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25 book recommendations from some of the smartest people in tech

Our goal has always been to give you rare, unprecedented access to the people shaping the tech industry— specifically, the advice that they've gained through experience, or used to get where they are today.<p>So when we sat down earlier this year to double down on this mission, we wondered who these …

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Entrepreneur’s 9 Hot Startups of 2016 – Ranked by Growth Score

Entrepreneur.com published their list of hot startups to watch this year, so we decided to see how they rank. They note that this list of companies …

Norway's 2 biggest banks have stopped handling cash

Note the ominous implication of this absurd statement: any large or even moderate-sized financial transaction that people manage to keep private must involve criminal activity. Indeed, in 2013, a Norwegian man had his home ransacked by police after he purchased a PC, TVs and a washing machine for …

St. Petersburg

At Davos, Companies Use Lingerie Boutiques and Hairdressers to Woo Global Elite

At the World Economic Forum, Salesforce is using a lingerie boutique to market itself to the global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland this …

This $43 million contemporary home in Miami comes with a Jaguar and a yacht

Developed by Douglas Elliman's Oren Alexander with his father, Shlomy Alexander, the home's price could go up to $43 million or even more — that is, if you opt to also buy some of its jaw-dropping extras, namely a 1948 Jaguar XK120, a 55-foot VanDutch yacht, and $1 million worth of Minotti …

Real Estate

Here’s The Hilarious Reason A Panthers Linebacker Won’t Stop Singing Creed Lyrics

Before today, you probably didn’t know who Ben Jacobs was—unless you’re a Carolina Panthers fan. That’s okay. He’s a fourth-year backup linebacker who recorded 15 tackles in 2015. But now, he’ll be known for something far more important: “Creedbombing.”<p>Yes, this is exactly what you think it is. …

25 books that every entrepreneur should read

We spoke with wildly successful entrepreneurs and VCs like Mark Cuban and Peter Thiel and pored over years of interviews with star founders to find the books that every aspiring entrepreneur should read.<p>Here are their top recommendations.<p><i>Bianca Male, Aimee Groth, Richard Feloni, Natalie Walters,</i> …

Self-improvement

When It Rains, Rotterdam’s Bikers Get To Go Through Lights Faster

Since 2004, Rotterdam has seen a 60% increase in cycling. More than three-quarters of the city’s residents own a bike–and they have plenty of places to ride. Holland’s second city has 360 miles of bike lanes, including several dedicated “freeways.”<p>Many cities would be happy enough with that, but …

As Oil Prices Gyrate, Underlying Trends Are Shifting To Oil's Disadvantage

Why should equity markets tank when oil prices do? Beats me. Among many sources of jitters, this shouldn’t be a big one (though <i>The Economist</i> demurs). When oil prices fall 70+ percent, oil companies and their lenders and investors suffer, so do oil-dependent communities, but oil users (far more …

Everything You Need To Know About The 2016 Stock Market Selloff

<i>Updated January 21, 2016.</i><p>The New Year has come in like a bear on Wall Street. Stock markets are crashing on what feels like a daily basis, oil prices are flailing to reach a bottom and ongoing fears about the pace of global economic growth are hitting hard.<p>U.S. stocks have tumbled about 10% in the …

Gilt Groupe Is a Cautionary Tale for Startup Employees Banking on Stock Options

Hudson’s Bay is paying $2.17 for each common share of Gilt. Many Gilt employees paid more than that years ago to buy shares.<p>A $250 million acquisition probably sounds like a lot to many employees of privately held companies. But for startups backed by big venture capitalist money, even a deal that …

As Oil Busts, This Texas Tycoon Sees A Land Of Opportunity

<i>After selling 7 deals in 7 years for $7 billion, press-shy wildcatter Trevor Rees-Jones is better equipped than anyone to pick through the wreckage of the oil and gas bust.</i><p>As Trevor Rees-Jones steps down from his plane, two black labs bound out after him, followed by his wife, Jan, and her terrier. …

Chicago looks to boost next-generation financial firms

Entrepreneurs and leaders in financial technology want to knock down walls in 2016.<p>“You’re going to, for the first time, see the fin-tech community come together in Chicago in a cohesive manner,” said David Weinstein ⇒, founder and managing partner of Freshwater Advisors.<p>Financial-tech companies …

Will 2016 Be The Year Of The Unicorn Apocalypse In Silicon Valley?

