Blake McKinnon

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These Are 15 Free Excel Templates You Can Use to Make More Money

Use them...and profit.<p>In these days of cloud-based systems, mobile applications, and web-based services, why use a spreadsheet for any other purpose than analysis?<p>Three reasons: ease, customization, and cost. A spreadsheet can be easily saved, updated, and reused again and again. A good template …

Project Management

Tell me what you say ‘yes’ to, and I’ll tell you who you are

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.”  —  Warren …

Self-improvement

Financial planning: 11 habits to start in your 20s if you want to be a millionaire

If you want to build wealth, a good place to start is with your habits. The sooner you establish smart ones, the better your chances of reaching seven figures.<p>Here are 10 habits that have worked for ordinary people as they worked to achieve goals like financial freedom or early …

Personal Finance

10 Books Every Aspiring Millionaire Must Read

If you aspire to the summit, learn from those who have already climbed mountains.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You have big dreams and big goals -- you want to be a successful entrepreneur or business leader and join the millionaires’ club. But how do you go about …

Self-improvement

What Is a Growth Stock?

Everyone wants to see their portfolio go up, so why wouldn't every stock be considered a "growth" stock?<p>When you invest in the stock market, the goal …

Healthcare Data As Property Can Change Everything

Remember Cambridge Analytica?<p>It was just the tip to the data iceberg. Issues around vast data sets, advanced analytics, revenue potential and ownership are all swirling together and reaching critical mass. But let’s take a step back.<p><b>Is de-identification a myth?</b><p>One of the cornerstones of data …

Everyone's Obsessed With Disruption, But This 1 Strategy Is More Likely to Grow Your Company

Stop trying to disrupt. Find your massive growth with this simple Blue Ocean strategy.<p>AirBnb, Uber and Tesla have gotten tremendous attention and success for creating a disruptive strategy within their markets. Each of them have used unique business models to revolutionize experience and open doors …

With Blockchain Insurers Opt For 'Coopetition'

At the Blockchain for Insurance summit in London, a gathering of major insurance players, technologists and thought leaders promoting digital transformation using blockchain, a clear pattern is emerging. While the $5.5 trillion global insurance industry is an otherwise fiercely competitive market, …

Who Knew Blockchain Could Make Government This Easy? This Italian CIO, That’s Who.

The Italian province of South Tyrol is best known for its alpine mountains and ski resorts. With the highest concentration of Michelin-starred …

Sea of solar panels turns Mexican desert green

VIESCA (MEXICO) (AFP) -<p>From a distance, it looks like a deep-blue sea has formed in the middle of the Mexican desert.<p>But this is no mirage -- it's the largest solar park in Latin America.<p>With 2.3 million solar panels -- covering the equivalent of 2,200 football fields in the arid northern state of …

This Untapped Market Could Add 320 Gigawatts Of New U.S. Residential Solar Energy

Residential rooftop solar projects in the U.S. have historically been installed on wealthier, single-family households, meaning companies typically target higher-income households with their marketing efforts. Residential solar installations continue to grow across the country, but this focus is …

Solar Power

Tesla Energy Is A Massive Business Worth Over $10B And Growing

TESLA ENERGY IS WORTH $10B+ AND GROWING<p><i>Guest Blog Post: Galileo Russell*</i><p><b>Not just another car company</b><p>Tesla isn’t a car company. It’s a battery company …

Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal

SAN FRANCISCO — Every time you save a photo to the cloud, buy something on Amazon, open a Google doc or stream a movie, you’re probably pulling electricity from a wind turbine in Texas or a solar farm in Virginia.<p>In fact, your clicks and taps may have helped build them.<p>Since 2008, renewable energy …

Renewable Energy

6 solar roads shaking up infrastructure around the world

Roads aren’t just for walking or driving anymore. Solar road or pathway projects around the world are showing that streets can both provide firm …

‘It’s the beginning of the end’ for internal combustion engines, says UPS as it updates its fleet to electric

