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The First Tornado-Proof House Will Be Built In A Tiny Kansas Town

The first prototype of a tornado-proof house will be built in Utica, Kans., a very small town roughly 200 miles west of Wichita.<p>We wrote about this design last month, which involves the house lowering into the ground when a storm is approaching.<p>The project is being constructed by Hong-Kong …

24 Hours in the Food Life of the Bellagio, Las Vegas

Behind the scenes at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, where food service is a 24-hours-a-day operation involving 950 employees<p>Feeding the guests at a major Las Vegas hotel-casino-resort is not a simple task. You can't just put a couple of celebrity chefs on retainer and call it a day. You have to …

Apocalypse Soon: The U.S. Dollar's Grim Future -- And How To Prepare For It

The U.S. dollar’s predicament can be summed up in three observations:<p>The U.S. balance of payments deficits have multiplied three-fold since the 1980s, and now typically run between 2.5 and 5 percent of GDP.<br>• Manufacturing’s share of GDP is down to 11 percent.<br>• Services do little exporting.<p>Taken …

Building The Brand Of A Rich Dad

Robert Kiyosaki knows how to build a brand.<p>Indeed, the investor and financial literacy guru is known best for the Rich Dad Poor Dad brand he has carefully crafted and built into a series of seminars, games, and books. In fact, his <i>Rich Dad Poor Dad</i>, <i>Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant</i>, and <i>Rich Dad’s Guide</i> …

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

Top 10 Marketing Books of All Time

Essential books for entrepreneurs who really want to understand how and why their customers buy.<p>In previous posts, I've identified the best motivational books of all time and the best sales books of all time. Today, I've selected 10 books about marketing that I believe should be in every business …

Marketing

Apple Just Made A Bunch Of Awesome Apps Free For Today — These Are The Ones Worth Downloading

The Verge's Sam Byford found that Apple has made some of the best options on the iPhone and iPad free today, seemingly in celebration of the App Store opening five years ago this week.<p>Here are the ones we think are worth grabbing:<p>Infinity Blade II: Released back in December of 2011, Infinity Blade …

Understanding Profit Metrics: Gross, Operating And Net Profits

When investors want to see how a company is performing, chances are they’ll browse the company’s website or annual report for its income statement. One sees the business’s total revenue at the top, followed by several rows of expenses. The very bottom row shows what’s left over: the net profit or …

Check Out Andrew Ross Sorkin's Summer Reading List

But according to New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, a solid Wall Street page turner can be just what you need to get you through summer vacation.<p>This morning he published his "essential Wall Street summer reading list in Dealbook," from dramatic narratives to meaty economic history.<p>There …

These Microsoft Excel Keyboard Shortcuts Will Save You Tons Of Time Where It Counts

One of the biggest advantages of Microsoft Excel is the ability of experienced users to barely touch the mouse.<p>They accomplish this by learning simple keyboard shortcuts.<p>Once you know a few shortcuts that you need to use all the time, you can save large amounts of time that would otherwise be spent …

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to attempt a somersault landing from the trapeze bar, she handed me her phone and asked me to take photos. “What’s the password?” I asked. “I don’t use one,” she replied. …

33 Startups That Died Reveal Why They Failed

However, this survivorship bias is problematic. Jason Cohen of Smart Bear Software does a nice job articulating this issue stating:<p>Luckily, the startup community often courageously shares their stories — even when things don't end well.<p><i>This list was compiled by ChubbyBrain and was suggested by</i> …

How To Start Your Own Hedge Fund

I went into this one expecting to title the series of articles "How to Start Your Own Hedge Fund"…<p>By the time we finished our 2-hour long conversation, though, I realized that an alternate title might be more appropriate:<p>But I'm a "glass half full" kind of guy, so the first title stuck.<p>This will be …

How To Sell Marijuana In America

Co-founder Kayvan Khalatbari talked to us about what it's like running one of the most prominent and successful marijuana businesses in America.<p>Khalatbari's business serves as an exemplary model for what the future of marijuana can look like in the United States.<p>He's a tax-paying marijuana …

