Here’s How Harvard Business School Plans to Advance Racial Equality

Laveta Brigham

In an effort to promote racial equality, Harvard Business School said it would boost its enrollment of Black students in future classes, hire a chief diversity officer and recruit more Black faculty and staff. The school plans to build more issues of race and diversity into its case-study method of teaching and make conversations about race a higher priority in its curriculum, it said last week.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
1. The school recently acknowledged past missteps involving race.

In June, following the national outcry stemming from George Floyd’s death while in police custody, Nitin Nohria, dean of the school, wrote a letter that said past efforts to recruit Black students to Harvard were insufficient. “I apologize that we have not fought racism as effectively as we could have,” he wrote.

2. The number of Black M.B.A. students at the school has stagnated.

For three decades the number of Black students on

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Inventors, Here’s How to License Your Idea and Make Money


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Like anything else, to improve your odds of success at licensing a product idea, you need to be able to play the game longer and smarter.

The longer you’re in the game, the better chances you have of reaching your goal.

Take it from me. I’m not a gambler. In fact, I consider myself a no-risk entrepreneur. Early on in my career, I realized that I needed to find a way of increasing my chances of success at bringing my ideas for products to market.

Related: 3 Takeaways From Lori Greiner’s Invent It, Sell It, Bank It.

I flat out did not want to work for anyone else. I was newly married, and my wife was obviously not going put up with me struggling to make a living.

Truth be told, I’ve only ever really worked

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Dog Adoption Rates Have Sky-Rocketed. Here’s How to Bring Home You’re Own Furry Friend

Laveta Brigham

Photo credit: Tony Garcia - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tony Garcia – Getty Images

From Woman’s Day

When a person decides it’s time to adopt a dog, they usually fall into one of two categories: They become so excited about the prospect of never-ending puppy snuggles they assume the entire process will be a cakewalk, or they’re so nervous and anxious they descend down a rabbit hole of Google searches and read a plethora of “how to adopt a pet” guides.

In reality, adopting a dog is a little bit of both: You’re excited, and scared, and nervous, and can’t wait to have a furry friend to cuddle and play with. And now that a large number of Americans are continuing to sheltering-in-place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, more and more people are adopting pets and expanding their families, one little fluff at a time. But there will always be dogs who need homes, even in

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Forget Congress. Here’s how to get a 2nd stimulus check by DIY

Laveta Brigham

Forget Congress. Here's how to get a 2nd stimulus check by DIY
Forget Congress. Here’s how to get a 2nd stimulus check by DIY

Congress and the White House still haven’t reached a deal to give you a second $1,200 coronavirus stimulus payment like those direct deposits, checks and money orders that went out months ago.

Democrats who control the U.S. House and Republicans in the Senate and Trump administration have been unable to agree on another round of cash to relieve Americans’ financial pain and stimulate the economy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin plan to try again in the coming week.

But the negotiations have gone nowhere for months. If you could use another $1,200 right now, don’t wait for Washington to sort things out. Here are nine ways to find the sources of cash to get a second stimulus check the DIY way.

1. Track down your long-lost money

You may have some money sitting

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Forget Congress. Here’s how to DIY a 2nd stimulus check

Laveta Brigham

Forget Congress. Here's how to DIY a 2nd stimulus check
Forget Congress. Here’s how to DIY a 2nd stimulus check

Congress and the White House still haven’t made a deal to give you a second $1,200 coronavirus stimulus payment, similar to the direct deposits, checks and money orders Americans started receiving in the spring.

Democrats who control the U.S. House and Republicans in the Senate and the Trump administration have been unable to agree on another round of cash to relieve financial pain and stimulate the economy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin plan to try again in the coming week.

But the negotiations have already been going on for months. If you could use another $1,200 right now, don’t wait for Washington to sort things out. Here are 10 ways to find the sources of cash to get a second stimulus check the DIY way.

1. Pay less for everything online

If you do most

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Here’s How the Best Money Transfer Apps Stack Up

Laveta Brigham

Money transfer apps have changed how we pay each other.

