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Why Is Going Public So Costly?

Markit Ltd. (ticker MRKT) sold 53.5 million shares on Thursday, June 19, at an offer price of $24 each, raising $1.28 billion. The company is a financial data provider with expertise in financial derivatives, including credit default swaps. Unusually, all of the shares came from existing …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, And Live Happily Ever After

One thing is for sure – I wish Miki Agrawal’s book DO COOL SH*Twas around four years ago, before I quit my day job and started my own business (I’m still working on the <i>Live Happily Ever After</i> part of the book’s subtitle). A masterful mix of personal stories, chapter summary takeaways and …

Why Too Many Entrepreneurs Don't Know How to Raise Capital

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Having spent more than 30 years financing small companies, I've seen some interesting deal flow at every imaginable business stage. From 'back of the napkin' concept to a mature enterprise being acquired by a larger company, there are all …

Small Business

What My Corporate Internship Taught Me About Entrepreneurship

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My first corporate internship was as a summer analyst at Wells Fargo right before my senior year in college.<p>Confused about whether I was going to pursue the path of entrepreneurship or work for a company after graduation, I approached my …

Entrepreneurship

How Common are Small Business Administration Loans?

Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed loans get a lot of attention in Washington. President Obama, for instance, believes that “the SBA …

How to Choose a Web Hosting Company for Your WordPress Site

WordPress is arguably the most popular web software on the market, powering more than 60 million websites. The benefits of building your site with …

Uncle Sam Wants His Cut on Your Gambling Winnings

If you just won a jackpot, a prize or the lottery, congratulations!<p>Now here’s the bad news: Uncle Sam wants his cut and you must pay taxes on the winnings. However, you are allowed to write off any losses against those winnings.<p>The IRS has strict rules surrounding the taxability of gambling …

The Effect Of Fed Tapering On The Economy, The Housing Market And Stocks

The Fed met yesterday afternoon to discuss the state of the economy and decide if they would begin the process of tapering (i.e.; reducing its $85 billion per month asset purchase program). After a brief meeting, they decided to wait. Although a number of individuals were fully convinced the Fed …

Mexico's Ambassador Blasts Hollywood For Promoting Racist Stereotypes

In blunt remarks for a diplomat, Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora, accused Hollywood’s film industry of promoting “racist” stereotypes of Mexicans. “Mexicans on the silver screen are usually portrayed as poor and uneducated at best, corrupt and violent at worst”, he …

World Shares Rise, U.S. Takes Breather, After Fed Surprise

Shares in Europe and Asia rose on Thursday following Wednesday’s surprise announcement by the U.S. Federal Reserve that it would not, as expected, start reducing its $85 billion-a-month bond buying stimulus measures.<p>U.S. stocks, though, took a breather on Thursday after both the S&P 500 and the Dow …

Forget the Idea! Lessons from Virgin, Microsoft and Groupon

Most first time entrepreneurs, when they start a business, start with the <b>idea</b>. Yet, this is an ineffective way of creating a business. Instead, the …

Do Nice People Succeed In Business? It Depends

The business world is often depicted as a gladiatorial contest where only the selfish survive. If that’s what you think, then Wharton professor Adam Grant’s <i>Give and Take</i> is the next book for you. It is subtitled <i>A Revolutionary Approach to Success</i>, which might seem like publishing hype, but the …

Immigrants lacking papers work legally — as their own bosses

Savvy young immigrants discover the limited liability company as a way to work legally. Some even hire U.S. citizens.<p>September 14, 2013|By Cindy Carcamo<p>Carla Chavarria of Phoenix can't drive in Arizona because she entered… (Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles…)<p>PHOENIX — At just 20 years of age, Carla …

A Wake-Up Call For Asia

If there’s one thing which stands out about the West since 2008, it’s this: There’s been almost no substantive economic reform. There’s been a lot of money printed, talking up of prospects (forward guidance in central banker parlance), huge subsidies to save certain sectors, but little …

14 Questions About The Federal Reserve You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask

And fortunately, a big one is coming up today!<p>But for most people, the Federal Reserve invokes confusion, derision, or nausea.<p>Inspired by some other great "explainers" we've seen lately, here's the definitive Federal Reserve Q&A, answering all your questions shame free. Hopefully, this will help …

Federal Reserve

These 2 Stats Prove California's $10 Minimum Wage Is A Big Deal

California is very, very close to making a $10 minimum wage a reality. Doing so nationwide would change the lives of America’s working poor.<p>A June study by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a national organization focusing on racial equity in the restaurant industry, found that <b>(statistic #1)</b> …

European banks remain in the danger zone

Five years after the Lehman Bros. collapse hit the global financial services industry like a neutron bomb – headquarters left intact but little of value inside, including the CEOs – Europe's banks haven't changed much. They're still too big and over-leveraged. Makes you wonder what they, and their …

Economy

White people's meritocracy hypocrisy.

Should college admissions be based on simple quantitative metrics of academic skill such as standardized test scores and grade point averages? …

The reason American tech firms like Ireland isn’t just the low taxes

Airbnb, the accommodation rentals website, just became the latest American tech company to set up its European headquarters in Ireland. It joins Google, Facebook, Adobe, LinkedIn, Apple and countless others on an island that is colder and wetter even than its British neighbor.<p>In a blog post …

Ireland

Hispanic-owned businesses double past 11 years

Study by U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Geoscape captures stunning growth.<p>NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. is expected to nearly double this year from 2002.<p>That's the finding of a study released Friday by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Geoscape, …