Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:59:00 -0400A couple of years ago, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) had a nice problem—it couldn’t produce F-150 trucks fast enough to keep up with consumer demand. Though new F-150s rolled out of the lot in 9-12 days, much faster than thetypicaltruck. In recent weeks, Ford has a new – and ugly – [...]
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As with all the cars in this slideshow, the low-slung Audi TTS sports car is among the 10 new or redesigned models to garner a spot on the "2016 Wards10 Best Interiors" list. Wards’editors cited the TTS' “virtual cockpit” instrument display, diamond-stitched leather seats, and brushed aluminum center console. We like the way it accentuates a traditional sports-car look and feel with myriad high-tech touches.
BMW’s redesigned-for-2016 flagship sedan goes all in with a tastefully stylish new interior that narrows the gap between it and the vehicle's archrival, the Mercedes S-Class. Available onboard amenities include heated armrests, massaging seats, a wireless phone charging pad, Chestnut wood trim, and a high-end Bowers & Wilkins audio system with illuminated speaker grilles.Wardssays it, “elevates the BMW interior design language and incorporates enough electronic wizardry to entertain a member of the Geek Squad for hours.”
Caddy’s replacement for the long-running XTS midsize luxury crossover SUV treats passengers to an elegant interior that should help make even the most grueling road trip or daily commute a pleasant experience.Wards cites its “first-rate” materials (Rosewood trim, semi-aniline Maple Sugar leather, microsuede headliner, etc) and found the cabin to be “comfortable and ergonomically correct.”
By all measures, Chevy did a nice job resigning its 2016 Camaro sports coupe/convertible, paying special attention to the cabin this time around. Offering top-shelf items like a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats and selectable ambient lighting, Wardssays it, “comes with enough significantly upgraded materials and flare to set a new standard for an interior in this segment.”
While not exactly a reinvention of the minivan, Chrysler’s successor to the Town & Country takes a clever and contemporary approach to efficient and enjoyable family transportation. An updated versionof the automaker’s handy Stow ‘n Go seating remains and is joined by an onboard vacuum cleaner, and myriad entertainment and infotainment choices. According to Wards, “Consumers needing space and flexibility but wanting pizzazz and even a bit of coddling when the kids aren’t in the back seats will find the Pacifica interior to be a breath of fresh air.”
Honda has tinkered – perhaps excessively – with the compact Civic sedan and coupe over the last decade, with each rapid-fire update receiving largely tepid reviews. But Wardsfeels the automaker has finally gotten things right – especially on the inside – with its latest revamp. The publication says the 10th-generation Civic offers, “a fresh, upscale cabin that stands apart from its segment rivals and reminds the world why the Civic remains one of America’s most popular small cars.”
A pioneer among luxury crossover SUVs, the popular RX was updated for 2016, and while some of the exterior touches might border on the excessive, the wagon’s interior is more tastefully cast. Wards calls out the RX for its, “impeccable fit-and-finish, the satin brushed-aluminum trim, the form-fitting seats, the crisply lit gauges and display screen...and the richly finished Espresso Walnutwood surface that curves like a half-pipe from the center console up toward the glovebox.”
The compact luxury crossover formerly known as the GLK is reborn as the GLC, with a makeover that channels interior elements of the automaker's posh C-Class and S-Class cabins. Keeping up with the competition in one of the auto industry’s toughest market segments, Wards
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:49:00 -0400Gayle Tzemach Lemmon describes herself as an idea entrepreneur. Image Credit:Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. "Entrepreneurship isn't for everyone, and not everyone is going to be an entrepreneur,"Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, theNew York Times best-selling author, advocate, and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations,says. "But women who turn to business, turn to [...]
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:41:00 -0400It's hard enough for male drivers to rise through the ranks in auto racing as the the competition and the costs intensify at the sharp end of the industry. For every driver who gets a race seat there are thousands who don’t make it. However, the hurdles are even higher [...]
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:27:00 -0400Perfection is a lie. It’s an idea without an example, an unreachable goal. Perfection leaves no room for priorities, no space for humanness, no time for joy. Striving for it leads to breakdowns, burning out, eating disorders and self-hatred.The pursuit of perfection is a Sisyphean task. It is unrewarding, frustrating, [...]
