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A VC behind $5 billion Slack shares what it takes to convince him to write million dollar checks to startups looking for investors

Dave Munichiello has a word of advice to hungry entrepreneurs: be real.<p>In his five years as general partner at GV, formerly Google Ventures, Munichiello has taken a lot of meetings with founders hoping that the firm will invest a few million dollars to give their startup legs.<p>The best founders, he …

Venture Capital

What it's like when SoftBank founder Masa Son wants to invest over $100 million into your company

Sure, they want your pitch, but what SoftBank founder Masa Son is really looking for is futuristic technology — even if it requires your company to do something it hadn't considered before.<p>For example, Light CEO Dave Grannan met with Son three times in Tokyo and California on its way to landing a …

Venture Capital

The Netflix exec in charge of hiring during the first 14 years says these 10 tips are indispensable to succeed in today's tech world

If the events of the past couple of years have taught us anything, it's that if company leaders treat human resources as an afterthought, then they risk running into troubles like those of Uber.<p>Patty McCord — former Netflix chief talent officer, and the co-architect of the streaming video company's …

Employment

The perfect way to start an email — and 29 greetings you should usually avoid

Figuring out how to start an email — especially when you're writing to someone you don't know very well — can be a real challenge.<p>Is "Hey" too casual? Is "Dear" overly formal? Is "Morning!" too cheery?<p>If you're thinking the email greeting isn't all that important and that it's silly to overthink …

Flickr

A report from 1974 about a metaphorical monkey is among the most-read management advice ever published by Harvard Business Review

One of the most widely read pieces of management advice published by the Harvard Business Review has to do with a monkey.<p>Specifically, the monkey on your back.<p>If you're a people manager, you likely have (at least) one on you right now. The monkey is a metaphor for a burden that one of your team …

Employment

The life and career rise of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the richest person in modern history

As his Amazon empire continues to expand, Bezos continues to amass his fortune. He first nabbed the title of world's richest person last summer, and is now worth $55 billion more than Microsoft founder Bill Gates, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index.<p>But Bezos' rise to the top is has taken …

Jeff Bezos

A New Zealand company that tried 4-day workweeks says people were more creative, more punctual, and more energetic — and they want to keep it going

A New Zealand company is making headlines across the globe for a recent experiment that it conducted among its staff.<p>In March and April, the 240 employees at Perpetual Guardian worked four-day workweeks (32 hours instead of 40) — and were paid for five.<p>Now, according to The New York Times, …

New Zealand

'Million Dollar Listing' star Ryan Serhant explains how he went from broke actor to leading a top real-estate team that sold over $800 million worth of property last year

"Million Dollar Listing" star Ryan Serhant told us how he defines success: "It's not about money. It's not about lifestyle. It's not about building a bigger team or anything. It's that I set goals for myself, and I write them down every year, and if I hit those goals I have been successful that …

Real Estate

A prominent Silicon Valley investor says entrepreneurs need to stop copying Mark Zuckerberg so much and quit talking about ‘breaking things,' 'disruption,' and 'robots eating the jobs'

When Mark Zuckerberg first coined Facebook's early company motto, "Move fast and break things" in 2009, Silicon Valley was in its heyday.<p>Back then, the slogan was a bold acclamation of an industry propelled by change and unhampered by convention.<p>"On the one hand, 'Move fast and break things' is a …

Silicon Valley

Companies from corporate giants to hot startups have begun offering perks and programs to tackle employees' stifling student loans

A lucrative career typically relies on having a college degree. But all too often, expensive tuition costs lead to debt that even a decent-paying job can't cover.<p>In 2018, 44.2 million American borrowers owe $1.48 trillion in student loan debt — $620 billion more than Americans owe in credit card …

Personal Finance

The 20 best college towns in America

Boulder, Colorado, is the top-ranked college town in the US, according to a list from the American Institute for Economic Research.<p>The city of roughly 200,000 (for its metro area population) earned the top spot thanks to its accessibility — more than 20% of commuters take public transportation or …

College & University

Oldest children tend to become the richest and most successful — and it could be thanks to their parents

An article in the National Bureau of Economics Research Reporter argues that firstborn children are likely to become smarter, more successful, and richer than later-borns.<p>One possible reason why: Parents are in some ways less invested in parenting after the first go-round.<p>Sandra E. Black, a …

IQ

21 quick and easy ways to boost your emotional intelligence

The term "emotional intelligence" dates back to a scientific paper published in 1990 — but interest in the topic didn't explode until psychologist and former New York Times reporter Daniel Goleman wrote a book about it a few years later.<p>Emotional intelligence (sometimes known as EQ) is the ability …

Emotional Intelligence

Science-backed ways to become a better leader

What changes can you make in the office to increase your team's performance? We asked Richard Wiseman, professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and author of "How to Remember Everything", for advice on how you, as a leader, could better lead your team. …

