Christina Ottis

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Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Compelling Personal Brand -- And How to Build It

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As customers gain more access to general company information via the Internet, they also develop a greater demand for details about a business's founder. That's why you need to take the time to craft your reputation in order to create a …

Marketing

From New York to Zurich: How Startup Costs Compare in Cities Across the Globe (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Thinking of setting up shop in another country?<p>It would cost almost $315,000 a year to run a small tech startup in Zurich – nearly seven times as much as it would cost you in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, according to the …

Startups

The 3 Scariest Things About Owning a Franchise

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Owning a franchise is not for the faint of heart. The idea of being your own boss plus the upfront costs and extra obligations to a corporate business, can be downright frightening.<p>With Halloween around the corner, it's the ideal time to …

Small Business

Bill Gates Invests In Twitter Founder-Backed Vegan Meat Startup

Bill Gates thinks the future of meat is … fake meat. He’s said it before. And today, we’ve learned that Gates is investing in vegan meat startup Beyond Meat.<p>Earlier this year, Bill Gates named Beyond Meat–a startup that’s aiming for the mainstream, non-vegan market–as one of three companies that he …

If You Want Innovation, You Have to Invest in People

As the convergence of digital technologies drives unprecedented levels of change in global marketplaces, it is very much a reality that a company must, as Bill Gates put it, “innovate or die!” In therace for relevance to future customers, the greater a company’s innovation capacity, the greater its …

Why Conformists Are a Key to Successful Innovation

When my colleagues and I were interviewing a corporate executive about innovation practices, we heard something very interesting that says a lot about the risk of involving too high a proportion of creative people in a radical-innovation group.<p>The company had set up an “innovation forum” where …

Multitasking Makes Managers Less Thoughtful

Managerial Omelet Anyone?<p>How Interactive Media Can Scramble Your Brain<p>Strategy + Business<p>You’re sitting at a meeting checking your e-mail on your iPad or your texts on your phone. Or, if you’re like the average college student, your attention is divided at least three ways, among the lecturer, your …

Men’s Self-Esteem Drops When Their Female Partners Succeed

Men who were told their romantic partners had scored in the bottom 12% on a test felt better about themselves, unconsciously, than those whose partners were said to have scored in the top 12% (<b>0.47 versus 0.25</b> on a zero-to-0.7 “implicit self-esteem” scale), according to Kate A. Ratliff of the …

A Global Online Network Lets Health Professionals Share Expertise

Dr. Junior Bazile, a Haitian physician, scrolled through his handheld device while walking through the wards of a district hospital in rural Malawi. He had recently commented on a discussion on GHDonline.org regarding critical gaps in the diagnosis and treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis. …

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The Apple team behind the original iPhone recalls its stressful, terrifying development

One day before the anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, <i>The New York Times Magazine</i> has published a captivating recollection of the terrifyingly stressful two-year development of the first iPhone. The piece is an excerpt from journalist Fred Vogelstein's upcoming book, <i>Dogfight: How Apple and Google</i> …

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The definitive chart that shows why Twitter is not Facebook

Facebook and Twitter are the two services that jump immediately to mind when somebody says “social media.” But, as revealed in Twitter’s freshly filed IPO prospectus, the two companies couldn’t be more different when it comes to their financials and growth. (Oh, and Twitter doesn’t officially …

IPOs

3 years after BP blast, big oil busy in the gulf

In October 2010, the Obama administration lifted its five-month ban on deepwater drilling in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico following BP's disastrous oil spill. Three years later, global oil companies are flocking back to the deepest waters of the gulf, snatching up oil leases and drilling permits at a …

Oil & Gas Industry

Pensioners tricked into a lifetime of lower income

After an investigation into how Britain’s insurers used the introduction of the EU’s Gender Directive to over-charge hundreds of thousands of pension savers, we unravel yet another scandal in the complex annuity maze.<p>Hundreds of thousands of older savers were locked into artificially depressed …

Samsung Set For Another Quarter Of Record Profits As HTC Falters

Samsung has impressed analysts and investors with its latest guidance for operating profit in the third-quarter, saying it expects to have earned between 9.9 trillion won and 10.3 trillion won ($9.2 billion and $9.6 billion). That’s up from 8.06 trillion won last year and marks another record …

Tesla Stock Plummets After Report Of Model S Catching On Fire

DETROIT (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Co<p>shares fell 6 percent on Wednesday after an automotive blog published images of a Model S electric sedan in flames after an accident on Tuesday morning just south of Seattle, Washington.<p>The blog, called Jalopnik, posted pictures and a video of the Model S fire on …

Amazon Set-Top Box Coming By End Of Year: WSJ

Amazon is planning to invade your TV set.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports that the world's largest online retailer will release a set-top box that will stream online video to your TV. The device is code-named "Cinnamon," and will have apps for playing games and streaming video and music from other …

This Electronics Store's Stock Went Up Over 1,000% Because People Thought It Was Twitter

Markets aren't completly rational because humans aren't close to completely rational

The 'Faux Friday' Jobs Report: What Economists Can Guesstimate

Thanks to the federal government's partial shutdown, the Bureau of Labor Statistics skipped its monthly Big Reveal at 8:30 a.m. Friday.<p>There was no September employment report.<p>Without access to the BLS numbers, data junkies were left to scrounge around for lesser reports. Maybe if they could suck …

Jerusalem court rejects Israel nationality petition

<b>The Supreme Court in Jerusalem has rejected a request by 21 people to be registered as Israeli nationals rather than Jews or Arabs.</b><p>Israel's population register does not allow Israeli nationality; petitioners say this is undemocratic and exposes minorities to discrimination.<p>Most of the activists are …

Israel

BlackBerry reportedly in talks with Google, Samsung, and others about potential sale

In September BlackBerry received a $4.7 billion buyout offer from Canadian holding company Fairfax Financial, but it's still pursuing possible deals with other companies — and Google may be among them. <i>Reuters</i> reports that BlackBerry has asked for "preliminary expressions of interest" from a number …

Hillary Clinton knocks 'sorry state' of politics

The former secretary of state says the federal government shutdown threatens America's reputation among foreign nations.<p>Jon Campbell | Gannett<p>Clinton is considered a Democratic front-runner for 2016 presidential race<br>• She spoke Friday at Hamilton College in Upstate New York<br>• Clinton represented N.Y. in …

About 15% of Americans live in poverty, so why is no one talking about it?

Mainstream media give very little coverage to poverty and the working class. It's a public interest failure<p>It's not my intention to belittle the government shutdown or the political showdown underway between President Obama and the GOP, but more often that not, America's fickle news media is …