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ePantry Launches An Online Grocery Offering Sustainable Goods, Automatically Shipped To Your Door

A new online grocery called ePantry, publicly launching today, believes that consumers <i>do</i> care about buying green and sustainable products, but they often choose not to because it’s less convenient. That is, when you run out of dish soap or laundry detergent, for example, you simply head over to …

Songza now cues up the blues when it rains

Songza has always been about the feels — about finding the right music to match any moment, whether it's waking up on a Sunday morning, pre-gaming in your apartment with friends, or moping over a breakup. The service even offers a "3 AM Airport" station that provides relevant jams for when you're …

SAP and Rackspace jump on the Cloud Foundry bandwagon

In a move that could bolster Cloud Foundry’s position as an enterprise-class Platform-as-a-Service standard, SAP(s sap) and Rackspace are throwing …

What Executives Really Need to Know About the “Emerging Markets Crisis”

As currencies and stock markets have tumbled in emerging markets, the business media has been dominated by cries of an “Emerging-Markets Crisis.” Corporate executives would be well served to turn off the television. Multinational companies do have their work cut out for them, and should take a …

Banks’ New Competitors: Starbucks, Google, and Alibaba

It took computer company Apple only five years to become America’s largest music retailer, and just seven to become the world’s largest. In 18 short months, search engine Google erased 85 percent of the market cap of the top GPS companies after launching its mobile maps app. Alibaba, China’s …

21 billionaires can’t be wrong? AAPL is their favorite stock …

If you’ve ever wondered what billionaires know that you don’t, their preferred stock is no longer one of those things. <i>Fortune</i> pulled together a chart of the top ten holdings of 21 billionaire investors, revealing that AAPL is their top holding.<p>What started as an iOS app (iBillionaire) and website …

Make Your Career a Success by Your Own Measure

As a manager, how can you cultivate a sense of career growth and development for your people, even when possibilities for promotion are limited or nonexistent? I posed this question to my human resource management students recently. (The context was that we’d just been considering some evidence …

Loop Wallet review: mobile payments are finally everywhere you want to be

NFC was supposed to be the future.<p>My next phone was going to include the technology, which would let me pay at any cash register by waving my phone instead of swiping my credit card. NFC would also let me touch phones with a friend to share a picture, tap my phone to a speaker to play music, and …

Stocks are far less risky than you think

Most people try to reduce risk in their investment portfolio by seeking safe havens like bonds, or by moving money out of the parts of the market …

All Work Has Meaning (Almost)

Mitch Barns, the new Nielsen CEO, recently recounted a story of how a young leader who asked him two pointed questions at a Q&A session. “Do you think the work we do has any redeeming social value? And more specifically, do you think our work does any good in the world?”<p>I’m sure this is a question …

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner – the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time. Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym …

Yes, Apple Beat Icahn, But It Still Isn't Really Spending Any Money

Tim Cook may not look like a fighter, but compared to Carl Icahn, he’s Muhammad Ali. Using Ali’s famous rope-a-dope strategy, Cook let Icahn punch himself out over the span of several months. As a result, Icahn — who originally demanded Apple repurchase an additional $150 billion worth of its stock …

Three Questions to Advance Your Career

In most organizations, professionals who want to move up get lots of feedback. Did you hit your numbers? Make your budget? How did you perform in managing a major project? Many companies provide you with so-called 360-degree feedback based on anonymous surveys from your boss, peers, and direct …

How to Write a Cover Letter

No one likes job hunting. Scouring through online jobs boards, spiffing up your résumé, prepping for grueling interviews — none of it’s fun. But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. There’s so much conflicting advice out there, it’s hard to know …

The First Strategic Question Every Business Must Ask

What business are you in? It seems like a straightforward question, and one that should take no time to answer. But the truth is that most company leaders are too narrow in defining their competitive landscape or market space. They fail to see the potential for “non-traditional” competitors, and …

Distiller: The Ultimate Whisky-Drinker's Companion

While drinking a lot of whisky can leave you dazed a confused, a similar state may also be attained simply by shopping for the stuff. And this is where Distiller hopes to help, with an iOS app that serves as your companion for all things, well, ‘whisky’. Here’s how it works.<p>Distiller delivers …

Hitlist, A Smart Flight Finder That Saves You Money By Telling You When To Fly, Exits Beta

Thanks to Google Now, other virtual assistants, and mobile applications that can tap into our location to feed us information at will, consumers are being conditioned to think of information-gathering as more of a passive process, these days. One company tapping into that larger trend is Hitlist, a …

Nutanix co-founder launches ThoughtSpot, an appliance for analytics

Ajeet Singh is sticking with what worked for him at Nutanix — the fast-growing enterprise compute-plus-storage company he co-founded in 2009 — with a …

Strategy in a World of Constant Change

Am I the only person to be getting a bit weary of hearing it repeatedly asserted that we’re living in a world of constant, accelerating change? That competitive advantages are becoming ever more transient and that the secret to survival will be to the ability to transform on a dime? Otherwise, what …

The future of wearables: 8 predictions from tech leaders

Wearables: Everybody in the tech world is talking about them, but no one has quite nailed it -- yet.<p>The category, which includes everything from<p>smart glassesthat record video towatches that answer phone calls, is generating some of the biggest buzz in the tech industry, and for good reason. …

Amazon profits jump but shares fall

Amazon said it earned $239m in the final three months of 2013, but still missed Wall Street estimates<p>Amazon's profit and revenue both grew in the latest quarter but its results fell below what Wall Street was expecting and shares of the world's biggest online retailer tumbled.<p>Amazon has long …

Stop Trying to Predict Which New Products Will Succeed

When is it possible to predict a product’s success? How you answer this question may be the most important factor in how you design your product development process — and, ultimately, in whether your business succeeds or fails.<p>Is market performance predictable for a specific product or class of …

The Right Way to Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

Thomas Jefferson once said that “honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom”. Though truth-telling abounds in grade school platitudes, it seems scarcer the older we get. But this decline in honesty — let’s call it <i>dishonesty</i> — isn’t necessarily innate. Dishonesty can be taught. In my …

The Simple Reason Why Goodreads Is So Valuable to Amazon

A small fraction of Americans buy the vast majority of books in this country. Goodreads gives Jeff Bezos & Co. a direct line into their thoughts and habits.<p>(Reuters)<p>Amazon is the king of online booksellers and, by most accounts, the most feared player in publishing. Yet last week it shelled out a …

21 Most Admired Companies Making IT A Competitive Advantage

All enterprises, regardless of what they produce or the services they deliver, are really information businesses.<p>The accuracy, speed and precision of IT systems means the difference between winning or losing customers, keeping supply chains profitable, and solidly translating new concepts into …

Apple Cutting iPad Mini Shipments in Q2 2013 to Prepare for Next Generation?

<i>Digitimes</i> is reporting that Apple is set to cut shipments of iPad mini in the second quarter of 2013, according to its industry sources.<p>The cut is said to be a 20% reduction for the month of April, with steeper cuts potentially following in the remainder of the quarter, although the report does not …