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Geolocation Is Changing The Retail Business Model Yet Again

<i>And maybe that’s why Amazon is moving into bricks-and-mortar.</i><p>In category after category, Amazon has steadily eroded the market share of traditional bricks-and-mortar retail chains, which seem to be in a state of irreversible decline.<p>Much of the online giant’s competitive advantage is based on its …

Why I'm Going All-In On Customer Service

You don’t need to know who Michael Porter is to know that if you want to stay in business you need to offer something your competitors don’t. Porter might put it in different terms, perhaps saying that continuous positive differentiation leads to sustainable competitive advantage, but regardless of …

14 Greens Even Healthier Than Kale

From the editors of Cosmo.com, the new greens to try in your next salad.<p>Kale has been having a moment for quite some time now, mostly because it's green and healthy and tasty—at least as far as lettuce goes. As any registered dietitian will tell you, the veggie does pack a ridiculous amount of …

Photographer Gives Us an Inside Look at Meghalaya, India, ‘The Wettest Place On Earth’

New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple is a name you might recognize from his intimate look inside Iran that we shared just over a year ago. …

How This Man Built A $3M Business A Year After Four Years In Prison

Frederick Hutson is a man who sees business opportunities in everything. By his own admission, this doesn’t always work out for the best. Hutson spent over four years in prison after getting busted for an opportunity he saw in drug trafficking, a huge market, and one that was as he saw it, ripe for …

The abrasiveness trap: High-achieving men and women are described differently in reviews

Not long ago I was talking to an engineering manager who was preparing performance reviews for his team. He had two people he wanted to promote that …

You Can’t Do Strategy Without Input from Sales

One of the best books ever written about selling is David Dorsey’s <i>The Force</i>. Dorsey turns a year in a Xerox sales district in Cleveland into a riveting drama about people, accounts, the operatic highs and lows of the sales cycle, and the triumph of making quota. Dorsey focuses on Fred Thomas and …

The Real Price of Fast Growth

J.Hilburn was a startup that had beat the odds.<p>In 2012, the company, which sells custom high-end men's clothing through a network of personal stylists, had survived five years, grown to 80 employees, and attained a pleasing growth curve: $35 million in revenue, up from less than $17 million a year …

Startups

Why Multi-Tasking Is Worse Than Marijuana For Your IQ

What makes you more stupid – smoking marijuana, emailing while talking on the phone or losing a night’s sleep?<p>Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London studied 1,100 workers at a British company and found that multitasking with electronic media caused a greater decrease …

British families billed £500 – to prevent Americans dodging tax

New US tax measures, aimed at helping American authorities collect tax from their overseas citizens, are leaving innocent Britons out of pocket<p>Draconian legislation enacted in America – and aimed solely at helping American authorities collect tax from their overseas citizens – is translating into …

Finance

10 most dominant Warren Buffett stocks

<i>Corrections & clarifications: This article originally misidentified the new CEO of Walmart U.S. Greg Foran was recently named CEO of Walmart U.S.</i> <br>Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A) recently released its latest changes to the company's public equity holdings, as of June 30, 2014. What stood out the …

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

What's Behind Tesla's Demand For $500 Million In Gigafactory Incentives

Tesla Motors has been playing a game of economic development poker for its $5 billion Gigafactory with five states — Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas.<p>Last week, Tesla’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk revealed the bid he expects from the winning state. Musk, speaking on a conference call …

This Father-And-Son Entrepreneurial Team Makes Literal Maps For World Domination

Eddie and Dan Jabbour are the father-and-son team behind Kickmap, a totally killer iPhone app that makes New York City's intimidating subway map easier to understand, and injects it with capabilities befitting an Internet-connected map running on a smartphone.<p>Eddie runs KICK Design, a New York …

