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College students built this $250,000 home that has a hydroponic farm and indoor greenhouse

A new solar-powered home that grows leafy greens indoors skips most of those steps. The home, created by a team of graduate students from the University of Maryland, features a wall that uses an agricultural technique called hydroponic farming. That means that produce grows in nutrient-rich water …

5 Tips to Help You Be the Sort of Leader Employees Love to Work For

How to appreciate your employees and earn their trust.<p>Guest Writer<p>Consultant, coach, public speaker, investor and freelance writer<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Clients are important, but they aren't the number one priority of successful organizations -- employees …

Employment

The CEO of the world's largest architecture firm reveals her favorite buildings of all time

Around the world, the company has more than 2,500 architects working on design projects, including a $600 million redevelopment of Chicago's oldest post office.<p>In an interview with Business Insider, Gensler co-CEO Diane Hoskins shared three of her favorite pieces of architecture of all time — two …

How Mentally Strong People Deal With Snarky Comments

A well-timed witty comment among friends is good humor. But passive-aggressive comments that mask anger lurking just beneath the surface constitute snark.<p>Sometimes, snarky comments involve backhanded compliments like, “You look good for someone your age.” Snark also includes cynical comments like, …

Self-help

The 'gig economy' has broken a fundamental link in capitalism that was good for workers

LONDON — Everyone knows capitalism is based on supply and demand. If the supply of something goes down, then the price of it rises. The concept applies to labour, too. In boom times, when there is low unemployment, wages go up as employers compete for workers and the available labour pool …

How Experian Built A Business Around Data

When Eric Haller graduated with a degree in finance from San Diego State University in 1990, he didn’t have any clear idea of what he wanted to do. If he was on the east coast, he probably would have went to work at an investment bank, but he ended up taking a job as a statistical analyst at Visa …

Innovation

The Mohamed A. El-Erian interview: How bad a slowdown do you need for a real wake-up call?

<i>He stepped down in 2014, citing a need to spend more time with his family, and he has since written a book about central banks and the global economy called "The Only Game in Town." In it, El-Erian describes a world heading toward a crisis point as central banks run out of policy tools to spark a</i> …

10 mind-numbing questions from the book that's considered the Holy Grail for landing a Wall Street job

Strats — short for strategists — work on trading floors alongside the traders creating models for pricing and risk management, etc. The job description is similar to that of a quantitative analyst, but quants typically aren't on the trading floor.<p>Interviews for these sorts of positions tend to be …

How to use Acorns, the app that helps you easily turn your spare change into an investment portfolio

Cruttenden wanted to make it easy for people, primarily those who were younger, to start investing a little at a time. To do that, Cruttenden built Acorns in a way that distills investing down to a decision of "how much" you want to invest and "how much risk" you want to take.<p>There are two ways you …

Can low-income housing be energy efficient and affordable?

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the local housing commission is completing floor-by-floor renovations in the five-story Baker Commons public housing facility …

Green Living

Entrepreneurs Funding Businesses With Their Insurance Policies & Avoiding Taxes

Capital is usually the single greatest barrier to any entrepreneur starting a business. Even service-based companies still require a significant amount of capital to cover major expenses such as rent and labor. A solution that’s available to help overcome this barrier is using your insurance as the …

Here's how much money you make in the 'sexiest job of the 21st century'

"It isn't a big surprise," Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, told Business Insider. "It's one of the hottest and fastest growing jobs we're seeing right now."<p>According to Glassdoor, data scientists earn a base pay of <b>$116,840 a year</b>, on average.<p>Here's how much they rake in, on …

Stress and the City: Britain's bank workers buckle under pressure

LONDON (Reuters) - Dwindling job security, heavier workloads, regulatory upheaval and the poor public image of the banking sector are taking a toll on the mental health of Britain's bank workers.<p>Eight years after the global financial crisis, stress in the industry has pushed up demand for insurance …

How Happy Is Your Uber Driver? Survey Offers Candid Glimpse Of Gig-Economy Workers

Are gig economy workers victims who are being denied good jobs — or free agents living the good life?<p>That depends on which on-demand workers you ask, according to a new survey of 4,622 on-demand workers conducted for Intuit's QuickBooks Self-Employed, a provider of cloud-based financial software …

The Workplace

Tesla Model X 'Unbuildable,' Business Model 'Upside Down': Chevy Volt Guy Bob Lutz Doubles Down

This week Bob Lutz, former GM vice chairman, had his harshest words yet for Tesla.<p>“Tesla’s business model is upside down…their costs have always been higher than their revenue,” said Lutz, formerly the chief General Motors executive behind the development of the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt, in a CNBC …

Electric Vehicles

Microsoft is bringing its excellent Windows Phone keyboard to iOS

One of my favorite features in Windows Phone is its truly excellent keyboard. It's far more accurate and easy to use than the default iOS keyboard and many Android alternatives, but you've had to use Windows Phone to take advantage of it so far. Microsoft is planning to make its Word Flow keyboard …

NYC won't limit Uber surge pricing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's war with Uber was all for naught. Today, the City Council voted not to limit Uber's surge pricing, which inflates prices during periods of peak demand, the Wall Street Journal reports. Additionally, the city released a long-awaited report (PDF) on Uber's impact …