The industrial titan is using its investment arm to partner with outside companies to produce and commercialize new products.
FORTUNE -- General Electric (GE) has a long history of developing, manufacturing, and selling products across more than a dozen sectors, but the industrial giant is using its investment arm to find untapped resources for innovation.
GE Capital has developed a partnership program for which it will reach into its investment MOREChanelle Bessette - Feb 7, 2014 2:37 PM ET
On dropping out of school, climbing Mount Everest, and working from home.
FORTUNE -- When Todd Pedersen was 22, he dropped out of college at Brigham Young University to start his own company. What began as a marketing firm that worked with pest control companies quickly evolved into a home security business.
Pedersen saw additional opportunity in the realm of home automation, and, eventually, residential solar technology. His company, which came to MOREChanelle Bessette - Feb 6, 2014 7:23 AM ET
On efficiency, surfing, and the importance of continued learning.
FORTUNE -- Finland-born Mika Salmi moved to the U.S. when he was three. The 48-year-old executive speaks English, Finnish, and French, and in addition to a penchant for travel and global business, he has had a long-time interest in media and technology. Since 2012, he has been the CEO for creativeLIVE, an interactive online educational platform that offers free instructional videos. The company brings MOREChanelle Bessette - Feb 4, 2014 11:59 AM ET
On plant-based protein, learning from mistakes, and ringing the office cowbell.
FORTUNE -- When Ethan Brown was young, his father bought a farm and used the property to start a dairy business. Although time at the farm was reserved for weekends -- Brown's family lived close to Washington, D.C. during the week -- his time spent with the farm animals led to a nagging interest in animal treatment that followed him MOREChanelle Bessette - Jan 31, 2014 1:27 PM ET
On why MBAs are red flags, solving the problem of poverty, and eating Froot Loops for breakfast.
FORTUNE -- As a child of Bangladeshi parents who worked for the United Nations, Shafqat Islam spent his youth living in Thailand, India, and Switzerland. His parents wanted him to become an engineer. When he began college at the University of Pennsylvania, Islam studied computer science and economics. He worked as a DJ throughout MOREChanelle Bessette - Jan 30, 2014 10:31 AM ET
On treating employees right, caring for customers, and learning how to learn.
FORTUNE -- We've all seen glasses with special lenses that go dark once the person wearing them steps into direct sunlight. Rao Mulpuri's company, View, does the same thing for windows on a building. The Milpitas, Calif.-based company manufactures "dynamic glass" that promises to be more energy- and cost-efficient than the conventional stuff -- no small matter when most MOREChanelle Bessette - Jan 23, 2014 11:42 AM ET
On singing, global warming policy, and the importance of narrative.
FORTUNE -- When David Hawkins and his wife were newly married, they spent a summer on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia. Hawkins was taking a leave of absence from Columbia University's law school and considering whether he really wanted to be a lawyer. The trip to the island made his decision for him. The experience of watching the seasons MOREChanelle Bessette - Jan 16, 2014 5:31 PM ET
You can binge-watch, binge-listen, and binge-read. Can you binge-go out? Event ticketing companies are using tech to hone their cross-selling opportunities.
By Chanelle Bessette, reporter
FORTUNE -- It is getting harder and harder to leave the house. There is literally a lifetime's worth of digital content available at home through services like Netflix, Hulu, and regular cable TV. Once you have finished viewing a show or movie, you are immediately pulled MOREJan 16, 2014 7:26 AM ET
On life goals, his biggest failure, and the tech sector he's most excited about.
By Chanelle Bessette, reporter
FORTUNE -- Zach James has a bachelor's degree in business from Brigham Young University, but when it comes to entrepreneurship, he thinks business school is "almost the opposite" of what people need. His advice? "Go join a startup for two years."
A former investment banker for Credit Suisse, James looked for Internet startups that MOREJan 14, 2014 5:40 PM ET
On carbon credits, composting, and the courage to make tough decisions.
FORTUNE -- When her son almost died eating a cashew, Susan Hunt Stevens had a rude awakening. It eventually led her to find her life's calling: making sustainability accessible.
How are those two connected, you ask? The path is winding. First, Stevens joined an allergy group. That prompted her to start reading nutrition labels, which helped her learn about the importance MOREChanelle Bessette - Jan 9, 2014 3:02 PM ET
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