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Pinterest just revealed how it will start making some serious money

Its slow approach to revenue generation hasn't deterred investor interest, though. Its latest round of funding valued the company at $11 billion. Now Pinterest has delivered the latest sign it is likely to start making a boatload of money from advertisers very soon.<p>On Monday at MIT's Emtech Digital …

eCommerce

MIT lecturer explains 5 key skills that separate innovators from imitators

According to Hal Gregersen, the executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, "all of us were quite good at [innovation] when we were 4 years old." The problem is, without cultivation, these skills are often lost by adulthood.<p>Four years ago, Gregersen, along with business professors Jeff Dyer …

Innovation

9 books the CEO of a $700 million company recommends everyone read

He's also in high demand to deliver a presentation all over Silicon Valley — not on growing a business or the future of investing, but on basic personal finance.<p>As part of that presentation, he recommends nine books for people to get better educated about their money:

Investing

A 'Shark Tank' investor reveals how to really achieve work-life balance

"Shark Tank" star Kevin O'Leary sat down with us to talk about his career and entrepreneurship. He tells us what it takes to achieve a work-life balance, and what that actually means.<p><i>Produced by Joe Avella&Richard Feloni</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

Entrepreneurship

Google could launch a huge counterstrike against Amazon in a few weeks

The move, which the report says is expected in the coming weeks, is the latest sign of Google's ambitions to expand its search engine from being a mere provider of Web links to a one-stop shop where consumers can directly buy whatever strikes their fancy.<p>It could also be a strong counter against …

eCommerce

U.S. Mobile Users Spend The Most Time In Facebook And Instagram, Elsewhere Messaging Apps Dominate

Messaging apps are becoming the most heavily-used type of app in a majority of key markets worldwide, based on both smartphone sessions and time spent in apps. However, according to new data from App Annie, the U.S. is an exception to that trend. Here, Facebook still dominates in terms of …

Amazon’s New Ad Platform Lets App Developers Target Both Android And Fire Users

Amazon announced this morning the launch of a new advertising platform for mobile app developers who distribute their Android apps by way of Amazon’s Appstore or even Google Play. Called “Advertise Your App with Amazon,” the new program allows developers to promote their app across Amazon’s network …

Facebook’s Quest To Absorb The Internet

Facebook never wants you to leave, so it’s swallowing up where you might try to go. A few years back, its News Feed brimmed with links to content hosted elsewhere. News articles, YouTube clips, business websites, ads for ecommerce stores.<p>But Facebook has decided the world outside its walled garden …

Even Small Negotiations Require Preparation and Creativity

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’re negotiating all the time. When you ask your boss for more resources, agree with a vendor on a price, deliver a performance evaluation, convince a business partner to join forces with your company, or even when you decide with your spouse where to go on your …

The Simplest Way to Build Trust

In the midst of an intense negotiation, it’s hard to know what’s motivating the person across the table — is he willing to cooperate with you to meet both your interests or does he only want to serve his? You need to build trust with your counterpart so you can align your interests and increase the …

The Best Examples, Questions, And Guides To Find Your Social Media Marketing Voice

Voice can draw your audience in or drive them away. Here’s how to strike the right tone.<p>Among the many ways to stand out on social media–killer content, amazing visuals, specific formatting, and more–one that often gets overlooked is voice.<p><b>We don’t want brands talking at us as if we are dollar</b> …

Men Have Been Putting On Cologne All Wrong

Many men wear cologne in the workplace or out on the town, but they often don't know how to wear it.<p>How much to put on? And, where do you put it?<p>We went to visit the experts at Bloomingdale's in Manhattan to get some answers.

Manhattan

2 Reasons Why Investing In Art Is A Bad Idea

<b>Why Investors Should Rethink Those Art Investments (The Wall Street Journal)</b><p>Art auctions sales were up 13% on the year to $12 billion in 2013. But even as investors are turning toward alternative assets, advisors are telling clients to rethink art purchases for their portfolio, reports Murray …

Investing

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

undefined<p>Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under …

Make Sure A Stranger Isn't Getting Your Facebook Messages

After I wrote about a mother in North Carolina who received over 14,000 Facebook messages intended for a teen girl in Mexico because of the girl making a typo while registering for Facebook, I heard from other people via email and the comments section who said they were having the same problem. …

We come from the future.

