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WhatsApp $19B Secret Formula

For those entrepreneurs watching in bewilderment as one of their peers rakes in $19B by selling their mobile app to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook this week, I feel compelled to drill down on the numbers, key performance indicators, and intellectual property to discover this deal’s secret formula.<p>All …

You've Finally Sold Your Business: Now The Ugly Negotiations Really Begin

For successful entrepreneurs, the idea of finally selling the business – an end to 18-hour days, no more worrying about making payroll, no more anxiety about having nearly all your net worth tied up in a single enterprise – can look like an oasis, a future of prosperity with few worries.<p>From the …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

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Big in Japan: A Guide to the Films of Animation Master Hayao Miyazaki

The revered director earned an Oscar nomination for his controversial 'The Wind Rises'<p>On February 21st, <i>The Wind Rises</i>, director Hayao Miyazaki's …

Does An MBA Make You Happy? The MBA Happiness Index 2013

(MBA50.com) You might typically expect people investing up to two years of their time and money to gain an MBA to have a mix of optimism, ambition, and determination. But until now, no one has thought to ask the same group whether pursuing an MBA actually makes them happy.<p>Media rankings tend to …

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm …

What Satya Nadella Told Me Before He Got the Job

Back in early November, right around the time his name started appearing on the short list of candidates to become Microsoft’s CEO, I had lunch with Satya Nadella in New York. It was eye-opening for a number of reasons, most of them positive for Microsoft. I left convinced that this guy would be a …

Why Did This Woman Walk Away From Earning $600,000?

It takes a lot of courage to quit your job and start a venture of your own. It takes something entirely else to walk away from a finance job that pays you over half a million dollars a year, and create a new media property – teaching yourself Final Cut Pro via Lynda.com, taking sketch comedy …

How Social Media Is Fueling The Next $1B Beauty Brand

Andreessen Horowitz raised a few plucked eyebrows last February when it led a $10.3 million Series B round for a company that sells nail polish, skin care products and makeup. Julep Beauty’s founder and CEO, Jane Park, was pedigreed, alright, having done time at Boston Consulting Group and at …

The NBA's Billionaire Owners

It’s little surprise that it takes a rich person, if not several, to have the capital required to buy a pro sports team. In the NBA, the average team is now worth $634 million, and even the least valuable team – the Milwaukee Bucks – is worth more than $400 million.<p>That’s why of the league’s 30 …