreneur’s business. The founder interviews add a rich texture to make this site more than just a way to stay abreast of breaking news.

      3. Business Owner’s Toolkit by BizFilings

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        Why You Should Bookmark: The Business Owner’s Toolkit is the where entrepreneurs should start when they are certain they want to start a business. This is a one-stop shop of everything that you will need to start and run a legitimate and legal business. Here you will find guides, articles, resources and forms for starting your business, running a successful business, finances, taxes, and marketing topped off with a blog filled with tips, strategies and inspiration.

        Must Read: Startup

         

        4. Ben’s Blog

        BHOROWITZ

          Tagline: None but accurately described as “CEOs are made, not born. Teaching You To Become One.”

          Why You Must Bookmark:  Ben Horowitz’s website focuses on teaching startup founders how to effectively manage their teams and become better CEOs. Clean and minimal, the site’s appearance may mislead you to believe that it is another financial blog. This quickly goes out the window once you begin to dig into Ben’s no-nonsense. One highlight of this site is the rap lyrics and accompanying music that will make his ideas dance off the screen and help your business to come alive.

          Must Read: Making Yourself a CEO

          5. Fizzle.co

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            Honest Online Business Training and the community of entrepreneurs who won’t let you quit.

            Why You Should Bookmark: Not another marketing website, Fizzle is Corbett Barr of ThinkTraffic fame’s new endeavor. With amazing long-form content on building an audience, monetizing and building effective marketing campaigns, Fizzle is refreshing. It offers a podcast service (Sparkline), pro trainings and a large community of entrepreneurs for a small fee who are thinking and problem-solving in their own businesses and will support you to get yours on the right path.

            Must Read: 13 Successful Founders Share their First Product Stories

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            6. Linkedin

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              The world’s largest Professional Network

              Why You Should Bookmark: Linkedin is a must-join, free professional community for connecting with other entrepreneurs and customers. It provides you with ample opportunity to expand your social connections and publish content to another segment of the population that is not accessible through Facebook. It also has an up and coming business portal that allows you to post jobs and access sales and other business solutions.

              7. Design Sponge Biz Ladies:

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                Why You Should Bookmark: Geared towards enterprising women, this section of the larger Design Sponge provides articles and interviews with leading entrepreneurs about their unique journeys into entrepreneurship. You will find advice and tips to combat the daily challenges that women encounter on their path to business success.

                Must Read: How To Use Your Intuition For More Fun, Flow and Money in Your Business.

                8. Tara Gentile

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                  : Grow your business. Live your future.

                  Why You Should Bookmark: Tara gentile is a business strategist who aspires to motivate entrepreneurs to business with heart. Her content is inspirational and motivational, wrapped up in nice bundle of strategy. She takes a no-nonsense approach to business and will give you that gentle shove that you need to get moving on your ideas.

                  Must Read: This is the Motivation That Helps Your Business Succeed

                  9. A Smart Bear

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                    Tagline:

                    Smartups +Marketing +Geekery

                    Why You Must Bookmark: The founder of WPEngine and Smart Bear Software and mentor to up and coming startup and tech entrepreneurs, Smart Bear is a well-written idea store on business and marketing with a dash of geekery.  The ideas are smart and who better to learn from than a serial entrepreneur.

                    Must Read: Impostor Syndrome: Why I feel Like a Fraud

                    10. The Middle Finger Project

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                      Screw Business as Usual: Its Bad For You.

                      Why You Should Bookmark: Ashley Ambirge, branding expert and CEO of The Middle Finger Project, provides an in-your-face, brash, no-nonsense approach to business branding. This site is filled with innovative ways to redefine your approach to business by stepping way outside the box. While you will find a ton of motivation here, the sparkles, butterflies and lollipops are nowhere in sight. Instead look for f-bombs and lots of telling you like it is.

                      Must Read: You Don’t Need a Job, You Need Guts

                      11. Ducttape marketing

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                        Why You Should Bookmark: This website, by Marketing Consultant John Jantsch, provides you with easily understood and implementable strategies for small businesses. This site’s blogs, free ebooks, marketing podcasts interviewing industry leaders, and newsletter will keep you abreast of the newest technologies, social media tools and platforms to help your business grow.

