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And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Is… Liquidity

This year’s Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield was amazing. At the very beginning, there were 24 great companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for $50,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup.<p>After hours of deliberations, …

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PageCloud Wants To Simplify Website Creation

PageCloud launched at Disrupt NY 2015 today to allow users to drag-and-drop photos, video, text or other elements onto a web page in order to create the look they want on a website.<p>Much like other simplified web content management systems, such as Wix or Squarespace, PageCloud offers several …

5 Insights & Predictions On Disruptive Tech From KPMG's 2015 Global Innovation Survey

• 15% of U.S. tech leaders see biotech/digital health/healthcare IT as the most disruptive consumer-driven technology in the next three years.<br>• 13% of U.S. tech leaders predict data and analytics will be the most disruptive enterprise technology in three years.<br>• Global tech leaders predict cloud …

Top 20 Innovation Articles of July 2015

Drum roll please... At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to …

10 things successful leaders remember when things go wrong

Whether it's a failure of planning, a bad judgment call, or an accident of fate, trouble eventually comes to every leader. And that's when leadership really matters.<p>Here are the principles that can guide you through the next storm:<p>Our reactions and moods are like a steering wheel that can move us …

Microsoft's new web browser is up to 112% faster than Google Chrome

In a Windows blog post on Wednesday, Gabe Aul, Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider program, announced a new set of benchmarks for Microsoft Edge, the company's new web browser made for Windows 10.<p>Microsoft Edge showed significant performance gains over Google Chrome, but what's most impressive …

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How To Lead When You Aren't The Leader

I was recently coaching a group of young professionals who work for one of my clients in New Jersey. I was helping them analyze their 360Reach personal brand survey reports (disclosure: 360Reach is a product of my company, Reach Personal Branding) so they could understand how they are perceived by …

Oracle just struck an important alliance with a startup called Xamarin to take on Amazon, IBM and Microsoft

One of the most interesting companies in the exploding enterprise mobile app market is a four-year old startup called Xamarin.<p>Xamarin's founders, who …

Innovation Isn’t the Answer to All Your Problems

What should leaders do to boost their organization’s ability to innovate? There’s a seemingly endless list of options to consider. Set up a new-growth group. Launch an idea contest. Change the reward systems. Run an action-learning program to develop the top leadership team’s ability to confront …

UberDRIVE: A Mobile Game To Recruit And Train Uber Drivers

Uber launched a mobile game, UberDRIVE, this week which invites players to experience a “day in the life” of an Uber driver. Of course, role-playing as a driver is not as exciting—and probably not as profitable— as the Kim Kardashian game which allows players to join the celebrity on a red carpet …

Simplify Your Analytics Strategy

While the interests in analytics and resulting benefits are increasing by the day, some businesses are challenged by the complexity and confusion that analytics can generate. Companies can get stuck trying to analyze all that’s possible and all that they could do through analytics, when they should …

Want To Enhance Customer Experience? Five Competencies Are Critical

Teddy Roosevelt may have said it best: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”<p>That’s good advice for teachers, leaders, coaches, politicians, physicians, and anyone else interested in exercising influence and earning trust and loyalty.<p>And it’s certainly good advice …

5 Timeless Leadership Roles To Help Navigate Change

If there’s one thing that’s constant today (and everyday, for that matter), it’s change. Whether it’s people or organizations, change is the one thing both can rely on that will emerge when it’s least expected—or desired.<p>While the business landscape is in a perpetual state of flux—and always will …

5 Ways Introverts Make Better Leaders

In our competitive, always-churning, constantly stimulating digital world, the head-down, deep-thinking working style of most introverts isn’t …

BlackBerry's Famous Last Words At 2007 iPhone Launch: 'We'll Be Fine'

How does one company go from controlling half the world’s smartphone market to less than 1% today, and from a profit of $1.9 billion to a gaping $5.8 billion deficit — all within the space of 5 years?<p>It all started when Apple CEO Steve Jobs took to the stage at the Macworld Conference in January …

The Little Known Secret To Pixar's Creative Success

With 15 Academy Awards and an average worldwide gross of over $600 million per film, Pixar might just be the most successful creative enterprise ever—and one of the most profitable. Out of the 14 features the firm has produced, all but one have made the list of top 50 highest grossing animated …

A Few Highlights From Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report

Listening to Mary Meeker present her annual Internet trends report is the closest humans get to being connected to a firehose of data: 197 information rich slides in something like 10 minutes. Don’t even try to drink it all, at least not in real time.<p>On Wednesday morning at the Code Conference in …

How to start a movement

With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

How 'robo-investing' is managing money for the masses

<b>"Robo-investing" - using computer algorithms rather than humans to manage your investments - is a white-hot sector attracting lots of start-up cash.</b><p>There are now several companies here in the US promising that their algorithms can get more bang for your investment buck at a fraction of the price …

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The No. 1 mistake hackers hope you make

A strong password is a pain to create, remember and type. That's why far too many people settle for passwords that are weaker and easier to remember than they should be. But strong passwords are essential for keeping hackers and snoopers out of your online accounts.<p>Fortunately, I know a few good …

Why Multitasking Is Bad For Our Brains

<i>Ben Slater is Sales & Marketing Director at Seed, a platform that applies marketing automation and data science to hiring. Follow @BenJHSlater. This post first appeared on the Seed Jobs blog.</i><p>How many browser tabs do you have open right now?<p>I’m guessing it’s over 10, maybe 20. Some may be for …

Microsoft releases .NET Core preview for Mac and Linux

At its Build 2015 developer conference today, Microsoft took the first step toward a cross-platform version of .NET, the company’s software framework that primarily runs on Windows: The company has released a preview of the .NET Core runtime distribution for Mac and Linux.<p>Today’s preview is the …

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How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill

Andrew Nguyen<p>Anyone trying to come up to speed on emotional intelligence would have a pretty easy time of it since the concept is remarkably recent, and its application to business newer still. The term was coined in 1990 in a research paper by two psychology professors, John D. Mayer of UNH and …

Differing Work Styles Can Help Team Performance

Most leaders now recognize that the best teams leverage diversity to achieve long-term success. But many think about it in pretty narrow terms: gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and/or age. Sometimes they also consider organizational attributes, like function or rank.<p>But there’s …

Bournemouth beats London as UK's fastest-growing digital economy

Bournemouth, Liverpool and Brighton have emerged as the UK's most exciting hotbeds of digital talent<p>Britain’s digital economy is booming outside London, with 74pc of digital firms now based beyond the capital, and Bournemouth, Liverpool and Brighton emerging as the industry’s runaway success …

UK startups can shine in a post-Brexit world

Matt Clifford is the co-founder and chief executive of Entrepreneur First, the five-year-old UK accelerator program, which has produced 75 startups since launch. One of their companies, Magic Pony was sold to Twitter for $150m just last month.<p>It is just the kind of company you might think would …