Obamacare Problems, The Trouble With TED Talks, Shutdown Layoffs: Oct. 15

Illustration by André da Loba

It may take months to get federally operated Obamacare exchanges running properly, write Robert Pear, Sharon LaFraniere, and Ian Austen. [New York Times]

Beware the literature of creativity, “a genre of surpassing banality,” warns Thomas Frank in his essay, “TED talks are lying to you.” [Salon]

Italy’s female small business owners are less likely to get bank loans than their male counterparts, writes Jason Karaian. [Quartz]

Rob Stevens writes that non-compete agreements assume employees are bad for startups. [Xconomy]

Laser Plus Imaging Chief Executive Officer John Tucker talks about laying off 80 percent of his workers because of the government shutdown (video). [CNBC]

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