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As China's NPC Meets, Here Are Four Danger Signs to Watch for in the Nation's Economy

As China’s stock markets careen, global bourses follow in a punishing display of wave theory. With each 10th of a GDP percentage point shaved off of …

10 podcasts to sharpen your sales skills

In the competitive 21st century marketplace, it’s more important than ever to keep your sales skills sharp. Regardless of how busy you are, podcasts provide an opportunity to continue learning without disrupting your daily routine. Whether you’re traveling, exercising or sitting in a waiting room, …

Meerkat CEO explains the secret to the app’s success: ‘We didn’t have to do a lot’

Overnight, live-streaming app Meerkat became the “it” thing in app-happy San Francisco this spring. Everybody seemed to be doing it.<p>Suddenly, Twitter acquired Periscope in mid-March and shortly afterward cut off Meerkat’s access to the Twitter social graph. Then at the end of March, Meerkat …

How Sequoia Capital India became Asia’s most prolific venture capital firm

A decade ago, much before the likes of Flipkart and Snapdeal grew into behemoths, Sequoia Capital had already made its first bet on the Indian startup ecosystem.<p>In 2006, the storied Silicon Valley enterprise—with a history of backing technology giants such as Apple, Google, LinkedIn and …

Venture Capital

Back to the basics: 10 expert tips for your startup's website

A website is a startup's opportunity to distinguish itself from its competitors while also promoting its value and offerings to current and potential …

Marketing

5 Secrets to Starting a Successful Company on a Shoestring

Maybe you don't need VC funding after all.<p>How much money do you need to start a successful company? It might be less than you think. Some smart entrepreneurs are bypassing the whole venture capital world with its alphabet rounds of funding, opting instead to get their companies going on a …

7 Challenges Successful People Overcome

Where others see impenetrable barriers, successful people see challenges to embrace and obstacles to tackle.<p>It's truly fascinating how successful people approach problems. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome.<p>Their confidence in the face …

Western companies are being forced to figure China out all over again

Foreign companies have long known that China’s economic slowdown—now upon us—could hit their earnings hard. They just didn’t expect they’d be hit by changing consumer buying habits and a rise in Chinese competitors at the same time. Suddenly, foreign brands are finding it a lot harder to convince …

LeBron James Is Officially NBA's Hardest Player to Coach

LeBron James dragged a threadbare Cleveland Cavaliers roster to within two wins of an NBA title, an effort that showed why, for so many reasons, James is the easiest player in the league to manage.<p>His mere presence practically assures title contention—regardless of the support around him.<p>The …

Alibaba's Jack Ma Says Life Was Better When He Earned Next to Nothing

The e-commerce king says he misses the days when he earned $12 a month. Being a billionaire is, you know, stressful.<p>Jack Ma may be one of the wealthiest people in the world, grossing $22 billion by <i>Forbes'</i> estimate, but he says he yearns for the days when he earned just $12 a month, <i>Business Insider</i> …

4 Ways You Can Market Your Business Using Instagram

With a user base of 300 million, Instagram is becoming a marketing force to be reckoned with. Even though it is a fairly new medium, the same marketing principles still apply. With Instagram, businesses can connect authentically, directly, and efficiently with many current and future customers in …

How Google Finally Got Design

Google’s transformation into a company that creates beautiful software is the story of how tech itself has evolved in the mobile era.<p>It would have been crazy to say just a few years ago. But today, Google produces better-designed software than any other tech behemoth. If you don’t believe that, …

20 fascinating facts that make you think twice

Luckily, the folks over at Reddit have a collection of true facts about life, and we've combed through them to find our favorites.<p>From a creature that can survive the harsh vacuum of space to the odd state sport of Maryland, you're bound to learn something that makes you think twice.<p><i>Note: A shorter</i> …

Reddit

Virtual reality wants to rule video games. Here's who will rule VR

"The developers say over and over again, they love Valve."<p>Dan O'Brien, head of the VR team at HTC

The psychology behind color

If you squash every scene from the <i>The Matrix</i> into one image you’ll get something that looks like an old fuzzy TV screen. Look a little closer though and you’ll see the entire movie unfold, all without watching a single scene.<p>As you scan from left to right and top to bottom the colors flip flop …

UI Design

8 Cheaper Alternatives to Popular European Destinations

We mapped out eight under-the-radar alternatives to popular European destinations, based on the kind of activity you're looking for. Adventure sports, wine tastings, the beach?! These secondary spots are equally as awesome, just a whole lot cheaper.<p><i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p>Rome, Munich, the French …

National Parks

10 of the best festivals in Europe ... that you’ve probably never heard of

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Festivals

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JD.com Takes On Alibaba With Its New International E-Commerce Platform

JD.com, the second-largest e-commerce company in China after Alibaba, is taking on its bigger rival with the launch of JD Worldwide. The new sales platform, which enables overseas vendors to sell directly to Chinese consumers without having to set up a business there, will compete with Alibaba’s …

​The chaebols: The rise of South Korea's mighty conglomerates

There was a joke in South Korea back in the 1990s. It went like this:<p>What would employees of the mighty Korean conglomerates -- the so-called chaebols -- do if they were accidentally confronted by a fearsome bear while strolling through the forest?<p>Hyundai employees would club the bear to death …

and it just made a $122 million buy to help

Rubicon Project, the programmatic advertising company that went public last year, acquired Toronto-based search and ad regargeting company Chango on …

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10 apps that will make your life infinitely easier

We get by with a little help from our apps.<p>From smartphone apps that help get you places to those that remind you about morning meetings to those …

A subculture of entrepreneurship hatches in Japan

For years, Japan has been searching for a way to get its economic mojo back, and increasingly it's looking to people like 17-year-old high school dropout Yoichiro Mikami as the answer.<p>In a conformist culture where the socially acceptable road to success has typically meant cram school, …

'Asian' corporate values are making a comeback

Whether controlled by tycoons or the state, these outfits would become open, focused, responsive to investors and managed by professionals.<p>Today the idea that corporate Asia will converge with the West seems quite mad. About 70% of Asia's stockmarket value is represented by state-run firms or …

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. Facebook is reportedly in talks with The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and National Geographic to get them to publish content direct to its platform.</b> The idea is that content would load quicker than external links, but it comes with the caveats of data and ad revenue sharing.<p><b>2. Twitter is testing a</b> …

7 Reasons You Should Care About Your Personal Branding

Think personal branding isn't important to your career? Think again.<p>Personal branding is especially crucial for the current generation of young workers, who are more likely to move around professionally. Over the course of their careers, many professionals will change industries, transition between …

5 Superior Alternatives To Apple's New MacBook

Apple describes their New MacBook as “the future of the notebook.” But I’m not buying that prophesy, and neither should you. From an engineering standpoint, Apple’s newest SKU is nothing short of brilliant; its elegant chassis a true evolution in a tech world that measures sexiness in millimeters. …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …