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Journalism (jour•nal•ism, noun):
1. the work of reporting, writing and editing information, seeking accuracy and fairness.

Opinion (o•pin•ion, noun):
1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
2. most of the internet

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More Belushi, Less Bezos

Last modified on 2017-11-29 01:56:25 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Ali KImprovhan is a corporate ninja. He has a black belt in Lean Six Sigma, an amalgam of two hyper-methodical management systems developed by Toyota and Motorola. Khan is all in. To get his belt, he had to pass 13 exams proving he could read a Pareto chart and use Kanban analysis. As a director at Sun Life Financial in Toronto, he teaches the stuff. But he recently had his mind blown by another, more unusual corporate tool: improvisational theater.

A Rocket Among Zombies

Last modified on 2017-02-14 01:14:34 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

ChaninStarting an exchange-traded mutual fund is a little like launching a rocket. There are lots of different contractors and regulations. And there are plenty of crashes. Andrew Chanin, the 30-year-old founder of New York–based PureFunds, watched two of his first three ETFs fail before reaching Earth orbit. They liquidated because they couldn’t gather enough assets to cover even his salary. Then he launched his Sputnik.

Jello Shots for Partiers, Patients

Last modified on 2015-07-31 21:31:13 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

JevoTo Jeff Jetton, the four hours it takes to make Jello shots is an eternity—and an opportunity. Bars love selling the jiggly, boozy confections because they’re money makers. But no bartender or sous-chef likes boiling water, mixing the powder, adding the booze, and…waiting. And making more at midnight after you sell out isn’t an option, so you end up leaving money in partiers’ pockets. Enter: the Jevo!

Oil Field Cage Fight

Last modified on 2015-07-28 23:54:32 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

IMG_0451The Ghawar oil field in Saudi Arabia and the Bakken in North Dakota were both discovered around 1950. One didn’t produce much, until wildcatters figured out how to frack deep rock. Now, the fate of the two fields could be what determines oil prices for a generation.

One Word: “Compliance”

Last modified on 2015-06-25 22:57:31 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

ComplianceTo hear Jamie Dimon tell it, regulation and the cost of compliance are becoming a threat to the American dream. “In the old days, you dealt with one regulator when you had an issue, maybe two,” the JPMorgan Chase CEO said in January. “Now, it’s five or six. It makes it very difficult and very complicated. You all should ask the question about how American that is.” Several tax brackets down from Dimon, Justin “the Compliance Guru” Hall is betting that Dimon’s scourge will, by contrast, ensure his own upward mobility. Hall, 28, is a compliance officer at Charles Schwab Corp.’s retail bank.

Keep Up the Intensity

Last modified on 2015-10-13 18:40:40 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Curtis_ThumbFor fun, Curtis Macnguyen likes to run along the seafloor in 15 feet of water, carrying a boulder. He does it offshore from his house on the blue-watered Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, not far from similar spreads owned by Michael Dell and buyout kingpin George Roberts. Macnguyen, 46, is a hedge fund manager. An old-school hedge fund manager. His methods are what you’d expect from a guy who carries rocks underwater: lots of hard work, almost no big sprints, and steady progress, all under pressure.

Money Formulas

Last modified on 2017-05-18 20:14:56 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Few peRobot_Thumbople have profited more from the so-called smart-beta craze than Tom Dorsey. A new exchange-traded fund that he runs using a century-old charting method took in $1.2 billion last year. Then, in January, he sold his 22-person investment firm for $225 million. The key in money management these days is to encode your methods in an algorithm, and then promise fealty to it come hell or bear markets.

Zero-Commission Trading on iPhones: What Would Buffett Do?

Last modified on 2017-11-29 02:10:24 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

The pitcRobinhood Capturehman for Robinhood, the no-fee stock brokerage, looks a little like actor Seth Rogen: bearded, chubby, and possibly stoned. In the company’s 80-second online ads, he takes aim at millennials, assuring them that they don’t much cash to triumph in the stock market.

Nigel Jaquiss, Oregon’s One-Man Fourth Estate

Last modified on 2017-05-18 20:16:39 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

The reJaquisssignation of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber on Friday is another pelt on the wall for Nigel Jaquiss, a Goldman Sachs oil trader turned muck-raking journalist. Jaquiss, 52, works at Willamette Week, the free alternative weekly in Portland where he reported on allegations of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s influence peddling. From that modest perch, Jaquiss also won a Pulitzer Prize, in 2005, for exposing long-hidden sexual assault by former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, the godfather of Oregon politics.

No Photos, Please

Last modified on 2017-11-29 02:14:56 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

ChaseIt’s hard to hide if you’re a hedge-fund billionaire in this gilded age. You get ranked by your returns, stalked by paparazzi and, if you end up in a nasty divorce, worked over by the New York Post. But search for a photo of some of the biggest names in the business, and you’ll find almost nothing.

