Marketplace for Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, resigned this morning with a blistering essay full of accusations. What does this mean now for the culture of Wall Street? Some homeowners in Austin, Texas, are cashing in on South by Southwest. A human resources recruiter in Michigan reveals the top issue troubling her this election. And Kai Ryssdal talks to Sara Blakely, founder of body-shaping company Spanx, about how she created a billion-dollar empire.  
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The Goldman op-ed: Is what Greg Smith said true?

A former executive at Goldman Sachs resigned with a scathing editorial blasting the bank, which he calls "toxic." We dissect his op-ed and discuss what everyday Americans should think of Wall Street now.
Posted In: Wall Street, Goldman Sachs, Goldman, Greg Smith
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Rethinking the humble parking lot

MIT professor Eran Ben-Joseph has a minor obsession: Parking lots. He wants to design and use them better.
Posted In: parking lot, design
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HR specialist worries about 'skills gap' in job market

Beth Kelly says many employers are ready to hire, but they just can't find people with the right qualifications.
Posted In: hiring, skills gap, Jobs
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Interview: How Spanx became a billion-dollar undergarment empire

Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, talks about her body-shaping business in our latest Conversation from the Corner Office.
Posted In: Sara Blakely, Spanx, fashion
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Remembering the Encyclopedia Britannica

The paper version of the encyclopedia was killed off by its publisher yesterday, in order to focus on its digital editions.
Posted In: Encyclopedia Britannica, Books
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SXSW lets Austin homeowners cash in

Anyone headed to the South by Southwest festival needs a place to stay. For a price, Austin homeowners will move out for a week.
Posted In: South by Southwest, airbnb, short-term rental
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Stress tests clear banks to nurse U.S. economy

Now that most big U.S. banks are deemed healthy enough to sustain a financial crisis, will they aid the economic recovery?
Posted In: stress tests, Banks

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