These are the best places to launch a small business in America

They got hooked on doing business in the state after moving the start-up to Houston to participate in an accelerator there. Alec Manfre co-founded Bractlet and moved the start-up to Texas to tap the state’s talent pool. It’s not surprising that Manfre has found a lot to love about doing business in Texas — which finished second in CNBC’s 2019 America’s Top States for Business ranking. Abundant talentStates with a strong university system have an edge in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. 1


They got hooked on doing business in the state after moving the start-up to Houston to participate in an accelerator there. Alec Manfre co-founded Bractlet and moved the start-up to Texas to tap the state’s talent pool. It’s not surprising that Manfre has found a lot to love about doing business in Texas — which finished second in CNBC’s 2019 America’s Top States for Business ranking. Abundant talentStates with a strong university system have an edge in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. 1
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Alec Manfre co-founded the tech start-up Bractlet as a student in Atlanta where he went to college, then ran it from an incubator in Santiago, Chile. But it was Texas where he and his two co-founders ultimately put down roots. They got hooked on doing business in the state after moving the start-up to Houston to participate in an accelerator there. Bractlet makes a technology that helps commercial real estate owners evaluate their buildings’ energy infrastructure. The entrepreneurs were excited about the deep expertise in energy that existed in the city. Twenty-person Bractlet has since moved to Austin, where its lead investor, a venture capital firm, is located. Thanks to the presence of schools such as University of Texas, the company has been able to find plentiful skilled talent, both within Austin and from cities such as Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, says Manfre. Adding to the lure of doing business in Austin, he says, is the active start-up crowd; community groups centered on energy efficiency; and events like the movie, music and tech festival SXSW.

Alec Manfre co-founded Bractlet and moved the start-up to Texas to tap the state’s talent pool. Shlomo Morgulis

“There are always connections to be made and communities being built — and there’s a strong emphasis on technology and investment,” says Manfre. “That’s a really powerful combination for us.” Oh, and the active outdoor culture doesn’t hurt, either. “Yesterday we were doing wakeboarding on a recreational lake 15 minutes away,” he says. It’s not surprising that Manfre has found a lot to love about doing business in Texas — which finished second in CNBC’s 2019 America’s Top States for Business ranking. Known for its low-tax environment — there’s no personal income tax or corporate income tax — business-friendly regulatory climate and innovation-focused economy, Texas has many champions in the business community. “It’s simply easier to do business in Texas than any other state,” says Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, an economic development organization. But it’s not solely a low-tax, low-regulation environment that makes a state great for business. Some states have a completely different playbook for success that works for them. High-tax, highly regulated environments haven’t kept California’s Silicon Valley, the Rte. 128 Tech Corridor in Massachusetts or New York’s Silicon Alley from spawning innovation or attracting venture capital. These states owe their economic health to other factors, like excellent access to capital for their start-ups and dominance in particular industries. California, for instance, has its thriving film and aerospace industries. “California gets away with a horrible business climate because it’s got such strong industries,” says Steve King, a partner at Emergent Research, which studies small business trends out of Lafayette, California. Recognizing there’s no magic formula for building a thriving business community, CNBC’s 2019 America’s Top States for Business scores the states on 64 metrics across 10 main categories: their economy, workforce, infrastructure, cost of doing business, quality of life, education, technology and innovation, business friendliness, access to capital and cost of living. Here is a look at some of the qualities that are helping states foster entrepreneurial business growth.

Abundant talent

States with a strong university system have an edge in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. Florida (No. 12 on the list), for instance, has more than 60 universities around the state churning out well-educated graduates, among them the University of Florida, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida. The strong talent bench is fueling the growth of sectors such as cybersecurity, technology and finance and attracting venture capital, according to Craig Richard, president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. “They are cranking out a lot of innovation and patents around cybersecurity,” says Richard. “That’s one of our fastest-growing tech sectors.” It’s not the only technology niche where Florida’s economy is percolating, thanks to the state’s deep pool of STEM-educated talent. Luminar Technologies, a fast-growing Silicon Valley-based start-up backed by Peter Thiel makes lidar-based sensors for vehicles. It established its R&D and manufacturing base in Orlando last year — and now about 265 of its roughly 370 employees work out of Orlando, according to the company’s chief business officer, Scott Faris.

