Anirudh Reddy

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World's first fully digital valves open up engine possibilities

British company Camcon Automotive has built the first fully electronic engine valve system, uncoupled from the crankshaft, that offers unprecedented …

Engines

Basic Guide To Successful Investing - Part I

<b>Introduction</b><p>A few years ago I wrote a very popular series of articles about how I created my own portfolio over a lifetime. As time passes I …

I'm a financial planner, and these are the 4 factors that will determine your financial success

Financial planning can be very complicated because you have to balance all the information and changes in your life.<p>To simplify the process, here are four factors that have the biggest impact on your probability of success.<p>1. How long you work affects your retirement income<p>This is one of the …

Retirement

25 books by billionaires that will teach you how to run the world

Whether you want to launch an empire or become the best in your field, who better to consult than those who have achieved the peak of professional …

One chip to rule them all? The Internet of Things and the next great era of hardware

Narbeh Derhacobian Contributor<p>Narbeh Derhacobian is the co-founder and CEO of Adesto Technologies, which provides application-specific, ultra-low-power non-volatile memory products.<p>It’s been almost 10 years since Apple unveiled the iPhone. Since that day, the smartphone has been the overwhelming …

Lessons From The Aluminum Industry: The Hidden Cost Of China's Cheap Solar

The glut of cheap solar panels manufactured in China has largely been considered to be a boon for the solar industry in North America. Who wouldn’t want hugely subsidized solar panels? But, if the chaos derailing the global aluminum industry is any indication, the long-term consequences of China’s …

Elon Musk Learning Hard Lessons in Energy Storage Market

Image source: Tesla Motors.<p>When <b>Tesla Motors</b> launched the Powerwall energy storage product last year, it was considered a product that would let people use electricity they generated and also have a stable backup source of power. Early indications are that the fast-cycling 7 kWh model is doing well …

How Uber plays the tax shell game

The VCs were desperate to give him more money. It was the spring of 2013, and Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick was weeks away from negotiating …

Question Certainty

James Graham<p>According to legend, around 550 BC, Croesus, the king of Lydia, held one of the world’s earliest prediction tournaments. He sent emissaries to seven oracles to ask them to foretell what he would be doing that day. Pythia, the Oracle of Delphi, answered correctly: He would be cooking …

Why China Had To Crash Part 2

One thing my 28 years as a card-carrying economist have taught me is that conventional economic theory is the best guide to what is likely to happen in the economy.<p>Read whatever it advises or predicts, and then advise or expect the opposite. You (almost) can’t go wrong.<p>Nowhere is this more obvious …

24M: A Breakthrough In Lithium-Ion Battery Technology?

This morning, Cambridge, Mass.-based battery company 24M emerged from stealth mode after four-and-a-half years of improving its technology and lining up investors and strategic partners.<p>24M brings two new things to the table with its semisolid lithium ion battery: the technology itself, which is …

Clean Energy

Five Strategy Lessons From Bill Gates, Andy Grove And Steve Jobs

If there were a Mount Rushmore for technological innovation, Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs would be the faces looking outward. The longtime CEOs of Microsoft, Intel and Apple have done more than anyone to popularize the modern-day personal computer, and in doing so, also created three of …

How To Impress A Venture Capitalist: 12 Prominent VCs Share What Gets Their Attention

Entrepreneurs seeking funding are often unsure of what they must do to get a venture capitalist’s attention. So we asked 12 of them exactly what they hope to see when an entrepreneur walks through their door.<p><b>1. Know Your Competition</b><p>“I am impressed when someone really understands what their …

The Right Way to Use Compensation

I was the fourth employee hired at HubSpot. I’d met the two cofounders when we were all pursuing graduate degrees at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. They’re smart guys with a big mission: to help companies transform their marketing by using online content to draw potential customers to their …

Management

The Dark Side Of Entrepreneurship And How To Break Through

Thinking of starting your own business? Join the other 40 percent of people looking to do the same.<p>It seems the workforce has presented us with more tools and freedom to venture out on our own now than ever before. Almost any one has access to creating their own website, selling their goods in an …

