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How to get (and give) great job referrals

But how much time do you spend prepping your list of references?<p>Yep, we thought so.<p>While most of us stress over other details — our outfits, our interview questions, our handshake — many of us likely don't give nearly the same level of detail to the process of asking people to vouch for our …

Know When to Apply for a Job You Aren't Qualified For

Most job descriptions explain the skills the employer wants from the applicant. The Muse says if you think you can do 80% of the stuff they want, go …

Employment

4 Steps Job Seekers Can Take For Effective Networking

You’ve heard it here before that networking through contacts is the most effective approach when job searching, but let us go into how exactly you as …

8 Best Chain Hotels You've (Probably) Never Heard of -- But Will Love

Chain hotels often get a bad rap. Admittedly, some of them, with uninspired beige decor, industrial carpeting, and airline-quality breakfasts, have earned it. But they're not <i>all</i> that way. Some chain hotels are building their brand as hip and stylish, with restaurants that attract foodies and rooms …

11 startups to bet your career on

These companies could make (or break) your whole career.<p>If you're looking to make a switch, and if you're willing to gamble on some startups disrupting their traditional industry equivalents, look no further than the companies on this list.

14 tech jobs that pay over $90,000 right now

But which job titles specifically make the most money in 2015, and which ones have tons of job openings?<p>Those are the questions the job-hunting site Glassdoor answered when it created its latest list of the 25 best-paying jobs that are in high demand.<p>And naturally, that list was dominated by tech …

Employment

How Small Businesses Can Use Big Data

Big data isn’t only for big business.<p>If you’ve been following the news over the past couple of years, you’ve probably heard a lot about big data. …

Ford Opens New Silicon Valley Research Center Led By Former Apple Engineer

Ford is ready to get a little cozier with the tech industry. In an event today, Ford took the wraps off its brand new research center located in the Stanford Research Park.<p>At the 25,000-square-foot facility today, Ford CEO Mark Fields was there to made it clear the car maker was hunting for the …

Biotech - The 5 hottest ETFs in the world - CNNMoney

Biotech companies are restoring sight to the blind, curing hepatitis C and fighting off HIV.<p>As they save lives, biotech companies are simultaneously making a lot of money for investors.<p>That's why the hottest ETFs (exchange-traded funds) on the planet since the bull market began in March 2009 invest …

14 Movies That Should Be On Your Radar After The Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival has come and gone, which leaves us scouring the lineup for this year's "Whiplash" or "Boyhood." Several titles could fill that role. Whether they'll drum on to a Best Picture nomination in 2016 is for the next 11 months to determine, but, for now, we've compiled the 14 …

Stanford-Bred Startup Uses Moneyball Stats To Handicap Judges, Lawyers

If you’re being sued for patent infringement before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, there’s something you ought to know. Koh is tough on defendants and only grants 18% of motions for summary judgment, less than half the national average. So your lawyers had …

The Best Movies About Real Business, Not Hollywood's Version of Business

Eric Ries likes to asks audiences who has seen a movie about a startup. Normally everyone has seen <i>The Social Network</i>. But, quoting a recent profile:<p>Perhaps Ries’ most important message was that the same democratization of entrepreneurship has been tied to a glorification of the profession. His …

The 10 Most Popular New Businesses for Entrepreneurs to Start

Surprise! Technology is not on the list.<p>Dreaming of starting a business and wondering what kind it should be? We can't answer that, but we can tell you the types of businesses other entrepreneurs are most interested in starting.<p>Every month, more than a million people visit Bplans and search among …

Small Business

Big Data Startups News: Funding, Acquisitions And IPOs Q4 2014

Total VC funding for Internet-related startups was up 67% in 2014, according to CB Insights, reaching $19.6 billion. “Business intelligence, analytics, and performance management” deals (the CB Insights category which, one assumes, includes most or all big data-related deals) was the leading …

Why Entrepreneurs Are Betting On These 10 Emerging Food Trends

If the National Restaurant Association is right — their track record is spotty — you can expect to be eating more arcane cuts of pork and breeds of salmon this year, along with more plant-based entrées and quick-serve pasta. Those are the highlights of the organization’s recently released annual …

Mark Millar interview: 'I want to be Marvel, not just work with Marvel'

The comics mastermind behind Kingsman – and the new Avengers, Fantastic Four and Captain America films – on violence, Superman, and why writers always get screwed<p>To many people the name Mark Millar will mean nothing, yet the 45-year-old Scot is behind some of the most bankable ideas in comics, and …

Four CEOs Share Ways To Put Entrepreneurial Spark Into Your Business

Here’s an idea. Take four chief executives of successful companies and ask them for their secret of how to capture, harness and harvest entrepreneurial flair inside a business. Here’s what resulted.<p><b>Start A Business By Meeting A Strong Personal Need</b><p>Leah Busque, a software engineer at IBM, discovered …

Entrepreneurship

We're Now Getting A Sense Of The New Gambling World Order

It's a dramatic shift to be sure, one with the ability to cripple companies unprepared for lean times, and as of Wednesday we have a better idea of who will survive these changes.<p>That was when Las Vegas Sands, the largest casino firm in the US, reported a fourth-quarter earnings beat.<p>How the firm …

Jack Ma on Alibaba's Hollywood Ambitions, Growth Outlook

The chairman of the Chinese e-commerce giant also tells Charlie Rose at the World Economic Forum in Davos about his relationship with the government …

High-priced justice

A report last month from the Canadian Bar Association describes the state of access to justice in Canada as "abysmal – and getting worse." Why? Let us count the ways.<p>The bar association estimates that, two decades ago, at least 95 per cent of people appearing in court were represented by a lawyer. …

The IPO Class Of 2015

Alibaba led the best year for IPOs since 2000 in terms of volume and proceeds, but performance in 2014 was just average. That leaves a strong, but hardly guaranteed market outlook for the companies coming public in the next 12 months. Expect that group to include at least some of the names that …

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Typographer’s typefaces

The 25 most admired typefaces by typographers, type designers and letterers.<p>In case you missed our most popular post from last year, here it is again. It’s also been translated into Japanese.<p>Selecting the right typeface makes all the difference to effective design and communication. But with over 100,000 font families to pick from it can be a daunting task. There are some excellent guides on how to choose a typeface and helpful methods for pairing typefaces but in order to apply these …