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Dear Class of 2014

Good morning. So, there's this kid who was born in Hell's Kitchen in the 1940s, and this kid makes it out of high school but doesn't make it to college, because, well, back then few kids from Hell's Kitchen made it out of high school alive, much less with a college acceptance letter in their fists. Read More >

Too Confident to Fail

With the proliferation of the virtual marketplace and crowdfunding sources, it's not surprising to learn that today it's easier than ever to start a business and get it funded. It's also not surprising that since there are more new businesses than ever, there are more failed businesses than ever, too. But what is surprising (at least to me) is that studies show that failure doesn't equal learning experience in the startup world. Read More >

Face It, We’re Cubed

There's a very good chance that right now you're seated in a swiveling, ergonomic chair on wheels, staring at a computer screen, reading these digital words within three or four flimsy chest-high walls, just beyond which is another person who's seated in a swiveling, ergonomic chair on wheels, staring at a computer screen, reading other digital words within three or four flimsy chest-high walls, just beyond which is another person … and so on, and so on, and so on. Read More >

Pope Francis' First Year: The Next Great Harvard Business School Case Study?

If the Roman Catholic Church were a public company, its share price would have doubled in the past year and its CEO would now be in a strong position to ask the board for a raise. This is more or less what The Economist implied last week when it published an article called "The Francis Effect," comparing the Pope to great turnaround CEOs "such as IBM's Lou Gerstner, Fiat's Sergio Marchionne, and Apple's Steve Jobs. Read More >

Deutsche Bank's $4 Billion Hangover, Part 2

Three years ago, just after the Deutsche Bank-owned Cosmopolitan hotel and casino opened in Las Vegas, I spoke with a Vegas insider about the German bank's big Sin City bet (you can read part of that conversation in a previous post here). Read More >

Google Wants 600,000 More Square Feet of NYC Office Space

Earlier this week it was revealed that Google, which already occupies 750,000 square feet of office space in New York, is on the hunt for 600,000 more. The tech firm wants the space to house another 3,000 employees in New York. When I mentioned this to a coworker, she joked: So, does that mean I should work on my resume? Read More >

PwC Ranks No. 1 in Vault’s Latest Accounting Rankings

Today we celebrate Tax Day with the release of the latest Vault Accounting 50, a ranking of the best accounting employers to work for in North America. Recently, we asked more than 10,000 accountants to rate their peer firms in terms of prestige; we also asked them to rate their own firms in numerous workplace categories, including culture, work/life balance, hours, compensation, training, overall satisfaction, and business outlook. Read More >

Which M.B.A. Programs Do Employers Really Want to See on Your Resume?

Much ado is often made over which business schools are the "best" or the "most prestigious," but status and self-importance won't pay those student loans. The U.S. News & World Report's data showed that having Harvard, Stanford or Penn emblazoned across the top of an M.B.A. did not necessarily lead to employment for 2013 graduates. In fact, no schools in U.S. Read More >

‘Flash Boys’ Author Michael Lewis: IT Geeks Shall Inherit the Street

For a long time, Wall Street knew this day was coming. And now, Michael Lewis and Main Street know it, too. In the very near future, no longer will the sharpest blue-blooded, type A, squash-playing, financially-driven Ivy League graduate with excellent complexion rule the trading desks of Wall Street's largest and most-storied institutions. Instead, it will be the most creative and innovative IT guy (or gal) who'll be calling all the shots. Read More >

Heir to Dimon's JPMorgan Throne Calls It Quits

The so-called brain drain continues at beleaguered JPMorgan Chase. A few days ago, a man named Fang Fang, the chief of JPMorgan's Chinese investment banking unit, quit amid an investigation into the bank's alleged practices of hiring people in Asia so their relatives in the government would send business the bank's way. Read More >

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