UPS, which operates one of the largest fleets of vehicles in the world, has several electrification efforts and today, it got quite excited about the prospect of going all-electric as it deployed a new smart-grid technology to support its growing EV fleet in London.<p>So much so that it called it …

FCC authorizes Elon Musk's SpaceX to provide broadband satellite services

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved an application by Elon Musk's SpaceX, allowing the aerospace company to provide broadband …

How GE Became a Square-Peg Business in a Round-Hole World

It's not enough to improve existing businesses, you have to also invent new ones<p>It's no secret that General Electric has fallen on hard times. Its CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, was forced to step down last June. In December, it announced that it was laying off 12,000 employees in its massive power business. …

Introducing the Inc. Entrepreneurship Index: 2017 Was Good to Solopreneurs, Not So Much for Job Growth

The first installment of the Inc. Entrepreneurship Index shows one key metric dragging down growth among the nation's small businesses.<p>Entrepreneurs drive jobs, wealth, and innovation in America. Yet, despite their importance, most of the published data on entrepreneurship lags by a year or more. …

Small Business

The beginning of new solar, the end of old plastic?

Hundreds of you have written in asking for stories about environmental innovation and experimentation. So this week, we set Guardian journalists to work, looking at the future of both solar power and plastic packaging.<p>Adam Vaughan reported on the global race to create the next generation of solar …

Steve Jobs Said Follow Your Passions But What He Really Meant Was Do This Instead

Stop following your passions and consider your Zone of Genius when defining your career<p>Steve Jobs said "People with passion can change the world for the better." What he really meant to say was, people with purpose can change the world for the better. Steve Jobs was not passionate about technology. …

You Have to Pay the Price to Achieve Success

You can dream in bed but you can only make dreams come true out in the world.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ve said it many times that you have to pay the price now so you can pay any price in the future. Are you willing to pay the price? If you think you can be …

Motivation

China to strictly control new solar capacity expansion, boost tech innovation

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will strictly control the expansion of solar power production capacity and encourage more innovation, the industry ministry said in new guidelines Thursday, to improve technology and cut production costs in its fast-growing solar sector.<p>The guideline, issued by the …

GE’s stock may rise 50% this year, says analyst who’s covered the company since 1983

When General Electric Co. CEO John Flannery said investors who bet against the company’s stock would do so “at their own peril,” he wasn’t being …

Investing

After the 'sunrush': what comes next for solar power?

The fall in costs that has driven solar’s rapid growth is slowing - but scientists are exploring the next generation of materials that can harness more energy from the sun<p>Some people call it the “sunrush”: a 25-year period in which solar power has grown exponentially, transforming the technology …

Renewable Energy

U.S. to overtake Russia as top oil producer by 2019 at latest: IEA

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States will overtake Russia as the world’s biggest oil producer by 2019 at the latest, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday, as the country’s shale oil boom continues to upend global markets.<p>IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said at an event in Tokyo …

10 Gmail extensions that can boost your productivity

E-mail plug-ins you didn't know you needed but really do.<p>There’s a reason Gmail has become so popular — it’s free, it’s easy to use and it keeps evolving. To top it all off, Gmail offers even more improvements through the use of extensions, which are optional, user-installed upgrades that add new …

Gmail

2018 State Solar Power Rankings

Solar Policy Factors – 50%<p>Policy is one of the major categories that we use to determine how solar will fare in a state. All told, the 5 policy …

This Famous Albert Einstein Quote Nails It. The Smartest People Today Display This 1 Trait

Enhance relationships, have great conversations, think creatively, and problem-solve better.<p>In one famous quote, Albert Einstein explained his genius when he famously said, "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."<p>The second part of that quote is certainly good news for the …

Crossrail will generate electricity using the wind created by trains

Charlotte Slingsby and her startup Moya Power are researching piezo-electric textiles that gain energy from movement. It seems logical that Slingsby …

Hanergy's thin solar panels break multiple world records for efficiency

China-based Hanergy just launched the highest efficiency single-junction solar panel ever created. Hanergy’s US-based subsidiary Alta Devices …