Jonathan Malmin

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How Music Affects Your Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Music has a way of expressing that which cannot be put into words.<p>It is for this reason (and many more) that music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity-but does music itself help one to create?<p>This is an important …

Study: Civil servant system outdated

The federal government is headed for a crisis, a new report warns, and without reforms, a homegrown problem threatens to derail everything from foreign policy, to entitlements, to food safety.<p>The problem is the way the government manages its more than 2 million civil servants, according to a report …

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FORTUNE — North Africa and the Middle East have been sluggish to join the mobile money revolution, a movement that is transforming economies and delivering financial inclusion to the unbanked across the developing world.<p>That’s particularly true when you compare the region’s progress against …

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By Anne VanderMey<p>Crisis is everywhere. There are the national public relations fiascos: General Motors, Chris Christie, the NSA. And then there are the countless human missteps that plague companies every day: The reply-all email gaffe, the product defect, the affair. Be your crises big or small, …

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FORTUNE — Real estate investors are likely suffering from financial whiplash after the wild rise and fall of home values over the last 10 years.<p>The beginning of the last decade saw an unprecedented spike in real estate prices, which culminated in the bursting of the real estate bubble in 2006 and a …

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FORTUNE — Costless stock options. Lending to subprime borrowers. The irrelevance of earnings and cash flow for Internet companies because they can <i>always</i> tap capital markets. Those are some of the good ideas gone bad on Wall Street, all seemingly foolproof at first. Costless stock options warped …

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FORTUNE — A few weeks ago, a messaging app called FireChat launched. It looks, at first, like just about any other messaging app in an already very crowded market, but FireChat is sneakily subversive and quite possibly the most important thing to happen to the Internet since international network …

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FORTUNE — A lot of attention has been paid lately to big tech companies buying up smaller firms in billion-dollar deals: In January, Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion, Facebook purchased mobile message service, WhatsApp, the following month for $19 billion; last week, it acquired virtual …

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FORTUNE — The most powerful tonic for the flagging U.S. economy would be a surge in capital investment. The willingness of manufacturers of semiconductors and chemicals to expand their fabs and factories, and airlines and utilities to order jets and build grids that will take many years, and a …

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FORTUNE — The skeptics continue to outnumber the true believers.<p>At least that was the case at a bitcoin forum Thursday night in New York City, where SecondMarket CEO and self-proclaimed “most active” bitcoin angel investor Barry Silbert took the pro side of a debate over the virtual currency …

Upgrade Your Brain: Resources for Coding Beginners

<i>Adam Benzion is the founder of Entirely—a Seattle startup focused on social innovation, keen on connecting more people in more places to create special things together.</i><p><i>“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”— Steve Jobs</i><p>Anyone who’s paying …

Square Market Now Accepts Bitcoin

Square today announced it has added support for paying with Bitcoin. As a result, buyers can now use the digital currency to purchase goods and services on Square Market, which allows sellers to create an online storefront with online payment processing.<p>The mobile payment company promises the …

The 15-Minute Social Media Audit Everyone Can Do

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>The word “audit” deserves more love than it gets.<p>When I hear the word, my mind goes straight to tax season and the manila envelope crammed with receipts and forms that I keep stashed away in the closet. Audits …

Former Facebooker builds Bibao, a Chinese app for virtual/crypto currency traders

Bihang, a China-based digital currency application developer, today launched Bibao for Android, a mobile app for Bitcoin and Litecoin exchanges.<p>With Bibao, which is similar a stock market app, you’ll be able to:<p>watch exchange rates of Bitcoin or Litecoin on major Chinese virtual currency exchanges …

PayStand Launches Online Payment Service For Bitcoin, Credit Cards And E-Checks

PayStand, an online payment as a service vendor, has launched from its private beta selling its payment processing services for bitcoin, e-checks, and credit cards to websites in the U.S.<p>The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based company said that its payment service can work with any website or mobile …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

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Is the Internet Making Us More Democratic?

<i>Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo is a peer at #DemocraciaEnRed, a Latin America-based movement to promote the evolution of democracy through modern tools.</i><p>While discontent rooted in the offline world continues to be the source of protests worldwide, few can argue that the lowered cost of communication …

Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay <i>Our Comrade The Electron</i>, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, …

Delta is offering the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs at 35,000 feet

A new program being run by Delta is offering the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs at a height like never before; 35,000 feet.<p>Delta Innovation Class hopes to attract innovative leaders and experts from across a range of industries to fly Delta and offer the opportunity for users of LinkedIn to meet …

Silicon Valley Can’t Keep Up With Korea’s Financial Revolution

<i>Jon Norris is a writer for TransferWise who splits his time between the U.S. and the U.K. This post originally appeared on the TransferWise blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Until a few years ago, South Korea was promoted by its Tourism Board as “Land of the Morning Calm”. While the …

Why The ROI of Online Community Doesn't Matter

<i>Sarah Judd Welch is the founder & head of community design + BD at Loyal where she designs communities for startups, brands, and Fortune 100s.</i><p>I’ve never felt entirely comfortable defending my work in community. Yes, I’ll tell you about Return on Investments (ROI) all you want, but truly, community …

Designing a Recurring Revenue Model Will Help Attract Capital

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago.</i><p>One of the first things that a venture capitalist looks for in assessing an investment opportunity is the revenue model of the business. More specifically, …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

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Could even Facebook become a convert to privacy?

The mining of personal data drives profits at Facebook and Google – but companies could give users more control<p>The stunning $19bn Facebook paid last week for messaging service WhatsApp has made all of the headlines. But tucked away in the announcement of the deal is an interesting comment from …