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How Zalando founder Robert Gentz built a €1.8B company in 6 years

The story of the rise of the business economist from Düsseldorf Robert Gentz to becoming the boss of the e-commerce success Zalando starts on a beach in Guatemala. Gentz was vacationing there at the beginning of 2007 and read in a newspaper that StudiVZ was sold to Holtzbrinck Publishers for a …

The Build Muscle, Stay Lean Meal Plan

Matthew Leete / Getty Images<p>Bulking up: It’s a scary thought for many guys at the gym because it seems like there’s always a string attached. …

Nutrition

The 3 Most Incredible PCs Of February 2014

PC modding stems from the days when enthusiasts that built their own PCs tried to improve cooling and make their bland beige boxes a little more attractive. Eventually, people with skills in painting, carpentry and metalwork all joined the fray with some amazing results that ended with PCs looking …

4 Secrets Behind Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

Before you waste your time reaching out to venture capitalists, use these tools to corral your supporters’ financial backing for your startup.<p>We’ve all heard the success story: Startup struggles to bring investors on board, startup continues to rely on seed funding while gaining traction, then …

Three things Bill Gates wishes he could have done 20 years ago

The Bill Gates of 2014 is very different than the Gates of 1994. Then, his sole focus was building Microsoft into a software and technology behemoth. Now he’s only just stepping back into a prominent role after years focused on one of the world’s most significant charitable foundations.<p>In an “ask …

Machine Learning

Prada's Sales Are Soaring Because It Adopted Apple's Strategy

The reason for their smashing success?<p>The luxury handbag maker has been limiting selling its product through wholesale channels, reports Kyle Stock at Bloomberg Businessweek.<p>Instead, Prada opened 79 retail stores around the world this year.<p>Apple is most famous for adopting this strategy, according …

Selling

Is being an entrepreneur a nightmare?

<b>Becoming an entrepreneur is a daydream for millions of people.</b><p>After all, starting your own company is an opportunity to become your own boss, chart your own destiny, and maybe make a fortune.<p>But is the reality always rosy, even if your business flourishes?<p>Here 10 successful entrepreneurs talk about …

Entrepreneurship

Indian markets: tricky times | Financial Times

The recent turmoil in emerging markets has hit India, reversing some of the the gains and optimism from the end of last year.<p>Early on Tuesday, the …

Read Satya Nadella's first letter to employees as Microsoft's CEO

CEO calls for focus as he warns that "our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation."<p>It's official, Satya Nadella is Microsoft's next CEO, and on his first day on the job he's sent a letter to the whole staff. In the letter, Nadella speaks of what he thinks makes Microsoft a …

How to attract your ideal investor

Pitching for investment can be both daunting and exciting for a social entrepreneur. You have invested passion, sweat and tears into building a business that you are proud of. But can you now convince others to invest their cash into it?<p>Having just joined ClearlySo, I'm now in an organisation that …

Meltdown: The men who crashed the world | UK

In the first episode of <i>Meltdown</i>, we hear about four men who brought down the global economy: a billionaire mortgage-seller who fooled millions; a high-rolling banker with a fatal weakness; a ferocious Wall Street predator; and the power behind the throne.<p>The crash of September 2008 brought the …

What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate

Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this practice. It always seemed so vague and …

The Most Surprising Things about America According to an Indian Living There

One recent question on Quora was "What facts about the United States do foreigners not believe until they come to America?" Aniruddh Chaturvedi, an …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

What Humans Can Learn From A Simple Kiss

At a basic level, kissing is a biohazard. What is love then, if not the willingness to expose yourself to a host of nasty diseases lurking in your partner's mouth?<p>But could kissing also be a tool with a purpose?<p>Psychology graduate student Rafael Wlodarski, from the University of Oxford, wanted to …

Anyone Anywhere Can Build The Next Google -- There Are No Barriers

A common excuse that entrepreneurs make for not being able to innovate is the lack of venture capital in their region. They argue that because investors are not ready to take a risk, they can’t succeed. Policy makers all over the world make the same excuse.<p>Access to venture capital may have been a …

India's Nuclear Scientists Keep Dying Mysteriously

Indian nuclear scientists haven't had an easy time of it over the past decade. Not only has the scientific community been plagued by "suicides," unexplained deaths, and sabotage, but those incidents have gone mostly underreported in the country.<p><i>(Photo via)</i><p>Indian nuclear scientists haven't had an …

The Mint countries: Next economic giants?

<b>In 2001 the world began talking about the Bric countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - as potential powerhouses of the world economy. The term was coined by economist Jim O'Neill, who has now identified the "Mint" countries - Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey - as emerging economic</b> …

Emerging Markets

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

Country of Origin: Italy<br>Engine: 750-hp, 6.5-liter, 12-cylinder<br>0-62 mph: 2.9 seconds<br>Starting price: $4.5 million<br>Lamborghini says it plans to build only nine copies of the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster in 2014. Among many other innovations its lightweight body design makes extensive use of carbon …

Best Winter Trips 2014

Travel<p>There’s no reason to hibernate this winter when there are new beaches, slopes, sports, and festivals to discover. This year’s list of best winter trips is a global collection of 15 editor-recommended destinations. Find the one that inspires you and start packing. —Maryellen Kennedy Duckett

Travel Photography

Ultra Hot Luxury Winter Hideouts

By Anisha Shah<p>It's grey and blustery, sunlight is a rare treat and the sight of your own bare skin even rarer. This is definitely the time to fly to a hot hideaway. Across the globe, luxury-lusters are seeking ever more remote and uncharted territory. In my work as a travel journalist, I've …

The World's Best Beach Hotels in 2014

If it's sand and sun you're hankering for, look no further than these beach hotels in the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Australia, Mexico, and more.<p>From Condé Nast Traveler's <b>Gold List 2014</b><p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Gold List Beach<p><i>More from Condé Nast Traveler:</i><p>Must-Have Gadgets for Every Traveler<p>Incredible …

Condé Nast

10 Most Desired Wedding and Honeymoon Destinations of 2013

American couples are looking to go somewhere warm and nearby when planning destination weddings, according to Google’s year-in-review Zeitgeist list …

Top 10: Places to See Holiday Lights

TravelBest Of<p>Around the globe, seasonal light displays spark dazzling artistry, salute time-honored traditions, and infuse busy corridors with a festive air.

Hong Kong

How to Fly Like a Pro

Three frequent flier pros reveal their air rituals–and share some secrets:<p><b>> Best Flying Tip</b><p><b>Heather</b> <b>Poole</b><b>Heather</b> <b>Poole</b><b>Heather</b> <b>Poole</b>, <b></b>flight attendant and best selling author of <i>Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet</i>: I wear headphones in case I end up …

The 5 most important differences between Paris and New York

The Paris versus New York debate ever rages on, and below-the-belt remarks are tossed like grenades from both sides of the Atlantic.<p>There’s already a …

France

New Apps and Websites That Will Change the Way You Travel in 2014

<i>By Karen Dion</i><p>There are so many new apps and websites to help us micromanage every aspect of our travel. In compiling a best-of list, we wondered where to even begin! We tried to keep it simple: Here are some of our favorites from the last year that will save you money and/or stress when planning …

Apps

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Travel

How Brands Can Best Partner with Tween YouTube Stars

YouTube star Blair Fowler has been a longtime fan of L’Oreal mascara, often referencing it in her beauty tutorials and other videos throughout the years. L’Oreal approached Blair to create a video about the contest they were hosting as a means of driving more engagement to their promotional contest …