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

This Berkeley startup & its energy machines are about to take off

A decade ago the sprawling artist compound just off of Ashby Avenue in an industrial part of West Berkeley, Calif, was filled with flame-throwing …

When to Sell with Facts and Figures, and When to Appeal to Emotions

When should salespeople sell with facts and figures, and when should we try to speak to the buyer’s emotional subconscious, instead? When do you talk to Mr. Intuitive, and when to Mr. Rational?<p>I’d argue that too often, selling to Mr. Rational leads to analysis paralysis, especially for complex …

Solar Plus Batteries Unlikely To Threaten Utilities Anytime Soon, Study Says

More than a few utility customers have considered defecting from the electric power grid. The technology exists for going off the grid. The price tag is the problem. It is too steep for the vast majority of utility customers to stomach.<p>Over the past year or so, several studies have concluded that …

Top 10 Tech Product Designs of 2014

Nest Acquired by Google in Jan. 2014, Nest Labs wants to turn your home into a smart device. The home automation system<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Aya Brackett—Nest

Top 10

Levelized Cost Of Electricity: Renewable Energy's Ticking Time Bomb?

Solar panels and wind turbines are rapidly becoming competitive with conventional electric generating technologies like natural gas and coal.<p>At least that is what many of Wall Street’s most esteemed investment firms seem to be telling anyone willing to listen to them.<p>Last week, Diane Cardwell, a …

Mirrors could replace air conditioning by beaming heat into space

A mirror that sends heat into the frigid expanse of space has been designed by scientists to replace air-conditioning units that keep buildings cool on Earth.<p>Researchers believe the mirror could slash the amount of energy used to control air temperatures in business premises and shopping centres by …

As Oil Plunges Further, Why It Might Be 'Game Over' For The Fracking Boom

The price of oil fell some more on Tuesday, down as low as $75.84 before closing at $77 a barrel. The decline is blamed on Saudi Arabia cutting prices rather than cutting output amid signs of global glut. That’s discouraging to America’s highly leveraged drillers, who had been hoping beyond hope …

A Scary Story for Emerging Markets

<i>Below is the October 26th Thoughts from the Frontline, republished in full.</i><p>The consequences of the coming bull market in the US dollar, which I’ve been predicting for a number of years, go far beyond suppression of commodity prices (which in general is a good thing for consumers – but could at some …

The Best-Performing CEOs in the World

The knock on most business leaders is that they don’t take the long view—that they’re fixated on achieving short-term goals to lift their pay. So which global CEOs actually delivered solid results over the long run? Our 2014 list of top performers provides an objective answer.<p>Adi Ignatius<p>A few …

How countries use war games to prevent future catastrophes

On Oct. 13, the US and the UK will engage in a simulation of what would happen (paywall) if a large transatlantic bank went under. Treasury secretary Jack Lew, his British counterpart George Osborne and the heads of both central banks will take part.<p>In this scenario, the authorities in the US and …

6 Technology Articles You Must Read Today -- A Look at Analytics, Business Intelligence, Big Data, Clustering, Manufacturing & Innovation

As we thunder down the homestretch and into the weekend, enjoy these 6 top-notch technology articles.<p><b>How Data Analytics and Business Intelligence are revolutionizing manufacturing supply chains.</b><p>Daniel Castro and Mark Doms collaborated on the most interesting piece I’ve read in a long time, this …

The 5 Most Common Investor Mistakes

When investing, the stakes are alarmingly real: If we screw it up, we lose money.<p>In his book "The 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes And How To Avoid Them," Peter Mallouk outlines some of the most common investor errors he's seen over the course of his career as a wealth manager.<p>His firm, Creative …

Investing

New Particle Discovered After 80 Years Of Searching

A team of physicists at Princeton University and the University of Texas at Austin announced on October 2 that they have observed a new particle that has eluded detection for nearly 80 years! It only took scientists 48 years to detect the Higgs boson. No one really knew how they would go about …

Physics