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17 Venture Capital and Angel Investors to Follow on Twitter

Follow these super knowledgeable startup investors for insight and advice.<p>Do you keep a list of venture capitalists on Twitter? You need to add these people now. Social VCs are an incredible source of insight for all entrepreneurs and investors, but particularly for early-stage founders. The VCs …

Venture Capital

Public Pensions in a $2 Trillion Hole, Moody's Says

The U.S. public pension gap has tripled to at least $2 trillion in less than a decade, Moody's Investors Service said. In a report released Thursday, Moody's measured the unfunded liabilities for the 25 biggest public retirement systems between 2004 and 2012. The total future shortfall is more than …

China's Alibaba Makes Its U.S. Trading Debut on the NYSE

Alibaba shares opened at $92.70 a share on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, in the biggest initial public offering in history. The Chinese online retailer raised almost $22 billion in an initial public offering that will make the Chinese e-commerce brand one of the most valuable companies in …

Writing Tips: How to Come Up With 50 Topic Ideas in 30 Minutes

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The core issue for many content marketers is this: How do I come up with article topics? Without topics, you have no articles, no content, and therefore no content marketing. It’s obvious that we need to figure out how to come up with …

Online Life

Found! Oldest Known Alien Planet That Might Support Life

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be the oldest known alien world that could be capable of supporting life, and it's just a stone's throw away from Earth.<p>The newfound exoplanet candidate Kapteyn b, which lies a mere 13 light-years away, is about 11.5 billion years old, scientists say. …

Need Clients? The 5 Best Ways to Market Your Consulting Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This excerpt is part of Entrepreneur.com's Second-Quarter Startup Kit which explores the fundamentals of starting up in a wide range of industries.</i><p><i>In Start Your Own Consulting Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and writer Eileen</i> …

Small Business

Judge Rules Goldman Must Face Lawsuit Over Mortgage Securities

NEW YORK — A proposed class action by a Detroit pension fund accusing Goldman Sachs of misleading investors about mortgage-backed securities can go forward, a federal judge has ruled.<p>Filed in 2010 by Detroit's police and fire retirement system, the lawsuit accused Goldman of misrepresenting the …

China Is Dependent On Our Fiscal Health

China’s holdings in U.S. Treasurys, which reached record levels in 2013, are setting off alarm bells. They shouldn’t. They underscore that Beijing is becoming more dependent on the U.S. and the rest of the world for its strength and prosperity. China’s military leaders may not recognize that truth …

'Big Four' accountants' China units face US suspension

<b>A US judge has ruled that Chinese units of the so-called Big Four accounting firms should be suspended from auditing firms publicly traded in the US.</b><p>They had been charged over refusing to hand over auditing data on China-based companies which are listed in the US.<p>The judge ruled that the units had …

Financial Regulation

U.S. says 12 companies, including BitTorrent and NFL teams, broke EU privacy rules

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced that a dozen U.S. companies, including sports teams like the Atlanta Falcons and peer-to-peer …

Dow Jones CEO Fenwick to step down

News Corp said Tuesday CEO of its Dow Jones subsidiary will step down as the company reviews the "institutional strategy" of the unit that publishes <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>Lex Fenwick, who assumed the top job at Dow Jones in 2012 after a 25-year career at rival Bloomberg LP, will be replaced by …

Retailers want answers from Cambodian PM over factory shootings

Dozens of the world's biggest clothing brands, including Adidas, Nike, H&M, Primark, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Wal-Mart, have demanded Cambodia's prime minister explain the use of "deadly force" against striking factory workers.<p>The retailers want to meet Hun Sen to express their "grave concern at …

Why China Is Heading For A Greek Style Crisis On A Grand Scale

For years, China and Greece have had something special in common: A long cultural history that has helped shape the modern world. And from the late 1970s to this day, they shared something else — a semi-Soviet economic model whereby a large part of the economy has been subject to the direct or …

eBay to allow Bitcoin sales in 'virtual currency' category

It seemed like it was only a matter of time before e-commerce giant eBay and its payment platform PayPal addressed the sale and use of Bitcoin on its sites. And, despite concern from government regulators, it appears the company believes in virtual currencies -- so much so, that it will soon start …

Cryptocurrency

Oxfam: World's Richest 1 Percent Control Half Of Global Wealth

Just 1 percent of the world's population controls nearly half of the planet's wealth, according to a new study published by Oxfam ahead of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.<p>The study says this tiny slice of humanity controls $110 trillion, or 65 times the total wealth of the poorest 3.5 …