                        Must Read: The 5 Small Business Marketing Pillars

                        12. Copyblogger

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                          Tagline: None but accurately described as “Your free content marketing education”

                          Why You Should Bookmark: Copyblogger is an action-filled site with tops and strategies for skyrocketing your copywriting skills in your business and life. This clean and simple site is filled with amazing tools to build your business and will capture your attention for a few hours, but their ebooks, marketing training ecourses and copywriting gold are what will keep you coming back to this site.

                          Must Read: Copywriting 101

                           13. Marie Forleo

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                            Up your game with hustle and heart.

                            Why You Should Bookmark: This website was created by a marketing and lifestyle expert, best-selling author and motivational speaker. Her site, while geared toward women entrepreneurs, provides a ton of value on living a life and creating a profitable business that you will love.  On her website you will find mostly videos of interviews and inspirational tips and strategies but her sparkly personality makes watching them worthwhile.

                            Must watch: Interview with Richard Branson

                             14. Seth Godin

                            sethgodin
                              Tagline:

                              Go. Make Something Happen

                              Why You Should Bookmark: Seth is the consummate marketer. With an authorship of over 17 books on marketing, he commands every marketer’s respect. His tips and strategies are priceless and ideas are cutting edge. His writing is pithy and easy to read but the insights you will gain will stay on your mind for one whole week.

                              15. TED.com

                              TEd
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                                : Ideas worth spreading

                                Why You Should bookmark: If you have not bookmarked this site, you have been missing out or watching the videos on every other social media platform. That is how good TED is. TED brings you the most cutting-edge ideas in education, technology and design in videos that are about 15 or so minutes long. Not only are the videos informative, educational and sometimes entertaining, but the discussion community is rich with ideas. Bookmark now.

                                Must watch: Sir Ken Robinson: How Schools Kill Creativity

                                 16. Alexandra Franzen

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                                  None but accurately described as “Tips on writing, creativity & productivity, with less drama — and more love.”

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                                  Why You Should Bookmark: Alexandra Franzen is a communication maven. She cuts to the heart of good copywriting and gives you tools for no-mistakes clarity that will get your message out. She provides a kick in the butt approach to motivate you to get to the heart of what you need to say and her voice is so distinct you can hear it in your ears.

                                  Must Read: Everything is Marketing

                                   17. Entrepreneur’s Journey

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                                    Live the Laptop Lifestyle

                                    Why You Should Bookmark:  This is your resource for starting and building a profitable blog or website for your business that will allow you to live from your laptop. You will also find a library of inspirational interviews of other entrepreneurs who have lived the laptop lifestyle.  Information at the Entrepreneur’s Journey is available as articles, videos and podcasts, whichever you like best, and it’s all amazing content.

                                    Must Read: The owner Yaro Starak’s story

                                    18. Mindvalleyinsights.com

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                                      Tagline: None but accurately described as helping you to “keep up with the latest trends in Business and Marketing.”

                                      Why You Should Bookmark: An offshoot of the incubation firm Mindvalley, this site provides hard-hitting informational articles and trainings on all things entrepreneur from branding to culture to building traffic.

                                      Must read: 7 Lessons from Building a $15-Million-a-Year Lifestyle Business with No Loans, VCs or Angel Money

                                      19. TechCrunch 

                                      TECHCRUNCH
                                        Tagline:

                                        The latest Technology and News Information on Startups

                                        Why You Should Bookmark: TC maintains its well-earned reputation as the go-to site for any entrepreneur who wants to keep up to speed with breaking startup news. Watching what other startups have done will inspire you to get your startups on Techcrunch.

                                        Must Read:  Startup Page

                                        20. KISSmetrics

                                        kissmetrics
                                          Tagline:

                                          A blog about marketing, analytics and testing

                                          Why You Should Bookmark: If you are interested in how customers interact with your business or product, getting KISSmetrics is a must. The KISSmetrics blog keeps you up to speed on innovations in user analytics and covers a range of topics from user engagement to launch strategies to conversion. The well-written, easy to read content makes a technical topic much more accessible to the average entrepreneur.

                                          Must Read:  True Colors

                                          21. Rise of the Innerpreneur

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                                            Tagline: Cultivating the business within.

