Starting your own company is a rewarding yet scary experience. You have no idea if your idea is going to be a success or when you will start to draw a salary from your company. But the risks don’t end there. Macro economic headwinds might seem abstract, but things can go quickly wrong when you are at the helm of a fledgling company. So what are some of the bigger risks to consider as the owner of a start-up company?
Interest on the minuscule loans made by microfinance outfits has always been high, but over the past few years it has become even higher. A recent paper, using data on over 1,500 microfinance institutions (MFIs) from around the world, shows that for the smallest loans, typically less than $150, the average rate climbed steadily from 30% in 2004 to 35% in 2011.*
For decades, both parties supplanted a push for higher wages with well-intended public aid. The result: calamity
2013 is the year many Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor. It turns out it’s also the crisis of the welfare poor. That’s tough for us: Americans notoriously hate welfare, unless it’s called something else and/or benefits us personally. We think it’s for slackers and moochers and people who won’t pull their weight.
In June 2009, the last auto plant in Detroit was idle, mausoleum-quiet and a symbol of failure. Weeds had grown three-feet tall around Chrysler's sprawling Jeep factory at the desolate crossroads of Jefferson and Conner as the company went dark during bankruptcy. Among the bills the near-dead automaker couldn't afford to pay: lawn service.
· Problem: World Toilet Day promotes the belief that we can solve the sanitation crisis by simply building more toilets across the developing world. But despite building more toilets, sanitation is the most off-track Millennium Development Goal.
· Barrier to Progress: Organizations must rethink sanitation and the solutions to this global crisis.
The deal that helped one of the poorest nations raise $850 million and bond investors lock in rates three times higher than U.S. Treasuries is also spurring concern some of the money isn’t going where the buyers -- and one of the underwriters -- expected.
OpenCongress brings together official, congressional data and allows anyone to track how a bill becomes a law, the voting records of elected officials and more. Major features of OpenCongress include:
Ron Baker: I have had the privilege of posing this question—Who’s in charge of value in your organization?—to thousands of leaders around the world. I’m usually met with a momentary staring ovation, and then someone will inevitably shout out, “Everyone!”