Crowdfunding may be changing the rules of the financing game--witness the nearly $8 million plus that the Pebble smart watch raised on the site Kickstarter -- but many entrepreneurs still want to raise venture capital. And though seed money is flowing, as you'll see in Forbes' Midas List, it isn't as [...] More »5 Lessons from an Unconventional Entrepreneur Who Raised Millions
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Darwin Deason made his billion dollar fortune in business process outsourcing. Now he offers advice to other hopeful entrepreneurs. More »Former Farm Boy, Billionaire Darwin Deason offers 7 tips for Entrepreneurs
Photo of President Bush with Secret Service Agents, Presidential Limousine and Air Force One. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When the Secret Service scandal initially broke, I, like many taxpayers wondered, exactly, the Secret Service actually did beyond accompanying the President outside of the White House. In my stereotypical mind's eye, they all [...] More »What Exactly Do Taxpayers Pay the Secret Service For?
Government financial policies - and a lingering aversion to addressing the national debt - could spell trouble for your business. (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife) Think the national debt won’t impact your business? Think again. As James Kwak, co-author (with Simon Johnson) of White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our [...] More »How the Government is Threatening Your Business - and What To Do About It
Networks are about quality connections as they are about quantity of contacts. And there's no reason you're unable to connect with absolutely anyone. More »The 7 Pillars of Connecting With Absolutely Anyone
Sleep is critical to the brain - especially the business brain. Here are the best-illustrated reasons never to negotiate on a full night's sleep. More »Top 5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Need A Good Night's Sleep
Being a risk taker in business is not the same as being reckless. Nevertheless, the word “risk” has a negative connotation to most of us, implying danger and possible loss. For true entrepreneurs, risk is viewed as a positive, with its implied challenge to overcome the unknown and hitting the [...] More »10 Smart Risks That Every Business Should Seek Out
Republican vs. Democrat 2012 (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey) Much of the attention recently has focused on the alleged and so called "Republican War on Women," which has produced a gender gap that has in some polls recently exceeded 20%. But there is another war that is soon likely to be declared-- the war [...] More »The Hidden War in Campaign 2012
An artist's depiction of the rat race and work-life balance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There’s been an avalanche of research over the last several years about the increasingly blurry lines between work and personal life, lines that have smudged to the point where they’re no longer blurry – they’re non-existent. Think about [...] More »Who Has Control Over Your Time?
Even people who are relatively happy at work go through periods when they hate their jobs—for days, weeks or even months at a time. Here are 10 things you can do to make things better. More »How To Turn A Job You Hate Into A Job You Love
Mitt Romney: The unemployment problem is much bigger than female job loss. When I wrote a piece yesterday saying that Mitt Romney’s attack on President Obama over women’s jobs was misleading, I got a number of comments decrying the President’s economic policies and his failure to create jobs. To recap: Romney [...] More »Why Romney And Obama Can't Fix The Unemployment Problem
Speech Bubble (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In business, we live in a world of talkers. We chat on our cell phones, email, blogs, Twitter and Facebook. We are constantly telling people who we are, what we do and what we think. But are we doing it in a clear way that [...] More »How to Make the Best Business Impression in 8 seconds or Less
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(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife) We dont' respect the politicians we elect every two years. Even as we reelect them. The approval rating for Congress last year fell to a historically low rating of just 9%. Indeed, as Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post notes, that’s below the [...] More »Political Advertising Has Become A Prisoner's Dilemma
If the Supreme Court strikes down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, or if Republicans succeed in doing it themselves in 2013, what’s the path forward for health care reform? Many of us have speculated on the topic. Now, a new plan has come forth, backed by one of the most influential Tea Party groups, that contains some intriguing and original ideas for bringing cheaper health care to more people. More »The Tea Party's Plan for Replacing Obamacare