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Iran Is America’s New Iraq

With his nuclear deal, Obama is making as big a mistake in the Mideast as George W. Bush did.<p>Ten days after the Iraq War began, I happened to be in Washington on a work visit. I had the chance to observe up close the imperial capital that had just embarked on the most perilous adventure of the new …

Middle East

Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team

Around 11 p.m. one night, you realize there’s a key step your team needs to take on a current project. So, you dash off an email to the team members while you’re thinking about it.<p>No time like the present, right?<p>Wrong. As a productivity trainer specializing in attention management, I’ve seen over …

Employment

A data genius computes the ultimate American road trip

<i>This post comes via Know More, Wonkblog's social media site.</i><p>Who needs an atlas when you have an algorithm? Data tinkerer Randy Olson, who previously developed the optimal search path for finding the bespectacled main character of the "Where’s Waldo?" books, has used this same algorithm to compute …

National Parks

14 books by mega-successful CEOs that will teach you how to run the world

But the ones worth reading ditch the platitudes in favor of instructive anecdotes — which is why they so often come from execs who have lived through it.

General Motors

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything

Launching a new enterprise—whether it’s a tech start-up, a small business, or an initiative within a large corporation—has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. According to the decades-old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start …

Is This The Next Big Battle of the Ukraine War?

Western leaders are trying to negotiate a political solution to the war in Ukraine, but Mariupol, which stands between Russia and Crimea, has to be …

How to use mockups in the UX design process

Traditionally, the process goes from wireframing to mockups to prototyping, with variation in fidelity for each stage depending on the team. But like …

Mockups

Slack’s Founder On How They Became a $1 Billion Company In Two Years

How a workplace communication tool won the hearts and minds of companies, one early adopter at a time.<p>You’ve probably heard about Slack’s exponential growth. And you may have read about how the internal-communication platform–now just two years old–is already used by more than 30,000 teams and …

Product Management

The Advice I Give All First-Time Founders

Hire the right people. Don't run out of money. And always have a North Star, says First Round partner Rob Hayes.<p><i>This post originally appeared on First Round Review and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Aaron Patzer had come to a crossroads. He knew he was onto something with Mint--but he …

Employment

10 Digital Marketing Templates for Lightning-Fast Execution

<i>This post was originally published on The Content Marketeer</i><p>Creating a steady stream of content that speaks to buyers and propels them toward purchase isn't always easy. Even if you have processes in place for understanding the content topics that resonate with your audience, it can be hard to craft …

Marketing

Tank troops fight to contain rebel expansion in eastern Ukraine

War escalates as 27 civilians killed in rocket attack and Kiev accuses Moscow of sending more soldiers and hardware across the border<p>Vadim Ozirny is hoping for reinforcements.<p>The 46-year-old Ukrainian tank commander says politicians might yet stop the conflict that grips the east of his country, …

Russia

Will Berlin Out-Innovate Silicon Valley?

The latest high-tech buzz out of Europe has Berlin emerging as the next Silicon Valley. Attracted by Berlin’s relatively cheap office space and affordable lifestyle, entrepreneurs from around the world are settling in and cranking out innovations including big data, cloud, e-commerce, and …

Silicon Valley

The perfect financial storm: Why we’re headed for future global economic crises

Economist Alan Taylor explains why advanced economies are more dependent on the private sector than ever before<p><i>Alan Taylor, a professor and director of the Center for the Evolution of the Global Economy at the University of California, Davis, has conducted, along with Moritz Schularick,</i> …

Economics

Stop Micromanaging Your Employees

<i>This post originally appeared on the 15five blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Running a company can often feel like caring for a newborn child. There is a natural and healthy fear that arises that if you are not eternally vigilant then something bad will happen.<p>With a baby, this is …

The Dark Side of Globalization: Why Seattle's 1999 Protesters Were Right

The WTO demonstrators were the "Occupy" movement of the late-20th century—mocked, maligned, and mostly right.<p>In 1999, my friend moved to Seattle, where he was hit with rubber bullets, tear-gassed in the face, and nearly arrested by police. He had joined the famous protests of the WTO Ministerial …

Stock investors, get ready for big bank earnings

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The first solid week of earnings will wear banker’s stripes. For the stock market, that should be a good thing. But …

Stock Markets

How to avoid becoming a sheep of Wall Street – and getting fleeced

An exuberant stock market has led to extravagant promises. Don't follow anyone without questioning them first<p>The rising stock market, with its record share prices, has ushered us into an era of “caveat emptor”: buyer beware. Last year was a great year for stocks. That means 2014 is likely to be a …

Volkswagen plans $7bn North America investment

<b>German carmaker Volkswagen has said it will invest $7bn (£4bn) in North America over the next five years as it looks to boost its sales in the region.</b><p>The firm will also launch a new sports utility vehicle (SUV) in the US - one of its biggest markets - in 2016.<p>It also reiterated its goal of selling …

North America

Big money behind war: the military-industrial complex

In January 1961, US President Dwight D Eisenhower used his farewell address to warn the nation of what he viewed as one of its greatest threats: the military-industrial complex composed of military contractors and lobbyists perpetuating war.<p>Eisenhower warned that "an immense military establishment …