The Dream Employers For Liberal Arts Students

The Walt Disney brand appeals to so many young Americans. Kids love their movies; dream of visiting their theme parks; and want to own their products–and as it turns out, the fascination doesn’t always wear off.<p>According to global research and advisory firm Universum, The Walt Disney Company is the …

Stellar Sales Pitches Start With This

Why should anyone buy anything from you? A good answer to that question is crucial to your success.<p><i>Editor's note: This article first appeared on Mark Suster's blog Both Sides of the Table.</i><p>In my first enterprise software company we developed a methodology for sales that we called PUCCKA, which I …

Product Management

10 Financial Terms Every Newbie Needs To Know

In order to get a better understanding of what you read, we'll briefly explore the terms you commonly encounter in market news - specifically when a company announces its earnings. This article will illustrate where you will see these words, what they mean, and what they pose for a company using …

Why America's Shale Oil Boom Could End Sooner Than You Think

America’s oil producers are nervous. They’ve had a great run the past few years. Domestic oil production is up 43% since 2008 to 6.5 million barrels per day, the highest level in decades. The majority of that 2 million bpd jump comes out of the two most successful new oil fields, the Bakken and the …

The Next Crash And The Next Bailout Now

They truly can't help themselves. Give them a suit with rubber pockets and they'd steal soup.<p>Learning from the sweet -- and largely unprosecuted -- techniques of their pals in the financial-services industry, it appears that the moguls, poobahs, and panjandrums in the insurance industry are finding …

The Best ETFs For Investors

<i>The online scorecard reflects securities lending data presented to Forbes after the deadline passed for inclusion in the magazine article</i>.<p>Good news for savers: There’s a price war in exchange-traded funds. If you know where and how to get your hands on the bargains, you can enhance your wealth by …

Our dairy farming is inefficient – and it's hurting our economy

Canada's dairy industry insists it's as innovative as any in the world.<p>The message often comes with a subtle warning: unwind supply management at the peril of losing all the good things we have in this country.<p>It's a good system, its defenders argue. Tightly controlling production and shielding …

Greece's creditors close to writing off some of its debt

Greece's international creditors are edging closer to accepting that they will have to lighten the country's monumental debt burden if its shattered …

Six Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Looking to be your own boss? Here's how to get started on the right foot as an entrepreneur.<p>Maybe you have a million-dollar idea, or maybe you have …

Small Business

27 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

So we've pulled together the essential reading list for entrepreneurs — from our own reading, and recommendations from founders, VCs, and CEOs.<p>Are there any other important books you think should've made the cut? Let us know in the comments.

The 15 Worst Housing Markets For The Next Five Years

Over the next five years, national home prices are projected to rise at an average 3.5% rate, according to the latest CoreLogic Case-Shiller report.<p>Of course, there will be laggards.<p>We drew on the latest data to identify the worst housing markets for the next five years — the markets with the …

12 Stocks to Get Dividends Every Month

A regular paycheck isn’t the only way to ensure a steady flow of income. By carefully selecting stocks that pay dividends on the right schedule, you …

Apple lays out tax plan ahead of congressional hearing

Apple on Monday posted a full testimony the company plans to present to Congress on Tuesday, detailing how and where it pays corporate taxes.<p>The 16-page document comes a day ahead of when Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to testify before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, which is …

China Still Hurting Caterpillar As Sales In Asia Fall Hard; Latin America Thrives

Despite an improvement in the U.S., the global economy is still trying to get off the ground, as Caterpillar’s sales numbers revealed on Monday. The world’s largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment saw retail sales of machines fall across the globe over the past three months, with …

DOUG KASS: Here Are My 31 Favorite Books On Investing

With all of the titles floating around out there, though, it can be hard to sort through the pile.<p>"Doug Kass has a terrific reading list," says Blackstone Vice Chairman Byron Wien.<p>Kass, the widely-followed portfolio manager who is president and founder of Seabreeze Partners Management, gave us a …