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Bill Gates Talks to TIME About the Three Myths of Global Aid

It’s easy to get fed up when you’re trying to save the world. Progress can be slow, setbacks are constant and few people appreciate exactly what …

The Internet Archive Rescues Bitcoiners From Banking Oblivion

Recently, Kinnard Hockenhull got a call from his bank saying that they'd decided to shut down his account. For Hockenhull, this was potentially fatal …

BitPesa Uses Bitcoin to Slash Kenyan Remittance Costs

BitPesa.co, a new global remittance company servicing Kenya's ever-expanding population, is planning to use bitcoin.<p>The company is targeting Kenya's …

World Bank

The 9 Most Common Mistakes Of First-Time Entrepreneurs

Unfortunately for many, the failure rate is extremely high — generally 50% to 70% of small businesses fail within the first 18 months. To learn from those who've been in the trenches, we combed through a recent Quora thread that asks: "What are the most common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs …

Entrepreneurship

A Troubling Look At How The Largest For-Profit College System Is Taking Over The World

Laureate, which owns and operates colleges around the world, has high-profile investors like private equity firm Kohlberg Kravits Roberts and Microsoft's Paul Allen, and uses Bill Clinton as a spokesman. It earns in excess of $4 billion a year, and says that it's expanding access to education where …

Higher Education

Uber CEO Says Doing Interviews Isn't The Best Way To Hire

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, CEO Travis Kalanick said that the company plans to double its headcount, possibly more, by the end of 2014.<p>That will mean even more focus on hiring and Kalanick's unique filtering approach. He told WSJ that he prefers to get the experience of actually …

Employment

What Looks Like Bad Email Etiquette Could Actually Be 'Strategic Sloppiness'

But since everyone is following the same rules, ignoring them completely will definitely make you stand out.<p>This is what happened in late 2012 when Snapchat's CEO Evan Spiegel responded to an email from Mark Zuckerberg. In his email, Spiegel didn't have a proper greeting, failed to follow proper …

Employment

People Don't Work For Just One Company Anymore, And That's A Good Thing

With a light deadpan touch, Adams critiqued the inanity of a drone worker negotiating his way through a micromanaged corporate maze. Adams singled out the omnipresent office cubicle as a symbol of the disconnection and absurdity of contemporary corporate culture, and over the years, the titles of …

The Workplace

This Map Shows What All The World's Leaders Studied In School

Ever dream of leading your country? You have the best chance of getting there with a major or advanced degree in economics, law, or politics.<p>An amazing map created and posted to the MapPorn subreddit by Reddit user mareyv takes a look at what the world leaders and heads of state studied for the …

World Leaders

An Activist Hedge Fund Manager Has A Coffee Mug Specially Designed To Intimidate CEOs

One unidentified hedge fund manager in the article has a passive aggressive approach to dealing with executives at companies he's targeting.<p>The fund manager told Dealbook that he uses a mug during talks with execs that features photos of chairmen his hedge fund has ousted.<p>From DealBook:<p>But even …

CEOs

The 15 US Cities That Are Driving The Future

In the 2013 rankings, thirteen cities defined by Milken as tech hubs made it into the top 25, while nine could attribute their impressive growth to the energy industry, notably the shale and natural gas renaissance.<p>Milken's ranking is based on data from both long- and short-term growth in jobs, …

Employment

Nate Silver Says This Is The Best Way To Get Your Resume Noticed

Baseball analyst and stats genius Nate Silver is in a hiring mood.<p>Silver took to Twitter over the weekend to dole out some unsolicited but highly appreciated advice on the key to writing an effective job application: Keep it simple, stupid.<p>Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog, formerly of the New York …

Employment

McKinsey Is Realizing That An Honor System Isn't Enough To Prevent Scandals

Before these incidents, a McKinsey partner had never been charged with violating security laws.<p>That's why McKinsey managing director Dominic Barton started a crusade in 2010 to transition the company from an honor-driven culture based on values and tradition to a stricter, rules-based organization, …

Employment

Here Are The Jobs That People Think Are Most Overpaid And Underpaid

People often have strong feelings about how much different types of professionals should earn. Notably, a driving factor in the Occupy Wall Street movement was the belief that corporate executives and finance workers earned far more than their fair share.<p>In a new Business Insider/SurveyMonkey …

Wall Street

Pandora Founder Reveals 3 Unconventional Ways To Impress An Interviewer

But what makes a great question? How do you demonstrate enthusiasm for the job and knowledge about the company without sounding like every other candidate?<p>It's a subject Pandora founder and seasoned interviewer Tim Westergren tackles in his latest post on LinkedIn. Westergren argues that a …

Employment

15 Small Business Owners Share What They Wish They'd Known When They First Started

We asked small business owners around America to tell us the one thing they wished they'd known when they first started their businesses.<p>We've broken out some of the best to serve as a primer on getting as much as possible right the first time around.

Entrepreneurship

14 Startup Fears Founders Have But Are Too Afraid To Say Out Loud

Everyone talks about the startup success stories.<p>But what do entrepreneurs secretly fear?<p>We turned to Whisper, a secret-sharing app that's gaining popularity. On it, millions of people are writing their deep, dark secrets anonymously. Other users can respond with their own secrets or "heart" what …

Entrepreneurship

Why Top Graduates Still Want To Work 90-Hour Weeks On Wall Street

The thinking, outlined in a recent article in The New York Times, is that the falling prestige of Wall Street means that banks are having to compete for talent with other industries, the perk- and stock-option-laden tech sector in particular. That banks are reevaluating their internship programs …

Wall Street

The 9 Worst Body Language Mistakes You Could Make In An Interview

In a job interview, your body language is especially important, since your behavioral habits communicate certain messages to hiring managers.<p>In a survey released by job site CareerBuilder on Thursday, 48% of hiring managers said they know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate …

Employment

The 25 Most Bizarre Interview Questions

How do you answer, for example, "How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?" What do you say to, "Why are manhole covers round?"<p>Job site Glassdoor recently combed through its tens of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates during the past year to pinpoint the downright weirdest …

Employment

The Future Of Jobs: The Onrushing Wave

IN 1930, when the world was "suffering…from a bad attack of economic pessimism", John Maynard Keynes wrote a broadly optimistic essay, "Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren". It imagined a middle way between revolution and stagnation that would leave the said grandchildren a great deal …

Economics

It Looks Like People Overestimate How Much Many Jobs Really Earn

A new Business Insider/Survey Monkey Audience study identified the most overpaid and underpaid jobs as well as some interesting trends about how people's opinions on the subject change when given more data.<p>In our primary version of the survey, we showed respondents the mean annual wage for each of …

Employment

The Dark Side Of Tech Startups

A YEAR AGO Jody Sherman shot himself. His online shop, Ecomom, which sold eco-friendly and health products for children, was running out of cash. A few weeks later the business closed its virtual doors. A new owner relaunched it in June.<p>There is no evidence that entrepreneurs kill themselves more …

Startups

Build It And They May Come

Business-school students are a pampered bunch. Scholars sipping a glass of red in the posh rooftop bar of Oxford's Saïd Business School could be forgiven for thinking they had wandered into the nearby Randolph Hotel by mistake. Stanford students can view an impressive modern-art collection housed …

College & University