Snapchat can make you a millioniare-see how.

Working at startups is always a gamble. But if you get your foot in the door early enough at the right company, you could end up a millionaire.

Inspired by a 2012 Quora thread, we came up with our own list of companies you should join if you want to make some serious cash in four years, assuming you’re able to negotiate a bunch of stock options when you join.

We’ve included employee count for each company. For startups whose employee headcounts we didn’t have access to from our own reporting, we consulted Pitchbook, a private equity and venture capital database that tracks information about companies.

The companies on this list are blowing up — some are early-stage, some are more mature, but they’re all highly valued and fast-growing. You’ll want to get hired before they take off further.

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Here are the four things Google CFO Ruth Porat wants investors to keep in mind

Google just delivered blockbuster Q3 earnings, beating analyst estimates on both the top and bottom lines and announcing an enormous stock buyback program.

The stock went wild, zooming up about 11%.

Besides the stock rocketship, this was a particularly significant earnings report because it’s the last one before the company starts breaking out Google’s business as separate from the other subsidiaries created under new parent company Alphabet.

In her prepared remarks, CFO Ruth Porat highlighted four key themes to set the tone for the company moving forward.

Porat, who joined Google from Morgan Stanley last quarter, has been a hit with Wall Street so far.

Here are the four key themes she talked about:

1. Google is growing thanks to mobile search, while small businesses like Nest and moonshot projects like self-driving cars will make money some day. “First, in terms of revenues, our strong revenue growth in Q3 reflects the ongoing momentum in Google, with acceleration in mobile search complemented by the strength of YouTube and Programmatic. The Other Bets are earlier stage businesses, which we believe have significant longer term revenue potential. In the near term the focus there is on optimizing our investments.”

2. You’ll soon be able to see how strong Google is. “Second, with respect to profitability we remain focused on managing expenses within our control, while investing to support the growth areas we have in Google and Other Bets. Segment reporting, by definition, provides greater insight into the profit dynamics within Alphabet.”

3. We’re going to continue to spend more money on our exciting projects like super-fast internet initiative Google Fiber.
“Third, as to capex [capital expenditures] the vast majority to-date of course has been to support Google, where we will continue to invest given to our exciting opportunities globally. As the same time, capex in Other Bets is expected to increase through next year as we continue to execute in the growth agenda there, in particular in Access and Energy, which contains our Fiber business, among other efforts.”

4. We have a lot of cash, so if we see a really important opportunity we’ll take it.

 “Fourth, our growing cash balance remains a powerful tool, giving us the flexibility to invest in the breadth of opportunity we have in Google and Other Bets as well as selectively pursue compelling new bets.” Google has almost $73 billion in cash and marketable securities.

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Here are Some Deadly Sins of investing

Here are the Seven Deadly Sins of investing
Mike Turner, the head of multi-asset investment solutions at the $480 billion fund manager, took to the web on Wednesday to caution investors against seven critical mistakes they can make while investing.

Turner drove the point home by pairing each lesson with a fun, 30-second cartoon snippet framed around the seven deadly sins: greed, envy, lust, gluttony, sloth, wrath, and pride. 

The videos feature the mellow voice of Joanna Lumley, who played Aunt Emma in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

In the video for “Sloth,” animators played on Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare,” encouraging investors to do their diligence while researching potential investments, rather than rushing to the finish line.

In another video titled “Envy,” the narrator says that “imitating the index is the poorest form of flattery … instead of investing in assets that have just done well in the past, you should invest in those that offer the best potential for future returns.”

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Some books Mark Zuckerberg thinks everyone should read

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made a tradition of dramatic New Year’s resolutions, and this year he decided that he’d read a book every two weeks.

He wanted his selections to focus on “different cultures, beliefs, histories, and technologies.”

“Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today,” Zuckerberg wrote on his personal Facebook page. “I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.”

To achieve this, he started the A Year of Books book club, in which he discusses the books he’s reading with members of the Facebook community.

We’ve put together a list of his picks and why he thinks everyone should read them.

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‘Why Nations Fail’ by Daren Acemoğlu and James Robinson
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“Why Nations Fail” is an overview of 15 years of research by MIT economist Daren Acemoğlu and Harvard political scientist James Robinson, and was first published in 2012.

The authors argue that “extractive governments” use controls to enforce the power of a select few, while “inclusive governments” create open markets that allow citizens to spend and invest money freely, and that economic growth does not always indicate the long-term health of a country.

Zuckerberg’s interest in philanthropy has grown alongside his wealth in recent years, and he writes that he chose this book to better understand the origins of global poverty.

‘The Rational Optimist’ by Matt Ridley
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“The Rational Optimist,” first published in 2010, is the most popular and perhaps the most controversial of popular science writer Matt Ridley’s books.

In it, he argues that the concept of markets is the source of human progress, and that progress is accelerated when they are kept as free as possible. The resulting evolution of ideas will consistently allow humankind to improve its living conditions, despite the threats of climate change and overpopulation.

