The essence of change in the environment of real-estate deals

” Compass, the real-estate startup trying to use tech to shake up the industry, has raised $75 million in fresh funding, bringing its total to $210 million.

The round, which was led by Wellington Management Company LLP, values the company at over $1 billion, according to a person familiar with the raise. A report last month from The Real Deal said Compass was seeking a valuation of between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion.
While Compass functions like a traditional broker, the company’s promise is using technology to reduce the time and friction of buying and selling a house or apartment.
Pushing toward this, last month Compass released an app designed to replace “stale” quarterly market reports with more dynamic information. In the app, buyers and sellers can search by standard things like neighborhood, number of bedrooms, price range, and so on. But they can also look at more advanced metrics, like year-over-year analysis of median price per square foot, days on the market, and negotiability.
This app complements Compass’ established agent-only app, which is what first impressed Todd Chaffee, a general partner at Institutional Venture Partners, about the company, he told Business Insider last year when discussing his firm’s investment in Compass. IVP also participated in the current round of funding.Compass has expanded rapidly since it branched out of New York in September. It now has a presence in Washington, DC; Miami; Boston; the Hamptons; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Beverly Hills, California; Malibu, California; Pasadena, California; Santa Barbara, California; and Aspen, Colorado.
It represents about $7 billion in annual sales, according to the company.
But doubts have lingered in the industry about how much Compass is actually using tech to elevate itself beyond a traditional broker, according to The Real Deal. However, sources in that report speculated that Compass would have trouble raising $50 million, when in fact the startup was able to snag $75 million and up its valuation.
“‪I like the founders, and I’m impressed with their progress,” Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, a Compass investor, told The Real Deal last month.
Compass has over 900 agents and almost 300 employees.”

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What is a Uber loss?

” Uber lost at least $1.27 billion in the first half of 2016, according to Bloomberg’s Eric Newcomer, who cites people familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg reports that Uber held a conference call with investors Friday, led by finance head Gautam Gupta, to discuss Uber’s financial situation.
In the first quarter of 2016, Uber lost $520 million (“before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization”). In the second quarter, the situation worsened, and Uber’s losses topped $750 million. That means Uber’s total losses are at least $1.27 billion for the first half of the year.
While these losses are staggering, they are mostly consistent with previous reports. Uber lostclose to $1 billion in the first half of 2015.
The losses may stem from a variety of sources, including driver subsidies, Bloomberg reports.But a person familiar with the matter told Business Insider that the lion’s share of Uber’s losses stemmed from the company’s expensive and protracted battle with Didi Chuxing in China, where the company was losing $1 billion a year trying to beat its local rival. Uber China merged with Didi earlier this month in a $35 billion deal, so Uber won’t see those losses on its books moving forward, the person said.
Uber has also been sparring with Lyft here in the US, with both companies offering low prices and subsidies to entice riders. Lyft, which operates in the US only, posted an operating loss of $360 million in 2015. Uber and Lyft have both ramped up spending on driver and rider incentives, the person said.
In April, Uber claimed it had reached profitability in the US and Canada. Bloomberg reportedat the time that Uber’s profit per ride in the US was at $0.19. This isn’t the case anymore, according to Bloomberg, which says Gupta told investors that Uber lost money in the US in Q2.
Uber’s revenue grew 18% from the first quarter to the second quarter, or from about $960 million to about $1.1 billion, Bloomberg reports. During the same period in 2015, Uber’s net revenue grew from $287.3 million to $375.9 million.”

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Mansion Touch

‘ Silicon Valley legend Jim Clark made it big when Netscape, the web browser company he founded with Marc Andreessen, went public in 1995. The IPO made Clark a very rich man, with a net worth that is now estimated to be as much as $1.9 billion.

Clark also became quite the property mogul, acquiring homes in New York City, upstate New York, and the Hamptons. He also owns a home in Palm Beach, Florida, which he just listed for sale for $137 million, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The palatial estate has 10 bedrooms, 13 full bathrooms, and more than 68,000 square feet of space. Let’s take a look inside.”

