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What Google's Mobile Algorithm Update Means for Businesses

"Mobilegeddon" is upon us! Is your business prepared for the shakeup in search results?<p>Google is constantly updating their algorithm to improve the user experience and help worthy businesses make it to the top, and this year is no different. Starting April 21st, mobile-friendly websites will be a …

The attitude adjustment that leads to entreprenurial success

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><i>What are some of the habits entrepreneurs have that other people don't?</i><p><i>Answer below by Quora user Oliver</i> …

How we got our first 5 million users … with no marketing budget

We didn’t have the money. So we got creative.<p>Chances are if you’ve just started a tech company, you won’t be in business for long. As many as 90% of …

Twitter Can't Afford to Ignore Videos Anymore, and Neither Can You

Video "auto-play" is on its way to Twitter, and that opens up a whole new world to brands and businesses.<p>As Twitter gets ready to unveil video auto-play onsite, the decision brings to attention the important role video now plays in social media. Sites like Facebook and Instagram already auto-play …

Marketing Lessons From Taylor Swift’s Playbook

She's social media's golden child and one of the world's most innovative marketers. Love or hate her, there's lots you can learn from her.<p>My knowledge of Taylor Swift ran only three albums deep until about a month ago. I found myself wedged into a 12-person limo with 15 other people on the way to …

Social Media

Are Today's Marketers Tomorrow's CEOs?

Over the past 30 years, there has been tremendous change in the role of marketers within the firm. A “Chief Marketing Officer” title was created, CMOs serve on leadership teams, and many are invited into the boardroom. Recently, we’ve witnessed CMOs stepping into CEO roles. Just last week, the …

Leadership

Palantir, Already Valued At $15 Billion, Is Looking For More

This would be on top of the round it raised at the end of 2014 that reportedly valued the company at $15 billion.<p>Palantir, a notoriously tight-lipped company, didn't talk about that round. But a form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicated that the company raised $50 million in …

Venture Capital

How America’s e-commerce giants compare across the desktop, mobile Web and mobile app arenas

Games used to dominate the mobile app market, but as use of smartphones continues to grow and mobile devices are becoming bigger and with larger screens, apps are becoming a key driver for other sectors too. One such, rapidly growing, industy is online retail.<p>We’ve dug into our data to analyze the …

eCommerce

This One Number Shows How Advertisers Are Wrong About Social Media

Companies like McDonalds, Apple, and Ford all have something in common: They make and sell physical stuff, be it Big Macs, computers or cars. So if …

Now Instagram Is Dominating Twitter In Another Hugely Important Way

Data provided to Business Insider from social media analytics company Socialbakers shows Instagram is not only gaining traction in sheer numbers of users, but posts from the biggest brands on the photo app are receiving almost 50 times more engagement (at the highest level) too. More users and more …

Social Media

Tip of the Day: Unlock Your iPhone by Writing Your Passcode With Your Finger

Apple’s VoiceOver feature is designed for those who are visually impaired. When the feature is turned on, a voice will let users know what is on the screen and allow them to navigate their iDevice. However, VoiceOver can also be used by anyone to unlock their iPhones by drawing their passcodes with …

Fundraising Acceleration Is The New VC Investment Thesis

There was a quite a jolt on Friday from the news that Slack, a company whose eponymous enterprise communications platform was first publicly launched this year, raised $120 million in new venture funding from KPCB and Google Ventures.<p>Even more eye-popping was the valuation: $1.12 billion. Although …

Best advice from CEOs: 40 execs' secrets to success

By and<p>Warren Buffett<p><b>Chairman and CEO—</b><b>Berkshire Hathaway</b><p>Advice for young women: “You do the same thing a male will do. You follow your passions. You …

Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day

It’s that time again: 500 Startups just put on demo day for its ninth batch of companies at Microsoft’s conference building in sunny Mountain View, Calif. The seed stage investor and startup incubator showed off 29 products and services that range from making it easier to get a home loan to a …

3 Ways to Earn Employees’ Trust

Fostering trust among employees who are suspicious of management doesn't have to be a daunting task.<p>Employees are often suspicious of management. Everyone has had a bad boss in the past, and that experience can taint future interactions, unless good bosses are sensitive to this baggage.<p>You can't …

