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Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs

Ubiquitous spreadsheet software that revolutionized accounting hasn’t kept up, CFOs say<p>By<p>Tatyana Shumsky<p>Tatyana Shumsky<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@MissShumsky<p>Tatyana.Shumsky@wsj.com<p>Adobe Inc.’s finance chief Mark Garrett says his team struggles keeping track of which jobs have been filled at …

Profit

Patreon raises big round at ~$450M valuation to get artists paid

In an era where art is shared and streamed for free, Patreon offers new hope for turning content creation into a career. Illustrators, comedians, game makers, and musicians use Patreon to let fans pay a monthly subscription fee for special access to their work. In exchange, Patreon takes only a …

The 28 best films of all time you've probably never seen

In 2017, we had "La La Land" and "Moonlight," while 2016 saw "Deadpool," "Rogue One," and "Finding Dory" take the stage.<p>With so much attention on these superstar blockbusters, it becomes far too easy for a quality movie to fall through the cracks — even with a star-studded cast and reputable …

Millennials Perceive 'Good Leadership' Differently Than Everyone Else--and They're Right | Inc.com

I was recently working with the CEO of a large technology firm in Boston who, over dinner, began venting about his employees. He told me that many of them felt entitled, were lazy, and expected rapid advancement.<p>"Let me guess," I said after listening to his complaints for ten minutes. "You're …

How One App Built a Community of 24 Million Wine Drinkers (and Raised $37 Million in Venture Capital) | Inc.com

Seven years ago, Heini Zachariassen wanted to create an online wine community that would simplify the wine selection process. At the time, the complexity of choosing a new wine was overwhelming for the average shopper--so he wanted to create a space in which wine drinkers could share …

Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age

<b>We're entering a new era of innovation. Learn the strategies of the world's most inventive startups, corporations and scientific institutions.</b><p>Today, …

Mom Sets Aside 45 Minutes a Week to Use Coupon Apps—Saves $5000 a Year on Grocery to Feed Her Family

Image Credit: Jenny Martin, used with permission<p>Jenny Martin first realized she was onto something when she used a coupon to purchase a box of cereal …

Personal Finance

The 1 Question That Gets Every Single Millennial in Trouble | Inc.com

In the past two weeks, I have seen Simon Sinek's viral video explaining all-that-is-wrong-with-Millennials in my Facebook feed an unnecessary number of times. And it has been interesting seeing my peers, fellow Millennials, agree and disagree, feel understood and feel misunderstood. Sinek clearly …

Leadership

Steve Jobs Used this Insanely Simple Strategy to Get What He Wanted (and You Can Too) | Inc.com

<i>This article also appeared on LinkedIn.</i><p>There's a video clip on YouTube of Steve Jobs telling the story of when he was 12 years old and he was looking for spare parts so he could build an electronic device known as a frequency counter.<p>He tells how he opened the Palo Alto, California, phone book and …

Hung Up

An MIT professor designed this supermarket of the future — take a look inside

But the tomato has a whole backstory — from the vine it grew on to the CO2 it generated on the farm to the chemical treatments it received.<p>The "Supermarket of the Future" wants to give you that backstory. In late December, a custom Coop supermarket designed by MIT's Senseable City Lab opened in …

The Cast of 'Shark Tank' on the Importance of Due Diligence | Inc.com

If you've ever seen an episode of the award-winning TV show, Shark Tank, then you know how intense things can get seconds before a 'Shark' decides to invest in the startup pitching them on set. While it may seem like a simple back-and-forth once a deal is struck on the show between investor and …

Entrepreneurship

21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Championed by 21 writers you have.<p>Ever come across a book—on a nightstand in an Airbnb, in a box of your mom’s college junk, on a shelf at a friend’s <i>Bachelor</i> viewing party—that’s so energizingly rip-roaring, so envelopingly world-building, that you can’t really believe you’ve never heard of it …

The best epically long books to binge-read on winter nights

Readers know all about summer reading: Juicy, plot-driven page-turners that are a breeze to read through sun-induced headaches, or can be picked up and put down between dips in the pool. But in winter, you need a different kind of book: one with a good existential crisis, or a very, very deep …

The Ugly Unethical Underside of Silicon Valley

<b>By Erin Griffith</b><p>Illustration by Alconic for Fortune<p>December 28, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT<p>As the list of startup scandals grows, it’s time to ask whether …

Ethereum Vs Bitcoin: What's The Main Difference?

