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Top 10: Africa's most prosperous countries updated 1 days ago

What is Africa's most prosperous country?

Apple Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's some background information about Apple, Inc.

Women run banks differently: they are aware of 'collateral damage' updated 1 days ago

Jane Fraser is often cited as one of the most powerful women in banking, she says women lead in a different, more nurturing way.

How to run an international startup network? Learn to trust. updated 2 days ago

You're competing with the big guys in big ponds, and there's no time for training-wheels.

Meet the all-American manufacturing company taking on cheap overseas labor updated 3 days ago

"Made in America" is a rare label in the clothing business. Smart business meets a man who is bringing it back.

Who are your Leading Women of 2014? updated 3 days ago

CNN International are on the hunt for the Leading Women of 2014 and want nominations of extraordinary women who have excelled this year.

Japan's Ocean Spiral proposed as giant underwater city updated 4 days ago

A Japanese construction firm has proposed a spectacular underwater city that could become home to 5,000 people.

Nine finance hubs of the future ... they're not where you think updated 6 days ago

Experts are tipping some unlikely places to become tomorrow's finance capitals.

Serbian confectioner enjoys sweet success, ahead of country's EU entry updated 6 days ago

Serbia's economy might be in the doldrums, but one company is tasting sweet success as the country readies itself for entry into the European Union.

Why a slowdown in China is still good for business updated 7 days ago

Rising wages, sagging property prices, inflation: all of China's indicators point to a slowdown of its powerhouse economy in 2015.

The man who turned a 'boring' idea into a $1.7 billion company explains secrets updated 7 days ago

How do you make business sexy? According to the CEO of Zendesk, it only takes a few simple steps

Are 'smart pills' the best way to stay sharp? updated 8 days ago

Professionals in high-performance industries are increasingly turning to cognitive enhancement 'nootropics'.

The teen entrepreneurs making millions on their lunch break updated 8 days ago

The business world has always been notoriously treacherous -- but a group of young entrepreneurs are proving that cubs can thrive in the lion's den.

How your heartbeat will make passwords obsolete updated 9 days ago

The rise of social media, the Cloud and mobile devices mean businesses are more vulnerable to hacking.

Biltong, steak & braai: South Africans cook up a recipe for tasty profits in UAE updated 9 days ago

Demand for South African food is booming in an unlikely place: the United Arab Emirates.

Fluffy millions: start-ups booming in the pet business updated 10 days ago

There has never been a better time for entrepreneurs to make hay from a pet startup, as they become ever more humanized and demand grows.

Good old-fashioned gold: how consumers and banks still rely on it updated 10 days ago

London property and gold -- the two safest places to put your money, or so the saying goes in recent years.

Rent your way to a designer wardrobe updated 10 days ago

For many women, a Carrie Bradshaw closet would be a dream come true. But without one, dressing for a special occasion can be a girl's nightmare.

South Africa shock jock's 'uncensored, un-radio' station on WeChat updated 13 days ago

Cliff Central, a new venture by Gareth Cliff -- South Africa's answer to Howard Stern -- aims to revolutionize online radio.

Nigerian billionaire pledges $100 million to help grow 10,000 African startups updated 14 days ago

Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu has pledged $100 million to support 10,000 entrepreneurs throughout Africa.

Happier, more productive...would tagging your workforce transform your business? updated 14 days ago

Workforce analytics are here to stay, and will transform the working environment.

Five of the best women-only private members clubs updated 15 days ago

Women's-only private members clubs are becoming more and more popular, offering spaces to work, socialize and relax, albeit with hefty membership fees.

Cheers! Whisky lovers discover new blends in South Africa updated 15 days ago

South African wines have long been appreciated by the snobbiest sommeliers, and now harder drinks from the country are also making a name for themselves.

Smart sports equipment turns phones into coaches updated 15 days ago

There's a new crop of sports equipment that can calculate the speed of a pitch, the arch of a basketball toss and the quality of a serve.

China's game-changing taxi-hailing app updated 17 days ago

Didi Dache, the brainchild of Cheng Wei, uses mobile technology to make hailing a taxi easier in China's busy streets.