Luminar’s co-founder Jason Eichenholz knew there was a concentration of specialized engineering talent in the area as an alum of the University of Central Florida’s Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers. Many engineers in the state’s aerospace industry had already worked on similar technology for laser-guided missiles. The company wanted to take advantage of that knowledge base. “There is no place in the universe where you have the density of talent in the lidar and sensing space that you do in Orlando,” says Faris. “It’s got a rich history and density of people who understand all aspects of this. We’re able to attract those folks into the organization.”

Quality of life

With unemployment at record lows and the talent wars accelerating, many business leaders realize it’s easier to recruit if they open their offices in places where workers want to live because of fantastic schools, a great arts scene, hot restaurants or easy access to parks and outdoor activities. “More companies are looking at the quality of life and eco-friendliness,” says attorney Andrew Sherman, a partner in Seyfarth Shaw in Washington, D.C., who advises both entrepreneurs and corporate businesses and is author of many books on entrepreneurship. “The state of Washington, for instance, has done a nice job of marketing their assets to small and midsize businesses, saying, ‘Not only do we have good universities and human capital but we have beautiful cities with access to the Pacific. ” Similarly, employers in Colorado have found that it’s not hard to entice recruits from other states to move to up-and-coming outdoor-oriented cities such as Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder, known for its thriving tech and natural-foods industries.

Denver’s economy is solid, and it has a strong, educated workforce. It also has the nation’s fourth-largest concentration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) employees. photoquest7 | iStock | Getty Images

“I think our quality of life is an important contributor,” says Dirk Draper, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. “Entrepreneurs and innovators may be working on their own or in small groups where they can make a decision more on a quality of life factor that adds spice to our community mix. They come here for the lifestyle.”

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A favorable regulatory environment

As technology upends many industries, a regulatory climate that allows for innovation is essential, say many business leaders. Tim Giuliani, president and CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership, points to the bill Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed in June on autonomous vehicles. It allows the Florida Turnpike Enterprise to fund, construct and operate test facilities to advance autonomous and connected transportation technology. That will be a big advantage for businesses in this field, he believes. “It sends a signal that Florida is willing to continue to change its regulatory environment to adapt to new technologies,” says Giuliani.

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That’s not to say that the business community wants a zero-regulation environment. “Sometimes government regulation can be a positive — but if it’s done too much, I’d be concerned,” says Elie Rieder, founder and CEO of Castle Lanterra Properties, a firm in Suffern, New York, that invests in multifamily real estate around the country and is affected by regulations such as rent stabilization laws.

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These are the best places to live in America in 2019

Here are the states that lead the rankings for being the best places to live in the U.S. this year. 2019 Quality of Life score: 219 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)Strengths: Health, well-beingWeakness: Air quality2018 Quality of Life rank: 127. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)Strengths: Air quality, healthWeakness: Attractions2018 Quality of Life rank: 77. 2019 Quality of Life score: 235 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B+)Strengths: Well-being


Here are the states that lead the rankings for being the best places to live in the U.S. this year. 2019 Quality of Life score: 219 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)Strengths: Health, well-beingWeakness: Air quality2018 Quality of Life rank: 127. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)Strengths: Air quality, healthWeakness: Attractions2018 Quality of Life rank: 77. 2019 Quality of Life score: 235 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B+)Strengths: Well-being
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If you could live anywhere in America, where would that be? By the numbers, these are the states that offer the best quality of life. That’s because they offer everything people yearn for: job opportunities, affordable housing, great schools, a low cost of living, affordable health care and a clean environment. Good quality of life is also good business. What better selling point could there be for a company looking to attract the best talent than to offer a great location for employees to settle down and raise a family. In this tight labor market, companies are increasingly realizing how important this is for their strategic growth plans. It is why Quality of Life is one of the key categories worth 300 out of 2,500 points in CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business 2019 rankings. We use hard data to evaluate all 50 states as places to live — factors including crime rates, local attractions, environmental quality and inclusiveness as measured by legal protections written into state laws.