New York City

If You Think 5G Is All About Faster Network Speeds, You're Wrong

You can already reach for your phone, ask Google a question, and receive the answer within seconds.<p>The forthcoming generation of wireless technology will be even faster, but it's not just about sheer speed.<p>The next major network upgrade will solve one of the most aggravating problems we experience …

Internet of Things

Net neutrality is dead – welcome to the age of digital discrimination

Want to know if someone is internet-savvy? Just ask them why anyone should care about net neutrality. If they understand the technology, stand by for a lecture on why it is vital that all data on the network should be treated equally by ISPs, and why it is essential that those who provide the pipes …

Plugs face revolution as slimline, foldable Mu grows in popularity

It was when he found a long scratch on the cover of his white MacBook that Min Kyu-choi discovered the problem. What could he do with the plug, which had caused the damage? At a time when laptops, mobile phones and tablets were becoming progressively thinner, it struck the Korean design student …

Doctors are ready to test temporary 'suspended animation' to save people with severe injuries

It sounds straight out of a bad sci-fi movie: doctors pump patients' veins full of a preserving agent to keep them in suspended animation. But that procedure could come to a hospital near you in the next few years.<p>The idea is to give doctors a bit more time to treat people with serious trauma. In …

Retirees: Take a stand against sitting disease

There are 34 chronic diseases and conditions associated with excess sitting, expert says.<p>Don't just sit there. It may be killing you.<p>Getting off the couch and moving more might lengthen your life, as well as decrease your risk of dementia, physical disabilities and other serious medical …

Edward Snowden Wants You To Ditch Dropbox For This Service

He thinks Dropbox, the cloud storage firm with over 200 million users, is "hostile to privacy," and urged people to switch to what he calls more-secure storage services like SpiderOak.<p>"Dropbox is a targeted wannabe PRISM partner," Snowden told The Guardian. "They just put Condoleezza Rice on their …

We’re in the third biggest stock bubble in U.S. history

Here’s a quick question for you. What do the following years have in common:<p>1853, 1906, 1929, 1969, 1999<p>Pass the question around your office. Call …

Is The Apple-IBM Union A Death Knell For Blackberry?

Watch out Blackberry, the iPhone is coming to eat your lunch — again.<p>Blackberry has already ceded the consumer smartphone market to Apple and others. The company has rebounded by refocusing on their core enterprise customer. But now Apple wants a piece of that business too — and it has another rich …

How Business Leaders Can Strengthen American Education

<b>BY JULIA HANNA</b><p>Business has long recognized the connection between an effective school system and a qualified workforce—by some estimates, the private sector invests $4 billion annually in efforts intended to improve public education.<p>So why isn’t that investment paying off?<p>“Business leaders today …

How may ict in education help reach global development goals

International experts on ICT in education joined Norad’s Education Section in May 2014 for a discussion on best practices and opportunities ahead. A 17-page illustrated report on the seminar gives useful insight.<p>Norway’s White Paper on Global Education<p>In welcoming participants and speakers, Vigdis …

College-Educated Americans Are Doing Better Only Because Everyone Else Is Doing Worse

College is expensive, but the income gap between college graduates and those without a degree has widened sharply in the last few years.<p>This chart from a presentation by Bill Emmons at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and alerted to us by guest author Invictus over at Barry Ritholtz's The Big …

College & University

​The Two Organizations Trying to Destroy U.S. Science Education

The Heartland Institute, a prominent, Chicago-based organization opposing climate science, has teamed up with the creationist Discovery Institute to …

Education lobbyist criticizes House bill targeting college sports

A senior executive with one of the nation's leading higher-education organizations on Tuesday criticized a new House bill that would require wide-ranging, easily accessible financial reporting not only by schools, but also by the NCAA, conferences, bowl games and the College Football Playoff.<p>The …

Better-educated public school kids -- for a price

Children in the United States get unequal educations; that's unfair but unlikely to change in the near future. Some school districts have more money to spend than others. Wealthy parents can sign up their children for private tutoring. In some districts, not-for-profit private foundations …

Education