Can a company succeed with a toxic reputation? updated 17 days ago

Uber's route to the top has been pockmarked with scandal, but is the controversial taxi start-up reputation-proof?

Eyes to the sky: Where the tallest skyscrapers of 2015 will be found updated 18 days ago

2014 has been a big year for towering new skyscrapers -- literally. But what does 2015 have in store?

'I am Liberian, I'm always confident about future': From surf spots to boardrooms, Liberia's ill economy fights back updated 20 days ago

As the economic impact of Ebola in Liberia deepens, workers and entrepreneurs are struggling to deal with the crisis.

Move over, taxi! This S. African three-wheeler wants to take you for a ride updated 21 days ago

As public transport networks improve in many African cities, taxis remain a common mode of getting around. Is this three-wheeler about to change that?

Apple Store inspires 'bank of the future' updated 21 days ago

One San Francisco bank, Umpqua, is reinventing its branch model with slick, comfortable spaces and freebies. Whether you are a customer or not.

Stella McCartney: 'My parents opened doors and closed minds' updated 21 days ago

Stella McCartney's famous parents opened doors for her, but she still had to carve out her own fashion brand

How to find your purpose -- and live it updated 23 days ago

Living and working with purpose can help average people achieve great things -- here's how to find yours.

A whole new world: 5 ways virtual reality can transform business updated 23 days ago

A winter commute can seem far easier when the office is a Caribbean beach. How virtual reality can transform work.

Underground cities: the future of business updated 27 days ago

London to develop underground city from abandoned ghost stations.

African sushi: Mountainous fish farm links Lesotho with Japanese chefs updated 28 days ago

Japan and Lesotho may not share many similarities, but the two countries are now being linked by trout.

Build it on the grapevine: Wine-making real estate comes to the Caribbean updated 28 days ago

Ocoa Bay in the Dominican Republic was producing wine 500 years ago before stalling. Now it hopes to start again.

Drybar: The $50 million business built on hot air updated 30 days ago

Growing up, Alli Webb loved having her hair done, so she decided to bring that happy feeling to millions of women worldwide in an instant with Drybar.

The surprising benefits of doing nothing updated 30 days ago

More and more people are realizing that pausing -- even just for five minutes -- can help with productivity.

From hotspots to headwinds... What next for emerging markets? updated 31 days ago

Large emerging markets are facing slow growth rates -- how can they steer their way forward in this challenging climate?

Bowling lanes? Unlimited beer? 9 amazing work perks updated 31 days ago

With working hours getting ever longer, savvy business are turning to creative ways of increasing employee satisfaction.

Investors vie for a slice of China's thriving tech scene updated 32 days ago

China certainly has its finger on the pulse when it comes to technology, and thanks to 26-year-old entrepreneur Liu Chengcheng, Chinese start-ups are having an easier time innovating for the future.

Getting rich from climate change? How business can thrive in extreme conditions updated 32 days ago

How the food business is getting rich betting on climate change.

Singapore's billion-dollar sport stadium wows architects, but can it get its turf to grow? updated 35 days ago

It's the latest landmark on Singapore's already busy skyline and at a cost of a billion dollars hopes to leave an indelible mark.

Solar road opens in the Netherlands updated 36 days ago

The world's first road capable of turning sunlight into energy officially opened for traffic Wednesday in the Netherlands.

9 awesome 'schools' that will help you master everyday life updated 36 days ago

A new kind of school is popping up all over the world -- and they want to teach us how to live our lives better.

World's 'most complicated' Patek Philippe gold watch sells for record $24.4 million updated 36 days ago

The most "complicated" handmade watch in the world has been sold at auction for $21.3 million. Here's why.

What the fork? Edible tableware takes off in Japan updated 36 days ago

The short lives of disposable tableware: convenient, yet wasteful. A small family business is offering a greener alternative.

7 habits of highly INeffective people updated 38 days ago

Great leadership isn't just about what you are doing right, it's about what you aren't doing wrong.

Seychelles tourism: Island paradise targets more beach-goers updated 38 days ago

Seychelles needed more than pristine beaches and coral reefs to boost its once troubled tourism industry.

