Stephanie faces off against Ted and wisely sits down to lower her center of gravity (I learned this in physics). Ted still man-handles her into the water at which point Stephanie reaches up and grabs him by the foot and pulls him down. Jeff continues to speak to that group of playground bullies who for the first time in their lives are made to follow rules to win, “Stephanie, what are you doing? You were in the water. You weren’t even close to the attack zone.” (more…)
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One of the most common questions people ask about their Web site is: where can I locate it?
For most entrepreneurs, it doesn’t make sense to establish a Web site on their own computer system. The cost of putting in place a high-speed connection to the Internet in order to make the site available to the world can far exceed the relatively minor cost of locating it on someone else’s computer.
You walk into Ace Travel, where a lone agent sitting behind one of several desks-along racks of dog-eared vacation pamphlets and posters of Canc?n-beckons you to sit down. “Where do you want to go?”
Like many people, I continually struggle with how to keep up with issues of technology, e-biz and e-commerce and the Internet.
In a world evolving so quickly, I’ve got to find instant information relevant to any topic, issue, company, person or industry I might be dealing with.
Over the years, I’ve found two powerful ways of managing the information in my working life.
It’s six in the morning on one of the last days of summer, and to prove a point, I’m writing this column out by my pool.
All I needed to get to work and gain access to my home network and the Internet was my laptop.
No wires, no fuss, no muss. (more…)
Suppose that, after using up your exclusion and all the lower tax brackets, you still have $1 million to transfer to your children. If you give the money to them now, it will be taxed at the highest federal gift rate. The government takes $355,000, and your children receive $645,000. If you leave the $1 million in your estate, the feds get $550,000 and your children $450,000. “It’s virtually impossible to do better by paying the estate tax rather than the gift tax,”. There is a wrinkle, though: If the donor dies within three years of making the gift, the estate will have to pay the difference between the tax already paid and what is owed under estate rules.
Now is a good time to focus on the best way to shift assets out of your own estate and into the hands of children and charities. This year, the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 has added new twists for you to consider, some of which challenge old gifting givens.
None of these things has happened.
The list of failed predictions goes on an on. The fact is, making predictions is very difficult. Even the most brilliant people don’t always succeed: in 1932, Albert Einstein stated that “there is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.”
Given how long we’ve been making predictions,why can’t we get it right?
We are in the last month of the last year of the last century of an entire millennium – and we are surrounded by predictions.
Should you believe them?
Maybe not: you might instead heed the words of poet Jack Barron, who stated (in translation) that “the trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.”
When you’re starting your own company, you need links to business opportunities. And to find them, you’ll need a lot of contacts. That’s where myriad specialty clubs and networking organizations come in handy. Camaraderie around the coffeemaker, impromptu brainstorming over lunch and gripe sessions in the restroom make for great on-the-job networking. But when you’re out on your own, you’ll want a new crowd, one that can give you more than just moral support.