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Companies offer all sorts of benefits and extras to attract the most favored workers, from health care and stock options to free food. But all those perks come at a price: your freedom.

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Most Successful Entrepreneurs Are Older Than You Think

The average age is much older than the Zuckerbergs of the world.

Many associate entrepreneurship with youth — like Mark Zuckerberg, who famously started Facebook as a student at Harvard. Photo by Paul Sakuma/ AP.

The romanticized image of entrepreneurs is a picture of youth: a 20-something individual with disruptive ideas, boundless energy, and a still-sharp mind. Silicon Valley has bet on this image for years.

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A Silicon Valley Success Story Reveals Her Tactic For Capturing The Attention Of Male Investors

She captured investors’ attention with a well-timed, dramatic gesture.

Jess Lee is a partner with the legendary investment firm Sequoia Capital. But prior to that, she not only helped grow Polyvore, an online community that coupled e-commerce with users’ creativity but also orchestrated a successful acquisition by Yahoo to the tune of $200 million.

However, before she was a familiar name to Silicon Valley dealmakers, she was another entrepreneur with a startup, seeking money to achieve her vision and — more importantly — keep the lights on at her company.

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Here’s How Millennials Can Fix Their (Scrambled) Nest Eggs

This is how you get millennials to care about fiscal responsibility

At this point in my life, I am nearly $50,000 in debt. So I went out and spent $100 on brunch last weekend. Weirdly, it helped.

Any sane person would interpret the above combination as someone making extremely bad life choices, but the coexistence of brunch and debt are hallmarks of the millennial generation. Though, to be fair, millennials aren’t the most debt-strapped demographic (largely due to our lack of mortgages).

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