Sleep

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As a dedicated Business Insider reader, your opinion is important to us. That's why we'd like to invite you to join our <b>BI Insiders</b> program.<p>The BI Insiders are an exclusive online community of Business Insider readers who like to:<p>So join us today by clicking on the link below and apply to become a …

Markets

Early Facebook investor Marc Andreessen says one of the biggest mistakes that startups make is hiring an HR leader too late

Marc Andreessen knows a thing or two about building a successful company.<p>The legendary Silicon Valley investor made his name as the co-creator of the first popular web browser, co-founded Netscape, and then went on to make big early bets on Facebook, Twitter, and other high-growth tech companies at …

Silicon Valley

How much money to ask for during your next salary negotiation

How much money should you ask for in a salary negotiation?<p>It's a tricky question. The fact that salary negotiations can be extremely stressful doesn't help matters, either.<p>When you're finally down to the wire on your impending job offer, there will come a time to talk numbers, Lynn Taylor, national …

Employment

Even the smartest bosses are prone to a management mistake that makes everyone's job harder

Marshall Goldsmith calls it "adding too much value."<p>In his 2007 bestseller, "What Got You Here Won't Get You There," the executive coach identified adding too much value as one of the 20 bad habits that plague leaders at all levels of an organization.<p>Often, he said, an employee will come to their …

Leadership

Next-generation leaders and change makers will be at IGNITION 2018 — check out last year's lineup

Business Insider's flagship IGNITION conference brings together an engaged community of next-generation leaders and change makers from around the world.<p>Come away with actionable insights for your own critical decision-making — plus a ton of new contacts and ideas thanks to IGNITION's next-level …

Matt Lauer

Drinking cave water and not thinking about fried rice: Here's how the Thai soccer team survived 9 days in a flooded cave with no food or drink

The Thai soccer team that was trapped inside a flooded cave complex for 17 days have explained why they entered the cave and how they managed to survive for so long.<p>The team decided to enter the cave after their soccer practice on June 23, 25-year-old coach Ekapol Chanthawong told reporters on …

Thai Navy

Experts say too many people suffer from a 'delusional belief' about their careers that doesn't do them any favors

Choosing a career can be a daunting proposition.<p>But part of the reason why may be because we're looking at career paths the wrong way.<p>That's what a growing number of experts are saying. Last week, psychology researcher Tania Luna and Weight Watchers International executive Jordan Cohen said modern …

Career Development

One of China’s biggest startups is a $3 billion education company — here’s why education is such a big business in China

Earlier this year, Chinese education startup VIPKID raised $500 million at a valuation of over $3 billion. It's an eye-popping valuation for any startup, but particularly so for one in the education technology sector.<p>Such a valuation for an education startup is practically unheard of in the US. But …

Education

The 10 most eligible singles of 2018 in London, according to the dating app Hinge

You might imagine the people who have the most success with dating in a big city like London to be super-glamorous, wealthy, and in favour of the finer things.<p>However, that may not be the case.<p>Dating app Hinge has released its list of London's 10 Most Eligible of 2018, based on the 10 people …

Dating

How I customize my Gmail to boost my productivity

Many people rely on email for just about everything — whether it's to communicate with your coworkers and friends or track the shipping of an order you placed for a client.<p>Email became even more of a vital tool for me once I joined the ranks of remote workers and started my freelance writing …

Productivity

OpenTable CEO: #metoo isn't a woman's issue, it's a leadership issue

A year ago on a stage in Aspen, Colorado, the CEO of OpenTable Christa Quarles lost her temper in front of several hundred people in the room and thousand more online and shouted out 'Bullsh$t."<p>On Tuesday she stood back up on the same stage, still angry, and told attendees of the same conference, …

Sexual Harassment

These photos of prison cells around the world show how differently countries treat their criminals

Prison cells vary widely from country to country.<p>Prisoners in Norway, for example, don't have bars in their rooms and have access to musical instruments, DVDs, and video games. Meanwhile, in Malawi, a typical cell is squalid and packed with dozens of people.<p>The wide range of conditions reflects how …

Charles Manson

25 of the biggest failed products from the world's biggest companies

"Less than 3% of new consumer packaged goods exceed first-year sales of $50 million — considered the benchmark of a highly successful launch," say Joan Schneider and Julie Hall, coauthors of "The New Launch Plan."<p>That's part of the reason that the most heavy-hitting names in business — from …

McDonald's

Elon Musk is at the center of numerous unusual news stories

Elon MuskScott Olson / Getty Images<p>Elon Musk can't seem to keep out of the spotlight.<p>In the past few months, Musk (the CEO of Tesla, The Boring Company, and SpaceX) has repeatedly inserted himself into the news cycle — usually through tweeting.<p>At a time when criticisms of Musk's electric car …

Tesla

22 books Wall Streeters think everyone should read this summer

Everyone needs a good beach read.<p>We asked Wall Streeters for the books they are having trouble putting down as the weather warms up.<p>Along with titles about finance and successful figures, we also received recommendations for thrillers, novels, and historic non-fiction that make the list of perfect …

Books