Mike Maher submits:Shareholders in Mentor Graphics (MENT) owe Carl Icahn a very big thank you. After buying a 14% stake in Mentor over the last year, Mr. Icahn announced a $1.9 billion dollar, or $17 a share, cash offer for the company yesterday.
Tony Hsieh talks about his Internet juggernaut Zappos in the same way that urban planners talk about cities. In fact, the language is uncanny. He believes the best ideas – and the best form of productivity – come from "collisions," from employees caroming ideas off one another in the serendipity of constant casual contact.
The mentors are made up from the small business community and can be accessed through mentorsme.co.uk, the national mentoring portal owned and operated by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA). The 15,000 trained recruits joined 12,000 existing business mentors from across 115 mentoring organisations available through the portal.
New Gallup surveys in 83 countries indicate that adults who have access to a mentor are three times more likely to say they are planning to start a business than those who do not have a mentor, according to Gallup researchers Sangeeta Badal and Rajesh Srinivasan.
The scheme had originally been aimed at 18-to-24-year-olds, but is now being expanded to those aged up to 30 and to cater for the wider age band, the funding available for start-up loans will rise from £82m to £112m.
But the scheme, which was announced at the end of May, has only lent out £1.5m so far, with the Start-up Loans Company, which runs the scheme, putting the relatively slow start down to the time taken to set up local partnerships, but that the pace of loans had picked up during December.
Maybe so:Fairfax County planners on Wednesday will propose rules for builders in Tysons Corner that retreat from the vision
local officials approved last fall, a shift some civic leaders worry
will jeopardize the blueprint to remake the area into a walkable urban