• Apple’s Tim Cook leads different, will donate his fortune to charity

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Since replacing the legendary Steve Jobs, Tim Cook has led the iBehemoth to even greater financial success, says Fortune. Along the way he’s changed the culture of the company and found his public voice as a leader. Tim Cook assumed he was ready for the harsh glare that shines on Apple’s  CEO. What Cook found out instead is that there is no preparation for the scrutiny that comes with succeeding a legend.

  • Samson Resources laying off 196 local workers

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Samson Resource Co., the privately held Tulsa oil and gas giant beset by huge debt leverage and falling crude oil prices, is laying off one-third of its Tulsa workforce, the company confirmed Thursday morning. Samson is letting go of 196 employees at the Tulsa headquarters and 270 companywide. The reduction will drop Samson's local workforce below 400 people. "As has been previously communicated, Samson Resources is currently in the process of evaluating restructuring alternatives to address the sharp decline in oil and natural gas prices, which have posed huge challenges to the company and to the broader industry," company spokesman Brian Maddox said in a statement. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Business arm of Cherokee Nation approves $6.9 million in Hard Rock renovations

    BY LENZY KREHBIEL-BURTON, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    CATOOSA — Starting this spring, changes are coming to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. At its March meeting Wednesday morning, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ board of directors unanimously approved a three-phase $6.9 million capitol project that will launch in May. The first phase is a $2.1 million renovation of the hotel’s lobby, which will add more space to the hotel’s check-in area, currently designed to accommodate about one-fourth of the facility’s hotel rooms. CNB officials anticipate starting the lobby work on May 10 and completing it within 100 days. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Kraft to merge with Heinz to form new food giant

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, owned by 3G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, is acquiring a majority stake in Kraft Foods Group Inc to create the third-largest North American food company, executives said on Wednesday. Shares of Kraft were up more than 38 percent near $85 in morning trading, Reuters reports.

  • Meet the new Taco Bell breakfast taco

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco, The Associated Press reports. Taco Bell is launching a “biscuit taco” this week and ditching its “waffle taco,” which got widespread attention last year when it was included in the rollout of the chain’s breakfast menu. The swap comes as the chain tries to build on its year-old breakfast business by once again going after the dominant player in the mornings: McDonald’s.

  • Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Last year 4 million people visited SeaWorld's theme parks, where the top shows feature orcas, also known as killer whales. For years, activists have charged that keeping orcas in captivity is harmful to the animals and risky for the trainers who work with them, a case that gained urgency in 2010 when Dawn Brancheau, a veteran orca trainer, was dragged into the water and killed by a whale at the SeaWorld Park in Orlando, Fla. When Brancheau died, there was some dispute as to whether the whale's intent was aggressive and whose fault the incident was, NPR reports. John Hargrove, who spent 14 years as an orca trainer, mostly at SeaWorld, says there was no doubt that the whale was aggressive. And the reason for whales' aggression, he says, is that they're held captive. Hargrove eventually became disillusioned with SeaWorld's treatment of orcas and left the company.

  • 10 ridiculous but brilliant ways to look smart in a meeting

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    It can be pretty nerve-racking sitting in a meeting when you're supposed to have all the answers (especially if you feel like you have no idea what you're doing). While the infographic below is satirical, the basic idea behind some of the silly suggestions really hits the nail on the head: Sometimes, proving yourself is more about appearances than it is about substance.

  • A CEO explains 2 costly mistakes job seekers make

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The job search process is stressful and complex — it oftentimes makes us feel like the world is against us, and we can be quick to blame our failed attempts on the recruiting process. Most of the time, however, we're the ones to blame for not landing the job interview or position.

  • 17 bizarre interview questions asked by Facebook, Twitter, and other real companies

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    "If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jellybeans, what would you do?" (The real question is: If you were asked this question in an interview, what would you do?!) If you apply for a job at Bose, the popular audio equipment company based in Framingham, Massachusetts, you might actually have to answer this odd query.

  • Square refuses to lose ground to Facebook in payments

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Square, the startup that helped heat up the tech world's interest in mobile payments, seems determined not to lose ground to giant rivals like Facebook and Google, which are posing direct threats, Mashable reports. In a move that could help improve its profitability, Square, the six-year-old payments startup,announced Monday that it is expanding its money transfer service, called Square Cash, from consumers to include businesses throughout the U.S.

