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The Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2017

Every year for the past three, Forbes has gone looking for 25 young U.S. companies with a strong shot at reaching a valuation of $1 billion or more. Last year’s list included hot companies like the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, online retailer Boxed and innovative home seller OpenDoor. This year, …

Startups

Fascinating stories behind San Francisco neighborhood names

For a city of only 49 square miles, San Francisco is packed with a lot of neighborhoods. While Wikipedia puts the number at 40, locals would tell you there are at least a dozen more, from Lincoln Park to Balboa Terrace to Bayview Heights.<p>Many of these enclaves have curious names. Cow Hollow? Did …

San Francisco

Luxury cocktail bars in London

At these luxurious London cocktail bars you can sip quality cocktails in sumptuous surroundings. Will you opt for a classic martini or the …

The best places to go for brunch in London

London may not yet specialise in the lavish, unlimited-champagne brunches so common in places like Hong Kong and Dubai, but an increasing number of restaurants are offering innovative and intriguing brunch menus - diners can now choose from much more than basic egg dishes and bottomless options …

Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave

One of the most consistent patterns in business is the failure of leading companies to stay at the top of their industries when technologies or markets change. Goodyear and Firestone entered the radial-tire market quite late. Xerox let Canon create the small-copier market. Bucyrus-Erie allowed …

Innovation

Disrupt Yourself

“Are you sure you aren’t making a mistake?”<p>I had just announced to one of my dearest friends that I planned to walk away from Wall Street and my seven-figure salary.<p>“Yes, I’m sure.” But was I?<p>Years earlier, I had moved to New York City with a degree in music and a husband who was beginning a Ph.D. …

What Kind of Thinker Are You?

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>We all aspire to work better together. Technology is making some of that effort easier. But digital tools are only part of the answer. It’s people who ultimately make the difference.<p>The problem is that technologies for collaboration are improving faster than people’s ability to learn to …

Management

Can Your Employees Really Speak Freely?

Chances are, your employees are withholding valuable intelligence from you. Maybe it’s about a project that’s gone off track or a manager who’s behaving badly. Or maybe they’re not sharing their thoughts on ways the business could grow its sales or improve operations. No matter how open you are as …

Management

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …

Self-improvement

You Can’t Engage Employees by Copying How Other Companies Do It

Employee trust in management and commitment to the company have been in decline for decades. Yet we know that trust and commitment are essential for high individual and corporate performance. Only a minority of companies have managed to buck this decline and have built companies worthy of the human …

Employee Engagement

Tesla needs the one thing only rival carmakers can give it

Tesla's market position is solid right now. True, the company is facing challenges, from perfecting its manufacturing processes to ensuring that it can deliver enough vehicles in 2015 to keep Wall Street happy.<p>But Elon Musk's startup has money in the bank, has just debuted its much-anticipated …

Tesla

Why the Fail-Fast Approach Isn’t Right for Breakthrough Ventures

Failure has become de rigeur, particularly in software start-ups that initially require little capital and small teams. The idea seems simple enough: you start with an initial venture concept, put together a team, and launch the venture. You develop minimally viable products, keep testing different …

Business Strategy

Enterprise Software’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity

Aaron Levie Contributor<p>Aaron Levie is the Chief Executive Officer of Box.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Now the cloud wars (really) begin<br>• The Industrialist’s Dilemma<p>Outside of the tech industry, an unmistakable trend is sweeping the business world.<p>Companies in industries as far ranging as …

Innovation

Developing Employees Who Think for Themselves

When we talk to managers about what their workers are lacking, we hear a common refrain: “We need employees who can think, not just follow orders.” The complaint is usually followed by an observation about how the world is changing too quickly to predict customers’ demands, or that competitors are …

Employee Engagement

Marketing Is Dead, and Loyalty Killed It

So, you’ve worked your way up the corporate ladder to become Chief Marketing Officer. Pat yourself on the back – you deserve it! All done? Good. Now, please accept my condolences. Your job is obsolete, and unless you turn yourself into a Chief Loyalty Officer, you’re sure to eventually be replaced …

Apple Pay

Creating The Killer Event Tech Pitch

In co-creating the IMEX Event Technology Startup competition (#IMEXpitch) with the Event Manager Blog we have started thinking about the elements …

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Tesla

New York’s major megaprojects, mapped: World Trade Center, Hudson Yards, more - Curbed NY

New development is occurring at a breakneck pace throughout New York City, and while much of it is happening on the individual level, a not-inconsequential portion of it is also lumped into megaprojects rising all over the five boroughs.<p>Entire stretches of land are giving rise to new and recreated …

Pop-up underground cinema to mark 24-hour Tube opening

<b>An underground cinema is coming soon to Charing Cross Station to celebrate the 24-hour opening of the Tube.</b><p>The pop-up hosted by Underground Film Club will be held at the end of May.<p>A disused part of the station served as a film set for Paddington but has been closed to the public since 1999 when …

England

Australia's 'five pillar economy': education

<i>In his 2013 election campaign, Tony Abbott promised his government would build a world-class “five pillar economy”, encompassing manufacturing,</i> …

Students

Uber Is Quietly Testing A Massive Merchant Delivery Program

Uber is planning to launch a merchant delivery program that would allow online shoppers to get same-day delivery of goods through both UberRush couriers and Uber drivers. TechCrunch has obtained training documents for Uber drivers and couriers who are part of the merchant delivery pilot …

eCommerce

Tech Execs Fly Under the Radar at Washington’s Nerd Prom

Airbnb, Uber and Google execs descend on D.C. for annual White House dinner.<p>Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk was on hand at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner, even if many Washingtonians didn’t seem to realize it.<p>He was hardly alone. A small army of tech CEOs descended on D.C. for …

Silicon Valley

How the iPhone 6 compares to its biggest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S6

Earlier this month, Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S6 — which is arguably its best phone to date. Some may even call it the best Android phone on the market right now.<p>Samsung has improved its latest Galaxy phone in all the right ways — from the way it looks and feels to the software and how …

Phones

WikiLeaks: Hollywood working with local anti-piracy groups

"I have been one of the most prominent people in the debate so I should be there," he told Fairfax Media.<p>The hacked Sony emails reveal that Mr …

6 ways wearables will transform small and growing businesses

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Salesforce.</i><p>With the recent unveiling of the new Apple Watch, it quickly became apparent that wearables are just as functional as they are fun. Beyond activity reminders and new ways to connect with loved ones, wearables offer countless opportunities for businesses …

11 Reasons Why Travel Makes You a Happier Person

Travel is good for lots of things, but it can also increase mental well-being - and not just in the short-term. Whether you're traveling for business, on a one-week family holiday, or have sold everything to pursue a life on the road, traveling can make you a happier person by building …

Happiness

Highfive Raises $32 Million To Bring Cheap Video To Conference Rooms Worldwide

Companies like Slack and Zenefits are known for how they’re changing the way we work, from reducing work email clutter to making it easier for human resources at small businesses to buy insurance for their employees.<p>Inside those companies, they’re using a new kind of video tool to be more …

Startups

Startup founder: I want to be a horse, not a unicorn so I won't take VC money

It was 2011 and I was at a roundtable event at Grow Conference, an annual gathering of investors, entrepreneurs, and wantrepreneurs alike. I'd just finished telling my table that I didn't want to raise venture money and had decided to bootstrap Flow, which we had launched a couple months …

Venture Capital

Nocookies

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