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4 books every good boss has read

Business leaders think differently, and that's what sets them apart.<p>Once you know how your leadership team thinks, you'll be able to unlock doors that may otherwise be inaccessible. Either your bosses will realize that you have what it takes to move up the ranks, or you will be better situated to …

Eric Ries

11 things you say that will automatically disqualify you in a job interview

<b>• Some job interview errors are a bigger deal than others.</b><p><b>• Do your research and adopt a confident mindset in order to boost your chances of succeeding.</b><p><b>• But, whatever you do, don't make mistakes like cursing, dissing the company, and asking weird personal questions.</b><p>Nobody's perfect. You could be …

Employment

Ripple, a Tinder spinoff backed by Match, launches app for professional networking

A team of former Tinder employees, led by Tinder’s original CTO Ryan Ogle, are today launching a new app aimed at professional networking. The app, called Ripple, aims to be a sort of mobile-first alternative to LinkedIn that addresses some of the problems common to the aging, now Microsoft-owned …

Networking

Vox employees are going on a 'Slack Strike' to push for a union

• <b>Vox Media appears close to unionizing, though one sticking point appears to be whether some editors can be included in an editorial union.</b>• <b><br>Union organizers are planning a "Slack strike," where they will sign off of the messaging platform Slack to show the number of pro-union supporters.</b><p>Vox Media …

Writers Guild of America

Chances of Apple Acquiring Netflix in 2018 Are Increasing

The likelihood that Apple will acquire Netflix is now at 40%. Per a report from Citi analysts, President Trump’s corporate tax cut is the reason for …

Netflix

Movie Talk: Could Apple Buy Netflix?

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018) Mark Ellis, John Rocha, Perri Nemiroff, Ken Napzok discuss the following:<p>Citi …

Movies

Anger and confusion as crypto traders lose thousands in 'flash crash' on $54 billion exchange

• <b>"Flash Crash" hit cryptocurrencies NEO, OMG, and ETP on the Bitfinex exchange on Wednesday.</b>• <b><br>Price drop triggered exchange to liquidate many customers' leveraged positions, leaving some with thousands of dollars in losses.</b>• <b><br>Customers claim the orders weren't executed correctly and the platform was hit</b> …

10 startups that died in 2017 — despite $1.7 billion in funding

Where there's life, there's death, and Silicon Valley is no different.<p>For every thriving billion-dollar unicorn, there are endless numbers of start-ups that have passed onto the other side — laying off their engineers with their matching, branded t-shirts; closing down their game rooms filled with …

How To Find Chinese Manufacturers If You Don't Know Anyone In China

A client recently had me source a new Chinese supply chain for injection-molded plastics. In this series I’ll explain how we were able to go from having no contacts in China to successfully receiving quotes from several injection-mold manufacturers. There are many steps to building a supply chain …

Manufacturing

Amazon CEO and world's richest man Jeff Bezos is hardly ever on his phone

<b>• As the CEO of Amazon and the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos is a busy person.</b><p><b>• However, in an interview with his younger brother Mark, the CEO said he doesn't check his phone constantly.</b><p><b>• That's because Bezos doesn't multitask.</b><p>Jeff Bezos may be CEO of one of the biggest companies in tech, but …

Buyers circle suddenly attractive U.S. media companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - All of a sudden, it seems, everybody wants to own a U.S. media company.<p>In the last few weeks, several of the world's biggest telecommunications and media companies have started circling Twenty First Century Fox Inc with an eye to buying a significant piece of Rupert Murdoch's …

Randall Stephenson

34 Business Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

<i>This article originally ran in Term Sheet, Fortune’s newsletter about deals and dealmakers.</i> <i>Sign up here.</i><p>Alright, here it is: the book list to end all …

Bitcoin breaks $8,000 barrier amid speculation over spin-off

One unit of the cryptocurrency now valued at more than six times an ounce of gold, after tenfold rise since start of 2017<p>The price of the virtual currency bitcoin has broken the $8,000 barrier for the first time, prompting speculation that it could soar past $10,000 by the end of the year.<p>The rise …

1 Brilliant Yet Often Ignored Communication Trick Will Help You Lead Your Team

Being a leader has nothing to do with charisma and everything to do with this one ability.<p>The team was present, but definitely not listening. I was floundering in my effort to help them understand why we needed to change our entire sales process. I thought I could handle it. I thought my leadership …