Here are the states that lead the rankings for being the best places to live in the U.S. this year.

10. Massachusetts

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Fewer than 3% of residents in the Bay State are without health insurance. That is the lowest uninsured rate in the nation, and it helps explain why this is one of America’s healthiest states. But that is not the only reason Massachusetts is a great place to live. Local attractions abound, from historic Boston and scenic Cape Cod in the east, to the beautiful Berkshires in the west. Boston prides itself as the Cradle of Liberty, and strong legal protections help ensure that freedom in Massachusetts applies to all. But Boston is also the cradle of some polluted air, hurting the state’s environmental quality. 2019 Quality of Life score: 217 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)

Strengths: Health, attractions, inclusiveness

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 10

9. Utah

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The Beehive State gets its nickname from the industriousness of its citizens. Utahans not only work hard, they apparently love their work. According to Gallup’s 2018 Wellbeing Index, nowhere in the continental United States do people feel better about their careers. As busy as people are in Utah, they still find time to take care of themselves. They exercise frequently, and obesity rates are low. But air quality leaves a bit to be desired. 2019 Quality of Life score: 219 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)

Strengths: Health, well-being

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 12

7. (tie) Montana

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They call Montana Big Sky Country because all those unobstructed views really do make the sky seem bigger. And it turns out that big sky — and everything beneath it — contains the cleanest air in the nation according to the American Lung Association. Montana is a healthy, inclusive state, and crime is low. The state is lacking somewhat in attractions, at least in terms of places frequented by tourists. But if you are looking for breathtaking views, majestic mountains and crystal-clear waters — oh, and that big sky — this may be the place for you. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Air quality, health

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 7

7. (tie) Colorado

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The Centennial State is home to rich natural beauty, vibrant cities, and robust inclusiveness provisions firmly enshrined in state law. Coloradans are healthy. Only 22.6% of the population is obese, the lowest rate in the nation. Air quality could be better, and the crime rate is slightly worse than the national average. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Inclusiveness, health, attractions

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 9

5. (tie) Washington

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The Evergreen State is among America’s healthiest states, and its people are the most physically active. Who would not want to get out and enjoy a state with such natural beauty and so much to do. Washington prides itself on inclusiveness, with strong protections built into state law. Crime is low, but air quality may leave something to be desired. 2019 Quality of Life score: 232 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Health, inclusiveness, attractions

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 5 (tie)

5. (tie) New Hampshire

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With its famous motto, “Live Free or Die,” it stands to reason that the Granite State is among America’s most inclusive. Freedom also includes security. New Hampshire enjoys the third lowest violent crime rate in the nation. The state also boasts the nation’s lowest child poverty rate. On the other hand, air quality can suffer, partly due to the state’s proximity to Boston. And the quiet life here means New Hampshire can sometimes lack things to do. 2019 Quality of Life score: 232 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Inclusiveness, crime rate

Weaknesses: Air quality, attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 5 (tie)

4. North Dakota

The International Peace Garden along the US-Canada border in North Dakota. The central division divides Canada (right) from the USA (left). Photo: Dig Deeper | Wikipedia

The Peace Garden State derives its nickname from the International Peace Garden straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, a project that has its roots at the International Gardeners Association convention exactly 90 years ago. But the term “peace garden” could also refer to the idyllic lifestyle in this state. The crime rate is low, the population is healthy and happy, and anti-discrimination laws are stronger than most. But other than the aforementioned International Peace Garden, attractions can be sparse. 2019 Quality of Life score: 235 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B+)

