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The 8 most elite special forces in the world

They go where other soldiers fear to tread, scoping out potential threats, taking out strategic targets, and conducting daring rescue missions.<p>These really are the best of the best.<p>Although it's extremely difficult to rank these forces relative to one another, there are some units that rise above …


Humans have shorter attention span than goldfish, thanks to smartphones

The average human's attention span is... oh look, a bird!<p>According to scientists, the age of smartphones has left humans with such a short attention span even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer.<p>Researchers surveyed 2,000 participants in Canada and studied the brain activity of 112 others …

The Man Who Sold His Startup For $4.3 Billion Just Raised $233 Million For His New Venture |

Keith Krach, the 57-year old CEO of DocuSign, technically doesn't have to work anymore.<p>At age 26, he was General Motors' youngest-ever vice president. In 1995, he sold his first startup, Rasna Software, for $500 million. A year later he launched Ariba, an online procurement software startup that …

Venture Capital

What Is Strategy, Again?

If you read what Peter Drucker had to say about competition back in the late ’50s and early ‘60s, he really only talked about one thing: competition on price. He was hardly alone — that was evidently how most economists thought about competition, too.<p>It was this received opinion Michael Porter was …


The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. Yahoo acquired a mystery company for $23 million in Q1.</b> Yahoo filed a 10Q with the SEC on Thursday, but it provided no details on which company it had bought.<p><b>2. Here are 22 of the most creative outdoor campaigns so far this year.</b> Marketers have surpassed themselves with their billboard activity …


Outsmart Your Own Biases

Suppose you’re evaluating a job candidate to lead a new office in a different country. On paper this is by far the most qualified person you’ve seen. Her responses to your interview questions are flawless. She has impeccable social skills. Still, something doesn’t feel right. You can’t put your …


How You Make Decisions Is as Important as What You Decide

Conventional thinking has suggested that leadership positions go to those who aggressively plan their careers with a keen eye for building the right skills to reach top jobs. Others believe that leaders are born, not made. But according to research one of us (Julia) conducted for her book <i>Pivot</i> …


The most interesting men in the world

This Dos Equis-drinking gent is only a fantasy, but in real life, people like him exist — and we found 20 of them.

Star Trek

More oil industry pain: Halliburton slashes 9,000 jobs

Lower crude prices are great for consumers, but disastrous for oil industry workers.<p>Halliburton (HAL) employees are the latest to feel the pain. The company said Monday that it has cut 9,000 jobs over the past two quarters as crashing energy prices have forced it to scale back drilling …

Oil & Gas Industry