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This VC firm wrote a $125,000 check over breakfast to Twilio — now it owns a $500 million stake in the company

For Silicon Valley-based Bessemer Ventures, communications-software maker Twilio goes down as one of its early bets that turned out to be a home run.<p>In fact, Bessemer liked Twilio so much that it wrote a $125,000 check for its seed investment on the spot over breakfast.<p>Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson didn't …

Venture Capital

How NetApp's CEO and his twin brother won the Valley after they switched jobs

For George Kurian, the CEO of NetApp and Thomas Kurian, Oracle's president of product development that myth is practically true.<p>They are literal doppelgangers who rose to the top with so much togetherness, at one point they literally got up and switched jobs, sending each of them on their current …

Startups

Bill Gates throws his support behind Microsoft's $26B acquisition of LinkedIn

Bill Gates is a big believer in LinkedIn. The co-founder and former chief executive of Microsoft praised the business-oriented social network, and Microsoft's planned acquisition of it, in an interview this week with Bloomberg TV.<p>"I think it's a great transaction. LinkedIn brings in a lot. I know …

22 Executives Share the Daily Habits That Keep Them on Top

You might be surprised at the simple things they do to succeed.<p>The most successful people I know share some common traits. They tend to get up early, stay in front of health issues, and know how to handle money. They get quality sleep, play hard and stay sharp through continuous learning. They also …

Tesla poached an Audi exec for one of its most 'impossible' tasks

Hochholdinger will be tasked with improving and increasing production for Tesla's luxury Model S sedan and Model X sport utility vehicle, as well as helping build a scalable, cost-effective manufacturing program specifically designed for the Model 3, the company said in a statement.<p>Tesla is looking …

Tesla

Things could get a lot worse for Apple

If one assumes that Apple can maintain its current profits, the stock is outrageously inexpensive. Its net cash represents about 30% of the company's market capitalization at this point, putting the cash-adjusted P/E ratio at just about 7 based on last year's earnings.<p>But investors making this …

Average Selling Price

A clever algorithm generating millions of random ideas is turning the tables on patent trolls

Sometimes the only way to beat a troll is to troll even harder.<p>Artist and engineer Alexander Reben has written an algorithm that exploits the convoluted US patent system in order to mess with patent trolls—people and organizations who file for patents on trivial concepts without any intention of …

Inventions

Ashley Madison Hacking Victims Face A Big Decision

Last year, hackers tore into Ashley Madison, a website for people seeking extramarital affairs, and dumped personal information about its users …

10 Time Management Hacks We Need to Master

<b>The "1440 Rule" Could Change Your Life-See What Kevin Kruse with Forbes Has to Say</b><p>When was the last time you checked your calendar? Have you ever missed a meeting, especially an important one? Managing our time is critical to the success of our business, life, and relationships. The thing about …

Time Management

3 strong signs your career is on the path to success

Now career success is much less linear and there's a lot more navigating and rerouting that happens along the way.<p>In fact, it almost seems as though there is no "path" at all, and we're now forced to chart our own journey to success for ourselves. How do you know, then, if you're headed in the …

7 Products That Will Make Your Work-at-Home Life Much Easier

With as much as freelancers are working from home now, it's important to build an environment that actually encourages productivity.<p>The freelancer economy is on the rise, with some experts estimating that 40 percent of the American workforce will work independently by 2020. For the many people …

4 Simple Steps to Getting Twice as Much Done in Half the Time

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Do you ever get to the end of a day, look back and ask yourself, <i>“What did I really get done today?</i>” You feel like you spent the whole day working but have nothing to show for it: Your business hasn't improved. You haven't reduced your …

Time Management

Apple vs. FBI: What Was Obama Thinking at SXSW?

There's nothing terribly surprising about the conclusion Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford reached in an essay posted this week on Medium's …

Seven habits of highly frugal people

Frugal people who pay off their debt and achieve financial independence don't succeed by accident. They establish habits that allow them to …

Personal Finance

Obama opens Cuba to U.S. tourists, eases trade restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration unveiled some of the most extensive changes in decades to rules on U.S.-Cuba trade, financial transactions and …

Europe's $30 Billion Exchange Merger Is Going Ahead

The two biggest exchange groups in Europe said Wednesday they had reached an agreement on a $30 billion merger, 16 years after they first looked at …