Strengths: Well-being, air quality, inclusiveness

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 4

3. Minnesota

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One of the many features of the North Star state is what the locals call “Minnesota Nice,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Minnesotans are welcoming and inclusive, as evidenced by thorough legal protections against discrimination. Crime rates are low, the population is healthy, and the air is clean. We don’t factor weather into our rankings because it is too subjective. But it is worth pointing out that while winters can be brutal here, Minnesotans not only adapt to the frigid weather; they flourish in it. 2019 Quality of Life score: 259 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: A-)

Strengths: Inclusiveness, health, air quality, crime rate

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 3

2. Vermont

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The Green Mountain State has the nation’s second-lowest crime rate, inclusive state laws, and a healthy population. Vermont rode those attributes to a first-place finish in Quality of Life in 2018. The state still offers an enviable quality of life, but it slipped just enough in terms of air quality and its citizens’ perceived well-being in 2019 to drop out of the top spot. Vermont’s one discernible weakness is the fact that it offers few popular tourist attractions, but many people here would consider that a positive. 2019 Quality of Life score: 262 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: A-)

Strengths: Crime rate, health, inclusiveness

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 1

1. Hawaii

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The world’s best place to vacation is Paris, France, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Vacation Destinations ranking. “Paris has something for everyone,” Erin Shields, managing editor of travel at U.S. News, tells CNBC Make It. Shields says the city, which also topped the list last year, consistently ranks high due to its “incredible monuments, museums and shopping, excellent restaurants and bars, beautiful architecture and ample lodging options at various price points. Plus it


The world’s best place to vacation is Paris, France, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Vacation Destinations ranking. “Paris has something for everyone,” Erin Shields, managing editor of travel at U.S. News, tells CNBC Make It. Shields says the city, which also topped the list last year, consistently ranks high due to its “incredible monuments, museums and shopping, excellent restaurants and bars, beautiful architecture and ample lodging options at various price points. Plus it
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10 best places to vacation around the world, according to U.S. News & World Report

The world’s best place to vacation is Paris, France, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Vacation Destinations ranking.

“Paris has something for everyone,” Erin Shields, managing editor of travel at U.S. News, tells CNBC Make It. Shields says the city, which also topped the list last year, consistently ranks high due to its “incredible monuments, museums and shopping, excellent restaurants and bars, beautiful architecture and ample lodging options at various price points. Plus it’s easy to navigate.” It’s a place you can return to time and time again and discover something new, Shields says.


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Ikea will pay someone to go to Copenhagen and see why it’s one of the happiest places in the world

Copenhagen, Denmark, is known for having a high quality of life, and it’s one of the top 10 most livable cities in the world, according to Economist Intelligence’s Global Liveability Index 2018. Denmark was also ranked the second happiest country on Earth by the 2019 World Happiness Report. Now Ikea wants to send someone to live in Copenhagen for two weeks in September to explore what makes its residents so happy. Ikea will pay for all travel expenses, put the winner up in a Danish apartment (wi


Copenhagen, Denmark, is known for having a high quality of life, and it’s one of the top 10 most livable cities in the world, according to Economist Intelligence’s Global Liveability Index 2018. Denmark was also ranked the second happiest country on Earth by the 2019 World Happiness Report. Now Ikea wants to send someone to live in Copenhagen for two weeks in September to explore what makes its residents so happy. Ikea will pay for all travel expenses, put the winner up in a Danish apartment (wi
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Ikea will pay someone to go to Copenhagen and see why it's one of the happiest places in the world

Copenhagen, Denmark, is known for having a high quality of life, and it’s one of the top 10 most livable cities in the world, according to Economist Intelligence’s Global Liveability Index 2018. Denmark was also ranked the second happiest country on Earth by the 2019 World Happiness Report.

Now Ikea wants to send someone to live in Copenhagen for two weeks in September to explore what makes its residents so happy.

