Former Google career coach: Forget finding your passion—do this instead

The ubiquitous advice to “follow your passion” is well-intentioned but not very helpful, said Jenny Blake, the co-creator of Google‘s career development mentorship program, in a recent CNBC article. If you’re frustrated and not sure what you should be doing with your life, she says you may be thinking about work all wrong. “For some, the…

The power couple that wants to upgrade your selfie game

Many first dates end up going nowhere. But for Jordan and Emily Edelson, dinner and drinks led not only to a marriage — but also a successful business partnership. Last year, the pair co-founded an app called Chic Sketch, a cross between an Instagram-type platform, a guild of fashion illustrators and an on-demand purchasing app…

5 design hacks to make your office beautiful

Furnishing an office or start-up space can be expensive, tiring and even boring. But entrepreneurs can get creative and savvy when it comes to building a workspace. To make your office look and feel bigger and brighter than it is, follow these five tips. Use home-style furniture Who says sofas and comfy chairs have to…

Ghosted after an interview?

It’s becoming more common. It goes something like this: Two people meet in person, on the phone or via email. Things seem to be going well, but then one person vanishes (like a ghost) with no communication of any kind to the other person. Career experts say that ghosting is becoming a bigger problem for…

Former Lehman CFO Erin Callan Montella shares her story

She was one of the most important people on Wall Street — one of the top women in the entire financial world. But when Lehman fell in 2008, the bank’s former chief financial officer, Erin Callan Montella, was dragged down, too. Currently, the ex-Wall Streeter is warning women against the dangers of putting career success…

Entrepreneurs: 4 ways to slash debt for good

Being an entrepreneur takes extreme determination and bold decisions. These same traits can be critical weapons in winning the battle against debt. If you’re an entrepreneur who’s worried about debt — whether it’s $5,000 or upward of $100,000 — now is the time to act to cut back. These four tips from financial experts and entrepreneurs…

The $50,000 impact of pre-K

  As much as preschool is about giving young children a head start in learning, it’s also about economics. For New York City, one of the country’s largest and most racially segregated school districts, the start of free preschool for all 4-year-olds has major financial implications moving forward — and some working parents are already…

$100 billion later, Afghanistan on the brink

Afghanistan’s economy is worsening and its security deteriorating despite more than a decade of U.S.-led reconstruction efforts and more than $100 billion poured into the country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an independent oversight agency created by Congress in 2008. The agency’s investigation, conducted between October and December of last year,…

The Book Industry Narrative For 2015? It’s Complicated

Of the 88 years that New York City’s iconic independent bookseller Strand Bookstore has been open, 2015 was its highest year ever for revenue. The bookstore’s aisles have been crowded over the past 12 months and they are packed to capacity this week, the peak of the holiday season. “We haven’t been able to keep some of the books…

Muslim Rap Duo Challenges Prejudice

 11/20/15 Days before the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, two young Muslim rappers who go by the name Deen Squad released the song “Muslim Man.” The music video features the duo riding on SwegWays while rapping and holding signs that read “No, I’m not a terrorist.” Deen Squad members Jae Deen and Karter Zaher asked their…