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To make it in the Valley, you need to focus on building a diverse team while maintaining roots in your country.

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The EcoTank is reportedly launching in September.

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The company denied reports that it was testing a so-called mobile virtual network operator.

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:14:00 -0500

Facebook, Airbnb and Microsoft announced new plans to hire more women and minorities. More than 90 startups were represented at the event.

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Check out this primer on all the burdens the government will place on your venture.

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:30:00 -0500

Getting all the components of a company working smoothly together first means getting managers on the same wave length.

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Snapchat, which helped popularize the format, says that vertical video ads are nine times more likely to be viewed to completion than their horizontal counterparts.

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The founder of the data analytics company reveals his tips and tricks that helped elevate his startup.

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 05:26:00 -0500

In our first trailer for the Platinum Games developed Scalebound, which is an Xbox One exclusive published by Microsoft, we finally get to see how the game will play. If I’m honest it looks a bit generic.

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 04:19:00 -0500

Nearly every year for eleven years we have taken a pulse of the inside sales industry for both managers and sales reps and asked what their biggest challenges are. About four years ago we stopped taking straw polls and got serious with full time researchers. Our first big study on top challenges [...]

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 03:58:00 -0500

VideoThere’s no denying that Deadpool is one of the most popular characters in comics. That’s especially impressive considering so few comic book characters created after 1990 have ever clawed their way out of obscurity, and yet Deadpool - created by Rob Liefeld in 1991 - has managed to go from [...]

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:24:00 -0500

  We’ve still got another month before the annual software slugfest begins in earnest this fall, but already it’s shaping up to be a very significant season for this console generation. In fact, from now until the end of 2015 is the Xbox One’s best chance to gain ground on the [...]

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:50:00 -0500

Hugh Jackman has launched a line of fair trade coffee with Keurig Green Mountain (Image credit: 2014 Getty Images) Here's one way to make your coffee sweeter: have it served by Wolverine. X-Men star Hugh Jackman has teamed up with Keurig to produce a fair-trade line of coffee--claws not included. As of this [...]

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:50:00 -0500

For the third year in a row, Robert Downey Jr.'s stratospheric $80 million payday is more than any other leading man on the planet, helping Iron Man punch $30 million above Hong Kong hero Jackie Chan's second place haul. Though China may be Chan's cinematic stomping ground, the nation's movie appetite propelled Downey's Avengers: Age of [...]

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:59:00 -0500

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, describes his hiring process this way: I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work directly for that person. Zuckerberg’s comment illustrates an overlooked, yet fundamental, truth about hiring—people are ultimately looking for someone they want [...]

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:54:00 -0500

A young, Boston couple had enough of their 9-5 desk jobs, so they're super-charging their savings to retire to Vermont before their 35th birthdays.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:36:00 -0500

Pakistan has the potential to be a global turnaround story. I recently spent time in-country listening to a wide range of perspectives and I am convinced that U.S. policymakers and business leaders need to look at Pakistan beyond the security lens. Getting our relationship right will require deeper thinking and [...]

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:30:00 -0500

Should you stick or upgrade? My guide to the biggest differences between Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 11:45:00 -0500

Being late is unacceptable. While that sounds harsh, it’s the truth and something that should be said more often. I don’t care whether you’re attending a dinner party, a conference call, or a coffee meeting — your punctuality says a lot about you.

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Small Business Wins in Supreme Court
By Crystal Dallo :: Monday, November 26, 2007 :: 17154 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance

California, USA - Chaldeans are fast learning the importance of legislation and politics and how the two can impact their business bottom line.  The Chaldean Caucus has long banged the drums of needing business savvy politicians from local to federal positions.  In Michigan, the Caucus moved forward in promoting and supporting three Chaldean political hopefuls.  Two of which have extensive business backgrounds. 

The Chaldean Caucus also monitors the judicial bench and the rulings they make that impact business.  The Supreme Court's 2006–2007 term was particularly kind to the small business community. The Chaldean Caucus estimate that at least half of the docket included cases with a substantial business interest. Here's a review of some major decisions for Chaldean small-business owners:

Court Limits Pay Discrimination Claims
A landmark 5–4 decision by the Supreme Court enforced the 180-day time limit for filing a discrimination charge. The case that spurred the decision was Ledbetter v. Goodyear.  The basic question was how many salary reviews a plaintiff could contest within the 180 day window of a discrimination charge after the alleged unlawful employment practice may have occurred.

A number of small business groups and legal foundations filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief supporting Goodyear and warning the court that an employer's ability to tell their story dissipates sharply as time passes. Memories fade; managers quit, retire or die.

The court's determination that there is a limit as to how far back a plaintiff can reach for damages represented an important victory for small businesses.

Limits on Union Dues Are Upheld
Another key constitutional victory was upheld when the court ruled that a Washington state law that requires unions to obtain nonmembers' consent before using union fees for political purposes does not violate the First Amendment. Small business groups have long worked to defend limitations that protect nonunion employees from unwittingly or unwillingly financially supporting political causes with which they do not agree.  Examples include issues like abortion, same sex marriages, and one party support. 

Business groups argued that there's a long judicial history of prohibiting organizations from forcing nonmembers to support a union's political activities.

Tort Reform Prevails
Trial attorneys fought to have juries impose damages suffered by people who were not parties to a case.  Tort-reform advocates felt it unfair that defendants can be punished for harm to non-parties.  The Supreme Court agreed.   The case of Phillip Morris USA v. Williams sent a clear message that punitive damage litigation has gone astray. 

The precedent established by the court arises in a number of other types of cases, including product liability and environmental litigation.

"Punitive damages have unreasonably exploded in both frequency and size.  This is partially because of the celebrity tabloid attention to big awards, the broad brush stroke that all business is bad, and other unfair stereotypes and prejudices.  Unfortunately this has led to an out-of-control spiral of the legal system.  The backbone of America is business, innovation, and the ability to earn what you merit," says Karen Halibu, director of business and government affairs office for the Chaldean Caucus. "The Supreme Court made the right decision. Punishing defendants for harms that have not been tried in court is simply unfair and should be ruled unconstitutional."

Chaldean small businesses are likely to see more opportunities whereby the courts advocate for entrepreneurs says Halibu. “Given the Roberts' court propensity for defending the core of American freedom and innovation, we are likely to have a number of opportunities to advocate for small business in the upcoming term.”