Nathan Beck

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The Real Reason Tesla Is Still Alive (And Other Green Car Companies Aren't)

Say goodbye to another green car start-up. Vehicle Production Group, which planned to build thousands of wheelchair-accessible vans powered by natural gas, has called it quits. According to Bloomberg, the company ran out of money and couldn’t pay its 100 employees anymore.<p>Add VPG to the growing …

How Jenna Lyons Transformed J.Crew Into A Cult Brand

See how Jenna Lyons has taken J.Crew from ugly duckling to fashion arbiter.<p>Jenna Lyons is in her corner office sucking on an iced coffee as if it were manna. The room looks like a cross between a boudoir and an artist’s loft, with a peach fur draped over a white leather eames chair. The industrial …

The Sequel to Gangnam Style Has Arrived

Oppa sequel style!<p>South Korean musical dynamo Psy just released his musical followup to “Gangnam Style,” the very definition of a viral video that …

Amazon's Letter To Shareholders Should Inspire Every Company In America

Late last week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos published his latest letter to shareholders.<p>This year's letter, like most of Bezos' letters, should inspire most companies to change the way they do business.<p>Specifically, it should inspire companies to do business the way Amazon does business — sacrificing <i>this</i> …

Customers

Big-Name VCs Form “Glass Collective” to Back Google Glass App Makers

Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins have joined together to form what they’re calling “the Glass Collective” to invest in …

Great Companies Are Led By Missionaries, Not Mercenaries

Since 2000, famous billionaire investor John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has often discussed an important aspect of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs.<p>In a 2000 interview reported by Knowledge@Wharton, Doerr described the five characteristics that distinguish truly great …

12 Useful 'Easter Eggs' Hidden In Your iPhone

Apps

The growing case that entrepreneurs don’t need an MBA

“Do as I say, not as I do” is the new mantra in business education.<p>Academic and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa says in a Wall Street Journal op-ed today, “I have no doubt that my M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business was one of the best investments I ever made.” But he no longer …

Startups

Amazon is the cloud to beat, but Google has the cloud to watch. Here’s why.

Amazon(s amzn) Web Services is by far the biggest and most experienced public cloud provider. Accepting that, the next question is: what cloud vendor …

Google's Secrets Of Innovation: Empowering Its Employees

March was a good month for Google. Its market capitalization breached a record high $260 billion. Since its IPO in 2004, its shares have soared over 900%. The company’s success stems from its continuous innovation and it extraordinary management practices. Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of …

Google's Favorite Psychologist Has Some Advice About Motivation

Psychologist<p>He says "the greatest untapped source of motivation" is focusing on how our work contributes to other people, as opposed to the obvious levers of self-interest.<p>This is coming from the youngest-tenured and best-rated professor at Wharton. According to Google's "people analytics" head …

Personal Hygiene

BRICS nations fail to launch new bank

Leaders from the so-called BRICS group of emerging nations have failed to launch a much-anticipated new development bank to rival Western-dominated institutions like the World Bank.<p>After holding talks in the South African port city of Durban on Wednesday, leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China …

Fashion Zoo Animals

Barcelona-based graphic artist Yago Partal offers photo manipulations featuring various animals in different outfits, dress from the most stylish …

The 10 Highest-Paid Fortune 500 CEOs

USA Today looked at the 170 Fortune 500 companies that had filed proxy statements as of March 22nd, and that had a CEO that served for the entirety of fiscal 2012.<p>16 CEOs managed to pass the $20 million mark, and a couple managed to break $30 million. One tech CEO saw a massive 81 percent jump in …