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How a tax haven is leading the race to privatise space

Luxembourg has shown how far a tiny country can go by serving the needs of global capitalism. Now it has set its sights on outer space<p>On a drizzly afternoon in April, Prince Guillaume, the hereditary grand duke of Luxembourg, and his wife, Princess Stéphanie, sailed through the front doors of an …

How to Forget About Work When You’re Not Working

When was the last time you got away from work?<p>I mean truly got <i>away</i> from it: didn’t think about it, didn’t worry about it, didn’t have a to-do list rattling around in your brain.<p>Most of us know there are benefits to getting away from work. We know we need time to recharge each day in order to be …

Self-help

Revolut raises $66 million for its global banking alternative

Revolut has raised a $66 million Series B round with Index Ventures leading the round, and existing investors Balderton Capital and Ribbit Capital also participating. The startup will also run another $5 million crowdfunding campaign in a few weeks. The company has raised $83 million in …

3 Personality Traits That Make Successful CEOs So Outstanding

These distinctive qualities help propel leaders to success and lead fearlessly.<p>Read enough articles about top-of-their-game CEOs like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Richard Branson, and you start to see a few common threads. It makes you wonder: Do certain personality traits make some CEOs more …

The Traits of Leaders Who Do Things Fast and Well

An exceptional leader we know would occasionally get a question from his direct reports in a variety of forms but with the common message, “Do you want this done fast or right?” His answer was always the same: “Yes!” He chose not to compromise on either dimension. For this leader and for most …

Uruguay is now generating 95% of its electricity from renewable energy

World leaders will spend much of next week’s climate change summit in Paris wrangling over the terms of a deal to fight global warming. But if the tiny nation of Uruguay is any indication, switching to a low-carbon lifestyle isn’t as difficult as it might seem.<p>The Guardian reports that renewable …

Renewable Energy

Fundamental Theory of Productivity: Less is More

The art and science of productivity improves your results and your life. One of the basic theories of productivity can be summed up as “less is …

Productivity

The 3 Habits Productive People Find Time for Every Day

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's funny, really. Most of us who get into entrepreneurship start with the intention of working LESS than we did at our regular jobs. The startling reality is that we often end up doing way more because we love the projects we're …

Productivity

9 Things The Best Employees Do Before Lunch

Maximizing productivity before lunch is essential to becoming a better worker and getting the job done. Here are nine steps to get you on the right track before your lunch break.<p><i>Produced by Devan Joseph</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

Employment

A Different Way of Thinking About Productivity

This story originally appeared on JamesClear.com<p>Late in his career, Steve Jobs famously drove his car without a license plate.<p>There were all sorts of theories about why Jobs decided to drive without tags. Some people said he didn’t want to be tracked. Others believed he was trying to make a game of …

License Plates

5 Ways to Work from Home More Effectively

More people are foregoing a lengthy commute and working from home. Whether you are a full-time freelancer or the occasional telecommuter, working outside an office can be a challenge. What are the best ways to set yourself up for success? How do you stay focused and productive? And how do you keep …

Stop Believing That You Have to Be Perfect

The value of failure has become a mantra in Silicon Valley, with the rise of events like FailCon, a conference “for startup founders to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success.” Failure, the thinking goes, is an intense form of hands-on education that — when done right — …

When Start-ups Should (and Shouldn’t) Partner with Industry Leaders

The hard work and dedication you’ve devoted to your startup has finally paid off; your industry’s largest incumbent has invited you to join it as a partner and key supplier. Should you accept?<p>On the surface, the decision may seem straightforward, but before you sign on and cash in, there are risks …

How Uber and the Sharing Economy Can Win Over Regulators

Sharing economy firms are disrupting traditional industries across the globe. For proof, look no further than Airbnb which, at $10 billion, can boast a higher valuation than the Hyatt hotel chain. Uber is currently valued at $18.2 billion relative to Hertz at $12.5 billion and Avis at $5.2 billion. …

