Posts by Nicole Goodkind

  • Fan Bingbing made $21 million last year: Who is she?

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance 1 day ago

    Forbes’ has released its list of the top paid actresses in 2015 and for the most part its pretty standard. Jennifer Lawrence, aka America’s sweetheart, came in first, followed by Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy. The fourth highest paid actress, however, is a surprise. Fan Bingbing, a 33 year-old Chinese actress, producer and singer, has earned $21 million pre-tax over the past 12 months.

    Americans might recognize Fan from her small role in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but for the most part her earnings come from China’s growing national film market. Fan is so successful in her home country that Barbie recently released a doll modeled after her in Shanghai.

    So who is Fan Bingbing and how did she make more money than Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep last year?

    In 2007 she opened her own production company, Fan Bingbing Studio.

    Fan Bingbing is currently best known in China but that’s all about to change. The foreign superstar just inked a deal with 20 th Century Fox to star in four more X-Men films.


  • Meet the 24-year old who could get Kanye West elected

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance 2 days ago

    Kanye West announced that he would be running for president in 2020 after an 11-minute speech during MTV’s Video Music Awards. During the speech West also insinuated that he was high on marijuana.

    Only time will tell whether West was serious about his presidential ambitions, but in the meantime the first political action committee has been formed in his name. "Ready for Kanye" was registered with the Federal Election Commission just a few hours after West’s announcement by Eugene Craig, a young republican from Maryland.

    Craig, who is currently the 3 rd vice-chair of the Maryland Republican Party and the president of the Young Minority Republican Fund, supports Rand Paul for 2016 but will support West in 2020 if there isn’t already a republican in the White House.

    Craig also points to Donald Trump who has been a democrat, an independent and a republican over the course of his life as proof that West's political affiliation can evolve.

    Craig hasn’t been contacted by anyone associated with West but he is hopeful. He says he’s been a fan since West released the album “College Dropout.”

  • This employer will pay for your dream vacation: Best perk ever?

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance 21 days ago

    Betabrand is a crowd-funded clothing retailer based out of San Francisco that you can thank for clothing innovations like dress pant sweatpants and the paparazzi-proof hoodie.

    But the outfitter’s experiments go beyond what we wear—it's transforming employee benefits as well. One day last year, Betabrand CEO Chris Lindland went out for drinks with some of his employees and was surprised to find out a number of them had never been abroad—that’s when he got the idea to use points from his corporate credit card to pay for their overseas vacations.

    Lindland ran the idea by Betabrand CFO James Tagliani who consolidated all expenses onto the Spark Miles for Business card from Capital One-- a corporate credit card with double miles. They now accumulate enough points to send one employee abroad every six to eight weeks.

    Watch the video above to see Betabrand send an employee to Morocco!

  • This tech entrepreneur lost $1 million and made it back before 25

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance 21 days ago

    Jessica Mah founded inDinero, a small business services start-up, when she was just 19 years-old and received $1 million in funding by the time she was 20.

    This wasn’t too surprising. The tech wiz began programming at 8 years-old, started her first company at 12 and dropped out of high school to take computer science courses at University of California at Berkeley when she was 15. In 2010, TechCrunch wrote that she was, “Perhaps the closest we’ve got to a female Mark Zuckerberg.”

    Yet after just one year, her company was on the brink of failure. She was burning through $80,000 a week and couldn’t get along with any of her co-workers. “I overspent, I overhired, I wasn’t focused on generating enough revenue to sustain the business,” says Mah.

    “We regrouped,” says Mah. “And we came up with the idea to do inDinero full-service. So instead of just being software we decided to charge thousands of dollars more but also handle all of the accounting and tax needs for a business.” The rebranding worked—inDinero has grown 2,686% in the past three years and now has four offices around the globe.

  • How to keep your job in a world of automation

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance 24 days ago

    Nearly half of all jobs in the United States-- 47%-- are atrisk of being replaced by some sort of automation. From cashiers to headhunters to stock analysts, all sorts of jobs are at risk. So how do you stay relevant as an employee when machines and robots are doing more and more of the work?

