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If You Solve THIS Soviet Kids Puzzle Your Intelligence Is Far Greater Than 99% Of The Internet!

An obscure cartoon riddle has resurfaced on the Internet, causing a lot of people to scratch their heads.<p>The puzzle is from a Soviet-era book by E. …

Kids

'Shark Tank' investor Robert Herjavec shares the top 3 mistakes entrepreneurs make in a pitch

Over seven seasons of "Shark Tank" and six seasons of its Canadian predecessor "Dragon's Den," Robert Herjavec has seen hundreds of pitches from entrepreneurs looking for funding.<p>By this point, he can determine whether he can trust an entrepreneur with his money within the first few minutes of a …

Entrepreneurship

‘Less intelligent’ students suppress free speech on campus: Richard Dawkins

Evolutionary biologist and contentious atheist Richard Dawkins believes the students trying to suppress free discourse on college campuses may be …

Religion

'Shark Tank' Robert Herjavec's rise, career

Michael Kovac/Getty Images<p>Robert Herjavec is best known today as one of the investors on ABC's "Shark Tank." But he has quite a backstory.<p>Not only is he a millionaire thanks to some successful companies he has founded, but he also maintains a fun social life with truly interesting hobbies.<p>Here are …

How To Innovate Without All That Costly R&D

Every business needs to innovate in order to thrive. But as corporate research and development grows ever more expensive, it’s also becoming ever less effective. PriceWaterhouseCoopers reports that half of all companies say they are only “marginally effective” (i.e., bad) at converting R&D spending …

Innovation

5 Battle-Tested Dale Carnegie Quotes That All Entrepreneurs Need to Remember | Inc.com

Dale Carnegie's business philosophies have always had a seat at our family's dinner table and my two sisters and I were required to read the famous book <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i> (thanks, dad). Selling over 30 million copies, it has certainly withstood the test of time. As I have …

Entrepreneurship

How Venezuela's experiment with '21st century socialism' failed

When a Venezuelan entrepreneur we know launched a manufacturing company in western Venezuela two decades ago, he never imagined he'd one day find himself facing jail time over the toilet paper in the factory's restrooms.<p>But Venezuela has a way of turning yesterday's unimaginable into today's normal.<p>…

BERNANKE: There's no reason to break up the big banks

On Monday, I'll be on a panel at the Minneapolis Fed on the issue. This post previews my comments. In short, it seems to me that a lot of progress has been made (and more is in train) toward reducing the risks that large, complex financial institutions pose for the financial system and the economy. …

The Surprising Link Between Fat Consumption and Depression

Extreme changes in diet can have serious repercussions on the mind as well as the body.<p>Until recently, we’ve been told to shun fat and cholesterol to save our hearts—eating too much, experts said, would put us at greater risk for heart attack, stroke, and early death. But instead of improving our …

Amazon Stock Jumps To New High, Makes Jeff Bezos $1 Billion Richer

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos sold a small sliver of his stake in the e-commerce giant last week. If he had waited a few more days, he would have been able to make the sale at a fresh all-time high.<p>Shares of Amazon jumped as high as $699.71 Tuesday morning, topping the high of $696.44 hit Dec. 29, …

Profit

U.S. Fed awards $23.24 billion in reverse repos | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Monday awarded $23.24 billion of one-day, fixed-rate reverse repurchase agreements to 17 bidders at an interest rate of 0.25 percent, the New York Fed said on its website.<p>The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington September 16 2015. REUTERS/Kevin …

Economics

Chasing Habits of Rich People Won’t Teach You About Success

You’ve probably seen articles detailing what Warren Buffett does every day, or what Elon Musk eats before noon, or that “one trait” rich people have …

Self-improvement

Gary Vaynerchuk: My Advice for First-Time Entrepreneurs

I'm not promising that following this advice will guarantee your business will survive the first year, but without these considerations, you are not setting yourself up for success.<p>I've said it time and time again: Entrepreneurship is hard and it's not for everyone. If, after taking a realistic …

The best free online business courses starting in May

The road trip is often a rite of passage in American lore. From beats coasting down Route 66 to the breezy Sunday drives of the "Mad Men" era, the road has always been a place to relax, reflect, and re-group.<p>For three business professors, the American road held a different allure. It was an artery …

How I Built a Billion-Dollar Company

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Bloomberg Just Named This Guy "Wall Street's Highest Paid Executive"

PJT Chief Executive Paul J. Taubman stands to reap $164 million.<p>Paul J. Taubman is new king of Wall Street, at least according to pay data compiled …

US Fed keeps interest rates on hold

<b>The US Federal Reserve has kept interest rates between 0.25% and 0.5%, the rate its held since December.</b><p>The Fed said while conditions have improved, the central bank is still waiting for inflation to reach 2%.<p>In its statement the Fed said it would "carefully monitor actual and expected progress …

Economics

Helicopter money: central banks' last resort

Imagine cash spewing out of a helicopter over your neighborhood.<p>Central banks -- struggling to spark growth -- are basically talking about it.<p>"It's a last resort of a desperate economy," says Kathy Jones, chief fixed income strategist at Charles Schwab. "I wouldn't rule it out."<p>Ahead of the Federal …

Central Banks

The 18 best science movies and shows streaming on Netflix right now

From shows that delve into the tasty science of gastronomy to those that unmask the mysterious depths of the ocean, there's no shortage of mind-expanding titles to indulge in.<p>But there's a downside to all of that choice: It's <i>a lot</i> to choose from.<p>I polled the Tech Insider team and came up with 18 of …

10 Free Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Have

Managing your own company shouldn’t be that hard when you can have apps that can make your life easier. From a time tracking app to a cloud data …

5 Things Most People Don't Understand About the National Debt

This is one of those ideas that sounds better than it actually is<p>Since this is an election year, you’re hearing a lot about the size of the national …

I grew my business from my basement to the NASDAQ index — here's the best advice I have for aspiring entrepreneurs

Mario Tama/Getty Images<p>So, you think you want to start your own business? Good for you! People will tell you that 90% of all startups fail. That doesn’t mean yours will.<p>Starting a business can be one of the best decisions you will ever make. And I’ve found there are a few actions you can take that …

Bill Nye Made a $20,000 Bet to Shut Up Climate Change Deniers

Your move, Twitter eggs.<p>Climate change deniers are frustrating, especially for someone like Bill Nye. It's like he's reasoning with a brick wall. But if the fate of the Earth doesn't raise the stakes high enough, then maybe $20,000 would.<p>It started with a 2010 debate on—where else?—<i>The O'Reilly</i> …

Climate Change

Anyone who wants to be president needs to understand these 5 maps

Maps shape how we see the world.<p>The world has less than 500,000 kilometers of borders.<p>By comparison, it has 64 million km of highways, 4 million km of railways, 2 million km of pipelines and more than 1 million km of Internet cables ­­all part of a rapidly expanding global infrastructural Matrix.<p>As …

On the Road to Recap:

Why the Unicorn Financing Market Just Became Dangerous…For All InvolvedIn February of last year, Fortune magazine writers Erin Griffith and Dan …

Venture Capital

Some Corporations Pay Zero & There's Nothing Wrong With That

This morning, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report on corporate income taxes, which found that 19.5 percent of “profitable …

Income Inequality

Debt Is Wonderful—Until It's Crushing

Debt is one of our most powerful human tools, right up there with fire. After all, credit is simply a process in which those who have excess capital …

WSJ City