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Don’t Quit Your Job

Ready For A Job Change?

10. Get Some Perspective

Today is one day out of your entire life. Unless you’re going to die soon, it’s probably not going to be that big of a deal. If it’s one of your days off, you may find yourself doing nothing because you want to figure out the best way to spend such limited time. If it’s one of your work days, there will be other days where other things happen. Whatever the moment is, it’s a blip in your life. Chances are you won’t remember it in a week. That’s not to say you shouldn’t pay attention to what you truly care about, but you shouldn’t dwell on it either. You have food, a place to live, and something to do most days. You probably have fun once in a while. Maybe you even have people who care about you. Focus on the good stuff, and remember the rest is going to be a distant memory very quickly. Spending your time moaning to yourself (and others) about how awful your job is won’t solve the problem. Just don’t do it, and focus on the positive.

9. Bring Yourself to Work

Presumably you’re already doing this in the physical sense, but if you have a creative side or other interests it can make your job more fun if you find ways to integrate them. One of my primary duties at a job a long time ago involved addressing catalogs for an advertising school. I made this more fun by illustrating the envelopes based on the person’s name. Eventually some people called because they liked it and I was given some design work. At another job we had to learn a new product the company acquired that made online slideshows by actually using it to make one. I wrote a song about a womanizing spatula named Denny who finally met the woman (or, well, “female” inanimate object) of his dreams, took some photos of household objects, and put together a stop motion music video. Also, the entire thing was in Google-translated Spanish. Whenever my job got me down, either because it was boring or I just needed something to break the monotony, I’d try to bring something I enjoyed to the work. Obviously this takes more time, but all the little strange things I did at those jobs are my favorite memories. While not every job will let you bring your (potentially strange) personality to the table, I highly recommend doing it if you can find a way. Nothing brightened up the day more.

8. Watch Out for False Starts

Bad days generally occur when a number of little frustrations happen in succession. On their own they might not be a big deal and you’d go on forgetting about them, but together they make you think the universe is plotting against you. These are false starts, and they’re often the root of bad days. When things appear to be going worse than usual, take a step back and look at what happened. You are not so important that an entire day has been set aside specifically for your personal misery. Dissect each moment, realize your being ridiculous, and make fun of yourself when you can. If you look at a situation realistically, you can sometimes stop a potential bad day before it starts.How to Beat a Bad Day Before It Starts.It often seems like the moment a bad day begins there is no way out of it—we’re just doomed to …

7. Be Healthy

A balanced mind and body makes a big difference when it comes to everything that you do—even the things you don’t like. The idea isn’t to just become a person who hates their job with fancy muscles, but to allow your physical and mental needs to take precedence over pretty much everything else. For starters, decide when you have to go to bed each night (it can be a range) and follow it. Find exercise you can and will do 3-4 times per week and do it. Don’t worry about how minimal it is. Start making some cheap and healthy food. Set aside some time each day to just relax and do nothing. Schedule it all if you need to, but make sure you don’t let your job get int the way of your well-being. If you already don’t like it, neglecting your health is going to make it much, much worse.

Balance Your Mind, Not Your Work
It’s commonplace to feel we need to find a balance between our work and our lives, but…

6. Block Out Negative Conversation

Complaining about your job can be fun because it seems cathartic, but venting your frustration will only make your anger worse. If that negativity spreads to your coworkers, you can exacerbate the problem by creating a hive mentality, or at least making everyone more miserable as a result. While you don’t want to bottle up your feelings until you go postal one day, you don’t have to approach everything negatively. Instead of complaining, consider solutions. Try to find ways to improve things. If you can’t change the way things work in the office, consider ways to help you cope with those problems. Being more proactive and less negative may not fix everything, but it can improve your situation.
Venting Frustration Will Only Make Your Anger Worse
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5. Take a Pay Cut

Seriously. Take a pay cut and get some extra job flexibility in return. Apparently many of you wouldn’t mind that option at all, and your company probably would love to pay you less. If you want to cut back on your hours, work from home on occasion, or get some other benefit that’s important to you, ask for a pay cut in exchange. You might just get it, and that benefit may make you a lot happier than money.

