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Interested in a Career in Venture? 6 VCs Tell You How

Spoiler alert: Even if you have a desired skill set, it's not easy to become a VC. It takes networking, business acumen plus founding a startup (or two) in order to be seriously considered.<p>Venture capitalists are the new rock stars. And discovering, then funding, the next massively disruptive …

57 Ways to Motivate Your Inner Entrepreneur

A list of actions you can take today to motivate yourself to succeed as an entrepreneur.<p>Over the past three years, I’ve been investigating and writing about the ideas that motivate great entrepreneurs. Here’s what I’ve learned, in a nutshell:<p>Accept your limitations but strive to overcome them.<p>Avoid …

Want to Be Smarter, More Productive, and Laugh More? 6 More Writers to Start Reading Today

You asked for it. Six more smart and inspiring writers to broaden your horizons.<p>Last month, I published a list of 10 writers I love. Their writing has made me sharper, increased my emotional intelligence, and made me laugh on a regular basis. (Who’s not up for a little more laughing?) The response …

Why TSMC Is Exiting Solar

It looked good on paper.<p>Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.—the large, relentless and hugely successful chip manufacturing firm—announced it will shut down TSMC Solar, which produced thin film solar panels made with CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide), by the end of the month. Earlier this …

One Simple Way to Cultivate Your Next Big Idea

It's easy to get stuck in a hellish creative drought. More often than not, tech over-consumption is the devil keeping us there.<p>If you're like me, turning off the phone or losing service is a troubling [and possibly anxiety-inducing] proposition. Devices are how we connect to family, friends, and …

Return of Bicycle Culture In China Adds To Billionaires' Wealth

China’s campaign to re-embrace its biking tradition is catapulting the wealth of two Chinese billionaires.<p>To reduce air pollution and traffic jam, the country has become a leader in building sharable biking systems. Last year, China, with its fleet of 650,000 public bikes, surpassed Italy as the …

Gates Foundation Promotes Financial Services For The Poor

The Gates Foundation is promoting financial inclusion — providing the poor with access to savings accounts, loans, insurance and ways to pay and receive money — with some of the world’s largest emerging economies — Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan and in East Africa Uganda, Tanzania …

Who Got Rich This Week: Beneficiaries of a Publicis Buyout, CEO of a Rising Payroll Software Company

<b>Low Earnings? No Problem</b><p>Sapient Corporation, a Boston-based digital consulting and marketing firm, released third-quarter earnings Thursday, and the results weren’t impressive. Gross revenues did increase 9% from the previous year to $364 million, but net income dropped 15% from $26.3 million to …

Warren Buffett Says Go Airbnb

Berkshire Hathaway will be celebrating its 50th anniversary the weekend of May 2, with attendance expected to exceed last year’s record-breaking 39,000. Known as Woodstock for Capitalist, the annual meeting your one-stop-shop for watching Bill Gates play table tennis against U.S. Olympian Ariel …

How To Make A Billion Dollars From Big Data

Among the new faces making their debut on the 2015 billionaires list are a growing number who have made their fortunes from Big Data.<p>These Big Data billionaires are at the top of their game – all of them have built empires on their ability to collect, interpret and use data in ways no one had …

Five Stocks Billionaires Think Can Double In Price

At Billionairesportfolio.com we strive to curate the best ideas from the world’s best billionaire investors and hedge funds. Many of the richest investors primarily pursue situations where they believe they can influence change in a company, and subsequently create tremendous value for shareholders.<p>…

The 11 Best Men's Stores In America

Not department stores. Not discount stores. Not company stores that sell only one brand or chain stores that fill up suburban malls. We mean stores—specialty stores, if you want to get technical about it—the one-of-a-kind operations with smart salesmen and surprising options and the kind of service …

Starting Up, Then And Now: Why Branson Believes Business Life Is Better Today

Did entrepreneurs have an easier time starting up a decade or so ago?<p>It’s a sentiment I’ve heard echoed many times by today’s entrepreneurs, and one that is rather puzzling, given the technological advantages that modern business startups have.<p>Yet it seem it is the rapid pace technological …

What Great Managers Do

“The best boss I ever had.” That’s a phrase most of us have said or heard at some point, but what does it mean? What sets the great boss apart from the average boss? The literature is rife with provocative writing about the qualities of managers and leaders and whether the two differ, but little …

What Is The Small Business Owner’s Most Valuable Activity?

