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Here are 8 companies Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could buy next

In his 2014 letter to shareholders, the Berkshire Hathaway chairman laid out six criteria.<p>Based on them, Bryan Adams, the Director of FactSet M&A, screened for companies that could be acquisition targets.<p>The one requirement that wasn't screened for was an offering price, since some companies may …

Investing

Why Ruth Porat Should Be Uber's Next CEO

Travis Kalanick was ousted in a boardroom coup on Tuesday by Uber’s earliest investors. Now, the ride-sharing giant needs a new CEO (in addition to a …

Sheryl Sandberg

Joe Biden Spars With Bill Ackman

<i>This article has been updated</i>.<p>You may think losing $4 billion betting on a shady pharmaceutical company was the lowest point in Bill Ackman’s life. …

Joe Biden

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink shares the 2 leaders who most inspire him — and neither comes from finance

As the chairman and CEO of BlackRock, Larry Fink is responsible for a massive $5.1 trillion in assets under management, making him one of the most influential people in global finance.<p>In a new interview with Bloomberg Markets, Fink said that he had never mimicked someone's leadership style but that …

Leadership

Guys, these are some of the most comfortable jeans you'll ever wear

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Mott & Bow's Dynamic Stretch jeans feature 35% elasticity (more than usual for extra comfort). Mott & Bow<p>There are a number of factors you …

Clothing

How Softbank is adding spice to the Amazon-Alibaba battle in Indian e-commerce

<i>Venture Beat</i> recently published a piece headlined 'India’s e-commerce battle is not Indian anymore' that highlighted the battle between Amazon and …

I Work At Slack–Here’s How I Use It To Manage My Workday

With a few bots and app integrations, one insider shows how Slack can do much more than help you communicate.<p>Slack is a group messaging platform that’s handy for trading notes with your colleagues over the course of your workday. But in my time working at Slack, I’ve figured out some ways to use it …

Google Hangouts

Ex-Microsoft COO Kevin Turner is already out from his hedge fund job

Turner is being replaced by long-time Citadel exec Peng Zhao who currently serves as vice chairman of Citadel.<p>Zhao had previously been global head of market making for Citadel Securities. He joined the company in 2006 and worked his way up from a senior quantitative researcher role.<p>Citadel …

Markets

Mark Zuckerberg shares Facebook's secrets with all his employees, and almost none of it leaks

The CEO opens up to 16,000 employees once a week. Why don’t you hear more about it?<p>On a Friday afternoon in July 2015, Mark Zuckerberg stood in front of a couple hundred employees at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, a video camera there to record his words for thousands of other …

Employment

A LinkedIn VP explains why the company shuts down for 2 full weeks every year

However, business doesn't stop when employees are on vacation, so many tend to feel overwhelmed by getting everything in order before they leave.<p>In fact, one study found that about 80% of employees on vacation stayed connected on their smartphones. Many worry that they will come back to work and …

The Workplace

The new Microsoft under Satya Nadella is still looking good on Wall Street

Almost three years ago, Microsoft named Satya Nadella as its CEO. Since then, Microsoft has reversed its fortunes and returned to being a growth stock after stagnating for nearly a decade — and 2016 was not an exception to that.<p>Indeed, as Microsoft continued its transition to cloud-based services …

Wall Street

The Japanese philosophy of Kaizen offers an effective, manageable way to achieve long-term goals

<i>“Compounding is the greatest mathematical discovery of all time.” — Albert Einstein</i><p>The quest to become a better version of yourself often feels like a roller coaster ride. It’s hard. And it’s usually so uneven. You can end in failure. But life is a journey, not a marathon, so you always have …

Self-improvement

A dermatologist explains the best way to keep your face clean

Dr. Melanie Grossman, a dermatologist based in New York City, explains the best daily facial regiment in order to keep your face healthy and clean.<p><b>Follow BI Video:</b> On Twitter

New York City

Hedge funds are hiring a bunch of Ph.D.s to build trading machines, but they're missing one crucial element

That's according to Manoj Narang, who is launching a hot new hedge fund, the $1 billion MANA Partners.<p>Quantitative strategies use computers to parse data and make investment decisions.<p>"There is so much data out there and there are so may people now with a data science pedigree that if you take a …

Markets

Samsung Electronics reportedly considering splitting up business

<i>(Reuters)</i> — South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will consider splitting itself into two as proposed by U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management, Seoul Economic Daily reported on Monday citing an unnamed source.<p>A split would allow the heirs of the founding Lee family to strengthen their grip …

