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What happens on the Internet in one minute?

The Internet is an amazing place that gets both better and worse every minute. The web is advancing at a rapid rate, with newly created content …

Taking Care Of Business Means Taking Care Of Yourself

As a startup founder, you want to scale as fast as possible and run a lean team but when does this approach compromise the health of the founder - and the company?<p>"No rest for the weary" is often the mantra for anyone leading an early stage venture. As a founder you wear every hat and do everything …

Business Strategy

7 must-read leadership stories of the week

<i>How to pitch like Mark Cuban, the key trait that all leaders share and other top leadership stories from the last seven days.</i><p><b>1. How many of these</b> …

7 Signs You Are an Authentic Leader

You have most likely heard the word <i>authentic</i> used in conjunction with leadership. Is authentic leadership just a buzz phrase, or is it something you should actually care about as you continue to develop yourself as a leader? It is definitely something you should care about, and here's why: …

Leadership

Good Leaders Don't Just Pay Lip Service To Transparency, They Live It

In business, leaders often throw around terms like “transparency” and “clarity” casually and without consequence, as though the mere process of paying lip service to such concepts is sufficient to convince customers and employees alike. In reality, very few leaders practice true transparency within …

10 Action points to help create a culture of innovation

<b>1. Before we say no to new ideas – ‘Consider’</b><p>You never know where the best ideas are going to come from, so you need to be open. When Kodak said ‘no’ …

Decisions Are More Effective When More People Are Involved from the Start

Why is it so hard to get people to change? That’s one of the most common complaints I hear from executives in other organizations. They and their boards make decisions and send out orders and then…nothing happens.<p>Frustrated by what they believe is their people’s inability to execute on their …

Insights from neuroscience and making change programmes more effective – Interview with Hilary Scarlett

The majority of change and transformation programmes fail to meet their objectives and change is often seen as a ‘soft’ area.<p>Moreover, the people …

Your Organization Should Be Ready for 6 Major Changes This Year

Think of a time when you made a major change in your life: Maybe you got married, bought your first house, moved out of state, or even just got a new …

Employee Engagement

Why Millennials Have no Problem Quitting Their Jobs

Twenty-eight year old Margaret Davis was making nice money as a writer in the legal department of a big pharmaceutical company in New York.<p>She liked …

The Shocking Truth About Millennials

Companies are spending a ton of money trying to figure out how to attract and engage the millennials, when all a long they’ve had the answers right in front of them. A recent article in the <i>Harvard Business Review,</i> written by Bruce Pfau, titled, “What Do Millennials Really Want From Work,” is quite …

Why Apple and Google should be worried about Facebook’s new bots store

SAN FRANCISCO -- In 1950, artificial intelligence pioneer Alan Turing famously proposed what came to be known as the Turing Test: the proposition that a machine had achieved intelligence if it could carry on a conversation that was indistinguishable from a human one.<p>In 2016, Turing’s ghost has come …

6 ways social media is changing the world

Around the world, billions of us use social media every day, and that number just keeps growing. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2018, 2.44 billion …

Kroger and Whole Foods might be investing billions into a losing game

As grocery chains such as Kroger, Whole Foods, and Walmart invest big in online grocery, some analysts say the retailers are wasting their money.<p>"We remain unconvinced of long-term viability of home deliveries for grocery," HSBC retail analyst David McCarthy writes in a recent note that called the …

Home Delivery

Here's how the Internet of Things will explode by 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been labeled as "the next Industrial Revolution" because of the way it will change the way people live, work, entertain, and travel, as well as how governments and businesses interact with the world.<p>In fact, the revolution is already starting.<p>That brand new car that …

Internet of Things

17 charts that show just how scary Amazon's $275 billion business really is

Most people think of Amazon as an online shopping store, but it's actually much more than that.<p>Over the past 22 years, Amazon has turned itself into a $275 billion juggernaut that sells everything from cloud-computing services to its own hardware gadgets.<p>These 17 charts show just how scary its …

eCommerce

Postmates launches Amazon Prime-style subscription service, hits 1 million monthly deliveries

