Renata Franceschi

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Google Just Made A $125 Million Bet On The Future Of Banking

Google led a new $125 million investment in Lending Club, the company announced, and nabbed a 7 percent stake, reports the New York Times' Michael De La Merced.<p>With this investment, Lending Club is now valued at $1.55 billion, reports Peter Renton at LendAcademy.com.<p>Lending Club lets people take …

Sheryl Sandberg

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Need to Be Creative? Simple Tips to Spark Your Imagination

Under pressure to come up with a great idea? An expert gives a few quick tips to help you and your employees get back on track.<p>At the 99U conference in New York City, Tina Seelig, the Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, explained Thursday that the most important …

Creativity

How Much Food Can You Buy For $5 Around The World?

The secret to a higher salary is to ask for nothing at all

• Think about what you would want if you were on the other side and ask them to think about the same thing.<br>• Write down the most you are willing to give a perfect counterparty and the least you would accept.<br>• Ask them to do the same.<br>• Say something like, “If later you decide to improve your offer, then I …

Salaries & Wages

Why Apple's Future Is Uncertain

Ever since I bought my first Macintosh for college over 20 years ago, I’ve been a big fan of Apple. I love their products. I love their stores. I even love the very idea of Apple.<p>My family and I are fully embedded in its technological ecosystem (2 Macbooks, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, an AirPort and an …

7 Common Excuses That Prevent an Employee From Being Great

It’s usually easier to come up with an excuse than it is to actually get something done. I’ve learned that many employees have the potential to be great, but they let excuses get in the way of their true potential. As a leader, it’s important to address these excuses and challenge your employees to …

Good Employees Make Mistakes. Great Leaders Allow Them To.

As a business leader, I found that one of the scariest things to do was to give your people the freedom to make mistakes. While mistakes allow individuals to learn and grow, they can also be very costly to any company. Scared as I was, I knew that truly great leaders found ways to allow their …

Human IPO: Man Sells Himself For $10,000

When faced with a problem or complicated situation it’s not uncommon for a person to ask friends for advice. But would you allow friends to make …

Sean Penn: What I've Learned

Say what you will, but Sean Penn is a man you'd want on your side. Why? He knows how to fight. He's fighting his own renegade war to save Haiti. He's fought battles over money and creativity in Hollywood for decades. He fights for any idea he believes in. Will he ever stop? Music: "Ballad of the …

The World According to Gayle: 6 Things I'm Loving in April

O's editor at large shares what she's loving this month.<p>Photo: Courtesy of Gayle King<p>Where Will You Be on April 7?<p>Photo: Derek Blanks, Courtesy of …

Jennifer Lopez

Why Have We Stopped Seeing UFOs in the Skies?

One late evening in the early summer of 1981, lying sleepless in my student bedsit at the top of a house in Manchester, I became aware of a pattern …

Is There a Secret Nutella Black Market?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>For some (tasty) reason, thieves in the German town of Bad Hersfeld spirited away some 5.5 tons of …

9 Genius Style Lessons From 'Mad Men' (PHOTOS)

At a time when Lululemon leggings can too often seem like evening wear (they're black, right?), "Mad Men"‚ back this Sunday after a too-long absence‚ is a reminder that clothing can matter, if we want it to. As we move toward the final, seventh season, there are dangerous new currents at work: the …