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Waste Lands: America’s forgotten nuclear legacy

Waste Lands: America’s forgotten nuclear legacy

Published by The Wall Street Journal for WSJ.com and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize

During the build-up to the Cold War, the U.S. government called upon hundreds of factories and research centers to help develop nuclear weapons and other forms of atomic energy. At many sites, this work left behind residual radioactive contamination requiring government cleanups, some of which are still going on. The Department of Energy says it has protected the public health, and studies about radiation harm aren’t definitive. But with the government's own records about many of the sites Read more...

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Using Delays to Your Advantage: Lessons From the Launch of Gesture-Controlled Gadget Myo

Using Delays to Your Advantage: Lessons From the Launch of Gesture-Controlled Gadget Myo

Published by Entrepreneur.com

Gadget fans can't wait to get their hands on Myo, an armband that controls PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, videogames, toy drones, music and various software programs through simple hand gestures. To outsiders, its creator Thalmic Labs seems like the textbook definition of a successful startup: Y Combinator alum, 30,000 pre-orders secured and $14.5 million raised from investors – all before its Myo officially launches this September. But during an exclusive tour of Thalmic Labs' research Read more...

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Are You Really a ‘Social Entrepreneur’?

Are You Really a ‘Social Entrepreneur’?

Published by Inc.com

Your business helps society, so you should call yourself a social entrepreneur, right? Ask Bill Drayton--the man who coined the phrase. While he didn't spawn the movement, Bill Drayton has been called the godfather of social entrepreneurship and first coined the phrase "social entrepreneur" in writing more than 40 years ago. Since then, he has led a multi-generational effort to do good in society by starting and running Ashoka, which provides startup financing and support services to a network Read more...

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How to Hire the Homeless–Without Exploiting Them

How to Hire the Homeless–Without Exploiting Them

Published by Inc.com

It's the kind of topic that makes many business owners uneasy: How do you hire someone who's homeless without feeling like a sleaze? Plenty of companies and nonprofits have already gone through the process, and more are expected to follow now that states such as Utah provide tax credits to businesses that employ people who are homeless. But there are certain things to keep in mind... Click here to read the rest of this article. -Neil Parmar Published in Inc.com Read more...

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Social Enterprises Have a Hard Time Landing Capital

Social Enterprises Have a Hard Time Landing Capital

Published by The Wall Street Journal

Social enterprises are getting a hard lesson in the realities of doing business. In recent years, more startups have appeared that aim to do traditional nonprofit jobs—such as training the homeless or providing services for the sick—while trying to make money. They think that going for-profit allows them to compete more aggressively for talent, shake off the control of big donors and move more nimbly than traditional charities. But as these small ventures try to scale up, they're having Read more...

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Corporate Courtships: How Social Businesses Can Seal the Deal

Corporate Courtships: How Social Businesses Can Seal the Deal

Published by Entrepreneur.com

There was no shortage of causes to help when Tyler Merrick started a new social business back in 2008, so he decided to tackle seven areas of need: feeding the hungry, healing the sick, housing the homeless, teaching children, quenching the thirsty with clean water, counseling a child of war and planting trees to save the earth. His idea for what became known as Project 7 sounded simple enough—sell everyday, on-the-go products like gum, mint and bottled water then contribute a portion of Read more...

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The Millionaire Residency Visa

The Millionaire Residency Visa

Published by WSJ.Money Magazine

FOR FOREIGNERS, it used to be that hard work and plenty of patience for bureaucratic red tape would garner access into a coveted country. But, these days, sometimes all it takes to grab that golden ticket is achieving multimillionaire status and promising to make a hefty investment in a new homeland. Countries such as the United States, Australia and New Zealand are all embroiled in a global tug-of-war for the wealthy, and each has either rolled out or reauthorized what are known as millionaire Read more...

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You Have a Great Idea. Now What Do You Do?

You Have a Great Idea. Now What Do You Do?

Published by The Wall Street Journal

Want to know a couple of secrets? You don't have to be an entrepreneur to have a great idea for a business. And you don't need to start a business to profit from a great idea. Inspiration can strike anybody—it happens all the time. Someone is struggling with a chore around the house and thinks of a gadget that would be a big help. Or maybe they're rooting around for obscure information online and realize an app could automate the job. The next step is launching a startup, right? Not Read more...

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Legalities: A Global Love Affair

Legalities: A Global Love Affair

Published by WSJ.Money Magazine

LOVE HAS NO BORDERS, of course, which may help explain why it's not just the economy that's gone global. To hear estate and tax planners talk, cross-border marriages are skyrocketing—along with a host of international estate and tax-planning headaches. The issues can indeed get thorny: Can an Australian deduct any business expenses in his home country if he and his wife live in Texas? Is a will written in Spain executable by a spouse in Greece? And don't even start on the thicket of prenup issues. Read more...

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Can Social Entrepreneurship Transform House Sales?

Can Social Entrepreneurship Transform House Sales?

Published by Entrepreneur.com

Can anything make buyers trust real estate agents? A new startup for the housing industry is hoping its service will do just that. Giveback Homes, which launched in August, is a network of real estate agents, home builders, mortgage brokers and interior designers. Members pay $50 each month to get listed on Giveback Homes’ website and receive marketing support. Individuals then decide how much, and how frequently, they want to donate to a good cause—an amount that is typically cut from commissions Read more...

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