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Customer service is difficult, expensive and unpredictable. But it's a mistake to assume that any particular example is automatically either good or …

Customer Experience

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. Lately the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up the pace.<p>More often than not the results of these acquisitions are disappointing.<p>What can companies learn from others' failed efforts to integrate …

Startups

Corporate acquisitions of startups usually fail. Here’s why

For decades, large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. Lately, the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up the pace.<p>More often than not, the results of these acquisitions are disappointing.<p>What can companies learn from others’ failed efforts to …

6 Strategies For Transitioning From a Corporate Role to Startup Culture

Fed up with your job?<p>You're not alone. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.8 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs …

When Startups Pair Up With Big Corporations, Everyone Wins–If You Make The Right Match

Corporate matchmaking 101.<p>“Corporation” is a dirty word to many startup founders. Entrepreneurs run away from big business on purpose, and those whose companies eventually develop into larger corporations risk earning the label of “sellout.”<p>Startups want to stay true to their vision; they don’t …

Startups

Why corporations and startups are working together

The words entrepreneur and startup have had a great run of late. A study of Census Bureau data analyzed by scholars at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation demonstrated that virtually all net new job creation over the past three decades has come from true startups — new businesses less than 1 year …

Kansas City Chiefs

The Daily Startup: New Firm Helps Outsource Corporate Venture Investing

Art by Mike Lucas<p>In this morning’s Web roundup, Uber raises a round that values the startup at more than $41 billion. EnosiX raises funds for product to get data out of enterprise programs and onto mobile devices. And Allena Pharmaceuticals has raised funds to continue work toward the first drug to …

6 Startup Lessons I Learned From Working In Corporate America

If you’ve left or are considering leaving the corporate machine behind, take these tips with you.<p>We’ve all read stories about innovators who went from crib, to college, to founding multi-million dollar companies. But what about the rest of us who have corporate careers? Are we stuck being cogs in …

Startups

These are the top 10 corporate venture firms that could invest in your startup

<i>Updated at 3:42 p.m. Pacific to add context about Salesforce Ventures.</i><p>Last year, venture capital funding hit its highest level since 2000, coming in at $47.3 billion, according to CB Insights, a startup that keeps tabs on private companies. And more than a quarter of that money came from companies’ …

8 Things Corporations Do That Your Startup Shouldn’t | Inc.com

A startup is not a corporation.<p>As eager as you are to play in the big leagues, your startup just isn't there yet. And you shouldn't try the tactics of the multi-billion-dollar, multinational, super corporations.<p>It's a common mistake. Wanting to go big, the little business tries to mimic what a huge …

Startups

Microsoft Software Recognizes Images Better Than Humans Do

And it’s a foundational step in the next wave of interaction.<p>It’s not the most gorgeous photography you’ve ever seen. ImageNet features 1.2 million pictures of mundane items–a photocopier shoved in the corner of an office, a bowl of oatmeal on a table, a pile of logs, a giant sign shaped like an …

Augmented Reality

Google said to be testing a point-of-sale system called Plaso

Image copyright Shutterstock / Aleksandar Mijatovic.Google Wallet may not have been the hit Google had hoped, but according to a news report, the …

Apple Pay

Microsoft acquires Sunrise, the best calendar app for iOS and Android

It’s official, Microsoft has acquired Sunrise, the maker of one of the best calendar apps for iOS and Android. Rumors suggested Microsoft was willing to pay $100 million for the purchase, but neither side is yet disclosing financial terms of the deal. Microsoft first made the news official with a …

Apps
Branded Content

15 Government Customer Service Trends for 2015

With public expectations at an all-time high, and trust in government nearing all-time lows, agencies need to step up their game. Veterans, seniors, …

Customer Experience

What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Company

<i>By Gary Benitt, COO,</i> <i>Desk.com</i><p>It’s not often that you hit the ball out of the ballpark on your first swing, and all too often, the learning curve for …

BNP Paribas Bank: a network of innovators

Aude Albert's mission is to develop the BNP Paribas Innovation Community: sharing best practices and business watch, facilitating connections, …

Innovation

How iPhone health gadgets could change what 'see your doctor' means

Apple's Health app had a quiet rollout in late 2014, and months later many iOS users still aren't sure how the platform works on their new (or newly …