Category: Small Business

$8M In Two Weeks: The Inside Story Of The Largest, Crowdfunded Series A Round Of All Time

$8M In Two Weeks: The Inside Story Of The Largest, Crowdfunded Series A Round Of All Time

This story appears in the March 4, 2013 issue of Forbes. Tom Serres faced a choice. The 30-year-old CEO of Rally.org–a three-year-old fundraising website for nonprofits, political campaigns and other causes–had just raised $3.5 million...

Shopping For a Soul Mate? Stores Host Dating Events This Valentine’s Season

Shopping For a Soul Mate? Stores Host Dating Events This Valentine’s Season

The supposed appeal of dating events is that they offer opportunities to meet people without having to approach a stranger in the supermarket and make flirty small talk over a display of peanut butter....

Fuel Your 401(k) with the Secrets of Behavioral Finance

Fuel Your 401(k) with the Secrets of Behavioral Finance

I used to be the prototypical bad investor. I paid far too much attention to financial news. I bought and sold on a weekly basis (sometimes daily). I chased hot stocks. I panicked and...

So What Are the Real Chances There’s a Mistake in Your Credit Report?

So What Are the Real Chances There’s a Mistake in Your Credit Report?

A comprehensive study of consumer credit reports by the Federal Trade Commission found that the accuracy of consumers’ credit files is better than some surveys had indicated, but worse than the industry has claimed....

Why Consumers Just Don’t Feel the Love for Valentine’s Day

Why Consumers Just Don’t Feel the Love for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a pale, pink shadow of its former self. Once associated with throbbing red passion and romance, today it’s more likely to elicit a sense of obligation, dread, or apathy. The annual...

How Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion Will Increase Health Insurance Premiums for Everyone Else

How Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion Will Increase Health Insurance Premiums for Everyone Else

  Ohio Governor John Kasich (R). English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Earlier this week, Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, announced that his budget would endorse Obamacare’s dramatic expansion of Medicaid, America’s deeply flawed, money-losing health...

Court Decision Gives Lenders A Headache, Borrowers An Ace In The Hole

Court Decision Gives Lenders A Headache, Borrowers An Ace In The Hole

Or not. (Photo credit: Philip Taylor PT) A recent decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals gives borrowers an indefinite period to rescind their home-equity loans, complicating life for lenders and setting up...

3 Big Ideas to Steal From Netflix

3 Big Ideas to Steal From Netflix

Netflix has made controversial headlines recently after releasing all 13 episodes of its new original series “House of Cards” at one time. Hollywood and Wall Street surely are watching to see if the bold...

Bad Driver? That’s OK — If You’re Rich

Bad Driver? That’s OK — If You’re Rich

In its new study of car insurance rates, the Consumer Federation of America reports that lower-income people pay higher premiums, even if their driving is better than that of their rich neighbors. The report,...

Get Well Sooner—And Cheaper: Two Medical Insiders Pull Back The Curtain on the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Get Well Sooner—And Cheaper: Two Medical Insiders Pull Back The Curtain on the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Healthcare spending dominates U.S. political and economic debate these days, for good reason. The rising cost of medical care isn’t simply a threat to our nation’s fiscal health. It is also, in the minds...