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:24:00 -0400I’m tired, I have a headache and I’m really glad the debates are over. Like most Americans, I have post-presidential debate hangover syndrome. Watching the debates and then arguing about them with friends (and a few strangers) into the wee hours of the morning can do that to you. Now [...]
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:12:00 -0400If you are wondering what you can do to help bridge the generation gap, continue reading to learn some useful tips and tricks.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:46:00 -0400One of the rules of investing in publicly traded companies is that you cannot profit by looking into the past of these companies, but into their future. For a simple reason: market prices already reflect the past, but not the future. The problem is that emotional investors often forget this rule, [...]
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Ready4, a Boston-based company that creates test prep apps, today released its second annual list of the most desired business schools around the world. It surveyed over 250,000 prospective MBA students from 195 countries and asked them to name the top 10 schools they’d like to attend.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:43:00 -0400A highly leveraged real estate operator, who manages to keep upping the ante, might not have much in the way of realized income, while building substantial net worth from unrealized appreciation. The key element is not so much the depreciation deduction as it is the unrealized appreciation which will allow you to keep refinancing and buying more property. This road to wealth is pretty wide open, as you might learn from watching late night TV or maybe from attending Trump University. The thing is the no money down art of the deal type of courses downplay the amount of work involved. And the risk. A really smart guy I know once observed "Leverage makes whatever is going to happen, happen faster."
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:58:00 -0400One Silicon Valley executive believes you can accomplish more work in 40 hours than you think. And the research proves it.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:47:00 -0400New York cracks down on a pension lender that charged customers up to 130% interest.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:33:00 -0400Buy global, pay local -- companies like Uber use Adyen to make payments easy from around the world.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:19:00 -0400Mortgages are the next big area to face disruption from digital startups. Proptech, as the larger sector is termed, is growing rapidly and now a new mortgage finder has teamed up with Zoopla to offer a better house hunting experience.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:15:00 -0400After the Dallas Cowboys win over the Packers last Sunday, Jerry Jones told reporters that the team’s decision at quarterback will “wait until the next card is played.” Cartoon by Rob Tornoe.
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Only in the NFL can a worker consistently deliver a lousy performance and get paid exorbitant salaries, as quarterbackSam Bradfordof the Philadelphia Eagles didwith his recent $36milliontwo-year extensionwith the Philadelphia Eagles.Cartoon by Rob Tornoe.
Denver Broncos quarterbackPeyton Manningisfacing allegationsthat he sexually assaulted a trainer in 1996. Will this charge reduce his chances of moving on to a career atESPN? Legendary sports cartoonistRob Tornoepoints topossible future co-worker and former Ravens linebackerRay Lewisand says …you’ll see.
The NBA won’t admit it, but their current logo is based on a dynamic[...]
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:52:00 -0400Several traditional insurance big players – like Chinese giant Ping An – are showing us great examples of how to pivot in accordance with the demands of the new digital era.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:30:00 -0400West Elm’s plan to enter the hotel business is the latest example of a retailer seeking revenue streams beyond the showroom. It also copies the practice of hoteliers that merchandise their own unique experiences. For retailers, any success may hinge on three requirements.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:43:00 -0400California-based Heal is betting that housecalls can not just make you healthier, but also create a more efficient business model for doctors.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:52:00 -0400News and insights from around the Web, including why the founders of Zingerman's iconic deli are still debating whether opening at the Detroit airport is a no-brainer or a threat to their business model.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:42:00 -0400I’ve written before about how many companies within the nation’s exploding craft-brewing industry have enthusiastically embraced employee-ownership. In particular, I have shared how one of those breweries, New Belgium Brewing, works so hard to nourish its employee-owned culture. Which begs the question: Does beer brewed by employee-owned companies taste better? While the answer [...]
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:33:00 -0400For brands trying to gain traction on a limited budget, stepping outside the traditional sampling channels can make a big difference. In addition to the initial results, under a program like this one, the company has built relationships with key influencers, who have become genuine fans of the product. By continuing to build relationships with them and their personal fan bases, these companies can get results that far surpass random hand-outs on Saturday mornings.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:30:00 -0400Shutterstock When you run a small business or a small team, finding the best employees early on is extremely crucial to your success. You need to be able to add as many A-players to your team as possible if you want to scale quickly and effectively. But finding those obvious A-Players is [...]