    Sales jobs are a great example, says Colvin. “A lot of selling is being automated.  It’s called programmatic buying. However, think about selling a power turbine that costs $4 million. Think about selling a sponsorship of a whole season of a television show. Those are only going to be done by human beings.”

  • Suntory sending whiskey to space

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance 1 mth ago

    Whiskey in space

    It’s one large gulp for mankind this week as Japanese spirits giant Suntory has announced it’s sending its whiskey into space.

    The company will send six samples of whiskey to the International Space Station later this month in order to test the effects of zero gravity on the aging process. It hopes to gain insight into why and exactly how aging spirits mellows flavor. There will be two groups of samples; one will age for 13 months and the next for at least two years. The company will also keep control samples on earth.

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    Surprisingly, this won’t be the first whiskey in space. Scottish whiskey company Ardbeg, owned by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, sent samples to the Space Station in 2011.

    Suntory owns brands like Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Pinnacle Vodka and more. It also owns Yamazaki whiskey whose Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 was voted best whiskey in the world last year.

    The whiskey will launch from the Tanegashima Space Center on August 16 th . Unfortunately there are no plans to sell the space-aged product.

    Space Oddity and Brandy

  • Oklahoma Governor's daughter forced to move trailer from state mansion

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance 1 mth ago

    This week in weird business news…

    Moving out of mom and dad’s house is tough—especially when your mother is Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and the property is the Governor's mansion.

    Fallin told “The Oklahoman” in an interview that her 28-year old daughter, Christina Fallin, has been living in a trailer behind the mansion since April. This sparked some concerns amongst Oklahomans, with one writing to local news channel KFOR to ask, “Is it true that Mary Fallin’s daughter is living in a trailer on the Governor’s mansion property? That is state property! Who is paying her bills? Oklahoma taxpayers?”

    It turns out that the trailer is in violation of state policy. According to the Capitol-Medical Center Improvement Zoning Commission, a trailer cannot be kept on state property and that includes the Governor’s mansion. Christina will vacate the property by Sunday.

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    The republican Governor also told KFOR that family comes first. "I love my family. My daughter's terrific… if she says, 'Hey, mom, I need some help,' I'm not going to turn her down."

  • Chinese contagion: Is the U.S. headed towards a market correction?

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance 1 mth ago

    It’s been nearly four years since U.S. stock markets (^DJI, ^GSPC) last experienced a true correction, and some investors are getting nervous and biding their time.

    “I don’t think we need a correction,” says David Joy, chief market strategist at Ameriprise. “Quite frankly I think the market is fairly valued right now.” Markets have come down a bit bringing some of the froth out of valuations, he says. Joy believes that investors are currently waiting—they want to see when the Fed will raise rates, and whether the U.S. economy can accelerate fast enough to boost earnings. He expects that there will be mini corrections in the market, but isn’t expecting a big pullback anytime soon. A correction is defined as a pullback of 10% or greater.

    In the U.S., bears worry that Chinese contagion will reach U.S. markets. Joy believes there is reason to be concerned to a certain extent. “China is the world’s second largest economy,” he says. “If the Chinese economy is slowing down that will impact us.”

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  • Why Ford is shredding cash...literally

    Nicole Goodkind at Yahoo Finance 1 mth ago

    At Ford’s (F) material sustainability lab in Dearborn, Michigan you’ll find a hodgepodge of seemingly random junk—shredded money, dandelions, tomato stems and tree pulp. All of these items would typically be headed towards a landfill, but with the help of senior technical lead Deborah Mielewski they’re being turned into car parts instead.  

    “My job is to replace petroleum-based plastics with plant-based materials and I’ve been at it for about 15 years now,” she explains. Mielewski is currently developing a process to turn dandelion stems into rubber, tomato parts and old money into plastic and algae into foam. She’s already created a soy-based foam that’s used in the seats of a range of Ford vehicles.

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    Watch the video above to see a tour of the lab.