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                                            Why You Should Bookmark: This site is geared towards entrepreneurs who want to have a soulful business. It hopes to cultivate and nurture the inner spirit of the entrepreneur by focusing on your personal growth. While not hardcore business or entrepreneurship, it will provide a much needed deflection from the business side to your personal side.

                                            Must Read: 15 Fascinating Facts About Innerpreneurs

                                            22. OkDork

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                                              A blog about marketing, starting businesses, self-exploration, and tacos

                                              Why You Should Bookmark: I have just found this site and I love its long-form content brimming with useful tips and strategies for taking your business to the next level. Noah Kagan’s writing is conversational but filled with social proof and trustworthy statistics. Bookmark as soon as you can.

                                              Must Read: How to Improve Customer Satisfaction (or how to make your customers orgasm)

                                              23. Chris Brogan

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                                                Tagline: None.

                                                Why You Should Bookmark: Social media marketing maven, Business strategist and author Chris Brogan’s blog punches you in the face with tools and strategies for owning your entrepreneurial game and winning at it. Brogan’s expansive knowledge base and crystal clear writing style cut to the heart of your business, motivating you to go all out while keeping the human side at the forefront.

                                                Must Read: Understanding Value

                                                24. Quora

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                                                  None but accurately described as “To grow and Share the World’s Knowledge”

                                                  Why You Must Bookmark: This site opens up the doors for you to get into the heads of your customers as well as other entrepreneurs and innovators. Posing a question can reslt in answers that can solve some of your businesses toughest questions or just allow yu to consider other options.

                                                  Must Read: What is it Like To Work at a Startup That’s On Fire

                                                  25. She Takes On The World

                                                  shetakesontheworld
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                                                    Turn your Small Business Into Something Big

                                                    Why You Should Bookmark: This information filled website is for women entrepreneurs that want their life and business to soar. Nathalie McNeil has a cheery disposition and motivates you easily—no yelling or pushing, just the sweet facts. The site offers articles on a variety of subjects related to entrepreneurship, leadership, personal branding, interviews with successful women, business resources, and a free directory for women business owners.

                                                    Must Read/Watch: Danielle LaPorte on Finding Your Way, Telling Your Story, and Starting Fires

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                                                    26. Eric Thomas

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                                                      When You Want to Succeed as Bad As You Want to Breathe

                                                      Why You Should Bookmark: Up and coming superstar motivational speaker and life strategist, Eric Thomas will pump you full of motivation to tackle all the challenges that will come up in your daily life and business. Thomas aspires to help you live the life you want.

                                                      Must Read: Principles Gone Awry

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                                                      5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

                                                      5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

                                                      Businesses rely on talent to generate and sell value. Without skilled people to create its products, manage its operations and execute its strategies, a business would inevitably fizzle out of the game and leave better-staffed competitors to take the field.

                                                      This is the reason why ambitious companies go great lengths to attract top talent,[1] shelling out millions of dollars in the process and bending traditional work policies just to bring highly skilled but demanding candidates into the fold.

                                                      Clearly, the contours of business are changing. But so are the demographics of work.

                                                      Millennials have become the dominant generation in the job market in terms of population, and some have already transitioned into leadership roles. Most millennials consider opportunity to learn and grow more important than overall compensation.[2]

                                                      Companies also today expect employees to come equipped with razor sharp business acumen.[3] Unfortunately, there is an alarming discrepancy between the actual skills businesses need and those currently possessed by job candidates.

                                                      To stay in the game, employers need to continually upgrade their training and skills development strategies to cover the entire employee lifecycle.

                                                      What are Learning Management Systems (LMS)?

                                                      Learning management systems are software-based solutions for authoring, presenting, consuming, storing, and tracking educational content and training materials. These systems aim to centralize all instructional content (e.g., lessons, training modules, instructional videos, presentation slides, worksheets, online quizzes, ebooks, takeaway notes, etc.) in one place.

                                                      LMS enable instructors to design and deliver learning experiences to students, with the added capability of evaluating the effectiveness of the instructional materials and grading the learning progress of students.

