‘I don’t see real estate as an investment now’

Navi Mumbai-based Balaji Gopalaswamy, 41, a manager at a private firm, always thought he had his finances sorted. “I have been working for nearly 14 years, so I had some money saved up. I used to invest in mutual funds, periodically. I had also taken term insurance and steered clear of instruments that mix insurance and investments,” […]

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Peter Jones: ‘The government needs real business advice’

You’ve said intuition is an entrepreneur’s inbuilt radar system. Has yours ever been wrong? As much as you read about the successes, there are many things that have not gone right for me in business. But I’ve always had this mantra that there’s no such thing as failure, only feedback. It’s what you learn from […]

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Leading Cause of Death of Startups: Real Estate

Ross Mayfield, CEO of SocialText, and a long-time blogger himself, is finally getting an office. For two years his company has operated virtually, with employees working from their homes across the United States. He calls it “net-enabled bootstrapping” because the company has used technology tools to operate at a low cost and grow from within. […]

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Small Business Failure Rates by Industry: The Real Numbers

“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to start construction companies,” could be the first line of a country song about new small business failure rates. Five years after starting, the share of mining companies remaining alive is nearly 15 percentage points higher than the fraction of construction businesses still in operation (52.3 percent versus […]

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Penguin 4.0 Is Here – and It’s In Real Time

It’s been two long years since Google’s last Penguin update, Penguin 3.0 happened on October 17, 2014. Finally, Penguin 4.0 is here, and the sites slammed by Penguin 3.0 are finally penalty free. Even more exciting is the news that the waiting game played in anticipation of these updates is over for good, because Penguin […]

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