Alex Smereczniak

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How To Pack A Suit So You're Not A Wrinkled Mess When Traveling

It's every business traveler's nightmare: Flying into town for an important meeting and finding that your suit is wrinkled beyond repair.<p>One easy way to avoid creases is to wear your suit jacket on the plane instead of cramming it in your suitcase, said Eli Chess, managing partner at custom …

14 Apps Every Entrepreneur Needs in 2014

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are known to be the masters of efficiency, right? The secret? We don't do it alone. Besides having an amazing team to support our endeavor, we also utilize cutting edge apps to keep us on our A-game. (When you're heads down …

How Not To Reconnect With An Old Contact

You know by now that there are many reasons why a strong network is invaluable. One of the best is that your network is a group of people with whom you don’t have to start at square one: Meaning, you don’t need to build rapport before you pitch a business opportunity or potential partnership.<p>The …

The Power of Style - How To Increase Your Male Quotient

THE “Q”FACTOR<p>This is going to be a very short article because we’ll be delving into math, so no time for long stories. Going straight to the point, …

Emotional Intelligence

If You're An Entrepreneur, You Won't Want To Miss Startup University

We can't promise that attending Startup will make it easy, but we can promise that you'll learn a ton and gain inspiration and helpful contacts.<p>This year at Business Insider's Startup 2013 conference we've partnered with General Assemb.ly to run <b>"Startup University."</b> Choose three classes from a …

New Grads, Here's What To Do With Your First Paycheck

<i>This is the first in a four-part series for new grads on managing your finances. (Read the second article here, the third article here and the final one here.)</i><p>New grads, congratulations on being done with school!<p>No more classes, no more exams, no more grades and no more dorm rooms. Welcome to a …

5 Easily-Copied Traits of an Excellent Leader | Inc.com

I recently met and had breakfast with Harold MacDowell, the CEO of TDIndustries, a mechanical construction and facilities service company in Dallas. I reached out to him because I had been hearing a lot about TD's company culture.<p>I like MacDowell, and was excited to learn that many of the things …

S&P 500 Index

Learning To Learn Faster: The One Superpower Everyone Needs

<b>The Superpower</b><p>I have a new book coming out early next year, <i>The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance.</i> As the title suggests, my subject matter is the outer limits of human potential and the question of what might actually be possible for our species.<p>During the course …

Ben Bernanke's 10 Brilliant Pieces Of Wisdom For Today's College Graduates

The first was to the graduates of Simon's Rock, an offbeat school in Western Mass.<p>Today he delivered a speech to graduates of Princeton, where of course he was an econ professor before becoming Fed chair.<p>His speech is short and simple, offering 10 pieces of advice and wisdom to the graduates.<p>The …

22 Things You Should Know About Money By Age 22

By 22, you should have:<p>1. An idea of what you want to do with your life professionally, and what your bottom line is. Make sure you know what the average salary is regarding the profession you choose.<p>2. A basic understanding of investing your cash. Here are 10 investing terms that are essential.<p>3. …

Personal Finance

22 Pieces of Finance Advice for Young Adults

Inspired by Glamour’s popular “30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Know By The Time She’s 30,” we decided to put together our own list, on 22 …

Should You Get A CFA, MBA Or Both?

Additional education after college has become a prerequisite for career advancement in many investment fields. For those considering a career in investments, the great debate has been whether to obtain a Master of Business Administration or The CFA Institute’s Chartered Financial Analyst …

Why Accounting And Finance Pros Are So Difficult To Hire

This week, the ManpowerGroup released its eighth annual Talent Shortage Survey on the top 10 jobs that are the hardest for employers to fill, and for the third year in a row, “Accounting and Finance” made the list. What makes hiring these professionals so difficult?<p><b>Moving Beyond The “Bean Counters”</b> …

Starting Your Own Business — Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur?

Becoming an entrepreneur is not the right fit for everyone. Unfortunately, there are many people who find this out when they start a business, and …

Entrepreneurship

The Five Biggest Problems With The Xbox One

<i>From concerns over used games to questions about an always-online requirement, the Xbox One is growing more controversial by the day.</i><p>Sony’s PS4 reveal was met with mixed reactions by most gamers. This was largely due to the system’s mixed-bag debut—some things were good, some bad, but mostly it was …

27 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

So we've pulled together the essential reading list for entrepreneurs — from our own reading, and recommendations from founders, VCs, and CEOs.<p>Are there any other important books you think should've made the cut? Let us know in the comments.

What advice I would give my 23 year old self

Tweet30<p>Pin<p>Share17<p>Flip<p>+13<p>Shares 50<p>Recently I read an article asking what advice you would give your 23 year old self. (Sorry, I forgot where I read …

The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual

Next up: Machines that understand you and everything you care about, anticipate your behavior and emotions, absorb your social graph, interpret your intentions, and make life, um, “easier.”<p>You’re walking home alone on a quiet street. You hear footsteps approaching quickly from behind. It’s …