Introverts' secrets of success updated 42 days ago

Alone time and quiet reflection can translate into big bucks further down the road. Just ask Bill Gates

In good health: Turkey builds hospital mega-complex updated 42 days ago

Turkey's plans to open one of the largest hospitals in the world in 2017. But will the ambitious facility be able to recruit enough doctors?

Pay-per-laugh? How future tech is transforming the entertainment industry updated 42 days ago

Creativity runs through the veins of the entertainment industry, but recent digital innovations across its various forms are more experimental than ever.

14 secrets of the perfect business pitch updated 43 days ago

Think your business could be the next Facebook? Here's how to convince the investors.

'Perfect' bra decodes what women want updated 45 days ago

It's a woman's most intimate piece of apparel and many women will admit, shopping for one can be a nightmare.

Why the best bosses make us feel uncomfortable updated 45 days ago

The best leaders make us feel unsure of ourselves.

'Godsend' bakery brings fresh twist to Goma life updated 45 days ago

How one woman is bringing fresh bread and a fresh perspective to the town of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Tinder for business? How big data matchmaking is transforming recruitment updated 45 days ago

Tinder for business? How big data matchmaking is transforming recruitment

15 African technology startups to watch in 2014 updated 46 days ago

Tech expert Toby Shapshak picks 15 exciting African startups from the continent to watch this year.

Can a humble houseplant make you more creative? updated 49 days ago

A growing body of research suggests that it can. Greenery relaxes you and can make you come up with better ideas.

Why confidence is overrated updated 49 days ago

There is a great deal of evidence for the detrimental effects of having too much confidence.

Zaha Hadid's Iraq: 'Math was like sketching' updated 49 days ago

Opinion piece from architect Zaha Hadid on growing up in a very different Iraq.

Want a successful business? Get gaming updated 50 days ago

Business is a game, as Bill Gates observed, and in the modern workplace any distinction is fast dissolving. Firms are increasingly adopting the principles of successful gaming and applying them to the office to build teams of problem solvers.

Meet the former egg seller who made millions by shining shoes updated 52 days ago

This South African entrepreneur didn't let a string of failures get him down. Today his business employs 45 people and makes over 2.5 million rand a year.

Rock climb your way to the top updated 52 days ago

In rock climbing, it's all about making it to the top - and in business, it's no different. At Brooklyn Boulders Somerville, the two worlds collide.

ISIS: Can coalition cut off funding of world's wealthiest terror group? updated 52 days ago

ISIS has been defined as the wealthiest terrorist group on record, using a combination of black market oil sales, extortion and sophisticated social media to raise money to fund its expansion into Iraq and Syria, according to the U.S. Treasury.

Turn up the bass: Music to make you feel more powerful at work updated 53 days ago

Want to feel like a boss? Put on your headset and crank up the bass, says a management expert.

Literary artists in the house! Homes given to writers for free in Detroit updated 55 days ago

A Detroit non profit is purchasing and renovating foreclosed homes before giving them away to aspiring literary talents.

Don't ease up now in emerging markets... battle for consumers is only gearing up updated 57 days ago

Companies that interpret slower GDP growth to mean that business opportunities in emerging markets will begin to fade are making a big mistake.

Snowplow driver, 4 others held in plane crash that killed Total boss in Moscow updated 57 days ago

A snowplow driver has been detained over a Moscow plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil firm Total, his lawyer said.

Countering the counterfeiters: The art of making money updated 57 days ago

Bank notes are increasingly incorporating high-tech features to make them harder to fake.

Strike a pose: How the way you stand can make you more successful updated 57 days ago

How the right body language could make all the difference in your personal life and career

The new KISS principle: Unleash your inner rock god, find the right partners and be a better boss updated 58 days ago

On February 21, 1974, the first KISS album was released. That's forty years from this writing! What a crazy trip it's been.

Beyond 2014: Creating a new Cape Town through design updated 58 days ago

Abandoned factories and empty warehouses in Cape Town are getting a new lease of life as creative spaces.

