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Xu Meiying was nearing retirement from her job in logistics in the Chinese province of Henan when she started thinking about a career change, tapping into an earlier knack for bringing together friends into often successful courtships.

She launched her matchmaking business with a single sign, listing her contact information for anyone needing help finding love—even offering her services for free.

Two years later, Xu is one of China’s most successful professional matchmakers. She has 250,000 followers on China’s Kuaishou social-media and video app, charging anywhere from 166 yuan ($25) to CNY999 to Chinese love-seekers, she tells Barron’s. She declined to say what her annual income is.

Privately held Kuaishou, often compared to TikTok, earned $7.2 billion in revenue last year from more than 300 million daily active users, Chinese media reports. Xu uses the site as a sort of storefront, featuring videos discussing her services and showing clips

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Every solopreneur wants their business ideas to generate financial success. But as the old saying goes, you have to spend money to make money. This is especially true with startups.

Of course, we’ve all heard those scary stats about the majority of new businesses failing in their first few years. So wouldn’t it be nice to eliminate some of that risk and uncertainty by knowing — right from the start — that your latest business idea is most likely going to be a success?

Well, there’s no secret formula for figuring this out. By taking a step back to think critically about your latest and greatest business idea, you can quickly figure out if it truly has the potential you think it does.

Your Idea Solves A Pressing (And Prevalent) Problem

The best business ideas are always those that solve real problems that don’t have a readily- available

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AVer’s VC520 PRO Video Conference System & CAM340+ Huddle Camera Named 2020 Winners in the BIG Award for Business

Today, AVer Information received the Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Award for Business in two categories; AVer’s VC520 PRO Video Conference System was named 2020 Product of the Year, and AVer’s CAM340+ Huddle Room camera was named 2020’s New Product of the Year. This BIG Awards program was launched to reward those companies, products, and people leading their respective industries.

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AVer’s BIG Awards Winners TOP: CAM340+, BOTTOM: VC520 PRO (Graphic: Business Wire)

AVer’s VC520 PRO is the optimal, professional video conferencing system for enterprise businesses. Designed with mid to large conference rooms in mind, the VC520 PRO features 18X total zoom, 1080p HD quality, and up to 100 presets with RS232 integration. The VC520 PRO offers easy-to-use, enterprise-grade features like SmartFrame

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PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — True Influence®, the technology leader of intent-based sales and marketing solutions, today announced it has received the Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Award for Business and was named 2020 Company of the Year. The organization’s annual program rewards companies, products and people that are leading their respective industries.

“We are proud to accept this award as a testimonial to our commitment to provide quality solutions to our customers,” said Brian Giese, CEO of True Influence. “We know that B2B marketing and sales organizations are under more pressure than ever to deliver more with less resources, so we developed a solution that puts all the tools into one place to streamline the process and increase the chance for success.”

True Influence collects and catalogs decision-makers’ content consumption across the entire internet, not just a limited collection of publisher web sites or their

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Whether it be an inkling for a side hustle or a wildly audacious startup, it’s normal to want validation and encouragement around your latest business idea. But according to Spanx founder Sara Blakely, there’s one group of people from whom you shouldn’t be soliciting feedback at all as you kickstart your entrepreneurial journey. 

Sara Blakely sitting on a stage in front of a curtain

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Blakely’s meteoric rise to self-made billionaire CEO has come from her founding and leadership of Spanx, a textbook tale of B.Y.O.B. (That’s “bootstrapping your own business,” obviously). Armed with $5,000 in savings and a day job selling fax machines, the founder built a shapewear empire that now rakes in an estimated $400 million in annual revenue. She also retained 100 percent ownership along the way; in 2012, Forbes declared her the youngest woman to reach self-made billionaire status.


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Before Spanx was everywhere, however, it was kept secret for nearly

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On the sacred, storied grounds of Augusta National this week, the Masters will be played with darker foliage, no fans and an omnipresent logo that will get plenty of TV time, further highlighting golf’s headfirst dive into the sports gambling business.

a man flying through the air on a golf course: Masters favorite Bryson DeChambeau will wear a DraftKings logo on his hat at this week's tournament.

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Masters favorite Bryson DeChambeau will wear a DraftKings logo on his hat at this week’s tournament.

Bryson DeChambeau, the tournament favorite, will sport a DraftKings logo on his cap, making him the first player to wear the betting company’s logo in a tournament and the latest sign of golf’s burgeoning relationship with gambling.

Betting operators are anticipating a big week. Wagering on golf has exploded in recent months, thanks to expanded legalized betting and a pandemic-inspired spike in golf interest. At DraftKings alone, the sportsbook handle for golf has increased tenfold this year compared with last.

“We saw an explosion of interest in getting content and

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Before business school Cindy Lai spent her career in precious metals, dentistry, and aerospace. The thread that connected each role? Data analytics. 

The Master’s in Business Analytics student found that she was constantly dealing with and analyzing data. It’s why she went to business school; she wanted to build her analytical skillset and network of data professionals to enhance her career.

She was stuck on where to go, but after reading a biography of US financier, Bernard Baruch, she came across Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, and the new Master’s in Business Analytics—her cohort are the first to enroll. 

The school has a strong reputation, she says, and the lure of studying in Manhattan and learning from established professors who also teach at NYU and Columbia was a big pull factor. 

With her mind on a career in data, how does the program set students up for their future

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