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Uber Just Released Their First Pitch Deck From 2008, and It Shows What You'll Need to Build a Billion-Dollar Startup

The ride sharing platform is now worth over $68 billion. But it all started with this deck.<p>Despite its high-profile public relations meltdown over the past few months, the story of Uber's rise is still a fairy tale in the startup world.<p>In less than a decade, the ridesharing platform has become the …

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The 15 Most-Pinned Healthy Dinner Recipes on Pinterest

When I'm strapped for new and exciting recipes, Pinterest is the first place I look for inspiration (pinspiration?).<p>Pinterest is especially helpful …

Wall Street legend Howard Marks describes the phone call that changed his life

Marks' investment firm, Oaktree, is considered one of the leading investors in distressed debt, essentially riskier debt.<p>He founded the firm in 1995, and since then the firm's assets under management have increased from $5 billion to about $101 billion. And Marks is estimated to have a personal net …

The 5 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself When at a Crossroads

Are you facing a big decision? Are you stuck in a difficult spot? Answering these 5 questions will lead you to your best outcome.<p>A close colleague is wrestling with the fact that his business partnership is literally sucking the life out of him. He launched his company several years ago with a …

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Lean Startup Is Dead -- Long Live Lean Startup

In a previous post, I wrote about how large companies are poised to be the greatest beneficiaries of the lean startup movement. We are entering an era of technology that is well suited to the resources that large companies have (i.e. The Third Wave). This next wave of technology will involve …

Product Management

The 15 most popular Super Bowl snack recipes

The Super Bowl is this weekend, which means it's a good time to start thinking about easy, crowd-pleasing snacks to make.<p>We asked Pinterest to help us find some of the most popular recipes out there.<p>From baked zucchini chips to Triscuit pizza, below are the site's 15 most pinned snacks.

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Why Everyone At Your Company Should Have This Simple Job Description

For leaders of entrepreneurial organizations, nothing is more important or challenging than building the right team.<p>Startups and small businesses are dynamic environments that require people to think on their feet, identify challenges, and take unilateral action on a regular basis.<p>That’s why we’ve …

Entrepreneurship

Take statins even if you are healthy, say experts

People should take statins regardless of how healthy and active they are, leading US experts have said.<p>Researchers say taking the daily medication protects against stroke and heart attacks no matter how low a person’s cholesterol levels.<p>In an article for the American Journal of Medicine, the …

The press has fallen for fascists before | John Broich

Look back at how the US media covered Mussolini and Hitler, and you’ll see a long list of mistakes. Will these be repeated?<p>Related: The Republicans are delivering America into Putin's hands | David Klion<p>How to cover the rise of a political leader who’s left a paper trail of anti-constitutionalism, …

Political Science

Last Week's Stock Gains Expose New Risk Signs

Stocks hitting all-time highs, a good precursor of bull markets, have been producing superior returns this year. However, such run-ups have a way of becoming overdone, and last week’s actions revealed indications that this market has entered a too-much-of-a-good-thing zone. Below are the warning …

How to Stop Your Phone from Dying Suddenly

Your phone is lying to you. If you’ve ever experienced that weird moment when your iPhone dies around 20 percent or watched your battery linger at 100 percent for hours just to suddenly plummet, you know all too well the wily ways of the iPhone battery. Here’s what your phone is actually up to:<p>So …

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often, innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here’s why.<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as <i>the</i> dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …

Business Strategy

German savings platform Raisin just hit a €1.7 billion investment milestone

The figure is up from €1 billion (£860 million) announced in April. The growth has come from new customers and existing customers putting more money through the platform, head of Europe Katharina Lueth told Business Insider.<p>Berlin-based Raisin, founded in 2013, lets customers across Europe invest …

Apple Music: Can Apple Outgrow Its “Lame Dad” Vibe?