Get Buy-in for Your Global Strategy with Local Partners

I never considered myself an “ugly American,” but my UK colleagues apparently thought otherwise.<p>Just before I moved to the UK to head up marketing for KFC International in Europe and Africa, Pepsico had bought out our joint venture partner in the UK. I was part of the new management team that was …

Help Your Team Spend Time on the Right Things

What is the most common resource that’s always in short supply? The answer, of course, is time. This applies not only to your time, but to your team’s. It’s the one organizational resource that is neither expandable nor renewable. Therefore, making sure that time is spent in ways that will have the …

The Sectors Where the Internet of Things Really Matters

The Internet of Things is emerging as the third wave in the development of the internet. While the fixed internet that grew up in the 1990s connected 1 billion users via PCs, and the mobile internet of the 2000s connected 2 billion users via smartphones (on its way to 6 billion), the IoT is …

A Military Leader’s Approach to Dealing with Complexity

The most effective leaders I’ve known or studied all share a common trait: they were unwilling to settle for the existing state of affairs. They believed with all their heart that what we focus on can become reality.<p>In my quarter-century of military service, I’ve been afforded the rare privilege of …

Myths About Entrepreneurship

<b>Linda Rottenberg</b>, author of <i>Crazy Is a Compliment</i>, on what it really takes to start a business.<p>Download this podcast<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m talking today with Linda Rottenberg, co-founder and CEO of Endeavor and author of Crazy is a …

A Refresher on Net Present Value

Most people know that money you have in hand now is more valuable than money you collect later on. That’s because you can use it to make more money by running a business, or buying something now and selling it later for more, or simply putting it in the bank and earning interest. Future money is …

5 Ways To Innovate The Next Big Idea (It's About Culture)

How can companies capitalize on the next big idea? The answer is in your <i>culture</i> of innovation.<p><b>“Innovate Or Die!”</b> <br>Remember that phrase? It’s been haunting me ever since Peter Drucker coined it, back in the 1990s.<p>At the time, Peter was talking about the rebirth of the City Of London as a world …

How to train yourself to speak like a leader

When it comes to leadership, your voice matters. Deeper-voiced male politicians are more appealing to voters, and deeper-voiced male CEOs run larger companies, stay in charge longer, and make more money.<p>UCLA acoustic scientist Rosario Signorello has researched how to fine tune the vocal chords of …

Automated Investment Service Wealthfront Raises $35M From Index, Ribbit Capital

Financial services as an industry is a sector that is rapidly being disrupted from all directions. One of the startups helping to lead the pack is Wealthfront, an automated investment firm that serves as an alternative to traditional financial advisory services like Fidelity. Today, the company is …

What Great Managers Do

“The best boss I ever had.” That’s a phrase most of us have said or heard at some point, but what does it mean? What sets the great boss apart from the average boss? The literature is rife with provocative writing about the qualities of managers and leaders and whether the two differ, but little …

10 money-making ideas for 2014

Slide 1 of 12<p>After a stellar year for stocks in the U.S. and other developed markets, what can investors expect in 2014?<p>If the Federal Reserve’s …

Stock Markets

Best Trips 2014

TravelBest Of<p>National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Tips on Starting a Business

Entrepreneurship, the creation and capture of value, fuels the growth of regions and nations, brings innovative products and services to the market, …

Entrepreneurship

Stop Worrying About Making the Right Decision

Much of my work as a coach involves helping people wrestle with an important decision. Some of these decisions feel particularly big because they involve selecting one option to the exclusion of all others when the cost of being “wrong” can be substantial: <i>If I’m at a crossroads in my career, which</i> …

The First Step to Being Powerful

“I am such a big failure. I can’t believe that I’ve made this mistake and it’s cost me months and months of time. I might never recover…What an idiot to not see that one coming.” On and on, he went. In distress, my colleague was clearly suffering because of a recent fiasco.<p>Seeking counsel, he had …

Three Creativity Challenges from IDEO’s Leaders

People often ask us how they can become more creative. Through our work at the global design and innovation firm IDEO and David’s work at Stanford University’s d.school, we’ve helped thousands of executives and students develop breakthrough ideas and products, from Apple’s first computer mouse to …