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A CEO who sold 2 companies to Google gives his best advice on taking career risks

Luis Von Ahn isn’t new to the tech game. The CEO and founder of language app Duolingo previously sold two other tech products to Google early on in his career. The first was ESP game, a computation game created to develop difficult metadata, which Google licensed as the Google Image Labeler in 2006. The other company was reCAPTCHA, a system used to ascertain whether or not a computer user is human. The tech giant acquired reCAPTCHA in 2009. So, what advice does von Ahn have for young people looking to…

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A Bain employee-turned-startup-founder says money isn’t everything in the early days of a new business

Angel investors, boot-strapping, and seed money — unsurprisingly, a lot of startup jargon centers around cash. Raising money is considered a crucial measure of success for any fledgling business. But it’s not everything, says Nicholas Miller, the co-founder and CEO of service industry software Gather. In 2012, Miller left his job as a senior associate at Bain & Company to launch his event management software startup. Four years later, he raised $2.5 million in Series A funding. But, despite successfully raising these funds for his own startup, Miller says focusing too much on…

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Here’s everything you should say and do when conducting your first performance review

Love or hate them, performance reviews are ubiquitous in the working world. And as a boss, their outcome is up to you. “As an effective leader, choose to make the review process a positive learning experience and let your main objective be the growth and development of your people,” says Darlene Price, president of Well Said, Inc., and author of “Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results.” She says that the risks of not communicating clearly with your employees are another year of underperformance, mediocre results, low morale, and possibly your employees…

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THE INSURTECH REPORT: How financial technology firms are helping — and disrupting — the nearly $5 trillion insurance industry

The global insurance industry is worth nearly $5 trillion, and insurance companies are at risk of losing a share of this valuable market to new entrants. That’s because these legacy players have been even slower to modernize than their counterparts in other financial services industries.  This has created an opportunity for a group of firms known as insurtechs. These startups are leveraging new technology and a better understanding of consumer expectations to increase efficiencies in the insurance industry. Some are helping incumbents deliver better end products, while others are directly competing with legacy…

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Arianna Huffington breaks down the biggest mistake you can make as an entrepreneur

There’s plenty of great advice out there about what hopeful entrepreneurs need to do in order to succeed. But avoiding pitfalls is another big part of achieving success. So what’s the biggest mistake a new entrepreneur can make? Arianna Huffington, founder of Thrive Global and the Huffington Post, has some ideas. Entrepreneurs who go to extreme measures to get things done are often celebrated, but Huffington tells Business Insider that it’s a mistake to neglect other aspects of your life, especially health. In fact, the resulting burn-out can be ultimately…

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The Internet of Everything — $12.6 trillion ROI expected over the next decade [SLIDE DECK]

Everything around us is becoming connected. As a result, we are seeing shifts in investments and returns. There is already a great demand for network expansion, cyber security and insurance. And generally, the prices of hardware will fall as IoT becomes less of a novelty. All of this opens up a huge opportunity for everyone to make and save a lot of money. We will invest $6 trillion in IoT between 2015 and 2020, which will yield $12.6 trillion ROI over the next decade. Enterprise will make up the majority…

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