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Startup Founder Confesses The Mistakes That Killed His Company Before It Even Got Off The Ground

Taborda wasn't inexperienced when he set out to build his own company.<p>He had already co-founded Webbynode and worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies.<p>The 28-year-old developer and entrepreneur considered himself an industry veteran in 2010 when he set out to build his next business, which is why …

Entrepreneurship

13 Fascinating Things We Learned About Payments Company Venmo From Its Founder

It combines an easy way to pay someone back with a social network, ultimately taking some of the awkwardness out of asking your friends for money.<p>Co-founder Andrew Kortina wrote an essay about the company's founding on his blog to share with Venmo's latest intern class.<p>The whole thing is worth a …

FinTech

How Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso Is Making Feminism Cool Again

Amoruso, the 30-year-old founder and CEO of online fashion retailer Nasty Gal, has turned her company into a $100 million business since starting it in 2006, and has a new memoir/advice book out, complete with all-caps and Twitter hashtag, "#GIRLBOSS."<p>Unlike Sandberg, Amoruso doesn't have degrees …

Feminism

Here's The Incredible Cover Letter Leonardo Da Vinci Wrote In The 1480s

Such was the case back in the 1480s, when a young Leonardo da Vinci was coming up in Florence.<p>Born the lowly son of a notary, da Vinci couldn't enter the "higher professions" of the city, like lawyer or statesman. Instead, his lot was that of a craftperson — a painter, to be exact.<p>Under the …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Here's Why The CEO Of KIND Refuses To Use The Word 'Boss'

Boss, that is.<p>"I've never liked what that word connotes," he tells Business Insider. "A 'boss' has all the answers, whereas a team leader has the final word, but his or her decisions emanate from the wisdom of the team and from earnest discussion."<p>A "boss" might also feel as if they're above the …

Leadership

Stan Lee Reveals The Secret To A Longer And More Productive Life

12,396<p>// OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'B5aGk1bjqMlOBQYpM_e8rWCFFMZsjUxT', {"autoplay":true}); }); //<p>Please enable Javascript to watch this video<p>NOW WATCH: Here's The Real, Forgotten Meaning Of 'The Wizard Of Oz'<p>Follow BI Video: on Twitter<p>More: BI Original Video TBI Live …

Stan Lee

Steve Jobs Taught This Man How To Win Arguments With Really Stubborn People

He spent 26 years working with the notoriously stubborn Steve Jobs, one of Pixar's other cofounders. Jobs once told him that his method of working things out when people disagreed with him was to "just explain it to them until they understand."<p>So Catmull discovered a way to work with that without …

Steve Jobs

Why Millennial Professionals Are Excited About Arizona

Shutterstock<p>When businesses decide where to start up or expand, one of the first things they look for is an abundant source of young, smart job candidates.<p>That's been a major factor for technology-driven companies such as Apple, ZocDoc, and Garmin, all of which have chosen to open offices in …

Verizon

Expert Explains What Makes The Best Brand Names So Good

"A name is a moniker that a company is going to wear probably the longest of anything we develop," says Sasha Stack, a partner at the Boston offices of brand-strategy and design firm Lippincott.<p>So why do names like Sprite and Verizon work so well? We asked Stack to guide us through the naming …

Canary Islands

This Was Marvel Legend Stan Lee's One Big Mistake

We sat down with comics legend Stan Lee — he told us he has one big regret from his days creating superheroes.<p><i>Produced By Matt Johnston.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video: On Facebook</b>

Comics

30 Photos That Will Make You Grateful For Your Commute

It gets worse in the world's megacities: Commuters in Mexico City, Moscow, and Beijing can get stuck in traffic for hours at time.<p>Natural and human events can make difficult commutes even worse, be it crippling strikes, military coups, extreme storms, or just a ridiculous number of people trying to …

Ho Chi Minh City

15 Ways To Slowly Destroy Your Career

Bad habits, such as giving curt responses to emails or keeping to yourself all day, could be hurting your reputation — whether you realize it or not.<p>Here are 15 bad behaviors that will slowly erode your credibility and cost you in the end.<p>Every workplace operates under its own set of social …

Self-help

2 Lies That Could Ruin Your Career

"That voice we hear in our head recites some pretty interesting narratives so often and so frequently that we really start believing them after awhile," says career coach Theresa Sullivan in a recent LinkedIn post.<p>She says we're especially guilty of telling ourselves things like, "I don't like my …

Employment

Why Everyone Uses So Many Exclamation Points All The Time!

Now they're everywhere, from news headlines to business emails and text messages.<p>Thanks to our smartphone-obsessed culture, the exclamatory has been normalized.<p>"Exclamation points are becoming the standard after salutations and happy or eager statements such as 'I'm looking forward to seeing you,'" …

Language

7 Habits Of Exceptionally Resilient People

"They find resilience by moving towards a goal beyond themselves, transcending pain and grief by perceiving bad times as a temporary state of affairs," says Hara Estroff Marano, editor at large of Psychology Today.<p>Highly resilient people know how to bend to inevitable failures and tragedies and not …

Self-improvement

The Incredible Real Estate Portfolio Of Microsoft Billionaire Paul Allen

Allen also collects a ridiculous amount of properties across the globe.<p>From a hilltop mansion on the French Riviera to an entire island off the coast of Washington, Allen has made his fair share of blockbuster purchases over the years.

Real Estate

Netflix is name-checking Verizon for its crap network — and Verizon doesn't like it one bit

When big phone companies get into serious public relations problems, they usually call the lawyers first and ask questions later. That’s exactly what Verizon did after Netflix began posting messages at its site calling out the carrier for poor video streams on Wednesday.<p>Netflix is not singling out …

Why China’s rich are leaving

Earlier this year, the best company at surveying the rich in China announced that more than 60% of the people it surveyed had already immigrated to …

Employers urged to encourage lunch breaks for staff

<b>Employers have been urged to encourage staff to take decent breaks after a study suggested many people are working through their lunch hour every day.</b><p>The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy said inactivity resulted in ill-health and therefore more time off sick.<p>The study of about 2,000 people …

The Workplace

For Just $20,000, You Could Get Violently Killed In An Upcoming 'Game Of Thrones' Book

He's asking for donations to the two organizations through a Prizeo campaign, and there are 60 days left. But feeling good about donating money to a good cause is only half the reward.<p>For $20,000, Martin will name a character after you in an upcoming "Song of Ice and Fire" novel. You can choose …

TV Series

Investors Are Not Going To Like What The Bond Market Is Telling Them

<b>What The Bond Market Is Telling Us (Morningstar)</b><p>At the start of the year everyone expected long-term interest rates to rise, but rates have actually been declining. "Keep in mind that long-term interest rates really reflect investors' expectations about future short-term rates," according to Matt …

Investing
China

GM ousts 15 employees over ignition-switch scandal

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors said Thursday that it has forced out 15 employees for their role in the deadly ignition-switch scandal and will set up a compensation fund for crash victims, as an internal investigation blamed the debacle on engineering ignorance and bureaucratic dithering, not …

Amazon may soon face fights with two more major book publishers

Amazon’s feud with major book publishers could get worse before it gets better.<p>Last week, Amazon started punishing book publisher Hachette after both parties failed to reach a new, more lucrative contract agreement back in April. The move led Amazon to stop offering pre-orders or discounts on …