While Bitcoin has long been dominant in the cryptocurrency scene, it is certainly not alone. Ethereum is another cryptocurrency related project that has attracted a lot of hype because of its additional features and applications.<p><b>Ethereum: More Than Just Money</b><p>The first thing about Ethereum is that …

Investing With a Purpose: Looking Beyond ‘Socially Responsible Investing’

<b>Updated June 2017</b><p><b>Podcast Transcript</b><p>Host: Peter Thompson, Senior Regional Fiduciary Manager, Philanthropic Services – Northeast, Wells Fargo Private …

How to Start a Tech Company When You Have No Tech Experience

It’s the norm for aspiring entrepreneurs these days to want to build a tech-based business, be it a mobile app, a cloud-based service or a social …

A satirical ‘history of the Jewish people’ released by the Israeli government offends just about everyone

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Foreign Ministry made a little video entitled “Welcome to the home of the Jewish people.” It stars the characters Jacob and Rachel, a nice Jewish couple, living in a modern suburban-style house called the “Land of Israel,” which is invaded by Assyrians, Greeks, Arabs, …

Israel

This tiny hedge fund has an incredible track record, and outsiders can't understand how

Last month, the track record of one such fund came across my desk.<p>It was flagged by a hedge fund investor because the performance was so good that the investor expressed disbelief about it. I wondered how the fund made money like this.<p>It turns out, it's a difficult question to answer because the …

How a simple honey harvester demonstrates the sweet success of viral crowdfunding campaign

Nearly 18 months ago, we reported on Flow Hive, the wildly successful crowdfunded project with two key benefits: making it easier to harvest honey in …

Wall Street Thinks It's High Time to Monetize Pot

Inside a Brooklyn ballroom, investors smoothed their suits and opened their iPads, preparing for a day of sizing up hungry entrepreneurs and …

Vancouver's crazy housing market is melting down

Home sales in August are down sharply compared with a year ago, Jill Slattery at Global News reports.<p>Slattery cites data from MLS listings that shows that sales in West Vancouver fell 94% year-on-year from August 1 to 14. Three homes were sold in the area, versus 52 in the same period last …

A new wave of demand for gold could come from this unlikely source

Sharia law, which guides the personal and financial lives of many of the world's Muslims, has its origin in the Koran. Over the centuries, Sharia law has evolved under the guidance of Islamic scholars, in part to take into account evolving financial instruments.<p>Under Sharia law, paying or earning …

This is how Silicon Valley's most secretive startup makes money

Last summer, it raised $450 million from investors in a round of financing that valued the company at $20 billion. Among fast-growing tech start-ups, only Uber, Xiaomi, and Airbnb are more valuable.<p>Palantir's business has long been shrouded in secrecy, but as the company has expanded, and raised …

Someone is writing a mysterious, dystopian novel of the future in Reddit comments

It all began in April, when Reddit user _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 posted a bizarre comment on a thread on Reddit about the cover of George Orwell’s <i>1984</i>. The comment described a botched CIA program, called the MKUltra experiments, where subjects were fed a steady stream of LSD and other psychoactive …

“Shark Tank” is a great deal for entrepreneurs, and other myths about the hit show

America is obsessed with entrepreneurship. HBO’s hit <i>Silicon Valley</i> has spread words like “pivot” and “growth hacking” through the American lexicon. Mattel offers a pink “entrepreneurial Barbie,” complete with iPhone and high heels. And for 7 million Americans, the height of this cultural narrative …

Leaderless Company Rakes In $133 Million; New Crowdfunding Rules Allow Startups To Raise $1 Million

Watching business and blockchain developments in recent weeks has been like switching in and out between the real world and a sci-fi novel.<p>The biggest example starts with this news, from blockchain world: A leaderless code-based organization launched in late April called the DAO (which stands for …

Blockchain

Bryant Kirk White, 27

Today, the business environment has become increasingly complex. New ideas, business models, a changing population and advances in technology are …

15 useful extensions to improve Firefox

Firefox is a solid third-party Web browser on all major operating systems. Here are some helpful extensions to give you better control over your browsing experience.<p>Whether you're fed up with Chrome spinning up your computer's fans just to load Facebook, or Safari just isn't your jam, Firefox is a …

Opinion: 4 blockchain companies that could change everything from accounting to money transfers

The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation — powered by blockchain technology — is …

Blockchain