Zuckerberg says that he picked up this book because it posits the inverse theory of “Why Nations Fail,” which argues that social and political forces control economic forces. “I’m interested to see which idea resonates more after exploring both frameworks,” Zuckerberg writes.

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McDonald’s US sales just rose for the first time in 2 years

On Thursday morning, the company reported third-quarter earnings results that topped analysts’ forecasts.

Same-store sales — at locations open for at least one year — rose 0.9% in the US; analysts had expected a decline. Worldwide same-store sales increased 4%. 

McDonald’s is coming out of at least seven straight quarters of same-store-sales declines in the US. It implemented a turnaround strategy that included customizable burgers and all-day breakfast. The company said the new crispy buttermilk chicken sandwich and breakfast lifted US sales.

“I am encouraged by our operating performance for the quarter, with positive comparable sales across all segments, including the U.S., as well as sales recovery in China following the prior year supplier issue,” said CEO Steve Easterbrook in the statement. 

The company beat on adjusted earnings per share by $0.12, posting $1.40 for the third quarter. It took a $0.17 hit from the strong dollar, which diminished its overseas earnings when translated. Revenues fell 9% to $6.6 billion.

Shares rose by as much as 6% to an all-time high in pre-market trading. They have rallied 12% over the past year. 

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simple ways to improve your finances in an hour or less

You can start getting better with money in just an hour.

Managing your money successfully to start accumulating wealth doesn’t require a financial planner or MBA.

In fact, there are several actions you can take today to set yourself up for future financial success — and many of them aren’t even time intensive.

We rounded up 13 simple strategies that won’t take more than 60 minutes to implement, but will significantly better your finances:

Make your finances automatic.
Automating your finances will let you focus on the fun parts of life, rather than constantly worrying about paying the bills on time.
Most bills today can be paid online, and you often have the option of setting up automatic payments. Try automating consistent payments for fixed costs — cable, internet, Netflix, and insurance — so that you don’t have to think about them every month, and never miss a bill. You can do the same for variable costs such as credit card bills, although you’ll want to check in on your account regularly to make sure things are going smoothly.

Making your payments automatic should be an option on your provider’s website. If not, give them a call.

For payments that can’t be made online, such as rent, set up calendar reminders and get in the habit of paying them around the same time each month so that it becomes an ingrained routine.

Look into the benefits offered by your employer.
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Many employees don’t fully understand the benefits offered to them.
Employee benefits are often not tapped into, mostly because people don’t fully understand what’s offered to them.

Most companies offer 401(k) plans — a type of retirement account that gives you large tax advantages and allows you to compound more money over time — and in many cases, employers will also offer a 401(k) match, which is essentially free money.

Another employee benefit to consider is a health savings account (HSA), into which you can put pre-tax money and use towards medical costs whenever you want. This option is particularly advantageous for those who are generally healthy and don’t have to go to the doctor’s office or hospital that often, such as 20- or 30-somes without children who are looking to save for future health care expenses. 

Also, if you have younger children, check to see if your company offers a dependent care flexible spending account (also known as FSAs), into which you can put pre-tax money and save significantly on childcare with the tax deduction. In some cases, you’ll receive a debit card from the company to use towards services such as daycare and summer camp. If you’re paying a nanny or babysitter, you can pay them with cash and then apply for a reimbursement from the FSA. 

Take some time to look into company benefits, or call your human resources department with any questions. You might find a useful benefit you’ve been overlooking.

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2 things successful people do in the first week of a new job

Be on your game from day one.

Thousands of workers will be heading to a new job this month, excited and nervous to prove they’ve got what it takes.

After the flurry of hiring that typically happens in the first quarter, the fall tends to be the second-biggest hiring period of the year, according to career coach Kathleen Brady, author of “Get a Job!” and the director of career services at Georgian Court University. Employers refocus on their top initiatives and capitalize on any remaining budget for new hires.

For all those newbs hanging their coats on a new office chair, that means it’s time to get to work. “The first three months of any new job are an extension of the interview process,” says career management expert Amanda Augustine. “From the first day, you need to be on your game.”

With a decade of experience advising high-level professionals, Augustine details what the most successful people do that first week in a new job.

1. Be a geek about introducing yourself.
Take the initiative to meet people. Say hello in the elevator, kitchen, or bathroom. It will pay off in the end. “It could be a fast-paced culture, and they don’t have time to come to you,” Augustine says. “Start with the group that’s closest to you, the people you’re directly working with.” It will be in their best interest to get you started on the right foot, because your work will directly affect theirs.

2. Befriend a veteran who can help you navigate politics (and find the pencils).
Learn who the players are, and who’s been at your company awhile, she advises. Find the seasoned veteran who has a good handle on what works and doesn’t and can show you around. “Companies have their own language and inside jokes,” she says. “Look for the one person to help you decode the acronyms and office politics.” Plus, you’ll need someone to go to for the silly things. Asking your boss where to find the pencils is a bit below their pay grade.

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