Author Archives: Darren Marchal

3 awesome startups that failed

First-mover advantages are overrated. Look at Microsoft. Bill Gates was prescient, and they were onto the cloud, internet of things, and smartwatches since the early-2000s. But Gates’ prophetic touch did not translate to groundbreaking success in those areas Instead, Google dominates the cloud, the internet of things is still nascent, and Apple is the frontrunner…

U.S. Pending Home Sales at Highest Level in Nine Years

A forward-looking indicator of home sales rose to its highest level in more than nine years in May, a sign the housing market is gaining traction after a shaky start to the year. The National Association of Realtors said Monday its index of pending home sales increased 0.9% to a seasonally-adjusted 112.6, the highest level…

Teens are downloading Jott like crazy

If you haven’t heard of Jott, go ask a teenager. A white-hot new app for instant messaging, Jott has nearly 500,000 monthly users and one million app installs after just three months on the market. You might think there’s no need for yet another messaging app. But, Jared Allgood, CEO and co-founder of Jott, said…

The 9 states with the highest property taxes

Property taxes tend to be unpopular with Americans, but residents of several states have even more reason to grumble. These nine states rank as carrying the highest property tax burdens for their residents out of all 50 U.S. states, according to a new study from WalletHub. Aside from the high tax bills, there’s another common…

Netflix is coming to Marriott hotels in the U.S.

Netflix’s quest to rule the video-streaming world continues with the news that it’s struck a deal with Marriott Hotels to let guests watch Netflix movies and TV shows on their hotel room TV. First rumored back in January, the partnership will apply only to a handful of hotels at first — New York Marriott East…

Pakistan court frees eight men charged with attack on schoolgirl

A Pakistani court has freed eight out of 10 men charged with organizing the shooting of schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai, police said on Friday, a move that will raise further questions about the nation’s heavily criticized justice system. Pakistani Taliban militants claimed responsibility for attacking Malala in 2012 as she traveled home from school in…

7 Steps To Evaluate A Financial Advisor

Choosing the right financial advisor for your unique situation is not an easy task. Recommendations from a friend or business colleague can be a good source, but remember the right advisor for one person may not be a good fit for your needs. Here are seven steps to take in evaluating either a new financial…