William Orphelia

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This Is How Much Money the Average Entrepreneur Starts With (Infographic)

For most new businesses, getting started means learning how to make do with less.<p>The majority of entrepreneurs set out to create a company with $10,000 or less. That's according to a recent Intuit survey of 500 small businesses across the country. The survey results also revealed that three …

The Dash Builds Wearable Fitness Sensors Into The Headphones You’re Using Anyway

We’re finally starting to see some real consolidation around wearable tech, and Kickstarter project The Dash is a great example of that trend in action. It’s a pair of Bluetooth in-ear headphones that also offer up performance tracking via in-built health and body sensors. With passive noise …

Haiti minimum wage increase ignites competition row in textile industry

The issue of the minimum wage is inflaming employment relations in Haiti, as garment factory owners and workers unions argue about the optimum rate amid fears the country's textile exports may become uncompetitive if the bar is set too high.<p>Garments constitute 90% of Haiti's exports, earning $800m …

Lottery odds and compound interest: Basic math that you’ll actually use

Newspapers recently reported that a mathematician has created an equation for the perfect pizza. It does not take much to spot that this was not exactly serious research. Not only was the study commissioned by Pizza Express, it is also the latest in a long line of such formula-based stories: …

Top 10 Motivational Books of All Time

Every business library should include at least one of these gems.<p>In previous posts, I've identified the most influential business books of all time and the best sales books of all time. In this post, I list the books that drive readers to change their lives, improve their lot, and build better …

The Economist Who Just Won a Nobel Prize Thinks Owning a Home Is a Terrible Investment

Simple Moves, Big Results

Push your muscles to the limit with this four-exercise workout<p>A familiar workout can become easy. For a change, try this complex: multiple back-to-back exercises (with no rests between them), using one dumbbell. The strategy taxes every muscle group in a short time, says Robert dos Remedios, …

Why Procrastination Doesn’t Need a Cure: A Guide to Structured Distraction

Recently, I read a great book and promised to mail it to a friend overseas when I was done… about nine months ago. Today, I finally wandered down to …

Understanding the Game Being Played in Washington

Some portray it as a Manichean struggle between good and evil. Warren Buffett says it’s “extreme idiocy.” I’d like to recommend another way of looking at the government shutdown and the looming battle over the debt ceiling in Washington. It’s a <i>game</i>, played by flawed-but-not-crazy human beings under …

"We're All Perverts": The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality with Author Christopher Ryan

Spy in Your Pocket

In July the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that police generally need a warrant to obtain information about the locations of cellphone users. Less …

Grambling State to launch review following boycott

Grambling State University and the University of Louisiana System will launch a review of the university following concerns raised by football players who ended their boycott Monday.<p>The institutional review will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the institution and make recommendations for …

Bank Of America Found Liable For Countrywide’s “Hustle” Scam

A federal jury has found Bank of America (and a current JPMorgan executive) liable for a Countrywide Financial program that knowingly sold piles of …

Americans Racking Up Debt Faster Than We Save For Retirement

This seems to be the week for sad news about Americans and our retirement-saving behavior. A new study shows that while we might be sticking money in …

VIDEO: North Carolina Legislator Goes ‘Birther’ At Town Hall Meeting

North Carolina State Rep. Larry G. Pittman (R) told a recent town hall audience that President Barack Obama is not a traitor because his actions have …