Smart People, Dumb Things

Last modified on 2017-11-29 02:16:54 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

HF_2014_ThumbBrett Jefferson told his 5-year-old son this about Wall Street recently: “Never will you find a place where so many smart people do so many stupid things.” That’s a good thing for Jefferson, 49. He’s been profiting from bankers’ blunders for more than a decade. His hedge-fund, Hildene Capital Management, vacuums up complex securities when others are shunning them as toxic junk. He makes money when the panic subsides and animal spirits return.

Death Becomes Them

Last modified on 2017-11-29 02:20:18 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Elvis PreJackson_Thumbnailsley boasts 12.4 million “likes” on Facebook and 187,000 followers on Twitter. He just released a duet with Barbra Streisand. And that’s just the beginning for the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and other long-dead celebrities. Reviving a corpse from a cryogenic deep freeze is still the stuff of science fiction — and even Madonna is unlikely to be entombed like Lenin when she dies — but every other promotion is possible. Jamie Salter, the branding guru who owns a majority of Elvis’s estate, is planning a “live” show in Las Vegas with Presley appearing as a hologram.

Bitcoin for the Rest of Us

Last modified on 2017-11-29 02:24:20 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Coinbase_ThumbBrian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam certainly look like the kind of guys who could help bitcoin recover from its wild years. They are tall and textbook fit, and as poised as Swiss bankers — Vulcan Swiss bankers. Armstrong, 31, a former software engineer at Airbnb Inc., shaves his head. Ehrsam, 26, a former foreign-exchange trader at Goldman Sachs, keeps his hair short and very much in place. When they discuss bitcoin, they rarely smile. Their seriousness is understandable. Armstrong and Ehrsam are the founders of a startup called Coinbase, whose mission is to convince everyone that bitcoin isn’t an Internet scam or a libertarian plot against the government. Rather, it’s the best thing to happen to money since the Lydians started minting coins sometime in the seventh century B.C. (here is what Marc Andreessen says about bitcoin, and here is a panel discussion on the subject).

Your Career as a Loss Leader

Last modified on 2017-11-29 02:25:51 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Talk_Ain't_CheapThe day after Belgium defeated the U.S. in the World Cup in July, the losing team’s 35-year-old goalie dominated the news, heralded as a hero for his record-breaking 16 saves. Carlton Sedgeley, who has represented paid public speakers for almost five decades at his New York-based Royce Carlton Inc., watched Tim Howard on TV that day and had one thought: The footballer could ride his 120 minutes of valor to lucrative speaking gigs for the next 12 months. In an unexpected twist in this age of digital dominance, folks are willing to pay big bucks for analog, human contact.

Ganja Gear Financier, David Weiner

Last modified on 2017-11-29 02:27:07 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

DUp_In_Smoke_Captureavid Weiner, a former consultant for Deloitte & Touche, became a pot impresario, backing at least two cannabis companies: one that sells soil and chemicals, and another that makes vaporizers. He structured his investments to make money even if the companies never caught fire.

Meditate and Grow Rich

Last modified on 2017-11-29 02:29:55 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Meditation_CaptureWhen the markets took a dive in late January, hedge-fund manager David Ford kept his cool. As prices dropped, he overcame the impulse to flee with the rest of the herd and, instead, bought more bonds. Ford credits his serenity to experience — and to the 20 minutes he spends in his pajamas each morning repeating a meaningless mantra bestowed on him by a teacher of Transcendental Meditation two years ago.

Double-Wide Returns

Last modified on 2017-11-29 02:30:28 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Trailer_ThumbnailWhen Dan Weissman worked at Goldman Sachs and, later, at a hedge fund, he didn’t have to worry about meth addicts chasing his employees with metal pipes. Or SWAT teams barging into his workplace looking for arsonists. Both things have happened since he left Wall Street and bought five mobile home parks: four in Texas and one in Indiana. Yet he’s never been so relaxed in his life.

Go Ahead, Add that $40,000 Jeff Koons to Your Cart

Last modified on 2017-11-29 02:31:50 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Amazon_ThumbnailSo, you’re ready to replace that poster from the Montreal Jazz Fest but hate the idea of going into a gallery hawking “the next Andy Warhol”? Jeff Bezos has the answer: Amazon Art. You can pick pieces by artist, price and even, God forbid, color.

Spend $20,000 to Kill Yourself, and $5,000 to Save Your Life

Last modified on 2017-11-29 02:33:29 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Moto_ThumbnailDavid Hanig knows about crashing things. While house-sitting in 1998, he drove his rich uncle’s Ferrari 348 TS sports car over an embankment and into the Connecticut woods, Ferris Bueller–style. Now, as a motorcycle racer, crashing is part of the deal, and he’s ready for it with a $5,000 leather suit.