Category: General

Why That Risky Career Move Could Be a Safer Bet than You Think

By Karen Firestone MARCH 11, 2016 Karen’s latest piece featured in the Harvard Business Review discusses the impossibility of avoiding risk altogether. Read the full article on HBR.com   Kalinda has a high-paying job at an investment company and lives outside of Boston with her fiancé. They love running in the parks near their home…

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WSJ: The Crisis in American Entrepreneurship

By JEFFREY SPARSHOTT Mar 7, 2016 10:13 am ET Start-ups might be suffering but not due to fewer ideas. Concepts can be too costly and uneconomic to develop after years of venture firms throwing money at entrepreneurs. Read the full article in The Wall Street Journal

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How Technology is Ruining My Life

I use technology all day.  So does everyone, unless you have settled into an ultra-alternative life as a fisherman/woman in the Faroe Islands, and I bet you’ll need GPS and plenty of digital devices.  I am the CEO of a financial services company where we buy and sell shares of stocks through an electronic trading…

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HBR: Taking Longer to Reach the Top Has Its Benefits

Most career advice today encourages us to move forward passionately, intentionally, boldly — and above all, quickly. Career coaches don’t make a lot of money from encouraging people to “get ahead slowly.” However, in terms of fulfilling our long-term goals for career success, patience can be an asset. That’s not to say waiting is easy….

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CNBC: Smart Money Value Picks

Karen Firestone was recently on CNBC’s Halftime Report to discuss how her top picks coincide with the consumer’s strong balance sheet. Watch the full video on CNBC.com

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HBR: What I Didn’t Know About Becoming a CEO

By Karen Firestone NOVEMBER 09, 2015 The company I co-founded is now ten years old. While we’re an investment firm, many of the things I’ve learned as CEO transcend any particular industry. In looking back over the years, there are some things that I expected to be tough, and they have been. But there have…

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