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Bosses should do this simple thing to make their employees more creative

Research shows the secret to fostering creativity in your office could be as simple as being humble<p>Humility breeds creativity.<p>Workers who have humble …

Amazon is so good at keeping prices low, it’s changed how economists think about inflation

Beginning in 2012, the stuff Americans buy was supposed to get about 2% more expensive every year, according to inflation targets set by the Federal Reserve.<p>But that didn’t really happen. Despite the best efforts of the Fed, the maker of US monetary policy, inflation was well below 2% from 2013 to …

eCommerce

The founder of real estate website Trulia started a VC firm with a new twist on investing: building its own products

Everyone wants to be an internet entrepreneur these days.<p>But according to Pete Flint, the cofounder of real-estate website Trulia, the most successful businesses are built on something even more powerful than the internet.<p>Flint, and the other cofounders of venture capital firm NFX, are on the hunt …

Amazon dominates Thanksgiving and Black Friday online sales

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Amazon pulled in 45% of all online transactions — or purchases — on Thanksgiving Day, and 54.9% on Black Friday, according to Hitwise data cited in Dealerscope.<p>The …

4 Reasons Why Small Business Lenders Do Not Use Business Credit

I often get questions from small business owners about their business credit. What is it, and what is it used for? In fact, many of the business owners I speak to don’t know their business credit score or that they even have one. Let me break it down: business credit reports are based on business …

The Most Successful Startup Founders Have These Skills (and Hire for the Rest)

New researcher shows the most successful startups have technical founders who quickly hire business-minded teammates.<p>"Business guy seeking technical co-founder."<p>Spend any amount of time at meetups or startup events and you're sure to meet more than a few entrepreneurs with big product ideas but no …

Entrepreneurship

Verizon is moving slowly to exploit consumer data for ads because it doesn't want to freak people out

Verizon's plan to challenge the digital duopoly — Facebook and Google — in digital advertising is a slow mover, and that's on purpose, the company's outgoing media chief said on Wednesday.<p>The wireless giant wants to be sure it does not alienate its subscribers, she said as it seeks to get them to …

Amazon Web Services embraces Kubernetes with two container services

Amazon Web Services unveiled a pair of new services today aimed at helping companies run containerized applications in its cloud. The provider embraced the open source Kubernetes container management system today with the announcement of the Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS), as well …

Uber deal reflects SoftBank's growing power in Silicon Valley

Early Uber investors Benchmark Capital and Menlo Ventures have said that they will sell a portion of their shares in the ride-hail giant to Japan's …

6 Huge Stories The Mainstream Media Don't Want You To Know About

Whistleblowers, Ecocide, top secret trade deals, and shady ties between the Islamic State and the West’s closest allies…here are a few hot topics the …

Danny Meyer banned tipping at his restaurants — but employees say it has led to lower pay and high turnover

Danny Meyer doesn't like tipping. He has said that the practice lets restaurants get away with paying servers insufficient wages, and in January, he called it "one of the biggest hoaxes pulled on [American] culture."<p>In 2015, Meyer, who also owns Shake Shack, decided to eliminate tipping at …

Chinese official: Fallen politician plotted against leaders

BEIJING (AP) — A senior figure in China's ruling Communist Party accused a dismissed regional leader of plotting to "usurp party leadership," adding …

Facebook's new subscription efforts hit a roadblock with Apple

Facebook announced Thursday that it will begin testing a feature within Instant Articles that would help publishers get people to sign up for …

Medica criticized for transferring money to for-profit unit

Gov. Mark Dayton and others are criticizing one of Minnesota's biggest health insurers for transferring $120 million from its nonprofit Minnesota HMO to other operations, including a for-profit insurance unit.<p>Medica Health Plans used money from its nonprofit HMO this month to bolster its for-profit …

Big-box stores lose as Michigan Supreme Court drops tax case

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday rejected an appeal by a big-box retailer in a tax dispute in the Upper Peninsula, a brief …

Amazon Is About To Disrupt The Drug Industry, But Not The Way Most Think

It’s now a foregone conclusion that Amazon.com will enter the healthcare sector. Every day there is another article on how Amazon is planning to dominate some new corner of the American economy. One day Amazon is taking down Grainger and Home Depot. The next it’s single-handedly taking down not …

An early Christmas present from cable companies: Internet price hikes

We regularly do our best to try to help readers save money on their cable and internet bills. In fact, just two days ago we told you about a little …

Under Armour is copying a strategy from a billion-dollar startup — and it's a brilliant move

Under Armour has just announced a new subscription service called ArmourBox.<p>Here's how it works: Tell Under Armour what kind of clothes you like and how you work out, and they'll ship you a box with four to six items for you to consider purchasing. No purchase is required, there's no fee, and …

Can Real Estate Agents Get Business From Social Media?

Real estate agents love social media. They post to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, showcasing themselves and their properties, with the hope that these posts will generate business. Yet, many real estate agents receive little or no business from social media, and they don’t understand why.<p>What …

Giving Away Billions as Fast as They Can

Step aside, Rockefeller. Move over, Carnegie. Out of the way, Ford.<p>For the better part of a century, a few Gilded Age names dominated the ranks of big philanthropy.<p>No longer.<p>In a matter of years, a new crop of ultra-wealthy Americans has eclipsed the old guard of philanthropic titans. With names …

Apple's $1,000 iPhone Taught Us A Very Important Business Lesson

The surprising reason why it might just work for them.<p>Everyone is going crazy over Apple's new iPhone --- for better or for worse. Now, whether you like Apple or not, we can all agree that the price of the newly released iPhone is quite the shocker. That might turn off some customers, but I will …

Customer Experience

Why Bartering Can Be Your Untapped Revenue Source

More organizations are experimenting with cash-free solutions. Here's how bartering may drive the future of B2B commerce.<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many small- to medium-size business owners have begun to barter, trade and swap goods and services without …

Small Business

Digital Ads Are Tired. Here's What Smart Businesses Are Doing Instead

Brands are shifting more of their spending into things like experiential events, live social media campaigns, and influencer marketing.<p><i>How effective is Google AdWords? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand</i> …

Public Relations

20 Free Tools Your Small Business Should Be Using Today

Although your small business needs a healthy amount of software to conduct operations, it's not necessary for you to spend a fortune on web-based products. In our comprehensive testing of business and consumer software, we've come across dozens of incredible and free solutions that can help you get …