April 9th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Have you wondered why so many tech companies aren’t listed on the stock exchanges? Many of these companies find no incentive to go public, and with access to abundant venture capital, they are able to build privately held empires. Their private status allows them the freedom to direct their organizations’ fortunes independent of stockholder demands, keeping the tech IPO market “ice cold.” Below is a quick overview for you of…

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April 2nd, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Every great company has at least one founder and likely several CEOs over its lifespan. Even the most revered CEOs and founders often find themselves removed from the organization they started or led for a period of time. Famously, Steve Jobs was once pushed out of Apple. When money and leadership style is at stake, no one is immune to firing. Legally, it’s a perfectly viable option when the right…

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March 24th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Many tech companies, established and startup alike, tout the benefits of their company culture: free food, games and social activities right in the middle of generous work spaces. But inevitably, people get fired. Although most companies aren’t forthcoming about how and why that firing takes place, those on the receiving end of terminations have provided uncomfortable details of what happens to long-term employees and newbies alike. The Improvement Plan Some…

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March 15th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Great advertisements do more than sell products — they make strong statements and provoke an emotional response. Humor, bold graphics and memorable taglines are all potential hallmarks of great branding. However, in the age of viral media, some ads now take the form of short films. Others aren’t even created by corporate agencies, but by small businesses and individuals with a creative streak. Check out some of the most memorable…

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March 11th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Startups have an extraordinarily high failure rate. When interviewing with the CEO, your instinct may be to impress her with your extraordinary talents. But given the risk you’re taking by considering a job with a company that has an uncertain future, you might want to ask yourself whether you would invest in the company if you were an investor. To get an idea of whether the company, and the person…

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March 5th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

On the path to great success comes even greater failures. Bill Gates, one of the undoubted success stories of the 20th century, has plenty to crow about. His vision led a few developers in a garage to a multi-billion dollar, international conglomerate. It also failed in a few critical areas. Gates might cite his lack of foreign language skills as his biggest regret, but from a business standpoint, there is…

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March 3rd, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Many people will wake up one day, perhaps in their forties, and look with dissatisfaction at the state of their bank accounts. Even those who achieve a certain amount of financial security after their first few decades of adulthood may hold some misgivings about their past choices. Those who have been there have advice for those with years ahead of them: advice based on regret and risks that have panned…

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April 21st, 2016 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

What are the good habits of wealthy people? Many people believe that getting wealthy is a matter of luck. It’s true that luck plays some role, whether it’s being born into a wealthy family or inventing the right product at the right time. Luck doesn’t do everything, though. Without good habits, wealth can easily be squandered. You can also make your own luck at any time. Here’s how wealthy people…

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April 19th, 2016 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

No one has life figured out early on. Living is a process of growing, and as the years progress, if you’re like most people, you’ll look back with a combination of pride and regret. Those who’ve seen more than a few changes over numerous decades can point to some mistakes you’re probably making as a young person, but have time to work out. Accepting What You Hear and Believe Young…

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April 16th, 2016 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Many startup founders foresee the acquisition of venture capital funding as the pinnacle of success. By that point, you’ve demonstrated that your business is investable, with the potential to grow rapidly and provide significant returns to shareholders. But founders who think getting the nod from a VC firm is their ticket to a hefty bonus and luxury living may be in for a shock. Most founders pay themselves a modest…

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