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Fifty-three billion smackers. That's how much telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helu, the wealthiest human on the planet, is worth by Forbes' latest exhaustive count. (Actually, the tally was $53.5 billion--when you're dealing in 10 digits, every decimal place counts.)
Those kinds of numbers can't help but make you think: What exactly does it take to amass that kind of wealth? More important, do you have it?
The on-boarding of staff members can be confusing to newcomers. Yet, this is a time when most employees build important relationships-- friendships, in fact, that can double the chances of those new employees being satisfied at work. In excerpts from his recent book "Vital Friends", author Tom Rath shares suggestions for both formal and informal orientation processes.
Perhaps no other country celebrates innovation the way America does.
This passion for inventions started early in our history. Did you know that George Washington signed the First U.S. Patent Grant on July 31, 1790, and the patent examiner was none other than Thomas Jefferson? (Thank you, Google (GOOG)!) In America, we're reminded of the life-changing power of inventiveness every day. Some of the greatest inventors of yesterday spawned the greatest brands of today. What do the names Chrysler, Coleman, Goodyear (GT), Campbell (CPB), Colt, and Edison mean to you? Cars, tents, tires, soup, guns, and the electric lightbulb, of course.
Can entrepreneurism be taught? A new Babson College study on what influences startup business owners says it can.
In this week’s Huffington Post, the “Top 13 States for Startup Hiring” were named, according to StartupHire. My home state of Ohio was on the list....did your state make the cut?
Talk of a possible tech bubble, based on high valuations of IT companies, has led to questions about whether a health IT bubble has been created as well. Read more about the signs leading to that speculation.
In May, USAID’s Business and Economics Education Project (B&EE) helped open the Kazakhstan-American Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (KACEBI) at the Western-Kazakhstan Institute of Languages and Management “Evrazia”. The center provides strategic consulting services and training for entrepreneurs in the areas of financial management, marketing, and human resource management to improve market-oriented business practices in the West Kazaskhstan Oblast and the surrounding region. In addition, KACEBI is partnering with Western universities to bring undergraduate and graduate degree programs specializing in entrepreneurship to the region.
On May 12, 2006, an official opening ceremony commenced the work of the Kyrgyz-American Center for Entrepreneurship Studies (KACES) at the Osh Technological University. The center is the first business training school in the Kyrgyz Republic that is affiliated with an institution of higher education. The center will help to improve the business environment in Osh by providing current and aspiring entrepreneurs with access to much needed practical training and materials. It is also expected to foster greater penetration of business and entrepreneurship curriculum into higher education. Moreover, the center is planning to work closely with the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth Policy to develop curricula changes that will encourage universities to adopt hands-on case study methods of teaching.
Although progress has been made toward creating an artificial pancreas, there is still a long way to go. Read more about the work being done on this medical device.
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