Nothing. Doing nothing.<p>Your Business Professor was advising a CEO after a train wreck caused by his team.<p>It was a case study on how to derail a …

Top 3 problems 50 entrepreneurs face when scaling their startups

“It’s like a man riding a lion. People think, ‘This guy’s brave.’ And he’s thinking, ‘How the hell did I get on a lion, and how do I keep from …

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What I Learned from Warren Buffett

W<i>arren Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist,</i> Roger Lowenstein (New York: Random House, 1995).<p>Roger Lowenstein begins his new biography of Warren Buffett with a disclaimer. He reveals that he is a longtime investor in Berkshire Hathaway, the company that under Buffett’s guidance has seen …

4 Simple Changes That Will Dramatically Speed Up Your Business

Feel like you're always scrambling to catch up? Here's how to start moving a lot faster.<p>Business today moves at dizzying speed, with new markets, new memes, new technologies, new threats, and new opportunities arriving every hour if not every minute. If you're running a small company or department, …

ESPN - Apps on Google Play

Stream live games, check the latest scores or watch the best highlights with the best brand in sports: ESPN. Pick your favorite teams and leagues to …

How to Do What You Love for a Living

I spent 20 years avoiding my dream job. Turns out, it was time well spent.<p>Regular readers of this column know that I almost never write about my personal life. I figure this column isn't about me; it's about making readers more successful. However, my editor asked me to write about what made me …

Start Smart: Many Ways To Build Your Investor IQ

Angel investing includes a lot of very smart people. But it’s also very complicated. That’s why the wisest angel investors are always on the lookout for smart ways to avoid doing stupid things. And there are many people who are new to the field and need knowledge fast. That’s why I’m pleased to see …

9 Tips on Investing From Mark Cuban

The success of Mark Cuban in his many business ventures is matched by his willingness to give budding investors advice on how to get there themselves.<p>As Mark Cuban's fame has grown in recent years, he's become a true icon of the business world. Whether he's doing commercials, talking about his NBA …

Startup CMOs, Here's How To Spend $33 Million

So how does a startup go about spending $33 million?<p>The answer is simple: Know how you are going to spend the money before you secure the money. You need to have a plan in place so that you can turn the investment into action right out of the gate.<p>It’s the job of the CEO to ensure that a company is …

7 Success Habits of Millionaires

It is always enlightening to observe the differences between a client who has a million-dollar net worth and a client who has a negative net worth.<p>Over the years as a wealth and business coach, I’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of people at various business and financial levels. It is …

What New Team Leaders Should Do First

Getting people to work together isn’t easy, and unfortunately many leaders skip over the basics of team building in a rush to start achieving goals. But your actions in the first few weeks and months can have a major impact on whether your team ultimately delivers results. What steps should you …

Self Directed Biological Transformation Initiative - SBTI

Studying the health benefits of life style choices in a one-week immersion program called Perfect Health - Radical Wellbeing. | Check out 'Self …

Shell IPO Will Be Game Changer For MLPs

Master limited partnerships (MLP), tax-advantaged entities that pay high yields, have been the darlings of investors for several years and now encompass around a $550 billion market. As MLPs have ascended, industry insiders have wondered amongst themselves “Just how much bigger can these things …

Investor Secrets For Smart Competitive Positioning

In their passion and excitement about a new product or service, entrepreneurs tend to continually narrow the scope of potential competitors, and often claim to have no direct competitors. This raises a big red flag with potential investors, who conclude that no competitors means no market, or you …