Sunday, July 31, 2016
For workaholics and those suffering from professional FOMO, there's one thing they never plan to do: take leave. But failing to do so can hamstring their companies and prevent them from taking needed time off.
People with grit have the character to succeed because they will think outside the box, solve problems and get the job done. Here are four types of interview questions that can help you identify people with the drive and determination to be great.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
These four U.S. founders turned their initial PR mistakes into wins in ways that others can model as well.
A new UK startup is looking to blow Tesla and Google's driverless technology offerings out of the water. (Or should that be off the road?)
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Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
In principle, measuring return on experience isn't all that complicated. Define the goals at the start of the marketing campaign, set success criteria, execute the campaign, measure and assess results. Simple, right? Well, no, of course not.
I can count the days each year that my wife eats fish on one hand. She doesn't like scales, tails, or bones, and when it comes to the two-eyes up, bottom-dwelling filter feeders you can forget about it.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Customer service is one of those necessary evils for a lot of business leaders. Part of the reason for this is it costs so much to run an effective customer service team. When a company is thinking about making cuts they will nearly always make reductions in this area first.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
As business owners and marketers, it can sometimes feel like nothing will get the needle to move when it comes to your website's traffic. However, last time I checked, getting discouraged doesn't do anything to drive people to your site. So, instead of hanging your head, you should instead jump into one of these strategies below (or all of them if you really want to see a jump in traffic).
Monday, July 25, 2016
It was 98 degrees in Orange County, Calif. today, with unusually high humidity. Yet I decided to play a quick nine holes. And proceeded to, without even breaking a sweat. How so? I headed to the brand-new Ultimate HD Golf that's located inside an L.A. Fitness workout club in Mission Viejo. It's an air-conditioned indoor course simulator that also accommodates lessons, clubfitting and driving range practice time. While there are plenty of sports bars, country clubs and even private residences across America with golf simulators, this is the only one I know of inside a health club.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Ivan G. Pivaroff and his wife, Gwendolyn S. Pivaroff, owed Uncle Sam the sum of $8 million in tax liabilities, as a result of a 1998 decision by the U.S. Tax Court. The IRS finally got around to suing the Pivaroffs in 2008 to collect, and place tax liens against the Pivaroff's assets.
Posted by Lanaya Benjamin at 9:30 PM
There's a powerful myth that many people continue to believe in: that innovation comes about through a flash of inspiration, a Eureka! moment. In reality, innovation is fed by a constant diet of relevant and up-to-date information that can be reused and recombined to give shape to new ideas.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Three thousand entrepreneurs, investors, and tech enthusiasts descended on Bangkok this weekend for a meeting of the minds at the Techsauce Summit. Hosted by Techsauce Media, the conference is designed to spur innovation and investment in the Land of Smiles.
The 14th in a preview from cartoonist Ted Rall's upcoming graphic biography of Donald Trump, "Trump: A Graphic Biography."
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Friday, July 22, 2016
A common pain of startups after an exhilarating first surge of early adopters is a long and frustrating plateau of slow growth, where it seems like nothing you do will get your business to profitability. Too many entrepreneurs don't know what to do at this point, largely accounting for that disappointing 50 percent of startups that fail in the first five years, according to Gallup.
This Week In Credit Card News: More Americans Now Paying Off Card Balances, Cici's Pizza Data Breach
More Americans Are Paying Off Their Credit Cards Every Month
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Thursday, July 21, 2016
These three founders' success in doing their own public relations has evolved their careers.
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It's no longer atypical to hear about disillusioned corporate careerists fleeing the hamster wheel for a second calling producing wine, but coffee? Yet coffee offers as much flavor, delicacy and nuance as fermented grapes. Thus, it seems logical for coffee production to follow trends in wine. Read about an entrepreneur who recognized this opportunity and left the U.S. for Panama to grow an award-winning variety called Geisha.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Singapore is beating China in global entrepreneurship, according to the recently released 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Index.
Putting people into positions where they can succeed – and supporting them with coaching -- is the ultimate role of every manager. Making it happen requires an ability to know what people can achieve and the discipline to let them do it without interference, at the same time being ready to step in and lend a helping hand.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
A transaction tax is one of those ideas that keeps popping up. Earlier this month, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced a bill - Finishing Irresponsible Reckless Speculatnetive Trading - that would apply a tax of 3 basis points (.03%) to most financial trading including stocks, bonds and other transactions. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that the bill would raise $417 billion over ten years. The legislation has support from the AFL-CIO, Americans for Financial Reform, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the Communications Workers of America, and Public Citizen.
Monday, July 18, 2016
In the wake of recent activity in the race to launch a Bitcoin ETF, a newly formed company has filed to create an ETF out of another digital currency, ether.
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Sunday, July 17, 2016
The economy's continued expansion could have you, like many business owners, optimistic about your company's growth prospects for this year and going forward.
Social investment is on the up - held as a panacea to social sector financing challenges it may in fact represent a challenge to all the sector stands for.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Lessons learned from weathering the inevitable storms of entrepreneurial life.
