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What to Do When Your Employees Tell You That You Suck

When an employee has the courage to give you negative feedback, you need to accept it like a gift. It's tough to receive negative feedback, but as a leader you must treat it as if it were a fine wine. Once the cork is out of the bottle, you need to identify its nuances and understand its valuable characteristics. Show More Summary

Deciding How Much Information and Flexibility to Give Employees

One company offers employees the freedom to choose how many vacation days they take.

Marijuana money trail tracks along a real estate route for this pot entrepreneur

Real estate executive Llorn Kylo is a modern-day prospector whose experience shows how white-hot the business of legal marijuana is. As the CEO of Cannabis-Rx (OTCQB: CANA), Kylo is angling to help purveyors of legal weed set up shop by providing them with commercial space, capital and advice. Show More Summary

Why one entrepreneur ran his business while sailing around the world

Before Scott Leonard wrote his new book about how entrepreneurs can truly take a break from the office, he lived its message firsthand by taking a three-year working sabbatical that entailed sailing around the world with his family,Show More Summary

Al Franken taps Reed Hastings to tag team 'anticompetitive' Comcast merger

Al Franken, the Democratic senator from Minnesota and former Saturday Night Live funny man, yesterday sent Netflix CEO Reed Hastings a letter asking him to take a public stance on the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable....Show More Summary

Electronic license plate startup sets sites on massive market in California

A St. Louis startup that has developed technology to computerize license plates is hoping to land a contract with the state of California, which would give it a major influx of revenue. Rachel Hankerson, founder and CEO of International...Show More Summary

How a whirlwind 6-week courtship led to Google's purchase of Titan drones

Last Monday morning at 1 a.m., Vern Raburn finally got the last call and signed the last document that made it official. After six weeks of intense due diligence work with Google, the Titan Aerospace CEO was finally signing the papers to sell the startup to Internet powerhouse Google. “This has been done in record time. Show More Summary

Fired Yahoo COO got fat $58M severance, but he's not alone

Henrique de Castro, Yahoo's former chief operating officer, may have been ejected from the executive suite, but now we know that he floated off with a $58 million golden parachute, according to a new Securities and Exchange Commission...Show More Summary

Endurance sport: Startup idea came in middle of Boston Marathon

Tech entrepreneur Gary McNamee remembers the moment he committed to his next business idea: during mile 21 of the Boston Marathon in 2010. Over a grueling winter of treadmill training, McNamee had been considering filming the entireShow More Summary

Today in Small Business: Smart Soda Cans?

Electricity prices surge. Why a Kickstarter campaign failed. Can "liking" a brand online void a consumer's right to sue?

Got employees? How to hire the right team for your startup

I've been spoiled throughout my career of building teams in large tech companies. I've had all the luxuries: infinite resources, time, and large pools of qualified candidates. At Google, we always had a steady stream of graduates from top schools flowing into the organization in entry-level positions. Show More Summary

Lavabit founder tested the limits of customer trust in fight for Edward Snowden's privacy

How far would you go to protect your users' privacy? What if it just so happened, that by no choice of your own, one of those users ended up being Edward Snowden, the man who leaked top secret information about the United States government's...Show More Summary

How this inventor scored cash on Kickstarter

Kickstarter campaigns are almost as ubiquitous as wet weather here in Seattle, so it can be difficult for even good campaigns to get noticed. Despite that, Seattle entrepreneur Mina Yoo managed not only to get her invention the $20,000...Show More Summary

Russian oligarch's son gains cleantech traction

Good timing alone isn't enough to launch a company, but it sure counts for a lot. And in the past four months, everything has fallen into place at the right time for Connell McGill Jr. and Pavel Khodorkovskiy, cofounders of energy-use...Show More Summary

40% of Voluntary Turnover Happens Within 6 Months

Even more employees leave before the end of their first year. Forty percent of employees who left their jobs voluntarily in 2013 did so within six months of starting in the position, according to data recorded and processed by the workforce insights arm of credit reporting agency Equifax. Show More Summary

How Neil Young Won Kickstarter

The rock legend's PonoPlayer portable music device raised $6.2 million, becoming one of the most successful campaigns ever on the crowdfunding website. Neil Young is on a mission to rescue the art of recorded sound, and thanks to his recent Kickstarter effort, he might pull it off. Show More Summary

Now All You Need to Deposit a Check is a Smartphone

Trips to the bank may soon be a thing of the past. New imaging technology lets you take a snapshot of a check with your smartphone and use that to make your deposit. Mitek Systems says it has partnered with more than 2,000 financialShow More Summary

Ahead of Supreme Court Hearing, Aereo Makes Its Case

Leading up to oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, the scrappy company that brought broadcast channels to computers through the cloud, explains itself. As the days tick down before Aereo presents its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, Aereo is going on the PR offensive. Show More Summary

Business-Savvy Teens Tap Dynamic New Collector's Market: Designer Sneakers

Much-coveted shoes are being bartered and sold by high schoolers at sneaker conventions across the country at eye-opening prices, The New York Times reports.

Things to Consider Before Starting a Franchise

Owning a franchise is a great way to start your own business. A franchise usually does not require expert knowledge to run, because it comes with a business plan that has already been proven to be effective, as well as backup support. Presently, there are an extensive variety of franchise opportunities available out there, but […]

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