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Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

August 22nd, 2014 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

Caesar Augustus died two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace and prosperity. Here are 40 maps […]



How much $100 is worth in every state: Map

August 21st, 2014 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

One hundres dollars goes further in some states than others. A map released by the Tax Foundation, via Elliot Turner, shows the relative value of $100 in every state compared with the national average using the data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.    



Why America’s economy stinks: Because business owners are greedier than ever

August 19th, 2014 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

GDP growth The is growth of the U.S. economy still so slow and weak? One reason is that average American consumers account for the vast majority of the spending in the economy and they are still strapped.    



Workers find freedom and uncertainty in the sharing economy

August 19th, 2014 at 9:41 am » Comments Off

Piecemeal labor has taken on a shinier veneer under new rubrics: the sharing economy, the peer economy, the collaborative economy, the gig economy. Jennifer Guidry was in the driveway of her rental apartment just after 4 a.m. on a Friday while most of the neighbors in her leafy Boston suburb were still asleep. Her blond […]



The decline of startups and America’s aging economy: Study

August 13th, 2014 at 8:23 am » Comments Off

“Can Google ever be beat?”  That question was really less about Google and more about the potential of startups to disrupt the largest companies in our economy. Do we have the talent and capital needed for these companies to grow and compete against mature companies?  



Abandoned luxury cars become a big problem in Dubai

July 15th, 2014 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

Thousands of luxury cars are being abandoned every year since Dubai’s financial meltdown. Dubai over the last several years has been facing an unusual problem of high end sports cars being abandoned and left to gather thick layers of dust at airport parking lots and on the roadside across the city. If you’ve ever been […]



How the collaborative economy will change the way we travel

June 30th, 2014 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

Airbnb doesn’t need to build or own inventory, it facilitates access to existing assets, such as spare rooms, holiday houses, entire islands or treehouses. At the annual Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals conference (HITEC) in Los Angeles, Rachel Botsman, Founder of Collaborative Labs, talked about how the collaborative economy will transform the hospitality ecosystem. She was talking to a group whose […]



China will become the world’s largest economy by the end of 2014

May 2nd, 2014 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

China was the world’s largest economy until 1890 before America surpassed it. By the end of 2014 China is on track to reclaim its crown.  



Fewer high school graduates enroll in college after graduation

April 30th, 2014 at 7:56 am » Comments Off

Just 65.9 percent of students who graduated from high school in spring 2013 had enrolled in college by last October. The proportion of high school students in the U.S. who go on to college rose regularly for decades but now appears to be declining.



More middle-aged moving back in with parents

April 24th, 2014 at 9:24 am » Comments Off

Older people are quietly moving in with their parents at twice the rate of their younger counterparts. Debbie Rohr, her husband, and twin teenage sons live in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas. The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It’s a modest but comfortable house, […]



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