Why be an angel investor?

Why become an angel? Angels often enjoy serving as advisers, or even helping build companies as directors. The main draw, though, is the fact that seed investing – in which a company raises $500,000 to $2 million – is simply the most lucrative type of private investing.

Seed-stage returns for the first six months of last year averaged 35.4 percent, surpassing the average 29 percent return from all venture capital investing, according to research firm Venture Economics.

Angel investing is not for the average investor: To be an angel, you must be an “accredited investor,” which the Securities and Exchange Commission defines as someone with a net worth of at least $1 million or an annual salary of at least $200,000. A fat wallet is required because a typical angel will sink anywhere from $10,000 to $250,000 in a particular deal.

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Why your profile on Facebook should be private re: college admission

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Public profiles can jeopardize your chances of being accepted or employed.

Social networking sites like Facebook and others are always a ton of fun. Nowadays, they’re used more than ever to communicate with friends online and to meet new people. If you’re reading this blog, chances are pretty good that you have a profile on Facebook

The problem with such social networking sites is that they provide immediate access to your information for someone who only knows your name.

Everyone hears talk about stalkers, pedophiles, and sexual predators online, and by now we’re all used to the warnings about disclosing information to absolute strangers. This is nothing new.

But what about people who are just interested in looking at your profile to learn more about you? People who don’t really know the real you, but want to? Yeah, secret admirers will do this, but can you think of anyone else who might want to learn more about the real you?

How about colleges? How about possible employers?

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Why Hoarders and Matt Paxton Support My Decision To Be Here

This is no secret. I watch Hoarders religiously. I will be out with friends on a Tuesday and as they are talking about something really profound, I’m thinking, man I’ve got to get back home. It’s Hoarders night. 

I made it into a ritual. I’d put out some snacks, a soda or four and get to it. Now, the only person I’d watch this was my roommate, Jens. Watching it with him made it worth it. Jens, my roommate, is Deaf. When they’d show a dead cat or pile of poop, his facial expressions are classic. I would rewatch episodes just to get his reaction.

Now I had one rule: during the commercials, I’d clean the house. In those 5 minute spurts, I’d declutter the kitchen, take out the trash, throw away crap I didn’t need in a rapid flurry. Then I’d hear the music and get back to it.

People ask, Ryan….Hoarders? Aren’t you like a media snob? I don’t know— I just loved watching people change and grow (spoiler: some do not). They have a therapist, a social worker, an organizer, and a cleaner as part of the team.

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Fear Shows You Where To Go

Purpose

Do you believe everything in life has a purpose? Do you believe, for example, that there’s a reason why you have to face your fears from time to time? Why are we afraid of certain people or situations? Do you sometimes ask yourself this question or do you let yourself be overwhelmed by the fear?

I do believe everything has a purpose. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to find an answer to why that bird left something on my bicycle seat the other day. What I’m trying to tell you is that I try not to let myself be thrown off by negative emotions or negativity in general. Especially not fear.

Take someone who’s afraid of meeting new people as an example. I think most of us feel some kind of fear when we are about to meet someone new or when we go to a party where most of the people are new to us.

For most of us, fear is an exaggeration in such cases, excitement is more appropriate. For others, however, it can be downright terrifying. What has purpose to do with all this? Well, I know when I feel fear arising that it’s time to push myself to the next level.

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Common file formats in college and how to open them

While you’re in college, professors may require you to open specific files to read, do homework, and to study. If you are unable to open these files, you’ll be in big trouble.

1. PDF – FoxIt Reader
A “PDF” is marked by the file extension “.pdf”. These files are all over the Internet and are very common in college. FoxIt Reader will open them for you. You might also try Adobe Reader, though FoxIt is a bit faster.

2. DOC/DOCX – Open Office
The file extensions “.doc” and “.docx” are Microsoft Word files. Although Microsoft Word will open these files, Microsoft Word is not free and so many may not have it. Open Office is free and will open these files.

Only Microsoft Office 2007 and newer can open “.docx” files, so if you are unable to open one, try using this online converter to convert it back to “.doc”.

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New GED Test

GEDFor decades, the General Educational Development (GED) examination has offered men and women who never finished high school the chance to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma. Students could follow often free GED preparation class.

The American Council on Education (ACE), the responsible body for the GED test, had in cooperation with publisher Pearson VUE changed the examination to meet adjusted requirements from industry, schools an, society in general and to better prepare applicants to success in institutions of higher education.

In 2014, ACE, which is consisting of approximately 1,800 degree-granting educational facilities, introduced far-reaching adjustments to the GED test with the objective to stimulate adult learners to remain learning for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Most US states introduced the new GED examination in 2014. The old GED test contained five subject, and in the new test, this has changed into four content areas, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social studies.

The new GED exam continues to measure the fundamental knowledge and competencies that are necessary for success in the future, says Chris Johnson from the website MyCareerTools.

The GED test was first developed in 1942 to help World War II veterans obtain a high school diploma equivalency, and through the years around 18 million persons have completed the GED examination, and every year around half a million people pass the examination.

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Has The Economy Affected You? Go back to school!

As financial markets around the world continue to go up and down like a yo-yo, a lot of people are scared.  Companies everywhere are laying off employees, freezing open positions, and cutting back any way they can…including salary increases and bonuses. days when you can get a job without a HS diploma are gone.

I personally know a lot of people with hefty mortgages who are worried they could be out on the street if they lost their job (or if their cost of living continues to skyrocket while their salary remains the same).  They feel like they’re on a wild roller coaster ride that has gone out of control.

This lack of control is one of the primary reasons I started my own business to make money online.  The thought of being completely reliant on the whims of some faceless corporation scares the hell out of me.  I need to know that if times are tough I can fend for myself.

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Is online MBA worth your Money ?

Obtaining an MBA degree means that you will have to invest significant time and money, so the question remains: is an MBA title worth your investment?

For a longer period of time you will have to combine family responsibilities with professional obligations and an intensive education. Not a simple task that why we have created a list of the cheapest online MBA.

The editors of Smart Choice/SuperScholar researched all regionally and AACSB/ACBSP/IACBE accredited online MBA programs in the U.S. and this resulted in probably the most objective ranking of online MBA programs. The ranking is based on issues that students find most important.

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I kind of miss my youthful ignorance

You know those times when you figure something out, or when something suddenly makes sense to you, or you realize that something is actually this when all this time you’ve thought it was that? And when it hits you, you’re all, A-ha! It all makes sense now!

My mom used to call them ‘A-ha! moments’, which, between you and me, sounds like something Oprah would say, but hey. That’s what she called them.

I had one of those moments today.

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Best Way To Prepare for SAT

The other day I received a question about SAT practice books — which I used and how I prepared for the test.

Once you’ve taken it, you’ll have a good idea what to expect — what types of questions are on it, the typical time limits, and so forth. When you come back and take the test a second time, you’ll know much better what to expect and be far more prepared.

Personally, I didn’t use any SAT books, I did some practice tests provided by the website mycareertools and  I took the practice tests there without buying a book. I studied and  I guess I got lucky with my test and I was happy enough with the score not to bother retaking the SAT. In the end, I didn’t buy any book, I just “winged” the test and that managed to work out.

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