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Messages to Your Younger Self

Messages to Your Younger Self

Anticipating this year’s graduation season, LinkedIn.com created “If I Were 22,” and asked 80 or so of its Influencers to share advice to their younger selves and by extension, to all young people. It turned into some of the stickiest, most engaging content thought leaders have ever posted.
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Don’t Avoid Disruption, Harness It

Don’t Avoid Disruption, Harness It

In business, change is often attributed to “disruptive technology,” those innovations that forever alter how things are done. There are many examples, but for the 21st century, the Internet is the poster child of disruptive technologies. In the true sense of the definition of “disruptive,” the Internet broke up commerce and communication, as we knew it.
Filed in: Innovation, Other, Risk
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Taking a Hike from Risk

Taking a Hike from Risk

I love to spend my free time with my kids and I love to spend my free time being outdoors, so it makes perfect sense to combine the two. While my children are still young, I can’t think of a better way for us to be together outside than walking on some of the easier trails that lace the mountain ranges of Southern California near where I live.
Filed in: Risk
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American Dream 2.0

American Dream 2.0

According to a recent survey by Credit.com, 25% of the respondents replied that being debt-free was their definition of the American Dream. That seems reasonable. But what was surprising is that it topped the conventional “American Dream” answer of owning a home by eight percentage points. (The most popular response, at 36%, was retiring at age 65.) It’s still too soon to tell if the concern about debt coupled with a reluctance to buy a home is a byproduct of the Great Recession that will fade with time as real estate prices firm (and getting a mortgage becomes easier) or is a reset to our overall relationship to debt. The overall aversion to debt, though, could become a deep-seated consequence of the Great Recession and stay with the Millennials the rest of their lives in a way that’s similar to those who grew up in the Depression.
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$19 Billion for What’s App: What Is Facebook Thinking

$19 Billion for What’s App: What Is Facebook Thinking

Earlier this year, Facebook’s acquisition of What’s App—a texting application that routes texts over the Internet instead of through cellular networks—for $16 billion, plus an additional $3 billion in restricted stock for the company’s 50 or so employees and its founders, was the talk of Silicon Valley, Wall Street and the tech twitter-verse. Let’s put this in perspective: at $19 billion, What’s App’s valuation is in league with such household names as Alcoa, Gap, Southwest Airlines, Campbell Soup and Xerox, all of which have thousands of employees each.
Filed in: Market, Other, Risk
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