SmartBrief Originals Insights, analysis and best practices.

Life is hard. Pain is inevitable. Growth is optional. It takes grit to look at life as a series of problems to be solved.

When fine dining meets fast casual

Chef-driven fine-casual concepts catch on with time-crunched consumers craving something new

Open culture

10 entrepreneurs share how they try to be transparent with employees.

John Deere

Playing fast and loose with flash crashes, the FCA's slow roll, Zuck says a whole lotta nothin, John Deere caught in headlights, and FS-ISAC urges Patriot Act update

Are you getting the most from your Facebook efforts? Here are some tips to give it a boost.

Mark Zuckerberg

FinReg sausage making, BoE with a deft touch, Cobalt comes to the fore, and where for art thou, Mark Zuckerberg?

Last week's poll question: Have you ever considered running your own consulting firm?

Cusa Tea

Cusa Tea's founder emphasizes the importance of networks, both in maintaining them and in making them a two-way relationship.

How to find an assessment platform

A game plan for choosing and rolling out an assessment system for your district.

Phil Angelides

Looking back on the financial crisis, Share buybacks vs capital investment, globalizing fintech, and fun with Bitcoin charts

What’s trending? From brain breaks to music in math, don’t miss these most-read stories.

Hotel food delivery

Hotels are leveraging partnerships with a new crop of delivery services to provide guests with expansive dining and services options.


CQG expands its footprint with Nasdaq, INE agreements

Hurricane Harvey

When hurricanes strike the Texas Gulf Coast, industry and government must work together to prepare, respond and recover.