Apple Music is betting on smart curation, big names & hip partners to make us forget the U2 album debacle.<p>September 9, 2014 was a pivotal day for Apple. On stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino, the company’s executives proudly revealed sleek, media-ready renderings of new gadgets, marking Apple’s …

EU parliament leader: we want Britain out as soon as possible

President Martin Schulz says speeding up of UK exit being considered after ‘continent taken hostage because of Tory party fight’<p>A senior EU leader has confirmed the bloc wants Britain out as soon as possible, warning that David Cameron’s decision to delay the start of Brexit negotiations until his …

Great Britain

'Now it's our turn!': The dominoes are starting to fall in Europe post-Brexit

Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced that Scotland "sees its future as part of the EU," indicating that Scotland may hold another referendum to decide whether to separate from Britain and renegotiate an entry back into the European Union as an independent country.<p>Scotland voted …

Great Britain

Retailers have trained consumers to do one thing — and it's destroying Macy's, Nordstrom, and Banana Republic

Last month, many companies, from Gap Inc. to Macy's to Nordstrom reported dismal earnings.<p>One reason is that they've trained consumers to shop on sale.<p>Macy's has blamed many reasons for its nosediving sales, from unseasonal weather to a drop in tourist traffic. Both may be true, but a walk around …

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Things could get a lot worse for Apple

If one assumes that Apple can maintain its current profits, the stock is outrageously inexpensive. Its net cash represents about 30% of the company's market capitalization at this point, putting the cash-adjusted P/E ratio at just about 7 based on last year's earnings.<p>But investors making this …

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19 books that librarians say changed their lives

Who better to take book advice from than a librarian?<p>In a recent blog post, the librarians of the New York Public Library revealed the books they're most thankful for.<p>The NYPL team rounded up the 19 books that made them laugh, cry, and everything in between.<p>The list includes something for everyone, …

Books

48 Classic Italian Recipes That Make Us Want to Quit Our Jobs, Move to Tuscany, and Drink Chianti All Day

There's nothing quite like these classic Italian recipes, from Cacio e Pepe to Pasta a la Gricia, and hello, pesto.<p>Nobody does impeccable pasta dishes, quality meats, and seasonal, simple vegetables prepared well quite like the Italians. That's why we don't mess with these recipes—they're …

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A closely followed indicator says a 20% drop in stocks could be coming soon

To fully appreciate this risk, I prefer to look at margin debt relative to overall economic activity. When leveraged financial speculation becomes large relative to the economy, it's usually a sign investors have become far too greedy. As Warren Buffett would say, this is usually a good time to …

Stock Markets

Buy bubbles, bet big and backache – Soros's secrets

As the most successful hedge fund manager in history turns 84, what lessons can he offer?<p>Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 01:25<p>George Soros is 84 today. His career …

These are Ben Graham's 4 guiding business principles

Graham viewed any purchase of a stock or bond as an investment in a business, rather than the purchase of just a piece of paper. And if you are looking to make profits from your investments, then you are embarking on a business venture of your own.<p>Consequently, successful investing must be …

Investing

What Are Triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood. They are the most common type of fat in the body. Triglycerides are necessary for health but in …

BARCLAYS: Extreme financial market volatility is here to stay

However, like a switch was flicked, sentiment turned around dramatically from mid-February. Risk assets soared, the global economy — only weeks after it was about to implode — was looking good once again.<p>Chalk and cheese. A game of two halves. Jekyll and Hyde. No matter your description, it's been …

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A Goldman Sachs partner sent a memo to the bank's junior staff, and every young person on Wall Street should read it

It has been a terrible start to 2016, and it follows a brutal 2015.<p>It seems barely a week goes by without fresh news of job cuts at a top investment bank.<p>Morale is low, and junior bankers and traders who have just started in finance are asking themselves about the industry's long-term …

Oxalis Adventure

DENT: The stock market will start to crash by February, if not sooner

We recently learned that existing home sales in November crashed 10.5% from the month before.<p>Guess when the last time was when we saw these levels? The housing crisis of the mid- to late-2000s!<p>I also recently shared a chart showing a cataclysmic 82% drop in the ratio of new home sales to the U.S. …

Stock Markets