The life and career of Steve Jobs' mysterious widow Laurene Powell Jobs, who has become a powerful investor with a net worth of $20.7 billion

<b>• Laurene Powell Jobs is the widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.</b><p><b>• She has become a powerful investor and has a net worth of $20.7 billion, according to Forbes.</b><p><b>• Some of her projects range from environmental committees to acquiring a majority stake in an influential US magazine.</b><p>Laurene Powell Jobs …

How Washington Gave Insiders an Edge on IPOs

Stanford GSB research shows two groups have benefited from the JOBS Act: well-paid company managers and well-connected institutional investors.| …

Stanford University

Roomi raises $11 million to find you a roommate

Looking for a roommate on Craigslist can be cumbersome. And it can be difficult to determine what the person will be like in real life.<p>A startup called Roomi thinks it has a better solution for finding people to live with. Its app and website help you search for apartment listings with …

AT&T and Verizon are going to build cell towers together

AT&T and Verizon have partnered with a third company to build hundreds of cell towers, Verizon announced today. The third company, Tillman Infrastructure, is a private company that makes and owns towers, and it will construct the towers to suit AT&T and Verizon.<p>The new towers are going to be added …

Verizon

Tech stocks once again look completely unstoppable

• <b>Tech stocks have been an invaluable part of broader stock market strength in 2017, returning more than double the benchmark S&P 500.</b>• <b><br>Skeptics said for months that the air would have to come out of tech stocks, which they said had gotten overextended.</b>• <b><br>Tech companies have responded by reporting some of</b> …

With $70M from Alphabet, United Masters replaces record labels

The records labels are obsolete. They haven’t kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promote concert tickets and merchandise. Labels were meant to help artists generate albums, fame, and money. But now anyone can record themselves and no will “buy” it. So today that …

Mary J. Blige

Exclusive: Kickstarter launches its first new product in 9 years

Amid stagnant growth and a leadership exodus, Kickstarter’s founder returns to the helm<p>When Kickstarter launched in 2009, it caught lightning in a bottle. The platform let creators launch a project with a funding goal and a time limit, and assign rewards to backers based on how much they donated. …

Startups

Google backs music startup to help make more Chance the Rappers

Imagine you're in the market for a new pair of shoes, and you hear your favorite artist playing in the background of an online ad.<p>Coincidence? Maybe …

Bose is crowdfunding noise-cancelling earbuds that can help you sleep

The newest Bose headphones hope to “put an end to sleepless nights” by cancelling out barks, snores and other irritating noises while you sleep — and it’s the smallest product they’ve ever made.<p>The noise-masking Sleepbuds, as they are called, are small wireless earbuds that you place into your ears …

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'

The inventor of the world wide web remains an optimist but sees a ‘nasty wind’ blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news<p>Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net …

AT&T acknowledges nationwide outage preventing users from making calls

After a multitude of reports on Twitter and other social media platforms, AT&T has acknolwedged that some cusotmers are facing issues placing wireless calls. Reports of the outage first began earlier this evening and DownDetecor shows over 6,000 complaints from users.<p>Complaints from AT&T cusotmers …

Protect net neutrality and Internet freedom: World Wide Web inventor

Treating all content equally online is key to individual empowerment, democracy and economic growth. But the FCC is threatening to take that away.<p>How do you use the World Wide Web? People use it for all kinds of different things: to read email, post an update on social media, check in to a work …

Internet

The FCC's Plan to End Net Neutrality Is Coming Next Week

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 net neutrality order …

FCC approves loosening media ownership rules in split vote

The Federal Communications Commission also makes other moves to strip away regulations -- actions that Democrats say will harm consumers.<p>The Republican-led FCC is making good on its promise to deregulate the communications industry, including a revamp of media ownership rules that will make it …

Net Neutrality

Stitch Fix’s Katrina Lake is the only woman to lead a tech IPO this year

Fewer than 8 percent of all U.S. IPOs this year were led by women.<p>In 2017, a woman-led IPO is still rare. In tech, it’s nearly nonexistent.<p>That makes Katrina Lake — the founder and CEO taking Stitch Fix public today — especially notable. Stitch Fix is an online retailer that provides personalized …

Stitch Fix