Would You Take a Pay Cut for More Job Flexibility?
A recent survey found that two thirds of workers would take a pay cut for greater job flexibility.…

4. Get Along With Your Co-Workers

When you hate your job, it’s easy to not want to get involved with your co-workers. Doing so means getting attached, and you don’t want to feel attached to any kind of employment that’s destroying your livelihood. That said, if you have friends at work you have people to make you less miserable. Also, according to one study, you might actually live longer. Even if you don’t think you’ll get along with certain people in the office, give it a shot. If it doesn’t work out, you can always just go back to being a loner.
Getting Along with Your Co-Workers Might Help You Live Longer
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3. Find Balance

Finding balance is easier said than done, but small, strategic changes can make a big difference. Sometimes it’s not so much that the work you do is soul suckingly awful, but that it’s consuming your life. Rather than find a new job and end up in the same situation all over again, stick with the one you’ve got and and pay attention to the small things. Take note of the little moments that make you happy and those that drive you up the wall. Try to remove the details you hate and replace it with more of the details you like. Big, grand decisions can be pleasing for a short amount of time, but if you never fix the little problems and neglect to embrace the little moments of happiness, history will be doomed to repeat itself.
Find a Balance Between Work and Life Through Small Strategic Changes
Nigel Marsh, author of Fat, Forty, and Fired gave a TED talk on achieving work-life balance

2. Learn to Deal With Your Crazy Boss

If work sucks, chances are your boss has something to do with it. But you can learn to cope. One way to deal with your boss’ insanity is to create some distance. For example, see if you can have your assignments filtered though someone else. You may also want to keep a crazy log and get as much as you can in writing so should things ever get so bad that you need to go to human resources you will be prepared. Just be sure not to engage your boss in a crazy contest, because they’re probably better at it than you are. For more details, read this.
How to Deal with Your Crazy Boss
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1. Just Quit

If you’re truly at the end of your rope and there’s no way you’ll survive much longer, you need to create a quitting plan. Yes, you think you have to stay to pay your rent, and yes, you think you’ll never find another job in this market. Save up enough money to make it at least one month and then you need to quit. You can take a few days to relax and recoup but then you have the rest of that month to find another place to work. There’s no better motivator than potential homelessness. Plus, you’ll have all those work hours to dedicate to your search. At eight hours a day, that comes out to about 180 hours for the month (give or take a few). That’s a lot of time. If you’re diligent and use that time wisely, you should be able to find something else.

A billion dollar roadtrip

” I have traveled extensively with him and the answer is – it really depends on the situation. Billionaires are very pragmatic and business focused, time = money and the best way to travel is the fastest and most convenient one for the occasion.

Air travel – typically business class on a good airline. Could be coach class if traveling as a part of a larger group, he frequently also gets upgraded to first class due to frequent flyer miles. They fly first class when they feel like splurging, typically on a special vacation like an anniversary
They had a Gulfstream jet earlier (about $50M new) that was sold off because it was too much of a hassle to maintain, so they have purchased a fractional jet ownership which I am told is used very rarely, typically for urgent business needs and not for personal use
Cars – friend’s daily driver is a 2012 BMW X1, probably the cheapest car BMW makes and a birthday gift for him. His father travels in a chauffeur driven Toyota SUV. They also have a couple of chauffeur driven Mercedes S550s, but you are more likely to see them in the BMW or Toyota. When he’s traveling on business, he typically uses Uber to get around.
Security – they do have a security agency on retainer, and their primary home has an armed guard at the gate. But mostly he keeps a low profile and travels on his own. The chauffeurs double up as security on many occasions
Train travel – almost never as it ends up taking a lot of time. On rare occasions he uses the metro in cities with great public transport
Billionaires don’t always travel in Rolls Royces and Lamborghinis, the guy sitting next to you on the public bus or airline coach class could actually be a billionaire. You never know…
By the way some photos of some really rich plutocrats traveling:
Warren Buffett, 3rd richest man in the world worth $65B. Proudly taking delivery of his Cadillac XTS which costs about $45K new
Sheikh Al Maktoum and family, rulers of Dubai. Worth about $20B. Casually getting around London on the tube
Sergey Brin, Google co founder worth $35B using the New York subway
Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO worth $60Bapparently drives around in a 96 Accord (Source). I am sure you can get one of these for less than $1k used
The rich don’t travel all that different from you and I. It’s the rappers and ball players that travel in blinged out Bentleys and Rolls Royces, and end up going bankrupt quickly.”

