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The King of Parking Spaces: How this Entrepreneur is Disrupting the UK's Sharing Economy

Image source: PhotoDune<p>Most college students who earn extra money through a part-time job don't see their work as a long-term career: it's just a means to an end before graduation. Entrepreneur Harrison Woods thought differently. Thanks to Woods' quick thinking and keen business acumen, he's now …

Is WeWork a Tech Startup or a Lifestyle Company Serving Technologists?

<i>This essay originally appeared in Data Sheet,</i> Fortune’s <i>daily tech newsletter. Sign up here.</i><p>The next time you find yourself at a bustling bar in …

How 'Maintainers,' Not 'Innovators,' Make the World Turn

We need more stories about the labor that sustains society, a group of scholars say.<p>New technologies and their inventors are often celebrated as society’s heroes. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Larry Page: These are all contemporary “innovators” whose “visionary ideas” and “creative leaps” led …

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba connects rural residents to online shopping

Last fall, 30-year-old Luo Rong quit his $30,000-a-year engineering job in Shanghai, moved back to his mountaintop village of Jade Peak with his wife and newborn baby and opened a shop with a big orange and green sign out front.<p>The store is thinly stocked. There are a few packages of seeds, …

Use These 24 Tools to Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World

Nearly a quarter, 23 percent, of Americans worked from home in 2014, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics survey. If you’re one of the …

Where are the world's newest cities … and why do they all look the same?

Thousands of new cities are needed to house the increasing global population – projected to reach 10bn by 2060. From China’s planned Jing-Jin-Ji hypercity to African techno hubs and sprawling refugee camps, <b>Adam Greenfield</b> explores what the future holds<p>At present we share our planet with some 7.5 …

Billionaires Buffett and Icahn Doubling Down On These Energy Stocks

At Forbes Billionaire’s Portfolio we study the buying patterns of the world’s greatest billionaire investors and hedge funds. So when two of greatest billionaire investors in the world, Carl Icahn and Warren Buffett, are adding more to their large, beaten down stakes in energy companies, we pay …

Commercial spaceflight newcomer allows quick ISS return trips

There’s a new kid on the commercial spaceflight block. On Thursday, NASA announced that the second round of contracts for commercial resupply …

Let China win. It’s good for America.

<i>Joshua Kurlantzick is a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations.</i><p>When Chinese officials announced in 2013 that they would open an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to primarily fund big construction projects across the Pacific, they launched a slow-motion freak-out in …

Meet Carhood, the start-up out to disrupt airport parking

Airports are rarely a pleasure to visit. There’s travel fatigue, queues, a scramble for luggage and waiting, waiting, waiting.<p>To top it off, if you …

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The Connection Between Vibrant Neighborhoods and Economic Growth

A new study of high-growth firms in Greater Washington, D.C., highlights the role of community in a thriving economy.<p>The past decade or so has seen the rise of a new formula for urban economic growth and development. While having a solid business climate that attracts companies and jobs remains …

The World's Best Pedestrian Bridge and 7 More Stunning Urban Structures

From a bridge that makes walking an adventure to a cost-effective way to revitalize an aging port, Architizer’s A+ Awards announced yesterday include …

'Smart' highways, not bullet trains, for California

The state's $68-billion-plus high-speed rail project would have been a great idea — in the last century. In the 21st, there's a better, cheaper, more California solution to moving people long distances: smart highways.<p>For an estimated $2 billion, we can add smart lanes to Interstate 5 in both …

London leads the way in the global growth of 'smart cities'

2016 will be the year cities start to use technology to improve services and liveability<p>The road from Barcelona airport to the city’s Gran Via conference space and adjacent hotels is not a rocky one. Even at busy times, it takes less than 20 minutes to arrive. It means that Barcelona passes the …

Why don't black and white Americans live together?

<b>Legal segregation in the US may have ended more than 50 years ago. But in many parts of the country, Americans of different races aren't neighbours - they don't go to the same schools, they don't shop at the same stores, and they don't always have access to the same services.</b><p>In 2016 the issue of …

You've never seen anything like this new green energy innovation

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word, "windmill"?<p>Do you think of some Hansel and Gretel-type structure on a farm in the …

New Mexico is suing the government over the EPA's massive mine spill

The New Mexico Environment Department said it filed a notice of its intention to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the spill, becoming the first to do so. The lawsuit also would target the state of Colorado and the owners of the Gold King and Sunnyside Mines.<p>An EPA cleanup crew …

The best piece of advice Mark Cuban has ever given on how to be successful

So what is the real secret to his success?<p>According to Mark, "It's not about money or connections, it's the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone."<p>That's it. Success is based primarily on working hard — incredibly hard.<p>Whenever I write about how success is often based on outworking other …

4 unconventional tips on starting a business from Peter Thiel

Certainly, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time is Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and now a prominent venture capitalist. He was the first outsider to invest in Facebook, and he manages Founders Fund's $2 billion in assets.<p>We read Thiel's bestselling book, "Zero to One," and …

Entrepreneurial Startup Advice You MUST Remember

Launching a startup is a unique experience for everyone. There’s no one right way to do it. But there are some tips and common mistakes that can give …

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Girls Aren't Good At Math

Girls aren't good at math. Left-handed people aren't good at math. Athletic people aren't good at math. Pick a demographic and there is likely a stereotype about whether or not they are good at math.<p>In the 5th grade, there was a particular math lesson I really enjoyed that got me excited. I had the …

6 web design trends taking over the Internet

We’re already halfway through 2015, and in the last few months we’ve seen many trends come and go. What has not gone, however, is the deliberate movement to get back to the basics without unnecessary features.<p>The days of cluttered pages overflowing with information have passed, and they’re being …

The West is blind to the appeal of China's model of authoritarian capitalism

Momentum is gathering behind the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a US$100 billion initiative officially launched by China last month, in the face of US opposition, to finance Asia's infrastructure needs.<p>It is the first time the US is without a role in what will be a leading financial …

These 12 startups died in Q2. Here’s why and how

We learned today that cleaning services startup Homejoy will be shutting down at the end of July. The company was facing funding challenges, and was plagued by four lawsuits over whether Homejoy workers should be classified as contractors or employees.<p>Lots of startups have similar stories. Couldn’t …

A space rock worth $5.4 trillion is flying by Earth this weekend — here's how to watch

Underneath the surface of some asteroids is a treasure trove of a type of mineral, called platinum, that is rare on Earth but extremely lucrative — 1,000 cubic centimeters of platinum is worth close to $1 million. And asteroids have a lot more than that in addition to other rare and precious …

8 things you need to know about raising venture capital

If your startup is growing, at some point you will likely be seeking Venture Capital. Unlike angel investors, who typically write checks between 10K …

Startups On a Shoestring: 5 Successful Tech Companies That Were Started For Under $10,000

There’s good news if you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a future technology entrepreneur. You don’t need venture capital (VC) or even a wad of cash squirreled away under your mattress to fund the next big thing. In fact, a recent Kauffman Foundation study found that less than one percent of U.S. …

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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 …