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An exclusive interview with Bill Gates | Financial Times

Bill Gates describes himself as a technocrat. But he does not believe that technology will save the world. Or, to be more precise, he does not …

Bill Gates

Billionaires like Bill Gates give away tons of money, and this study reveals why

Bill Gates boasts a net worth of $78.9 billion. Microsoft's co-founder also has a 66,000-square-foot lakeside house in Washington state — complete with a pool that has its own underwater music system.<p>But the richest man in the world says he has no use for money beyond a certain point.<p>And he means …

Hard Social Enterprise Lessons in Africa

Collins Nyamadzawo walked into the rural Zimbabwean school where he was a volunteer and caught sight of two students sitting on the floor, one using …

Marissa Mayer and Jess Lee

Polyvore CEO Jess Lee Polyvore<p>On Friday, Yahoo announced the acquisition of social shopping site Polyvore.<p>Yahoo plans to integrate Polyvore's product into its premium content ecosystem, but the deal is particularly interesting for two reason.<p>First, because it was actually three ex-Yahoo engineers …

Marissa Mayer

Upmarket Airbnb rival onefinestay just raised £25 million

Everyone from deep technology fund Intel Capital to Hyatt Hotels have taken part in the investment round, which doubles the total raised by the 5-year-old company to $80 million (£50.8 million). onefinestay has also poached InterContinental Hotel's former chief finance officer as part of a beefing …

Western companies are being forced to figure China out all over again

Foreign companies have long known that China’s economic slowdown—now upon us—could hit their earnings hard. They just didn’t expect they’d be hit by changing consumer buying habits and a rise in Chinese competitors at the same time. Suddenly, foreign brands are finding it a lot harder to convince …

China

Twitter's epic struggle to become the next Google

Sacca had a lot of individual points that made sense. Twitter is too hard for new users to figure out. It's a little intimidating. It can feel isolating if you don't know who to follow and nobody's interacting with you.<p>Twitter is is the first enormous media company that grew up entirely in the …

6 ways Vanguard has changed the way people invest

They celebrated the 40th birthday of The Vanguard Group last week in Malvern, Penn.<p>More accurately, they marked the passing of the date, May 1, 1975, …

Investing

Humbled Amazon turns to rival Alibaba for help in China

Amazon.com (AMZN) is hurting in China, and looking weaker.<p>Yesterday, Chinese reporters discovered that Amazon had opened a store on rival Alibaba …

Burger Bubble: Is 1 Shake Shack Really Worth 3.6 McDonald's?

Shake Shack updated its IPO details on Monday, saying it’s looking to raise up to $80 million and be valued at $14-16 per share. That’s sky high for the young burger chain.<p>In fact, Shake Shack’s current projected valuation (at the top of its range) is over $560 million. That’s not much in the …

Japan turns to rest of Asia in hunt for younger employees

Opinion: How index funds mislead investors

The impact of index funds has been revolutionary. When John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, introduced the first vehicle designed to passively track …

Investing

How to Spend the Last 10 Minutes of Your Day

How much sleep did you get last night? If the answer is “not enough” you’re hardly alone. According to Gallup’s estimates, almost half the people you’ll run into today are suffering from some level of sleep deprivation.<p>We often dismiss a little morning fatigue as an inconvenience, but here’s the …

Meditation For People Who Don't Meditate (A 12-Step Guide)

Congratulations! You want to meditate, but you’re not sure what to do. If you’re one who can’t handle too much esoteric sweetener in your spiritual …

25 Ways to Make Your First Online Sale

23 min read<p>This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>As an online merchant, making your first sale is as symbolic as it is necessary.<p>Completing the first sale sounds straightforward enough, yet the optimism and reassurance it brings can make it the biggest turning point in the life of your …

Marketing

Leadership Lessons from GM’s Mary Barra

I had the privilege of getting to know GM’s new CEO Mary Barra last summer, when we both attended <i>Leading a Global Enterprise</i>, an Executive Education …

The Final Nail in the Cardio Coffin

Here's what you need to know...<p>While demanding, training for an Ironman triathlon doesn't automatically lead to looking like a ripped …

How Accepting Your Circumstances Can Help You Find Something Better

<b>“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” ~Sonia Ricotti</b><p>I’m on an old bus in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, where I’m …

The Habits of Successful People: They Do The Painful Things First

Before I became an entrepreneur, I went to business school. While studying for my MBA, there was one lesson that I learned which has proved to be …

Success

Stop Spending Time With Toxic People

The people around you rarely have a neutral effect on you -- they either facilitate your accomplishments or undermine them.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs<i>, business coach and consultant Dan Kennedy reveals</i> …

Self-help

Who Can Teach Leadership?

Mel’s hand went up precipitously and unexpectedly, like thunder on a clear day. I had barely begun introducing the leadership course I would be teaching over the coming weeks. “I have a question, Professor.” I gave him the floor.<p>“What makes you think you can teach us to lead?”<p>I looked around. A …

The Must-Have Leadership Skill

“We hired a new CEO, but had to let him go after just seven months,” the chairman of an East Coast think tank complained to me recently. “His resume looked spectacular, he did splendidly in all the interviews. But within a week or two we were hearing pushback from the staff. They were telling us, …

2 Keys to Accomplishing Your Extra-Curricular Goals

Nothing against your to-do list, but don't you want to do something cool?<p>You like your job. And by most accounts you're pretty good at it, too.<p>But how long have you been putting off that extracurricular side project? You know, that book you want to write, that product you want to develop, or that …

accomplishing

The fall (and rise?) of Yahoo: How the web giant crumbled and built some great tech in the process

At one point not so long ago, Yahoo (s yhoo) was one of the top technology companies in the world. “The only exception [was] Google,” Bassel Ojjeh, a …

Starbucks is now selling 46% more things an hour than it was five years ago

Maybe it’s all the caffeine.<p>The productivity of Starbucks staff has been surging over the last few years. According to a presentation it made to investors earlier this week, a key number by which the Seattle coffee giant measures productivity—”transactions per labor hour”—is set to end the current …

Howard Schultz

McDonald's: Three Strategies To Reignite Sales Growth

“The menu you love, plus so much more,” goes the commercial in McDonald’s site. But judging from the company’s sales in recent years, consumers do not seem to express that love by heading to McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD). And Wall Street has taken noticed, with company’s stock lagging behind major equity …

How Amazon, eBay, And Wal-Mart Became 'The Big Three' In Mobile Commerce

How have they succeeded? For the three, mobile isn't just a "sales channel," but a thoughtful means of connecting with customers, to draw them in, earn their loyalty, encourage their sharing of useful data, and nudge them toward more lifetime purchases.<p><b>In a new BI Intelligence report</b>, we look at …