We saw a stampede of unicorns (companies worth $1 billion or more on paper) in 2015. Most of them are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Will these mysterious creatures shape-shift into revenue horses? Profit ponies? Cash cows? Or will they gallop away into the annals of internet history and …

Snapchat as a wealth manager and start-up launches are among the week's L.A. tech highlights

Snapchat Inc. is one of several companies considering adopting features to their apps that would enable users to invest in stocks and other securities from their smartphones, according to a report last week.<p>Without citing sources, news agency Reuters said Venice-based Snapchat as well as Twitter, …

First Look: Lao Sze Chuan, Chicago's Most Famous Chinese Restaurant, Hits Glendale

Yet as heavily decorated as Hu’s restaurants are, they’ve experienced turbulence in the past year or two. There was an FBI raid on one of his …

React.js pure render performance anti-pattern

Pure render optimized React components can be extremely performant but it requires users to treat their data as immutable for it to work properly. …

Snapchat made an expensive mark on this Las Vegas landmark

During the tech extravaganza that is CES 2016, tech companies can go to ridiculous extremes to make a splash.<p>For instance, there's Snapchat, which plastered its famous ghost logo on the iconic black pyramid of Las Vegas' Luxor Hotel & Casino:<p>It's well visible from a distance, just to give you a …

One of Chicago's most expensive homes sells for $13.3 million

A sprawling seven-bedroom, 20,000 square-foot manor on Lincoln Park's ritzy Burling Street sold for more than $13.34 million on Tuesday. The home, …

The (Very Contradictory) Year in Unicorns

By<p>Early in 2015, <i>Fortune</i> deemed tech’s current boom “The Age of Unicorns,” citing the proliferation of startups valued at $1 billion or more.<p>We …

Fidelity Just Revalued Dropbox, Snapchat, and More Tech Startups

Fidelity Investments has again taken out its red pen for several well-known startups, according to a <i>Fortune</i> analysis of new monthly reports for three …

Why Snapchat is 'the one to watch in 2016' — at the expense of Twitter

That's according to MEC global head of social for North America Noah Mallin, who was speaking last week on Nomura's fourth-quarter conference call on trends in internet advertising (for which Nomura provided us the transcript).<p>MEC is a big buyer of ads on social media and works for clients such as …

Social Media

In memoriam: 7 once-hot startups that shut their doors in 2015

While the seven on this list collectively raised nearly $400 million in venture capital, these startups are only a few of the high-profile ones that ended up shuttering their doors in 2015. CB Insights has a full list of 146 startup failure post-mortems from the past few years.<p>Here's how they tried …

Startups

The Fintech 50: The Complete List 2015

<b>For the 2016 edition of the list click here.</b><p><i>Reported by Samantha Sharf, Laura Shin, Lauren Gensler and Maggie McGrath</i><p><i>See our complete coverage of fintech and our first list.</i><p><b>ACORNS |</b> Irvine, CA<br>App links to debit and credit cards, rounds up each purchase to nearest dollar, investing extra pennies in …

San Francisco

Sweden has declared war on cash

Back in June, I shared with you the story of how, in 1661, the Scandinavian monarchy became the first country in the world to issue paper money. (It was an unmitigated disaster, by the way.) Now it might be the first to ban it altogether.<p>All across Sweden, cash—the physical kind, not cash in the …

Chinese Yuan

Kinder Morgan Collapse Will Force Dividend Cut, Says Gadfly Analyst

<i>“If the market is not willing to play the game, the whole business model can fall apart,” says Hedgeye’s Kevin Kaiser.</i><p>It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Kinder Morgan was supposed to be the safe port where oil and gas investors could hunker down (and collect a nice yield) while watching the storm …

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Firefighter’s Face Was ‘One Huge Scar’ After He Was Badly Burned. Now He’s Received the Most Extensive Face Transplant to Date

NEW YORK (AP) — A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday.<p>The surgery took place in August at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The patient, 41-year-old …