Category: Finance

From Alaska to Arkansas to L.A., U.S. Voters Vote for Higher Minimum Wages

Rallying to raise the minimum wage (Image Credit: Flickr by The All-Nite Images / CC) In August we reported on the growing movement across the U.S. to raise state and city legal minimum wage levels. We observed that in…

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The Alchemy of Science Education

Alchemy is the medieval science of trying to turn cheap metal into gold, or more philosophically, the act of magically turning something of lesser value into something of greater value. Not many people are familiar with the word alchemy; but alchemy is exactly…

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Silicon Valley Vaporization: Are Startups Burning Too Much Cash?

Are too many startups burning too much cash too quickly? (Image Credit: Flickr by Adam Cohn / CC) SOMA, the Flatiron district, Palo Alto, and London Shoreditch. They’re some of the hottest addresses in the business world. Rents for…

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The Incubator Boom: How Much Do They Actually Help?

Accelerator launch party, San Francisco, 2014 Startup culture is white hot in America right now. Valuations are high, the IPO market is finally back, and the cost of starting a business is at historical lows, especially for many tech…

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In a Pickle: How a Famous London Skyscraper Went From $1 Billion to Zero in Just Seven Years

The Gherkin: A shiny missile able to blow up a balance sheet In statistics, pictures of risk often take the shape of elegant bell curves. But in real estate, a better visualization of risk might be the elegant missile-like…

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Despite Progress, Women Are Still Under-Represented in Management-Level Finance Jobs

Image Credit: Wikimedia/CC 3.0     Women in the financial services sector have by definition mastered working with numbers, but a survey of the latest statistics on the sector shows that there is one number women in financial services…

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Trademark Cancellation by the US Government Highlights a Business Risk for Companies with Trademarks

Redskins CEO Dan Snyder (Image Credit: Wikimedia / CC 2.0) The June 18 decision by the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark and Trial Appeal Board (USPTO) to cancel the registrations of six trademarks owned by the Washington…

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Is China Mt. Everest of the world economy? Don’t go just because it’s there.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/CC Expanding into the Chinese market has been a focus for many businesses in recent years. In some industries it’s the largest market in the world and in others it may be soon. It has a…

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Top 7 financial mistakes startups make

We’re all familiar with the stories of wildly successful startups. The Facebooks, Twitters and WhatsApps of the world are minting young millionaires at a healthy clip, to the envy of many other entrepreneurs. To some, it may look easy to start a company…

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What’s up at Facebook? An Alternative to Advertising, That’s What

Silicon Valley is buzzing with commentary on Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of international messaging platform WhatsApp. Some are calling it a brilliant, bold move, with Facebook “skating to the puck” by jumping deeper into mobile communications. Others warn that this kind of valuation…

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