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Emily Peck

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The Internet Is Too Dumb to Know There's a Snow Boot Shortage and I Feel Sad

(8) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 11:52 AM

The Internet is smart enough to know I desperately want to buy snow boots, but too stupid to realize the web is pretty much sold out of snow boots by now.

This is the story of marketing clickbait gone wrong.

It began last week. I was tired of...

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WSJ Defends Paranoid Rich Guy, Naturally

(2163) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 7:58 AM

The Wall Street Journal's editorial page has come out swinging in defense of Tom Perkins, the 82-year-old venture capitalist who compared what he called the persecution of the rich in America to the persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany.

Perkins, who co-founded the firm Kleiner...

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The Last Great Class Equalizer In New York Faces A Tech Threat

(18) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 7:31 AM

BROOKLYN, NY -- Here in New York City, where rising income inequality lets the super-rich frolic while the super-poor despair, laundry is one of the few remaining class equalizers.

In much of the U.S., the average middle-class family has a home with a washer and...

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Evan Williams Is The Biggest Winner Of The Twitter IPO. He Doesn't Even Work There

(66) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 6:52 PM

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams might become a billionaire after all.

On Thursday, Twitter unveiled its plans to go public, giving us a peek at its finances in a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

One of the most-anticipated details within that document: Who holds...

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Google Just Turned 15! Its Homepage Still Basically Looks The Same

(26) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 1:25 PM

On Sept. 4, 1998, two young 20-somethings filed to incorporate their tiny Silicon Valley company.

That company was called Google and co-founders Larry Page, then 22 years old, and Sergey Brin, 21 (!), operated it out of a garage in Menlo Park....

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Valerie Jarrett, White House Senior Adviser, Offers 2 Key Pieces Of Advice On Working Smarter

(6) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 2:42 PM

NEW YORK -- Years ago, Valerie Jarrett was at a meeting with her then-boss, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and all she could think about was getting to a Halloween parade to see her daughter. When Daley asked Jarrett, who is now a White House senior adviser, what she was...

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Ce qui se passe vraiment dans les toilettes des femmes

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 9:30 AM

On est toutes censées être terrorisées à l'idée de faire caca au travail.

Voilà la morale de l'histoire publiée par le Daily Beast et écrite par Laura Dimon qui affirme que les toilettes du bureau sont l'endroit où l'angoisse des femmes vis-à-vis de leur corps est la plus...

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Here's What Really Happens In The Women's Bathroom

(571) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 3:29 PM

Allegedly we're all desperately afraid to poop in the ladies' room.

That's the point of a real story published by the Daily Beast and written by Laura Dimon, who claims that the ladies' room is where female anxieties about our bodies become most acute. The bathroom at work...

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Reinhart And Rogoff In NYT Op-Ed Aggressively Defend Error-Plagued Research

(1218) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 11:05 AM

While a barrage of searing political criticism is certainly making them feel terrible, Kenneth S. Rogoff and Carmen M. Reinhart are not backing away from austerity.

The controversial Harvard economists and champions of austerity took to the pages of the New York Times on Friday in two essays...

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Erin Callan, Lehman Brothers' Former CFO Feels Guilty, But Not For The Reason You'd Imagine

(42) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Erin Callan feels awful about all the time she spent working to get to the top of the corporate ladder. And who in her position wouldn't? Callan was chief financial officer at Lehman Brothers when the firm collapsed in 2008 and set off a global economic crisis.


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The Harsh Reality Of Flexible Work Schedules

(189) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 10:09 AM

Guys, workplace flexibility isn't just a chick thing and until everyone gets on the same page about that, using so-called flex-time could actually do some damage to your paycheck and career.

Mitt Romney didn't do women -- or men -- any favors Tuesday night when he boasted that offering his...

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The Choice Obama (And My 4-Year-Old Son) Won't Make

(17) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 4:59 PM

President Barack Obama and my son have something amazing in common. It takes them almost no time at all to get dressed. I wish I could say the same for myself.

This is no trivial matter. Spending little or no time deciding what to wear, or what to eat,...

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Steven Cohen Built Screen Machine Industries With More Than $2 Million In Government Contracts

(800) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 11:42 AM

Yes, you built it, but the U.S. government helped.

On Wednesday, yet another small business owner trotted out at the Republican National Convention as a spokesperson for the party's "We Built It" campaign was revealed to have benefited from federal funds.

MediaMatters reports that Steven Cohen, the president of an...

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Tootsie Roll Industries' 5 Lessons For Small Business

(4) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 12:10 PM

A lot of the lessons America's larger companies have to offer aren't that helpful to budding entrepreneurs. Sure, small companies would love to offer all their employees free lunch to boost morale (Google, Yahoo) or make splashy acquisitions to get attention. But spending lots of dough often isn't...

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Bad Bosses Twice As Likely To Leave Their Job: Report

(25) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 10:22 AM

Bad bosses take note! You won't last.

That's one comforting conclusion from "The Value of Bosses," a new working paper from three business school professors who set out to quantify the effect supervisors actually have on their workers.

Economic theory hasn't carefully scrutinized the impact of the...

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Knocked Up And Afraid Of Your Boss? Don't Be

(44) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 5:55 PM

A few years ago, I desperately needed a raise and only had a few months to get one, or so I thought.

Just a few weeks pregnant with my second child, I was giddily expecting a new baby but deeply worried about the cost. Bankrolling my husband and 2-year-old son...

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Citigroup, Other Big Banks Didn't Learn Much From The Financial Crisis, New Report Suggests

(222) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 8:28 AM

What did big banks learn after the mammoth bailouts of the financial crisis?

Why, not that much it seems. That's one powerful takeaway from Bloomberg reporter Bob Ivry's tale of a whistleblower awarded $31 million for exposing widespread fraud at Citibank's mortgage unit. The wrongdoing, which

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My Kids Will Cost Me Close to a Million Dollars and Other Financial Catastrophes

(138) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 11:00 PM


That's me and my son Noah a couple of years ago.

I brown-bag my lunch and wear hand-me-down shoes. Last week, caught outside in a rainstorm, I decided not to buy an umbrella. The weather would clear up soon, I reasoned. Besides, you don't...

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National Mortgage Settlement: States, Big Banks Reach $25 Billion Deal [UPDATE]

(2151) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 9:00 AM

The U.S. government announced Thursday a $25 billion settlement with five of the nation's largest banks over charges of systemic and widespread mortgage fraud, in what is being billed as the largest-ever deal on such charges.

The settlement could potentially help more than 1 million struggling homeowners, according to government...

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