Is this the end of the 9-5 working day? updated 59 days ago

Business Talent Group, founded by Jody Miller, seeks to help workers who are after an alternative to the 9-5

Smell of success: Jo Malone's 'million dollar nose' updated 60 days ago

Meet Jo Malone, a British entrepreneur who has created a multi-million dollar fragrance company.

Like this phone? Are you prepared to pay $250,000 for it? updated 64 days ago

Smartphones just got smarter - or at least more expensive.

Opinion: Brace yourselves for another financial crash updated 64 days ago

The stock market's recent jitters have made many investors wonder whether there's a new financial crisis just around the corner. Well, of course there isn't -- because we've never really left the last one.

This rocket-powered toy plane will soon jet off to stratosphere updated 65 days ago

The first 3D-printed toy plane will soon jet off to the stratosphere.

Made in Ethiopia: The leather gloves keeping the world warm and stylish updated 65 days ago

Ethiopia's leather is famous around the world, and global businesses are growing in the country to take advantage of the resource.

Secret recipe turns culinary trash to treasure updated 66 days ago

Co-founder of Rubies in the Rubble, Jenny Dawson, has created a business by turning surplus food into preserved goods.

Russia looks to China for business courtship updated 66 days ago

As its relationship with the West worsen, Russia is pivoting east in an attempt to secure business with China. Chinese premier Li Keqiang is in Moscow for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

Moneyball: How businesses are using data to outsmart their rivals updated 67 days ago

Big data is the 'new oil' according to experts, and the businesses who ignore the data revolution may fall behind.

Can disappearing desks improve how we work? updated 67 days ago

A Dutch company has found an imaginative way to encourage its employees to have a healthy work-life balance -- at 6 p.m. all the desks simply disappear.

Beautiful banks of the future: Say hello to luxury lounges and touch-screen tellers updated 67 days ago

Will the Internet kill bank branches? Not if these beauties have anything to do with it.

War: What is it good for? updated 70 days ago

The West is bombing terror group ISIS in Syria and Iraq, while Russia is engaged in a brittle stand-off in Eastern Ukraine. Bloodshed has dominated headlines through summer but, amid the misery, there is a winner: The defense industry.

The rise, and rise, of the tiny UAE energy power updated 70 days ago

Fujairah, one of seven emirates which make up the UAE, is putting new meaning into the saying "build it and they will come."

The value of a brand: Apple and Google top $100 billion updated 70 days ago

For the second year in row, Apple has topped Google as the world's most valuable brand.

Sharing is daring: mapping the disruption economy updated 70 days ago

Peer-to-peer business is thriving and disrupting global industries. Leading entrepreneurs in the field explain why we need it.

5 ways to stop your ideas being stolen updated 71 days ago

Ideas are money - just ask Uber, Zynga, and dozens of other start-up hits. But from Shakespeare to Facebook, no idea is too great to be stolen.

Money in Mogadishu: Somali capital gets first cash machine updated 71 days ago

People in Mogadishu can now take out U.S. dollars thanks to a new ATM machine, which is the city's first.

Likefunding: How to raise cash through Facebook likes updated 71 days ago

You've heard of crowdfunding -- well, get ready for 'like" funding.

'World's fastest growing port' is sparking a local business boom updated 71 days ago

The Port of Ngqura is shaking up the local economy, and business is booming.

World Bank: Cost of Ebola could top $32 billion updated 71 days ago

Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- the three countries facing the biggest health crisis -- are also facing huge bills to try and contain the virus.

The ten things the best leaders never say updated 72 days ago

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter -- 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning," wrote Mark Twain.

What do you think the office of the future will look like? updated 72 days ago

Does your office consist of identikit cubicles, gray walls and strip lighting? Do you 'hot desk' in sterile bland spaces? Do you feel like you are living in Office Space? Take heart, because the office of the future may look and be very different.

London's red phone boxes go green updated 72 days ago

Next time you're on the go and your phone is running out of juice, try a phone box. No, not for calling. To charge your phone.

The key to your next promotion? Paper and crayons. updated 73 days ago

Draw your career goals. Don't write them down. It unlocks your brain's powerful unconscious processing power.

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