Millions of homeowners could refinance and save big

Millions of homeowners could save big money — and possibly their homes — by refinancing to today’s historically low rates. But most don’t even apply. Nearly one in five homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments have loans with interest rates of 8% and higher — nearly double today’s rates of around 4%, according…

Rieder: Clooney emerges as hero in Sony mess

In a Hollywood saga that has a severe shortage of heroes, George Clooney has covered himself with distinction. While theater owners and then Sony Pictures Entertainment cravenly buckled to terrorist threats and some news outlets reveled in the gossipy e-mails made public by the Sony hackers, the superstar actor tried valiantly to rally Hollywood to…

How to Build Trust When Managing Remote Teams

Managing remote teams comes with a unique set of challenges. One of the biggest challenges is building trust among team members. Check out this article to find out how we tackle the issue. I remember what it is like to work in an office. The sound of fingers typing on keyboards, idle chit-chit around the…

Santa and the search engine

Spoiler alert: This article contains suggestions that Santa is not as real as many would like, but that he may be more real than he’s ever been. One of the occupational hazards of being an omnipresent corporation with a “Don’t Be Evil” motto and the goal of organizing the world’s information is that sometimes the…

Is There Greater Potential For Your Entry-Level Product?

Many businesses give their entry-level products less effort than more advanced products. I certainly understand why some might think this way – revenue per customer is lower, support needs are greater and many are ‘tests’ or ‘proof-of-concepts’ of which only a small percentage may become viable products and long term customers. In my 30-year career,…

Review: ‘Tru’ offers wit, insight

Not every irascible, sharp-tongued gent striding the live stage this holiday season is a Victorian killjoy with an insomnia problem. In fact, you can just about imagine Truman Capote recoiling in horror at Ebenezer Scrooge’s frumpy evening wear. (Definitely not Tiffany’s material.) But the one-man show “Tru,” which just opened in an absorbing production at…

At $40 Billion, Uber Would Eclipse Twitter and Hertz

Uber Technologies Inc. investors are betting the five-year-old car-booking app is more valuable than Twitter Inc. and Hertz Global Holdings Inc. The startup is close to raising a round of financing that would value it between $35 billion and $40 billion, according to people familiar with the situation, who asked not to be identified because the…