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Warren Buffett thinks this is Berkshire Hathaway's biggest problem

Over the years Warren Buffett's and Charlie Munger's firm has had a bit of a golden touch, but that may also be its downfall according to its CEO.<p>"Size is the enemy of performance," said Buffett at the company's annual meting Saturday.<p>Said another way, the biggest danger for the company, according …

A 28-year-old wants to back Europe's first $100 billion tech firm with his new VC fund

Oxford, MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Goldman, J.P. Morgan, The Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Company, Andreessen Horowitz, and Index Ventures can all be found littered across de Haes' CV. The newest company on de Haes' CV, however, is not a household name.<p>"Backed VC" is a €30 million (£23.6 …

What Does It Mean To Scale Agile?

When I began learning about Agile software development teams around 2008, the hot topic was whether Agile and Scrum really worked, even at the team level. Today, I don’t hear that question seriously discussed in software dilevelopment circles at all any more. Although there is still obviously a lot …

Project Management

China's startup investment fund is bigger than the entire GDP of Denmark

During a conversation at Money 2020 Europe in Copenhagen, Neal Cross, managing director and chief innovation officer of Singapore's DBS Bank was emphatic about exactly where the epicentre of fintech was happening.<p>He said a lot of people have yet to grasp the awesome scale of innovation taking place …

Drone racing - sport of the future?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1237000/1237735_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524672415_76b82b7589666da4ead8428bcb1b6e2e<p><b>At Wembley last night I experienced what could be the sport of the future. Tiny drones raced out of the players' tunnel and did three laps of the</b> …

Facebook’s next big thing: Bots for Messenger

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1237000/1237446_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524757068_1300128903cbc90f1e2220113f8c6183<p><b>Humans, we've got company.</b><p>No longer satisfied with being the dominant network for our humble species, Facebook is now courting a different type …

A messaging app loved by teens just beat Facebook to one of its major announcements

Kik, a messaging app favored by teens, beat Facebook to the punch on Tuesday by announcing its own bot shop first.<p>Chat bots are being touted as the next-generation platform, replacing most of the apps you use today.<p>People are tired of downloading apps, creating new accounts, and then learning how …

Why Everyone Must Get Ready For The 4th Industrial Revolution

First came steam and water power; then electricity and assembly lines; then computerization… So what comes next?<p>Some call it the fourth industrial revolution, or industry 4.0, but whatever you call it, it represents the combination of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, and the Internet …

Manufacturing

Here's how the quant guys are making money trading energy

High frequency trading, algorithmic trading, dark pools, and a variety of other technical finance concepts are upending the once cushy job of Wall Street traders everywhere and making computers more and more essential to the trading that powers Wall Street forward each day. More than 80 percent of …

Property Partner lands £15.9M to scale up real estate crowdfunding platform

In any conversation I have about London’s fintech space, property crowdfunding platform Property Partner is almost certain to come up. The startup which lets you invest from as little as £50 in residential property — or the so-called ‘buy to let’ market, as it’s called here in the U.K. — has, by …

Africa Roundup: Goldman backs startup African Internet Group to become continent’s 1st unicorn

Jake Bright Contributor<p>Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Africa Roundup: Uber says it’s staying, Konga could be epic startup fail<br>• Harley Davidson’s EV debut could electrify the motorcycle industry<p>The big tech news …

The Customer Experience Performance Gap

There are many challenges facing the customer service industry. The most pressing is that for many brands customer service is not a business priority.<p>In 2014 Gartner predicted that by 2016 89% of brands would compete mainly on customer experience, versus 36% four years ago. It’s 2016! Today brands …

Headphones That Get You High on Dopamine Are Tipped to Go on Sale Next Month

When the music is not enough.<p>Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been …

The Brain

How to Become Skilled at Learning Programming Languages

1<p><b>Know something about data structures and algorithms.</b> All the programming languages in the world won't do you much good if you don't know about …

Programming

How to make money from the UK's crazy property market without buying a house

The star-studded film tells the story of how bankers carved up, mixed up, and sold buckets of mortgages in complex products that ultimately crashed the global financial system in 2007 and 2008.<p>The products — mortgage-backed securities and collaterised debt obligations — were so complex that …