Hooked on great changes

19 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier

We tend to think of learning a new skill or “going back to school” as something you’d do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one.
But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and professional, say researchers. It makes communities more productive and innovative, and gives employees the ability to cope with constantly changing workplaces.
Lifelong learning helps us stay sharp as we age, and is also important for a successful economy.

It helps us communicate better, socialize more effectively, and achieve greater success.

Whether you’re looking to learn how to codebuild leadership skills, or otherwise improve yourself, here are 19 awesome places to learn the critical skills that will change your life:

1. Reddit Lectures

This crowdsourced collection of top lectures from professionals, academia, governments, and leaders of all stripes is unique in that the resources are upvoted or downvoted by users, in typical Reddit fashion.

2. Library of Congress

Most of our national library’s texts are now available online. Whatever skill it is you want to learn, you can read up on it there.

3. Boundless

Remember taking on a second part-time job just to pay for your college textbooks? Boundless is shaking up the textbook industry by offering textbooks online, for free.

4. Inc.edu

Inc.’s own educational site is an amazing resource for entrepreneurs looking to build the skills most likely to help them succeed. These real-time, live workshops led by all-star entrepreneurs are the best way to cut the learning curve and connect with people who really have the experience to lead by example.

5. Universities

Most universities now offer online learning courses in addition to the on-campus lifelong learning programs. Some have established entire online schools, like Colorado State’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. If you’re looking for a more traditional educational experience, check out what the universities are offering.

6. Google World Wonders

Explore the ancient and modern worlds in an incredible online resource powered by Google’s Street View and mapping technology.

7. TED Talks

TED is another fantastic place to find actionable advice and learning opportunities created by genuine, experienced people. I’ve curated my favorite TED Talks for entrepreneurs, leadership trainingand creativity in business — check them out for yourself. You can also visit TED Ed for its own selection of great lessons.

8. Lifehacker

One of my favorite sites on the planet, Lifehacker is the place to learn how to do just about anything better, faster, and smarter.

9. UReddit

Speaking of Reddit, the forum site has its own University of Reddit, with dozens of courses in the arts, computer science, language, math and statistics, and more.

10. Internet Sacred Text Archive

It’s the largest archive of free books on religion and spirituality on the internet. Read up on mythology, religion, folklore, alchemy, parapsychology, and more.

11. MeetUp

See what’s happening in your area and meet up with like minds to learn new skills, often free of charge. Meetups are a great way to trade experiences and learn new perspectives.

12. Trivium Education

Critical thinking is an incredibly important skill, but it’s not often taught in public school curriculum. Brush up on your rhetoric, grammar, and logic with Trivium’s free resources.

13. HubSpot Academy

HubSpot, that online marketing software giant out of Boston, offers comprehensive, user-friendly digital marketing courses. Understanding marketing is critical for any entrepreneur, whether it’s a function of your daily duties or not. HubSpot Academy was one of my own top five digital marketing course picks.

14. University of the People

Billing itself as the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online American university, UoPEOPLE offers degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science and Health Studies.

15. PBS Video

Watch well-researched, in-depth documentaries from PBS, free of charge online.

16. Project Gutenberg

Study classic literature for free with over 50,000 titles available to download from the Project Gutenberg library.

