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The pros and cons of becoming a career manager in a Big 4 firm

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Can you have a meaningful career in a Big 4 firm as a fee earner without wanting to make partner? In this blog post Heather Townsend shares an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ (Click here for a free sample chapter) and explores the positives and negatives of […]


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Venture capitalists invest $10.6 billion in historically “soft” Q3

Tom Ciccolella

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Quality deals are still getting funding although the overall count has ebbed to the lowest point since Q3 2010 with the scenario being called a normalization process after record breaking investments spiked previous results upward.

This is the broad takeaway from The MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers based on data from Thomson Reuters for Q3. Tom Ciccolella, […]


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10 reasons to seriously consider changing firms if you want to make partner quickly at a Big 4 firm

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While everyone’s route to partner in a Big 4 is different, there are four main routes to making partner. In this blog post Heather Townsend shares an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ (Click here for a free sample chapter) and explores why you should consider one of […]


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EY Takes On Estate Planning Myths In Front Of Tax Season

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

National Estate Planning Awareness week is October 17 – 23 and there’s no better way to understand the issues we’re facing as tax season looms than by smashing some of the estate planning myths that are commonly held.  Thomas M. DiLorenzo, Senior Manager , Employee Financial Services at EY, took some time to walk […]


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Top business trends for 2017 you can’t afford to miss

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By Rob Starr

It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a CEO, freelancer, employee or entrepreneur, being and staying successful is all about knowing the recent trends and riding their waves. Enthusiasm in any line of work is great but you need to anchor it with some research and get the facts to back it up.

That said, here’s a few of the […]


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Why you now need both sponsors AND an influential firm mentor to rapidly progress your career in a Big 4 firm

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Accepted wisdom used to be that you only needed an influential firm mentor to rapidly progress your career in the Big 4. In this blog post Heather Townsend shares an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ (Click here for a free sample chapter)  and shines a light on […]


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Approaching A Frictionless Process In The Cloud

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager
One of the most interesting findings from The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2017, released by PwC US in conjunction with CIO and CSO, goes beyond the fact 59% of respondents reported increased cybersecurity spending as a result of digitization to the point 63% of survey respondents say they run IT services in the […]


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Deloitte’s Unique Family Leave Program Supplies Inclusive Umbrella

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Deloitte has taken the lead when it comes to compassionate, inclusive family leave by offering a program that includes professionals seeking to look after a spouse or significant other, aging parent or celebrate the arrival of a new addition by factoring in short-term disability for childbirth.

Aptly named, The Deloitte Family Leave Program, it’s the first […]


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Panhandling with technology in today’s digital Gold Rush

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Think the current rush to everything digital is unparalleled in the history of business? Are you sitting in that corner office or in the basement as a sole proprietor and wondering if anyone has ever seen anything like this cresting wave of technology before?

Don’t panic. Innovation has always been the fuel for America’s business engine […]


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Prop 64: Millennials Take Up The Hippie Cause

Anthony Vuong

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

California has always been a state that leads the way in innovation for social causes. In 1967, environmentally conscious folks there started the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to clean up pollutants and standardize emission controls. CARB has been one of the foundations that helped to build the automotive emission controls we have in place […]


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New Accenture Lead in Cybersecurity Gets Tough On Soft/Chewy Data

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Citing the desire to build  a “ new and highly different type of  cyber practice,” one of the industry leaders that spent a 28-year career keeping this country’s institutions and citizens safe from the ever-expanding storm of cyber threats has joined Accenture. Ira “Gus” Hunt , the former chief technology officer for the CIA, recently […]


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What’s Old Is New Again: Book Explains Trump’s Success

Geoff Blades

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Ask anyone in business and they’ll tell you not to fix what isn’t broken. That template blends well with politics and helps to shed some new light on one of the players in the race for the White House. The Trump Presidential Playbook: A Wizard’s Path to the White House by a former Goldman […]


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The 6 premises for every business case for partnership

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In this blog post Heather Townsend shares an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ (Click here for a free sample chapter) and explains the 3 step process to building a cast-iron business case as well as the six premises that every business case is based on.

Creating a cast-iron […]


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Will Cannabinoids Be As Disruptive As The Cloud?

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California’s Proposition 64 Could Signal Next Leg Of National Medical Marijuana Journey

From the perspective of the Big Four accounting/consulting firms, there is always a disruptive technology making headlines and creating the pathway to new profits. Considering recent examples like the cloud, data analytics and even emerging AI capabilities makes even the most hardened CEO open to new possibilities.

However, the […]


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Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen Answers Some Global Revenue Questions

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Deloitte’s recently released  2015 Global Revenue Announcement highlighted  six consecutive years of growth with $35.2 billion in revenue. This year alone, the company hired 62,000 professionals and invested over $200 million in community and societal impact initiatives worldwide.  The firm’s  2015 Global Report showcased how the company continues to make an impact that […]


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