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How to get the hottest job in tech with two months’ study and $2,000

Data science—the “science” of gathering and parsing the enormous flood of data pouring into America’s more technologically-adept firms—is so hot that even US president Barack Obama has declared it an educational priority. The Harvard Business Review called data science “the sexiest job of the 21st …

Data Science

3 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Gen Y - Switch & Shift

A third of U.S. employees feel chronically overworked. 52% of U.S. families say work interferes with their family or home responsibilities. More than …

US Businesses Are Finding It Easier To Borrow Money In 2013

After years of tight credit, lending to U.S. businesses appears to be rebounding, a signal that banks are starting to free up some of that cheap cash …

Generation jobless soon to become generation hopeless

Jobs have always been hard to come by for the young, but they’ve been particularly scarce since the beginning of the recession. In Greece, youth unemployment is nearly 60%. In the Middle East and North Africa, roughly a quarter of job-seekers under 25 are unable to find work. And it’s much harder …

Employment

How to Influence People with Your Ideas

One of my young clients, let’s call her Julie, is on a mission. Julie has an idea, one that has been gestating in her mind for quite some time, but now she realizes that for her idea to have any impact at all she will have to “go public” with it. Julie believes there are countless intelligent, …

Germans are drinking less and less beer. Blame grandpa not weather

German beer sales hit their lowest level in two decades during the first quarter. And bad weather was definitely part of the issue. (Beer consumption is closely tied to weather. If it’s too chilly, people just tend to drink less.) In fact, as German beer sales have hit a series of lows in recent …

Alcohol

Hong Kong is arresting more milk formula smugglers than drug traffickers

As a major transit and financial center connecting East and Southeast Asia, Hong Kong has always had a flourishing contraband industry. Now, a new kind of white powder is being trafficked. Five years after six babies were killed and over 300,000 sickened by Chinese-made formula, still mistrustful …

Hong Kong

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Google wants the push for more green energy to come from big power users

Green energy owes much of its rapid growth in the US over the past decade to state laws requiring utilities to obtain a share of the electricity they sell from wind, solar and other carbon-free sources. Now Google wants environmentally-minded but energy-hungry corporations to give green power an …

Renewable Energy

Until the 1990s, companies didn’t have “business models”

Before the late 1990s, no one was using the phrase “business model.” Or at least, it hardly appeared in written form. The phrase has since morphed, subtly but quickly, from an abstract theoretical term to one with animate, even living connotations. This linguistic shape-shifter has the capacity to …

Linguistics

The Reality of What Makes Silicon Valley Tick

For any one of us, the “reality” of a situation is just what we choose to pay attention to. Take the wonderful experiment a few years ago when renowned violinist Joshua Bell played for tips in the subway. Thousands of people rushed through that busy metro station barely noticing what seemed to be …

The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems

Lurking behind the question of jobs — whether there are enough of them, how hard we should work at them, and what kind the future will bring — is a major problem of job engagement. Too many people are tuned out, turned off, or ready to leave. But there’s one striking exception.<p>The happiest people I …

Everything you need to know about Moleskine ahead of its IPO

Moleskine, the Milan-based maker of cardboard-bound notebooks meant to evoke an earlier era of the Parisian arts scene, is going forward with an initial public offering on the Italian Stock Exchange. It’s a rare IPO for Italy’s struggling economy, but Moleskine’s owners think they can sell the …

Barnes & Noble

Most foreign investment in BRICs isn’t foreign at all—it’s tycoons using tax havens

Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China are gathering in South Africa for a summit this week, where they will undoubtedly congratulate themselves on the high economic growth their nations have achieved. Some items that are notably absent from the agenda: Tax evasion, round-trip foreign …

Economic Development