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Startup Founders to Watch in 2014 | Inc.com

Inspirational photography books for 2014

Ten photography books exploring personal journeys to inspire you in the new year<p><b>'The Canaries' by Thilde Jensen (published by LENA US$87.99 / photobookstore.com £56)</b><p>Imagine living in a world without computers, mobile phones, no light at all for that matter? Imagine spending Christmas day shielding …

House prices: What will happen in 2014?

Off the back of impressive growth in 2013, we look at what the experts think will happen to house prices in the next 12 months<p><i>This story was first published on December 14. We will continue to update it as more predictions are published.</i><p>The housing market has undergone a huge turnaround in 2013. …

CES 2014: 5 Innovations to Watch

The annual gadget fest known as the International Consumer Electronics Show is just around the corner. Here's a look at what to expect.<p>In case you have not marked your calendar yet, the annual gadget bonanza known as the Consumer Electronics Show is just around the corner (it opens on Jan. 7). Held …

Consumer Tech

5 Expert Predictions for the Global Economy in 2014

Why China could struggle with debt while the U.S. enjoys its fastest growth in a decade<p>The International Monetary Fund expects the growth of the global economy will accelerate to 3.6 percent in 2014 from 2.9 percent in 2013. Five top economic experts offer insights on how to read trends in …

Good Gets Better: 10 Financial Predictions for 2014

While 2013 was a solid year in personal finance, this coming year promises to be even better. As 2014 nears, look forward to expanded benefits, …

2014 Marketing Predictions With A Twist

<i>[NOTE: Revised to include one prediction I inadvertently forgot to include. See first prediction below.]</i><p>It’s that time of year again boys and girls when marketers and advertisers across the land gaze into the future to try and see what lies ahead in the coming new year.<p>In my end-of-the-year piece …

Five Global Retail Trends That Will Shape 2014

If you haven't heard of Rakuten, you should change that.<p>It's a big e-commerce company in Japan with global ambitions. It describes itself as "the world's third largest e-commerce marketplace," presumably after Alibaba and eBay.<p>Over the past year or so, Rakuten has made an effort to break into the …

Top Predictions For 2014 From The VCs That Backed Netflix And LinkedIn

Venture capital firms are going to raise more money in 2014 than they have since 2007; Bitcoin is a commodity, not a currency and the Blackberry marketplace will decompose faster than anyone says: here are 5 predictions for 2014 from Silicon Valley VC firms Foundation Capital and Bain Capital …

12 business books you will need to read in 2014

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Adam Grant here.</i><p>One of the highlights of becoming an author is getting to read some exciting books in advance, and hearing early buzz about others. It’s the book nerd’s version of seeing sneak previews of movies before they hit the silver …

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How automation will fix government and retail shortfalls in 2014

<i>Craig Beddis is Chief Marketing Officer for Automic.</i><p>With IDC saying that emerging markets will account for 35% of 2014 worldwide IT revenues and, for the first time, more than 60% of worldwide IT spending growth, it’s time for every business to really examine what their spends are and ultimately …

IDC's Top Ten Technology Predictions For 2014: Spending On Cloud Computing Will Exceed $100B

Today International Data Corporation presented their top ten technology predictions for 2014. Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC hosted a webinar to present the research firm’s predictions for 2014 including the research firm’s latest cloud computing market forecast. You can …

El Niño may make 2014 the world’s hottest year yet

New data show nearly even odds for El Niño conditions to develop next year, which could make 2014 the hottest year on record.<p>El Niño is the name that climatologists give to warming of the surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Since the Pacific Ocean is so big, slight changes can drive …

Global Warming

FINANCE PROFESSOR: Bitcoin Will Crash To $10 By Mid-2014

At the start of December, Bitcoin topped out at over $1,200 as e-currency evangelists trumpeted the endless possibilities to be unleashed, comparing it to the breakthroughs not achieved since the start of the internet revolution. Bitcoiners claimed market disruption would bring credit card …

Top 10 Predictions For 2014

2014 is shaping up to be a very interesting year- both politically and economically. A few months ago, this did not seem to be the case. But the recent government shutdown, launch problems with Obamacare, the rise of Elizabeth Warren and other events have combined to set-up an intriguing year …

How to Make Crème Brûlée

<i>Once you've perfected basic techniques like frying an egg and cooking rice, it's time to move on to those things that may have initially scared you off. Every other Monday, chef and stylist</i> <i>Camille Becerra</i> <i>is going beyond the basics to help us tackle even the scariest cooking techniques.</i><p><i>Today: Grab</i> …

Peppermint Brownies ⋆ Sweet C's Designs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.<p>Lightly grease silicone muffin pan with cooking spray or butter.<p>In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter and mix until …

How many months it takes an average worker to earn what the CEO makes in an hour

It takes the average McDonald’s worker seven months to earn what its CEO makes in just a single hour.<p>While executives at many top companies make top dollar, the typical employee at corporations like McDonald’s, Gap, Target, and Walmart still earns minimum wage, or something barely above it. The …

Income Inequality

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The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet will hit a mind-boggling $4 trillion any day now

The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet is on its way to becoming one of the biggest numbers in economics.<p>Sure it’s not Japan’s ¥1 quadrillion government debt. Or the US economy’s $16 trillion-plus economy. (Or come to think of it, the US’s $16 trillion-plus debt.)<p>But still, the amount of financial …

Central Banks

‘Knockout Game’ Indicates ‘Dangerous Trend’ of Desensitized Youths Bored with Virtual Violence, Expert Says

“These are young people who have dead-end lives, who have no real goals, who have no educational objectives,” Jeff Gardere noted bluntly.<p>The clinical psychologist indeed didn’t wear kid gloves in his discussion regarding the spike in the so-called “knockout game” — in which gangs of youths randomly …

Teenagers Are Punching Strangers and The Media Is Calling It a Trend

Local media outlets are reporting a supposed “Knockout” game among teenagers: total strangers have to be knocked out with just one punch. But is it …

New York Times: U.S. May Never Know Extent Of Snowden Leaks

Basing its report on unnamed "senior government officials," <i>The New York Times</i> makes this stunning revelation today:<p>"American intelligence and law enforcement investigators have concluded that they may never know the entirety of what the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden …

Silicon Valley Is Living Inside A Bubble Of Tone-Deaf Arrogance

The difference is in other cosmopolitan cities, the lower part of society keep to themselves. They sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet, and generally stay out of your way. They realize it's a privilege to be in the civilized part of town and view themselves as guests. And that's okay.<p>It's …

When We Lose Antibiotics, Here's Everything Else We'll Lose Too

This week, health authorities in New Zealand announced that the tightly quarantined island nation – the only place I've ever been where you get …