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Tim Cook to meet Indian Prime Minister as India’s sales growth outstripping that of China

<i>The Economic Times</i> reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook is to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month.<p>An Apple spokesperson confirmed that a meeting between its CEO Cook and PM Modi will take place. The Apple spokesperson, however, declined to comment on the topic of discussion.<p>It’s …

India

People now spend more time using apps than watching TV

Mobile apps are taking over — but, really, are you surprised?<p>A new report from Flurry says people are spending more time in mobile apps than watching …

How Israeli Startups Can Scale

Israel has been branded the “startup nation.” For good reason: A tiny country of only 8 million people — 0.1% of the world’s population — has more companies listed on the NASDAQ than any country in the world save the United States and China. Frequently cited as one of the world’s most vibrant …

The Competitive Advantage of Nations

National prosperity is created, not inherited. It does not grow out of a country’s natural endowments, its labor pool, its interest rates, or its currency’s value, as classical economics insists.<p>A nation’s competitiveness depends on the capacity of its industry to innovate and upgrade. Companies …

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

A lot of ink has been spilled on people’s opinions of what makes for a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data. In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees to identify how different characteristics of a leader combine to affect employee perceptions of …

Recommended Reading: The story behind Google's new logo

<i>Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.</i><p><b>Evolving the Google Identity</b><br>by Alex Cook, Jonathan Jarvis and Jonathan …

Zomato turns one-stop tech shop for eateries worldwide

Just across the fancy Gold Souk in the suburban glitter of Gurgaon, in an expansive floor of a five-storey office building, dozens of youngsters sit …

The Most Common Mistakes Companies Make with Global Marketing

Marketers often find themselves at the forefront of a company’s global expansion. The marketing team is usually responsible for carrying out the market research that will determine where a company should expand, and it’s usually charged with creating a plan for attracting customers.<p>As a former …

You Can’t Understand China’s Slowdown Without Understanding Supply Chains

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>The last few weeks have brought news of turmoil in China, including currency devaluations, an economic slowdown, and a stock market plunge. Most economists, including those at the the IMF, think it is premature to talk about an economic crisis. While I agree, I nonetheless believe that the …

Google to start downranking sites with huge app install ads

If you've ever tapped on a search result on your phone only to see a giant ad imploring you to install the site's app, you know how annoying that can be. Google realizes that too, thanks to its own internal study that showed users often don't click through when they encounter these ads. Now Google …

The Week in Review: Turbulent Stock Market

The Dow rebounded at the end of this week after a historically turbulent period for the U.S. and global markets.<p>Concerns over China’s ability to manage its economic slowdown caused the markets to tumble and a “Black Monday” that consisted of China’s stock market crashing in the biggest sell-off …

Stock Markets

WhatsApp now has 900M monthly active users

WhatsApp today passed 900 million monthly active users (MAU), according to founder Jan Koum.<p>The popular mobile messaging app most recently hit the 800 million MAU milestone in April.<p>Koum tagged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the announcement. (Facebook acquired WhatsApp in February 2014 for …

Apps

How Samsung Became a Design Powerhouse

Until 20 years ago, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics manufactured inexpensive, imitative electronics for other companies. Its leaders valued speed, scale, and reliability above all. Its marketers set prices and introduced features according to what original-equipment manufacturers wanted. Its …

What the CEO of the “New” Google Needs to Do Next

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>The Google/Alphabet metamorphosis has catapulted Sundar Pichai into one of the highest profile leadership jobs in Silicon Valley. As the new CEO of Google, he has been handed the keys to one of the world’s most valuable brands, the top website to open to get to other websites, the most …

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

When Bad Listeners Grow Up to Be Bosses

For the horrible listeners in your office, the advice to get them to pay attention is pretty straightforward:<p>1. Slow down.<p>2. Stop talking.<p>3. Listen.<p>But Amy Jen Su, an executive coach with Paravis Partners who has written and talked about the issue for the Harvard Business Review, knows it's not so …

Pre-school

How Indra Nooyi Turned Design Thinking Into Strategy: An Interview with PepsiCo’s CEO

Just a few years ago, it wasn’t clear whether Indra Nooyi would survive as PepsiCo’s CEO. Many investors saw Pepsi as a bloated giant whose top brands were losing market share. And they were critical of Nooyi’s shift toward a more health-oriented overall product line. Prominent activist investor …