By the time the minimum wage reaches $15, Wal-Mart, Target, McDonald's, and Panera Bread will be different places. There will be no cashiers at Wal-Mart, Target and the like; and robots will flip burgers at McDonald's and prepare soups, sandwiches and salads at Panera Bread. The $15 minimum wage movement has a good cause:
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Friday, July 15, 2016
In this era of accelerating change, business-as-usual is the enemy of every business, new and old. Yet it's an easy rut to fall into, and a tough one to break out of. Every business needs to “reach for the stars” on a regular basis, in much the same way the President Kennedy challenged a nation to put a man on the moon in an impossible timeframe more than fifty years ago.
While facing unique challenges of their own, healthcare and pharma marketers also deal with the same issues all marketers face.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
OpenStack lives! SwiftStack has partnered with Cisco in a collaboration that brings SwiftStack's object storage into Cisco's Metapod.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Here is a little tax tip. If you owe money to the IRS, do not send your check to Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service, 3338 Gypsum Rd, Reno, NV. That particular entity is a registered domestic corporation in the state of Nevada. Its president is Peter Tolotti not, you know, Barack Obama. Brant Honkanen is the Treasurer and AR Salman is the Secretary. The all "live at" PO Box 10351 Reno NV.
As the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule was being passed into law earlier this year, thousands of people voiced their opposition to a rule designed to improve the retirement security of Americans by improving investment advice from financial advisors. Opponents feared that the new rule would stifle business, increase compliance
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Just when you thought the apparel industry couldn't evolve any further – one Indian company is rolling out a line of touch-enabled clothing that wearer's can program to broadcast their mood for the moment. The stable old t-shirt is getting a makeover with technology.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Women entrepreneurs are articulate, tenacious and ambitious. To my understanding, a third of all new companies created today are run by women. Entrepreneurship supports economic growth and so what is good for women is good for the economy.
After former President Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a secret meeting, Lynch's Justice Department announced that it would not indict Hillary Clinton for her private email server and destruction of public documents, because she had no obvious intent to break the law, just extreme carelessness for it. Whatever happened to "ignorance of the law is no excuse"? Cartoon by Ted Rall.
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Sunday, July 10, 2016
After making a "spiritual journey" in the woods, Don Larson, a former turnaround specialist at Hershey Company, sold his Porsche, his hot air balloon and his house with a pool to start a social enterprise selling cashews in Mozambique to improve the lives of orphans and the nation's poor farmers. He's learned that selling tasty nuts isn't enough. A social enterprise's back story matters mightily to consumers.
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The cryptocurrency exchange that previously signalled earlier this summer that it was relaunching as a so-called 'Decentralized Conglomerate' this July to become a hub for diverse business projects, will shortly kickstart its first project, HEAT, a new third-generation blockchain platform from Finland led by veteran software consultant Svante Lehtinen in Helsinki.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
The real story of entrepreneurship is one of constant rejection, frayed relationships, inevitable betrayal, roller coasters of emotions, and a rocky process whereby "work" and "life" become one. Here are two ways to survive the ride.
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Friday, July 8, 2016
It can be easy to get swept away in the fast lane and forget to stop and show your appreciation for what you do have. A life well lived is one of gratitude and thankfulness. To help you on your gratitude journey, here are 8 ways to have more gratitude in your daily life.
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Thursday, July 7, 2016
The U.N. Permanent Court of Arbitration says it will rule Tuesday on the legal basis for China's claim to about 95% of a widely disputed sea off its south coast. The court might say China has no such right because its claim extends beyond the international norm of a 370-km offshore exclusive economic zone. That's why the Philippines, which contests of part of the same ocean, took the case to that U.N. court in The Hague last year. The court may side with Beijing, which cites 2,000 years of historic use as a reason to dominate the South China Sea. Or it may make a softer decision that compels China and the Philippines to work things out on their own.
We often underestimate the power of our personal story - but one woman reminds us it can be the ticket to create the life you've always wanted. Read on to learn how you can leverage your own story.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Malaysian police announced this month their country's first confirmed attack by the violent Islamic State. Someone in Syria gave orders to bomb the Movida night club in the Malaysian town of Puchong June 28, injuring eight people, according to local media reports. Now some worry that the night club incident will lead a string of Islamic State (ISIS) attacks in Malaysia. The hardcore ISIS resents Malaysia's moderate Islam and the government's condemnation of its violent approach to making believers more puritan. The violent group also sees chances to convert disgruntled low-income Malaysians into future attack planners in the generally well-off country.
Angela Leong's property saga, it turns out, doesn't begin or end with her attachment to Stanley Ho.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016
China wants the South China Sea to be its own sea. And set its own navigation rules in one of the busiest trade regions of the world?most coming from China itself. Just a few days before the ruling of the International Court of Hague (ICH) on the South China Sea disputes, China
A Series of Forbes Insights Profile of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Kim Perell, President, Amobee
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Monday, July 4, 2016
Singapore is deemed by some as an idyllic place to foster a new breed of technologically innovative enterprises. As part of the efforts to develop a new breed of technologically innovative global enterprises, many new initiatives promote the inclusion and innovation of technology to make a wave of change to the current technology offerings. We look at 3 companies that are poised to up the ante.
You are in business to help others solve a problem of some sort. If you do a good job at that, then you'll make money. The Beatles said it best, “The love you take is equal to the love you make.” The profit you make is equal to the level of the service that you provide.
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