10 Tips for Attracting and Maintaining a Top Notch Team

How to hire the best--even when your startup's funds are tight.<p>Barring very few exceptions, startups are cash poor and remain so for a very long time. But driven founders are capable of thriving in this environment and are not dissuaded by uncertainty of outcome or income. Compensation is rarely …

Employment

5 Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy People (Infographic)

Advice from people who are just as busy as you are.<p>From former U.S. Army captains to tennis pros, it's always interesting to learn what kind of strategies highly productive people use to stay on top of their game. Some of these tips--for instance, wake up earlier--might be harder than others to …

Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist

10 Habits Of High Net-Worth Women

Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.<p><i>UPDATE: This post was originally published on February 26.</i><p><b>Keep Your Eye on the Prize</b><br>As a financial advisor, I have …

6 Things All Successful Entrepreneurs Believe

Some entrepreneurs look at the world in a way that breeds success. Here's how they do it, and how you can, too.<p>Entrepreneurs have a different way of doing things.<p>It takes a special kind of person to be able to turn the spark of an idea in their minds into a full-fledged income-generating operation …

Entrepreneurship

4 Reasons LinkedIn Is Not the New Online Dating Site

Use LinkedIn for what it was intended for: job searching and professional networking.<p>While there's no shortage of unusual stories of couples finding love on LinkedIn and LinkedIn dating apps, don't be fooled. It's a terrible idea. Here are four key reasons why this strategy should be avoided at all …

Those Things No One Tells You Before You Start a Business

One brave founder shares the things she'd wished she'd known before starting up.<p>Sometimes the best gift others can give us is their mistakes and misconceptions. We're all hesitant to share our screw-ups and embarrassing moments, but if we can bring ourselves to be honest about what we failed to …

LinkedIn Just Bought A Business Marketing Company For $175 Million

LinkedIn's David Thacker writes that Bizo's team has been part of its API Partner Program for a while and the acquisition will help it establish "a comprehensive B2B marketing platform for brands."<p>Bizos helps advertisers find and target new businesses.<p>This news comes soon after LinkedIn announced …

Customers

LinkedIn buys B2B marketing startup Bizo for $175M

LinkedIn is getting into the “Bizo”-ness.<p>Pro social network LinkedIn has purchased marketing-platform startup Bizo in a deal worth $175 million, the company announced today.<p>Bizo produces B2B marketing products that measures display and social advertising campaigns for specific audiences. Recently, …

Apple scores patent for 'wrist-worn electronic device'

A "wrist-worn" device described in a new Apple patent hints at certain features reportedly destined for the company's much-rumored iWatch.<p>Awarded Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the patent dubbed "Wrist-worn electronic device and methods therefor" starts off by describing a wristband …

Apple Reports Revenue of $37.4 Billion in Q3, Missing Estimates

Apple posted a better than expected profit for the third quarter, but overall revenue and iPad sales came in a bit light, raising concerns among …

Richard Branson And Tony Hsieh On Business Lives, Leadership And Legacies

As inspiring as it is to see exciting new entrepreneurs bringing innovation and disruption to the business world, I’m always curious to know how some of the most successful and well-established entrepreneurs reflect on their business journeys. So I asked Virgin founder Richard Branson and Zappos …

Yahoo's Share Of The Search Market Fell Below 10% For The First Time Ever

Yahoo's share of the U.S. search market is under 10% for the first time ever, says Ben Schachter of Macquarie Research. Yahoo's actual share is 9.8%, its lowest ever. Yahoo's share of the search market has been taking for the past nine years.<p>This is a big problem for Yahoo since its search business …

Americans don't want small Windows tablets, says largest PC maker

Lenovo stops selling two of its smallest Windows tablets in the US<p>Small Windows tablets have gotten a cool response from US customers, Lenovo said today. The top PC maker currently manufactures two 8-inch Windows 8 tablets: the ThinkPad 8 and Miix 2, which have both been available for a number of …

Meet 14 of the richest tech tycoons from around the world

Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, and Jeff Bezos are among some of the wealthiest tech tycoons here in the U.S.<p>But there are plenty of extremely wealthy tech executives across the globe who are making major contributions to tech scenes in their own country.<p>With the help of Forbes’ Billionaires List, we’ve …