                                                      On the other side of the equation, learners use LMS to develop skills and acquire new knowledge virtually anytime and anywhere via the different channels and content formats made possible by digital technology.

                                                      Over the years, a wide range of features and technologies have been integrated into learning management systems to help enhance the experience of training designers, instructors, and learners. These include cloud and mobile technology, artificial intelligence, responsive design, scheduling, gamification, data analytics, and interoperability with other applications.

                                                      5 Best All-Purpose Learning Management Systems

                                                      There are dozens of LMS vendors catering to the general market or to specific segments such as K-12 learning, higher education, and corporate training.

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                                                      With so many options available, selecting the right LMS solution for your needs can be complicated and costly, especially when you end up adopting a platform that doesn’t exactly match your goals or requirements.

                                                      Short of conducting a comprehensive audit of your needs and finalizing a learning roadmap, the safest bet would be to adopt full-featured but affordable LMS solutions.

                                                      Based on user reviews, here are the 5 best LMS to help people gain knowledge, build skills, and achieve mastery:

                                                      1. Canvas Network

                                                      Launched by Instructure as an open source software in 2011, Canvas is an end-to-end cloud-based service originally engineered for the education sector.

                                                      Widely adopted for K-12 and Higher Ed learning, Canvas can be repurposed for anything that involves an instructor, a subject matter, and a student.

                                                      Used around the world by people of all ages and organizations of all types, Canvas arguably has the largest learning and support community in its class. It works on desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

                                                      To get a glimpse of the platform’s fresh interfaces, you can visit the Canvas Network, a learning community that provides educational and instructional materials created by colleges, universities, corporate businesses, independent course developers, and other knowledge-sharing entities around the world.

                                                      Hosting hundreds of interesting topics from data science to horticulture, the learning network also serves as evidence to the scope, capabilities, and popularity of the Canvas LMS platform.

                                                      Canvas is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure, which enhances the platform’s reliability, speed, scalability, and overall online performance.

                                                      Additionally, platform adopters enjoy a low-risk environment since cloud-based solutions require no hard stops for version updates, upgrades, or system migrations.

                                                      The Canvas website does not show a price matrix but says the service adopts a simple formula for computing fees: a one-time implementation fee and an annual subscription fee based on total number of users. It also promises free basic services for teachers who want to use the platform.

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                                                      In addition to Canvas, Instructure also offers Bridge (an LMS designed for corporate environments), Arc (a video platform for online learning), and Gauge (an assessment management system).

                                                      Check out this video if you want to learn more about Canvas Network:

                                                      2. Google Classroom

                                                      This free service from Google aims to improve the teaching and learning process using cloud technology, web apps, workflow simplification, and seamless communication between students and instructors.

                                                      Using Classroom, educators can easily create and schedule classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and grade quizzes all in one place. By streamlining processes, Classroom helps teachers save time and organize classes more effectively. Both students and teachers can also work using any device anytime and anywhere.

                                                      Classroom works perfectly with other Google tools, having been launched initially as part of Google’s G Suite for Education. This LMS solution taps Google Drive for content storage and distribution, as well as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for the creation and sharing of instructional materials. Meanwhile it integrates Google Calendar for scheduling and Gmail for communication.

                                                      With G Suite, other communication channels such as chat messaging, video conferencing, and a dedicated website are enabled.

                                                      Easy to set up and manage, Google Classroom is free to use. One of my very first courses was actually hosted on Google Classroom.

                                                      Going beyond the classroom environment, Google offers G Suite Enterprise for Education for large institutions. This suite provides enhanced search and analytics capabilities as well as advanced tools for enterprise communications.

                                                      3. Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)

                                                      If budget and capability equally top your list of LMS adoption criteria, then Moodle might just fit the bill. Which is to say there’s none (i.e., bill).

                                                      Moodle is a free and open-source learning solution for distance education, workplace training, flipped classrooms, and other pedagogical environments.

                                                      It is also a full-featured LMS supported by a robust community and a thriving developer ecosystem. Not surprisingly, Moodle is used in more than 15 million courses by more than 130 million users in 230+ countries.

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                                                      Among other things, Moodle enables administrators and educators to create a dynamic and dedicated website to host organic, easily accessible, and highly customizable courses that can be experienced on desktops and mobile devices anytime and anywhere.