Ikea will pay for all travel expenses, put the winner up in a Danish apartment (with Ikea furniture) and also pay them a Danish “salary.” While the contest didn’t clarify how much the salary will be, the trip is valued at $8,000, which includes the “salary, airfare, accommodations, insurance and other expenses,” an Ikea representative tells CNBC Make It.

Ikea is looking for someone who is “eager to investigate and act almost like an anthropologist,” a representative from Ikea tells CNBC Make It.


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5 affordable places to retire abroad

You don’t need a million dollars to live a glamorous retirement, so long as you’re willing to leave the U.S. behind. “Most people assume that a high-flying existence like that is the purview of the rich and famous alone,” said Jennifer Stevens, the executive editor of International Living. They’re wrong, Stevens said. The website for expatriates is out with a list of “5 Places to Live Like a Movie Star, Without Their Bank Balance.” Around 680,000 Americans currently receive their Social Security


You don’t need a million dollars to live a glamorous retirement, so long as you’re willing to leave the U.S. behind. “Most people assume that a high-flying existence like that is the purview of the rich and famous alone,” said Jennifer Stevens, the executive editor of International Living. They’re wrong, Stevens said. The website for expatriates is out with a list of “5 Places to Live Like a Movie Star, Without Their Bank Balance.” Around 680,000 Americans currently receive their Social Security
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5 affordable places to retire abroad

You don’t need a million dollars to live a glamorous retirement, so long as you’re willing to leave the U.S. behind.

“Most people assume that a high-flying existence like that is the purview of the rich and famous alone,” said Jennifer Stevens, the executive editor of International Living.

They’re wrong, Stevens said.

The website for expatriates is out with a list of “5 Places to Live Like a Movie Star, Without Their Bank Balance.”

Around 680,000 Americans currently receive their Social Security checks at a foreign address, although the number of retirees abroad is likely higher since many people maintain their U.S. bank account.

Here are the five destinations.


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Short seller says Beyond Meat hype is ‘beyond stupid,’ places bet against the shares

A notable short seller is roasting newly public Beyond Meat. Andrew Left of Citron Research took to Twitter Friday afternoon, saying the hype around the plant-based meat substitute company has sent its stock too high. “Most heavily traded retail stock on Robinhood, market cap now bigger than industry, and superior competitor coming to market soon.” Left, known for betting against Tesla and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, confirmed in an email to CNBC that he took a short position in Beyond Meat Friday.


A notable short seller is roasting newly public Beyond Meat. Andrew Left of Citron Research took to Twitter Friday afternoon, saying the hype around the plant-based meat substitute company has sent its stock too high. “Most heavily traded retail stock on Robinhood, market cap now bigger than industry, and superior competitor coming to market soon.” Left, known for betting against Tesla and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, confirmed in an email to CNBC that he took a short position in Beyond Meat Friday.
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Packages of Beyond Meat Inc. beef crumbles are displayed for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

A notable short seller is roasting newly public Beyond Meat.

Andrew Left of Citron Research took to Twitter Friday afternoon, saying the hype around the plant-based meat substitute company has sent its stock too high.

Beyond Meat “has become Beyond Stupid,” Citron Research said in a tweet. “Most heavily traded retail stock on Robinhood, market cap now bigger than industry, and superior competitor coming to market soon.”

Left, known for betting against Tesla and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, confirmed in an email to CNBC that he took a short position in Beyond Meat Friday. Beyond shares were down 6% in afternoon trading.

He added that its stock performance “seems to be all retail-driven without any fundamental basis.”

Notwithstanding Left’s prediction for a 25% plunge in Beyond’s stock price, the El Segundo, California company remains a bright spot in a string of shaky starts for 2019 IPOs.

Beyond’s products, including fake ground beef to burgers, are designed to replicate the consistency and taste of meat. Instead of animal protein, the meat alternatives use gluten- and soy-free products from peas and faba beans. And with more Americans experimenting with flexitarian diets, demand for Beyond Meat shares surged during its initial public offering earlier this month.