A Pizza Expert Shares 8 Tips For Making The Perfect Pie At Home

To help satisfy that weekly craving, we checked in with the six-time World Champion pizza chef Bruno Di Fabio to get some tips for making the perfect pizza at home.<p>Di Fabio has been developing pizza dough recipes for the past 10 years of his 30-year career, and he was recently featured as a guest …

Baking

The Weirdest Interview Questions Hiring Managers Ask

“What is your least favorite thing about humanity?” Glassdoor releases its list of the top oddball interview questions.<p>Glassdoor on Friday released its list of the top 25 oddball interview questions, which were compiled by its data science team based on tags and community feedback. While the list …

How To Be A Super-Achiever: The 10 Qualities That Matter

What do actor Alec Baldwin, game-show champion Ken Jennings and baseball icon Yogi Berra have in common?<p>That’s what husband-and-wife duo Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield set out to discover. For their upcoming book <i>The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well</i>, …

Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume

If you’ve applied for a job recently, you’ve probably looked over that 8½ x 11” summary of your career more times than you can count—and tweaked it just as often—in pursuit of the perfect resume.<p>But before you add another bullet point, consider this: It’s not always about what you add in—the best …

Everything You Know About Branding Is Wrong

If you ask any major corporation, the majority would probably agree—branding is everything.<p>Except the word “brand” may be the most misunderstood, misrepresented, and misused word in recent memory. So, while branding is a vital element to any organization’s success, the majority of companies might …

Mt.Gox Launches Bitcoins.com To Explain What The Heck A Bitcoin Is

It’s Thanksgiving! And, judging by the fact that you read tech blogs, you’re probably at least a bit of a geek. Know what that means? Today’s the day you get to answer all of your extended family’s tech questions! Hurrah!<p>For the last few years, that’s probably meant explaining the difference …

Betaworks Is Closing On $20 Million, Its First Raise In Over Three Years

New York City-based technology studio, betaworks, home to Digg, Instapaper, Dots, Bitly, Chartbeat, and many other products and services, is raising $20 million in new capital – news that betaworks CEO John Borthwick actually broke himself via Twitter last Friday, in case you missed it. The company …

8 Things To Keep In Mind When You Have A Skype Job Interview

Even prestigious schools, like Harvard Law School, are using Skype to screen applicants during the application process.<p>Career coach Barbara Pachter outlines how to conduct yourself on Skype in her latest book "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette." We pulled out the most important tips to ensure …

Employment

You Can Get Richer Pinching Pennies Like Warren Buffett

Many people have tried to emulate Warren Buffett‘s investment style. More may attempt it as they search for the best investing ideas for 2012. But here’s a more attainable goal: Pinch pennies like the Oracle of Omaha. This might turn out to be a New Year’s resolution you can actually <i>keep</i>. And …

The 25 Most Creative Companies In The World

The analysis was done by ViewsOnYou, a site for employees and hiring departments to match up personality fit in businesses. Users log in with their LinkedIn and Facebook logins, review themselves by key personality traits — including measures of creativity, ambition, and appetite for risk — and …

Merck & Co

Elon Musk’s Latest Innovation: A New Financial Model To Pay For Solar

The top names in solar are starting to look and act a lot more like regular electric utilities. And that’s a good thing for the future of mainstream renewables.<p>If solar really is going to destroy the traditional utility business–as some have predicted it could–then the companies that install and …

Solar Power

5 Strategies To Break Your Bad Marketing Habits

Stop creating confusing and useless content and transform your marketing messages into something that’s actually useful.<p>In marketing as in life, simply breaking your bad habits isn’t enough. You have to replace your former ineffective habits with new, more productive ones.<p>Here’s how:<p>1. Set your …

Facebook Offered To Buy Snapchat For $3 Billion, And Snapchat Said No

Snapchat, the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it photo-messaging service, turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook, rumored earlier this year to be developing its own version of the ephemeral app. Facebook’s logic behind the bid is clear: Photo and video sharing may be on the up, but the younger …