Ray Hennessey

Ray Hennessey

Ray Hennessey is Editorial Director of Entrepreneur.com.

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Business Owners Give Obama Weak Marks
Leadership

Business Owners Give Obama Weak Marks

Just 37 percent of business owners approve of the president's job performance, according to a new poll by Gallup.
5 of Tom Clancy's Most Inspiring Quotes
Leadership

5 of Tom Clancy's Most Inspiring Quotes

Bestselling author Tom Clancy, who died Wednesday at age 66, gave great advice to businesspeople of all stripes.
Private Sector Hiring Still Dragging
Hiring Center

Private Sector Hiring Still Dragging

America's largest and smallest employers led continued modest job creation in September, with much of the private sector continuing to show a hesitancy to hire.
How the U.S. Can Hold Foreign Laws Against You
Innovation

How the U.S. Can Hold Foreign Laws Against You

The Lacey Act was the first real American conservation law, but changes in the law have made it too dangerous to conserve in its present form.
Google May Have Violated Wiretap Laws
News and Trends

Google May Have Violated Wiretap Laws

In a win for online privacy advocates but a blow to advertisers, a federal judge has ruled Google may have violated wiretapping laws by scanning and reviewing users' Gmails.
Tell Us: Is Executive Stress Overblown?
Leadership

Tell Us: Is Executive Stress Overblown?

New information suggests research is wrong when it says that executives -- because of the tough business decisions they need to make -- are more prone to bad health.
BlackBerry Inks $4.7 Billion Deal to Go Private
News and Trends

BlackBerry Inks $4.7 Billion Deal to Go Private

The troubled mobile maker has accepted a $9-a-share offer from Fairfax Financial Holdings, which already owns 10 percent of BlackBerry's shares.
Tell Us: Is Intellectual Property Even Property at All?
Branding

Tell Us: Is Intellectual Property Even Property at All?

Businesses spend a lot of time and money fretting over patent issues, but perhaps the concept of intellectual property as a whole needs to be re-examined.
Tell Us: Is Starbucks Wrong in Taking a Political Stand?
Franchises

Tell Us: Is Starbucks Wrong in Taking a Political Stand?

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's request that customers leave their guns at the door puts his company -- and by extension, his employees and franchisees -- behind this political issue.
Starbucks CEO Asks Customers Not to Bring Guns Into Stores
Franchises

Starbucks CEO Asks Customers Not to Bring Guns Into Stores

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wrote an open letter to customers saying the presence of weapons in its stores is 'unsettling and upsetting' to too many of its customers.
Business Ideas

Why Milton Friedman Could Love Social Entrepreneurship

Pursuit of profits is still paramount. But getting there with a social element is possible.
Twitter Files for IPO
News and Trends

Twitter Files for IPO

Twitter has filed to go public, though potential investors will have to wait a bit to get a sense of its financials.
Marissa Mayer, Traitor?
News and Trends

Marissa Mayer, Traitor?

Recent comments from Yahoo's CEO suggest U.S. technology companies can be charged with the high crime of treason if they meddle in the government's attempt to collect private data on citizens.
Should You Be Worried About Apple Having Your Fingerprints?
Security

Should You Be Worried About Apple Having Your Fingerprints?

Apple says the fingerprint data stored by the new iPhone is encrypted and kept 'inside a secure enclave,' but there's still reason to pause.
Small Businesses Plan to Hire More Despite Bleak Jobs Picture
Hiring Center

Small Businesses Plan to Hire More Despite Bleak Jobs Picture

While business owners reported a relatively low number of job openings and many cut jobs in August, they nonetheless said they planned to increase their hiring.
Meet the Newest Member of the Billionaires Club: Sam Adams Creator Jim Koch
Grow Your Business

Meet the Newest Member of the Billionaires Club: Sam Adams Creator Jim Koch

Jim Koch, who built the Sam Adams brand from a small microbrewery into the second-largest American brewery, has landed on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
U.S. Labor Participation Rate at Lowest Level Since the 1970s
Hiring Center

U.S. Labor Participation Rate at Lowest Level Since the 1970s

In a troubling sign for the U.S. economy, fewer Americans are working and more are giving up even trying.
Private-Sector Hiring Slows in August; Medium-Sized Businesses Drive New Payrolls
Hiring Center

Private-Sector Hiring Slows in August; Medium-Sized Businesses Drive New Payrolls

The private sector added 176,000 new jobs in August, down from 198,000 in July and marking the lowest level since May, according to the ADP Employment Report.
U.S. Small-Business Borrowing Hits Highest Level in 6 Years
Bank Loans and Microloans

U.S. Small-Business Borrowing Hits Highest Level in 6 Years

American small businesses increased their borrowing to their highest levels in six years in July, in a sign that many owners are anticipating an uptick in economic activity.
Why the SBA Should Be Abolished
SBA and Government Funding

Why the SBA Should Be Abolished

Perhaps there was a time when the Small Business Administration served a purpose for businesses, but that time has passed, writes Ray Hennessey.
Ronald Coase, Lighthouses and Elon Musk
Leadership

Ronald Coase, Lighthouses and Elon Musk

Many entrepreneurs may not know Ronald Coase, but their work has benefited from his ideas.
5 Reasons the Fast-Food Worker Protests Are Off Base
Franchises

5 Reasons the Fast-Food Worker Protests Are Off Base

No one wants families to suffer, or go hungry or not receive fair pay for the quality of their skill. But that's not what these protests are about, writes Ray Hennessey.
6 Reasons Why Mark Hurd Should Be Microsoft's Next CEO
Leadership

6 Reasons Why Mark Hurd Should Be Microsoft's Next CEO

Despite his ouster from H-P, Mark Hurd is the one man with all the skills needed to help Microsoft complete its transformation.
Yahoo Beats Google in Monthly Traffic for First Time Since 2011
News and Trends

Yahoo Beats Google in Monthly Traffic for First Time Since 2011

Yahoo beat archrival Google in traffic in July even without having Tumblr traffic added to its tally, according to comScore.
When the Axe Swings, Your Worst Employees Will Outperform
Motivation and Retention

When the Axe Swings, Your Worst Employees Will Outperform

Conventional wisdom suggests that companies have been able to maintain output with fewer employees because bosses took care to fire the worst workers and keep their stars. A new study is turning that
Another Site Shuts Down on Government Surveillance Fears
News and Trends

Another Site Shuts Down on Government Surveillance Fears

Groklaw, generally considered the go-to web community for legal issues related to technology, has abruptly shut down, citing the U.S. government's surveillance of emails.
Facebook Wrong in Refusing to Pay Helpful Hacker
News and Trends

Facebook Wrong in Refusing to Pay Helpful Hacker

A hacker who found a flaw in Facebook reported it to the company but was ignored. When he finally got the company's attention by posting directly on Mark Zuckerberg's wall, he was punished for it.
Taxi Company Weaves Out of L.A.'s Regulatory Traffic Jam
Innovation

Taxi Company Weaves Out of L.A.'s Regulatory Traffic Jam

A taxi company in Los Angeles has found a way to allow passengers to hail cabs through their smartphones, notching a victory in the city's regulatory civil war.
Regulators Keep Punishing Square for Doing Nothing Wrong
News and Trends

Regulators Keep Punishing Square for Doing Nothing Wrong

The mobile-payment processor has been fined by yet another state for operating without a money-transmission license though it doesn't actually transmit money.
The Half-Baked Plan for Pot Legalization
Tax Center

The Half-Baked Plan for Pot Legalization

Increasingly, marijuana is seen as a potentially big financial opportunity. But the tax man is making it a business buzz-kill.

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