In one of the strongest kickoffs this year, shares rocketed 163% on May 2, the first day of trading for the equity. Beyond Meat, which priced its initial public offering at $25 per share, has seen its stock rally to highs north of $90 by Thursday’s close.

But Beyond’s rapid ascent — and popularity among retail traders — has Citron’s Left convinced its price tag has grown frothy, especially with competitors like Impossible Foods eyeing the public market. Despite a market capitalization north of $5 billion, Beyond only generated $87.9 million in 2018.


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Here’s why SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund places bets on unprofitable tech companies

Japan’s SoftBank has gone from telecoms giant to being known worldwide as a powerhouse in tech investment. An executive at the company’s $100 billion Vision Fund gave some insight Monday into how the tech-focused fund decides on what companies it invests in — and why making money isn’t necessarily a deal breaker. That means companies that are “addressing markets that are massive, with a product that clearly satisfies their needs.” For context, Varma was speaking alongside Rishi Khosla, co-founde


Japan’s SoftBank has gone from telecoms giant to being known worldwide as a powerhouse in tech investment. An executive at the company’s $100 billion Vision Fund gave some insight Monday into how the tech-focused fund decides on what companies it invests in — and why making money isn’t necessarily a deal breaker. That means companies that are “addressing markets that are massive, with a product that clearly satisfies their needs.” For context, Varma was speaking alongside Rishi Khosla, co-founde
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Here's why SoftBank's $100 billion Vision Fund places bets on unprofitable tech companies

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Japan’s SoftBank has gone from telecoms giant to being known worldwide as a powerhouse in tech investment. And its bets on household names from Uber to WeWork have made headlines, not least because of such firms’ struggles to make a profit.

An executive at the company’s $100 billion Vision Fund gave some insight Monday into how the tech-focused fund decides on what companies it invests in — and why making money isn’t necessarily a deal breaker.

“We look for businesses that are addressing very significant pain points,” the fund’s managing partner for EMEA and Asia Munish Varma said at a fintech, or financial technology, trade show in London Monday. That means companies that are “addressing markets that are massive, with a product that clearly satisfies their needs.”

For context, Varma was speaking alongside Rishi Khosla, co-founder and CEO of online lender OakNorth, which SoftBank’s fund invested in earlier this year. OakNorth — unlike many tech firms that haven’t yet booked a profit — has been profitable since 2017.


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Here’s why SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund places bets on unprofitable tech companies

Japan’s SoftBank has gone from telecoms giant to being known worldwide as a powerhouse in tech investment. An executive at the company’s $100 billion Vision Fund gave some insight Monday into how the tech-focused fund decides on what companies it invests in — and why making money isn’t necessarily a deal breaker. That means companies that are “addressing markets that are massive, with a product that clearly satisfies their needs.” For context, Varma was speaking alongside Rishi Khosla, co-founde


Japan’s SoftBank has gone from telecoms giant to being known worldwide as a powerhouse in tech investment. An executive at the company’s $100 billion Vision Fund gave some insight Monday into how the tech-focused fund decides on what companies it invests in — and why making money isn’t necessarily a deal breaker. That means companies that are “addressing markets that are massive, with a product that clearly satisfies their needs.” For context, Varma was speaking alongside Rishi Khosla, co-founde
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Here's why SoftBank's $100 billion Vision Fund places bets on unprofitable tech companies

Attendees walk in front of a monitor displaying SoftBank Group Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son deliverinig a keynote speech during the SoftBank World 2018 conference on July 19, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

Japan’s SoftBank has gone from telecoms giant to being known worldwide as a powerhouse in tech investment. And its bets on household names from Uber to WeWork have made headlines, not least because of such firms’ struggles to make a profit.

An executive at the company’s $100 billion Vision Fund gave some insight Monday into how the tech-focused fund decides on what companies it invests in — and why making money isn’t necessarily a deal breaker.

