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How Naval Ravikant Risked It All To Pull The Veil Back on Venture Capital

Ondi Timoner | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Ondi Timoner

Most young startups with an innovative platform or disruptive idea face the same challenge on their path to success: Navigating the murky waters of S...

Newspaper Headlines, for Once, Capture Nearly All

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 11.29.2013 | Media
Mohamed A. El-Erian

It is not often that a daily newspaper is able, in just one edition, to capture so many previously-unlikely domestic developments.

CA Bill Would Let Undocumented Immigrants Practice Law

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices

Sergio Garcia’s fight to obtain a California law license despite his undocumented immigrant status has reached the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown through ...

The World Needs You to Come Alive

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

I think of all my passionate, socially conscious peers who are doing data entry in a cubicle or working at a bank, and wonder what happened to their passion to change the world, to help others. I'll go ahead and take a guess: fear.

A Real War on Poverty

Nelson Davis | Posted 11.23.2013 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

Areal escape from the box labeled poverty requires several fundamentals and they all involve entrepreneurial thinking.

American Dream No More

Gregoris Kalai | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Gregoris Kalai

Most Americans spend a good chunk of their lives busy paying dues (in both dollars and years) to institutions that were supposed to make their lives better, and often do not realize how they inadvertently have not.

Reimagining the American Dream

James Michael Angelo | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
James Michael Angelo

I had everything I thought I wanted: a thriving career, a corporate American Express card, a boyfriend, a dog and an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But I was still running from the feeling of never being good enough. Eventually I cracked.

The Half-Forgotten Student Debt Crisis

David Coates | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Higher education costs are not soaring out of control. What is changing is the politically-charged matter of who should bear the cost -- the general taxpayer or the individual student. There is a policy choice tucked away here behind the overall numbers, and a rather ugly one at that.

Encouraging Citizenship: A Win-Win for Businesses, Their Employees and Our Economy

Ali Noorani | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Ali Noorani

On this Citizenship Day, we must recognize the many benefits citizenship brings to immigrants and to our country. We are a better place when immigrants follow through, become citizens and become fully accountable in our American democracy.

What Is American?

Ryan Banfill | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Ryan Banfill

When I was in high school, a fellow teenager asked me, "Why do you speak all proper and s*%t?" I have watched people stare at me as they tried to get to the courage to ask me, "What are you?" Incidentally, it's that same question my children get asked even today.

How You Can Actually Look Forward to Mondays (No, Really)

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Are you mopey on Sunday nights because you dread going to work the next day? If you've lost the passion for your job and feel like you are in a professional rut, it's time to take stock and assess what you really want out of your career.

It's a Soap Opera Running an Airbnb With My Thrifty New England Husband

Cynthia Dill | Posted 11.13.2013 | Women
Cynthia Dill

No one likes to lose and nobody wants their losses hung out to dry. Last November, I did both when I ran for the United States Senate. It wasn't just losing the election. That was no surprise. It was losing by so much. The magnitude was sobering.

Laurie Erdman: How Do We Create More Prosperity?

Laurie Erdman | Posted 11.09.2013 | Business
Laurie Erdman

I believe the American Dream of prosperity is not lost, yet it's been shrouded in "rugged individualism" gone awry. Prosperity is not found in every man or woman for themselves, fighting over the sales items at Ross.

The New American Dream: It's Not What You Think

Adam Levin | Posted 11.06.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

A great number of Americans are redefining the American Dream. That was the takeaway from a recent Credit.com poll, which showed that nearly one in four people between the ages of 18 and 24 defined the American Dream as being debt-free. Shockingly, that's more than those who dream of owning a home.

Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage Now

Ben Mangan | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Ben Mangan

This notion that opportunity should follow hard work is at the heart of the American economic ethos. While I believe in the power of markets, I also believe that the current minimum wage fails to meet a basic standard of reasonableness, and violates American values.

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

The March Was Only a Beginning: Measuring Dr. King's Dream

Ben Hecht | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Hecht

Today, we broadly acknowledge that our diversity is one of our nation's greatest assets. But the full name for the 1963 event was "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." And, examined through that lens, measuring progress on achieving Dr. King's dream becomes much more complex.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress

Lauri Lyons | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Lauri Lyons

MLK's most daring acts of faith were his strategical acts of nonviolence. His stance to fight physical power with soul power, was and still is, a radical choice of weapons.

Dr. King's Dream and the Latino Community: 50 Years Later

Janet Murguía | Posted 10.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

We have a broken immigration system that has failed them and has failed us as a country. I hope Congress will heed the calls this weekend that true justice includes enacting comprehensive immigration reform.

Grading Colleges on Access to the American Dream

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

America cannot afford to return to the days when only the scions of the wealthiest could attend college. The nation is most prosperous when prosperity is most shared.

Broken Dreams and Bad Promises

Lisa Longo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Everything is connected. We can all agree on that can't we? For each and every action there is an equal, and equally important, reaction. This realiza...

Why I Support Compassionate, Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Moises Serrano | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Moises Serrano

I came to the United States when I was eighteen months old. As I moved through public school, I knew that I was different from my classmates -- not only was I hiding that I was an undocumented immigrant, but I was also hiding the fact that I was gay.

We Can Close the Gap Between the American Dream and Reality

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 10.17.2013 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

With political will, America has the ability to promote high and inclusive economic growth, create sustainable jobs, enhance productive opportunities for its citizens, improve public services, and arrest the type of inequality that silently eats away at social integrity and cohesion.

The Indentured Future

Steve Cinelli | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
Steve Cinelli

Red has become the new black as debt provides a temporal increase in consumption, while transferring appreciation from labor to the capital side of the economy. Have we created an environment of investment or indenture?

American Dreams Come True

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Parwiz Abrahimi is a brilliant, good-humored grad student at Yale who hopes to break new ground in science and medicine. It can be surprising to learn that when he was a toddler, however, his family was struggling simply to stay alive in Afghanistan.