                                                      Moodle provides a personalized and intuitive dashboard as well as a host of collaboration tools for content designers, teachers, and learners. A universal calendar, an efficient file management system, an automatic notification system, multimedia integration, and a progress tracking tool all come with the package.

                                                      Check out this video if you want to learn more about Moodle:

                                                      4. Absorb

                                                      This platform recently bagged PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best LMS.

                                                      Co-designed and built by former course authors, Absorb takes learning experience to the next level. This turnkey LMS solution is responsive, full-featured, and highly customizable for maximum impact.

                                                      Course developers can orchestrate a wide range of experiences depending on audience or learning situation. In addition to surveys, polls, and e-commerce integration, Absorb supports formal online learning and certifications standards such as AICC, SCORM, and Tin Can.

                                                      The user interface can also be modified to match the learner’s location, group, or department, allowing for a different look and feel for customers, channel partners, management trainees, and newly hired employees.

                                                      Absorb supports all personal computing devices from desktops to mobile phones. There are also native or hybrid apps for iOS and Android.

                                                      The only possible drawback to the platform’s powerful feature set is its pricing. The service reportedly implements a flat, one-time setup fee depending on your business and training requirements. According to the site, any plan comes with a dedicated success team for your account.

                                                      Although small companies are welcome to try, midsize to enterprise-scale organizations are probably the best segment to readily adopt this LMS solution.

                                                      Take a look at some examples of Absorb in this video:

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                                                      5. Watershed Collaborative

                                                      Created by a group of educators, this nonprofit rethinks the priorities of an LMS, asserting that too many systems miss the most essential elements of what makes learning stick. They promise a better user experience – emphasizing Learning before Management and System.

                                                      Watershed aims to support an inquiry-based learning experience through an integrated mix of online and in-person learning strategies and interactions designed expressly for teams – including collaboration, reflection, and dialogue.

                                                      While Watershed was founded initially to serve the K-12 education market, the company has since expanded its scope to cater to all types of teachers and learners with its video-rich, state-of-the-art platform.

                                                      If you’re a mission-driven educator, content creator, institution, or business, this LMS may be the one for you.

                                                      Watershed specializes in assisting you with the instructional design of courses and provides content production services to ensure top-quality video assets with lasting value. Their LMS makes it easy for course creators to continuously update and tailor content to support small and large groups, while ensuring the technology and instructional strategy supports communities of learners.

                                                      Pricing varies based on products and services, but revenues support the nonprofit’s ability to make its platform and courses available at little or no cost for high-need educators and educational settings.

                                                      Honorable Mentions

                                                      There are dozens of LMS vendors in this growing market and the brands included in foregoing list are by no means the only viable options for companies or learning institutions looking to upgrade their learning infrastructure.

                                                      Many other excellent services are worth checking out. These include:

                                                      1. Docebo is an LMS designed for hyper-engaging students, employees, customers, and other learners. The system helps organizations identify and resolve competency gaps with strategic learning interventions.
                                                      2. Cornerstone OnDemand is a talent, training, and performance management solution offered as an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). This service enables learners to create personalized playlists of instructional content.
                                                      3. Lessonly is an LMS solution that makes it easier to recall and reinforce whatever skills or knowledge you have learned through quizzes, coaching, and constant practice.
                                                      4. Skillsoft is an online training and corporate learning platform developed by a two-decade old and billion-dollar company with the same name.
                                                      5. D2L BrightSpace is a learning management system that has all the basics for delivering excellent, rich-media experiences for classroom or workplace training.

                                                      Conclusion

                                                      There are many ways to learn but some are more effective and meaningful than others. Whether you are a teacher looking to enhance classroom learning or an HR manager creating a long-term talent development plan for employees, the key to impactful learning is to understand and bridge the needs of learners, the goals of your institution, and the actual capabilities of the learning tools you are considering.

                                                      Note that using multiple LMS platforms is possible although not recommended. On the other hand, adopting other learning solutions beyond LMS (such as podcasts, mentoring, and onsite in-person workshops) may significantly improve learning outcomes. Always go for products and plugins that seamlessly integrate into your core LMS tool.

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