“We look for businesses that are addressing very significant pain points,” the fund’s managing partner for EMEA and Asia Munish Varma said at a fintech, or financial technology, trade show in London Monday. That means companies that are “addressing markets that are massive, with a product that clearly satisfies their needs.”

For context, Varma was speaking alongside Rishi Khosla, co-founder and CEO of online lender OakNorth, which SoftBank’s fund invested in earlier this year. OakNorth — unlike many tech firms that haven’t yet booked a profit — has been profitable since 2017.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-04-29  Authors: ryan browne
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10 of the best places to buy a home instead of renting

More Americans are renting than at any point in the past 50 years, thanks in part to rising home prices. But there are a few parts of the country where it might make more financial sense to buy. Overall, the report concludes, it’s still more expensive to buy than rent in most parts of the country — and, in fact, rising home prices are outpacing rent increases, which could induce even more prospective buyers to keep renting instead. Homes in these areas cost, on average, $120,000, or 60% less tha


More Americans are renting than at any point in the past 50 years, thanks in part to rising home prices. But there are a few parts of the country where it might make more financial sense to buy. Overall, the report concludes, it’s still more expensive to buy than rent in most parts of the country — and, in fact, rising home prices are outpacing rent increases, which could induce even more prospective buyers to keep renting instead. Homes in these areas cost, on average, $120,000, or 60% less tha
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10 of the best places to buy a home instead of renting

More Americans are renting than at any point in the past 50 years, thanks in part to rising home prices. But there are a few parts of the country where it might make more financial sense to buy.

“The monthly costs of buying a home are cheaper than renting in 20% of counties” with populations over 100,000, according to Realtor.com’s Q1 2019 Rent vs. Buy report, which compared the monthly median costs of both to the median incomes of people in 3,143 U.S. counties.

Overall, the report concludes, it’s still more expensive to buy than rent in most parts of the country — and, in fact, rising home prices are outpacing rent increases, which could induce even more prospective buyers to keep renting instead. The median-priced home’s monthly cost increased 6% from last year to $1,593, compared to a 4% increase in rent to $1,319 per month.

But that isn’t the case everywhere. Below are 10 of the largest counties in the country, many in the Midwest and the South, where buying a home can actually be the better deal. Homes in these areas cost, on average, $120,000, or 60% less than the national median of $300,000, per the report.

Realtor.com also notes that, over the past year, prices increased in all of these places except Bay County, Michigan, so even here, buying may not be better for long.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-04-23  Authors: alicia adamczyk
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These are the 10 best places to live in the US in 2019

Austin, Texas is the No. 1 place to live in America for 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 125 Best Places to Live in the USA. For the second year in a row Austin tops the list based on the area’s value for the money, strong job market, high quality of life and being a desirable place to live. (It’s also considered one of the top U.S. cities in which to start a small business.) Not only do U.S. residents say they’d like to live in Austin through our annual desirability surveys, but ma


Austin, Texas is the No. 1 place to live in America for 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 125 Best Places to Live in the USA. For the second year in a row Austin tops the list based on the area’s value for the money, strong job market, high quality of life and being a desirable place to live. (It’s also considered one of the top U.S. cities in which to start a small business.) Not only do U.S. residents say they’d like to live in Austin through our annual desirability surveys, but ma
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These are the 10 best places to live in the US in 2019

Austin, Texas is the No. 1 place to live in America for 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 125 Best Places to Live in the USA.

For the second year in a row Austin tops the list based on the area’s value for the money, strong job market, high quality of life and being a desirable place to live. (It’s also considered one of the top U.S. cities in which to start a small business.)

“The Austin metro area has always performed well across the board,” U.S. News real estate editor Devon Thorsby tells CNBC Make It, “but the details that keep it at the top are its population growth due to net migration and desirability. Not only do U.S. residents say they’d like to live in Austin through our annual desirability surveys, but many appear to be acting on it as well.”


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-04-15  Authors: jimmy im, bloomberg, getty images
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