Why Is Hillary Getting Killed So Far?

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(This post originally appeared on Inc.)

Hillary Clinton is experienced, smart, well-funded and hard-working. She’s running a business in the guise of a Presidential campaign. But she’s got a huge problem: She’s getting beaten (so far) by a grumpy old socialist, of all things. She barely squeaked out a win in Iowa, is projected to lose in New Hampshire and is now running even in the national polls. And did I mention her opponent is a grumpy old socialist? As a leader in charge of a multi-million dollar organization that employs thousands she’s getting killed so far. Why?

“A leader is a dealer in hope.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

She isn’t communicating her vision. Read More…

Who Gets New Hampshire’s Small Business Vote?

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(This post originally appeared on Fox Business)

The New Hampshire primaries are only a day away. And in a state with approximately 800,000 voters, one block in particular will have a significant effect on the results for both parties: the tens of thousands of small business owners – and the hundreds of thousands of people who work for them (according to the Census Bureau). What are they thinking as they head to the voting booths Tuesday?

The issues they face certainly aren’t new. A slow growing-economy is a recurring theme. Read More…

5 Biggest Things In Tech You Missed This Week: 2/6/16

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(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things that happened in the world of technology this past week and why they’re important for your business (and mine). Did you miss them?

1 – Microsoft MSFT -3.52% will be enabling Yammer by default for all eligible Office 365 commercial customers.

From VentureBeat: For end users, this degree of integration will allow people to open up Yammer from the Office 365 app launcher, or from SharePoint — and eventually from Delve and Skype Broadcast as well, Microsoft Office corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer wrote in a blog post. And later on in the first half of 2016, Microsoft will integrate Yammer with Office 365 Groups, which will make it easy to go from Yammer to, say, OneDrive or the Outlook calendar.

Why this is important for your business: Read More…

The Very Big Thing That’s Missing from the President’s New 401(K) Proposals

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(This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post)

Carl’s company (a real client of mine with names changed) designs custom furniture. He has about 25 employees. It’s a family business that he took over from his dad more than twenty years ago. Carl has a 401(K) retirement plan for his employees. It’s been in place for years.

Sure, it’s a cost–but it’s not that significant. At the time Carl spent under a thousand bucks to get it setup (many good financial services firms from Vanguardto Capital One to Fidelity) will do this for a nominal charge, and some are even known to waive setup fees in certain cases. 401K plans have become cookie cutter with standard investment choices and agreements drawn from long used templates. Carl pays about a hundred bucks a month for administrative fees. He also has a matching program, which is completely discretionary and based on the company’s profits. The plan is open for all to join. Unfortunately, less than half of his employees participate.

Why is this? Read More…

It’s Not Just Uber That Profits From Surge Pricing

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(This post originally appeared on Entrepreneur)

Did you hear about the woman this week who “almost passed out” after being charged $640 (instead of the normal $50-$70) by Uber for a 30 minute cab ride to the airport? Welcome to surge pricing! Are you familiar with this practice? It’s become part of our vernacular, thanks to Uber.

People think it’s a new thing, but it’s really not.

Surge pricing, in case you haven’t heard of it, is Uber’s practice of adjusting its prices based on demand and other factors. Like our airport customer above, and like a friend of mine from the Bay area who had a similar experience last New Year’s Eve when he booked a ride home from a restaurant only to find out he was to be charged more than three times Uber’s normal fare. Read More…

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