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A serial startup employee explains 4 key steps to building a $1 million business in under 48 hours

We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.<p>It would be the first of many.<p>The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, general partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered …

The 10 most popular free online courses for professionals

sourceGetty Images<p>Your education shouldn’t stop when you leave the classroom.<p>Learning new skills is a great way to expand your mind and get ahead in …

Stocks of Palm Oil at Record Levels in Malaysia, Despite Slump in Production

Palm-oil stocks in Malaysia, one of the world's largest producers of the oil, are 28% higher than a year ago<p>By<p>Lucy Craymer<p>Lucy Craymer<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@lucy_craymer<p>Lucy.Craymer@wsj.com<p>HONG KONG—Dry weather and a choking haze that has hung over palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia …

Palm Oil

Garment Maker Retreats as China Shifts Policy

Unable to cope with rise in wages, TAL Group plans to move operations to Southeast Asia as China looks to high-value manufacturing<p>DONGGUAN, China—When TAL Group opened a pants factory in this southern Chinese city in 2007, executives said they expected it to be there for at least two …

South-east Asia

Most Asian Shares Fall on Lower Oil, Fed Comments

Both factors outweighing hopes for additional stimulus from the European Central Bank later Thursday<p>Most Asian shares fell after oil prices slid overnight and expectations firmed that the Federal Reserve will raise rates after its December meeting in two weeks.<p>Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.6%, …

Yellen Signals Fed on Track to Raise Rates in December

Fed chief says gains in labor market bolster her confidence that inflation will return to 2%<p>Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen signaled she’s ready to raise short-term interest rates this month barring a surprise that shakes her confidence in the economy.<p>She also suggested she sees dissension …

China Manufacturing Reports Point to Difficulty in Meeting Growth Goals

Private-sector measure lingers in contractionary territory<p>BEIJING—An official gauge of China’s manufacturing activity fell to its lowest level in more than three years, fueling fears that the world’s second-largest economy may be cooling further despite a raft of government stimulus measures.<p>A …

Private Sector

Asian shares rise on hopes for stimulus; yuan holds steady

Shares in Hong Kong led a rally across most of Asia Tuesday, on expectations for more stimulus from Chinese authorities, specifically in the property …

It was not a good night for Jeb Bush ...

Bush did little to aid a struggling campaign during Wednesday night's debate, in a performance that opened up new questions about the once front-runner's status in the race.<p>"Jeb Bush can eat carbs now," quipped Matt Drudge, editor of The Drudge Report, in a reference to Bush's Paleo diet.<p>Appearing …