Gone are the days when we would wonder if we’d ever see the money someone promised to pay us for their share of something. Now we know they don’t need cash or a checkbook to pony up. (No more excuses!)

We pulled together this list of the best money transfer apps out there, plus some guidelines for proper payback etiquette for those of you who find yourself constantly saying, “I’ll Venmo you.”

How Money Transfer Apps Work

Money transfer apps are an easy, secure way to exchange money between friends or family. By downloading an app on your phone, or in some cases going to a web site, you can send money to people. All you need is their mobile phone number or email address.

The apps are linked to bank accounts, debit cards or credit cards, which is how

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Elon Musk expected to tout ‘million-mile battery.’ Here’s what that means.

Laveta Brigham

A million-mile battery means a battery that will last for 1 million miles or more before it can't hold a charge strong enough to power an electric car anymore. Above, Tesla CEO Elon Musk. <span class="copyright">(Susan Walsh / Associated Press)</span>
A million-mile battery means a battery that will last for 1 million miles or more before it can’t hold a charge strong enough to power an electric car anymore. Above, Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

Perhaps you’ve heard about the “million-mile battery” — the latest buzz phrase electric vehicle proponents hope will energize public interest in buying EVs.

If you haven’t, Elon Musk will make sure you do on Tuesday, when Tesla goes online for what it’s calling “Battery Day.” Musk is expected to detail a million-mile battery project — along with, he teased on Twitter, other “exciting things.”

Musk’s teasers don’t always pan out. But the idea of a million-mile battery offers real promise.

“[I]t would eliminate one of the big negatives associated with electric vehicles,” said Donald Sadoway, a materials chemist and battery expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: the car owner’s

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Wait, it’s September and you still haven’t received your tax refund? Here’s why

Laveta Brigham

Come Labor Day and the rollout of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks, you’d think, maybe, that you’d finally have your hands on your federal income tax refund.

For most people, after all, tax refund cash has come and gone. They spent that money months ago. Others are waiting and waiting, much like Carol Wilke who filed a tax return the day after the Super Bowl and still had not seen her tax refund of $1,406 seven months later. 

The 2020 tax season isn’t running short of frustrating scenarios even as the calendar inches closer to 2021. COVID-19 shutdowns threw a monkey wrench into the tax system.

And some, such as those who filed paper tax returns, faced way more headaches and confusion than others as piles and piles of paperwork sit untouched. 

At one point, the IRS needed to move a lot of unopened mail into trailers as processing centers

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Here’s how you measure the success of a UX design project

Laveta Brigham

As designers, we want the products we build to be satisfying and easy to use, but how can we know that’s the case? We start by measuring the user experience with evidence rather than opinions. But can UX really be measured? Absolutely. By evaluating products with qualitative and quantitative methods, we gain access to a host of illuminating UX metrics.

There’s nothing like completing a UX project. It takes an incredible amount of time, effort, and skill to travel from design problem to solution. Crossing the finish line is a great feeling, but seasoned UX designers know that there’s always more to be done…

A C-level executive calls with a question. “Now that the project is over, how do we track the results we’re trying to achieve?”

It’s a fair concern — one that leads to a bigger topic. How can UX designers measure success and prove that their work

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Want to invest in an IPO? Here’s what you need to know to profit on initial public offerings

Laveta Brigham

Daydream about being rich? Kick yourself for not buying shares of Tesla or Facebook or Zoom or Beyond Meat when they first started selling stock to the public? You’re not alone.

No doubt, betting on the right stock when it first trades as a publicly traded company can be immensely profitable. Despite doubters, for example, Tesla shares have skyrocketed 2,100% in the decade since it went public. Zoom has zoomed nearly 1,000% higher since its April 2019 IPO. Facebook, despite stumbling out of the gate, has gained more than 600% since its May 2012 debut. Beyond Meat soared 163% on its first day in May 2019.

Aah, if investing in initial public offerings – better known as IPOs – were only that easy. Sadly, rearview-mirror investing is more about woulda, coulda, shoulda than enjoying the ka-ching, ka-ching sound of profits.

For all the eventual IPO winners that make people rich,

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