17. MIT Open Courseware

The iconic university offers totally free programming courses, including an introduction to computer programming course that’s fantastic for entrepreneurs and beginners. It was my top choice among the nine best places to learn how to code for free.

18. iCONIC Tour

Inc.com and CNBC put togetheriCONIC, a three-part conference series that’s visiting my own hometown of Boston on September 22, 2016, after its first stops in Seattle and Denver. On top of the excellent speakers, the networking is an incredibly effective way to learn what’s truly working for dynamic businesses across the country.

19. FutureLearn

Packed with free online courses from over 40 universities, FutureLearn is a U.K. site that serves over 3.6 million learners worldwide.”

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Manager of D’Angelo news


” Dominique Trenier, former manager of D’Angelo and 20-year music executive, was found dead in his Los Angeles home Friday morning (Aug. 5), Okayplayer reports. No cause of death has been revealed yet.

Trenier, who played a major role in the neo-soul movement, was the visionary behind D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” video in 2000, which supercharged the R&B singer’s career. Trenier also produced D’Angelo’s No. 1 2000 album Voodoo and is responsible for Seal’s rendition of Steve Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle” from the Space Jam soundtrack, which Trenier produced alongside R. Kelly.

D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’ at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

Trenier is also responsible for producing Mark Ronson’s Here Comes the Fuzz and Nikka Costa’s Everybody Got Their Something, a Billboard 200 hit, who Trenier also signed.

The Roots’ Questlove remembered his friend and colleague via Instagram with the caption “Trenier. So Much Wisdom. So Little Time.”

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Global warming issues


“Global warming is slowly thawing out a once top-secret subterranean U.S. nuclear base in northern Greenland, potentially exposing the environment to radioactive coolant, PCBs, and raw sewage that the military originally believed would stay entombed for millennia.
The hazardous waste could emerge by the end of the century, according to a new, peer-reviewed study published Thursday in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. The melting seems likely to bring modern-day environmental and political headache.

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The northeast portal to Camp Century during construction in 1959.
Camp Century was a U.S. base built on the Greenland ice sheet in 1959. To the public, its mission was scientific tasks such as drilling for ice cores. But it also doubled as a top-secret site for testing nuclear missiles during the height of the Cold War. Codenamed Project Iceworm, it was a test base to see if launch sites could be built close enough for missiles to reach the Soviet Union.
The camp included a series of tunnels roughly 50 feet underground. It was one of five ice-sheet bases in northern Greenland.
When the camp was decommissioned in 1967, the base and its waste, including radioactive coolant, tons of PCBs, and thousands of gallons of sewage and diesel fuel, were abandoned. The thinking was they’d be entombed for millennia by the snowfall that falls each winter. Indeed, since being abandoned, at least another 100 feet of snow has fallen on top of that.

William Colgan.
Camp Century was located in northern Greenland.
“Two generations ago, people were interring waste in different areas of the world, and now climate change is modifying those sites,” said Liam Colgan, a climate scientist at York University in Toronto, Canada, and lead author of the study.
Climate change has warmed the Arctic more than any other region on Earth, and the portion of the ice sheet covering Camp Century should start to melt by the end of the century, according to the study. At that point, the rates of ice loss there might be greater than the annual increases from snowfall.
The waste would then seep into the ocean. This would threaten the ecosystems of the fish and animals that the people who live in the communities there depend on, said Mike MacFerrin, a study co-author and researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.
The ice sheet that sits on Greenland is melting at an alarming rate, as much as 8,000 tons per second, said Colgan. This equates to 280 billion tons of ice melting and calving off into the ocean each year.
In addition to the environmental impact, determining who cleans up the mess decades from now could also lead to political disputes not considered before. The U.S. built the base, Denmark permitted it (though not the missile launch program), and now Greenland is a self-governing territory.
Colgan added that once resolved, it could serve as a model for how to resolve other multinational climate-change related issues around the globe, such as the relocation of displaced people in Pacific Islands who are losing their land to rising sea levels.”

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