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The Road to Success: An Interview With Bill Gates and Warren Buffett | Inc.com

According tothe most recent <i>Forbes</i> billionaires list, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are the first and third richest persons in the world, with a combined net worth of approximately $152 billion. Masters of their respective fields, they are considered by many to be among the most successful people …

Self-improvement

How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come from? It transpires that it was left by the previous customer. The only snag, if indeed it is a snag, is that you now have to …

Psychology

Warren Buffett Turns 85: What He Wants in a Successor

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- There will never be another Warren Buffett. But there will eventually be another chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway …

Wall Street owns our cities: The secret pension travesty threatening American workers

Private equity firms are raking in cash from municipal governments, and SEC officials are finally taking notice<p>California’s report said $440 million. New Jersey’s said $600 million. In Pennsylvania, the tally is $700 million. Those Wall Street fees paid by public workers’ pension systems have …

Wall Street

12 Motivational Quotes That Aren't for the Weak-Willed | Inc.com

Sometimes we need someone to give us the hard truth--a dose of pure, distilled honesty--to shake up normal patterns and give us fresh perspective.<p>Here is a collection of quotes that have the same effect as jumping into cold water--they are crisp, to the point, and not always altogether pleasant, …

Motivation

The Gamification of a Successful Sales Culture

How one CEO turned a sales competition into the trip of a lifetime.<p>We've seen it time and time again: high-stress sales teams whose members ruthlessly stab each other in the back just to get ahead. Even though the company's revenue is technically the end goal, individual success is often put above …

Dominican Republic

Amazon's true brilliance shone this week in a tale of three clouds

This was earnings week in the tech industry, but the one report everybody was waiting for came out on Thursday.<p>That's when Amazon broke out detailed financial results from Amazon Web Services, its cloud computing business, for the first time.<p>That's when the world discovered that Amazon is making …

Amazon Web Services

Forget Buffett the investor. Follow Buffett the manager

Warren Buffett is regarded as the best investor of our time; arguably, his management record is just as singular. He took over as head of Berkshire …

Investing
Profit

12 Books From Which to Build a DIY MBA for the 2020 Leader | Inc.com

I have been teaching graduate-level MBA courses since 1987. My classes focus on strategic planning and alignment. I've witnessed many changes in MBA programs over the years and believe that a self-taught student can be just as well educated as one who follows the core curriculum. Here are 12 books …

Leadership

Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read These 6 Books This Year | Inc.com

You might know Bill Gates as a hugely successful entrepreneur, the billionaire founder of Microsoft, or even, in his latest incarnation, a dynamic philanthropist, but in his quieter, less public moments he's also something else -- an avid reader.<p>Like many of the most successful business people, …

Self-improvement

15 of the fastest growing startups in the world still flying under the radar

But we wondered: Who are the fastest-growing startups in the world that serve businesses, that we should be hearing about next (i.e. enterprise startups)?<p>That's a loaded question, we know. It all depends on your definition of "fastest growing." Startups are private companies that don't have to …

Startups

IRS Should Crack Down on Private Equity's Abusive Tax Alchemy

As Warren Buffett famously observed, "...while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks." He was referring to the fact that capital gains earned by wealthy investors are taxed at a much lower rate than wages earned by workers. And while …

Finance

Joel Greenblatt on Value Investing

I recently re-read Joel Greenblatt’s The Little Book That Beats The Market to prepare for a presentation to Jacob’s Fork Middle School on investing …

You Could Eat Fast Food After A Workout To Build Muscle

No need for fancy supplements<p>Whether you’re training for a marathon or pumping iron like Arnold, intense physical activity depletes your muscles’ primary source of energy, glycogen. There’s a whole industry of post-workout supplements designed to help your muscles bounce back as quickly as …

Nutrition

How this leading PE fund navigates India's infra maze

Even as there is much optimism about how the new government is pulling out all stops to boost the country’s creaking infrastructure, there is one …

Why Babies Love (And Learn From) Magic Tricks

To survive, we humans need to be able to do a handful of things: breathe, of course. And drink and eat. Those are obvious.<p>We're going to focus now on a less obvious — but no less vital — human function: learning. Because new research out today in the journal <i>Science</i> sheds light on the very building …

$60 billion for mining private equity a myth | MINING.com

All sorts of numbers have been bandied about regarding size of private equity funds accumulated for investment in the mining sector.<p>Whether it's at …

Bill Gates recommends you read this specific part of Warren Buffett's letter

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Gates highlighted what he thought was the most important section of Buffett's latest letter to shareholders, the 50th edition of the widely circulated missive.<p>And Gates loves the history of Berkshire Hathaway.<p>Gates links readers to page 23 of Buffett's letter, where …

Bill Gates

Why Warren Buffett’s investors should be very worried

<b>From Porter Stansberry in The Stansberry Digest:</b> <b></b><p>Fair warning, gentle reader… today’s Friday <i>Digest</i> is, in all likelihood, a waste of your time. …

Richard Branson's Virgin Money employees get bonus windfall as profits rocket 127%

And it plans to share the wealth with its employees.<p>In the upstart lender's 2014 results statement, Virgin Money said the record performance would lead to all eligible employees' receiving another bonus on top of rewards already received and in addition to the £1,000 of shares they got when the …

Banking (UK)

Warren Buffett's Two Tips on Building Successful Businesses - Pass Them Along

CEO Warren Buffett’s recipe for business and life success is revealed in Berkshire Hathaway’s 2014 annual report released last weekend. It’s simple:<p><b>Culture + Leadership + Trust = Wealth</b><p>This formula shows how Berkshire’s unique culture and leadership has established a foundation of trust on which …

Investing

China's big chess move against the U.S.: Latin America

China is making friends right under America's nose.<p>Latin America is China's latest business buddy. Chinese banks increased investments in Latin America by 71% last year, and the country plans to double its trade volume with the Central and South American region over the next decade.<p>This comes as …

China

GOLDMAN: Here's how millennials will completely change the economy

Because of factors such as lower unemployment rates and student loan debt, millennials have deferred major life events like getting married, having kids and buying a home, Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research found. However, millennials are getting increasingly ready for those milestones.<p>In …

Investing

39 Incredibly Simple Life Hacks of Highly Successful People | Inc.com

"When asked to describe significant regrets in their lives, more than 8 out of 10 people focused on actions they did not take rather than actions they did. In other words, they focused on things they failed to do rather than things they failed at doing."--David Niven, <i>The 100 Simple Secrets of</i> …

Self-improvement

Clocking off: Japan calls time on long-hours work culture

As stress levels and karoshi – deaths through overwork – increase, the Japanese government is planning a law to force workers to take paid holiday<p>The regulation eight hours in the office is over. The most important work of the day is done; whatever is left can wait until the morning. This is the …

Japan

4 Simple Strategies for Leading an Overwhelmed Team | Inc.com

<i>This story first appared on The Muse, a web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>"Help!"<p>That was the subject line of an email I received recently from Lisa, the marketing director for a large healthcare system. Because she and her team were overworked and …

Leadership

The Skills Gap: America's Young Workers Are Lagging Behind

New findings suggest that U.S. millennials are far less competent than their peers in Europe and Asia.<p>Young American workers today are more educated than ever before, but the nation’s largest generation is losing its edge against the least and most educated of other countries, according to a …

Demographics