President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden participated in the last debate of the 2020 election cycle. Here is what we learned about the two.

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday’s Debate.

Thursday night was filled with lots of strategies, game-planning, and a last-second attempt to change the direction of the coming weeks. One side ultimately showed superior planning and understanding of the opposition. With little hope of a worthY battle coming in, the event ended up being something to behold, with the Philadelphia Eagles mounting an 11 point comeback in the last 5 minutes to defeat the New York Giants.

There was also a Presidential debate.

Regarding the debate, all that was stated above remains true with Joe Biden and Donald Trump putting on a performance that no one expected. Moderated…

From not only avoiding a question but answering a question on a completely different topic to flys on hair, this VP debate offered a lot for us to take away.

Kamala Harris and Mike Pence
Kamala Harris and Mike Pence
Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence. Getty Images and AP

On Wednesday, October 7th, America witnessed its first debate for the 2020 Presidential elections. Sure, technically this is the second debate but I am not counting the first event between President Trump and former Vice President Biden as a debate but rather as a glorified day at daycare.

The topics for the debate ranged from COVID-19 to abortion to the Black Lives Matter but due to the debate only being 90 minutes long and a total of 9 topics being selected, that only the candidates to speak on a topic for 10 minutes. …

3 ways I made my phone as productive as possible using iOS14 updates.

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It’s not just quirky designs and color-coordinated screens that are possible from the recent iOS14 update.

In fact, Apple has given its users free reigns to make an iPhone become something that no one envisioned it to be: an Android. It may seem like a joke but many of the features that are new to Apple users have existed on Android phones for years but alas, this article is about iPhones.

The update had a lot of new additions to the iOS experience but 3 specifically increased my productivity by not only eliminating distractions but by increasing its tools and…

Even though most, if not all, Americans agree that the first Presidential debate was a mess, there are some very important lessons learned from the event.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump in the first Presidential Debate
Joe Biden and Donald Trump in the first Presidential Debate
Joe Biden and Donald Trump in their first debate. Photo: CNN Co. Ltd, all right reserved.

On September 29th, the United States of America was blessed with a 2-hour manifestation of the future of American politics for at least the next 2 months. As bad as 2020 has been, nothing prepared us for what we witnessed during the first Presidential debate. As someone who has already decided on who they will vote for, I simply watched this debate to understand the policies and points that each candidate was advocating for.

For me, this debate was merely a formality in the election process. In all honesty, I doubt many Presidential debates sway the decision of a voter…

For Delonte West, former NBA player, Mark Cuban is more than just an NBA owner. He is a helping hand to him in a time of need.

Basketball Court via @jessedo81

Delonte West is one of the most mysterious stories in the National Basketball Association. After being selected 24th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2004 NBA draft, Delonte went on to play for 8 seasons and averaged nearly 10 points per game over his career. He was widely known as one of the more reliable Point Guards during his tenure in the NBA but little is known about his off-the-court struggles.

West comes from a “happy-poor” childhood that had a lot of ups and downs throughout. Upon garnering a sustainable income from his basketball career, West purchased homes for…

Music artist and producer Travis Scott and Fast-Food chain McDonald’s have paired up on an unprecedented combination. Here is why this pairing works stunningly for both.

Travis Scott
Travis Scott
Travis Scott performing on stage. Joel Muniz via Unsplash

Starting September 8th, McDonald’s customers will be able to order the “Cactus Jack Meal” for $6. The meal is being fashioned as an album, with Track 1 being “Quarter-Pounder with Cheese, Travis-Style”, Track 2 being “Medium Fries with BBQ Sauce” and Track 3 being “Sprite with Ice”. This promotion lasts a month with support for charities being included along the way. Travis Scott is the first American celebrity to have his own McDonald’s meal since working with Michael Jordan in 1992, marking a significant shift in the direction and focus that McDonald’s is looking towards.

Travis Jack quotes a cryptic…

Sure, Instagram “stole” the product of TikTok and implemented it onto their platform but there are methods to Zuckerberg’s madness.

An iphone app screen
An iphone app screen
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Last week Instagram officially announced Reels as its official competitor to the global phenomenon that is TikTok. If initiation is the most sincere form of flattery then what Instagram basically married TikTok.

Reels is an almost carbon-copy version of TikTok.

Popular creators, tech gurus, and the average Joe all could see the similarities. Heck, even TikTok saw it.

I am sure Instagram acknowledges this. This is what they do. Facebook itself has really only copied and changed or acquired ideas. Just look at Snapchat stories or Vine videos or Instagram itself, which Facebook bought. If you can’t beat em…

Follow these 5 steps to ensure that every meeting you lead is productive and engaging for all participants.

An employee at a meeting with his laptop in front of him.
An employee at a meeting with his laptop in front of him.
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Whether it be in the corporate world, the collegiate world, or in between, meetings are inevitable.

We all want meetings we attend to be quick and painless but they are often the complete opposite; most leave us feeling groggy and irate. It is understandable, most meetings can be completed in under 20 minutes but last hours with pointless discussions that do not concern the majority of members.

After partaking in hundreds of meetings throughout college and in various internships, I developed a framework for any meetings I would prepare in the future. …

Patrick Mahomes just signed the biggest contract in sports history using a unique set of on and off the field strategies.

Quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes
Quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes
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On December 31st, 2017, Patrick Mahomes started his first National Football League game as the Quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs. On July 6th, 2020, Patrick Mahomes signed the largest contract in sports history, worth up to $503 million over a ten-year span. All it took was 918 days for Patrick Mahomes to go from benchwarmer to making over a $1 million a week. To put the sheer magnitude of Mahomes’ contract in perspective, the next highest-paid contract in NFL history was Matt Ryan’s worth $150 million over 5 years. …

Every successful organization succeeds because of its team. Follow these steps to ensure the people around you elevate together.

An employee walks through sticky notes on a wall to her colleagues during a meeting.
An employee walks through sticky notes on a wall to her colleagues during a meeting.
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There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’, it is true. This age-old saying has been mentioned in every sports event, movie, or tv show but as cliche, as it may be, this applies to every single group of entities in the universe. This series will be more of a journal as I journey through my passion project turned pseudo-startup. Each week, I will write about the highs, lows, and reflection points from the previous week, using quick journal write-ups to reference my memory. …

Hisham Iqbal

I write about entrepreneurship, technology, data science, sports, and attempted comedy | CS + Econ @ UVA ’20 | Subscribe to

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