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The person interviewing you is likely harried and overworked, because he needs to hire someone. He may have barely glanced at your résumé and given no thought to your qualifications.
Many interviewers prepare no questions in advance beyond "Tell me about yourself." "They usually just wing it," says Couper.
Interviewers feel obliged to be polite and offer you a drink, but they do not really want to go fetch that cup of tea.
Unless you're a designer or writer, the interviewer does not want you to hand over reports or reference materials.
When you're asked a tough question, the interviewer is usually more interested in seeing how you go about addressing it than in precisely what you end up saying.
The interviewer doesn't want to have to think of another question to ask you. "If you're giving information that's hitting what they need to know, then they're happy," says Couper.
There's a lot of research that demonstrates that looks do matter, Couper says. What should an unattractive job seeker do? "Plastic surgery," he deadpans.
What they really want: your willingness to toil away at the same job happily and indefinitely.
Frequently hiring managers just go through the motions of interviewing candidates after having picked an inside applicant or someone with a personal connection to the company.
Couper himself says he's hired less qualified but friendlier applicants over more talented job seekers who seemed they might be difficult to get along with.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:06:00 -0400California's high taxes and aggressive tax enforcement are legendary. But tax disputes in California can have a few silver linings.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400Often misunderstood, growth hacking can enable you to quickly grow your business.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400Neurobehavioral disorders are notoriously tricky for drug developers. The underlying biology of diseases like schizophrenia, autism, and addiction often isn’t well understood. Multiple complicating factors, genetic and environmental, are at work. Placebo effects of treatments can run high. Not to be deterred, Arch Venture Partners, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and a [...]
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:50:00 -0400Facebook Provision 40.3% - Paid 4.4% Facebook reported $6.2 billion in pretax income and an "income tax expense" of $2.5 billion - 40.3%. It actually paid $273 million - 4.4%. The dramatic spread between the provision and the amount paid is the tax effect of stock compensation of $1.7 billion that does not run through the income statement. Facebook has $2.7 billion in federal net operating loss carryovers. I think that it is likely that Facebook, at least since it went public, has never actually paid any federal income tax, in spite of substantial provisions. Facebook provides the best case for "income tax expense"being "a made up number". In a case like this "income tax expense" really has almost nothing to do with what might actually be paid, ever.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:13:00 -0400Iron Chef Masuharu Morimoto is finally joining other celebrity chefs in Las Vegas. But if he were starting out now, he might plan his career a different way.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:13:00 -0400Founder, Caviar
Chef, Adam Catering
Worked a two-year stint at Gramercy Tavern before starting his own private catering company. His clients range from royal families and high-ranking government officials, to some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment. This year, carrying his mantra of "everyday food," he'll be launching a new healthy and affordable food delivery service in New York.
Master taster, Woodford Reserve
Despite having no background in spirits of any kind, Barnes is bucking industry conventions and making her own path. She puts her chemical engineering degree to use every day on the job, relying on science to craft her bourbon, and is the chosen protégé to become Woodford Reserve’s next Master Distiller.
Head of nutrition, Jawbone
The Swiss-born Stanford graduate lead the food release at Jawbone, bringing simple and intuitive eating advice to millions of wearable tech users. "In a world where most people say eating healthy is more complex than doing their taxes," says Laura, "simplicity is the way forward."
Cofounder, PILOT R&D
Using his background in biochemistry and love for food, Ali is a culinary scientist who has collaborated with the likes of the Thomas Keller Group, Bar Tartine and Benu. In 2014, he launched Pilot R+D, a consultancy and food think tank that will help everyone from high profile chefs to restaurant start-ups develop new cooking techniques and refine their food.
Author, "Good and Cheap"
After receiving a Masters Degree in Food Studies from New York University, Leanne Brown wrote Good and Cheap, a bookstore-quality cookbook, for people with limited income. Inspired by TOMS Shoes, Brown sells the books[...]