Postmates, which is now completing 1 million deliveries a month, is digging in deeper to the e-commerce space with the launch of Postmates Plus Unlimited, a $9.99 per month subscription service that gets you free deliveries on all “Plus” orders over $30, minus the service fee. Plus merchants …

Startups

Amazon Steps Up Fashion Challenge to Retailers by Charging Full Price

It might seem counterintuitive that higher prices are the key to Amazon.com (amzn) taking its fashion business to the next level.<p>But that’s exactly …

Relearning the Art of Asking Questions

Proper questioning has become a lost art. The curious four-year-old asks a lot of questions — incessant streams of “Why?” and “Why not?” might sound familiar — but as we grow older, our questioning decreases. In a recent poll of more than 200 of our clients, we found that those with children …

Comment on The World in 2025: 8 Predictions for the Next 10 Years by Tessy Terry

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE WORLD OF FAME?? GETTING RICH. POWERFUL AND FAMOUS? JOINING THE ILLUMINATI TODAY AND BECOME RICH.ILLUMINATI BRINGS YOU INTO …

Houses

The Key To Successful Commerce Businesses Is Supply Chain

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ajay Agarwal is a managing director in the Palo Alto office of Bain Capital Ventures and an active investor in early-stage commerce technology companies.</i><p>It may surprise many of you to learn that Dell Computer was the highest appreciating tech stock of the 90s. This success was …

Instacart, A Startup That Does Your Grocery Shopping For You, Is Now Worth $2 Billion

Earlier this year, Instacart raised $44 million at a $400 million valuation from top Silicon Valley investors including Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz. The company says it will generate about $100 million this year, a 10X increase from 2013.<p>Instacart competes with Fresh Direct, but while …

‘Uber For Logistics’ Startup Lalamove Lands $10M To Expand In China And Southeast Asia

Lalamove, an Uber-like service for logistics, has raised $10 million to expand its presence across Asia, where it already operates in six cities.<p>The company, which began life in Hong Kong in December 2013, offers iOS and Android apps that allow customers to move items across a city using its …

Startups

Alibaba Competitor Wanda E-commerce Raises $161M At $3B Valuation

China-based Wanda E-commerce, which hopes to position itself as a rival against Alibaba, has raised one billion RMB (about $161 million) in funding from investment funds Shengke Limited and Hong Kong Xu De Ren Dao E-commerce Investment Co. Wanda E-commerce says this quadruples its valuation to 20 …

Amazon Made This Man Wealthy — Here's How His New Company Will Try To Take It On

Quidsi's founders, Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara, made a killing, but the sale wasn't entirely sweet.<p>Before the acquisition, Amazon had more-or-less declared a pricing war against Diapers.com . Amazon started offering deep discounts on diapers. Not long after Amazon started its aggressive price …

eCommerce

How Amazon Tricks You Into Thinking It Always Has the Lowest Prices

It's all about price perception.<p>Amazon is known for having low prices. But a study conducted by a startup called Boomerang Commerce reveals that Amazon’s pricing strategy is much more nuanced than simply undercutting the competition.<p>Boomerang, founded by Amazon veteran Guru Hariharan, makes …

How Regular Exercise Helps You Balance Work and Family

Matthew Beason is a well-respected executive at a non-profit with a multi-billion dollar endowment. On top of continual domestic travel, countless dinners with donors, and constant planning meetings, Matthew is also a married father of four children. While his work schedule sometimes leaves him …

A Checklist for Someone About to Take on a Tougher Job

Careers involve numerous transitions when we “step up” into a new role, typically one with greater rewards, bigger responsibilities, and higher stakes. We’re well aware that these opportunities come as the result of effort and diligence in our previous role, but we can fail to appreciate how much …

What to Ask the Person in the Mirror

If you’re like most successful leaders, you were, in the early stages of your career, given plenty of guidance and support. You were closely monitored, coached, and mentored. But as you moved up the ladder, the sources of honest and useful feedback became fewer, and after a certain point, you were …