BMW's Venture Capital Arm Is Moving To Silicon Valley And Looking For Startups

BMW is expanding the scope of its venture capital arm to invest in dozens of startups shaping the future of transportation.<p>The automaker’s iVentures division launched in 2011 to advance mobility services and electric driving startups. Now it’s broadening its focus to include other fields expected …

Venture Capital

Eric Schmidt struggled to answer a Google interview question

Google is notorious for its fiendishly difficult and somewhat bizarre interview questions. But failed applicants should take heart: even Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, Google’s parent, struggled to answer the brainteaser once put to Google interviewees.<p>Schmidt was asked the question …

Eric Schmidt

A hedge fund wrote a letter to investors explaining why they should read a classic book about cognitive biases

Instead, the fund's managers looked internally, and wrote a nine page letter drawing upon Nobel Prize in Economics laureate Daniel Kahneman's book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow," and how it shapes the culture and investment process at the firm.<p>The book focuses on inherent human biases and irrational …

Self-improvement

John Legend Lays Down 4 Steps To Maximize Your Creativity

And who wouldn’t heed the creative advice of a 10-time Grammy winner?<p>John Legend is not a proud man.<p>Sure, he has much to be proud <i>of</i> (10 Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, two NAACP Image Awards, etc.) but when it comes to his career as a solo artist, he’s not above creating a …

The Founders of Casper, Venmo, and Birchbox Are Backing This Design Startup

Online retailers promoting high-end interior design at affordable prices abound. But Perch, which launched on Thursday, claims to offer something …

B2B

Tesla presses case for SolarCity merger saying it would add $1 billion to 2017 revenue

<i>(Reuters)</i> – Tesla Motors said on Tuesday its $2.6 billion merger with SolarCity would add over $500 million in cash to the electric carmaker’s balance sheet over the next three years, while contributing over $1 billion to revenue in 2017.<p>Shares of Tesla fell another 2 percent in after-hours trade …

Exclusive: Wealthfront's Founder Reclaims CEO Role as Current Chief Steps Down

Wealthfront announced a leadership change this morning, with CEO Adam Nash stepping down and founder Andy Rachleff returning as CEO, <i>Fortune</i> has …

Robo-advisors

Why AT&T’s CEO should think twice before going through with the Time Warner deal

The book, co-written by Jonathan Knee, Bruce Greenwald, and Ana Seave, is a data-filled take down of mergers like AT&T's $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner Inc., which owns everything from HBO to CNN.<p>Almost none of these deals pay off for customers or shareholders.<p>"The single most consistent reason …

Media Industry

Wells Fargo's scandal probably never would happened if the bank listened to its whistleblowers

Enron. Worldcom. The Madoff scandal. The mortgage meltdown. Now Wells Fargo.<p>High-profile corporate frauds like these all seem to follow the same pattern. First the misconduct is discovered, and then we learn about all of the whistleblowers who tried to stop the fraud much earlier. Congress then …

Wells Fargo

Airbnb Could Wipe Out 70% Of Its South Korea Listings By Next Month

After enjoying explosive growth in South Korea since its local launch in 2013, Airbnb is rolling up its sleeves to clean out the inventory — putting seven in 10 of its 19,000 listings at risk of deletion.<p>According to local news reports, the global home-sharing platform is complying with Korean law …

South Korea

Private equity giants are starting to emulate Warren Buffett

Several big firms are raising new buyout funds that can invest in companies for up to 20 years — more than twice the period they've typically held onto investments in the past.<p>The long-term horizon means investments and returns should be less volatile than usual. It also means returns will probably …

Venture Capital

The Biggest Design Law Case Of The Century Is A Total Mess

How much is design worth? Apple and Samsung are asking the Supreme Court, and even it may struggle to decide.<p>What is the value of design? That’s the $399 million question that faced the Supreme Court last week as Apple and Samsung battled it out in the final chapter of their debate.<p>Is design worth …

Intellectual Property

3 Crucial Things I’ve Learned In My First 30 Days As A Manager

Here’s how this Buffer engineer quickly faced her fears about managing people she felt were better developers than she was.<p>It feels ridiculous for me to write about being an engineering manager. It’s a job I’ve done for not even 30 days yet. But that’s what I want to know from others–how did you …

Self-improvement

Why Leadership Development Isn’t Developing Leaders

Too many business leaders today are out of touch with the employees they lead. Edelman estimates that one in three employees doesn’t trust their employer — despite the fact that billions are spent every year on leadership development. Part of the problem: Our primary method of developing leaders is …

Leadership