Drops from the Fire Hose – September 21, 2012

One Business Decision Yahoo Can Actually Brag About — Wired Business

Here’s something you don’t read every day: Yahoo is in the money. The search-engine-turned-media-company is set to bank billions now that its long-awaited deal to sell part of its stake in Alibaba back to the Chinese internet giant has finally closed. Alibaba announced Tuesday that it had finalized terms of the agreement under which it would buy back half of Yahoo’s (YHOO) 40 percent stake in itself. By the numbers, the $7.6 billion deal looks like one of Yahoo’s best business decisions of the past several years.

3 Tips for Creating a Greener Office — Ecopreneurist

When it comes to trends in the office industry, none is bigger than going green. The move toward eco-friendly businesses and office environments has been dramatic in the past few years, with a number of businesses completely overhauling their space to become more carbon neutral and less dependent on fossil fuels. Many offices have also made moves to reduce how much energy is used in a typical business day, making simple retrofits that delivered a large difference in terms of monthly utility costs. Overall, there are three great ways for office owners to put in a little work and reap a major benefit in terms of lower utility costs, less fossil fuel dependence, and more eco-friendly working conditions for the long term.

The Rise of Co-Working Office Spaces — Harvard Business Review

To better understand what’s going on, I spent time at Grind in New York City, an invitation-only co-working space. For $35 a day or $500 a month, 60 to 120 people populate Grind’s 7,500 square feet at any given time. Benjamin Dyett, one of Grind’s three founders, describes their members as “free radicals,” or people who “network endlessly and collaborate constantly. They choose when and how they do what they do, on their own terms. They don’t want job security, they want career fluidity.”

The Psychology of Colors — Daily Infographic

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