Coding bootcamps are getting so competitive that there’s now a $3,000 prep program

The big idea behind coding bootcamps is that you don’t need a degree to learn how to code—or to get hired by a company like Google, for that matter.<p>These institutions, which purport to equip adults with a foundation to write software on the job, have eschewed traditional (and pricey) …

The takeaway worker who set up a fast-growing IT firm

<b>Working behind the counter of a Thai takeaway in south London, Mark Furness had hit rock bottom.</b><p>The Liverpudlian had previously successfully managed a technology business in the north of England, but he says that after its parent group had reneged on giving him a share of the company he quit on the …

IBM Watson Head Mike Rhodin On The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

Perhaps nothing signaled the arrival of artificial intelligence quite like January 14, 2011, when IBM Watson defeated two legendary Jeopardy! champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. At last, the computers were smarter than us. Since then, Watson has developed into a growth engine for IBM.<p>For just …

Cognitive Computing

Room to swing a bat: tiny terraced house with huge secret cave for sale

A terraced cottage with a secret cave has gone on sale for just under £200,000.<p>Dracups Cottage in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, appears from the outside to be a tiny house.<p>But the deceiving frontage gives way to not only two bedrooms, a living room and a galley kitchen but a huge sandstone cave with …

Living Rooms

On agile, or how we managed to build the wrong product fast

It was a moment. A moment in which I wanted to bang my head against the wall for spending two months developing a feature that got rejected by our …

These 12 slides from Albert Edwards predict the next global financial collapse

It was hosted by Albert Edwards, an economist at Societe Generale who is the voice of market bears, or people who think imbalances in the financial system will lead to a collapse.<p>In a little over 100 slides, Edwards and speakers Russell Napier and Andrew Lapthorne took apart the global economy and …

These Are the Top 10 Risks to the World in 2016

At the beginning of each year Eurasia Group, the political risk consultancy I founded and oversee, publishes a list of the top 10 political risk …

Samsung's latest smart fridge has cameras and a huge display

One of the highlights of CES is always the wacky new appliance tech (and associated bickering) from Samsung and LG. This year looks to be no exception thanks to a new "Family Hub" refrigerator from Samsung. The imposing-looking model is equipped with a 21.5-inch, 1080p monitor and cameras inside so …

Sri Lanka could be the next big investment frontier

While my previous blog focused on our travel experiences as we visited a few historic sites, here my team and I further explore the country's business and political climate as we seek out potential investment opportunities.<p><b>Politics in Sri Lanka: Tempest in Paradise</b><p>The ethnic composition of Sri …

This epic slideshow tells you everything you need to know about bitcoin and blockchain right now

Bitcoin is a digital-only currency not backed by any central bank, while the blockchain is the software underpinning it.<p>Blockchain uses complex cryptography to ensure transactions can't be tampered with and people sending and receiving money are who they say they are.<p>Jeremy Millar, a partner at …

Why Wall Street is Wrong and Warren Buffett Is Right About Beaten-Down IBM

Many investors see <b>IBM</b> (IBM) as a washed-up technology "has been" that hasn't kept pace with the latest industry trends. In comparison to the big-name …

A banking dream team is looking at technology that could 'impact financial services the way the Internet changed media'

Dream team.Matthias Hangst/Getty ImagesThe banking dream team looking at blockchain— the technology that underpins bitcoin — is finally complete.<p>R3 on Thursday announced that 12 more banks have joined its project, taking the total number of banks signed up to 42. The doors are now closed on the …

Warren Buffett Says These Are the 6 Most Important Things You Should Do With Your Money | Inc.com

Do you want to be smarter with your money and better at building wealth next year than you were this year? There's no one better to turn to for advice than Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha has built his own personal fortune to more than $72 billion, making him the third richest person in the …

Investing

Google has found that its most successful teams have 5 traits in common

Following the success of Project Oxygen, an internal study of what it takes to be a top manager at Google that started in 2008 and whose findings are still used today, the company undertook another study, this one of team dynamics.<p>A group of Google's People Operations (HR) employees spent the past …

Why you should ignore popular advice about real estate investing

There are so many myths out there about purchasing distressed properties in what people often call “problem” neighborhoods. Raise your hand if you …