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The libertarian contingent in Silicon Valley has long been fascinated by the possibilities of living independently in international waters, where taxes can be avoided and talented developers can be imported from around the world to work in a kind of floating sweatshop without the hindrance of securing an HB-1 visa. So it's no surprise that two entrepreneurs have gotten interest from…
Phil Schiller took to the WWDC stage today to announce Apple's new hardware. After breezing through updates to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, he wowed the crowd with, as the it said on the screen, the next generation of the MacBook Pro.
Schiller proudly proclaimed that this is the most beautiful computer they have ever made. It's thinner than my finger he said.
Editor’s note: Alex Banayan is an associate at Alsop Louie Partners, an early stage technology venture capital firm based in San Francisco, CA. He is nineteen years old (and thus this post could really use a #humblebrag in the title). To stay connected with Alex, sign up for his newsletter here.
Okay, full disclosure: I’ve never had a startup go through an IPO, I don’t have an MBA—heck—I’m not even old enough to take the finance course offered at my school, but I’m now an associate at Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm.
"And of the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs"
FORTUNE -- Edited down to 2 minutes for your convenience, author Malcolm Gladwell's provocative remarks about which entrepreneurs will be remembered 50 years from now and which forgotten:
In a nutshell, the bestselling author (Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers) and high-end public speaker (top fee: $
The two companies’ boards failed to pay heed to risk and compliance warnings from its shareholders, which could have saved both companies considerable trouble.
FORTUNE -- No working stiff wants bad news about his performance to hit the boss’ desk right before review time. Although the review is supposed to represent a year’s worth of effort, there’s always a chance that the “what have you done for me lately?” question will influence the review and pay outcome.
Talking about a blade's life span used to be taboo in razor marketing. Then hard times hit.
FORTUNE -- This year Gillette debuted a 30-second television spot that will go down in the annals of razor blade marketing. Actor Brandon Quinn begins by telling the audience that Gillette sent him around the world to see how long he could shave with a single ProGlide cartridge.
OMAHA, Neb. - The cost to dine with investor Warren Buffett has apparently spiked in value, with one deep-pocketed bidder forking over nearly $3.5 million during a charity auction Friday night.
The annual auction for a private lunch with the Nebraska billionaire closed following a flurry of activity in the final hours. In the end, the highest bid was a record-breaking $3,456,789.
As if you had not guessed that China's weekend releases of economic data were going to be weak after that surprise rate cut late in the week, the tally is out and it is weak on all fronts. The U.S. and other major industrial nations would kill for growth numbers like these. China just requires higher numbers from the National Bureau of Statistics of China for the world to be growing more.
Ever since the late rapper Tupac Shakur made an amazing and unnerving appearance at the Coachella festival in April, people have been wondering what other deceased celebrities will be digitized. There was the rumor of Michael Jackson being revived, news that Freddie Mercury would appear at a Queen concert, and confirmation that Marilyn Monroe would soon be a hologram. (The folks behind the Tupac-gram say he'll…
The rise of the iPod and iTunes made it harder for labels to pack long-playing albums with subpar “filler” tracks. It also made it easier for music fans to fall for a hit single for the low price of 99 cents, arguably exacerbating the tendency of artists to impress a fan for only long enough for them to click “buy.” That landscape is changing.
Everyone does it: We all make decisions based on a little data and a lot of experience.
Other people might call that acting on a hunch or going by gut feel--especially if they disagree with your decisions--but if you have a wealth of experience to draw from, often those quick decisions turn out to be correct.
Like where hiring employees is concerned: Over time you've learned to quickly size up a candidate, sometimes within a few minutes, based on one or two actions or comments.
On Thursday, Detroit tried a little Venetian experiment, turning one of its freeways into a river.
This would have been great if it had been intentional, like an artistic statement about transportation and modern society or something. But instead, it was another statement: We should probably spend some money on infrastructure every so often.
Early in the afternoon, a four-foot water main ruptured on the city's west side, sending…
Robb Engen weaves back and forth through the maze, following his wife in what he calls “zombie mode.” He submits to her and the labyrinthine Calgary retail outlet, wandering along as she adds this and that to their shopping cart. By the time they finally reach the exit, the Alberta couple has almost always bought more than they had planned.
Sotheby's and the unionized art handlers who move its clients' prized Warhols and de Koonings ratified an agreement today on a three-year deal that brings a 10-month lockout of the workers to a close, Crain's reports. The deal increases wages one percent each year, raises the starting salary to $18.50 an hour and maintains benefits for the 42 workers who are members of Teamsters Local 814.
Common wisdom is that the best managers are collaborative. After all, nobody likes to be bossed around. But that’s not true for rookie managers. New leaders who are perceived as having low status — because of their age, education, or experience — lead better when they tell subordinates what to do. If as a new manager you sense that your team doesn’t yet have confidence in you, you’re better off setting the agenda, establishing clear direction, and putting people to work on what you think needs to be done.
Back in the days of Mad Men, the business lunch was essential. Offers were made, partnerships formed, and deals were closed daily over lunchtime martinis.
For the most part, that type of midday meeting is long gone. But with today's communication technology overload, the face-to-face business lunch is still an important way to build relationships--and is perhaps even more valuable today than it was 50 years ago.
Starting Wednesday, San Diego-based mobile app maker MeLLmo is unveiling a new feature of its mobile enterprise hit Roambi. The software is no longer simply a tool for creating cool, interactive data visualizations or real-time business intelligence reports that your boss or colleagues will read on their iPhone or iPad. Now Roambi is becoming something of a mobile app development and publishing service with a new feature called ESX Platform.
French entrepreneur Loic Le Meur has been through plenty of ups and downs over the last few years with his own startup, Seesmic -- an outfit that has seen more twists than a pretzel factory. But through it all, one thing has remained constant: his side project, the Paris-based startup conference LeWeb.
Started more than seven years ago, the event now claims to be the industry's most international shindig, and now it's about to see its first spin-off, …
A lithium ion battery that can charge in five minutes and last for five times longer than the standard -- that's the goal for startup Prieto Battery, which just raised $5.5 million of a planned $6.8 million round, according to a filing. The company is the brainchild of Colorado State chemistry professor Amy Prieto, and was the first startup launched out…
The game is over. That game where they get to hire you for 40 years, pay you far less than you create, and then give you a gold watch, and then you get bored, you get depressed, and you die alone.
It wasn't that fun of a game anyway.
When I had a corporate job I would wake up depressed. I couldn't move out of bed.
Talk about a sea change. These three business titans are cutting back.
FORTUNE -- The oldest adage on the sea is that the two happiest days in a sailor’s life are the days he buys his boat and the day he sells it. For three business titans, the days seem to be getting happier.
In 2009, Tom Perkins, the nonpareil venture capitalist of Silicon Valley, sold the Maltese Falcon, a 289-foot futuristic Darth Vader-esque square-rigger.
We all know there will be a day when the mouse and keyboard will become obsolete, but many think that day is far off. However, that day just might be here with a new project called "LEAP." As first noted by The Wall Street Journal, the LEAP, developed by parent company Leap Motion, allows you to control your computer by only using your hand.
Following a jam-packed beta test and a jaw-dropping $4.2 million seed round, Ark people search is open for sign ups...at least for the next three days. Ark lets you sift through profiles on Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other services to help you find out which of your high school classmates live in New York, see which friends are single, and connect with strangers who share your interests by layering up to 30 characteristic filters.