Facebook's New Secret Sauce


The social network keeps getting more addictive. Here's how.This story first appeared in Slate.We all know by now that Facebook isn't cool.And yet somehow it's more popular than ever. On Wednesday the company announced that its growth continues to surge-not only in terms of the sheer number of Facebook users, but in terms of how much they use the site. On any given day, Mark Zuckerberg said, 63 percent of Facebook's 1.28 … [Read more...]

3 Lessons From Alan Mulally's Tenure at Ford


Amidst widespread reports that Ford will soon announce COO Mark Fields as the successor to CEO Alan Mulally, the time is right to consider what small business owners and entrepreneurs can learn from Mulally's legacy.When personnel news at large companies dominates the headlines, it's easy to turn away. In most cases, you wonder how, if at all, this changing of the guard in corporate America has any influence on your life as a … [Read more...]

You're Never Too Old for Business School


Here's the inspiring story of one 62-year-old's second act.There was a time when going back to school as a much-older student was a gag. Specifically, that time was 1986. The gag-filled film was called Back to School. It was about a successful entrepreneur, played by the one and only Rodney Dangerfield, returning to college to get his degree. The catch? His own son is an undergrad at the same time. Legendary comedian Sam … [Read more...]

One Year After the Bangladesh Factory Collapse, Change Is in the Air


After more than 1,100 garment workers perished in a tragedy one year ago, the business of retail is changing--albeit slowly.As is often the case, it takes a tragedy to bring about change. Yet in the aftermath of last year's Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, which claimed more than 1,100 lives, the business of clothing manufacturing looks an awful lot like it did before.Following initial uproar over dilapidated … [Read more...]

How a Class Action Settlement Helps Silicon Valley Billionaires


Billionaire executives won't have to testify in a trial that would have exposed their collusion over engineer hiring.Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial that threatened to expose the tactics that … [Read more...]

How Gchat Is Destroying Your Productivity


Your favorite way to communicate at work may be making it harder to focus.This story first appeared on The Huffington Post.This is important. Gchat is ruining your life.And mine, too.As I type these words, four boxes flash an enticing blue atop my inbox. They cover about two-thirds of my unread mail and they beg for attention--at least from the click of my mouse--before I can return to my duty at hand, which, in the most meta … [Read more...]

Entrepreneurs Crack Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential List


The venerable publication highlighted several notable business leaders' impact on the world.If you've ever wondered what Neil Patrick Harris has to say about Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, today is your lucky day. On Wednesday, Time magazine released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People, recognizing luminaries in five categories--Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, and Icons--and singing their praises in brief essays … [Read more...]

How to Score Billionaire Ted Leonsis's Cash


The venture capitalist and sports-team owner explains what he looks for when he's considering investing in a startup.What does every company founder need to be successful? Ted Leonsis, founder of Redgate Communications, former AOL executive, and the owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics sports teams, has some some uncommon insight into the answer. He's seen countless pitches as co-founder of Revolution, a … [Read more...]

With Angels Like These, Who Needs VCs?


Ondot, a financial technology startup, tries to get to breakeven using only angel money.It’s not unusual for a tech startup to raise $18 million. To do it all with angel financing is pretty much unheard of.But that’s exactly what the founders of Ondot, a financial technology company that is launching today, have done. Its angel investors, who number about 60, include Sam Ginn, the founding CEO of AirTouch Cellular and former … [Read more...]