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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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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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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Using Wikipedia For SEO – Is It Doable?

We already talked about the many SEO benefits of earning a link on Wikipedia back to your website. If you are wondering whether Wikipedia SEO strategies are for you, then go back and check out our previous post on this subject. If you’ve read that and decided that you would like to give Wikipedia SEO a try, then read on for some advice how to proceed with success.
The Wikipedia Mindset
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that users can edit. Its goal is to provide people with accurate and neutral information about a wide variety of topics. People who edit Wikipedia’s nearly 5 million articles want to give an unbiased account of the topic.

Wikipedia requires contributors to write in a neutral point of view.
In addition, Wikipedia wants to provide information on significant topics that people care about. There are notability criteria that determine what articles can be approved to appear on Wikipedia. Only topics, persons and businesses with a certain level of notoriety can appear. The evidence for this notability is the appearance of the entity in the news and other online third-party sources. There must be press citations and recognized achievement for a person or business to receive an entry.
When using Wikipedia for SEO, you need to understand the mindset of Wikipedians (the people who are involved with editing and maintaining Wikipedia) so that you can successfully accomplish your own SEO goals without violating the core principles of Wikipedia.
Wikipedia SEO
At first it may seem that the goals of Wikipedia are at complete cross-purposes to those of SEO and content marketing. SEO is promotional. You want to drive traffic to your site. So Wikipedia’s focus on neutrality may seem contrary to the promotion that you would like for your own business.
But in reality, this is not the case. As with any content, people don’t like to be sold. So just as you would produce valuable content for your own webpage and blog, you can add value to Wikipedia by providing accurate information about the topics that you are an expert in. In content marketing, you dial down a heavy sales pitch for content on your own blog, you also need to avoid the appearance of sales on Wikipedia as well.

The goal of Wikipedia SEO is to contribute valuable information from your website whenever appropriate.
Ultimately, you are looking to create links back to your web pages. Wikipedia editors will most likely edit out any direct links from article text. However, you can provide links in the references and external links section of every Wikipedia article. The community will ultimately decide whether these links add value to the article and will stay. Or if they are obvious spam, they will get deleted.
The key for Wikipedia SEO success is to insert links back to your webpage without getting deleted or tagged as spam.
Be A Wikipedia Contributor

Patience is a virtue when developing Wikipedia SEO. The payoff could be a lot of traffic, but it will take some time to achieve this goal. You can’t just jump right in, add links and create articles. You have to first start contributing to Wikipedia in order to build a credible reputation among fellow Wikipedians. Here’s how you do it:
Start by opening an account. Make sure you use a personal email address for the account. If you use a business email address, it will not appear that you are neutral party when you attempt to make changes on articles related to your business.
Start by making small changes in articles that are outside of your main field of interest. You might start with articles about hobbies that you have.
You can also start with topics that garner less traffic so you won’t have to deal with aggressive editors.
Begin by correcting typos and move up to adding citations and content to articles.
This will help you to learn how to use Wikipedia, gain a solid reputation and position you to achieve your SEO goals. While it might sound boring, being a Wikipedia contributor can actually be a lot of fun especially when you start to get the hang of it and contribute a lot of stuff related to the things you love. Have you ever wondered why so many people volunteer as a Wikipedia contributor even though you don’t actually get paid for it? Here’s the reason:

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Have you ever heard the term BLACK SWAN in business?

The former CSO of Pepsico referred to Rodan + Fields as a Black Swan…

DEFINITION: an event or occurrence that deviates beyond what is normally expected of a situation and that would be extremely difficult to predict. (Source: Investopedia)

Two other fan-favorite companies have had the honor of holding this same title…

1. APPLE… a company started in a garage making computers, is now a leading empire in music/TV service, mp3 players, phones, tablets, watches…they are unstoppable.

2. AMAZON… They started as an alternative place to purchase books online, and have exploded into a company that can provide practically anything – with expedited shipping for free.

Businesses earn this title when they CAPTURE the market share by CREATING it where there once was none.

We are NOT just another skin care company. We are NOT just another direct selling company. We are different – because there are NO limits!

R+F is in position to be a BILLION DOLLAR global giant – just like Proactiv, but in the PREMIUM skin care market category.

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How To Structure Your Business

It is one thing to arrive at a business concept that you think will work for you and your unique situation. It is another thing entirely for you to structure the business in a legal manner that creates as advantageous a tax situation for you as possible.

It is also important to properly structure your business to limit your personal liability as much as possible and to protect your often considerable financial investment. Consider the most common types of business structures briefly discussed below to determine which is most appropriate for you.

Sole Proprietorship
This is the simplest type of business structure that there is and involves a business that is owned by only one person. This does not mean that a sole proprietorship is your only option if you are the only owner, but it does certainly have its advantages. Tax-wise, the expenses for running the business, in addition to the income, are included right on your personal income tax return that you file every year. You will just want to make use of Schedule C, detailing the expenses that you incurred, and offset that with your income.

If you are a sole proprietor, you will also need to file a Schedule SE along with your annual 1040. This same form is used to estimate how much self-employment tax you will need to pay, so keep that in mind as well. Under this business structure, you will need to also make estimated tax payments if you expect to have to pay a minimum of $1,000 in federal taxes. This is the amount you would need to pay after deducting your expenses and other allotted credits.

Partnership
You might consider structuring your business as a partnership if it will be owned and operated by several different people. This is a legal structure that helps protect each of you while outlining the responsibilities and obligations that each partner will have in the business. The partners will own the business and assume liability for it as well. There are two main types of partnerships that determine the extent of this liability, however, and they are the limited and general partnership. A general partnership usually will see each partner manage the company directly, and also responsibility for the debts and other financial obligations that the business incurs. A limited partnership can have some general partners in it, but will also have some limited partners that are only financial investors in the business.

Corporation
Developing a corporate structure, as you can imagine, is more time-consuming and expensive than the other types. This is primarily because it is a legal entity of its own, separate from the actual owners of the business. This entails compliance with various regulations and tax requirements. Given that information, you might wonder why in the world someone would choose to form a corporation. In many cases, there are tremendous benefits, such as liability protection for the owner of the business. The debt for the corporation is also not attached to the owner, so personal assets are not put at risk.

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