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Businesswomen Who Failed, Then Won

Failure can be a doorway to success, but only if you push the door open after it slams shut.

Jeff Bezos couldn't get money to launch Amazon. Steve Jobs got fired from his own company. These men made it because they kept pushing.

Some very successful businesswomen have also failed, then won. Here are a few who did it their way:

10 Signs of a Great Franchisor

Entrepreneurs and franchisors are not the same; they're not even synonyms.

But too many people think that if they can start a business, they can run a franchise. Forbes writer Fione Simpson says, not really.

"It's a whole different ball game," she says. Without the right skills in a franchisor, it could be the the Red Sox v. Dodgers all over again.

The Next Big Money Thing in Fintech

Investors poured more than $5.4 billion into fintech startups -- in the first three months of 2018.

That's not just a lot of money; it's a trend. Fintech investment jumped nearly five times higher in the past seven years, topping out at $27.5 billion in 2017.

At the current pace, it could surpass that number this year. The $64,000 question for startups is: May we have more, please?

Across the world today, Google employees participated in a walkout to protest the management's handling of sexual harassment and gender inequity at the company.

What was expected to be a small walkout of a few hundred turned out to be massive event with thousands of employees taking part. The organizers curated a list of rather specific demands focused on improving the culture via policies aimed at transparency and inclusivity.

How to Know If Your Company Was Hurt by the Facebook Breach

If your company has a Facebook page, then your company may have been hacked.

But even if the company doesn't do Facebook, there still may be a problem. That's because as many as 50 million Facebook users were recently compromised, and that includes employees everywhere.

So it's probably time to send out a company-wide memo. Subject line: Stay Off Facebook at Work, Except for Now.

The popularity of Netflix, globally, is unrivaled. When it comes to subscription-based streaming services, Netflix has achieved Pinky and the Brain levels of global domination (though notably you need Hulu to watch that epic cartoon).

But Netflix didn't deploy trickeration nor hairbrained plots developed in a laboratory by mice bent on world domination. Rather, it was just solid international business tactics that led the company into 190 different countries in only 8 years. A recent Harvard Business Review profile explained how, and you can read some of the key takeaways below.

Domo President Leaving for InsideSales

Chris Harrington is going to InsideSales to become its chief operating officer.

That would be news alone, but it's more newsworthy because Harrington quit Domo less than three months after the company went public. Whatever his reason, Harrington won't go far because both companies are virtually neighbors.

Still, Harrington's departure doesn't look good for Domo. But it also shows there's serious business going on in Utah.

Brick-And-Mortar Making a Comeback?

The prophets called 2017 the year of the Retail Apocalypse, the end of brick-and-mortar stores as we know them.

And it happened, just like they said. More than 6,700 stores closed across the United States, surpassing the worst meltdown for storefronts since the Great Recession a decade earlier.

Many blamed the ascendancy of internet retailers like Amazon for taking all the business. Who would have guessed that physical stores could soon make a comeback -- and from the least likely source?

Death of the Beetle: What to Do When a Company Loses an Icon

The rumors of the Volkswagen Beetle's death are not exaggerated.

Perhaps it's more disturbing that Volkswagen itself is killing the beloved bug. Once the world's best-selling car, next year the Beetle will be no more.

In the eulogy to follow, there has to be some lesson for in-house counsel. After all, somebody has to help the company get through it.

Ripple GC Leaves, Big Case Settles

General counsel come and go, but sometimes it's awkward.

It was about that time for Brynly Llyr, general counsel for a leading cryptocurrency company. Ripple said her departure was a mutual decision.

But industry observers said it was "an awkward time" because the company is embroiled in major class-action cases. It also may have something to do with a settlement in another case against Ripple.