Sun, surf and low rents: why Lisbon could be the next tech capital

As 50,000 people arrive for the Web Summit, Portugal hopes its capital can lead a national resurgence as the latest rival to Silicon Valley Lisbons 25 April bridge, a naggingly familiar span of red metal suspended between the Tagus and a bright blue October sky, has long borne a symbolic weight to rival the tonnage…

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Inside the impossible life of a New York street vendor

Street vendors find themselves in a war for the right to be ambitious in New York City and with its massive police presence, Times Square is a frontline Selling on the streets is hard. It doesnt matter if one is slinging handbags or doughnuts, shish kebab or art vending is for those who are tough.…

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2 brothers have tapped into Africa’s coffee renaissance

(CNN)Nigeria is the seventh largest coffee producing country in the world, and two brothers there have decided to capitalize on this. After working abroad and soaking up caf culture, Ngozi and Chijioke Dozie opened Caf Neo in 2012 in Lagos, and now have 10 locations in Nigeria with plans to rapidly expand over the next…

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John Banvilles Dublin, a city lost and found

When John Banville embarked on a memoir of the city that shaped his early life, his recollections began to falter. He recounts the journey that led him back to the past Recently I spent a few nights in a New York hotel that I last stayed in a quarter of a century ago. In those…

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Backed by Richard Branson, this start up has African children at its heart

(CNN)When school is free, you might expect all enthusiastic children to show up, but what if they can’t afford the uniform, school equipment and shoes? One entrepreneur and his team are changing the lives of young children in South Africa by providing them with school uniforms, bought with money from sales of his watch company.

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A free market in tax is a groteseque reality | Nick Cohen

Donald Trumps tax affairs are as nothing compared to those of the great global corporations Donald Trump is offering himself as president of a country whose federal income taxes he gives every appearance of dodging. He says he is fit to be commander in chief, after avoiding giving a cent more than he could towards…

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How Brazilian women avoid sexism at work: by working for themselves

Saleswomen at companies such as Tupperware take out micro-loans and sell products directly, becoming financially independent on their own time Tupperware, the brand long associated in the US with 1950s housewives and a time of limited economic prospects for women, has found a successful market in another place with troubling gender dynamics: modern-day Brazil. Even…

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How the marijuana tax could help Portland’s minority-owned businesses

People of color are conspicuously absent from Oregons lucrative legal weed business. Now, advocates say a proposed 3% marijuana tax could help Brooke and Rodney Smith opened their Portland, Oregon cannabis dispensary, PDX Tree, in November 2014 the same month Oregon voters approved a ballot initiative for legalizing recreational marijuana. While they were excited to…

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How the next US administration can encourage long-term investment in Africa

(CNN)For too long, foreign investment in Africa has taken a short-term perspective that values extracting commodities over adding value. Whether from East to West, investment is often a one-sided affair which is a proxy for global politics. Exceptions have been some of the international consumer goods companies who have recognized the depth of the opportunity…

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The Perspective Shift You Need To Make If You’re Always Feeling Unmotivated

Ive been suffering from a bout of something bloggers and entrepreneurship gurus dont seem to cover very often: feeling deeply, darkly unmotivated. Over the past few weeks, Ive been living in one of the hippest and most inspirational cities on the planet, Berlin, and sticking my toes into what with the recent Brexit decision is…

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