  • Newspaper carrier worked every day for 40 years despite illness, ice and even tragedy

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    PAWHUSKA — Steve Eggers, in the midst of being interviewed, answered a question with a question: Did you ever see “Unbreakable”? It’s a 2000 film starring Bruce Willis as a character who was impervious to physical harm. “When I first saw that movie, I loved it and identified with it,” Eggers said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • SXSW Start-up Snapshot: Detecting cancer with your smartphone

    Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    We’re live in Austin this week, and every day, we’ll introduce you to one of the most outside-the-box finalists in the SXSW Accelerator Competition – the premier start-up showcase at the annual South by Southwest festival. MobileODT Co-founders Ariel Beery and David Levitz, as well as Amit Safir, director of strategy and operations — the latter of whom presented the company’s technology in Austin.

  • More Americans Opt For Risky Long-Term Car Loans

    Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    There comes a day in every car owner's life when she knows, it's time, says NPR. For Carolyn Ballard of Atlanta, that was on a hot day last July, while driving her SUV with misfiring cylinders. "I drove to the dealership with the car literally chugging along," she says. "I mean, in traffic on the interstate. I was just sweating, thinking I've just got to get to the dealership so I can get rid of this, before I put any more money into it." Ballard wanted a late model Honda Accord that she'd seen on the dealership's website. By the time she got there, it was gone. But there were plenty of new Accords.

  • Most Tulsans at public meeting oppose proposed outlet mall near Turkey Mountain

    BY KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    City Councilor Jeannie Cue began Tuesday night’s public meeting on a proposed outlet mall by saying she thinks the developer of the project doesn’t realize how important the Turkey Mountain wilderness area is to Tulsans. Now they do. About 200 people filled a ballroom at the Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills, with most of the applause saved for those who spoke against the project. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • IKEA cracking down on hide-and-seekers

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    IKEA is hoping to control a phenomenon born in Belgium in June and now gaining steam in the Netherlands: adult hide-and-seek events organized online by customers to be conducted in several stores, Good Morning America reports. In the Dutch town of Eindhoven, more than 32,000 people signed up on Facebook to participate. In Amsterdam, 19,000 registered interest in playing.

  • Starbucks meeting: #RaceTogether and delivery

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Perhaps this is how more annual meetings will look in the future — public discussions from the top on hot-button business and social issues, USA TODAY reports. Wednesday's Starbucks (SBUX) annual shareholders' meeting will be clearly divided into two segments. The business part will focus on Starbucks' plans to announce a food and beverage delivery test likely to begin this year. This is key for Starbucks as retail trends show consumers continuing to shop less at brick-and-mortar stores and increasingly online.

  • Full of promise: Many of Tulsa's empty buildings ripe for renewal

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Numerous redevelopment projects are underway in Tulsa, but plenty of empty buildings remain. Many of these have crumbling paint, boards in their windows and signs of vandalism. Some have been vacant for decades. It’s tempting to consider them irredeemable eyesores that should be bulldozed to clear the way for something new. But others see opportunities to preserve their classic architecture while giving the structure a new purpose. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 3 ways to fake that you’re a morning person

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    For over a decade, I worked market hours — on the West Coast — which meant waking up between 4 and 5 am. Every day. I don't care how much you love mornings, that schedule will take its toll, and I can say from experience, it's hard not to let that show in the office. No matter how much your colleagues may share your dislike for the early morn', it's generally not a good idea to show your pain and suffering too much. Fortunately, after a decade of practice, I pretty much nailed faking my adaptability to mornings.

  • Mark Cuban and Derek Jeter share their best career advice

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    In December, two worlds collided in New York City. "Shark Tank" star and billionaire tech entrepreneur Mark Cuban sat down sat down for a conversation with recently retired Yankees captain Derek Jeter. For fans of business and sports, it doesn't get much better than that. The event was hosted by Brandon Steiner and produced by his well-known sports memorabilia company, Steiner Sports.

  • 10 lessons you can learn from the Avengers characters that will help you land your next job

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Landing a job is no easy feat.   "Sometimes it feels as if you need superhuman qualities to even get your resume past the spam folder of a hiring manager's inbox, let alone get ahead once your foot's in the door," says Alisha Grauso, editor-in-chief of Moviepilot.com. Luckily, she says, there is a group of people to whom you can look for advice: The Avengers.